The youths of Kuje Area Council, FCT, on Saturday staged a protest over the impeachment of the Speaker of the House of the Council, Mrs Aisha Yakubu, and poor infrastructural development of the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the youths, numbering about 100, barricaded the entrance of the council secretariat, displaying placards with inscriptions “return our speaker; Kuje is dirty; we need good roads.”
Mr Emanuel Kurei, leader of the group, told NAN that the removal of the Area Council officials by the chairman, Mr Shaban Tete, was not in the best interest of the people.
“The Secretary of the Area Council was sacked last month and now the Speaker of the House has been impeached, which is not good for us and ruling party in the area.
“We the youths in Kuje Area Council voted the chairman and now he is paying us back by sacking and impeaching the officials.
“Instead of concentrating on infrastructural development of the area, he is busy removing people,” he said.
He therefore urged the chairman to reinstate the Speaker for peace to prevail in the area.
On her part, the impeached Speaker, Mrs Aisha Yakubu, said that the chairman had on several occasions tried to remove her by instigating the councilors to vote her out.
“There was a time he went and held meeting with the councilors, instigating them to impeach me and I personally challenged him on the matter but he denied.
“Simply because I advocated the extension of dividends of democracy to our electorate, it has generated a lot of problems between I and him,” she said.
Reacting, Chairman of the council, Tete, said that the impeachment of the Speaker was purely a legislative affair, as such he had no comments on the matter.
Tete said that whatever was going on in the House should be settled within the House, adding that he would not interfere.
The chairman also said development of the area was a matter of continuity and a gradual process, insisting that he was doing his best.
“There are roads that had been constructed in the rural areas.
“I have completed some unfinished projects abandoned by the previous administration, and have paid the contractors,’’ Tete said. (NAN)

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