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Anas Sani Anka


Making public the names of the transition committee for the incoming government of Dauda Lawal Dare in Zamfara has continued to generate mixed reactions from the citizens of Zamfara.

One most important area of confusion I personally noticed is that majority of those trying to say their minds about the committee have the limited knowledge of what the work of a transition committee looks like.

If you read from their major submissions on the social media, you will begin to notice that the basic understanding majority of them demonstrated is that a committee is set up consisting of personalities who can grasp gray areas of the faults of the outgoing government and may be relate it to the government for something shody.

Beyond that, it is significant for people to understand that a successful transition committee has a responsibility of getting the data from the outgoing government and using it to define the best sense of direction for the incoming government.

I remember reading an essay authored by some partners namely Anusha Dhasarathy, Navjot Singh and Sarah Tucker-Ray both of them from Chicago, Boston, and Washington DC. They have successfully written about six most successful steps that ensures smooth transition of power from outgoing to incoming government.

I believe the essay will help my numerous readers about what constitute a transition committee and it’s expectations beyond what is trending now on social media about the Zamfara transition committee set up by the incoming administration of Dauda Lawal Dare.


We have identified a set of core principles that drive success in government transitions:

• Start planning before the election. Identify a transition head, set up the team, and have a plan by inauguration.

• Set a bold vision. Translate campaign promises into “top 10” strategic goals and initiatives.

• Start risk mitigation now. Identify a broad range of risks (for example, cybersecurity, public safety, natural disasters) and develop incident-response and crisis-management plans.

• Design the organization to deliver. Consider how best to set up the new administration’s organization for success based on priorities. If goals crosscut agencies, then it is key to fill roles such as COO, chief customer officer, and chief information officer.

• Professionalize personnel selection. Identify the top 20 to 30 posts to be filled early, develop a rigorous vetting process and team quickly, and match appointees based on skills and needs.

• Look beyond current benches. Several key positions will need the right skill sets, and private-sector organizations can be a great talent pool to tap.

• Establish clear decision rights for policymaking. Draw distinct lines to efficiently reconcile any discrepancies between the transition policy team and incoming political appointees.

• Don’t ignore personal goals and aspirations. Consider personal priorities, and make time for them.

These core principles for success have informed a six-step approach to support an effective transition, consisting of ASPIRE, MANAGE, ORGANIZE, PLAN, DE-RISK, and DELIVER.

Within each of these six steps there are key actions that elected officials could take, deliverables for which they are responsible, standard considerations that their peers face, and important milestones for progress.

The essay added, “yet surprisingly often, the tendency of many newly elected officials is to rush through these steps and fail to consider the best possible approach to accomplish even the most basic tasks”

“For example, a key aspect of the “aspire” step is to translate their campaign promises into the vision that will under gird their time in office”.

Therefore, it is significant for a transition committee to help an incoming government translate its campaign promises into action plans that will lead to the transformation of the lives of the citizens considering the mistakes of the previous government and what it has failed to address while in power.

Most importantly is for the transition committee to assist the incoming government on how to manage the crises of resources constraint, political demands, as well as the best way to accomplish a better result.

On the component of “MANAGE” the essay stated “A key component of the “manage” step is to identify their transition head, which tends to proceed in one of two ways: a formal recruitment process in which party members tap their networks of experienced personnel or an informal process in which a candidate reaches out to personal networks. Both options have advantages and drawbacks”.

From what I can see in the transition committee of the incoming government of Dauda Lawal is that it has explored both the two options that is the option of pulling out from the party top experience persons and on personal baseline because I can see the inclusion of experience people like Prof. Kabiru Mato and rest majority of whom are not from Zamfara state.

The Question is can the committee members connect from the first step of “aspire” and also help the incoming government translate its campaign promises into genuine goals looking at the calibre of the persons set up in the committee? this is a one million naira question.

The social media outburst by the members of the PDP is really showing that there is serious disconnect between the first two steps.

Risk management is also another important component step to be handled by a successful transition committee.

The risk management may involve natural or man-made disaster which may likely occurred during and how best it can be prevented from occurring or best be managed.

Every successful incoming administration must be able to understand its risk factors and how best to address them. The transition committee must be able to map out these risk factors and possible ways to mitigate them and also convert them to success.

The essay I read stated “While it is impossible to create an exhaustive list of risks, there is a set of common uncertainties that new administrations can consider and plan to mitigate. Once potential risks are identified, the transition team can categorize each risk in terms of likelihood of occurrence and severity of impact.

Another step for the transition committee is to guide the incoming government is the best way to identify priorities and how best to achieve them.

Many a times, transition committees do not bother about limiting the priorities of the incoming government based on the genuine economic strengths of the outgoing government and instead allow for more and more demands to over power the scarce resources and that form the basis of the confusion.

While an incoming government wants to achieve more, it should also be guided on the numbers in terms of income and possible expenditure that will help minimize priorities and manage resources for a better result.

“Many governments tend to suffer from a set of common pitfalls, including over-prioritizing operational metrics. Excessive focus on numbers can lead to overlooking the underlying story of what resident needs are. Instead, newly elected officials can work to go beyond quantitative surveys and rely on design research to develop real empathy for residents and understand pain points”.

It is essential for people to understand that the work of a successful transition committee is not about interfacing with the outgoing government and getting rid of the data of what is available but most importantly is for the committee of the interim government to read from the story of the past and caution the incoming government on what it’s actual priorities shall be and strategize how best to achieve them.

Profile and personality is not mostly relevant when it comes to transition but what matters is understanding where the government came and what the genuine direction shall be and that required the combination of technocrats, politicians with focus and professionals.

May Allah help Zamfara state

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Associate Editor.

Troops of Operations Hadarin Daji based at Bakura local government area of Zamfara state had succeeded in repelling armed bandits attack on Rogoji and Sikkida communities of Bakura local government area council.

According to a credible source, the armed soldiers, after receiving credible information, moved to the areas and confronted the bandits.

On arrival at the scene where bandits were about to be launched their deadly attack, engaged them in a serious exchange of fire and eventually succeeded in neutralizing the areas.

During the operation, the troops recovered (2) Ak47 rifles and some special ammunition.

The soldiers had also succeeded in recovering some ruminant animals, including cattle, goats, and donkeys.

The recovered animals were successfully handed over to their owners at Sikkida Magaji village.

The source said despite repelling the attack, they remain vigilant of the area to make it safe.


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Associate Editor.

Operatives of the Operation Hadarin Daji had succeeded in rescuing nine kidnap victims along Unashi-Sabuwa forest in Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara state.

According to an anonymous source, the operatives of the Nigerian military carried out a coordinated operation where they successfully scared the bandits who ran away after sighting the operatives approaching their enclaves.

After fleeing, they abandoned five kidnapped victims, and they were later rescued by the forces of Operation Hadarin Daji.

The victims were handed over to the traditional ruler of Unashi village, and they were eventually reunited with their families.

Furthermore, troops of OPHD deployed at FOB Unashi while on fighting patrol along bandit enclave in Naruba forest in Zamfara state, intercepted 2 kidnapped victims who escaped from their abductors due to the troops operational activities.

The victims were equally handed over to appropriate authority for them to be reunited with their families.

Similarly, troops of Operations Hadarin Daji deployed at Magami while on fighting and confidence building patrol foiled bandits attack and kidnap attempt Dogon Santsi general area.

The bandits escaped into the bush and successfully rescued the kidnapped victims. The victims were handed over to Sarkin Magami and they have been reunited with their families.p

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Managing Editor.

Some suspected bandits armed with deadly weapons abducted over twenty women in Gora Namaye district of Maradun local government area of Zamfara state.

A source who confided in this medium stated that, the women were abducted while working on their various farms at the outskirt of the Gora village.

“About twenty-four of these women are so far set to be in the custody of the bandits, and the figure is not yet determined since more are being searched for.

A source who spoke to Thunder Blowers stated anonymously stated that the bandits had earlier sent a warning that no local should go to the farm for this year’s farming activities and that those who believed they had no option were the ones that became victims of circumstances”.

“It has been the fear of the people that the bandits may execute their bad plans, but people have no choice because going to the farm is the only option for the people of the area”.

When contacted, Zamfara police spokesman DSP Yazeed Muhammad said he will verify to get the details of the incident before responding.


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