By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Tongues are wagging and speculations agog as Niger State Government announced a minor cabinet realignment and dropped out the state’s Commissioner of Works, Mohammed Panti.
A terse government statement on Thursday confirmed that there has been a minor change of guards as two serving commissioners in the state were redesignated to be in charge of new places of assignments while the commissioner of Works, Mohammed Panti’s name was conspicuously missing and possibly dropped from the cabinet.
In the new arrangement, the commissioner for Planning, Mamman Musa was named as the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure.
Mamman unseated Mohammed Panti whose fate was unknown even as feelers insinuated that he may have been sacked by governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
The commissioner of Finance in the state, Zakari Abubakar was directed to oversee the state’s Ministry of Planning in addition to his duties at Finance Ministry.
Information from grapevine suggested that the realignment of the state’s cabinet followed a fallout between Mohammed Panti with governor Sani Bello over some “development issues and disagreement”.
The change in the cabinet arrangement was part of the resolutions at the state’s weekly Executive Council meeting.
Panti was a strong supporter of the Abubakar Bello administration and was visible in the 2019 runoff campaigns for the governor’s second term bid.
To reward his huge support and towering figure, he was appointed to head the lucrative Works and Infrastructures Ministry in the state.
Since no words had come from the dropped commissioner nor was he around at the Government House for the weekly council meeting, his absence and his ouster from the state executive team had further fueled speculations of his possible fall out.