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Zamfara state government has commenced test transmission of its multi million naira digital FM Station to be run by the state Radio and Television Service.

This was disclosed to newsmen in Gusau on Thursday by the Executive Chairman of the State Radio and Television Service, Alhaji Saidu Maishanu.

“I wish to happily inform you that our governor, Alhaji Bello Mohammed Matawalle has invested over N170 million to actualize this FM project which is equiped with state of the earth degital facilities to improve and expand our coverage.

“The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has already sent its engineer from Abuja to inspect this new section and as am talking to you now we are still with the NBC representative who is expected to make his suggestions here and take his recommendations to his headquarters,” the chairman said.

He said at the moment, the FM had already been allocated the transmission channel of 105.5 by the NBC and that the test transmission would run between 9am to 12noon and 4pm to 6pm for its morning and evening sessions daily.

The chairman further said his office had secured approval from the governor for the purchase of a 50 klhz digital AM transmitter to boost the capacity of the AM component of the station.

He thanked the state governor for the effort in modernizing the information dissemination sector of the administration.

Earlier, the MBC representative, Engr. Nwabuke who said he was at the facility to assess the FM readiness of the station expressed satisfaction with what he saw noting, “there are little things here and there that need to be done to make it fully functional.

“I want to congratulate the state govetnor, Alhaji Bello Matawalle for attaining such a wonderful feat which am sure will go a long way in creating awareness among the people of the state especially in this critical time of armed banditry disturbing the state.

“You know radio is the fastest way of reaching to the people, so if this is used as expected, people of the state and beyond will certainly be well informed.

“What will happen next is, l am going to forward my report to the headquarters which will possibly lead to the full approval of the NBC for transmission,” he said.

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The former lawmaker who represented Maru and Bungudu Federal constituency Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu has met with party stakeholders from his constituency in his bid to woe their support ahead of the forthcoming APC primaries.

Zannan Bungudu is re-contesting for the same post of member representing Maru/Bungudu at the federal house of reps under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress.

His bid to contest the post followed the recent reconciliation effort between the serving Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle and the former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar.

The meeting which took place at the conference hall of City King Hotel Gusau on Wednesday was attended by the APC Chairmen for Maru and Bungud and all the delegates from the two local government areas.

During the interface, vital issues regarding the progress of the APC, Bello Matawalle and all the party aspirants were discussed.

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The APC screening committee sent to Zamfara State has screened (28) aspirants who are going to contest for the posts of members of Zamfara State House of Assembly.

The seven-man committee led by Hon. Babangida Tijjani Banki from Borno State assured that justice would be done to all the aspirants screened.

With the screening of the 28 aspirants, four constituencies may likely go into the primary election if consensus has not been reached between the candidates.

The state House of Assembly has the vacancy of only (24) members representing the (14) local government councils.

The remaining members of the committee include Hon Wakili Aliyu, Hon Abubakar Yarima, Faruk Ibrahim Tsiga, Hon Abdullahi Musa, Hon Adamu Ibrahim and Hajiya Fadima Ibrahim who is to serve as committee Secretary.

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Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has approved the appointment of Alh Muh’d Bello Suleiman as the new Sarkin Zamfaran Zurmi (Emir of Zurmi).

He has also appointed Alh Aliyu Garba Marafa as the new Emir of Birnin Yan doto while Alh Muhd Aliyu was appointed as the new Sarkin Bazai.

The two emirs of Bazai and Birnin Yandoto were appointed following the signing into law the amended Zamfara Emirate Council Act 2022 which led to the creation of the two additional emirate councils of Yandoto and Bazai.

As for the new Emir of Zurmi he was appointed following the dethronement of the former Emir Atiku Abubakar by the current administration of Bello Matawalle

According to the statement signed by the Secretary to the state government Kabiru Balarabe, the Governor also approved the appointment of Alh Habib Lawal Habib khalifa as the new Bunun Tsafe the Senior District Head of Tsafe.

Both appointments take immediate effect.

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