Niger State Governor, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago, has vowed to find a lasting solution to the festering land dispute among the people of the Doko community, which has claimed several lives and property.
The governor made the promise when he received a delegation from the Public Complaint Commission (PCC), led by the Federal Commissioner, Barr. Bala Mohammed, at the Government House, Minna.
The governor, who noticed with dismay the havoc caused as a result of the farmland dispute, said his administration would nip it in the bud.
Concerning the concerns raised about the activities of the Niger State Transport Management Agency (NSTMA), the governor disclosed that terms of reference for the agency and other relevant departments under the ministry of transport will be provided to avoid conflict, as his government will not condone insubordination and indiscipline.
Speaking on the issue of giving waivers on government land, he said the era of land waivers was gone, as he would strengthen land administration in the state and use it for the common good of the people.
He commended the Judiciary and the Nigeria Police for supporting the PCC in carrying out its national assignment.
Governor Umaru Bago assured that all the issues raised will be given quick and needed attention and that his administration will ensure strong collaboration with all federal establishments in the state.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and Federal Commissioner, PCC, Barr. Bala Mohammed, said their visit was to congratulate the governor and to identify areas of collaboration with the administration.
The commissioner drew the governor's attention to some disturbing issues such as the farm land dispute in Doko, the highhandedness of staff at NSTMA, the plight of pensioners, the leadership tussle leading to the unauthorised allocation of shops at the Kure Ultra Modern Market, Minna, and the rehabilitation of the link road to the market, about which he said the commission has received many complaints.
He said the commission, which serves as an ombudsman, was willing to partner with the government for effective governance.
Barr. Bala Mohammed said the commission now has a police detachment as its enforcement unit, explaining that the judiciary has also allocated two courts to hear cases coming from the commission.
While commending the governor for his effort towards supporting the National Examination Council (NECO), Barr. Mohammed requested that he ensure deliberate synergy with all federal government establishments in the state for the benefit of the people.
Niger State Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago has said his administration will work closely with the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) to address gender-related issues.
The Governor made the disclosure when he received the executive members of the association led by its chairperson, Mrs. Bola Jibogun, at the Government House, Minna.
The Governor explained that his administration has lots of programmes and policies for women and children.
He disclosed that 100 appointments will be given to women by his administration, adding that the appointments will be in fulfilment of his promise to carry women along in the implementation of his policies and programmes.
He announced that out of the 100 appointments, FIDA will have four slots and further assured them of working closely with them to address gender-related problems.
The governor said, "FIDA is part of this government, so let us join hands and work together to bring about the desired growth and development of the state.
"There are a lot of women's initiatives; we are creating a lot of desks to address affirmative action and also gender-related issues in this government, and we hope the collaboration will meet the yearnings and aspirations of women".
FIDA Secretary Safura Abdulkareem explained that, as a non-partisan organisation, they protect the rights of women and children as well as stand against any form of Gender-Based Violence.
She expressed the organization's readiness to support the present administration in the state to ensure success.
The association had earlier requested inclusion and recognition by the present government to further carry out their duties effectively.