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Barr Bello Idris Galadi a private practitioner based in Gusau has this to say regarding the recent development involving Zamfara Urban and Regional Planning Board ZUREPB

First, by Section 4(1) of the Edit, only the Chairman, Secretary and some members of the Board are recognized. The office of the Special Adviser is not a creation of the law and is therefore unknown to the law.

Second, by Section 4(2) of the Edict, the Hon. Special Adviser is not qualified to head the Board because he is not a Registered Town Planner, or Land Surveyor, or Quantity Surveyor, or an Architect, or a Civil Engineer, or a Lawyer, with at least five (5) years standing as a registered professional. The highest educational qualification of the Hon. Special Adviser is a School Leaving Certificate (SSCE).

Third, Section 5 of the Edict clearly states the functions of the ZUREP. It includes development control on state lands; provisions, management and control of infrastructural facilities, such as central markets, motor parks, road network (road within the urban area), street lights and other urban amenities.

In my opinion, painting, minor restructuring, drawings, writings, figures, adjustments, designs, pasting of banners or logos or erection of flags cannot be said to be ‘development’ contemplated by the Edict.

No doubt, the Board is empowered under Section 69(1) & (2) of the Edict to regulate advertisement billboards fixed to the land. However, Section 69 of the Edict or any other law did not give ZUREP the power to remove any billboard erected without a permit.

Ordinarily, government needs to generate revenue on billboards for the general development of the state.

There should therefore be a government policy which should later translate into law on billboards in Zamfara State. The law should provide in clear terms, the procedure for obtaining permit and the chargeable fees. No citizen should be denied the right to erect a billboard in any part of the state subject to payment of requisite fees. Any such denial is contrary to Sections 38(1); 39(1) & (2); 40 as well as Section 42(1) (a) & (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999 as amended). There should not be discrimination on the basis of party difference. It is contrary to Section 42(1) (a) & (b) of the Constitution. Government should not use the agency to oppress or intimidate the opposition.

The more the government denies the opposition the right to erect billboards, the more cases of illegal erection of billboards in the state, which, unarguably, will deny the state some reasonable quantum of revenue.

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The PDP gubernatorial candidate in Zamfara Dr. Dauda Lawal has denied the comments made by some unscrupulous political agents on the social media that his meeting with the former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima in london has some political inclination.

Gamjin Gusau who spoke through his campaign team said, he has never met with Yarima in England to discuss politics rather he and Yarima met at a Friday mosque where the wedding of the son of the former Governor was conducted.

“Gamjin Gusau met with the former Governors of Zamfara and Gombe Ahmad Sani Yarima and Danjuma Goje after a Friday prayer in London and as Muslims they waited and exchanged pleasantries”.

“Apart from exchanging pleasantries, no discussion of whatever kind politics or otherwise took place between Gamjin Gusau and former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima”.

As regard to the rumor that Dauda is planning to defect to the APC the campaign team of Gamjin Gusau said “ this type of reasoning is the least of what the common sense can accept. Gamji is a gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Zamfara , and he has no business whatsoever with the APC since his motive is to ensure that the APC is defeated out of power come 2023 in Zamfara state”.

The campaign committee, alleged that “APC is sponsoring this campaign of calumny because the power brokers within the party have lost control of the affairs of Zamfara and they are scary of the growing popularity of the PDP”.

The campaign committee therefore urged the public to disregard such political insinuation because it is a figment of imagination of the people of doom”.

Gamjin Gusau urged the teeming PDP supporters to continue to work tirelessly in ensuring the success of the PDP, noting that because Zamfara PPD is waxing stronger, APC is busy spreading lies and rumors that are meant to cause confusion in the polity.

He thanked the well-wishers for their concern and assured them of his commitment to continue to spread the good manifestation of the PDP considering it’s growing political popularity in the state.

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The Secretary of Sabon Gari ward Alh Sani Ahmad Shatima has alleged that there was no executive committee meeting of the ward that took place which resulted to the suspension of the state secretary of the party.

According to the letter addressed to the state Chairman of the PDP dated 31/7/2022 copy which was issued to this medium, the Secretary asked the party to dis-regard such letter because it was a mere figment of imagination.

“Such forged letter that was viral on social media on 30/07/2022 should be disregarded in totality and appropriate measure should be taken to deal with such unscrupulous elements that were sponsored by opposition to tear our noble party apart”.

He also asked the Chairman to past track action aimed at arresting the situation and get the matter resolved amicably in the interest of the party.

He insisted that what the party PDP needed is to move in unity and ensure that it has succeeded in the battle ahead of the 2023.

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The former Director General in the administration of Governor Abdulaziz Yari in Zamfara state Junaidu Muhammad Anka had cautioned the former Deputy Governor Mukhtar Ahmad Anka not allow some desperate politicians to use him and ignite crises of division within the All Progressive Congress in Anka.

Junaidu Anka who spoke during a Thunder Blowers TV show Da Wache Kazo insisted that those trying to raise this unnecessary controversy over who lead the APC in Anka is uncalled-for since the tradition of political hierarchy is obvious.

“By convention Sen. Lawal Daniya is the high-ranking politician and by implication he is the party leader in Anka and there is no reason for anyone to doubt this submission “.

“Those trying to use Mukhtar Anka as tools to ignite political tension within APC in Anka are real enemies of the party because there is no reason why this issue shall be risen for now”.

“Even where Sen. Daniya decided to resign from this status by convention member state house of assembly Yusuf Muhammad Anka is supposed to shoo-in as the APC leader in Anka so I don’t understand why some people are trying to drag the former Deputy Governor into unnecessary political log-jam”.

“The former Deputy Governor is supposed to understand that, by his status he is more or less like a father, and he is supposed to pay more attention to state politics not politics of Anka local government because he is bigger than it and I pray he shall see reasons not to allow some clueless politicians to smear his political reputation for their selfish political gains”.

“If they insisted on this argument that Mukhtar Anka is the APC leader in Anka we will also raise alarm that our leader is Ibrahim Babangida Turnuku Anka because it was he who was leading us before the reconciliation“.


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