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BELLO MATAWALLE: AN ATTESTATION OF THE CIVIL SERVANT’S FRIENDLY GOVERNOR

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Hafiz Muhammad Gusau

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It is heartwarming for Zamfara state civil servants as they enjoyed dual opportunities at a time when majority of them had lost hope, especially on the possibility of the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wages by Zamfara State government.

Earlier than the coming of this administration efforts have been made by the labor unions in Zamfara to compel Yari administration then to get the new minimum wage implemented, but the efforts could not succeed.

It was obvious that Governor Bello Matawalle campaign in 2019 on the premise of implementing the minimum wage, and there is no doubt the Governor battles harder despite shortfall in the flow of resources to ensure that the new minimum wage is implemented as part of the fulfillment of his campaign promises.

As at November 2022 that pledge has become fulfilled, hence the N30,000 minimum wage has been successfully implemented.

The Governor also out of his passion for reforming the service approved the sum of N1b for the total rehabilitation and upgrading of the JB Yakubu Secretariat in the 2023 appropriation act as well as promised to provide more office accommodation for the state civil servants.

Within three and a half years, he has offered appointments to over (6000) civil servants all on permanent and pension able basis and all of them indigenes of Zamfara.

Matawalle has also implemented promotion to over (3000) civil servants as well as settled all other entitlements due for Zamfara workers.

He has recruited over (1,500) medical and health workers and also mobilized more capable health personnel to support the management of health care system.

Now he has expanded the scope to the provision of affordable housing accommodations for junior ranking civil servants in the state, totaling over (400) units.

He handed over the completed houses to the labour leaders today (Sunday) and urged them to distribute them to their interested members.

He also pledged to lay the foundation for the construction of additional (1,000) units of similar houses for senior civil servants by next week with a view to supporting the spirit of owner-occupier arrangement for state civil servants.

This gesture is a gradual demonstration of the passion the Governor has for the state civil servants.

I rated him as the best civil servant friendly Governor in Nigeria.

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BREAKING: CASH SWAP: SUPREME COURT AGREES WITH ZAMFARA, KOGI & KADUNA GOVERNORS OVER FEB 10TH DEADLINE

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria has restrained the Federal Government from continuing with the full implementation of the demonetization policy.

Three northern states, Kaduna, Kogi and Zamfara, had, in a motion ex-parte filed on February 3rd, prayed the apex court to halt the Central Bank of Nigeria’s naira redesign policy.

A 7-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice John Okoro, in a unanimous ruling, granted an interim injunction restraining the FG, CBN, commercial banks etc, from implementing the February 10 deadline for the old 200, 500 and 1000 Naira notes to stop being a legal tender.

The court further held that the FG, CBN, and commercial banks must not continue with the deadline pending the determination of a notice on notice in respect of the issue on February 15.

By the ruling, the old Naira notes continue to be legal tenders in Nigeria.

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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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