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Thunder blowers Online News Medium received a petitione to investigate the recent recruitment exercise by Zamfara State Hospitals Services Management  Board which was adjudged by a Civil Society Organization, Center for Community Excellence (CENSEX) as an exercise which is marred with lopsidedness and conducted in favour of  children of top political class in the state.

The petition was adopted by the Director of the Center, Malam Adamu Kwatarkwashi on Monday, the 8th of June, 2020 leading to the need for members of the public to be well informed on the actual facts of what happened  and for the government to take appropriate steps of correcting the anomalies. 

As usual, the exercise went deep to investigate whether, the recruitment was done or not?, whether those in the list are actually competent by qualification and requisite experience to be there or not?, and whether due process was followed including provision of the capital vote in the 2020 approved budget of the state or not and finally whether the allegations against the State Commissioner of Finance regarding his alleged involvement is genuine or not?. 

After a five days investigation and removal of stumbling blocks in order to interact with those that matter since the petition was directed at some government organizations  believed to be responsible for whatever mess the exercise might have caused  the government  it was learnt that, when the current Chairman of the Hospitals Services Management Board, Alh Mustapha Muhammad Anka came on board, he met a lot of irregularities especially the problem that had to do with proliferation of ghost workers and people without requisite health training and qualification being recruited at the board simply to enjoy the unique salary of the health workers. 

After three months of intense internal findings by the Chairman, Mustapha Anka who was allegedly refused handing over note by the immediate past Chairman and his management team for the fear of leakages of alleged fraud possibly perpetrated in the State salary payroll, the three months of alleged attempt of manipulation of facts by the immediate past Chairman and his board members, many skeletons were exposed.

After the final handing over, the board in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance led by its Commissioner, Rabiu Garba instituted an in-depth  investigation which led to the discovery of fake Medical Doctors, fake Nurses and Midwives, and other categories of fake health workers allegedly being covered by some principal officers in the board. 

According to our findings from the HSMB and Ministry of Finance, that single action by the Commissioner led to the discovery of over 24 million naira unclaimed money which allegedly was going into the pocket of the management and some few conspirators in the board. 

In the discovery by the State Ministry of Finance, out of close to 240 medical doctors on the state payroll, only 105 medical doctors were confirmed to be genuine medical doctors working at the various health care facilities in the state. 
The remaining over 130 were all confirmed to be fake hence they could not appear before the verification committee for identification and confirmation. 

Following the savings of 24 million naira, the Hospital Service Management Board in collaboration with the Finance Ministry then conducted human resource on the spot need assessment of all the Hospitals in the state and that exercise alone informed the decision to get fresh personnel to replace those ghost workers uncovered by the verification exercise. 

Our findings also revealed that, based on the need assessment conducted 280 fresh health personnel were required to be recruited across the fourteen local government councils of the state and the Hospital management board in collaboration with the State Ministry of Finance agreed that all those to be recruited with the exception of Medical Doctors and Nurses must be domiciled from their home local governments so that they can be productive and serve the purpose they were recruited for. 

The findings further revealed that, majority of the Curriculum Vitae of those professional recruited for replacement had minimum health training qualification while those recruited as labourers and other junior cadre staff had minimum of SSCE as entry qualification as provided for in the recruitment guidelines. 

Of course based on our findings, politicians were allowed the opportunity to select and present people from their constituencies, criteria and due process was followed and also an interview was conducted to qualify every shortlisted candidate. Thunder Blowers however  interviewed about ten persons among those employed from six local governments where they all confirmed that, they were subjected to the usual interview and screening exercise. 

As for the State Commissioner of Finance, Rabiu Garba, one of his aides  who also spoke with the Thunder Blowers Online News Medium confirmed that the Commissioner facilitated the approval of the memo for the recruitment to the State Governor considering the availability of the funds recovered from the exercise he conducted and that after the approval was secured, the Commissioner allowed the board to carryout its exercise in conformity with its laid down guidelines. 

The aide told this medium that, the Commissioner did not recommend a singl
e person for interview or recruitment in this recent exercise by the HSMB noting that, one of the reasons why the replaced staff were not paid since February was because of some irregularities the Commissioner uncovered in the payroll submitted to him for consideration. 

Thunder Blowers Online News Medium also discovered that, because of the resistance of the Commissioner of Finance, one of his Deputy Directors leaked the confidential documents to many social media platforms alleging that the recruitment was done in favour of Commissioner Rabiu Garba noting that, to show the level of mischief by these people, attempts were made to include the name of these newly recruited staff into the state payroll through shoddy deals in collaboration with some staff of the Finance Ministry which led to the rise in the salary figure a situation that provoked the state Commissioner to suspend the inclusion of the names of those staff till the next directive is issued by the Governor. 

Thunder Blowers Online News Medium also discovered that, of course one cannot rule out the accusation of some people at the HSMB selling offers for money in return, also a situation the aide to the commissioner said informed the reason for the pressure from those that collected money for the state Ministry of Finance to start paying the newly recruited staff salary so that hidden issues will not be blown. 

The State Commissioner of Finance insisted that, to bring sanity into the shady things going on at the Hospital Service Management Board, he approached the State Ministry of Health and presented the Consolidated Health Care Bill before the State House of Assembly which is designed to regularize abnormalities into the operations of the board.  

Thunder Blowers Online news Medium also interacted with those that were alleged to have paid stipends to some undisclosed staffers of the HSMB for them to secure offer of appointments which this medium will make public through its special edition on the scandals when more facts are gathered. 
As it is, our findings revealed that, the status regarding the controversial recruitment can only be determined by the Governor as the Commissioner of Finance insisted that, he will not enroll the fresh recruited staff into the state payroll till facts are fished out to examine who and who is involved in the scandals as alleged.

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It has become clearly imperative for this medium to blow the trumpet for the newly deployed Commissioner of Police Mr. Yusuf Kolo who since his deployment has helped change the security narrative about the genuine fight against armed banditry in the state.


The deployment of this experienced Police officer has no doubt assisted greatly in improving the security situation of Zamfara state especially the stellar measures he adopted which are increasing social and economic stability in the state.

Reading about his CV and the career he has built in the service of the Nigeria Police Force, it has no doubt raised the hope of the people because for sometimes now Zamfara people had been agitating for deployment of capable Police officer who is vast in terms of security management and fighting insecurity.


For sometimes now, Thunder Blowers had carefully observed that, there is effective patrol and surviellance along the major highways in Zamfara State From Gada-Biyu Round about to Bimasa the Zamfara border town with Sokoto, one may clearly understand that this fine Police officer and gentleman Mr. Yusuf Kolo is ready to deliver his best to the restoration of security architecture  in Zamfara state.

This strategy is also effective at the Gusau-Kaura-Namoda and  Gusau-Gurbin Bore border with Katsina and Gusau-Tsafe-Yankara highways respectively. Within the capital city of Gusau again, there are various check-points mounted within all the strategic positions of Gusau and criminality has really reduced to the barest minimum.


It is evident that, there is serious stop-and-search operations in all the strategic locations in the state. and the recent arrest of some miscreants involved in various criminal activities is a clear indicator that, things are getting better with the new Police Commissioner’s arrival.


It is on record that, since his  assumption in office there has never been a major armed banditry attack in Zamfara except that of Zugu which took place at the bridge of his taking-over of the mantle of leadership of the State Police Command.

His tour of the divisions and formations across the state and his interaction with the officers on Duty Posts has really risen the hope of the people of the state. More importantly, the visitation to the traditional institutions and his engagement with them which had surely manifested in his recent achievements recorded.


We were keenly apt at the manner at which the Police Commissioner is personally moving round the streets of Gusau at the dark of the night to monitor the conduct of the operations of his men. His pictures are all over the social media moving with the other galant police officers working with full force to ensure that people slept with their two  eyes closed.

Residents of  areas of Gusau and outskirts including Damba, Tsunami, Mareri and  the rest are all grateful to this visionary tactical Police officer Mr. Yusuf Kolo for his commitment to ensuring that their hearts are at rest. For instance,from Lalan  to Damba,the level of Police enforcement along that area in the night is adding to the relative stability of the people.


What inspired people more is the manner at which the Police Commissioner Mr. Yusuf Kolo has effectively but tactically engaged the Nigerian Bar Association to develop strategies on how to jointly speed up the administration of criminal justice system in the state.

Our prayer is for the Police Commissioner to passionately sustain the momentum and continue to work hand in hand with the critical stakeholders to double this commitment, It is indeed wonderful and promising if the momentum is sustained.


Our conclusion on the steawardship of Police commissioner Mr. Yusuf Kolo is that his achievements speak volumes that he is matching his  academic credentials, his experience with these practical achievements.


We at Thunder Blower wish  you all the best as your partners in the fight against crime and insecurity in Zamfara  State.

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By virtue of the reconciliation we are all part of Governor Bello Matawalle family and he needs to treat all of us with justice and fairness. It is only justice and fairness that can guarantee solidarity and peaceful political atmosphere.

Hon. Abubakar Yanware is a die-hard supporter of the former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar and a strong stakeholder in the ruling All Progressives Congress APC in Zamfara state.

He was among the APC aspirants that contested for the State Assembly post from Tsafe and wanted to contest the APC Primaries for 2023 elections with the current Deputy Speaker of Zamfara Hon. Musa Bawa Tsafe before the APC reconciliation dashed away the hope of  people like him.

He shared his perspectives with the Managing Editor regarding the political reconciliation in the Zamfara APC and raise his concern on matters arising and also shared his perspectives on what is to be done to ensure that the party remains strong and united.



Well, people have their own ways of assessing a political situation or rather have their different ways of reacting to a situations especially when issues involved politics and political developments but for me, there are more to see than one can understand about the Zamfara APC reconciliation.

The leaders namely former Governor Yari, Governor Matawalle and Sen. Kabiru Marafa may be entering into the peace deal with all sense of sincerity because they may want to bring an end to the lingering crises in the APC, but that may not be a true reflection of the mindset of their supporters.

And remember, they have a limit to which they can influence the same spirit into the minds of their supporters because decision-making in politics goes with the perception of the game players here I mean the party supporters.

So, the leaders of the APC in Zamfara, especially Governor Matawalle and former Governor Yari need to take time and make review of the progress recorded from the reconciliation and begin to reach out to their genuine supporters.

I will say this with clear voice our supporters from the site of Yari the former Governor still have reservations with this reconciliation arrangement within Zamfara APC and something very urgent needs to be done to save the party from collapsing.


This is the reality of the situation many people have reservation about this Zamfara APC reconciliation and our leaders need to accept this as the true reflection of what is on the ground and begin to reach out to their supporters.

I am not part of those objecting to the reconciliation and all my supporters are with the reconciliation move hundred percent because I make sure that the moment the political reconciliation was perfected by our leaders I came back home and put my house in order by appealing to my supporters to forget the differences and join hand with the former Governor Yari in the new move.

But I am telling you, many of my political status across the (14) local governments especially those from the camp of former Governor Yari can not convince their supporters to accept the peace initiative entered into by our leaders and this shall be seen as a big problem because you cannot be relying on uncertain political structure to win election.

The feedback we are receiving from the communities is that people cannot be forced to continue to accept decision in the APC without them being properly consulted and this is the exact problem with the current arrangements entered into by our leaders, and for me, their resistance is a concern that need to be addressed with all sense of urgency.


I am sure he must be aware because he has ears to the ground and I believed from the exit of strong party men like Maibuhu Gummi and rest the former Governor must understand that all is not well with the reconciliation move within his camp.

The Governor, on the other hand, must understand that Yari is facing resistance from his supporters because steps that are supposed to be taken to ensure justice and fairness to all party members were not instituted.

Former Governor Yari may not speak this out for some strategic reasons but as wings to the politics of Yari we have to say this with all sense of modesty that politicians from Yari camp need to be accommodated so that their supporters can feel a sense of belonging politically.


I think the former Governor has done his best because since when the political reconciliation started he has been taking steps to ensure that his supporters are contacted, and I know how active he has been working to ensure that sanity is restored within his camp.

I believe it is not enough because time is not on our site and campaign will soon start and there is strong need to reach out to the people because the resistance is really telling bad of our political chances.

Recently, we have lost many people to PDP, and it is not to our best interest politically and all these are happening because there are no extended consultations with the members of the party at the grassroots.

If it means the former Governor should form a committee of consultation, so be it because it is important we get this problem addressed before the main campaign started.


The Governor needs to open his government and accommodate those serious hands from the camp of Yari so that they can have a sense of belonging politically.

By virtue of the reconciliation we are all part of his family members and he needs to treat all of us with justice and fairness and it is only justice and fairness that can guarantee solidarity and peaceful political atmosphere.

We knew the Governor may be facing similar challenges from his camp also, but that is the spirit of political reconciliation because the arrangements shall be “no-winner-no loser”.

Yari camp shall be given posts of Commissioners, Special Advisers and Council Sole Administrators that is justice and if this is done many concerns coming from supporters that have made sacrifices for Yari can be addressed.

Many of my readers would be looking at my position to be too primitive, but that is the only way out. If you go to my local government Tsafe, there are many powerful political forces from Yari and even Marafa camps that are abandoned to their fate, and you think this is healthy democratically?

At least certain percentage of appointments need to be sacrificed to Yari camp so that he can be able to step into the heart of his people, but for now, the Governor had to understand that there is no magic Yari can do to bring stability into his political camp than getting his supporters accommodated.


My answer to this question may not be different from my earlier position. Let the APC leaders in Zamfara- the Governor, former Governor Yari and rest put in genuine mechanism of reconciliation and be just and fair to their followers. Anything short of this no one can predict the end result of the APC political journey in 2023.

I am saying this because I know the kind of reaction that is coming from the people, and it is only justice that can help resolve the current state of uncertainty in the APC of Zamfara.

We know there are many candidates that are more popular in their respective constituencies, but the reconciliation had dashed their hope and political chances and these candidates are left without any arrangements.

You know this is a fact that those who had the opportunity to secure the ticket were only considered for some strategic reasons of reconciliation, not because they are better than the rest in terms of their political popularity.


Neither the party nor the candidate reached out to me since after the party primaries and it was the same thing with all the other aspirants that were aged out as a result of the political reconciliation.

What I expected the party to do was to set up a genuine reconciliation mechanisms that will make people like us who invested in the development of the party have a sense of belonging.

The implications of what is happening within the APC Zamfara is that people like us will be made to move aside and be watching things as they unfold, since the party does not consider us as stakeholders that are needed to win election.

But the APC needs to know that stakeholders like us cannot be abandoned to their fates because it can constitute a political redline to to the party.

It has been the same complaint all over but I wish the party can see reason why it shall reach out to us and carry us along as critical stakeholders.

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Zamfara state Governor had deployed a powerful delegation to inspect the condition of power distribution transformer at Tsafe power station on Monday.

The delegation was headed by the State Commissioner for Health Aliyu Abubakar Tsafe, Special Adviser to Zamfara Governor on Urban and Rural Electrification (DURET), technical staff of the Directorate as well as some powerful politicians in the local government.

The Commissioners who listen to the technical brief by the Directorate officials said the Governor of Zamfara Bello Matawalle was deeply worried when he received the news of the power outage at Tsafe and instantly ordered for on the spot inspection of the power transmission station.

Aliyu Abubakar Tsafe said based on the briefing by the DURET, the transformer which is measured at 2.5 (mba) was too small for the power consumption of Tsafe town, and it’s environ.

He said hence it was suggested that the new transformer to be installed be upgraded to at least 7.5(mba) he will intimate the Governor immediately and get the commitment of the state government in making sure that the problem is addressed out rightly.

He assured that the Governor will do what is right for the people of Tsafe local government by fixing brand-new transformer of high capacity since the existing one is no longer serviceable.

Furthermore, he thanked the people of Tsafe for sustaining their loyalty to the government of Bello Matawalle and assured that the government will do all that are needed to making Tsafe people comfortable.

In a remark, the Special Adviser Directorate of Urban and Rural Electrification (DURET) Alh Muhammad Shinkafi commended the Governor for his prompt response to the plight of Tsafe people and urged them to continue to extend their support to the government.

One of the elder statesmen in the local government Samaila Mudi Tsafe commended the Governor for taking the appropriate step of responding to the complaint of power problem in the Tsafe local government area and urged him to speedily fulfilled the pledge so that citizens of Tsafe can have a sight of relief.

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