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Last week precisely on Thursday one of the social media bloggers of Sen. Kabiru Garba Marafa (Shamsu Kasida) posted via his Facebook page that the newly appointed Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs Mrs Rabi’atu popularly known as “Gimbiyar Shinkafi” has resigned her less than two month old appointment.

I could not believe it until when I put a phone call to him, and he told me his own verified sources and I said to myself what is happening with this government?

Someone is appointed a Commissioner and in less than two months he resigns without much effort to ensure his retention, then something is actually wrong!!!.

We make inquiries at the level of Ministry and multiple sources confirmed that they have heard about the news of the resignation, but a notice to that effect has not been transmitted to the Ministry yet.

At the office of the Secretary to the State Government, an anonymous source confirmed that she has tendered her resignation letter, and it was dully acknowledged by the office of the SSG.

Another confided source from Shinkafi confirmed to this medium that she has resigned her appointment and that even after she tendered the notice the Governor was fully informed, and he personally called her for a discussion, but she declined.

Since Thursday, this medium tried her telephone number severally for confirmation, but it was switched off throughout and all avenue to reach her was not successful.

But as journalists we went on our own to dig-deep into the circumstances behind her alleged resignation and a credible source who does not want to be named informed this medium that she has resigned because aptly but allegedly she has noticed that her schedules of duty as Commissioner for women affairs have been hijacked by the office of the first lady.

According to the source at the State Ministry of Women Affairs, he stated, “there was a recent activity precisely a programme on “National Day of Action” which was originally a programme of the state Ministry for women affairs but was hijacked by the office of the first lady”.

The source who craved for anonymity informed this medium that the program on National Day for Action has a budget line under the state Ministry for Women Affairs but the entire arrangements including the printing of T-shirts, banners and stickers were done by the office of the first lady not the ministry.

He further said even before now there used to be this type of rancor as the Ministry had indirectly become an offshoot of the office of the First Lady.

“We noticed she was not happy with the way the Ministry is becoming like a department under the office of the First Lady at the last activity on National Day of Action it became difficult for many of us to even get a T-shirt for our program because we were turned to beggars in our activity, and I am sure the Commissioner may feel dissatisfied with the entire procedure of the Ministry” the anonymous source added.

Another source said, “the former Commissioner became upset with the fact that she has tendered her resignation few hours after which the biological mother to the First Lady died and suggested that if she had known she could have delayed the submission of the letter until Monday”.

Another source said, most likely she might resign to go back to Imo and pick appointment as Commissioner since her nomination by Governor Hope Uzodinma has not been invalidated and to a greater extent things are better up in Imo than the way they are done here in Zamfara”.

The Spokesperson of Zamfara Governor Mal. Zailani Bappa when contacted said he was not aware of the resignation officially but noted that he has read the news on the social media.

Now the onus is on the office of the SSG and indeed the Governor to clarify the rumor or for the embattled Commissioner to speak clearly to the rumor of her resignation.

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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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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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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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