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ZAMFARA STATE BUREAU FOR PUBLIC PROCUREMENT TAKES-OFF AS GOV. MATAWALLE INAUGURATES STATE COUNCIL ON PROCUREMENT

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Governor Bello Matawalle has inaugurated The board members of the newly established Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) aimed at addressing growing public concern on the poor level of transparency and accountability in utilisation of public funds through effective procurement process.

The Governor who conducted the inauguration at the Government House Gusau on Monday said the establishment of the bureau became necessary considering the fact leaves in a competative world where foreign and local investors are keenly interested in having a competative environment which is transparent and accountable.

Matawalle said the essence of setting up of the bureau is not only aimed at addressing issues relating to government contract award and execution but also winning the confidence of investors noting that, the bureau and its council will work to ensure  more transparent system of contract bidding, award and implementation, in line with the global transparency initiative.  
According to the Governor the Council on Public Procurement is composed of the following: 
a. The Governor or, in his absence, the Deputy Governor as the Chairman;  
b. Secretary to the State Government; c. Head of Service;  d. Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice; 
e. Commissioner of Finance; 
f. Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning; 
g. Director General of the Bureau; h. Chairman Zamfara State Anti- Corruption Commission; 
i. Three other persons with experience in engineering, law, economics, and procurement. One from each of the three senatorial districts; 
j. Not more than five persons representing public interest to be chosen from the following professions, subject to the confirmation of the House of Assembly; 
i. State Chapter of the Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management; 
ii. State Chapter of the Nigerian Society of Engineers; 
iii. State Chapter of Association of Surveyors and Estate Valuers; 
iv. Association of any accounting body in the state; 
v. Nigerian Bar Association; 
vi. The Secretary of the Bureau to serve as secretary of the Council.
On the function of the bureau Governor Bello Matwalle said they include:
i. Receive and consider for approval the audited account of the Bureau; 
ii. Periodically review socio-economic effects of procurement policies; 
iii. Provide advisory services to the Governor on the status of the State Government procurement in relation to annual appropriation; 
iv. Approve procurement guidelines and regulations; 
v. Determine the organizational structure of the Bureau; 

Governor Matwalle said he believed the only way to defeat corruption in the process of contracts implementation is through a robust institutional mechanism as provided under the new law establishing the Bureau for Public Procurement and its Council on Procurement.

“During the opening ceremony of the training on public procurement for civil servants that were converted to public procurement cadre, organized by Public Service Institute of Nigeria in collaboration with the Office of the Head of Service, that my administration will continue to put in place the necessary structures and frameworks that will protect the public interest and ensure transparent administration of contracts and all other government businesses”. 

The Governor said his administration will continue to collaborate with institutions that seek to deepen the culture of openness in the public domain.  

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ZAMFARA NUJ ELECT MAI ZARE, M.B UMAR AS NEW CHAIR & DEPUTY

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Members of Zamfara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have elected their new Chairman, who is to steer the activities of the union.

Ibrahim Musa Maizare who was the former Chairman of the Zamfara State based newspaper chapel “The Legacy” was elected alongside Haliru Muhammad Umar from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) chapel as his Deputy.

The remaining seats of the state officers of the union were returned unopposed, except the office of the Treasurer.

The election of the new executives followed the expiration of the tenure of the current executives, led by the Publisher of the Analyzer Newspaper Mai Haraji Altine Salah.

Mai Zare who was immediately sworn into the office alongside other executives, thanked the members of the state council for having confidence in his leadership and assured that he is going to reposition things in the union for a sustainable change.

He promised to come up with innovation that will transform the union and reposition it to be more sound like before and called for continued cooperation from all the members of the union.

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I NEVER ASK GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE TO DASH ME A CAR.

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The Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara state Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has challenged those in the APC to prove whether the embattled eighteen seater bus they were making noise over was personally donated to him by Governor Matawalle or for the office of the PDP Publicity of Secretary.

Shatima who declared this during a Press Conference in Gusau on Friday said, contrary to the noise making round the public, he has never, for once, begged Governor Matawalle to dash him a car instead, the Governor personally feels he wanted to donate the car to him because of the role he played during his electioneering campaigns in 2019.

“If they wanted the car to be returned as claimed, let them tell the world how the Governor donated out the car to me through late Ibrahim Mallaha of blessed memory. The Governor gave the car to late Mallaha for onward handing over to me as personal donation, and I am certain if they met the him, he will confirm this to them.

“I am not in politics for vehicle, asked those who were with us in 2019. I used my personal Peugeot (406) to move with the Governor throughout the campaign period. I was not paid even money for fuel and the Governor knew that, and may be in his wisdom that was why he decided to dash me a vehicle I did not beg for”.

On the new security measures taken by the Governor, Shatiman Rijiya said he is sure the measures are targeted at the supporters of the PDP and because election is approaching, noting that they have every reason to entertain fear.

If the measures are initiated to get the lives of the typical Zamfara citizen better and secured, PDP will welcome the idea but noted that, under the current situation, the party and its members are not confident enough with the Governor’s pronouncement.

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SHATIMAN RIJIYA TO GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE: STOP INSULTING PDP

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The Zamfara State Secretary of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has called on Governor Bello Matawalle to desist from insulting PDP because it was the platform he used to become the Governor of Zamfara state in 2019.

Shatiman Rijiya who stated this during a Press Conference on Friday reminded Governor Bello Matawalle that, the certificate of return issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was bearing the name of the PDP not APC the political party he defected to.

He described as morally wrong for the Governor to be rendering insult on the party that produces him as a substantive Governor, noting that even the people who are very familiar with his political antecedent and how he emerged as the Governor of Zamfara would not be happy with him abusing his original political platform.

He added that, PDP will continue to watch things as they unfold in Zamfara and continue to raise alarm where right decisions are not taken in the overall interest of the people of the state

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