The death has occurred of the Senior District Head of Kaura Namoda Emirate Council in Zamfara state, Alh. Ummaru Garba III. The Senior District Head who also bears the title of Sarkin Sudan of Kauran Namoda died today Thursday after a brief illness.
His funeral was done according to Islamic rites and has since been buried in Kaura Namoda. He has left behind wives, children and grand children. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amin
The death has occurred yesterday of the Honourable Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Alh. Sani Abdullahi Tsafe. Until his death Hon Sani was the Special adviser to Zamfara State Governor on Media and Communication.
Hon Sani Abdullahi Tsafe who holds the traditional tittle of Dan Masanin Tsafe was also a veteran journalist, he served as a reporter with Voice of America (Hausa Service). He died yesterday at an Abuja hospital after a brief illness. His burial is to take place at his home town of Tsafe.
In line with the recommendations of the Honourable Minister of Defence Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria H. E Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of Operation Whirl stroke II to address the security challenges in some parts of Zamfara state and Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state.
The Operation is to complement Operation Whirl stroke I in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states commanded by Major General M. A Yekini which is also similar to Operation Safe Heaven Commanded by Major General Anthony Atolagbe in Jos Plateau state. The three Operations are joint operations under the control of Defence Headquarters.
The Defense Headquarters has also appointed Major General Abubakar Maikobi as the Force Commander Operation Whirl Stroke II with operational Headquarters in Gusau, Zamfara state. The appointment is with immediate effect according to a press release signed by Colonel Tukur Gusau Public Relations officer to the Hon Minister of Defense.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered massive transfer of police personnel in Zamfara State as part of deliberate measures to address cases of armed banditry in the state.The President disclosed this when a delegation of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria visited him at the State House, Abuja, on Monday.
Zamfara State has been battling cattle rustling and kidnapping in recent months. Armed bandits and cattle thieves have been terrorizing villages in the state in the past months with many innocent citizens killed and villages burnt or destroyed.
He said that following his dissatisfaction with the performance of the Police in Zamfara State, he ordered a massive transfer of officers and men who had stayed three years and above in the troubled State.
Spokesman of the delegation and the Vice-President of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, Sheikh Hadiyyatullahi Abdulrashid, had commended President Buhari for his efforts toward uplifting the quality of life of all Nigerians.
The faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which Kabir Marafa, senator representing Zamfara central belongs to, was denied entry into Eagle Square, venue of the party’s national elective convention on Saturday according to the Cable online.
Speaking with journalists outside the venue of the convention on Saturday, Muhammad Bello Bakyasuwa, spokesman of the Marafa faction, told journalists that they fulfilled all the requirements for contesting for positions during the congresses which held in May but they are not recognised by the party.
While calling on the party’s leadership to recognise their faction as legitimate, Bakyasuwa said they came to the convention to show support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.
“We belong to the legitimate APC faction in Zamfara state. The APC faction under the state chairman, Alhaji Surajo Garba Mai Katako Gusau. We were elected in the parallel APC state congresses of 5th, 12th and 19th May 2018 in Zamfara state,” he said.
“We are here in Abuja to express our happiness, support and solidarity with our party over the national convention holding today to produce new national leaders for us.
“We are in Abuja to witness this convention as Zamfara state national convention delegates and supporters of senator Kabir Garba Marafa, CON, for Governor of Zamfara State in 2019 and also supporters of President Muhammed Buhari for second term in 2019.
“We are here with all our delegates and over one thousand supporters but we have been denied entry into the Eagle Square. So, we hereby appeal to our new national party leaders to be fair and recognize our faction as the legitimate APC leadership in Zamfara state.
“As you can see we are the majority but the security operatives stopped us from entering into the venue of the convention. Right now we don’t know where our chairman is.” The faction’s spokesman said they would seek redress.
“We are dully and legitimate elected executives of APC in Zamfara state. They stopped us because some of our supporters were wearing T- shirts with the photograph of our leader, Senator Kabir Garba Marafa,” he said.
The Nigerian Army, 1 Division Kaduna, on Saturday said it has neutralized 20 armed bandits and arrested three suspects at Janbirni Village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara. The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Muhammad Dole, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Kaduna.
Dole said the troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army in the ongoing Operation IDON RAINI Corridor II conducted a raid on armed bandits’ hideouts in the general area of Janbirni village in the early hours of June 23.
According to him, during the raid operations, several camps were destroyed and 20 bandits were neutralised. “Three bandits were also arrested while some escaped with gunshot wounds.”
He listed items recovered from the bandits to include four AK 47 rifles, one F99 Pistol, one PTT HH Motorola Handset, 111 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, five AK 47 rifle magazines, two dane guns, three mobile phones and one power bank.
Dole said the troops remain determined and committed in frustrating banditry activities in the area of operation. He said this feat was achieved through reliable information provided by some well-meaning residents of the area.
The death has been announced of His Royal Highness the Emir of B/Magaji a relative and senior brother to Nigeria’s defence minister, Muh’d Mansur Dan Ali. The Emir Alh Ahmad Umar M. Usman (Dan Alin B/Magaji) died on Wednesday at the federal Medical centre in Gusau after a brief illness.
His funeral arrangement details are yet to be announced by the family at the time of going to press. Details later….
Zamfara State College of Arts and Science (ZACAS) today celebrated the sports competition of the college’s staff secondary school at the football playing ground.
The inter house sports competition was between the 4 houses of the school which comprises of Green (yakubu sanusi) house, yellow (yusuf anka) house, purple (amina) house and blue (Shehu Ubaidullah) house.
The event was attended by top dignataries that includes the college provost, Mal Yakubu Sanusi, the deputy provost, registrar and principal of the staff school, Mal Amina Ahmad.
The event comprises of march past, 200 metres, walking relay, sack race, egg race, needle race and catch the train among others.
Lots of trophies and prizes were awarded and presented by different dignitaries at the occasion which includes the Chairman, Zamfara Coalition of NGOs, Ambassador Ibrahim Tudu.
House that won the most awards and overall grand prize for 2017 is the yellow house presented by the school provost, Mal. Yakubu sanusi.
Civil Society Organisations from different States of the Federation and the FCT Abuja met at Ibeto Hotel, Abuja on Monday 11th December 2017 to continue dialogue on the Constitution Alteration Bills passed by the National Assembly which have been transmitted to the State Houses of Assembly for deliberation and passage. The meeting was organized by Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, (PLAC) with support from the British Department for International Development, (DFID).
Some of the issues covered by the Constitution Amendment Bills include:
Reducing the period within which the President or Governor may authorize withdrawal of funds from the Consolidated Revenue Fund in the absence of an Appropriation Act from 6 months to 3 months
Providing for funding of the House of Assembly of States directly from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the State
Nullifying State Joint Local Government Accounts and empowering each Local Government Council to maintain a special account
Strengthening local government administration in Nigeria
The following observations were raised at the meeting:
Poor Timing, lack of citizens’ ownership, politics and poor planning had hindered successful constitutional review exercises in the past.
The media are not being effectively engaged at the State levels to create awareness and build support.
Messages across states were not uniform.
It is expected that there will be resistance from the Executive on some Bills.
CSOs have not been strategic enough in engaging the State Legislature and relevant stakeholders.
The CSOs resolved as follows:
To collaborate for the adoption, passage and assent to the Bills;
To engage the advocacy process creatively and beyond the usual traditional norms;
To change the narrative of Constitution Alteration to one of accountability, transparency and the need for good governance;
To engage “change champions” particularly at the state level and create a win-win situation between the Executive and the Legislature;
To continue engagement in advocacy, meetings, visits and consultations with key State Houses of Assembly members and other stakeholders
CSOs should engage the process as quickly as possible as State Houses of Assembly will be expected to vote on the Bills before going on recess this December.
CSOs need to prioritize the Bills and build advocacy around them.
There is need for CSOs to have a common position on the Bills.
CSOs need to be proactive in engaging State Legislatures and other stakeholders.
CSOs should be more strategic in their engagement on the Bills.
CSOs need to effectively engage the media in its advocacy efforts.
Zamfara Coalition of NGOs (ZASCONS), yesterday in abuja at a public hearing condemned the attempt by the National Assembly to pass the proposed non-governmental organisations (NGOs) regulation bill into law. Presenting their stand at the public hearing in Abuja its chairman, Mr Ibrahim Tudu described the bill as a threat to democracy.
The bill to provide for the establishment of the NGOs Commission for the coordination, supervision and harmonization of the activities of NGOs and CSOs in Nigeria, he said is a calculated attempt by the assembly to shutdown freedom of speech and association in Nigeria.
Mr Ibrahim Tudu Said: “ as thye chair and representatives of the civil society in Zamfara after studying the content of the bill has rejected its and advice the National Assembly and the government of Nigeria to withdraw it.
He however said “Transparency and accountability should be the watch word of the NGOs and all bad eggs in the civil society movement should be prosecuted as they are not above the law. Some of the highlights of the bill and our stand are as follows:
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BILLS
Registration and De-registration of NGOs (International & National) through licensing
On the NGO regulatory bill, the Coalition of NGOs Zamfara State is of opinion and also warn that the proposed bill will constraint civil society from carrying out their traditional roles in the society, meaning that the bills regulatory desires and also amounted to duplication, this is because registration of the proposed license have been covered by CAC, while signing of any memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the donors, is through National planning commission as well as Federal Ministry of budget and economic planning that was adequately covered by existing laws, on this regard it is tantamount to duplication of registration process.
Work Permit For NGOs Expatriate Staff
NGOs expatriate staff should obtain necessary clearance through Nigerian immigration to intensify developmental partnership.
Registration of Projects
On The Registration Of New Project The Donors Agency Signs (MOU) With The National Planning Commission, so also any bilateral agreement between a donors and domestic NGO, a copy of (MOU) is dropped with the National planning Commission which takes lead. So any registration of project again with the commission is also duplication of the process.
NGOs Work plan and Budgets
All work plan and budgets is subject to approval by Donor Agency in line with their guidelines as well as their objectives, provided that it does not contradict the Federal Government of Nigerian Policies. We suggest that the trend of the Donor Agency given approval should be sustained.
Capacity Building Asset and Equipment
We reject the idea of asset transferred to build the capacity of any organization through the commission, as this will promote lackadaisical attitudes among domestic organizations.
Branding of organizational vehicles is accepted for the purpose of transparency and accountability.
Disposal of Assets
Disposal of assets at the end of the project to the Federal Government of Nigerian is unacceptable to us. Donors should be allowed to decide on whether to give the assets to the domestic NGOs that they work with or to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Establishment Of Nigerian National Council Of Voluntary Agencies
We are not in support of the regulatory bill talk less of the establishment of NNCVA.
Which minister and what function? This is duplication and unnecessary
We recommend here that instead of creating a regulatory commission that will cripple the efforts and activities of domestic NGOs, it is better to find a way of supporting them. Since all NGOs are supposed to register at local, state and CAC level as the case may be there is no basis for additional draconian laws to gag the civil society sector
In conclusion Zamfara State Coalition of Non-Governmental Organization (ZASCONS) sided with the view that civil Societies groups i.e. NGOs, FBOS, CBOs etc play crucial roles in the development process that shouldn’t be stopped through additional legislations. Hoping our inputs will be given due consideration. Thank you. Most Sincerely
THE DRAFTING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ON BEHALF OF THE COALITION OF NGOs ZAMFARA STATE
Alh. Ibrahim Tudu
Global Network of Islamic Justice
Jibrin Muhammed Alhaji
Nagarta Change Community Health and gender initiative
Mustapha Sani Rawayya
Victims of violence charity foundation Zamfara state outreach team.