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Zamfara agency sensitises communities on World Bank projects maintenance, sustainability

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The Zamfara Agency for Community and Social Development (CSDP), a World Bank intervention project, has embarked on sensitisation of communities within the state on maintenance and sustainability of micro-projects.


Speaking at a one-day capacity building training in Gusau on Sunday, the Permanent Secretary of the agency, Alhaji Garba Muhammad, said that the training was to sensitise the benefitting communities on how to manage and sustain the facilities.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the programme were drawn from members of Community Projects Management Committees (CPMCs) in the 33 communities across the 13 council areas in the state as well as beneficiaries of the World Bank intervention projects.

Muhammad said that all the 33 communities had benefited from a total of 79 projects, comprising water, electrification, schools, clinics, skills acquisition centres and drainages, worth over N252 million.

“As we are all aware, no matter how qualitative the projects are, without proper maintenance, they cannot be sustained.

“That is why we have invited members of our CPMCs from the benefiting communities for this training,” he said, adding that various resource persons were also on hand to make presentations.

In his remarks, the Operations Manager of the agency, Alhaji Sani Buhari, urged the participants to cooperate with the resource persons in order to benefit from their presentations.

Buhari commended the committees for complying with the World Bank guidelines on project execution.

Also, Malam Umar Nakwada, the Project Officer, Information, Education, Communication and Training of the agency, tasked participants on proper use of electrical appliances.

Nakwada urged the committees to comply with the required ethics while executing the various projects approved by the agency.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that all the resource persons urged the participants to ensure maintenance of schools and drainages as well planting of trees, among others.

Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Gov. Matawalle eulogises late Emirs of Biu, Zazzau

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Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has described as “commendable” the roles played by the late Emir of Biu, Borno state and Emir of Zazzau in Kaduna state.


This is contained in a statement by Yusuf Idris, the Director-General of Media, Public Enlightenment and Communication to the governor in Gusau on Sunday.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Emir of Biu, Mai Umar Mustapha the 28th emir, died at the age of 80 years at the Federal Medical Centre, Gombe on the 15th of September, after serving on the throne for 31 years.

The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who was emir for 45 years as the 18th emir, also died at the age of 84 years at the 44 Hospital, Kaduna on Sunday, the 20th of September after a brief illness.

According to Matawalle’s media aide, the governor, particularly commended the significant roles played by the two mornarchs in ensuring the indivisibility of Nigeria, and their great contributions in finding lasting solutions to acts of terrorism and banditry during their historic reigns.

Matawalle said the duo would be remembered for their patience, honesty, sincerity and preaching of peace and unity in Nigeria.

He said, “Allah, Who is the All Knowing, knows best why He chose these trying times to take away the royal fathers from our sinful world.”

The governor prayed that Allah in His endless mercies hosts the departed souls of the two great rulers in Jannatul Firdaus, grant the people and governments of the two states the fortitude to bear the loss and continue to bless members of the families left by the natural rulers.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

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Petition: Unions pass vote of confidence on VC

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The Joint Action Committee and Congress (JAC) of the Federal University, Gusau in Zamfara, has passed a vote of confidence on the Vice-Chacellor, Prof. Magaji Garba.


Garba recently came under attack by a group of concerned staff of the university.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Information Officer of the institution, Mr. Umar Usman and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Sunday

Usman stated that the JAC comprised the university’s branches of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

According to him, the four bodies “dissociated themselves from a petition written on the University’s Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration and Internal Council Members representing the Senate of the University.

“The chairmen of the four unions have in a communique issued after their emergency meeting on Thursday, 17th September, 2020 affirmed the stand of the unions on the issue of a petition claimed to have been written by the concerned members of the University staff,” the statement added.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on Aug.5, a group from the institution referred to as “Concerned Persons,” had in a petition addressed to the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Education, urged the National Assembly to look into their grievances in order to save the university from collapse.

The petition titled “Petition about the Systematic Corruption and Abuse of Office against the Vice Chancellor/Chief Executive, Prof. Magaji Garba of the Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State,” was signed on behalf of the group by N.S.Danbala Esq.

It cited among others that the vice-chancellor had arrogated all powers of running the university to himself and needed the institution’s records to be put straight before the vice-chancellor completes his term.

The petitioners also alleged that the vice-chancellor had caused “huge loses on the university funds due to illegal award of contracts”.

“The University Council has earlier ratified recommendations of an Investigation Committee which found the VC guilty of corruption, disregard to due process  bribery, financial misappropriation, illegal staff recruitment, divide and rule tactics and illegal deals,” the petitioners added.

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Gov Bagudu, stakeholders meet over flood, insecurity, vow to surmount challenges

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The Kebbi Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, says the state government will liaise with relevant stakeholders to ensure formidable support on assisting flood victims in the state.


 

The governor stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting on the menace of flooding and insecurity which occurred in some parts of the state organized by the state government, on Saturday in Birnin Kebbi.

 

He said that plausible arrangements were ongoing to commence dry season farming in order to augment the colossal losses caused by devastating flood disasters in the state.

 

Bagudu decried that the 2020 flood and rainfall had greatly surpassed the earlier predictions by the National Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and other related weather prediction agencies.

 

“The unprecedented flood disasters have regretably resulted in the massive losses of farmlands, houses and other infrastructure across the state.

 

“The rapid responses by the State and Federal Governments, as well as their agencies, have remarkably mitigated the negative impact of the rampaging flood disasters,’’ he said.

 

Bagudu also expressed gratitude over the assistance to the victims from well-meaning individuals like the Wife of the President,  Mrs Aisha Buhari, and business mogul, Abdussamad Isyaku Rabiu, among others.

 

On Insecurity, the governor lamented that the state, which was still one of the most peaceful states in the country, was now witnessing some pockets of threats against lives and properties of innocent citizens, especially in Zuru Emirate.

 

He said that indigenes of the state who were hitherto engaged in farming activities in parts of Dansadau area of Zamfara State had returned to the state, and were mostly resident in Zuru emirate.

 

“They came back with tales of woes and this ugly situation led to the springing up of self=help security groups , ‘’ `Yan Sakai,’ apparently in self defense or revenge.

“This obnoxious situation aggravated the security situation. For instance, recently, the District Head of Bajida was brutally murderered.

 

“Also, just yesterday, when a meeting was going on to select his replacement, a group of ‘Yan Sakai’ stormed the meeting, uninvited and threatened to kill everybody if their nominee was not selected,” he lamented.

 

The governor also warned communities in the state against taking the laws into their hands, as well as creating militias.

 

He pledged to sustain the feat achieved by the state of being the hub of food production in the country, adding that, “it is one of the most peaceful states in the country”.

 

Stakeholders at the meeting included the emirs, religious leaders, politicians, women and youth groups, as well as NGOs and Civil Society Organisations.

Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN

 

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Cash Transfer: Zamfara to dismiss 10 Facilitators for extortion

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The Zamfara Unit of the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, has said that it will dismiss 10 Facilitators in two local government areas in the state for extorting money from beneficiaries.


The Head of State Cash Transfer Unit, Alhaji Sani Marafa stated this in Gusau on Saturday at a three day step down training for Local Government Facilitators of the programme.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was organised by the State Cash Transfer Unit in collaboration with the National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO), Abuja.

Marafa said 10 facilitators of the programme from Kaura-Namoda and Tsafe LGAs were found extorting money from beneficiaries in areas assigned to them.

“They were caught conniving with the payment agents extorting money from beneficiaries.

“It is very disappointing, we are going to dismissed them from this work and any body found conniving with them will also be sanctioned”, Marafa said.

He also expressed dismay over alleged collection of N1000 and N2500 from beneficiaries by some officials, saying that his office will collaborate with security agents to investigate the issue.

He called on the beneficiaries not to give a kobo to anyone before accessing their monthly stipends of N5,000 from the federal government.

He cautioned that anybody found collecting money from beneficiaries of the programme will face the wrath of the law.

According to him, the federal government has so far disbursed over N5.6 billion to 131,000 beneficiaries across six LGAs in the state.

Earlier,  the National Training Officer of the programme, Mr Kola Solomon said that the training was aimed at equipping the beneficiaries on Savings and Group Mobilisation.

”It is expected for every beneficiary of the programme to be saving,” he said, adding that the programme is focused on cash transfer assistance and capacity building at the community level.

According  to him, the cash assistance is usually followed by capacity building to ensure that the beneficiaries utilise the funds given to them in line with the aims and objectives of the programme.

“We realised that giving the beneficiaries N5,000 monthly is not enough to pull them out of poverty except if we train them on behavioural change.

“The 163 participants of this training from six LGAs are expected to go back and cascade what they have learnt to the beneficiaries at the community level.

“We want our beneficiaries to imbibe the culture of saving so that they would be forming groups in form of either contributions or cooperatives”, he said.

He urged the participants to be attentive, so that they will learn and understand the concept of the programme.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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