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YOU ARE ONLY IN CHARGE OF STATE TREASURY BUT LACKS POWER TO SUSPEND SALARY OF CIVIL SERVANTS: LABOUR UNION TELLS ZAMFARA FINANCE COMMISSIONER

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The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress Zamfara State Chapter Comrade Bashir Mafara has declared that Zamfara State Finance Commissioner is only in charge of the State treasury but does not have the statutory power to suspend the salary of the any state civil servant.


“The rule is clear, Finance Commissioner is the Cheif Financial Adviser and someone in charge of state treasury while the Head of civil service is in charge of human resource of the state so one cannot cross the border of another one unless in mutual synergy”.


Mafara further said only the State Head of Service has the power by law to order for the suspension of the Civil Servant Salary and it should be based on statutory procedures adding that the state labour union would follow it up to make sure that genuine civil servants whose salaries were suspended have their names restored on the state payroll.

Bashir Mafara who declared the recent suspension of August 2020 salary of some state civil servants by Zamfara State Finance Commissioner as lacking in power said if proper consultation is made with the office of the Head of Service and other relevant stakeholders this type of mess up where salaries of over 2,600 civil servants were suspended by the finance ministry would have been avoided.


“The data verification exercise by the state ministry of finance resulted to the suspension of the salary of over 2,600 civil servants and fortunately for the finance Commissioner some of those he suspended their salaries are genuine civil servants but have one issue or the other with their data update forms which need to be rectified but instead of alarting the stakeholders the Commissioner for reason best known to him ordered for the suspension of their salaries”


He noted that, the state government has already constituted a monitoring committee sadled with the responsibility of making sure that all those civil servants with genuine cases are issued with their forms and areas where they should make the necessary amendment and return their forms for ratification.

“We are not saying all the over 2,600 civil servants are genuine but we have faulted the process and the State Head of Service should have been carried along by the Finance Ministry so that appropriate procedure would be followed before such a conclusion is reached” Mafara added.

On the allegations by the Finance Commissioner that names of dead people re-surfaces on the state payroll, Mafara said he wondered what the essence of digitalization in financial management meant for if someone who died seven years back can still be retained on the state payroll adding that he is not surprise but even if there are instances like that they are very unique.

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RECONCILIATION: ZAMFARA FMR. FED. LAWMAKER MEETS COUNCIL CHAIR, APC STAKEHOLDERS

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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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GAMJIN GUSAU DR. DAUDA LAWAL, RINGING THE BELL OF THE OPPOSITION IN ZAMFARA POLITICS.

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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 APC FED. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE ASPIRANTS GEAR UP FOR PARTY PRIMARIES IN ZAMFARA

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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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