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BREAKING: Soludo sacks 21 transition committee chairmen in Anambra


By Nwanosike Onu, Awka

Anambra state governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has sacked all the 21 local government transition chairmen in the state.

The governor also asked the sacked chairmen to hand over the affairs of the councils to the Heads of Local Government Administrations (HLGAs). 

This was contained in a letter signed by the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Collins Nwabunwanne, dated May 17, and cited by The Nation.

The order, directed the chairmen to hand over to the HLGAs latest on Monday, May 20.

The letter read: “Following the expiration of your tenure as Transition Committee Chairman, you are hereby directed to handover the affairs of your Local Government Council to the Head of Local Government Administration (HLGA), in your respective Local Government Councils.

 “This directive takes effect from Monday, 20th day of May, 2024. Thank you for your service to the state.

“All replies to be addressed to the Honourable Commissioner.”

The Nation gathered that there were  expectations that Soludo would conduct local government election in the state, based on the public outcry.

The governor had  last week directed that party stakeholders should nominate candidates in their local government areas for transition committees.

He said out of the three, one must be a woman from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) stakeholders.

The message was conveyed to all the transition committee chairmen by the special adviser to the governor on polical matters, Dr. Alex Obiogbolu.

The directive said: “The party stakeholders in each Local Government are expected to meet on May 18th or 19th 2024, to consider and recommend for his consideration, three persons for the position of TC Chairman and three persons for Local Government Education Secretaries.

“The three recommendations for Transition Committee Chairmen shall include at least one woman; while the three recommendations for Education Secretary shall be two women and one man.”

Anambra state is one of the states in the country where transition committee had become a norm. 

The last local government election was held by the former governor, Peter Obi, few weeks before the expiration of his second tenure

As a result, opposition parties and major stakeholders had been calling for elections into the local government system, arguing that state governors had stifled local government system through transition committee chairmen

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