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ONGOING RECONSTRUCTION OF GUSAU LALAN-LALN EXPRESS ROAD: THUNDER BLOWERS WRITES (FOI) LETTER TO FEDERAL CONTROLLER OF WORKS

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SUNDAY EDITORIAL

Last week Monday the editorial board of this medium wrote an (FOI) letter to the Federal Comptroller of Works in Zamfara inquiring whether the ongoing reconstruction of Gusau Lalan to Lalan is being executed with his official consent.

The reasons why the editorial board picked interest on that particular ongoing project is because of the continued public outcry about the unprofessional nature at which the road is being reconstructed, especially the drainage component of the road.

Many people came to our office to complain that even at the local government headquarters you cannot reconstruct as tiny as that road with drainage at a measurement where a road shoulder is supposed to be constructed.

We reminded the Federal Controller about what the Federal government gazette has earmarked for a portion of a federal highway which is (45.72 mtrs) from the center line and where it is an express road in case of the current Lalan-Lalan the measurement should be for both the lanes.

We also reminded him what the same gazette provided in terms of provision of (10fts) on each of the Federal highway for road shoulder, which in the case of Lalan to Lalan is where the drainage is being constructed.

Furthermore, we also intimated him generally about the massive violation of “right of way” in Zamfara state especially at the capital city, and we cited many references for him, one of them is the ongoing construction of shops along Anguwar Gwaza round about adjacent Tankin Ruwa.

We have also copied the State Commissioner for Works and also the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp because the State Ministry for Works even if they are not the original clients of the ongoing road reconstruction they have the right of supervision.

The Sector Commander, on the other hand, has the responsibility of advising the Federal ministry of Works on the safety nature of state roads including the federal highways.

Generally speaking, from the information we have received the State government has failed to seek for the consent of the Federal Ministry of Works before it commences the reconstruction work of the Lalan-Lalan express road which is wrong decision in all ramifications knowing fully that federal highways do not belong to the state governments

Again we want to avoid pre-empting the response to be given to us by the Federal Controller of Works because the seven (7) ultimatum as provided for by the FOI Act do not elapsed, but we have learned that he has instructed for erecting of “Stop Work Notice” along the portion of the Lalan area where the construction of the drainage had started on Friday and that means he is becoming more alive to the concern of the people.

No serious people would welcome this type of road reconstruction because it does not make any sense at all. This is trying to sale Zamfara state out again as if “we don’t have professional engineers at the state Ministry of Works or even at private level who are to be keenly consulted before this type of embarrassment is done on our only image making highway in the state capital”.

We have learned that same day we sent our (FOI) letter the leadership of “Nigerian Society of Engineers” Zamfara State branch had visited the Federal Controller of Works to register their dis-appreciation on the reconstruction of the same road project.

This means the Federal Ministry of Works should stand firm to making sure that Zamfara state government and indeed the company handling the project have done what is necessary.

We cannot continue to be embarrassed as Zamfara people.

While awaiting the officials’ response of the Federal Ministry of Works, we would continue to watch things as they unfold.

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ZAMFARA NUJ ELECT MAI ZARE, M.B UMAR AS NEW CHAIR & DEPUTY

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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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I NEVER ASK GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE TO DASH ME A CAR.

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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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SHATIMAN RIJIYA TO GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE: STOP INSULTING PDP

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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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