Niger state Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu
Niger State House of Assembly has passed a motion commending the state government for its positive rating by the National Bureau of Statistic (NBS).
The NBS in its poverty profile for 2010 rated the state with a relative poverty rate of 45 per cent, which is the lowest in the country and also returned a verdict that in the absolute poverty rating, the state recorded the least rate in the country with 33.8 per cent.
Moving the motion which was co-sponsored by seven other lawmaker, the member representing Rijau constituency in the Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed A Nazeer, noted that the positive rating of the state was an indication that the state Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has been delivering dividends of democracy to the people at the grassroots.
The co-sponsors of the motion are Alhaji Mohammed Lokoja (Wushishi), Hon. Jumai Jafaru (Chanchaga), Hon. Yussuf Kure Baraje (Paikoro), Hon. Ibrahim Ndaman (Katcha), Hon. Jibrin Bawa (Suleja) and Jacob Majin Gana (Lavun).
According to him, the state government’s,“achievements in terms of poverty profile and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita income is highly commendable.”
He, therefore, suggested that the house should pass the motion, which he said will make the executive arm of government to be more committed to the fight against poverty in all its ramifications.
Seconding the motion, Hon. Jacon Majin Gana, noted that Aliyu had been able to reduce poverty among the people through the implementation of the Ward Development Programme projects and the execution of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) projects.
Majin observed that the lives of people at the grassroots had been touched by the people oriented programmes of the government, saying a commendation by the legislative arm will further spur the government to do more for the people.
All those that spoke on the motion commended Aliyu for his steadfastness and people oriented programmes, which had endeared his administration to majority of people in the state and the country.
Speaking before the motion was passed, the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Adamu Usman, commended his colleagues for being frank in their contributions and for their ability to shun political sentiments in their comments.
When the motion was put it was overwhelmingly passed and the Clerk of the Assembly was directed to convey the decision of the Assembly to the governor.