By AbdulSalam Muhammed
KANO — Kano State Government, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Thursday, swore in 43 Interim Management Officers for the local councils in the state despite resolution of the state Assembly to put on hold the exercise.
The ceremony conducted under tight security at the African House of Government House, Kano, attracted multitude on a day so many top government officials were locked out by the security agents.
The 43 interim officers drawn from the state civil service was a last minute attempt by Shekarau’s administration to provide leadership at the grassroot following a court verdict that declared ‘inconsistent’ the state’s laws on council administration.
Governor Shekarau in a speech during the ceremony challenged the legislators to seek redress if they are aggrieved by his action, adding that the Assembly’s resolution was ‘mere advisory and not binding’.
Mallam Shekarau explained that his action was sequel to a court order that directed him “to take necessary measure that will ensure machinery of governance are put in place at the local council” following the expiration of their tenure December 4.
Mallam Shekarau however dismissed insinuation of a crisis between him and the legislators, adding that there is no flexing of muscle here, what we have done has its root on the judiciary.
Vanguard reports that all 40 Legislators were conspicuously absent during the swear in ceremony swelling speculations of serious political crisis already rocking the state.
Vanguard further reports that it is not clear for now how the Assembly members are going to react to the emerging development, but if the crowd that turned up for the ceremony was anything to go by Shekarau steps enjoy a popular vote among the dwellers.