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ARDP/MAC-ARTHUR ORGANIZES ONE-DAY HIGH-LEVEL MEETING WITH ZMSG OFFICIALS AND CSO’s ON (OGP)

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Arewa Research and Development Project with the support from MacArthur Foundation has organized a one-day-high level meeting with the state and non-state actors who are to drive the Open Government Partnership (OGP) project in Zamfara State.

The meeting which was held in Kaduna had the Secretary to Zamfara State Government Kabiru Balarabe Dan isah in attendance as well as the Co-chair of the Zamfara OGP initiative for the government who doubled as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Strategy Garzali Shehu Bungudu.

Some selected civil society representatives also attended the meeting, where critical issues regarding commitment and strategic plans for the two years engagement were deliberated.

Director Arewa Research and Development Project Prof. Kabiru Sulaiman Chafe chaired the meeting and called on both government actors and civil society representatives to play active complimentary roles in making sure that governance has been improved in Zamfara State.

He said Zamfara right from the concept of its birth was created because of its visible solid minerals and agricultural potentials, but noted that over the years things began to fall apart and the state is suffering from the menace of poor governance.

On his part, Secretary to Zamfara State Government Kabiru Balarabe Danisah expressed happiness with the ARDP initiative of bringing together the government actors and civil society organizations to work together for the success of the OGP project in Zamfara noting that the state government would do everything required to make sure that Zamfara state has excelled among other states that have joined OGP.

He assured that since the Governor has given him free hand to initiate and bring new ideas that would change the fortune of things in Zamfara he would not relent to partnering with the ARDP in charting the way forward for Zamfara, especially in the areas of extractive transparency.

At the end of the meeting 30th August to 3rd September 2021 was proposed for the meeting to adopt Zamfara State action plans for the OGP as well as inauguration of the state steering committee but subject to the convenience of the Governor who is to chair the the inauguration session.

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ZMHA AMEND LAW ON AREA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

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Members of Zamfara state house of assembly has passed into law amended Bill for a Law to amend the Area Development Council Establishment Act Law No(7).

The development followed the delivery of
committee report by the house leader Faruk Musa Dosara who doubled as the Chairman of the house standing committee on local government.

With the new development, the qualifications for someone to be appointed as administrator of Area Development Council is senior living certificate .

The new law also stated that, the person to be appointed as Administrator for the Area Development Council must attain the age of (25) years.

The new amendment had also provided that, funds for the execution of development projects be credited to the account of the area development Council directly.

 

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ZMHA SCREEN FMR. BBC STAFF, TWO OTHERS AS SPECIAL ADVISERS.

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Three additional nominees for the post of Special Advisers have been screened by the members of the state house of assembly.

The nominees are Malam Sahabi Ahmad Mada, Dr. Nura Makwashe and Malan Shehu Garba.

Until his appointment, Dr. Makwashe is an academic staff working with the Bayero University Kano and also worked with BBC London during his study days in the United Kingdom.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki the screening followed an executive communication received from the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Presenting the nominees before the members, the house leader, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara urged his colleagues to accept the nomination and confirm the appointment of the nominees.

Speaker Nasiru Magarya confirmed the nomination of the candidates as unanimous decision of the house.

Magarya urged the nominees to bring their experience to bear and justify the confidence reposed on them in ensuring the sustainable development of the state.

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BILL ON ZAMFARA ANTI-THURGGERY AGENCY SCALES THROUGH FIRST & SECOND READING

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A Bill for an act to establish Zamfara State Anti Thuggery Agency scales through first and second readings on the floor of the state house of assembly on Tuesday.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki, the proposed executive Bill was presented on the floor of the house by the House Leader Faruk Musa Dosara.

After extensive deliberation, Biyabiki said, the Bill scales through first and second readings and later presented before the standing Committee on justice and security for further legislative consideration.

“Hon. Magarya said, if established vthe Agency will among other things complement the security agencies’ efforts in curtailing anti-thuggery activities and other social vices in the state” Biyabiki added.

Speaker Magarya called on the committee members to work hard and accomplish the assigned responsibilities within the stipulated period.

 

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