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STAND OF AHMAD KWATARKWASHI FOUNDATION ON THE REINSTATEMENT OF CERTAIN NUMBER OF STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BY HIS EXCELLENCY DR BELLO MUHAMMAD MATAWALLEN MARADUN, SHATIMAN SOKOTO.

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OPINION ARTICLE BY BARR. AHMAD KWATARKWASHI

Just of recent, the executive governor of Zamfara state, dissolved all his cabinet including the chairmen and head of parastatals except statutory commissions, however in less than a week, a press briefing was signed and issued by the acting secretary to the state government that certain number of commissioners were REINSTATED as per the governor’s approval.

By so doing, we at Ahmad kwatarkwashi foundation, it is our stand to protect the rule of law in all its ramifications, and issued our stand hereunder.

  1. That the reinstatement is null void and of no effect whatsoever.
  2. That the executive governor err in law by his so doing.
  3. That by extant laws, all such appointment remained ineffective and a breach of due process as enshrined in the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria
  4. That it is dissolution, therefore their reinstatement MUST follow the due process of;

a. Nomination

b. Screening by the state assembly and

c. Confirmation by the executive governor.

From the foregoing, it is suffices to say, constitutional provision has been breach, when the combined reading of the following section and it’s subsection is taken into cognisance.

Thus;

S. 192. (1) of the CFRN says,

  1. There shall be such offices of Commissioners of the Government of a State as may be established by the Governor of the State.

(2) Any appointment to the office of Commissioner if the Government of a State shall, if the nomination of any person to such office is confirmed by the House of Assembly of the State, be made by the Governor of that State and in making any such appointment the Governor shall conform with the provisions of section 14(4) of this Constitution.

I hereunder reproduce section 14(4) for the understanding of how such offices are to be made.

14(4) reads; The composition of a government of a state, a local government council, or any of the agencies of such government or council or such agencies shall be carried out in such a manner as to recognise and the conduct of the affairs of the government or council the diversity of the people within it area of authority and the need to promote a sense of belonging and loyalty among all the people of the federation.

Emphasis is on section 192(1) and (2). While subsections below are for clarity of expression.

(3) Where a member of a House of Assembly or of the National Assembly is appointed as Commissioner of the Government of a State, he shall be deemed to have resigned his membership of the House of Assembly or of the National Assembly on his taking the Oath of office as Commissioner.

(4) No person shall be appointed as a Commissioner of the Government of a State unless he is qualified for election as a member of the House of Assembly of the State.

(5) An appointment to the office of Commissioner under this section shall be deemed to have been made where no return has been received from the House of Assembly within twenty-one working days of the receipt of nomination, by the House of Assembly.”

From the above provision, it is a clear breach of constitutional provisions by the executive governor and WE IN STRONG TERMS CONDEMN ITS ENTIRETY.

Assuming without conceding, it is suspension, in which case the executive Governor, is at liberty, to reinstate them and none can challenge that from him, in this context, it is DISSOLUTION and as such REAPPOINTMENT AND OR REINSTATEMENT which carry same meaning from the wordings of the aforesaid sections of the constitution cannot stand.

With humility and respect, we submit that any appointment, which is subject to state assembly screening and or confirmation must follow such regorous protocols before swearing in to that office. We therefore call on his excellency to as a matter of rule of law adherence, rescind his earlier approval to reinstate certain commissioners, and allow the rule of law to prevail. This is to allow setting forth the procedure required in doing so and respect for the law of the land.

Thank you.
Ahmad kwatarkwashi
President,
Ahmad kwatarkwashi foundation.
June 8th 2021.

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ZMHA AMEND LAW ON AREA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

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Members of Zamfara state house of assembly has passed into law amended Bill for a Law to amend the Area Development Council Establishment Act Law No(7).

The development followed the delivery of
committee report by the house leader Faruk Musa Dosara who doubled as the Chairman of the house standing committee on local government.

With the new development, the qualifications for someone to be appointed as administrator of Area Development Council is senior living certificate .

The new law also stated that, the person to be appointed as Administrator for the Area Development Council must attain the age of (25) years.

The new amendment had also provided that, funds for the execution of development projects be credited to the account of the area development Council directly.

 

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ZMHA SCREEN FMR. BBC STAFF, TWO OTHERS AS SPECIAL ADVISERS.

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Three additional nominees for the post of Special Advisers have been screened by the members of the state house of assembly.

The nominees are Malam Sahabi Ahmad Mada, Dr. Nura Makwashe and Malan Shehu Garba.

Until his appointment, Dr. Makwashe is an academic staff working with the Bayero University Kano and also worked with BBC London during his study days in the United Kingdom.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki the screening followed an executive communication received from the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Presenting the nominees before the members, the house leader, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara urged his colleagues to accept the nomination and confirm the appointment of the nominees.

Speaker Nasiru Magarya confirmed the nomination of the candidates as unanimous decision of the house.

Magarya urged the nominees to bring their experience to bear and justify the confidence reposed on them in ensuring the sustainable development of the state.

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BILL ON ZAMFARA ANTI-THURGGERY AGENCY SCALES THROUGH FIRST & SECOND READING

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A Bill for an act to establish Zamfara State Anti Thuggery Agency scales through first and second readings on the floor of the state house of assembly on Tuesday.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki, the proposed executive Bill was presented on the floor of the house by the House Leader Faruk Musa Dosara.

After extensive deliberation, Biyabiki said, the Bill scales through first and second readings and later presented before the standing Committee on justice and security for further legislative consideration.

“Hon. Magarya said, if established vthe Agency will among other things complement the security agencies’ efforts in curtailing anti-thuggery activities and other social vices in the state” Biyabiki added.

Speaker Magarya called on the committee members to work hard and accomplish the assigned responsibilities within the stipulated period.

 

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