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Nasarawa State  Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has signed into law, the revised 2020 appropriation bill estimated at over N62bn.

Engineer Sule appended his signature to the document at a ceremony at the Government House, on Wednesday.

The Governor explained that it has become necessary for government to review the original 2020 fiscal appropriation bill, earlier signed on 30th December, 2019, pegged at over N108bn, following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, with its consequent negative effect on the global economy.

Engineer Sule pointed out that the revised 2020 appropriation bill, which was deliberated upon by the State House of Assembly and passed into law precisely on Thursday, July 23, is not only in line with the reality of the expected income of the state as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 but also a demonstration of the commitment of the administration to develop the state.

“The virus has shutdown global economic activities rendering capital markets ineffective for income generation and purposeful development.

“However, we remain committed and focused on our determination to provide good governance based on a reality that is anchored on the principles of transparency and accountability,” he stated. 

According to the Governor, in revising the 2020 budget, the State Budget Preparation Committee, was guided by the macro-fiscal and mineral sector assumptions as projected by the Federal Government Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), as well as the trend in global capital market, among others indices.

“Accordingly, the 2020 Amended Appropriation Law is Sixty Two Billon, Nine Hundred and Forty Eight Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty Eight Naira only, which translates into the total expenditure outlay,” he stated.

With this, the original 2020 budget was reduced by 41.94 percent.

The Governor however, expressed confidence that, in spite of the downturn of the economy, his administration is committed to bringing the desired development in the state, especially in the area of provision of basic infrastructure that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

While highlighting on some of the major projects started already, namely the 25km Mararaba-Udege roa, 15km Sisinbaki-Farin Ruwa road, Bus terminals at Lafia and Karu, as well as other feeder roads within the state, Engineer Sule restated the commitment of his administration to complete all viable projects started by the previous administration.  

He emphasized that his administration will complete the Lafia Cargo airport, Lafia-Keffi road, Adudu-Azara-Wuse-Platau border road amongst others, stressing that government will not neglect the remaining Lafia township roads, as well as other urban roads in the state.  

The Governor noted that in spite of the challenge posed by the outbreak of the virus, his administration has recorded significant progress in the control and containment of the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

He stated that isolation centres have been provided in most parts of the state for quick and easy access to those infected, assuring that his administration will continue to provide welfare to the health personnel within limited resources.

The Governor further disclosed that a comprehensive blueprint, Nasarawa COVID-19 Response, has been developed in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, with the revised 2020 budget aimed at allocating resources towards strategic government objectives.

According to Engineer Sule, government deliberately provided 17.56 percent total expenditures in the revised budget to
cover strategic areas such as, increasing hospital beds, quarantine/isolation facilities, equipment and consumables.

Others are, improved agricultural productivity to increase source of income for the people, provision of stimulus package/loan/support to help the citizens face the crises.  

Engineer Sule however reiterated that in line with the present reality, government will be strict in expenditure control to ensure efficiency in spending and accountability.

Presenting the revised 2020 budget document before the Governor, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe, spoke on the speedy passage of the bill into law by the House, commending his colleagues for their support and patriotism, considering the importance of the bill to the state.  

Earlier in an opening remarks, State Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Haruna Adamu Ogbole, noted that the implementation of the original 2020 budget was barely two months when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, with its devastating impact on global economy.

“Nasarawa State does not operate in isolation to the global economy, thus, there is the need to revise the 2020 budget in accordance with the general economic reality,” the Commissioner said.

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The Senator representing Zamfara North Sahabi Alh Yau has inaugurate his 2023 campaign at Kaura Namoda local government area, the headquarters of the Senatorial zone.

The campaign inauguration was attended by hundreds of party supporters and well-wishers who joined the campaign rally with jubilation.

The Senator who expressed satisfaction with the effort he has put in place so far in delivering to his 2019 campaign promises assured that if provided the opportunity again, he will do more to consolidate from what he has done and ensure that more federal opportunities are brought to the door steps of his constituents.

He took time to make a review of his stewardship and thanked his constituents for given him the opportunity to represent them at the Nigeria’s upper chamber.

On the APC Presidential candidature, Sen. Yau in insisted that, Tinubu and Shetima Presidential candidature is the best option for Nigeria especially with the effort put in place by the Buhari led administration and why the gesture need to be sustained.

He urged people of his constituency to massively vote for Tunubu and Shatima as well as all the APC candidates across the board.

AFormer Governor Mahmuda Shinkafi, former Sen. Tijjani Yahaya and a host of other prominent personalities from the Zone attended the campaign Flag off.

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Yusuf Idris Gusau


This is no doubt the best of times for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State.

The party and its many candidates deserve the sympathy of all for the current situation it finds itself in.

Having lost all hopes of making any impact in the forthcoming general elections, it has resorted to untoward means, behaving like a bull in a china shop, destroying anything and everything in its way.

But how can a party of PDP’s standing, which has been in power at some points for many years and its candidates behave like deranged women whose kids have suddenly gone missing?

In this moment of madness, there should be a sane member within the lot who could rein them in; a rallying figure who could calm the fraying nerves.

But when a ranking member of one of the country’s highest law making body, the House of Representatives, Suleiman Abubakar Gummi’s joined the fray, it then becomes obvious that the situation is irredeemable.

The party, as it were, is doomed and at a dire point of no return.

The honourable member of the House of Representatives has swelled the number of the PDP’s attack dogs whose targets include the ruling party and the state chief executive, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

In a press statement he recently signed on behalf of “PDP candidates” titled “On critical national alert” Gummi went the “dishonourable” path by throwing decorum to the wind and lunched viral attacks on person and personality of Governor Matawalle with no iota of respect for his seat as the father of the state.

In doing so he deployed uncouth, crude and abusive language symptomatic of those low level maniacs unleashed at every opportunity as dogs of war.

But why will anyone be surprised at the action of this charlatan who forgot that his behavior could rob off on the integrity of the lower chamber he represents and taint the reputation of his colleagues in that reputable and respected institution? He is PDP member in the state after all and their stock in trade is to cause breach of peace in the state.

In the said press statement, Gummi went a rigmarole quoting the respected late social crusader, Martins Luther King and dancing around in circle.

From all his outing and vituperations, the only take away was the supposed arrest on Monday, November 28, of the party’s candidate for Zamfara central senatorial district, Alhaji Ikira Aliyu Bilbis by the police on charges of vandalism, which he claimed were trumped up.

In trying to elicit public sympathy to himself and co-travelers, he lumped the current issue with the earlier arrest of the Nigeria Union of Journalists chairman in the state but as usual, his effort failed to invoke the emotion and public outcry he had envisaged.

But let us even give him the benefit of the doubt and interrogate the issues his outing threw up. He has informed the public why Bilbis was arrested, but said the charges were “trumped up”. Really?

How did Gummi who is a lawmaker come about such a position over an issue that is before a court of law? Why is he in a hurry to clear the accused even before the court adjudicate on the matter.

The police even from Gummi’s statement did the needful by arresting Bilbis. They (police) did not hold him or keep him for long in their cell but charged him to court after their investigation.

The onus is therefore on the accused to exonerate and clear himself of the allegations.

The court even went ahead to grant him bail as Gummi testified in his statement. So why is it anybody’s fault if the accused failed to meet the bail condition? And because his associate failed to meet the stipulated condition to effect his release, Gummi is now accusing the judge and police of being tools in the hands of Matawalle in his alleged witch hunt of the opposition.

If a sitting governor is desirous in tackling an opponent who is clearly linked with a crime it would have been easy to clamp such person in police custody and claim that investigation is still ongoing as has been the case everywhere.

However, in this case, the police did not waste anytime in charging the accused to court where he is expected to defend himself. The court and its presiding judge should be commended for the expressway it granted the accused bail instead of being needlessly vilified like Gummi is doing.

His allegation that Matawalle was trying to muzzle the main opposition to whittle down their power and influence in the forthcoming elections is laughable because the PDP is not in reckoning and not a threat to APC in anyway.

He even went ahead to list those he thinks Matawalle will go after including the party’s governorship candidate, Lawal Dauda Dare. Waoo! Is this not absurd? Is Lawal Dare even in contention for the governorship race with all the court cases dangling over his head?

The so called governorship is still traumatized over his defeat at the federal high court, which nullified the primary that produced him and recently, the Appeal court.

It is fundamental to note that his ordeals were from his own very party and has nothing to do with Governor Matawalle. So it’s absurd to blame others for PDP’s misfortune and allege that anyone would hunt it’s candidates whose political future are uncertain.

And resorting to violence as a means to an end like the party and its members have been doing could only heighten the already tensed atmosphere which Matawalle has been working round-the -clock to manage.

The billboard saga wasn’t the only violent imprints the party has left on its route to 2023, a rally at its governorship candidate’s home had led to lost of Iives even as many were wounded. It’s sad that Gumi left out such important development from his statement.

As per the NUJ chairman which Gummi tried unsuccessfully to lump Bilbis case with to draw inspiration, he should have done the needful by telling the public the background of the affected person and the circumstances leading to such state of affairs to enable them appreciate and interrogate the issue based on its merit.

It’s imperative that Gummi calls a press conference or issue another statement to shedlight on the matter.

Having come from an honourable family, one would have thought Gumi will keep the legacy of the parental training we thought he received, unfortunately, even if he had such grooming as he was growing up, elements of bad politics and the fear of losing in the upcoming 2023 general elections have infuriated to throw away his sensibilities and turn disrespectful, dishonourable and regardless.

Certainly, with the overwhelming wind of mass support and mass mobilization going on in the APC, the likes of Gumi will not even be noticed when the electorate cast their votes to bring in APC at all levels in the coming elections.

As it were, rep Gummi achieved nothing by his recent desperate tactics. The PDP is doomed and irredeemable, and by 2023 the party will go into permanent extinction in Zamfara State.

Yusuf Idris Gusau
APC Publicity Secretary
Zamfara State
4th November, 2022

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Former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has paid a condolence visit to Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda WAMMAKO over the demise of his wife.

Yari who described the deceased as God-fearing and devoted Muslim who has offered much serving humanity.

He urged the husband and indeed the family to take solace and consider the exit of the deceased as a call to eternity.

He prayed for God almighty to grant her Jannatul Firdausi and blessed what she has left behind.

Sen. Aliyu Wammako thanked the former Governor and his entourage for the condolence visit and prayed for God almighty to bless them accordingly.T

he former Governor has among his entourage Amb. Abdulrahaman Buba Kwacham among many other prominent personalities.

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