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Zamfara State Commissioner for Finance Rabiu Garba has declared that, the name of his late Brother a medical doctor who died in 2013 is still retained on the state payroll despite the fact that he is no more.

Rabiu Garba who declared this during Zamfara Radio Phone in programme said, during their data verification update, they have uncovered the names of many of dead persons who are still retained on the state payroll, an action he described as injurious to the state financial management system.

He further said, when they took over the mantle of leadership, they have met the names of some retired civil servants still being paid salary in the name of contract as well as received their monthly pension.

Justifying the reasons for the data verification conducted by his ministry the Commissioner noted that, they have met Zamfara State operating a financial system which is per behind world bank financial programming standard and as such the government took it up to transform the system and make it in conformity with International best practice.

He said long before the coming of the present government, payment of salary was the major driver of the state economy and the government felt it has to embark on data verification update to ascertain those genuine civil servants who are supposed to be on the state payroll and those who are supposed to be removed.

He noted that, 28,000 data verification forms were distributed to state civil servants since the commencement of the exercise and as at now some forms were returns and some were yet to be returned noting that, part of the problem they have uncovered, some state civil servants do not have even secret files where their data is saved.

Rabiu Garba explained that, for the government to be able to pay the new minimum wage as demanded by the state civil servants, the data verification exercise need to be conducted and ascertain the actual data of genuine civil servants.

As for the opposition who are challenging the government for its inability to pay the new minimum wage, Rabiu noted that, the previous governments were able to pay only 12,500 as minimum wage noting that, even the 18,000 minimum was not paid by the immediate past administration of Yari.

He also explained that, for the government to be able to provide basic social services like water, security and access road leakages on the lower income earned by the state nees to be blocked.

The Commissioner further said the outcome of the data verification will soon be made available to the office head of service for further action.

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Members of Zamfara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have elected their new Chairman, who is to steer the activities of the union.

Ibrahim Musa Maizare who was the former Chairman of the Zamfara State based newspaper chapel “The Legacy” was elected alongside Haliru Muhammad Umar from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) chapel as his Deputy.

The remaining seats of the state officers of the union were returned unopposed, except the office of the Treasurer.

The election of the new executives followed the expiration of the tenure of the current executives, led by the Publisher of the Analyzer Newspaper Mai Haraji Altine Salah.

Mai Zare who was immediately sworn into the office alongside other executives, thanked the members of the state council for having confidence in his leadership and assured that he is going to reposition things in the union for a sustainable change.

He promised to come up with innovation that will transform the union and reposition it to be more sound like before and called for continued cooperation from all the members of the union.

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The Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara state Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has challenged those in the APC to prove whether the embattled eighteen seater bus they were making noise over was personally donated to him by Governor Matawalle or for the office of the PDP Publicity of Secretary.

Shatima who declared this during a Press Conference in Gusau on Friday said, contrary to the noise making round the public, he has never, for once, begged Governor Matawalle to dash him a car instead, the Governor personally feels he wanted to donate the car to him because of the role he played during his electioneering campaigns in 2019.

“If they wanted the car to be returned as claimed, let them tell the world how the Governor donated out the car to me through late Ibrahim Mallaha of blessed memory. The Governor gave the car to late Mallaha for onward handing over to me as personal donation, and I am certain if they met the him, he will confirm this to them.

“I am not in politics for vehicle, asked those who were with us in 2019. I used my personal Peugeot (406) to move with the Governor throughout the campaign period. I was not paid even money for fuel and the Governor knew that, and may be in his wisdom that was why he decided to dash me a vehicle I did not beg for”.

On the new security measures taken by the Governor, Shatiman Rijiya said he is sure the measures are targeted at the supporters of the PDP and because election is approaching, noting that they have every reason to entertain fear.

If the measures are initiated to get the lives of the typical Zamfara citizen better and secured, PDP will welcome the idea but noted that, under the current situation, the party and its members are not confident enough with the Governor’s pronouncement.

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The Zamfara State Secretary of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has called on Governor Bello Matawalle to desist from insulting PDP because it was the platform he used to become the Governor of Zamfara state in 2019.

Shatiman Rijiya who stated this during a Press Conference on Friday reminded Governor Bello Matawalle that, the certificate of return issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was bearing the name of the PDP not APC the political party he defected to.

He described as morally wrong for the Governor to be rendering insult on the party that produces him as a substantive Governor, noting that even the people who are very familiar with his political antecedent and how he emerged as the Governor of Zamfara would not be happy with him abusing his original political platform.

He added that, PDP will continue to watch things as they unfold in Zamfara and continue to raise alarm where right decisions are not taken in the overall interest of the people of the state

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