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ZAMFARA MEDICAL STUDENTS CRIES OUT OVER NON PAYMENT OF ALLOWANCES

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Zamfara medical students have cried out for the intervention of the state Governor over what they termed as “non-regular payment of their monthly allowances” by the state Ministry of Finance”.

The President of the National Association of Zamfara State Medical Students (NAZAMS) UDUS Branch Mukhtar Salihu Anka who spoke exclusively to Thunder Blowers lamented that despite the hardship Zamfara Medical Students are facing, getting regular payment of their end of the month allowances by the state government has become a “thug of war”.

“Since June last year (2021), the ministry of finance of Zamfara stopped the payment of our allowances and when we met with the Commissioner for Finance sometimes in October last year, he promised that henceforth the payment of the allowances will be made regular head-on but since after the payment of December and January allowances nothing was paid to us again”.

“As for our six-month allowances from June to November 2021 nobody has said anything about it again, and now we were not paid allowances for February and March 2022, this is unfair considering how other states are doing better to their medical students”.

He also lamented that, the old tradition of paying medical students who have reached (400) level probationary salary as temporary staff of the state has been crashed, and instead, he said Zamfara medical students are now subjected to collecting monthly allowances.

“Go to the other states and see how their governments are taking their medical students with all sense of seriousness. Our story in Zamfara interms of human resource deficit is unfortunate one and now that some of us are opportune to get enrol for medical studies some actors within the state are trying to kill our morale by frustrating the payment of our monthly allowances.”

He appealed to Governor Matawalle to temper justice with mercy and intervene in their case so that the difficulty they are encountering can be subsided.

When contacted, Zamfara Commissioner for Finance Sufiyanu Bashir Yuguda said after his meeting with the leadership of the association steps have been taken to make sure to that payment of their allowances continued uninterrupted and on monthly basis.

He added that at the end of their meeting it was observed that many fake names have been inserted into their list, noting that he has to task them to go back and bring a sanitized list so that the burden can be reduced on the government.

As for their February and March allowances, he appealed to them to exercise some degree of patience as the Ministry is making an effort to get the crisis resolved.

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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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