Northern Youths Assembly Drags Zamfara State Govt To Court

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A non-governmental Organization Northern Youths Assembly has

approached the Federal High Court in Gusau seeking for an order

compelling Zamfara State government to reverse its earlier decision to

sell the state own share at the Zungeru and Mambila hydro-power

In an originating summon deposed to the court by one Barrister Ibrahim

A Jubril Esq on the 16th of July 2014 a copy which was made available

to News Men in Gusau indicates that, the plaintiff (NYA) is seeking

for seven reliefs from the Federal High Court among which includes

whether by the provision of Section 7 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as

amended, the 14 local government of Zamfara State are distinct from

the state government, and whether the state government can disposed

property either jointly or single handedly belonging to any of the

local government without their consent.

The Plaintiff is also seeking for an interpretation on whether the 19

million units of shares jointly owned by the state government and 14

local governments can be sold single handedly by the state government

without the express permission of the 14 local government Council

Other prayers included, whether the 1999 Constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria recognize the status of the local government as

the third tiers of government, as well as declaration by the court

that the purported resolution of the members of the state Executive

Council sent to the members of the state house of assembly seeking for

their permission as a violation of the 1999 Nigeria’s Constitution as

Lastly the Plaintiff is seeking for a perpetual injunction restraining

the defendants from selling the 19 million units of shares jointly

owned by the state government and 14 local government councils of the

Again in the (17) paragraph affidavit in support of the originating

summon deposed to by Zamfara State Chairman of the (NYA) , he noted

that, sales of the purported shares bought out of the deduction from

the excess crude money will amount to a robbery from the site of the

14 local governments and that the defendant is only going to use the

money to finance his campaign.

They averred that the sales of the embattle shares will lead to a

great jeopardy on the site of the state citizen especially youths some

of which bursary allowances have not been paid for the past six months



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