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3,000 defected to APC including ward chairman ..

Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle has lost his ward chairman, Alhaji Bala Roka and about 3,000 other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Maradun local government to All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

A former governorship aspirant of the APC in the state, Alhaji Aminu Sani Jaji, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, said the former ward chairman led the defectors to the APC two days after the Supreme Court affirmed Matawalle as the duly elected governor of Zamfara state.

Jaji said the PDP in Zamfara state also lost the ward chairmen, including chairman Kaya ward, Namadi Abubakar; PDP executive council member, Nasiru Rabiu and other wards chairmen from Kaura Namoda LGA as well as the publicity secretary of the PDP in Maradun LGA, Engr. Abubakar Sadiq.

Jaji, who ran for the governorship of the state in the 2019 elections and was a member of the House of Representatives, said he received the defectors from across all wards of the two local government areas of Maradun and Kaura Namoda.

Jaji said the APC is delighted to receive the new members and groups, stating their defection shows that the grassroots people are not happy with the administration of the PDP in the state.

“We are happy to receive these grassroots politicians into our fold. We congratulate them for taking this bold decision, they have realized that APC is the best party to be in, I assure you that the APC will bounce back in 2023,” he said.

The statement quoted one of the defectors and a youth leader in Banga ward, Yusuf Dalibi, as saying that they decided to dump the ruling party in the state because the governor is insincere about their problems.

He added they also left because of the outstanding performance of Hon Jaji, especially how he helps people of the state, saying ” even when we were in PDP, he doesn’t differentiate between us, he carried everyone around, and we happy to be with him.

“We are ready to work for him and the party to ensure victory in the entire 16 wards of Kaura Namoda in next election.

“We know how he was able to pay all the NEPA bills of everyone when he was serving as chairman of the local government. We assure you that we will give you all the necessary support and we would continue to pray for you to succeed.”


Zamfara state govt approved N7billion for science schools renovation

Zamfara Government has earmarked N7 billion for total renovation of its science schools and training of science teachers in 2020.

The State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Alhaji Bilyaminu Shinkafi told newsmen on Thursday in Gusau that the fund would be used for total renovation and expansion of science and technical schools across the state.

The Commissioner who spoke after defending his ministry’s budget at the state House of Assembly, said the government was determined to transform science and technology in the state.

“In the 2020 budget, we propose to carry out various programmes to enhance science and technology development in the state.

“We are going to give priority to training and retraining of our staff, especially teachers in science and technical secondary schools,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, the state government has set aside N2 billion for the payment of compensation to those whose land was acquired for various projects.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Land and Survey, Alhaji Abubakar Musa told newsmen that government has taken over the land to execute multi-billion Naira capital projects in 2020.

The listed projects include the new Government House, Airport and Stadium.

“We also plan to build three zonal offices in Talata-Mafara, Kaura-Namoda and Gummi local government areas”, he added.


Zamfara govt set N50m for renovation of NYSC camp.

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


NSCDC official arrested for defiling underage.

An operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) identified as Sani Yahaya has been arrested for allegedly defiling a 7-year-old girl in Zamfara State.

Yahaya who lured the little girl with fruits into a vacant house at Samaru area, Gusau where he was deployed as a security guard, was arrested by his colleagues after a complaint was lodged against him by the victim’s family.

Recounting how the incident occurred, the father of the victim said the sad act was exposed after his daughter started crying bitterly in the house, attracting the attention of passersby.

He said;

“Our daughter was sent on an errand by her mother close to the house where the Yahaya was posted to.

“As she was passing along the road, he asked her to come into the house to collect fruits. That was how he got the girl and

forcefully defiled her.”

NSCDC Spokesperson in the state, Mr Aminu Maru confirmed Yahaya’s arrest and further disclosed that investigation is ongoing.

He said;

“The corps member is still in our custody. The father of the girl reported the case at the command’s headquarters through the Intelligence and Investigation Department, complaining against one of our staff members, Sani Yahaya on alleged rape.

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“While investigating the issue, the suspect said he did not have the carnal knowledge of the girl, confirming, however, that he grabbed her into a room where he gave her two nuts of umbrella tree.”

Describing the sad act as an embarassment to the NSCDC, Maru disclosed that Yahaya will be arraigned in court if a doctor confirms that the girl was raped.


Breaking – Zamfara Governor Stops Selling Of Cows Without Receipts And Photos.

The Zamfara State Government has announced a ban on selling of cows without receipts and photos.

The state commissioner of security and home affairs, Abubakar Daura who made the announcement in Daura said the decision was taken to curb the rate at which stolen livestock are being sold at markets in the state.

Recalling how five trailers loaded with cows and cattle stolen from Zamfara State was intercepted in Kaduna and Lagos state, Daura stated that security operatives in the state have been instructed to enforce the ban which includes verification of receipts and cows being conveyed and making sure both the buyer and seller take photos after the transaction has been concluded.

He said;

“We have been receiving series of reports bordering on stolen cows and cattle and the state government has recovered 500 stolen cows through the committee constituted by the state government on security issues.

“The state government would no longer tolerate the sale of cows and cattle with out any receipt in any market of the state.

“We introduced this so that it would be very easy to detect the sellers of stolen cows and cattle and the buyers of the stolen cows so they can be arrested as the are partners in crime. ”

The Commissioner also disclosed that the state government has enacted a law which stipulates that no vehicle would move out of the state or inside the state after 6pm to 6 am.


Zamfara state commissioner resigns after 1 month in office.

Zamfara State’s commissioner for education, Alhaji Jamilu Aliyu Zannah has reportedly resigned after being in office for one month.

Zannah announced his resignation shortly after arriving Gusau from India where he received medical treatment.

The Commissioner who was the campaign coordinator of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said he is resigning over Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle’s cold feet in fulfilling some necessary campaign promises made earlier to the electorate.

He said;

“Lack of consultations also were among the reasons that made me to resign from the governor’s nomination and appointment as commissioner.”


Matawalle, Zamfara Governor Cancel N79Bn Contracts.

…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.


Zamfara gov revokes N79.6Bn rural water and electrification budget.

…Warns contractors to refund or face prosecution

Zamfara State governor, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle has approved the immediate revocation of rural water and electrification projects worth over N79.6 billion awarded by the previous administration and warned contractors to refund state fund or face prosecution.

The contracts revoked are the 168 motorized boreholes rural water scheme phase one and two worth over N54billion awarded to China Zhonghao in 2013 and 2018 respectively for poor implementation.

Also revoked is the 2013 rural electrification contract worth over N25billion awarded to Alliance Trading Company Limited belonging to former Kebbi State governor, Senator Adamu Aliero in 2013.

Briefing journalists after the inaugural meeting of the state executive council held at the Government House Gusau, the state Commissioner for Works, Ibrahim Isa Mayana said Governor Matawalle approved the revocation of the contracts following the report of the local government contracts verification committee which found out that the contractors had abandoned the contracts after collecting huge amounts of the contract sum.

Mayana added the China Zhonghao was awarded 84 boreholes rural water scheme phase one worth over N27.595 billion in 2013 and was paid over N19.386 billion but abandoned the contract after reaching 75% completion.

“China Zhonghao was also awarded another 84 boreholes rural water scheme phase two worth over N27.694 billion in 2018 and was paid N14.477 billion but has abandoned the contract just at 13 % completion,” he said.

Mayana said the rural electrification project was also revoked based on non-completion of the project more than six years after award despite the payment of over 90% of the contract sum to the contractor.

“Alliance Trading was awarded N25.992 billion contract for rural electrification across the 14 local government areas in 2013 and was paid N22.599 billion but company abandoned the contract after reaching just 67% completion,” he said.

Also the new state commissioner of Information, Alhaji Suleiman Tinau Anka said the state government is committed to ensuring even development in all parts of the state and therefore civil servants need to re-dedicate themselves to duty.


Sani Shinkafi – These things will totally end banditry in Zamfara state.

Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi who hold the traditional title of ‘Wanbai Shinkafi’ is a former National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and a member of the 2014 National Conference. Shinkafi served as a member of the Committee to find lasting solution to end banditry in Zamfara State chaired by the former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar which recently submitted its report and indicted five Emirs for complicity in banditry activities in the state.

In this interview, the firebrand politician spoke on many issues including the recently assented law stopping the payment of N10 million monthly upkeep allowance to former governors of the state.

As a member of the Committee for ending banditry in Zamfara, what do you think can bring total end to the ugly menace in the state?

Honestly, we did a good job because we left no stone unturned. We subjected all those who appeared before the committee to thorough scrutiny. I asked my Emir who bestowed on me the traditional title of ‘Wambai Shinkafi’ 68 questions during our sitting in Shinkafi; this is to show you that no preference treatment was given to anybody who appeared before us. Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle needs to implement the report submitted by the committee to end banditry in Zamfara State. Let us tell ourselves the truth; it is only when governor Matawalle acts on the recommendations of the committee by taking appropriate actions against those who are behind banditry in the state to serve as deterrent to others. Matawalle needs to implement the report, so that all those found to be involved no matter their status in the society are made to face the law of the land. Most of those indicted by our committee are amongst those who are now not happy about the current level of security brought about by the dialogue and reconciliation initiative of Governor Matawalle. During the committee sittings and investigations, we discovered that a lot of highly placed individuals and traditional rulers were among those supporting and fueling banditry which led to the death of 6319 people while 3672 were kidnapped with a ransom of over N2.8 billion paid in the last 8 years.

How would you react to the recent letter by the former governor which led to the repeal of the law granting huge amount as monthly pension and upkeep allowance to former governors and Speakers in the state?

I commend Governor Matawalle and the assembly for taking the bold step of repealing the obnoxious law. Though if the assembly had known that there is a court of appeal judgment that abolish the payment of severance allowances, pension, upkeep allowances to all the governors in Nigeria, they would have given the old law one touch and throw it away. Just three months to the end of his 8 years tenure, he got the assembly to do this wicked bill which is itching the masses of Zamfara State but the same House of Assembly has annulled the bill; the former governor assented the bill and the new governor also assented the bill repealing the old bill. It is very unfortunate for former governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar to be demanding for upkeep allowance just few months after leaving office after he emptied all the accounts of the state.

This present governor never inherited one kobo in all the commercial banks because the former governor left backlog of liabilities worth over N400 billion. I have fact and figures, I can prove it. Contractors are owed more than N251 billion, pension administrators owed N16 billion, banks N4.6 billion, workers pensions and gratuity N4.1 billion, Bank loans over N57 billion hanging on the necks of the masses of Zamfara State.

Bailout funds, excess crude fund, budget facility fund worth over N65 billion tied to ISPO are still hanging on the people of Zamfara State. SME fund is N2 billion, it is very unfortunate. Instead of this man to go and address petitions against him in EFCC, he is going up and down causing confusion in Zamfara State. The former governor who refused to pay 1400 young graduates who were enrolled into the civil service their salaries for 60 months is the same man now demanding pension.

This is the governor who refused to pay state and local government pensioners since 2012 up to this year 2019 when he left office; he refused to pay pension and gratuity and he is thesame governor now looking for pension and upkeep allowance.

This is the governor who refused to pay his predecessor, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi for over 7 years, and he is thesame governor looking for pension and gratuity.

This the same governor who refused to implement N18,000 minimum wage, who is now looking for N10 million upkeep allowance. This is the same governor who promises to pay women N20,000 but refused to pay, and demanding for N10 million monthly allowance.

The same governor who refused to pay for NECO and WEAC , refused to buy vehicles for Emirs and principals, refused to promote primary school teachers and pay them promotion arrears but is now asking for N10 million upkeep allowance.

The former governor is self-centred, he is greedy and unholy.

You are a member of the opposition, why are you so concerned about the PDP-led state government?

I am a leader of APGA in Zamfara State and also a gubernatorial candidate of APGA in Zamfara State in 2019. I contested with this governor and also the governorship candidate of APC whose election was voided by the Supreme Court. I am an indigene of this state; I am the son of the soil, I am a major stakeholder in Zamfara politics and also Nigeria politics; even internationally, I have some friends who are now sitting presidents. President George Weah of Liberia is my personal friend and also the President of Sierra Leone, so I am not somebody who you can sweep under the carpet. As a major stakeholder in Nigeria politics, I was at the national confab in 2014 where we made over 600 recommendations on how to restructure this country politically, economically, socially, educationally and otherwise, so I cannot fold my arms and see things going wrong in my dear state. The judgment of Supreme Court is what gave birth to the present administration and as a Muslim I have faith, I believe in God, God gives power, God takes power. It is destiny, when God destine that you will be somewhere, you must be. I urge each and every one of us to take Matawalle mandate as God’s divine mandate and we should accept it in good fate, when it is time for politics in 2023, you should come to the field and market yourself. If the electorate accepts you, fine and good but we cannot compromise the peace we are enjoying now in Zamfara State.

What I want our people to know is that this is not time for politics but time for governance. You know my serious fight with this governor during the campaign period but now is not time for politics. We sat down with elders of this state and agreed to adopt Zamfara State as a political party and work for the masses to save our people from political slavery and political bondage and that is why I accepted to work for this government as for unity government and not as a member of the PDP. I am still in APGA as you can see around me; no shaking, no vibration, no retreat, no surrender. I am still in APGA but I will work for Zamfara State. The judgment of Supreme Court is what gave birth to the present administration and as a Muslim; I have faith, I believe in God, God gives power, God takes power. When God destines that you will be somewhere, you must be. I urge each and every one of us to take Matawalle mandate as God’s divine mandate and we should accept it in good fate; when it is time for politics in 2023, you should come to the field and market you; if the electorate accepts you, fine and good but we cannot compromise the peace we are enjoying now.


Zamfar governor, Bello Mo Matawalle swear in 19 commissioners, 28 aides

…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.


Afenifere group defends restructuring stance.

Criticise Zamfara governor for tagging them insincere & unserious

Two of the socio-political groups at the forefront of the calls for restructuring, Afenifere and the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), have criticised Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, for labeling proponents of true federalism as insincere and unserious.

Spokesman of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin and the Publicity Secretary of MBF, Isuwa Dogo, lashed out at the governor describing his statement as unfortunate. They maintained that restructuring of Nigeria was inevitable.

Odumakin said restructuring will enable every section of the country control their resources and cause economic growth and stability while Dogo said those who make peaceful restructuring impossible were inviting violence.

“The reason why his party got so much support and even won in Oyo and Ondo State was just because of one agenda and that is because their presidential candidate promised restructuring. The call for restructuring will benefit every section of the country. In Zamfara State, who are the people mining the gold there? Is it the state government? If we have restructuring, it means that the gold in Zamfara will be mined by the state government and will then pay some proceeds to the Federal Government. In the 2014 national conference, we discovered that there were more solid minerals in the north than in the south. If we have restructuring, is it Oyo or Ogun that would go and mine the gold in Zamfara? I think our leaders should try as much as possible to be informed about issues in discuss before abusing people. He is my good friend and brother and I will encourage him to read the report of the 2014 National Conference and he will see why we advocate for every section of the country to be allowed to control their resources, we also advocated that we do a transition period of 10 years of what we are doing now and take five percent of the national budget to go and look for all these resources in every city in Nigeria so that every state will survive,” Odumakin said.

Dogo said: “Anyone that says what was decided during the 2014 national conference is not in order is a political hypocrite. Nobody who knows what is happening in Nigeria today would claim that the issue of restructuring is not in order. Whether we like it or not, there would be restructuring some day and if we do not want a peaceful restructuring, we are inviting a violent one. Those who make a peaceful transition impossible make a violent transition inevitable.

“Those who say peaceful restructuring is not possible, will put Nigeria in a situation whereby violence will take over. These are realities of life. Those against restructuring are political illiterates. Our vision for restructuring is a peaceful rearrangement of the political system that will bring equity, stability and economic growth in every part of the country.”

In an exclusive interview published in Daily Sun, Governor Mattawale criticised those calling for restructuring, describing them as ‘insincere’ and ‘unserious’.