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Zamfara gov presents budget of N130.7bln for the year 2018

Tagged budget of consolidation, the zamfara state Executive governor, Dr Abdulazeez yari Abubakar  today the 4th of December 2017 presented the 2018 appropriation bill to the zamfara state house of assembly.

The Governor at the Chambers of the State House said: “Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, I have the pleasure to present before you the Appropriation Bill for the 2018 Budget estimates to the tune of N130,791,068,950 which is made up of N46,449,068,950 and N84,342,000,000 as recurrent and capital expenditures respectively for your consideration and passage into law”.

He Said: “Out of N130,791,068,950 proposed 2018 estimates, the sum of N46,449,068,950, which represents 35.5%, is earmarked for recurrent expenditure; while the sum of N84,342,000,000, which represents 64.5%, is for capital expenditure”.

Below is the full text of the budget as presented by the Governor:

Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members,

  1. It is with great pleasure and gratitude to Allah subhanahu wata’ala that I present before this Honourable House the Appropriation Bill for the Zamfara State 2018 budget proposals for consideration and passage.
  2. The 2018 budget is being presented at the time economic activities are gradually picking up following a debilitating recession experienced throughout 2016 up to the third quarter of 2017, when the country finally emerged out of it.
  3. The experience of the past one and a half years was so grim that economic activities across most of the states of the federation were almost grounded. Many states could not even pay salaries of workers for several months. The soared prices of commodities that accompanied the period of the recession, low purchasing power among citizens of the country, and low output from the sectors of the economy pushed many families into the abyss of poverty, hunger and penury.
  4. It is gladdening however to note that we have emerged out of the harrowing experience with new survivalist skills and strategy, and many lessons and experiences that will help in shaping our future, building a more enduring economy, and bringing prosperity to our people.
  5. It is even more assuring to note that the indices released by the National Bureau for Statistics on the performance of the economy shows significant improvement of agriculture by 7.5% in the recent times as well as the encouraging trend in the oil market, which we hope will avail the three tiers of government the opportunity to deliver more on the needs and expectations of our people in the coming fiscal year.
  6. On the home front, following the peace efforts between the State Government and armed bandits, the first quarter of 2017 witnessed a relative aura of peace in our rural communities which paved the way for our farmers to return to their abandoned farmlands. The rural economy was gingered by the peaceful atmosphere and picked up with amazing pace, thereby giving our farmers a bountiful opportunity most especially in rice production.
  7. Sadly, from the second quarter of the year 2017, some undesirable groups of the armed bandits who earlier agreed to lay down their arms and embrace peace resumed attacks on villages across the state, which resulted in wanton loss of lives, property, and mass desertion of many villages, with the most recent attack in Maradun and Shinkafi Local Government Areas.
  8. Let me use this spectacular opportunity to commiserate with our people especially those affected by the various incidents of kidnapping, cattle rustling and robbery that occurred in the year under review. Notably, my heart goes to the people of Maradun and Shinkafi Local Government Areas who recently became the victims of the nefarious activities of armed banditry.
  9. As I keep on saying time and again, security is the utmost concern of our administration. In our line of duty, we shall leave no stone unturned in the restoration of peaceful co-existence among our people who are known for tolerance, hospitality and industry. We must also engage ourselves in prayers for divine intervention. May Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala continue to restore normalcy and bring prosperity to our state and our beloved country.
  10. It is worthy of note that the Federal Government has responded decisively by staging the 2016 Nigerian Army Day in the state, massive deployment of troops under the established 1 Brigade Command, and stationing of 207 Quick Response Group of the Nigerian Air Force in Gusau, following the recent upsurge in the activities of cattle rustlers and other criminal elements in the state.
  11. On this note, I would like to register our appreciation to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for his continuous support in the protection of lives and property of the good people of Zamfara state.
    13. The state has also experienced government-labour industrial dispute, as a result of some grievances by labour and trade unions in the state. As a step towards addressing some of the issues raised by the organised labour, we have come up with a policy of decentralisation of workers’ salaries which will help in ensuring control and discipline of the labour force by the ministries, departments, and agencies.
  12. In furtherance to this, Government has also appointed a committee of stakeholders drawn from various trade unions and government towards amicable resolution of workers’ grievances.
    15. Despite the fact that the economy is just rebounding after the recent crisis, and the resurfacing security issues, our administration has been able to record a number of achievements in terms of execution of public projects. Some of the projects were started within the past two or three years, but completed in 2017. Many of these projects were inaugurated in the days running up to the 6- year anniversary of our administration. The projects include:
    104- kilometer Federal Road from Daki Takwas- Gummi to Sokoto State border, with spur to Mallamawa -Bukkuyum, and Gurusu to Nasarawar Burkullu; and Daki Takwas to Gadar Zaima – Kebbi border roads, which were constructed at the total cost of N7,569,744.195.94;

128-kilometre federal road from Magami- Dangulbi- Dankurmi- Sabon Birni- Bagega- to Anka being undertaken at the cost of N15,369,719,179.50;

20-kilometre Maradun township roads, constructed at the total cost of N2,764,067,827.50;

5-kilometre township road in Moriki, constructed at the cost of N733,976,336.87;

11-kilometre Danfanfo-Yarkofoji road, constructed at the total cost of N1,195,530,656.70;

educational projects undertaken at Government Girls’ Unity Secondary School, Kotorkoshi executed at the cost of N690,622,040.00;

complete reconstruction of Government Day Secondary School, Danturai at the cost of N380,343,765;

solar powered water project at Gamji village of Bakura Local Government Area, constructed at the total cost of N314,094,112.00;

projects undertaken at Bakura General Hospital at the total cost of N420,820,055.11;

projects undertaken at Government Girls’ College, Talata Mafara at the total cost of N937,689,209.00;

projects undertaken in Girls’ Comprehensive Secondary School, Moriki, executed at the total cost N239,374,836.05;

Command Science School (Girls), Gusau at the cost of N185,013,970.48 and Command Science School (Boys) Talata Mafara at the cost of N152,392,689.35;

electrification projects at Tsamiya, constructed at the cost of N31,434,416.00; Rakuma constructed at the cost of N43,548,536.00; Gwargawo at the cost of N39,251,162.00; Adarawa constructed at the cost of N44,622,992.00; Rafin Dankure at the cost of N49,052,728.00; and Gidan Dikko at the cost of N31,434,416.00;

renovation projects at Moriki General Hospital executed at the cost of N 495,558,321.83;

water projects at Furfuri, Garbadu, Morai, Rini, Gora, Kasuwar Daji, Kuryar Madaro, Kanwa, Dauran, Maradun South, and Moriki, each constructed at the cost of N314,094,112.00;

release of the sum of N400 million as counterpart fund for implementation of a UNICEF/DFID intervention in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene;

Garbadu Primary Healthcare Centre, constructed under the 2013 MDGs Conditional Grant Scheme at the cost of N55,160,666;

Mosques constructed for communities of Rini, Tunfafiya, Danfako, Dunfawa, Kwangwami, and Tungar Dada at the total cost of N74,532,239.05;

Anka jumu’at mosque, was constructed at the cost of N154,868,719.

  1. In the area of security, we have been making efforts to address the huge security challenges. Only recently government procured and distributed 50 brand new Ford Ranger Pick-ups to the various security agencies to enhance surveillance, crime detection, and rapid response to various forms of security challenges across the state.
  2. Before the end of this financial year, the following projects would insha-Allah be completed and inaugurated:
    Dauran- Birnin Magaji- Kaura Namoda, awarded at the cost of N4,349,534,298.25;
    Nahuche to Kyambarawa road, at the cost of N2,149,351,977.00;
    Magami- Dangulbi- Sabon Birni- Bagega- Anka, at the cost of N15,369,719,179.05. Phase one of this road, that is Magami to Dankurmi, has been completed already;
    Gusau Bypass Road being reconstructed at the cost of N2,298,368,167.80
  3. At this point, let me state here that even though most of these projects were executed by the State Government, some of them were carried out through State and Local Governments Collaboration as well as counterpart funding with some donor agencies such as the Sustainable Development Goals Projects.
  4. In realisation of the dream of the good people of Zamfara State and educational policy makers for establishment of a state university to cater for the university education needs of our teeming youths and professionals, the state government is more than ever before committed to the establishment of a Zamfara State University which will insha Allah take off in 2018/2019 academic session.
    20. The committee appointed to fashion out all the necessary formalities for the take-off of the University has submitted an interim report and will round off its assignment in a few weeks’ time. A provision has therefore been made in the 2018 budget to carter for the financial requirements for the take-off which include both capital and recurrent expenditures.
  5. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, let me clarify that in the course of implementation of the 2018 budget, we expect refund of the monies expended by Zamfara State Government for reconstruction of Federal Roads across the state, spanning over 610 kilometres. The road projects cost the State Government a total sum of Fifty-Six Billion, Nine Hundred and Seventy-Four Million, Four Hundred and Seventy-Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Fifty-Seven Naira, Twenty-Five Kobo (N56,974,478,357.25). Already, committees from both the executive and legislative arms of government at the federal level have visited the state to verify our claims. Some of these projects were commissioned by their Excellencies President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, GCON.
  6. On this note, I am happy to inform the Honourable House and good people of Zamfara State that Mr President has graciously directed the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank to issue Promissory Notes, which is equivalent to cash payment, to the state in respect of reimbursement for the Federal Roads reconstructed by the State Government. On behalf of the people and the government of Zamfara State, I wish to use this opportunity to express our most profound appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for this kind gesture.
  7. It is gratifying to note that the Federal Government has always been on its toes to ensure that the economies of the states of the federation remain steady. The various interventions of the Federal Government in ensuring economic stability in the states of the federation include: the bail out, Infrastructure Development Loan, facilitation of loan restructuring, London and Paris Club refunds, as well as Budget Support. Since the assumption of office of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Budget Support is being disbursed to the states whenever the Federation Account falls below six hundred billion naira, the Federal Government will release Budget Support to the states to augment the shortfall.
  8. Similarly, the Federal Government has given the assurance to pay the balance of London and Paris Club deductions to states. Therefore, the 36 states of the federation have agreed with the President to factor it into their 2018 budgets.
  9. As the year 2017 draws to an end, one of the key issues dominating debates across all parts of the country and particularly within the political spectrum is the issue of restructuring. We have no better time than now to make proper evaluation of state-of-affairs in the country and direct our energy towards building a formidable base for the state’s economy that will provide cushioning mechanism and viable alternatives for our people in the wake of possible outcomes of the current political agitations.
  10. Within the past six years, our administration has invested heavily in the provision of rural and urban infrastructure, educational and health facilities, rural and urban water, and electricity in all parts of the state. It is my belief that if not for the intractable challenges of security in recent years, our state would have witnessed an unprecedented spate of agricultural revolution that will significantly uplift the living standard of the rural populace.

REVIEW OF 2017 BUDGET
27. Mr Speaker, distinguished Honourable Members, you may wish to recall that in the 2017 financial year, I presented a total estimate of N107,759,293,045, with the sum of N37,720,164,105, representing 35.01%, earmarked for recurrent expenditure and the sum of N70,019,000,000, representing 64.98%, dedicated to capital expenditure.

  1. By the end of August, the 2017 Budget performance in both revenue and expenditure stood at 57.39%. This indicates that the sum of N66,200,856,789 was expended from January to August. Within the same period under review, the recurrent expenditure to the tune of N34,802,532,748 was carried out, while the capital expenditure to the tune of N30,688,576,434 was also carried out.

HIGHLIGHTS OF PROPOSED 2018 BUDGET
Policy Measures
29. The 2018 policy measures will focus on consolidating our gains and therefore all our existing policy objectives will be maintained. It is therefore a budget of consolidation. We intend to consolidate our initiatives on cost efficiency and effectiveness in all areas of government’s fiscal operations through:
i. Improved internal revenue generation to reduce overdependence on federal allocations and short-term loans;
ii. Creating sustainable development in urban and rural areas through the construction of access road networks, improvement of secondary and tertiary education, healthcare facilities to reduce diseases, child and maternal mortality, and malnutrition as well as provision of other basic social services such as water supply, electricity and affordable housing;
iii. Redefining of government’s role in the economy through looking at options of liberalizing state-owned companies and changing the value and culture system towards entrepreneurship; and
iv. Sustenance of good governance through budgetary and public finance reforms, promotion of transparency and accountability by ensuring due process in government businesses as well as improving security of lives and property of our people.
Budget Proposal
30. Mr. Speaker, distinguished Honourable Members, the proposed 2018 budget is estimated at N130,791,068,950 which has an increase of N23,031,775,905 against the 2017 budget. The proposal is based on the projected revenues of N46,449,068,950 and N84,342,000,000 for recurrent and capital for the year.

  1. Out of N130,791,068,950 proposed 2018 estimates, the sum of N46,449,068,950, which represents 35.5%, is earmarked for recurrent expenditure; while the sum of N84,342,000,000, which represents 64.5%, is for capital expenditure.

Sectoral Allocation of Capital Expenditure
32. The sum of N84,342,000,000 is allocated to the Capital Expenditure, representing 64.5% of the total proposed budget, is distributed among the main sectors of our economy as follows:
i. Economic sector: This sector consists of agriculture, livestock, forestry, manufacturing, power-supply, transport, commerce, cooperatives and finance. The sector is very crucial to the wellbeing of our people, and growth and development of the state in general. Based on this consideration therefore, the sector receives the sum of N33,486,000,000, which is further distributed to the subsectors as follows:
Transport – N20,830,000,000
Agricultural Sub-sector – N5,921,000,000
Power Supply – N3,000,000,000
Manufacturing – N2,130,000,000
Livestock – N985,000,000
Forestry – N300,000,000
Fisheries – N200,000,000
Commerce, Cooperatives and Finance – N120,000,000
ii. Social Sector: This sector covers education, health, information, youth and social welfare. This sector is allocated N21,344,000,000 with Education sub-sector receiving the highest allocation of N13,323,000,000 and followed by Health with N5,130,000,000, Information N1,306,000,000, Youths N820,000,000 and Social Welfare N765,000,000.
iii. Environment Sector: The sum of N22,195,000,00 is allocated to this sector to carter for water, drainages, housing, town planning and community development. The Town Planning takes the highest allocation of N15,800,000,000 followed by water supply with N4,345,000,000, Housing with N1,430,000,000, Drainages with N320,000,000, and Community Development with N300,000,000.
iv. Administration Sector: As the machinery for the implementation of government policies and programmes, the sum of N7,317,000,000 is earmarked for the sector.

  1. Before I end this presentation, I would like to once again thank Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members for the continued support and cooperation which makes it easier for us to discharge our responsibilities to the people of Zamfara State. We are indeed very appreciative of the understanding of this hallowed chamber to our government at all times.
  2. It is our sincere hope and prayer that the Honourable House will expedite action in the quick passage of this appropriation bill, so that we can start implementing the budget at the beginning of the first week of January 2018.
  3. Let me also use this medium to express my profound appreciation to the good people of Zamfara State for their prayers, goodwill, support, and understanding which is always key to the successes recorded by this administration since its inception in May 2011.
  4. Finally, Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, I have the pleasure to present before you the Appropriation Bill for the 2018 Budget estimates to the tune of N130,791,068,950 which is made up of N46,449,068,950 and N84,342,000,000 as recurrent and capital expenditures respectively for your consideration and passage into law.
  5. I thank you very much and pray to Almighty Allah to guide you in all your deliberations.
  6. Wassalamu alaikum

An NGO, Orphans and Vulnerable Foundation inaugurates governing council in Zamfara

governing council
Cross section of members of the council

An Non-governmental organization in Zamfara state, Mabruk Orphans and Vulnerable Foundation established in the state yesterday inaugurated its governing council in its effort to conduct the activities of the organization smoothly.

The well attended and impressive ceremony was conducted at its Multi Purpose Hall of the State headquarters of the foundation located at zurmi road in T/wada Gusau.

The chairman of the 14 man governing council, Alh Muh’d Aliyu Anka, (Santurakin Anka), commended the organization for finding them worthy for appointment in to the council and he promised that they would perform their duties diligently.

Earlier the chairperson of the foundation Hajiya Dije Ahmed in her speech, briefed the gathering about the success story of the foundation from conception, registration with Corporate Affairs Commission and contribution of some committed individual both morally and financially to make the take up and actualization of the foundation a success.

The council was officially  inaugurated by the former Chief Judge of Sokoto state Aisha Sani Dahiru, OFR. The former chief judge who is also a patron of the organization commended the organizers of the event and enjoined the inaugurated members of the governing council to put in their best.

The event was blessed by Sheik Ahmad Umar Kanoma who admonished the gathering on the importance of taking care of orphans and the status of those takes care of orphans in the Day of Judgment as having a special place close to the Holy prophet Muhammad SAW.

Important dignitaries that attended the inauguration were the wife of the state deputy governor, Haj Atika Ibrahim Wakkala, the District Head of T/wada Nurudden Kabir Dan Baba, Chairman Zamfara Coalition of NGOs Ibrahim Tudu and Managing Director Gamji Cable Televisions, Aliyu Adamu Tsafe (Dan Madamin Tsafe). Mabruk Orphans and Vulnerable Foundation is a registered member of Zamfara Civil society organizations, the Coalition.

Zamfara NGO and Hauwa Aliyu honoured with awards in Abuja

A non-governmental and humanitarian organization in Zamfara state named Victim of Violence Foundation and one of their member Hauwa’u Aliyu Zurmi yesterday in Abuja received various awards for their services to humanity. The awards were presented to recipients states and members that excelled in the various chapters.

The prestigious awards by the charity foundation were issued at a ceremony and dinner organized by the national body of the organization in Abuja.

Prominent and worthy of mention was the recipient of Most active member award from the Zamfara state chapter of Victim of Violence, Mrs Hauwa’u Aliyu Zurmi. She has been recognised  as very active and also one of the valuable members of the organization.

The state branch was awrded with the Golden State Award which was received by the State Coordnator of the association, Mr Mustapha Sani. The National president of the Victim of Violence Charity foundation, Engr Suleiman Abubakar Gummi presented the Golden state award to Zamfara state chapter of the organization.

The occasion is part of the events marking the 4th year anniversary of the creation of the foundation which was celebrated by Zamfara chapter with a Charity Walk on Domestic Violence which was reported by this medium.

Borno state chapter also clinched the Best Member Award and a cash price of the sum of N150,000. The event was held yesterday at the International Conference Centre in Abuja at Taraba hall. Victim of violence organisation  is also an active member of the zamfara State Coalition of NGOs.

Gusau LG APC social media plans big, to stage convention in December

Elaborate arrangements are in top gear to host one of the largest convention on social media in Zamfara state by the APC Gusau local Government social media organization (GASMO).

Speaking to the editor and publisher myzamfaraonline, the chairman of the organization, Mal Abdul Bala Gusau explained that the convention will be hosted by his organization to showcase the contribution of social media in enlightenment.  He said the theme of the convention was carefully selected, and is titled “the contribution of social media in enlightenment of people for good governance”.

Important dignitaries are expected to attend the occasion coming up on 3rd December 2017. His Excellency the deputy governor of Zamfara state Mal. Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad is expected to grace the occasion as special guest of honor. While the chief host is Engr Babangida Abdullahi, APC party chairman, Gusau LGA.

Other dignitaries are RT Hon Sanusi Garba Rikiji, who is the chairman of the occasion, while Mal. Isah Abubakar Fakal will lead as the guest speaker. The one day convention will be held at karma Hotel in Gusau.

Buhari orders military crackdown in Zamfara, battalion of Special Forces to be deployed

Following recent attacks in Shinkafi and Maradun and other rural villages in Zamfara State in which about 23 people were said to be killed, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a military crackdown on banditry and other criminal activities in the state.

According to a presidency press release on Wednesday, the presidential spokesman Garba Shehu also stated that the president has approved the Minister of Defense, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan Ali request for the deployment of a battalion of Special Forces in Zamfara State in addition to 8 Division of the Nigerian Army in Sokoto.

According to the release the president also approved the transfer of the 1 Brigade of the Nigerian Army from Sokoto to Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.

 

 

Kabiru ‘BBC’ now heads coalition of APC Ward Youth leaders

Youth leaders from all the 147 wards in Zamfara state under the APC  have decided to unite and lunch a  forum  to further the cause of youth in Zamfara state. The group known as the Coalition of Ward Youth Leaders Forum (COWYOLEF) was unveil yesterday at a well attended general meeting of the leaders in Gusau the Zamfara state capital.

In an interview with the newly elected chairman of the forum Kabiru Muhammad popularly known as BBC, he explained to the editor myzamfaronline that “the main objective of the forum is to give youth sense of direction in Zamfara state”. He said  “youth are future leaders as such they should not be left  behind in national development”. He also laments the practice where “politicians abandon youth unattended to just after elections”

The coalition executive members elected to run the affairs of the forum were zoned to the 3 senatorial districts of the state as follows:

ZONE POSITION NAME OF EXCO
 

 

 

CENTRAL ZONE

CHAIRMAN Kabiru Muhammad BBC
PRO 11 Shamsu Abubakar GRA
ASST. SEC. GEN Mansur Lawali Mada
TREASURER Rabiu Ladan Tsafe
WELFARE OFFICER 1 Yususa Nadabo Kanoma
FINANCIAL SECRETARY Abubakar Ahmad Rawayya Bela
IMAM Kabiru Umar ‘Yan Ware
VICE CHAIRMAN 1 Bashiru Dama Bungudu
ZONE POSITION NAME OF EXCO
 

 

 

WESTERN  ZONE

SECRETARY  GEN Sani Umar Naira Goma
VICE CHAIRMAN  11 Sa’idu Bello Digesges
ASST FIN SEC Shehu Isah Sarkin Ruwa
PRO
LEGAL ADVISER 11 Bashar Yahaya
AUDITOR 11 Mansur Abdullahi Sisco
ZONE POSITION NAME OF EXCO
 

 

 

NOTHERN  ZONE

VICE CHAIRMAN 111 Isiyaka Mai Rago
ASST WELFARE OFFICER 11 Jabir Liman Godel
LEGAL ADVISER Ibrahim Dan Gali
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN Nasiru ladan Shehi
AUDITOR 1 Labaran Arzika

The newly elected chairman Kabiru BBC thanked all the 147 ward youth leaders for their sacrifice and promised to work diligently to make the forum very effective, efficient and more sustainable.

NGOs in zamfara to march against domestic violence

All is now set for a charity walk by NGOs tomorrow in Gusau, Zamfara state capital. An NGO named Victim of Violence Charity Foundation Zamfara state chapter is organising the event. Victim of Violence Foundation is a registered member of the state coalition of CSOs, an umbrella body of non governmental organisations in zamfara state.

The charity walk coincides with the 4th year anniversary of the creation of the national body of the organisation in Abuja. This year’s theme of the charity walk is”Fight against rape and domestic violence”.

The charity walk according to programme of events is schedule to starts from the T/Wada roundabout and terminates at old airport (Filin Jirgi), in Gusau is also scheduled to start by 8.00am tomorrow Saturday 18th November, 2017.

According to the State coordinator of the organisation in zamfara state Mr. Mustapha sani, the objective of the event is to create awareness on the issue of Rape and other domestic violence against women. Many NGOs including voluntary first aid organisations and security agencies have been invited to attend.

Many important dignitaries including the Chairman of he state coalition of NGO, Alh Ibrahim Tudu are expected to participate in the charity walk.

Zamfara former Grand Khadi, AbdulNasir, is dead

The former Grand Khadi of zamfara state Justice AbdulNasir Al-Hassan Mafara is dead. He died yesterday Thursday and his funeral rights is to be performed today Friday at Muslim Foundation, Anka road, Gusau by 10.00am. May His soul rest in peace, amin

Middle aged man found hanged in Gusau

An unidentified middle aged man was found hanging on a tree  in gusau the zamfara state capital.  The smell of the decomposing body of the man drew the attention of passersby to the location of the incident.

The strange event was noticed on sunday morning at an area called “Yarloko, at railway behind Mortgage area in Gusau.

Details and circumstances that led to the suicide by hanging by the man where not known. Until official investigation were concluded to ravel the causes of the incident nobody has any idea of the incident.

 

Zamfara govt join hands with elders to look into workers problems

A decision to set up a special Committee to broker peace between Zamfara state Government and its Labour Union has been agreed.  The Executive Governor of the state Hon.( Dr) Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar ( Shattiman Zamfara) stated this today Saturday, Nov 4th, 2017 shortly after a meeting between the state government and the elder statesmen in Gusau, the state Capital.

In a press release signed by Hon. Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, Special Adviser, Public Enlightenment, Media and Communication and obtained by myzamafaraonline reads:

A decision to set up a special Committee to broker peace between Zamfara state Government and its Labour Union has been agreed.

The Executive Governor of the state Hon.( Dr) Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar ( Shattiman Zamfara) stated this today Saturday, Nov 4th, 2017 shortly after a meeting between the state government and the elder statesmen in Gusau, the state Capital.

Governor Yari who honoured the invitation of the elders in an effort to resolve the crisis between the labour and the government, said the interest of the state and the welfare of his people is Paramount to his administration.

The Govt/Elders meeting which took place at Rtd. General Aliyu Muhammad Gusau’s residence in Gusau was chaired by Ambassador Muhammad Z. Anka.

Yari expressed his joy over the involvement of the elders to resolve the government and labour issues.

In his words ” we have resolved to form a committee involving government and NLC/TUC officials to harmonise all grievances and provide a way forward.”

Governor Abdulaziz Yari further stated that the committee has from now to the end of December this year, within which to Carry out it’s assignment and is expected to provide acceptable recommendations to both parties.

The meeting was attended by the State Deputy Governor Malam Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad Liman, Speaker of the State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Sanusi Garba Rikiji, Secretary to State Government Prof. Abdullahi Muhammad Walin Shinkafi, Ambassador M.Z Anka, Rtd Gen. Aliyu Muhammad Gusau, Malam Yahaya Abdulkarim, Dr. Bello Aliyu Gusau, Alh Dauda Lawan Dare, the state Commissioners of Finance Hon. Mukhtar Shehu Idris and that of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Hon. Muttaka Muhammad Rini.

Others are, the state SUBEB Chairman Hon. Murtala Adamu Jangebe, Chairmen of NLC and TUC Comrade Bashir Mohammad Mafara and Comrade Mansur Mustapha Kaura respectively and the Elders Forum’s Secretary Alhaji Sambo Gusau among others.

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