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BAKURA APC RALLY: MATAWALLE IS A REAL GAME PLAYER & POLITICAL MARADONA OF OUR GENERATION

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Anas Sani Anka

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“I cannot imagine the mammoth crowd that I saw in Bakura. I was mad when I looked left, right and center and I could not see the tale end of the crowd. I said to myself Matawalle is really a political game player and indeed a political Maradona of our own generation” an APC supporter from Maradun stated this.

This statement serves as the background of my analysis of the APC political campaign rally held in Bakura on Wednesday the 28th of December 2022.

The rally in my opinion has become moral boost that further signifies how strong and powerful APC is in Zamfara State and also continue to lighten up the chances of the party and all its candidates in the forthcoming 2023 election.

The rally has become one of the “talk of town” hence hundreds of thousands of APC supporters congregated at the Bakura campaign Square to rally their support to the Gubernatorial candidature of Matawalle. Many observers had started to compare note between Kaura Namoda and Bakura APC campaign rallies.

 

As usual, the campaign train was led by the former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari in company of the former Governors of Zamfara Yariman Bakura, Mahmuda Shinkafi and rest of other APC political power brokers.

The campaign train took more than three hours crawling from Bakura junction to the Emir’s Palace because of the crowd of supporters and well-wishers that are full of anxiety to greet the Governor on arrival in Bakura town.

Governor Matawalle alongside former Governor Yari and Sen. Yarima looking visibly happy continue to waved at the supporters and wished them well in return.

 

They paid a royal visit to the Emir of Bakura Muhammad Bello Sani where he prayed for the Governor and wish him and all the APC candidate success.

The campaign train moved to the campaign Square, where speeches were made to appreciate the unwavering support and allegiance of Bakura people to the party (APC).

Sen. Yarima who hailed from Bakura commended Governor Bello Matawalle for his political foresight in ensuring that APC is united for the peace and prosperity to broker in Zamfara state.

 

He also commended Governor Yari for accepting the peace offer and for leading the course of uniting the APC as one indivisible political entity.

He assured that with coming together of the APC power brokers and indeed the supporter, the chapter of political opposition is closed in Zamfara state.

Sen. Saidu Muhammad Dansadau took lengthy time to remind the APC supporters on the significance of political reconciliation and the benefit it intends to bring in the development of the state.

He made in-depth reference with verses of the Holy Quran and prophetic traditions to explain the necessity of political reconciliation and why people, especially party supporters should accept it.

Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar thanked people of Bakura for their sustained support to the manifestos of the APP, ANPP and now APC noting that their support remain one of the ground pillars that empower the APC to its present level of development.

He assured that, the unity in the Zamfara APC will remain a reference point to Nigerian politicians as peace is turning back to solidify the chances of the party in the state.

Governor Matawalle expressed gratitude to the thousands of party supporters for their patience and assured them of his resolve to continue to do more to enhance their living standard.

He thanked all the APC stakeholders for their commitment to the genuine reconciliation and urged every one to further sealed off their differences for the betterment of the party.

Former Governor Yari and all APC candidates from Zamfara West, while people declared in the open their political solidarity to the candidates.

The campaign train moved to Bungudu local government area on Thursday.

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ZAMFARA AG. GOV. NASIHA VISITS CBN GUSAU BRANCH, ASK COMMERCIAL BANKS TO IMPROVE ON SERVICE DELIVERY.

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Zamfara State Acting Governor Sen. Hassan Muhammad Nasiha has paid an unscheduled visit to the Gusau branch of Central Bank on Monday.

The visit was part of the commitment of the Matawalle administration to ensure that the suffering of the people of the state in trying to access cash from banks has been reduced to the barest minimum.

According to the Spokesperson of the Deputy Governor Babangida Umar Zurmi, the Senator expressed dismay with the manner at which people are spending multiple hours at the ATM points trying to access cash for their daily activities.

He therefore urged the CBN to develop ways of getting people out of the present predicament.

In a response, the branch controller of CBN Mal. Buhari Abbas thanked the Deputy Governor for the visit and assured that the needful would be done and cash would be made available in the shortest possible time.

In a related development, the Deputy Governor paid similar unscheduled visits to FCMB,ECO Bank, Zenith and Gt Bank in order to hear from the citizens directly.

He commended the arrangements made by FCMB and ECO banks in trying their best to make money available for customers to withdraw, especially at the ATM Points.

As for Zenith and Gt Bank, Sen. Nasiha expressed dismay over the poor arrangements made for the customers in the two banks and urged them to ensure that Improvement has been made

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ZMSG DIRECT WATER BOARD TO SUSTAIN WATER TRANSMISSION TWICE A DAY

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Zamfara state Acting Governor Sen. Hassan Muhammad Nasiha has paid unscheduled visit to the state Ministry of Water Resources as part of the commitment of the state government in ensuring potable water supply within Gusau the capital city and its environs.

According to the Spokesperson of the Deputy Governor Babangida Umar Zurmi, the visit of the Acting Governor was triggered by the constant public outcry over shortage of water supply in the capital city.

Sen. Nasiha who commended the effort of the staff of the Ministry for demonstrating serious commitment to duty explained that the high cost of diesel has been part of the reason that is causing inconsistencies in the frequent supply of water.

But he explained that the state government has taken the appropriate steps of increasing the funding of the Ministry because of the reality on the ground.

He urged the ministry to intensify public enlightenment so that people can be kept informed about the challenged faced by the ministry.
While urging the commissioner of Water Resources to forward situation report directly to his office for action, he directed the ministry to ensure transmission of water to Gusau town and environs twice a day.

The Commissioner for water resources in a response thanked the Deputy Governor for the visit and assured him of their readiness to comply with the government directive at all time.

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ZMSG LEGAL TUSSLE WITH THE FG OVER NAIRA REDESIGN POLICY: (OUR STAND)

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The decision taken by the Governor of Zamfara to drag the Federal government to court over frustrating conditions caused by the recent policy on naira redesign is absolutely the highest expectation of typical citizens of Zamfara state.

Every serious leader who means well for his people will surely challenge policies that are meant to add into the existing socio-economic frustrations faced by his people.

The suit filed by Governor Matawalle and two others, namely Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna and Yahaya Bello of Kogi is both apt and timely considering the level of hardship people of Zamfara are encountering since the commencement of the implementation of the new policy.

The fact of the matter with the new CBN policy is that, it was introduced with many lapses, and it was a clear demonstration that CBN was abruptly unprepared and by extension it has not taken into recognition the measures to be applied in managing the repercussions that may follow the policy.

The criticisms that trailed the new policy is enough for the CBN and indeed the Federal Government to have a rethink, but it seems Emiefele and his key drivers are doomed in understanding the reality of things in the country.

THE FACT AND PECULIARITIES ABOUT ZAMFARA AT THE WAKE OF THE NEW CBN POLICY

Currently, statistics has shown that, there are about eight local governments in Zamfara that are without a single branch of a commercial bank: they are Tsafe, Maradun, Birnin Magaji, Zurmi, Shinkafi, Maru, Bukkuyum, Bakura and Gummi.

These eight local governments have an estimate of population of about 3.2 million people going by the 2020 census figure which puts Zamfara population at 5.6 Million people.

Except Gusau the capital city of Zamfara where all the banks except TAJ and Providus Banks have the single branches and partly Talatar Mafara where there are four branches, the remaining four local governments have one single bank each.

Majority of the typical Zamfara populations are rural agriculturalists with large number of them purely into farming and livestock and with this abrupt CBN policy on cash redesign their suffering will rise to the hardest level.

This is couple with the social crises emanating from the activities of the armed bandits that had already crippled the rural economy of the populace and rendered many average wealthy people in the rural community into permanent poverty.

Currently, the hardship caused by the new CBN policy on naira redesign has reached the peak level that small businesses such as Okada riding, Keke Napep operation, tailoring, and local food vendors have shut down their businesses due to non-availability of cash in the hand of the people.

The commercial banks are adding into the frustrations of the people; hence people hopelessly spent hours on queue without getting  their hard-earned cash deposited in the various banks.

The level at which bankers in collaboration with some agents are diverting cash for percentage is also another source of worry; hence customers waited hopelessly without getting cash to settle their immediate family problems.

 

This development has triggered the anger of the people as they looked inward for the State Governor and other serious stakeholders to continue to raise their voice against the decisions of the CBN and that would be a big step in the right direction.

In our opinion, the Governor of Zamfara in collaboration with the two other Governors should stand their ground to challenge the CBN policy on naira redesign until when the solutions are provided for the suffering of the people of Zamfara.

Matawalle have the backing and support of well-meaning Zamfara people because we believed government need to do what is right for its citizens.

Democratic government is for the people, and it shall be driven by the people, and anything short of this will amount of tyranny.

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