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ZAMFARA PENSIONERS LAMENT DELAY IN PAYMENT OF APRIL PENSION, PLANS PEACEFUL PROTEST MONDAY

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Pensioners in Zamfara State have continued to lament the delay in the payment of their April pension by the state government.

One of the pensioners who spoke to this medium on condition of anonymity said, it was unfortunate that eight days in to the new month of May, pensioners in Zamfara are yet to receive their April pension.

He said it has not been easy with some of the pensioners who are yet to receive their gratuity for close to five or six years, yet their small amount of money paid to them as pension is not forth coming.

Another source said, if by Monday they are not paid their pension they have no option than to embark on a peaceful protest to show the entire world what they are undergoing.

Chairman of Nigerian Union of Pensioners Alh Hassan Gusau who spoke to this medium on phone said, it was unfortunate that, the situation of pensioners is becoming alarming since before now, they used to get their payment before the conventional civil servants.

He attributed the crisis to change in the pattern of payment of pension from Ministry of Finance to the State Local Government Contributory Pension Commission as the basis for the sudden changes noting that when the State Ministry of Finance was in charge the story was not the same.

He appealed to the state Governor to temper justice with mercy by considering the plight of pensioners as people who have contributed to the development of the state.

When contacted, The Secretary of Zamfara State Contributory Pension Commission Mansur Mustapha Kaura said the Commission has already concluded all that are needed for the payment of April pension.

He explained that, as at yesterday, the Commission was still expecting money from the state Ministry of Finance as promised, but the alert is yet to be received for onward disbursement to pensioners.

He said up to today Saturday, staff of the state pension commission are still in the office anticipating the release of the fund by the state Ministry of Finance.

Zamfara State Commissioner of Finance Sufiyanu Bashir Yuguda appealed to the pensioners to drop their intended protest since government is working hard to get the situation resolved.

He assured that henceforth pensioners would be getting their pension as at when due.

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ZMHA AMEND LAW ON AREA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

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Members of Zamfara state house of assembly has passed into law amended Bill for a Law to amend the Area Development Council Establishment Act Law No(7).

The development followed the delivery of
committee report by the house leader Faruk Musa Dosara who doubled as the Chairman of the house standing committee on local government.

With the new development, the qualifications for someone to be appointed as administrator of Area Development Council is senior living certificate .

The new law also stated that, the person to be appointed as Administrator for the Area Development Council must attain the age of (25) years.

The new amendment had also provided that, funds for the execution of development projects be credited to the account of the area development Council directly.

 

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ZMHA SCREEN FMR. BBC STAFF, TWO OTHERS AS SPECIAL ADVISERS.

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Three additional nominees for the post of Special Advisers have been screened by the members of the state house of assembly.

The nominees are Malam Sahabi Ahmad Mada, Dr. Nura Makwashe and Malan Shehu Garba.

Until his appointment, Dr. Makwashe is an academic staff working with the Bayero University Kano and also worked with BBC London during his study days in the United Kingdom.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki the screening followed an executive communication received from the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Presenting the nominees before the members, the house leader, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara urged his colleagues to accept the nomination and confirm the appointment of the nominees.

Speaker Nasiru Magarya confirmed the nomination of the candidates as unanimous decision of the house.

Magarya urged the nominees to bring their experience to bear and justify the confidence reposed on them in ensuring the sustainable development of the state.

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BILL ON ZAMFARA ANTI-THURGGERY AGENCY SCALES THROUGH FIRST & SECOND READING

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A Bill for an act to establish Zamfara State Anti Thuggery Agency scales through first and second readings on the floor of the state house of assembly on Tuesday.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki, the proposed executive Bill was presented on the floor of the house by the House Leader Faruk Musa Dosara.

After extensive deliberation, Biyabiki said, the Bill scales through first and second readings and later presented before the standing Committee on justice and security for further legislative consideration.

“Hon. Magarya said, if established vthe Agency will among other things complement the security agencies’ efforts in curtailing anti-thuggery activities and other social vices in the state” Biyabiki added.

Speaker Magarya called on the committee members to work hard and accomplish the assigned responsibilities within the stipulated period.

 

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