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We think the need arises for this medium to keep reminding Governor Bello Matawalle of his pledge to assess the capacity as well as the performance of his Commissioners after undergoing six months of probation.

Every well-meaning citizen of Zamfara was happy with the Governor’s pronouncement during the swearing in ceremony of the Commissioners in 2019 that “the commissioners have been placed on six months probation considering the fact that it may be a good avenue for the Governor to checkmate himself by himself and understand whether he is moving on the right track or not.

We guess, that pronouncement would also strengthen the appointees to be well alive and stay active to their responsibilities.

But to the surprise of everyone the government remain silent and this is almost one and a half years after and to the best of the public knowledge no Commissioner was summoned to account for his deeds and the government could not also present any score card to the public on the performance of its commissioners.

It is good for Governor Matawalle to note that, leaders are under obligation to respect their pronouncements and also match their words with action.

If for any reason the government believe there is no need to evaluate the performance of its Commissioner six months after as promised it is under obligation to speak out to the public why it has denounced that decision.

The journey from the swearing in of Zamfara Commissioners to date has exposed the weaknesses of some of them as well as the indecision of the government in deploying some Commissioners to some state ministries that they cannot perform due to their peculiarities and technicalities.

Elected leaders are expected to conduct thorough assessment of those they have delegated with some responsibilities and also hold them to account for their actions and in actions.

For now, it is visible that some Commissioners needed to be moved to other ministries considering their low performance while others needed to be moved to other areas where their capacity can best fit.

It is not about individuals or their contribution to the political development of a party in power, but it is about capacity to deliver.

The Governor need to understand that since May 29th 2019 when he was sworn-in, he has become a Governor of five million people of Zamfara not the Governor of PDP and the only historic asset and legacy he will leave behind are the services and development he has provided to the people.

Things are not working the way they are supposed to work at the level of Ministries because some Commissioners have found it difficult to break the monopoly of the power brokers and indeed nothing is working because they cannot initiate and inject new ideas that will bring the much expected reforms in the state.

We can say clearly that, the government have also contributed to this poor performance of some cabinet members since like we have pointed earlier it has failed to organize a retreat for these Commissioners as well as bring them together with the civil service technocrats to create a good administrative synergy that will move the state forward.

We also acknowledged as part of the problem the failure of the government to sustain a regular if not weekly state executive council meeting so that the chief executives can have the avenue to brainstorm and identify gaps that needed to be filled for us to move as state.

It’s our opinion at Thunder Blowers that as we start the new year 2021 the Governor need to shake his cabinet and re-assign them with some new schedules and responsibikities so that we can have a new breath of life as a state.

The call is not because we are against anybody within the cabinet since some of them if not all are friends of the media and Thunder Blowers in particular  but we believed we have to remind the Governor of his pledge to assess his Commissioners after the probation period and decide on their faith. The Governor is not doing it for himself but for the good people of Zamfara State.

We are also sure that the Governor has his own parameters of measuring the performance of these cabinet members and the result of that measurements need to be make public and proper actions instituted  for us to move forward.

Time to rejig Zamfara cabinet is now.

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A Zamfara federal house of representatives aspirant Abdulmalik Bungudu Zannan Bungudu has attended an interface with the Bungudu local government council chairman and other APC stakeholders aimed at strategizing ways to strengthen the ongoing reconciliation.

The meeting which was summoned by the Council Chairman Muhammad Maitutare emphasized on the need for the APC supporters from both side of the divide in Zamfara to accept the reconciliation in the spirit of unity and progress.

He said accepting the consensus candidate anointed by the Governor is the only answer to showing solidarity to the decision of the Governor.

The aspirant who was a former federal lawmaker Abdulmakik Zubairu thanked the council chairman and all the stakeholders for the support and assured them his commitment to ensuring that the party succeeded.

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It was a moment of jubilation for the supporters of Dr. Dauda Lawal Gamjin Gusau one of the aspirants eying for the seat of the Governor of Zamfara state under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He has conducted one of the best state of the earth rally with thousands of supporters across the divides driving with happiness to welcome him at Yankara, Zamfara state border town with Katsina.

His arrival to Zamfara on Sunday marked the beginning of a new dawn for the opposition People’s Democratic Party in Zamfara state, as the journey of 45-50 minutes took him over eight hours to finish.

He was stopped by thousands of supporters at the entry of every village and town along Zaria-Gusau highway to wish him well and prayed for God almighty to bless his gubernatorial candidature.

Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare who was looking visibly emotional and delighted with the mammoth crowd that came on the streets to welcome him said he is optimistic and confident that his gubernatorial candidature will surely triumph in 2023.

He expressed hope that the journey from 2023 will raise the hope of Zamfara people since his inspiration is to transform Zamfara state in the area of infrastructures, education, quality health care system, job creation, widening opportunities in small and medium enterprises as well as sustainable reforms beyond his period as Governor.

A young, agile Ibrahim Garba who trekked from Yankara to Gusau said he has high hope for the gubernatorial candidature of Dauda Lawal considering his track record while in the banking sector and his admiration to transforming humanity.

He said whenever he listened to perspective from Dauda Lawal he renewed his hope for the new Zamfara state because of his careful understanding of the governance crises rocking the state and his vision of how he want to create new opportunities for Zamfara state.

Another young woman Fatima who stood for hours at Gusau Hotel round about to welcome Dr. Dauda said many people she interacted with have raised new hope in the aspiration of Dauda Lawal which is ringing bell. She said the quality in everything done by Dr, Dauda will surely manifest in his administration if elected.

Another Youth Corp member Chineze Thomas said, he has heard about the competency of Dr. Dauda Lawal from many people who worked with him in the banking sector and the conclusion about him was that “he is the best for the Zamfara gubernatorial projects and prayed for God almighty to see him through the routes of success in 2023.

As for his chances in the PDP, Alh Tanuimu Garba a secondary school teacher in Tsafe said, with people like Dr. Dauda Lawal in the party, PDP has become a new hope for Zamfara people.



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Twelve Zamfara aspirants contesting for the post of federal house of representative are gearing up for the APC primaries scheduled for Thursday the 26th of May 2021

Those who are likely to secure the ticket unopposed are Ahmad Usman Gummi for Gummi/Bukkuyum, Umar Sarkin Fada Zurmi/Shinkafi, Muhammad Ahmed Sani Bakura/Maradun and Isah Muhammad Anka for Anka and Bukkuyum Federal Constituency.

As for Maru/Bungudu, five aspirants are to contest the ticket on Thursday and they include Dr. Bashir Muhammad Maru, Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu, Sufiyanu Usman, Abdulrahaman Tumbido and Aliyu Sulaiman Dansadau.

As for Gusau and Tsafe federal constituency, Sanusi Garba Rikiji and Fatima Mu’azu are to contest the ticket at the level of party primaries.

All aspirants, especially those for Maru and Bungudu are gearing up and meeting with the delegates to canvass for votes ahead of the date scheduled for the party primaries.

None of the aspirants who contesting at the level of primaries from Gusau/Tsafe and Maru/Bungudu constituencies has so far step down from the race.

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