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Zamfara State Governor Bello Mohammed Matawallen Maradun has on Friday Signed into law the 2023 Appropriation Bill.

This followed the passage of the (N184.8) billion naira appropriation bill by the members of the state house of assembly on Thursday.

The Governor has also signed into law seven executive bills which includes: a law to provide for the establishment of Zamfara State College of Nursing Sciences Zurmi, in Zurmi local Government area and another law seeking for establishment of Zamfara State Education Trust Fund and other matters related thereto,

The Governor has also signed into law, the Zamfara State Teacher’s Service Board and related matters 2022, and Violence against Prohibition Law.

Other laws signed by the Executive Governor include an amended law that provide for the establishment, constitution, and functions of Zamfara State Hospital Services Management Board law number 2013, Administration of Criminal Justice Law, and Zamfara State Penal Code Law.

Governor Bello Matawalle in a remark said the signing of the bills into law has become necessary to allow for smooth running of the affairs of the government.

On the 2023 appropriation law, the Governor pointed that the 2023 Budget signed into law clearly entrusted the commitment of the government toward enhancing the wellbeing of the people.

The Governor explained that apart from security and social support, which take the highest share in the 2023 budget, his government has allocated some significant resources towards the improvement of education sector, with emphasis to increase access to quality education for all.

The government, he said has also prioritized the development of the Health Care System with a focus on improving access to health care services across the rural areas.

He explained further that, the government has allocated funds for the infrastructural development projects which will help stimulate economic growth and create jobs for our people, including the completion of the ongoing Cargo Airport project and the construction of new roads, bridges and other infrastructure required by the people.

According to the Press Secretary to the Governor Jamilu Iliyasu Birnin Magaji, the Governor expressed appreciation to the state House of Assembly for working hard to pass the budget within 13 days, saying this is a pointer to the cordial relationship existing between the Executive and the legislative arms of government since the inception of the administration in 2019.

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The Chairman of the APC Defense Coalition, Dr. Suleiman Shuaibu Sarki Shanun Shinkafi had lambasted Sen. Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura the former Governor of Zamfara state for allegedly backing Senator Gods will Akpabio’s candidature of becoming the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly.

He said the action of Senator Yarima is a clear demonstration of his unending conspiracy against the North and the people of Northern Nigeria by extension.

Sarkin Shanu in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday insisted that it will be an act of conspiracy and mischief for the Zamfara former Governor, Ahmad Sani Yarima to back a southern candidate for the post of Senate President when he already has someone from Zamfara and a fellow Northerner who is buying for the same position.

He noted that the action of Senator Ahmad Yarima is a clear impression that he is an enemy of the North and the people of Northern Nigeria by extension, adding that Northerners need to be awakened and rise to the occasion before people like Yariman Bakura nail the region down for personal self enrichment.

“Yariman Bakura has demonstrated his strong and extreme disregard for the Northern Nigerian by supporting Sen. Godswill Akpabio as against the candidature of the former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, and we are ready to fight him to finishing for working against the interest of the North”.

“The North West in particular has produces over 50% of the votes that produces Sen. Bola Ahmad Tinubu as the President during the 2023 election and now that our own from the region is contesting for the post of Senate President we have no option than to stand firmly behind him and enemies of the North like Yariman Bakura will fail woefully when the time comes”.

“Yariman Bakura has never hidden his personal enmity for the progress of Sen. Abdulaziz Yari and this can be demonstrated since what happened in the 2019 political race and now in the 2023 election when he worked openly against the success of the APC in Zamfara state” the statement added.

“It is shameful of Sen. Yarima to show his political solidarity to Godswill Akpabio in the open world and his action is a clear demonstration that he has declared war against the North and Northern Nigeria and by the special will of Allah Yarima he will be humiliated for working against the North” the statement added.

“We implore Sen. Yari to remain firm and focus and continue to mobilize strongly for his candidature for the Senate President, and we assure him he will emerge victorious looking at the dynamics of the way things are going, the APC zoning arrangement will surely fail”.

“For record, the President-elect is from the South, the Chief Justice of the federation who is the head of the judicial arm is also from the South, so there is no way the North will allow the seat of the Senate President who is the head of the legislative arm to shift to the South again”. The statement added.

He called on Senator Yarima to have the fear of God and leave Senator Yari alone, noting that God almighty has already made Yari the political hero of the current generation.

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A Kano Senator-elect under the platform of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Kawu Sumaila has declared to that APC zoning arrangement was an insult to the Nigerian parliament.

Sen. Kawu Sumaila who stated this on the National Television insisted that, former Governor of Zamfara and senator elect Abdulaziz Yari remain his candidate for the office of the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly.

He stated that, the National Assembly, as an independent arm of the government, should be free from the control of the executive.

“It is an insult for the APC to dictate to me where I will go in the choosing the presiding officers”.

He added that the majority of the lawmakers-elect were already discussing working against the zoning arrangements announced by the APC.

He urged Tinubu not to allow political sycophants to dictate the fortune of things for him.

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The Executive Director Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center Awal Musa Rafsanjani has described the APC zoning arrangements as announced as an attempt to pocket the 10th National Assembly.

Rafsanjani who stated this in an interview insisted that the culture of imposition of leadership on the national assembly has grave danger to the nation’s Democratic process.

Rafsanjani stated “some people endorsed by the party for leadership have corruption allegation against them, having them as presiding officers in the legislatures will neutralize anti-graft fights and will further erode the public image of the parliament.

“What the President-elect and the APC have done is to completely pocket the legislatures and make them not only rubber stamp parliament but also an extension of the presidency” .

While affirming that CISLAC supported equitable zoning of national assembly leadership seats , it condemned the imposition of individuals on the lawmakers.

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