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We have raised concern in one of our editorials when Governor Bello Matawalle announced the reinstatement of some commissioners after they were dissolved earlier by the government and many people, especially those within the government misunderstood us, may be for reasons of political inclinations.

But I am sure what happened today at the state house of assembly complex where those three nominees were re-screened is a vindication of our position that the right thing needed to be done.

The concern we raised in our editorial is not about their reinstatement but the procedure, because section 192 (2) & (4) of the constitution 1999 as amended has made the procedure for appointment of state commissioners obviously clear.

In one of our publications in the issue, barrister Ibrahim Ali, the Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Zamfara State branch said:

The power of a State Governor to make appointment to the office of Commissioner of the Government of a state is subject to the provision of Section 192(2) & (4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), that is, if the nomination of such person to the office of a Commissioner is confirmed by the House of Assembly of a State.

If we had chosen to remain silent and allow them to continue signing and issuing executive orders blindly, it would have been disastrous because the nemesis of the law would surely catch up with them.

I think the Governor has taken a good step of retracting his earlier position by subjecting the renominated commissioners to legislative screening and confirmation.

This is now keeping him on the right track, especially if he administers to them the new oath of office and instructs them to declare their assets and liability.

Our position is always for government to do the right thing, especially when it comes to running the government because government is a complete system which has to be run according to ethics and logical conventions.

As for the state legislators, the time has come for you to call the State House of Assembly Speaker, Nasiru Muazu Magarya to order because all indicators have shown that he has sold the independence and neutrality of the state Assembly to the executive Governor for his selfish interests.

And unless state assembly members are willing and ready to do what is necessary and exercise their constitutional duties, the assembly may not see anything good beyond beautification of their edifice.

We congratulate the Governor for bowing to the pressure and for doing the right thing.

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The former lawmaker who represented Maru and Bungudu Federal constituency Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu has met with party stakeholders from his constituency in his bid to woe their support ahead of the forthcoming APC primaries.

Zannan Bungudu is re-contesting for the same post of member representing Maru/Bungudu at the federal house of reps under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress.

His bid to contest the post followed the recent reconciliation effort between the serving Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle and the former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar.

The meeting which took place at the conference hall of City King Hotel Gusau on Wednesday was attended by the APC Chairmen for Maru and Bungud and all the delegates from the two local government areas.

During the interface, vital issues regarding the progress of the APC, Bello Matawalle and all the party aspirants were discussed.

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The APC screening committee sent to Zamfara State has screened (28) aspirants who are going to contest for the posts of members of Zamfara State House of Assembly.

The seven-man committee led by Hon. Babangida Tijjani Banki from Borno State assured that justice would be done to all the aspirants screened.

With the screening of the 28 aspirants, four constituencies may likely go into the primary election if consensus has not been reached between the candidates.

The state House of Assembly has the vacancy of only (24) members representing the (14) local government councils.

The remaining members of the committee include Hon Wakili Aliyu, Hon Abubakar Yarima, Faruk Ibrahim Tsiga, Hon Abdullahi Musa, Hon Adamu Ibrahim and Hajiya Fadima Ibrahim who is to serve as committee Secretary.

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Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has approved the appointment of Alh Muh’d Bello Suleiman as the new Sarkin Zamfaran Zurmi (Emir of Zurmi).

He has also appointed Alh Aliyu Garba Marafa as the new Emir of Birnin Yan doto while Alh Muhd Aliyu was appointed as the new Sarkin Bazai.

The two emirs of Bazai and Birnin Yandoto were appointed following the signing into law the amended Zamfara Emirate Council Act 2022 which led to the creation of the two additional emirate councils of Yandoto and Bazai.

As for the new Emir of Zurmi he was appointed following the dethronement of the former Emir Atiku Abubakar by the current administration of Bello Matawalle

According to the statement signed by the Secretary to the state government Kabiru Balarabe, the Governor also approved the appointment of Alh Habib Lawal Habib khalifa as the new Bunun Tsafe the Senior District Head of Tsafe.

Both appointments take immediate effect.

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