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Galadi Foundation commend zamfara elders, vows to sponsor bill to support them

The Galadi Foundation which is a non governmental organisation in the state, rising from its Executive Committee Meeting of Friday, 3rd day of November, 2017 at which they discussed on the need to institutionalise the Zamfara State Council of Elders. At the end of the meeting the foundation released a communique commending the elder and promised to sponsor a private member bill to support their effort.

The communique reads: To start with, we sincerely commend the effort of the elders in providing truce and engaging all stakeholders towards amicable resolution of issues in Zamfara State. We are however of the firm belief that the elders would serve the society better if their activities are backed by the law, under which, their responsibilities, qualification, disqualification, powers, limitations, criteria for appointment and general modus operandi are clearly spelt out.

We consider as germane the need to reach out to all the relevant stakeholders and embark on massive public sensitization, enlightenment and awareness campaigns on the need to have that legal framework. On this note, a committee has been set up to discharge that responsibility. We are also strategizing to pay visit to some select Emirate Councils in the state and some key personalities with a view to attracting more support.

All things been equal, in due course, Bello Galadi Foundation will organize and sponsor a technical session of all stakeholders, including but not limited to MDAs, labour unions, CSOs, governments at all levels, traditional institutions, professional bodies, legislative and judicial agencies, religious bodies, security agencies, media houses etc, at which to galvanize and harmonize all ideas and come up with a common position that will be transmitted, in form of a Private Bill to the Zamfara State House of Assembly for onward passage as a Law. We view this as part of our corporate social responsibilities as citizens of Zamfara State.

We appeal to the general public to support us to achieve this remarkable fiat. We are determined to do much more good things for the betterment of the common man. The communique was jointly signed by the president of the foundation, Barr. Bello Idris (Turakin Galadi, Chiroman Batauna) and the secretary, Alh. Nura Mas’ud Dauran.

Zamfara Master Printers appeal to state goverment

Zamfara state government has been urged to support small and media scale enterprises (SMEs) in the state. The call was made today by the president of the master printers association of Nigeria, zamfara state chapter, Alh Ahmad Ibrahim Aba at a monthly meeting organised by the association in Gusau the state capital.

The association which is the umbrella body of printing companies in the state consist of about 100 printing organisations in zamfara state. He said: “zamfara government should help their organisations with loans and other incentives in order boost printing trade and also create more employment to the teaming youth.”

Te president of the association also called on the government to patronise their services and avoid sending printing jobs to other states. Alh Ahmad Aba added:  “printers in Zamfafa state can handle all type of printing jobs within their preses if given the opportunity”.

Master printer association he said was established to unite and improve the capacity of printers in the state to make them more united and responsive to the demand of the trade.

Our payers to sick DG Press, Sama’ila MC

Our brother and colleague the DG Press Office of the Governor, Alh Bello Sama’ila MC needs our prayers. Sama’ila MC has been hospitalised at Yariman Bakura Hospital for 2 weeks now.

He has been diagnosed and receiving treatment for Diebetics and High Blood Pressure. A post on the wall of one of his friends and colleague Tambarin Gusau shows that Isma’ila MC is also facing possible blindness.

We urge and call for all necessary action and measures to be extended to him by all concern to enable him to take care of his health condition. Allah ya bashi lafiya, amin.

How Ex – Governors get their pensions

Issues around salaries, pensions and gratuity and the mode or consistency of their payments by states  especially  pensions for retired public servants have recently assume different dimension depending on states ability and inability or capacity to pay as when due.

An NGO, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Projects (SERAP) recently released pensions being paid to Ex-Governors in states. Even though the tables did not show the amount of money in cash they received, the details show that states assemblies has approved various incentives to the former governors.

As other public servants are struggling to get their pensions payments regularly and up to date, former state governors are having added advantage and are not known to supper same fate. As for Zamfara state the organisation SERAP has published the details of added intensives for life to zamfara former governors as follows;

–        Two personal staff

–        Two vehicles, replaceable every 4 years

–        Two drivers

–        Full medical for the former governors and their immediate families in Nigeria and abroad

–        Four bedroom flat in Zamfara

–        A furnished office with free telephone, and

–        30 days paid annual vacation

What is not clear is whether apart from the above items if the pensions as approved is paid regularly and the quantum of cash paid monthly or annually to the former chief servants.

FAKENEWS: Zamfara Police clears the air on massacre of 120

The police in Zamfara State on Thursday debunked a spreading report which detailed purported murder of 120 people by herdsmen in the state, warning media practitioners to display an acceptable degree of intellectual curiosity before publishing contents.

The state commissioner of police, Shaba Alkali, told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday afternoon that his command had not witnessed such a chilling attack as claimed by the reports.

“Nothing of such occurred in Zamfara State,” Mr. Alkali said. “Not in Gusau (the capital) and not anywhere within the state.”

The report was published in a newspaper (not PREMIUM TIMES) and a blog on Thursday, before spreading to social media to the consternation of users.

The outlets relied on the account of a Facebook user who identified himself as Waziri Mohammed. The user, whose profile shows he had links with the National Emergency Management Agency, said the purported killing occurred last Saturday, slamming the media for failing to report it.

He also used the false announcement to argue that herdsmen attacks are not restricted to the North-central and southern parts of the country.

But Mr. Alkali insisted that, contrary to what the picture depicted, no attack of such scale occurred in Zamfara.

“Kindly believe that the report is part of fake news that has been growing on the Internet,” Mr. Alkali said. “Media professionals like you should always inform the public on what is true and what is clearly mischievous and only intended to cause violence.”

Some of Mr. Mohammed’s Facebook friends who commented on the update said the picture was recirculated from the 2014 killing of schoolboys by Boko Haram in Yobe State. But Mr. Mohammed did not counter their assertion, even as he continued with other activities on his page.

CREDIT: Copied, source: Premium Times

JUST IN: AbdulHadi, Garkuwan Yanware is dead

Reports reaching myzamfaraonline indicates that Hon. Abdulhadi Saidu, Garkuwan Yanware is dead. He was reported killed by suspected Armed robbers Thursday on his may from Kaduna to Tsafe near Magazu town.

The sun sets too early for Garkuwan Yanware. A political gladiator, a youth leader, a modest and hard working traditional title holder, Hon Abdulhadi Sai’du life was cut short yesterday from gun shots.

The time and venue of funeral arrangement are yet to emerge as at the time of filing this report. We condole his family, Tsafe emirate and the people of zamfara state. May his soul rest in peace, amin

BREAKING: A Nigerian, Faisal has won Saudi Qur’anic recitation competition

Hafiz Faisal Muhammad Auwal Shinkafi from Zamfara, Nigeria has won the 2nd position at the just concluded qur’anic recitation competition in Saudi Arabia. Faisal has successfully won his position from the category of Recitation (reading)  and Commentary (Tafsir).

The King Abdulaziz International Qur’nic Recitation Competition is an annual event that attract participants from all over the world. Its aimed at boosting the correct recitation and commentary of the glorious Qur’an among the Muslim ummah especially the youth.

The first position was clinched by a Saudi Arabian citizen while the third position went to an Egyptian.

 

Zamfara to generate 30 Mgwatt from Bakalori

Zamfara State Government is working in partnership with Federal Government to generate 30 Megawatts of electricity from the Bakolori Dam.

The Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, Lawal M. Liman said this on Wednesday in Gusau. He said the aim of the partnership is to boost power supply to the state.

The commissioner who is the Chairman of the State Projects Monitoring Committee, said that the partnership was part of issues discussed at the September meeting of the National Council on Power, held in Jos.

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he revealed that the federal government has promised to provide technical support under the National Energy Support Programme, for the actualisation of the project. “We are already discussing with some power generation firms, to achieve the target,” the commissioner said. NAN

Zamfara Coalition of NGOs presentation on True federalism

The coalition of NGOs an umbrella body of CSOs in Zamfara is composed of 130 registered and credible NGOs, CBOs, CSOs and FBOs in the state. So we the civil society organizations in Zamfara State parties to ZASCONS, drawing inspiration from our Traditional, social, geographical and political history from which we developed the values of unity, peace, democracy and development;

Believing that this committee is sincerely working on the path of unity and development of Nigeria which will lead to empowering its citizens from the weakest and most emerging to the strongest;

Therefore wishes to forward our memorandum to this esteemed committed based on our common interest which is a united and better Nigeria.

MEMORANDUM

BY

 ZAMFARA COALITION OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS (ZASCONS)

Zamfara State

SUBMITTED TO

ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) COMMITTEE ON TRUE FEDERALISM

AT THE ZONAL HEARING FOR KEBBI, SOKOTO & ZAMFARA STATES

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

 

PREAMBLE

The coalition of NGOs is the umbrella body of CSOs in Zamfara. It’s composed of 130 registered and credible NGOs, CBOs, CSOs and FBOs in the state.

We the civil society organizations in Zamfara State parties to ZASCONS, drawing inspiration from our Traditional, social, geographical and political history from which we developed the values of unity, peace, democracy and development;

Believing that this committee is sincerely working on the path of unity and development of Nigeria which will lead to empowering its citizens from the weakest and most emerging to the strongest;

Therefore wishes to forward our memorandum to this esteemed committed based on our common interest which is a united and better Nigeria.

 

OUR NETWORK OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS

SN NAME OR NETWORK COORDINATOR SIGN
1. Zamfara Youth Support Network Jamilu Dinawa
2. Zamfara Education Support Network Dr Tukur Hussaini
3. Zamfara Environmental Network Tamim ibn Abdullah
4. Zamfara Network of the Less Privileged Lawal Dan Gusau
5. Zamfara Women &  Children Platform Maryam Idris
6. Zamfara Network for Good Governance, Human Rights and Peace Suleiman Abdullahi
7. Zamfara Health Support Network Shehu Dinawa

 

OUR POSITION IN RESPECT TO TRUE FEDERALISM

 

SN TITTLE THE  ISSUES VOTE/ OPINION

 

RATIONALE
1.  

CREATION OF STATES

-Current  applications, agitation and request we 18 states (COMPAB report)  

    NO

-18 addition states not healthy to Nigeria,

-Current states are not viable

-it increases cost of governance and legislatures salaries

-it tilts balance of power to a particular region

 

 

MERGER OF STATES

-Current request re based on ethnicity and regionalism  

    NO

-Bring more disunity in rthe polity,

-Brings more agitations and

– not good for development and democracy

 

2.  

DERIVATION PRINCIPLE

-Mineral resources and oil derivation are enjoyed by few states  

 

   YES

 -the current 13% should be maintained,

– increase or decrease will not solve agitation,

– some states are still disadvantaged

 

3.  

DEVOLUTION OF POWERS

-The name is  not coined very well as this name is divisive and suspicious

 

-It has already been  rejected by the senate and house of representatives

  

 

 

     NO

-It will cause abuse of power,

-Cause disunity,

-More states will be disadvantaged, and

-FG should yield more powers to keep the country united

4.  

FEDERATING UNITS

-some states are now  weak,

-We need to make the state more viable

 

 

YES to 36 states structure

– we reject regions or zones to be federating units

-The structure should be maintained

-Federalism cannot be operated successfully with insincere agitations

-With reformed presidential system we don’t need a hybrid of the systems

 

5.  

FISCAL FEDERATION & REVENUE ALLOCATION

Currently:

FGN –

52.68%

 

States- 26.72%

 

LGA –

20.60%

 

The FORMULA should be CHANGED

Our New revenue allocation Formula Proposal is :

FG – 30%

 

States – 30%,

 

LGA- 20%

 

6.  

FORM OF GOVERNMENT

-Presidential is very expensive

– its more democratic and  it can be made better by reduction of elections and national assembly members

 

 

NO change

-We should continue with presidential system but with adjustment, such as reforms and constitutional amendment where necessary like what we are doing today

 

7.  

INDEPENDENT CANDIDACY 

-Is part of democratic tenants,

– is not a privilege

-political parties are too numerous without offices or winning any seats

 

 

    YES 

-Every citizen has the right to be voted for

-political parties should not be impediments

-choice increase beauty of democracy and representation

8.  

LAND TENURE

 

No change

-Should remain in the constitution,

-one of the uniting factors and federal cohesion

 

9.  

LOCAL GOVT AUTONOMY

-they can’t function because they are not autonomous,

-They  don’t function because of corruption,

-They don’t function because some governors don’t want them

 

 

   YES

-3 tier system should be upheld as the constitutional provided

-774 units can help development at grass roots,

 

 

10.  

POWER SHARING

-Currently adopted by some political  parties  

     NO

-its very divisive,

-its undemocratic and

-not unsuitable for a nation like Nigeria

 

11.  

RESOURCE CONTROL

    

 

     NO

-it’s a potent danger that will lead to break up of the country

-Is very divisive and not democratic

-Mineral resources shld be exploited by FGN

 

12.  

TYPE OF LEGISLATURE

-Currently bi-camera

-Very expensive and some duplication of roles

    

YES to Uni-camera

-we support Uni – camera,

– with part time system and

-allowances based on sitting

 

13.  

ANY OTHER MATTER

No mention of any strong legislation on anti corruption, special courts, death penalty, etc by APC committee YES, to Anti-Corruption War -We need strong Legislation on corruption

– total ban and disqualification of the corrupt to contest at any level

 

In conclusion, we pray to the Almighty Allah to continue to bless our leaders with wisdom, health and wide heart to be able to unite and develop our nation to the envy of some other countries. So help us God.

Long Live Coalition of NGOs! Long Live Zamfara State!! Long Live Nigeria!!!

Thank you for listening and God bless

                                               

IBRAHIM TUDU, Chairman                                       

Zamfara facts you must know

Here are some vital statistics, facts and figures concerning zamfara state state that may help your knowledge of the state in relation to her status in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

ZAMFARA STATE

Slogan: Farming is Our Pride

Coordinates:  12°10′N 6°15′E Coordinates: 12°10′N 6°15′E
 Country Nigeria
Date created 1 October 1996
Capital Gusau
 Government                       APC
Governor  Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari
 Land Area
Total 39,762 km2 (15,352 sq mi)
Ranking in States 7th of 36
 Population
Estimate (2011) 3,838,160
Ranking in States 23rd of 36
 Time zone WAT (UTC+01)
ISO 3166 code NG-

 

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