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Matawalle Swears in New Cabinet, warns against laxity

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Sani Muhammad Sani
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has sworn in new Cabinet after subjecting the new appointees to swear their innocence of complixity in the ongoing banditry activities in the state.
Governor Matawalle also sworn in a new Secretatary to the State Government, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, a new Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed, 18 new Commissioners, 11 new Special Advisers and some permanent secretaries in the state.
He enjoined them to brace up for what he described as “the new beginning” of an era of consolidating the gains recorded in the last two years of the administration. He extolled the virtues of his Government’s new choice  and said, “A cursory overview of the antecedents of the members of the new team is enough to convince everyone that a new march to make Zamfara State great has begun”.
However, Governor Matawalle warned that his administration will not condone laxity or complacency at this critical hour of the state’s journey out of the woods as the bandits are fast being routed while a new beginning that will usher in peace and conducive atmosphere for development is assured.
The Governor reviewed the successes being recorded as a result of the recent stringent measures taken to route the bandits in the state. He said that already, hundreds of the bandits are already on the tun after hundreds of them have been killed and others arrested along with hundreds of their collaborators across the state.
Just as his administration has initiated palliative measures to address the hardship being experienced as a result of the measures earlier taken, Governor, Matawalle called on citizens in the state to continue to exercise more patience as there is certainly a light beaming at the end of the tunnel.
Governor Matawalle also took time to review his recent visits to the US and Turkey where he said the two -week official engagements has ended in a very positive result with several companies having signed MoUs with the Government on wide range of developmental initiatives. These cut across  science, health, education, security and commerce.
The Governor announced that a Turkish company will engage in the provision of fighter drones and its operation to further improve on the fight against the bandits in the state. This will be consilidated on the 20th of this month when the Turkish President arrives Nogeria to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Additionally, the Government has signed an MoU with  Cuba involving relations in the atea of science, health and technology. This will see  students from Zamfara state studying in these areas in Cuba.
Governor Matawalle also met with the  Board of Directors of MAP International, where he discussed about medical health supplies, particularly for IDP camps, and the upgrade of medical equipment in Zamfara State hospitals. MAP also donated five containers of hospital supplies, one of which is already on its way to Lagos. It  pledged to send more medical supply containers to supplement the five that had already been donated to the State. 
Other achievements recorded in the visit include the meeting with the Turkish -Nigerian Business Congress along with some Nigerian Governors where they met with more than 20 companies willing to invest in the concerned states. On the part of Zamfara State, Governor Matawalle signed a memorandum of understanding with one of the investors to establish mineral resources and gold buying centre in Zamfara State while others  to establish a Tomato paste   company, Yoghurt and bottling companyand an Animal feed company.

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ACF hails Gov. Yusuf 50% slash down of school fees, says the move is exemplary

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The Arewa Consultative Forum( ACF) has hail the 50% reduction of school fees for indigent students by the incumbent Governor, of Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf as exemplary and worthy to emulate by other governor’s.

Gov. Yusuf has recently cut down 50% reduction in the registration fee for the 2023/2024 academic session for all Kano State indigenes studying regular courses at the Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Dambatta and other state owned tertiary institutions accross the state to cushion  the worsening economic situation people have been going through. 

While reacting to the governor’s initiative, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Goni Farouk Umar  described the decision as both revolutionary and a hallmark of visionary leadership. 

He noted with delight the Kano State government’s resolve to restore its foreign scholarship programme designed to sponsor 1001 best graduates which demonstrates the government compassion that resulted in the payment of N700million registration fees for 700 Kano State students at the Bayero University Kano. 

The ACF leader noted that both the slashing of the fees in state owned institutions, and the off-setting of the BUK fees would go along way to ease the burden on parents and the students occasioned by the current economic hardship. 

Dr  Umar who describe education as power, and pivot in society’s advancement, prayed for the successful implementation of the government’s pro-poor education policies.

 He also appealed to all sections of the community to support educational development in all facets. 

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Nigeria’s President Tinubu say’s country’s pilgrim who return $80,000 to owner in Saudi is a pride of all.

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President of Nigeria, Mr  Ahmed Bola Tinubu will honour Zamfara pilgrim Hajiya A’ishatu ‘Yan Guru Nahuce who found $80,000 in Saudi Arabia during the last Hajj exercise and return the money to it’s rightful owner. Chairman Zamfara State Hajj Commission, Alhaji Musa Mallaha has revealed.

Mallaha disclosed that the president is overwhelmed by the act of honesty exhibited by the female pilgrim hence he directed the National Hajj Commission to organize a national press conference to interview the woman for record keeping while in Saudi.

When the directives was given by the president according to Mallaha, the woman was already airlifted back to Nigeria adding that arrangements are in top gear to ensure the presidential directives is implemented as soon as possible.

Mr. Mallaha who revealed that president Tinubu expressed delight and pointed out that Hajiya Nahuce has brought respect and honour to her country Nigeria said the commission’s preparation towards the national press conference in Nigeria now will include the State governor, Dauda Lawan keying into the activities.

Mallaha further said that her honesty is a pride to all Muslims accross the globe.

The woman during the last excise stumbled into the money while performing Tawaff at the Ka’abah, she said that she kick the bag of the money to a distance for fear of been trample upon if she bow down to pick it up because of the large crowd. An Arab Pilgrim who saw her action pick the bag and gave it to her thinking that it was hers.

Mrs. Nahuce who was sponsored to Hajj by her son’s revealed that it was her first trip to the holy land.

She further revealed in an interview that, she took the money to the officials of her local government Hajj commission and handed it over. The officials met Saudi Authorities and within few days the owner was found and the money was returned to him.

She commented that she was not aware of the magnitude of her action until she was back home to Nigeria where she understands that the news went viral before her arrival

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Nigerian Army neutralize 7 bandits, comb bush for others in Zamfara

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Nigerian Army neutralized seven Armed Bandits while several others flee with gunshots wounds in the late hours of Monday. 

The bandits in large number according to reliable source attempted to infiltrate and attack the troops at Kango Sabuwa. The gallant troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with troops deployed at Forward Operating Base Wanke were steps ahead of them.

This was achieved by the troops in an ambush operation along the route suspected to be used by the Bandits.

The troops Shortly after the encounter proceeds in pursuit of other fleeing wounded bandits, recovered 1 Machine Gun, ammunition and 6 Motorcycles from the armed bandits.

The Commander Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji, Major General Godwin Mutkut commends the troops for their bravery and resilience in dealing with the Armed Bandits.

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