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Governor Bello Muhammed Matawallen Maradun has flagged off 16 days of Activism over Gender Based violence in Zamfara state organised by the office of the state’s First Lady, Her Excellency, Hajiya Aisha Bello Muhammed Matawalle.

Performing the flag off ceremony at the Government House, Gusau, Governor Bello Matawalle noted that there is noticeable increase in gender-based violence in our communities, hence the need for the office of the first lady in collaboration with development partners to strive hard to fight the menace in the state become imperative.

In a statement by the Governor’s Press Secretary Malam Jamilu Iliyasu Birnin Magaji said the Matawallen Maradun said Islam has given women a special place in the society for which he said, his Administration would remain committed to championing the cause of protecting the right and dignity of women and other vulnerable groups in the state.

According to the Governor, the state Government through the office of the first lady will sustain its ongoing efforts and continue to identify ways of preventing violence against women in all parts of the state.

He called on the organizers of the event and other development partners working in the state to take the campaign to all the nooks and crannies of the state through the use of electronic media,   traditional and religious institutions, as well as  opinion leaders for the attainment of the desired goals.

Earlier, in a welcome address, the Special Adviser, office of the Zamfara state First lady, Hajiya Fatima Musa said the essence of the 16 days of Activism on Gender Based violence in the state is to evolve more ways and areas of support on the prevention of violence against women in the state.

She said, the first lady Hajiya Aisha Bello Muhammed Matawalle is doing alot in the campaign against gender based-violance, through enlightenment, and the engagement of critical stakeholders aimed at ending the culture of violence against women in the state.

She said the first lady provided support to Zamfara state sexual assault referral centre with rape kits, in addition of being an ardent advocate of ending violence against women across the country.

In her remarks, the state Commissioner of Women, Children Affairs and Social Development,  Hajiya Zainab Lawal Gummi said the state Government is giving priority attention to the women folks as well as children’s welfare in order to meet their yearnings and aspirations at all times.

Hajiya Zainab Lawal Gummi called on civil society organisations in the state to intensify efforts of bringing an end to the culture of violence against women and children.

During the event, the children parliament made a special presentation on the need to stop all forms of violance against women and children.

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Zamfara state police command Ayuba Elkana has held an interfaith peace dialogue with the members of various religious groups across the state.

According to the Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad the dialogue became a priority after the recent Sokoto blasphemous incident which resulted in the killing of Deborah Samuel a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

In a remark during the meeting the state police commissioner Ayuba Elkana according to Shehu express appreciation to the religious leaders for working harder to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order I’m the state as a result of the Sokoto incident.

Shehu further said, the CP encouraged them to continue to preach for peace and religious tolerance among their followers and also called on the parents and guardians to monitor their wards, especially their activities on the social media on the daily basis.

While assuring the leaders of the readiness of the police to always ensure security of lives and properties of the citizens, Shehu said he always warned them to desist from taking laws into their hands and urged them to intimate the security agencies for action.

Leaders of the various religious organizations thanked the CP for organizing the interface and assured him of their support and cooperation at all time.

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A pro-Governor Matawalle social media organization (Matawalle Media Crew) has organized a one-day interaction on how to use the social media platforms to raise more support for the Governor and his government.

The event took place at the conference hall of Jaiz Hotel Gusau and was well attended by hundreds of social media handlers from across the (14) local government areas of the state.

Some guest speakers at the event including Dr. Mikailu Barau, Dr. Aminu Lawal Tsafe and Dr. Anas Sani Anka expressed the need for the members of Matawalle social media crew to explore creativity, critical thinking, skill for effective communication as well as collaboration in the course of theirpractice.

They have also urged them to use their various social media platforms to influence the government in taking critical decisions that are good for the people, especially issue of WAEC/NECO.

They also warned the members not to be using social media to be creating hostility for the oppositions, noting that the recent reconciliation between former Governor Yari and Matawalle camp is good enough for all social media handlers in Zamfara to learn some lessons.

The Executive Secretary of ZAMCHEMA Dr. Abdulkadir Shinkafi stated that many of them who belongs to the category of youths within the government structure of Bello Matawalle are doing their best to continue to support initiative like that of Matawalle media crew with a view to promoting the government.

The Secretary of the crew Rufai (UB) explained that the motive behind organizing the interaction is to avail members of the crew the opportunity to get themselves more equipped with ideas and wisdom from the spokespersons considering their in-depth knowledge and years of experience.

Certificates of participation were issued to those that participated in the interactions and also goodwill messages were passed to the members and organizers of the event by some politicians and well wishers.

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Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has held its mini congresses for the election of local government, state and national delegates.

According to the statement by the party spokesperson in Zamfara Malam Yusuf Idris Gusau, the delegates that will emerge will take part in the Party’s primaries for the seats of the President, Governor, state and national assembly.

The delegates’ congress which took place at Aisha Memorial Conference, Hall, Maradun was attended by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, members of the National Committee of the party, INEC officials and security agencies under a peaceful atmosphere.

Idris further said the exercise held simultaneously in all the 14 local government areas of the state after the flagg-off in Maradun, the country home of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

During the event, governor Matawalle stressed the need for peaceful coexistence, which he noted is responsible for the growth of the APC in the state.

He thanked the people of Zamfara for their support and prayers in ensuring the success of his administration, urging them to continue to support the APC and its candidates at all levels and assured that more dividends of democracy will continue to come their way.

In his welcome address, the state APC Chairman, Hon. Tukur Umar Danfulani expressed satisfaction and happiness especially with the unification of the party in the state.

He pledged to always carry all members along with fairness and justice as his guiding principles.

The chairman thanked all the stakeholders, especially the state’s party leader governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle and the national leadership of the party for bringing together all leaders of the party as one big family and expressed confidence in the ability of the unity to sustain the chances of the party in the forthcoming 2023 elections.

In his remarks, Chairman and team leader of the Screening Committee deployed to Zamfara by the APC National Secretariat, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said his team is overwhelmed by the support the APC is receiving in Zamfara.

He described the coming together of former governor Yari, former Senator Marafa and governor Matawalle as the best thing that happened to the APC at both the state and national levels in recent times, urging the stakeholders to consolidate on the feat.

The Committee Chairman, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said all the 103 delegates from Maradun local government were elected on consensus by the APC Constitution.

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