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Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata Mafara was relocated to its present permanent site in Talata Mafara for 26 years now, precisely, in 1996.

When the Polytechnic was relocated, the only structures put in place were a few number of classrooms, some of which were also converted to serve as office accomodation while the whole road network then was less than two kilometers.

The institution has suffered serious infrastructural deficit before it finally started to improve gradually especially with support from the Education Trust Fund, ETF before it metamophose to the present Tertiary Institutions Trust Fund, Tetfund.

Under the Tetfund intervention, a number of additional classes, laboratories, engineering workshops, equipments and human capital development to mention but a few were derived by the Polytechnic.

The present Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Shaaya Shehu Mafara, (Magajin Rafin Mafara) is the 5th rector of the institution whose impact cut across not only in Zamfara state, but the country in general.

After years of managing the institution by his predecessors who played vital roles in uplifting the standard of the Polytechnic, both in academy and character especially the gigantic efforts made by Alhaji Abubakar Liman Shinkafi who served for two consecutive terms of four years each, Prof. Shaayau became the next rector that the history of the now reputable institution will never be forgotten.

The appointment of Prof. Shaaya Shehu Mafara to me, remains one of the greatest achievements of His Excellency, the executive Governor of my dear Zamfara state, Hon. Dr. Bello Muhammed, MON, (Danmadamin Mafara) in the educational section of the state.

I may be very biased because of my annoyance to recall the situation of the institution during his immediate predecessor’s single term in view of mismanagement of resources, collapsed system of administration and open corruption.

One thing I always remember is the number of petitions I received every time I visited the institution to update the public on happenings around the educational sector.

One popular Hausa proverb says, ( in kaji shiru lafiya), silence means yes! After the appointment of Prof. Shaaya, a seasoned lecturer from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, he give much emphasis to enhancing the lost glory of the institution’s known cordial relationship between staff and management, students and lecturers, and moved towards enhancing the environment and finding conducive teaching, learning and research environment.

I am a witness to how Professor Shaaya has been having sleepless nights and restless days just to ensure the stability and revival of the lost glory of the Polytechnic.

All can agree with me that, it’s one of his popular adminstrative excellent leadership style that, he treats with utmost speed, files that come to his office, no file stays overnight in his office.

Today it’s interesting to note that, Prof. Shaaya has achieved much better in organizing unity of command and that of direction that the entire members of the academic community are moving towards a common direction.

However, Prof. Shaaya has made sure that subordination of individual interest to the general interest has been the focal point of his adminstrative techniques. What remains?

This answer rests on our able leadership of the present government led by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Zamfara state, Hon. Dr. Bello Mohammed, MON, (Danmadamin Mafara) to complement the overwhelming efforts made by this great man of integrity, Professor Shaaya Shehu Mafara, (Magajin Rafin Mafara) and members of the academic community of this pioneer institution, in addition to what it has been doing.

Provide good road network, drainages, street light to enhance security especially at this time when the state and the country are facing serious security challenges and improve its running cost, especially considering how security challenges affect the enrollment of students.

Dahiru Samaila Mafara write in from Talata Mafara and is an ex- student of Mass Communication Department of the Polytechnic and can as well be reached at

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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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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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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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