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Today is exactly one year since the present government of Bello Matawalle was inaugurated and the journey has been characterized by mixed reactions.
To some, the government  started on a very positive note and on a clear direction that will take the state to the next level of development.
While to others, opposite is the case, especially with the too many pledges and less actions as they anticipated that, the pledges are beyond the available but scarce resources of the state.
But in real sense, the government has done the little it could, especially considering what followed after the first Supreme Court Judgment.
The application for review, the drop in the oil revenue, delay in the submission of transition report by committee, the reconciliation with the bandits as well as the Corona Virus pandemic are all concern factors that influence the slow pace of the government.
To start with, the striding effort the government has actually restored relative peace especially with the ongoing peace accord which saw to the reduction of high cases of attacks with casualties as well as steady payment of workers salary.
It is also important to note that, the government has executed some road projects, especially the canteen road, emir’s palace annex road and Gusau hotel road all in Gusau.
It is also executing Kanoma-Danmarke-Ruwan Doruwa road, Dosara road in Maradun as well as concluded plans to execute eighty different rural road projects in the 14 local government areas.
The government is also constructing 14 Women and Children hospitals, procured ambulances to all the General Hospitals in Zamfara as well as concluded plan to complete Shinkafi referral hospital just as it awarded the construction of General Hospital Talatar Mafara.
It has successfully invested huge amount of money to manage the Corona Pandemic through establishment of  Isolation centers and equipping them with all the needed ventilators for the use of covid-19 patients.
In the area of security, the government has procured Hilux Vans for distribution to security agencies as well as continued to partner with the security agencies to fight banditry in the state including setting up of  two squadrons of Mobile Police at Shinkafi and Maradun as well as facilitated the release of  abductees from bandits.
These among other development efforts are either completed or ongoing at various locations of the state.
People of Zamfara are happy because some of these projects have touched their lives directly and will last for long and  impact on their socio-economic needs.
But most importantly as we observed, the government of Matawalle is not corporately focused in terms of doing things the way they are supposed to be done.
We doubt if there is strict compliance to the budgetary appropriation in some of the projects completed or ongoing hence made us raise concerns if the legislative arm of government has fails to do things the way they are supposed to be done.
Again, we regrettably observed that, since its inauguration the government has allegedly held only one State Executive Council Meeting and the implication of the development is that, most of the contracts awarded have not been subjected to council deliberations and their resolution.
Also, it has been noticed that, there is lack of proper coordination from the office of the Secretary to the State Government especially on matters regarding political appointments as well as general policy regularization.
Some of the agencies and parastatals of the government that have their status changed by this present administration are using their old laws and acts establishing them such as Zamfara State Radio and Television Services which has been elevated to the status of board with executive chairman as its head instead of Managing Director.
There is also challenge in the area of Internally Generated Revenue especially with the current economic depression hitting oil producing countries like Nigeria. 
Though a bill is currently before the State House of Assembly on consolidated revenue law, the government needs to open up for more interactive engagement on how to enhance revenue and tax collection to boost its IGR.
Revival of the state civil service is also another area the government has not come up with its plans because as it is, there is no way the state government can achieve a complete transformation with the nature of its human resources.
Majority of the state civil servants are both incapacitated and demoralized to the extent  that initiation of new ideas that will move the government forward is always a big challenge to the state civil servants.
The immediate past government has not done enough to revive the state civil service and presently the effort is still minimal and for instance, one wonders for instance, what 2 million naira can do as running cost to the Ministry of Education and its parastatals.
Our state secretariat is still the least as a facility in Nigeria and it is highly obsolete and defective to provide a conducive working environment for needed result.
As for the capital projects initiated by the government, majority of the people are not fully convinced that they are the priority for now. The cargo airport, the twin three star hotels, the new government house are all parts of the projects majority of Zamfara citizens are not in support of.
Government should be for the people and indeed should go for what people deemed is their priority because in a natural law of democracy, government should act in consultation with the people and act according to their wishes.
As for the state legislature, it is shameful to say, apart from the 2020 appropriation law,  the State Assembly almost eleven months after, did not pass any law and this made people to wonder what actually the law makers are doing. 
They need to sit up and enforce budgetary compliance on the parts of the executive and also enact laws that are of direct bearing on the socio-economic development of the people.
As an end note, it is our hope that, government should see media outfits and their inputs as the best way to enhance collective governance.
Media listens to both sides of the opinion and report them nakedly for those concerned to see, hear and act accordingly.
We wish the government of Zamfara well and long live and prosperity

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A Zamfara federal house of representatives aspirant Abdulmalik Bungudu Zannan Bungudu has attended an interface with the Bungudu local government council chairman and other APC stakeholders aimed at strategizing ways to strengthen the ongoing reconciliation.

The meeting which was summoned by the Council Chairman Muhammad Maitutare emphasized on the need for the APC supporters from both side of the divide in Zamfara to accept the reconciliation in the spirit of unity and progress.

He said accepting the consensus candidate anointed by the Governor is the only answer to showing solidarity to the decision of the Governor.

The aspirant who was a former federal lawmaker Abdulmakik Zubairu thanked the council chairman and all the stakeholders for the support and assured them his commitment to ensuring that the party succeeded.

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It was a moment of jubilation for the supporters of Dr. Dauda Lawal Gamjin Gusau one of the aspirants eying for the seat of the Governor of Zamfara state under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He has conducted one of the best state of the earth rally with thousands of supporters across the divides driving with happiness to welcome him at Yankara, Zamfara state border town with Katsina.

His arrival to Zamfara on Sunday marked the beginning of a new dawn for the opposition People’s Democratic Party in Zamfara state, as the journey of 45-50 minutes took him over eight hours to finish.

He was stopped by thousands of supporters at the entry of every village and town along Zaria-Gusau highway to wish him well and prayed for God almighty to bless his gubernatorial candidature.

Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare who was looking visibly emotional and delighted with the mammoth crowd that came on the streets to welcome him said he is optimistic and confident that his gubernatorial candidature will surely triumph in 2023.

He expressed hope that the journey from 2023 will raise the hope of Zamfara people since his inspiration is to transform Zamfara state in the area of infrastructures, education, quality health care system, job creation, widening opportunities in small and medium enterprises as well as sustainable reforms beyond his period as Governor.

A young, agile Ibrahim Garba who trekked from Yankara to Gusau said he has high hope for the gubernatorial candidature of Dauda Lawal considering his track record while in the banking sector and his admiration to transforming humanity.

He said whenever he listened to perspective from Dauda Lawal he renewed his hope for the new Zamfara state because of his careful understanding of the governance crises rocking the state and his vision of how he want to create new opportunities for Zamfara state.

Another young woman Fatima who stood for hours at Gusau Hotel round about to welcome Dr. Dauda said many people she interacted with have raised new hope in the aspiration of Dauda Lawal which is ringing bell. She said the quality in everything done by Dr, Dauda will surely manifest in his administration if elected.

Another Youth Corp member Chineze Thomas said, he has heard about the competency of Dr. Dauda Lawal from many people who worked with him in the banking sector and the conclusion about him was that “he is the best for the Zamfara gubernatorial projects and prayed for God almighty to see him through the routes of success in 2023.

As for his chances in the PDP, Alh Tanuimu Garba a secondary school teacher in Tsafe said, with people like Dr. Dauda Lawal in the party, PDP has become a new hope for Zamfara people.



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Twelve Zamfara aspirants contesting for the post of federal house of representative are gearing up for the APC primaries scheduled for Thursday the 26th of May 2021

Those who are likely to secure the ticket unopposed are Ahmad Usman Gummi for Gummi/Bukkuyum, Umar Sarkin Fada Zurmi/Shinkafi, Muhammad Ahmed Sani Bakura/Maradun and Isah Muhammad Anka for Anka and Bukkuyum Federal Constituency.

As for Maru/Bungudu, five aspirants are to contest the ticket on Thursday and they include Dr. Bashir Muhammad Maru, Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu, Sufiyanu Usman, Abdulrahaman Tumbido and Aliyu Sulaiman Dansadau.

As for Gusau and Tsafe federal constituency, Sanusi Garba Rikiji and Fatima Mu’azu are to contest the ticket at the level of party primaries.

All aspirants, especially those for Maru and Bungudu are gearing up and meeting with the delegates to canvass for votes ahead of the date scheduled for the party primaries.

None of the aspirants who contesting at the level of primaries from Gusau/Tsafe and Maru/Bungudu constituencies has so far step down from the race.

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