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Zamfara State Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has declared that as part of his passion of strengthening health care system in the state his administration has trained 600 health care providers on basic health’s care provision funds across the state.

The Governor who declared this at the formal inauguration of  of the head office of the contributory Health Care  Management Office in Gusau the state capital on Tuesday said, the Agency has also developed an enrolment programme for both the formal and the informal sectors as well as operational guidelines.

The Governor noted that the urgency for an insurance scheme on health is underscored by the fact that most families and individuals cannot afford to settle the bills on healthcare, most especially in the  sub-Saharan Africa. 

According to Matawalle social statistics have shown that over 74% of Nigerians pay for healthcare through their meagre earnings adding that, In some states, the proportion ranges from 85-92% based on estimates from the World Health Organisation
The Governor said, the desire to ensure universal and quality healthcare for all will remain a mirage without decisive intervention and support by the government. 
The Governor said, his administration has observed that, health insurance alone is not a panacea to the problem of lack of access to quality and affordable healthcare unless if the required health facilities are provided.

“Today’s occasion is a further demonstration of our commitment and compliance with global Health Insurance Policy and International best practice. Our health insurance agency will provide an efficient and sustainable mechanism for pooling of resources to finance healthcare services, thereby reducing out-of-pocket medical expenditure through various prepayments”, Matawalle added.

“I am pleased to note that  the Agency has reached full potential and capacity to implement the scheme to all residents of Zamfara State irrespective of their status. All Zamfara Civil Servants and pensioners and their families will be enrolled under the formal Sector Enrolment Program” the Governor added. 

In the development of health care system in the state his government have made modest efforts in the sector which include the supply of 23 ambulances to health care facilities across the State, and construction of new Women and Children Clinics in all the 14 Local Governments of the State. 

He further said his administration is currently constructing 147 Primary Healthcare Centres across the rural areas of the State at the cost of N2,239,772,850.00. 

He added that, each of the 50-beds capacity hospitals would be provided with an ambulance for transporting patients to the hospital from remote location apart from reducing the hardship of moving patients from rural facilities to the secondary health facilities except on very serious health issues. 
Again, Matawalle said he hqs awarded the contract for the completion of Shinkafi Referral Hospital at the cost of N2,765,282,910.20 this is beside construction and equipping of General Hospital, Kagara.

On the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic in the country, the Governor said he has undertaken the upgrading, expansion, renovation and equipping of isolation centres provided at Damba, Kasuwar Daji General Hospital and Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital.  This is in addition to the procurement of ventilators, hand sanitisers, hand gloves, face masks, test kits, personal protective equipment and consumables for the centres. 
As part of the broader strategy put in place by Zamfara State Government in prompt response to this pandemic, we established sample collection booths at Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital Gusau, which is the largest zero-contact testing centre in Nigeria. 
In the new programme the  Iformal sector the formal Sector will cover 17% of the Enrolment while  the remainibg 83% will be covered by the vulnerable groups,  children, women, the aged, people with special needs and the poorest of the poor as well as the private sector, organised communities, students and staff of tertiary Institutions.. 

The Governor call on all the category of individuals eligible for enrolment under the informal sector to grab this splendid opportunity of health insurance for them and their families.

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The mamooth crowd of young agile and vibrant politicians who are mostly the initiators of PDP and Atiku support groups that gathered at the APC North West Zonal Secretariat to surrender their political support for Asiwaju is an eye-opener that APC is gathering momentum and will in 2023 sweep the North West with relative ease.

Governor Bello Matawalle in company of the North West Vice Chairman for the APC Alh Salihu Lukman spent hours receiving the PDP and Atiku support groups who came on with their different narratives of how they have suffered in the hand of the PDP.

The National Secretary of the PDP Transformation Ambassadors Mal. Bashir Muhammad said despite the investment they have made in the PDP for years, they are pleased to have a political U-turn and join forces with Governor Bello Matawalle ok m the APC so that they will support him to deliver the Asiwaju presidential project.

He lamented that despite having strong political structures with a network of other political support groups across the divides of Nigeria, the PDP did not see reason to honor them with even recognition for the commitment they have demonstrated over the years.

Atiku Kawai another political support groups, lamented that PDP and Atiku had never for once, recognize their effort despite using their resources to build up structures across the (36) states of the Federation and Abuja where their headquarters is located noting that, to even see Atiku Abubakar after Investing on his Presidential candidature since after the primary election become something difficult.

Usman Muhammad Rabiu Bichi who is the National Coordinator of the movement said he went to the extent of reaching out to one of the biological children of Atiku for him to be able to see how he can take the leadership of the group to the Presidential candidate of the PDP, but it was story full of folktales.

He said with the support of Alh Masud Danguruf from Katsina and Alh Abdullahi Gama they have now rescinded from the PDP journey and agreed to join forces with the Governor Bello Matawalle in the APC.

The Governor who expressed happiness with the development insisted that Alh Masud Danguruf and Abdullahi Gama knew how hard he has invested for the PDP project and insisted that the best presidential project to be supported by the Nigerians is that of the APC.

He informed the young politicians that why he brought them to the Zonal Headquarters of the party in Kaduna is for the party leadership to be aware of their defection and also carried them along in the Asiwaju Ahmad Tinubu presidential journey.

He promised to support them at all time and urged them to redouble the commitment they have exhibited over the years for them to demonstrate the rationale behind their political movement.

They handed over their certificates of registration with the PDP to the Zonal Vice Chairman Salihu Lukman and hope to be re-registered in the APC.


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It was a series of political engagements for the Coordinator North West APC Presidential Campaign Council Governor Bello Matawalle as he received comity of PDP political support groups who decided to defect the opposition PDP for the ruling All Progressive Congress APC.

The APC North West Zonal Secretariat situated at Isah Kaita road Kaduna was filled to capacity as the groups mobilized supporters from across Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Somot and Kano.


The groups comprises the popular. Atiku Support Organization PDP Transformation Ambassadors Atiku Abubakar Kawai, PDP Mobilizers Initiative and Kasa Daya Al’umma Daya.

Others are Atiku/Okowo Frontiers Movement G7 Business Community, Katsina Biyayya Forum, Atiku Women and Youth Initiative as well as Atiku Nigeria Transformation Ambassadors.

The defection mantra attracted over 50,000 supporters from across the seven states of North West geo-political zone mostly involving youths, women and agile political class.

They both expressed confidence with the political maturity of Governor Bello Matawalle in unifying the party and making the APC stronger in the North West geo-political zone.

They also expressed dismay that they have to defect out of the PDP because the party and it’s Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar have refused to appreciate the effort of the support groups in the mobilization Frontiers for the success of the party.

Members of Atiku Support Organization and Atiku Abubakar Kawai specifically said they have invested heavily in the Atiku project since 2015 but noting that, nothing has came out of their suffering instead the candidate and indeed the party abandoned them to their fate.

They both expressed regret that they have to waste much of their times working for a party that does not recognized their effort and as such insisted that time has come for them to move ahead with the APC and bring the desired changes for the country.

G7 Business Community based in Kano and Katsina Biyayya Group explained that their movement is informed by the political behaviour of Bello Matawalle who is always advocating for true democratic reforms, Youth and women inclusion.

The two political groups invited Governor Bello Matawalle to honor them by going to Kano and Katsina and inaugurate their campaign officea which they rebranded after Bola Ahmad Tinubu and Kashim Shatima.

Governor Bello Matawalle who was looking visibly emotional thanked the young agile politicians for chosen to align with the Bola Ahmad Tinubu and APC noting that Tinubu project is the better option for transformed Nigeria.

He recalled that APC is the only party that uphold to the principles of power rotation saying the highest justice to be done to the people of the South is to be able to shift power to their region so that justice and equality can be ensured.

He told the defectees that Bola Tinubu has mapped out strategic development plans that would help consolidate the existing reforms embarked often by the party under President Muhammad Buhari.

He urged Nigerians to ignore those antagonists that are trying to hide under the umbrella of religion and raised baseless arguments that are of no effects to the political development of Nigeria.

He assured them of his commitment as the campaign Coordinator for Tinubu in ensuring that the defectees are well accommodated and also give them a sense of accommodation.

He promised the two support groups that extended an invitation to him that he will personally visit Kano and Katsina state to commission the campaign offices and also provide them with all the logistics support required.

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Governor Bello Matawalle narrated memory lane how the PDP Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar abandoned him after he lost election.

The Governor who stated this while receiving PDP Transformation Ambassadors at the APC Zonal Headquarters in Kaduna insisted that, PDP is not a party to relied on considering how it abandoned those that suffered in making the party what it is.

I have been in the PDP for long and I will be in better position to tell those in the party how bad the PDP has been treating us despite the investment we have made to make it a great party.


“I have joined the PDP in 2011, and I used my personal resources to build the party to greatness. When former Governor Mamuda convinced me to defect to PDP same party abandoned him to his fate and  and made him carelessly lost election despite having PDP at the control of the center”.

“I fought the former Governor Yarima who came from my zone and I won my seat of the Federal House of Reps without any support from my party”.

“In the year 2019 I contested for the post of Governor of Zamfara under the PDP and nobody from my party including Atiku Abubakar supported me with a dime and even after we lost election, I used my money to pursue the defeat of the PDP in court and I paid all the cost of litigation from Governorship to state assembly without the support of anybody in the party not even the Presidential candidate”.

“It will surprise you to note that, at a point, Atiku Abubakar stopped picking my calls because I have lost election, and he moved to Dubai and abandoned us to our fate”.

“After the Supreme Court announced my emergence as the substantive Governor of Zamfara Atiku called to congratulate me and promised to send his ADC to support me to manage the logistic aspect of the swearing in ceremony and to date, I have not seen the ADC”.

He cautioned the Nigerian youth not to trust PDP because it has never for once, fulfilled the wishes of the people, and instead he urged them to join the APC for a sustainable transformational drive of Nigeria.

He noted that Nigerian politics shall be driven by the youth because they have the potential of building a strong political alliance with the APC.

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