Niger/Decentralisation: Local Governance now entrusted to Managing Directors

In Niger, the responsibility for managing local communities will now fall on delegated administrators, as decided by the transitional president, General Abdourahamane TIANI, and his government. This decision was announced publicly on Thursday, April 4, following the dissolution of all councils through a presidential decree.

This sweeping change affects municipal, regional, city, and municipal district councils, which will no longer operate in their previous capacity.

This marks a significant shift in the administrative and political landscape of Niger’s 265 municipalities spread across eight regions.

Delegated administrators, who will step into leadership roles in these local entities, are tasked with responsibilities akin to councilors.

 They are entrusted with overseeing the efficient functioning of their respective territorial areas, promoting development, and ensuring the well-being of residents.

While the reasons behind this decision have not been explicitly disclosed, it is speculated that it reflects a broader initiative by the authorities to overhaul Niger’s territorial administration.

This move could be seen as a response to local governance challenges or as part of anticipatory administrative reforms on a larger scale.


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