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WATER SCARCITY HITS ZAMFARA CAPITAL CITY, FINANCE COMMISSIONER PROVIDES TEMPORARY OPTION TO RESIDENTS

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As scarcity of water continue to bite harder in Gusau the capital city of Zamfara residents laments how they trek a distance of kilometers in search for water.

According to a resident Lawali Isah Birnin Ruwa it has been some days without water board supplying water to the main city of Gusau and that add-in to the suffering of the households especially in this holy month of Ramadan.

He said for those who can afford to buy the water from the vendors, the price has almost doubled even as people had to book for hours before they are supplied with the water.

Another woman interviewed Fatima Sani said the majority of the alternative sources of water including local wells and boreholes are dried even as some households manage the little water available to conduct house activities during this period of Ramadan.

A tanker driver interviewed said for the past six days there has never been water supply by the Water Board since the water pumping machines have technical default.

He added that they travelled at distance to pay and fetch the water they supplied to people at exorbitant prices adding that based on the information they have the technical team of the Gusau Water Board are on top of the situation.

A source at the State water board who wanted not to be named said, only one out of the water pumping machines is functioning not until when the Federal Ministry of Water Resources came to the aid of the state government by fixing another additional broken machine noting that as at now he is not sure if they are of good shape.

He added that for now the chemicals needed for the water treatment have ended and that the government is yet to provide them as on friday.

He also said the difficulty in pumping water for the reserves tanks were also another factors as it took up to six hours to full tank each of the tanks that are situated along Anguwan Gwaza, Samaru opposite NTA, Sabuwar Hanya and MTD.

An attempt to speak to the Commissioner for Water Resources Alh Maiturare Bungudu failed as several calls made to his phone were not answered. He has also not replied the text messages sent to his phone.

But in a related development, State Commissioner for Finance Sufiyanu Bashir Yuguda has engaged the services of water tank drivers to provide alternative water to residents of Gusau free of charge.

Critical locations such as the mosque where Itikaf is holding, and other larger areas such as Kanwuri, Birnin Ruwa, Bakin Kasuwa, Anguwar Gwaza and many other places were supplied with water through the use of commercial water tankers.

One of the aids to the Commissioner said, while the government is working harder to fix the technical problem at the Gusau water board, the Commissioner felt there was the need to compliment the effort of the government in providing an alternative source of water for the people.

He said though the government is on top of the situation, the effort of supplying water to the people through the use of commercial tankers would be sustained by the Finance Commissioner.

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MADAWAKI, BAKAUYE, ONE OTHER WITHDRAW FROM ZAMFARA PDP GUBERNATORIAL RACE

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An hour after the commencement of the PDP primaries in Zamfara three aspirants namely Mal. Wadatau Madawaki, Engr Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Nahuche have announced their withdrawal from the race.

They alleged that their withdrawal was as a result of irregularities observed shortly after the commencement of the voting.

One of the Aspirants Malam Wadatau Madawaki said, they are accusing the state party Chairman Col. Bala Mande Rtd of romancing with one of the aspirants alleging that, they have video evidence that, the party Chairman went around the hotels together with the aspirant canvassing for support from the delegates.

He also alleged that, the list brought from the National Headquarters of the party is adulterated with the names of APC members.

He also alleged that one of the members of the committee from the national was captured lobbying for votes from the delegates who cannot write their names on the ballot papers.

They announced that they have withdrawn from race and threaten to file an appeal to the national headquartered of the party for consideration.

They have also announced their readiness to proceed to court if their appeal is not considered.

 

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SERIAL ARMED BANDIT ATTACKS: ZAMFARA COMMUNITY CRIES OUT TO GOVT.

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Residents of Damaga village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state have cried out for help as bandits continue to launch serial attacks on their community, resulting in killing and abduction of many people.

A source who confided on this medium said for the past three weeks there was no day that will pass without the bandits launching attack either on the Damaga community as a whole or on individuals, especially local farmers.

He said, there are many people from Damaga and other neighboring villages who have been in captivity for sometimes and with the exception of those whose relations were able to raise money for ransom, the fate of those that have been in captivity is yet to be established.

He also said, many were killed especially when they went to their farms as the bandits insisted that, no farmer will be allowed to go to the farm for their agricultural activities.

Furthermore he added that, some residents who felt not secured, have already fled out of the Damaga community for safety.

Effort to speak to Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad on the issue has failed.

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AS ZAMFARA PDP MOVE TO CONDUCT GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARIES, TWO ASPIRANTS STEPS DOWN AMBITION TO SUPPORT EX-BANKER

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Two gubernatorial aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party had stepped down their ambition to support the candidature of Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare Gamjin Gusau.

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau has announced his decision to step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal via a statement from his former Principal Private Secretary Aminu Umar Game-Game.

He called on all the delegates who are fully supporting him to direct their vote to Dr. Dauda Lawal in the overall interest of the state.

Two days back, another aspirant Abubakar Nakwada Gusau has also announced his formal step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal.

The party primaries which is scheduled for Wednesday is to be contested between Gamjin Gusau and three other aspirants including a retired Director of Education at the UBEC Malam Wadatau Madawaki and former Federal lawmaker Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.

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