Enugu clarifies position on council tenure
April 30, 2006

The attention of the Enugu State Government has been drawn to a publication in the Sunday Champion of April 30, 2006 to the effect that Governor Chimaroke Nnamani was on the verge of dissolving local government administrations in the state.

While we appreciate the prompt attention given by the newspaper to the story of the inauguration of the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) board, which is the purveyor of the said dissolution story, we, however, state that such categorical statement on the preparedness of the administration to sack its council chiefs is not in tune with the mindset of government.

For clarity's sake, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Enugu State Government, in line with recommendations of the party, is working with the House of Assembly to amend the law to stipulate a 3-year tenure for council administrators, under which new elections will be held.

While the law stipulates that the tenure of local government councils is a two-year affair Enugu State will explore all avenues at ensuring that when the elections are held, they at in the best tradition of excellence of which the state has carved a renown.

At that forum - the inauguration of ENSIEC - the governor made it clear that while the council chairmen's tenure, as stipulated by the existing law, will end in the next few weeks, adequate electoral preparations have been made for elections in the state. The inauguration of the electoral board, though a major plank in the elections process, is one strand of such long-winding exercise.

Festus Adedayo, Special Adviser (Media) to the Governor

 


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