Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has lifted the ban on congregational prayers in Mosques and Churches placed to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the state.
Matawalle made the announcement in a statewide radio broadcast on Thursday in Gusau.
“I want to commend the people of the state for supporting the government in our effort to frustrate the spread of coronavirus in our dear state by complying with the lockdown orders.
“In the light of this, therefore, we are suspending restrictions on congregational prayers in Mosques and Churches while appealing to people not to converge in large numbers at the same time,” he said.
Matawalle urged the people to continue to observe social distancing when they meet as well as using face masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
The governor, however, said markets in the state would remain closed until further notice, warning that the government would not take it lightly with violators of the orders.
NobleReporters reports that the COVID – 19 pandemics had so far claimed five lives, while 18 victims out of 73 confirmed cases had been discharged from the Gusau isolation center.
Eight Local Government Council chairmen elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, have switched loyalty to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Local Government Council chairmen who joined the ruling PDP in Zamfara State are; Alhaji Muhammadu Umar, Birnin Magaji LGA chairman, Alhaji Salisu Isah Dangulbi(Maru LG), Alhaji Nasiru Zarumi Masamar Mudi( Bukkuyum LG) and Alhaji Ahmed Balarabe Anka( Anka LG).
Others are Alhaji Lawali Abdullahi( Kaura Namoda LG), Alhaji Shehu Muhammad Faru (Maradun LG), Alh Abdulaziz Ahmed Nahuche(Bungudu LG), and Aminu Mudi Tsafe of Tsafe LG.
The council Chairmen announced their defection shortly after a meeting with Governor Bello Muhammad Matawallen Maradun in Sokoto on Saturday.
Alh Ahmed Balarabe Anka, who briefed after the meeting, said their decision to join the ruling PDP in Zamfara State, along with their supporters, was as a result of Governor Bello Muhammad’s leadership style in restoring peace and tranquility in all parts of the state within a short period of time.
Alhaji Anka said that political stability, unity and peaceful coexistence witnessed during the first 100 days of the governor in Office was an indication of Matawalle’s leadership qualities.
Governor Matawalle thanked them for their foresight in joining the ruling PDP in Zamfara State, pointing out that with this development, the party was moving stronger.
Governor Matawalle assured the council chairmen of equal treatment in the party.
The Zamfara Government has earmarked N50 million for the renovation of NYSC Orientation Camp, Tsafe in its 2020 budget proposal.
The State Commissioner for Youths Development and Sport, Alhaji Abdulkadir Buhari disclosed this to newsmen in Gusau on Friday after defending the ministry’s 2020 budget before the state House of Assembly.
Buhari said the fund would be used for total renovation of corps members’ hostels, construction of modern kitchen and other renovations in the camp.
“You know, every three months the state receive about 2000 corps members deployed to the state by NYSC for one year mandatory service.
“The state government under the leadership of governor Bello Matawalle is acknowledging the contribution of NYSC scheme for the development of the state.
“Therefore, we are committed to improve the welfare of corps members and enhance the NYSC scheme in this state”, the Commissioner said.
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the state governor on Zamfara Poverty Alleviation Agency (ZAPA), Alhaji Rufa’i Chiroma, while defending the 2020 budget proposal of the agency, said the government has various programmes to eradicate poverty and support victims of banditry and cattle rustling.
“You know, our people especially in the rural areas have been victims of insecurity challenges faced by the state.
“With the current peace and stability enjoyed by the people of the state, the state government is planning to come out with various empowerment programmes for the people of the state to reduce, poverty and unemployment”, he said
…one awarded to former governor of the state
…worth N25 billion
…over poor execution
Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has cancelled two contracts worth over N79bn.
One of them was a N25bn contract given to Alliance Trading, a firm owned by former Kebbi State governor, Adamu Aliero.
The governor had during the State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday voided another project worth over N54bn awarded to China Zhonghao in 2013 and 2018.
“Alliance Trading was awarded N25.992bn contract for rural electrification across the 14 local government areas in 2013 and was paid that amount but the company abandoned the project after reaching just 67 per cent completion.
“China Zhonghao was awarded 84 boreholes rural water scheme phase one worth over N27.595bn in 2013 and collected over N19.386bn but abandoned the contract after reaching 75 per cent completion.
“The Chinese company also abandoned another borehole water scheme at 13 per cent completion,” Ibrahim Mayana, Commissioner for Works, said according to Dailypost.
Matawalle ordered that the contractors refund the monies paid out to them for the execution of the abandoned projects.
…warn them to leave or perform according to their duty
Zamfara state governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle, it today swore in 19 commissioners and 28 special advisers, warning them to buckle up within three months or get booted out of the cabinet.
Matawalle during the swearing in ceremony held at the Government House, Gusau, said the new appointees must prove their worth as they will be on probation for three months and any of them who fails to leave up to expectation will be sent packing to provide way for others who are competent.
“You will be on a three-month probation during which you are expected to ensure maximum output in your performances as there will be a quarterly review of your performances to measure your capability and efficiency as any form of laxity will not be entertained”, he warned.