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The suspension of the feeding programmes in all the public schools in Zamfara has continued to impact badly on the enrolment drive of the schools across the state.

As schools in Zamfara entered the seventh week of resumption, feeding of the students is yet to commence even as contractors supplying food items are yet to be paid their expenses accrued during the last term.

A Principal of one of the day school in Gusau who does not want to be named said, many students have stopped coming to the school because of the inability of the government to commence the feeding exercise.

“You know because of the culture instituted in our educational system, feeding has become a key strategy for retention of pupils in schools as per as Zamfara is concern and because the government has not been able to sustain it, our enrollment is drawing low since many students have stopped coming to school”.

The principal added “the situation is even worse in schools that are based in the rural areas because the report we are receiving is that communities in the rural areas, especially those affected by banditry had stopped their children from going to the school because they cannot afford to provide them money for meals.

When contacted, officials of the Zamfara State Feeding Commission who spoke to this medium confirmed that, the commission is yet to settle the debt accrued by the contractor and that influence the ability of the feeding commission to continue with the feeding programme.

They said to the best of their knowledge, a memo for the payment of debt was approved by the Governor of Zamfara Bello Matawalle, but they don’t know what is delaying the Finance Ministry to clear it since the Governor has issued instructions for payment.

He also said, the commission is yet to settle the liabilities of the feeding officers throughout last term adding that the action has prompted the feeding officer to be reluctant in pursuing the contractors to continue to supply food on loan basis.

At the level of the state ministry, a source confirmed to this medium that they are in receipt of the memo, but a further directive was not issued by the Governor to release the fund to the feeding commission.

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Zamfara State Police Commissioner Ayuba Elkana has formally retired from active service of the Nigerian Police Force on Thursday.

He retired on age ground since he has thirty-three of active years in service.

He assumed office as police Commissioner in Zamfara in August 13th 2021 and formally retired after attaining 60 years of age.

During his twelve months of active service as the Police, Commissioner Elkana work harder

Addressing officers of the command, CP Elkana said he has never regretted serving the police force since he has done his best in serving his country.

He commended the IGP Baba Alkali, the state Governor Bello Matawalle, heads of security outfits and indeed all officers of the command for their support to him during his active days as police commissioner.

He also appealed to Nigerian youths to join the police force, stressing that it would help to enhance the depleting manpower, “in order to sustain the efforts to rid Zamfara State and Nigeria in general of security challenges.

He urged his predecessor and indeed all officers of the command to remain committed and be corrupt free in the discharge of their official duty.

Today in Gusau, I am leaving with so much legacy. We were able to stimulate our men and enhanced their operational capacity to combat crimes and criminality in the state.

“But all these achievements were made possible with the collective support and cooperation of the Inspector General of Police, Zamfara State Governor and officers and men of this command.” he explained.

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A woman leader in charge of the campaign of Dr. Dauda Lawal the Zamfara PDP gubernatorial candidate has conducted a sensitization meeting with hundreds of women as part of her strategies of securing support for the PDP gubernatorial candidate.

Mrs Lami Samaho who conducted the sensitization rally in Gusau on Wednesday with the support of some prominent women including Hajiya Lubabatu Ammani and rest the meeting was scheduled to create awareness on the need for Zamfara women to support Dr. Dauda Lawal.

She emphasized on the need for women to rally round their support for Dr. Dauda Lawal considering the good plans he had for the development of womanhood.

She said, she was sent by Dauda Lawal Dare to continue to engage women and assured them of his resolved to continue to safeguard their value and integrity.

Samaho also emphasized that, the purpose of the sensitization was to enlighten women in Zamfara on the dos and don’t expect of them ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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Zamfara State Police Commissioner Ayuba Elkana has decorated (19) Deputy Superintendents of Police to their new ranks of Superintendents of Police on Wednesday.

The activity which took place at the state police headquarters was witnessed by DCP Operation Dauda Mamman and DCP Finance and Administration Mr. Olubenga Adepoju.

According to the police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad, the CP warned the officers to put in their best and renew their commitment with utmost professionalism to justify the recent elevation to their new ranks.

He also thanked the IGP and indeed the Police Service Commission for the promotion and other gestures provided to the officers and men of the command, and called on all the officers within the command not to relent in doing the right thing.

Few among the officers elevated in the new promotion include, SP Sadiq Umar, O/C Highway Patrol, SP Sadiq Mohd, staff officer senior (SOS), SP Babangida Abubakar, P&G OPs, among others.

In a vote of thanks on behalf of other promo tees, SP Babangida Abubakar expressed appreciation to the IGP and Police service commission for the promotion, and promised to reciprocate the gesture through hard work, commitment in line with professional ethics and international best practices.

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