2023: The cracks in Zamfara PDP

September 21, 2022 Sani Bashir Gusau 0

As the 2023 general elections draw close, Nigeria’s main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is rocked by endless internal squabbles. However, the party was able to conduct one of the most rancour-free elective national conventions in October 2021, chaired by the Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, which produced Senator. Iyorchia Ayu as the party’s national chairman. But unlike the Read More

2023: Delist PDP governorship candidate’s name in Zamfara, APC tells INEC

September 20, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

Following the Federal High Court judgement nullifying the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in Zamfara state that produced Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare as candidate, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has demanded delisting the opposition party and its 2023 governorship candidate as directed by the court. The APC also urged the the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not Read More

Matawalle’s efforts against banditry in Zamfara state

September 19, 2022 Zailani Bappa 0

Now that we are witnessing an improved security situation in the state, it is pertinent to have flashback on efforts employed at various times to end, specifically, banditry in the state. Banditry in Zamfara state started with simple cattle rustling and became a real threat in 2011. Nine years on when Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle assumed office, it was at Read More

‘Zamfara least in neonatal/under-5 mortality rate in North-west’

September 16, 2022 Sanusi Muhammad Gusau 0

Based on the statistics for 2021 recently released by the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) and National Immunisation Coverage Survey (NICS), Zamfara state is rated the least in neonatal and children under-five mortality and morbidity rates in the North-west zone. The executive secretary of the state’s Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Tukur Ismail, disclosed this in an interview with Read More

2023: Court nullifies Zamfara PDP governorship primary poll, orders fresh primaries

September 16, 2022 Sanusi Muhammad Gusau 0

The Federal High Court Gusau has nullified the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election for next year’s general elections. The presiding judge, Justice Aminu Baffa, delivered the judgement Friday during the ruling on the case. He held that, “Based on the record judgement with 109 pages, the court having been satisfied with the case filed before it by Engr. Read More

Matawalle sacks special adviser for incompetence

August 30, 2022 Sanusi Muhammad, Gusau 0

Zamfara state Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has approved the termination of appointment of Hon. Kabiru Sahabi Liman, as a Special Adviser with immediate effect. The action was contained in a statement made available to Blueprint, Monday, issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Alh. Kabiru Balarabe. According to the statement, the decision followed close monitoring exercise which revealed that Read More

Zamfara 2023: APC, the people and a rattled opposition

August 14, 2022 Najib Ibrahim 0

Every politician and political party goes into elections wearing the mask of victory even where there are many who know from the word go that they stand no chance. This hope peddling has become part and parcel of the business. Although it helps to give the polity the semblance of choice, the truth is, the people, who are the numero Read More

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How dev’t partners are helping to rebuild education in Zamfara state

August 14, 2022 Blueprint 0

The education sector which had suffered from serious setbacks in Zamfara state due to the activities of bandits is receiving attention from international partners and relevant agencies as a way of rebuilding the sector again. MOHAMMED SANUSI reports. Considering the importance of girls education in the country, but largely hampered by the activities of bandits especially in the North-west part Read More

Zamfara govt to reconstruct 5 broken bridges in 4 LGAs for N700m

August 12, 2022 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Zamfara state government has disclosed that it would reconstruct five broken bridges linking four local government areas of the state. The Commissioner for Rural Development and Cooperatives, Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin Bore, made the disclosure while fielding questions from newsmen during an inspection of the One Brigade cantonment access road project embarked upon by the state government through his ministry Read More

‘#ZamfaraBandits’: Beyond the root causes

August 11, 2022 Ismail Misbahu 0

On July 26, 2022, the BBCAfrica News, on Twitter, programmed an interactive discourse hash-tagged #ZamfaraBandits, which was audio-taped for an hour, and hosted by Dr. Aliyu Tanko, with experienced voices dialoguuing the current dimension of banditry and kidnapping in the North-west of Nigeria. Being a student of history, I am impressed by the way some of our advocates begin to Read More

Zamfara commissioner lauds Assembly for Okaying Social Protection Bill

August 5, 2022 Sanusi Muhammad Gusau 0

The passage of the long-awaited Social Protection Bill into law by the Zamfara state House of Assembly has been described as “commendable.” The Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Fa’ika M. Ahmed, stated this while reacting to the passage of the bill into law by the House led by the speaker, Nasiru Ma’azu Magarya. This was Read More

Zamfara and ONE Campaign’s bogus advocacy

August 2, 2022 Saleh Ahmadu 0

A professor of mine, an expert in public commentary, once opined that many times, people are hoodwinked and bamboozled by dodgy reports, especially coming from advocacy groups that never expose their data collection approaches to public scrutiny, or make any attempt to explain to the public how they arrived at some outrageous conclusions. It is in keeping with the shady Read More

2023: Tinubu organisation inaugurates new exco in Zamfara

July 29, 2022 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Zamfara state chapter of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT) for President on Wednesday inaugurated the new executive members as campaign team to actualise Tinubu’s dream as next president come 2023. This was contained in a statement by the organisation’s publicity secretary, Idris Salisu, on Friday. According to him, the inauguration ceremony led by the state coordinator, Tanimu Mohammad Mada, Read More

2023: Zamfara APC demands commitment from Tinubu over insecurity

July 7, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

  As part of conditions to mobilise support for him, the members and stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have asked presidential candidate of the party Bola Ahmed Tinubu to show them commitment on how to quickly end the insecurity ravaging the state and the North-west zone if elected president next year. The stakeholders made the demand during Read More

Zamfara emir’s demise: We’ve lost a kind, caring ruler – Buhari

June 10, 2022 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday mourned the demise of the longest-serving Zamfara monarch, Emir of Kwatarkwashi, in Bungudu local government area of the state, Alhaji Ahmad Umar, describing the death as “a void that cannot be filled.” President Buhari said “a kind and caring ruler has left us,” adding that the 61 years of the deceased on the throne had witnessed Read More

Breaking: In Zamfara, longest serving monarch dies at 93

June 9, 2022 Sanusi Muhammad, Gusau 0

The death has occurred of the longest-serving traditional ruler in Zamfara state, the emir of Kwatarkwashi, Alhaji Ahmad Umar. According to the statement signed by the Secretary to the state government, Balarabe Danisa, and made available to Blueprint, the emir died after protracted illness, aged 93. Late. Alhaji Ahmad Umar has been a longest and eldest traditional ruler on the Read More

Zamfara PDP denies suspension of state chairman

May 23, 2022 Sanusi Mohammed 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara has denied reports that the executive committee of the party suspended the state chairman of the party, Colonel, retired Bala Mande. The publicity secretary of the party, Abba Bello Ouando, stated this at a news conference in Gusau. Bello said he was in Abuja when the letter was circulated on social media, and Read More

Zamfara allocates N8.3bn to improve SMEs

May 19, 2022 Sanusi Muhammad 0

The Zamfara state government has earmarked N8. 3 billion to improve small and medium enterprises and shared among 152,107 beneficiaries across 14 local government areas of the state. Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle stated this Thursday at the formal inauguration of COVID -19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus in the state “tagged” Matawalle Vision 2023. He said the programme is a Read More

Zamfara: Why I donated 35 cars to my support groups – Jaji

May 19, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The national coordinator Baba For All, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji has explained why he donated 35 Peugeot 406 wagon to the leaders of his political support groups across the 14 local government areas of Zamfara state. In a statement released Thursday in Abuja, Hon. Jaji, a former House of Representatives committee chairman on security and intelligence in the eight Assembly, Read More

Zamfara: Baba For All coordinator, Jaji returns reps nomination forms

May 14, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The national coordinator of Baba For All , Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji has submitted his nomination and expression of interest forms for House of Representatives under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The forms were returned on behalf of Hon Jaji by party stalwarts, officials and political associates who troops in large numbers to show their support. Recall Read More

Breaking: In Zamfara, commissioner quits Matawalle’s cabinet

Zamfara state commissioner of religious affairs and Chief Imam of Muslim Foundation Juma’at Mosque in Gusau Dr. Sheik Tukur Sani Jangebe has resigned his appointment. This is contained in a letter dated May 1, 2022 which was signed by him and made available to Blueprint in Gusau Monday. Sheik Jangebe expressed gratitude to Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle for the opportunity Read More

Banditry: Zamfara deposes Zurmi, Dansadau emirs, district head

April 28, 2022 Blueprint 0

Zamfara state government has deposed the emirs of Zurmi, Atiku Muhammadu, and his Dansadau counterpart, Hussaini Umar, over their alleged links with bandits. The government also sacked the district head of Birnin Tsaba, Sulaiman Ibrahim, for the same offence. The press secretary to the deputy governor, Babangida Zurmi, told Premium Times that the decision was taken Wednesday evening following the Read More