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I WAS GIVEN THREE MONTHS GRACE TO PAY SALARY AS GOV.

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Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara said people in the previous government of Abdulaziz Yari gave him only three month grace from inception within which he can be able to pay salary to state civil servants.

The Governor who stated this when he was reacting to the call for the implementation of the (N30,000) minimum wage by the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress said the people in the previous government had assured him that, after three months of taking over, he cannot be able to pay salary because they knew what they have planted before living the office.

The Governor also expressed worries that both monthly salary payroll and that of gratuity are increasing shoulder to shoulder on monthly basis.

He said, ordinarily if the payroll for the payment of gratuity is increasing, that of salary needed to be on the proportionate decrease.

He charged state workers to be grateful that since his assumption he has ensures prompt payment of monthly salaries and pension, noting that the government operate under serious financial constraints.

He lamented further that the volume of debt he inherited which culminated into garnishee cases are worrisome, explaining that on monthly basis people with garnishee judgements are only waiting for money to drops so that they wipe the state off.

“You need to look at peculiarities of some states who had to use local government allocations to augment the payment of state workers while other state cannot even pay salary to civil servants”.

“It has been my standing instructions to the ministry of finance that, every month salaries have to be paid first once money dropped into our account before myself and Deputy Governor shares the excesses” the Governor added.

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MADAWAKI, BAKAUYE, ONE OTHER WITHDRAW FROM ZAMFARA PDP GUBERNATORIAL RACE

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An hour after the commencement of the PDP primaries in Zamfara three aspirants namely Mal. Wadatau Madawaki, Engr Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Nahuche have announced their withdrawal from the race.

They alleged that their withdrawal was as a result of irregularities observed shortly after the commencement of the voting.

One of the Aspirants Malam Wadatau Madawaki said, they are accusing the state party Chairman Col. Bala Mande Rtd of romancing with one of the aspirants alleging that, they have video evidence that, the party Chairman went around the hotels together with the aspirant canvassing for support from the delegates.

He also alleged that, the list brought from the National Headquarters of the party is adulterated with the names of APC members.

He also alleged that one of the members of the committee from the national was captured lobbying for votes from the delegates who cannot write their names on the ballot papers.

They announced that they have withdrawn from race and threaten to file an appeal to the national headquartered of the party for consideration.

They have also announced their readiness to proceed to court if their appeal is not considered.

 

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SERIAL ARMED BANDIT ATTACKS: ZAMFARA COMMUNITY CRIES OUT TO GOVT.

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Residents of Damaga village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state have cried out for help as bandits continue to launch serial attacks on their community, resulting in killing and abduction of many people.

A source who confided on this medium said for the past three weeks there was no day that will pass without the bandits launching attack either on the Damaga community as a whole or on individuals, especially local farmers.

He said, there are many people from Damaga and other neighboring villages who have been in captivity for sometimes and with the exception of those whose relations were able to raise money for ransom, the fate of those that have been in captivity is yet to be established.

He also said, many were killed especially when they went to their farms as the bandits insisted that, no farmer will be allowed to go to the farm for their agricultural activities.

Furthermore he added that, some residents who felt not secured, have already fled out of the Damaga community for safety.

Effort to speak to Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad on the issue has failed.

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AS ZAMFARA PDP MOVE TO CONDUCT GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARIES, TWO ASPIRANTS STEPS DOWN AMBITION TO SUPPORT EX-BANKER

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Two gubernatorial aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party had stepped down their ambition to support the candidature of Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare Gamjin Gusau.

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau has announced his decision to step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal via a statement from his former Principal Private Secretary Aminu Umar Game-Game.

He called on all the delegates who are fully supporting him to direct their vote to Dr. Dauda Lawal in the overall interest of the state.

Two days back, another aspirant Abubakar Nakwada Gusau has also announced his formal step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal.

The party primaries which is scheduled for Wednesday is to be contested between Gamjin Gusau and three other aspirants including a retired Director of Education at the UBEC Malam Wadatau Madawaki and former Federal lawmaker Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.

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