GOVERNOR DAUDA LAWAL PRESIDES OVER ZAMFARA SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING

GOVERNOR DAUDA LAWAL PRESIDES OVER ZAMFARA SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING

On Wednesday, Governor Dauda Lawal presided over the Zamfara State Security Council meeting.

The security council meeting was held at the Council Chambers, Government House, Gusau.

A statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said the council discussed the establishment of the Zamfara State Community Protection Guards, as well as the inauguration of the Security Trust Fund board.

According to him, Governor Dauda Lawal urged collaboration and practical cooperation among the state’s security agencies for a successful fight against banditry.

During the meeting, Governor Lawal emphasised that the safety and security of citizens and their property is our top priority. “Our security council meeting aims to assess security situations and develop measures to prevent incidents.

“The state government established the Zamfara State Community Protection Guards based on your recommendations. The first batch of 2,720 completed their training last week and are now deployed in all 14 local government areas in the state.

“All necessary equipment has been provided, including office accommodations in all 14 local government areas. There are 15 operational vehicles and two Hilux pick-ups for each of the 12 local government areas, except for Gusau and Maru, which have 20 operational vehicles and four Hilux each. The following safety gear has also been provided: helmets, boots, bulletproof vests, pump-action rifles, and cartridges.”

“The objective of the CPG project is to collaborate with the local people who possess a deep understanding of the terrain to complement the efforts of security agencies. Hence, the success of this project relies on the cooperation of the heads of security agencies in the state since the standard operating procedures of the Community Protection Guards mandate that they cannot conduct any operations without the support of the military, police, and DSS.

“I want to inform the council that the state security trust fund was inaugurated today. The trust fund aims to source funds for security-related activities and procure security hardware to combat banditry and other related crimes in the state.”

Governor Lawal appealed to security agency heads to be proactive and decisive despite facing resource and other challenges.

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 07, 2024

INSECURITY: GOV. DAUDA LAWAL INAUGURATES SECURITY TRUST FUND, VOWS TO END BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA

INSECURITY: GOV. DAUDA LAWAL INAUGURATES SECURITY TRUST FUND, VOWS TO END BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA

Governor Dauda Lawal reiterated his commitment to ending the spate of banditry and other criminal activities that have plagued Zamfara State.

On Wednesday, the Zamfara State Governor inaugurated a 21-member Board of Trustees of the Zamfara State Security Trust Fund.

The Governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, disclosed in a statement issued in Gusau that the Security Trust Fund was created to gather funds and aid the government’s efforts in tackling the ongoing issue of insecurity.

He added that the board of the Security Trust Fund has former Inspector General MD Abubakar, mni, CFR, as chairman and Dr. Hamza Muhammad as Administrative Secretary.

While inaugurating the trust fund board, Governor Lawal said that establishing the Security Trust Fund was informed by the need to mobilise resources to support our efforts in addressing the persistent challenge of insecurity and related issues in our dear state.

“The decision to establish the Trust Fund was motivated by the recognition that the security situation in the State, along with its attendant consequences, has become a matter of grave concern not only to the Government and citizens of Zamfara State but also to the entire nation.

“Over the years, the criminal activities have led to the tragic loss of thousands of lives and the destruction of billions of naira worth of means of livelihood in the state. Moreover, it has severely weakened our economy, causing significant repercussions in vital sectors such as agriculture, education, health, and commerce.

“Consequently, it is evident that we have to widen our horizons in the quest for viable and enduring solutions to the issue.”

The Governor further said that to guarantee prudence and effectiveness in discharging the Board’s duties and responsibilities, he meticulously appointed individuals with a proven track record of integrity.

“Many of them come from backgrounds in security with broad experience in public service and private sectors. The board comprises MD Abubakar, Mni, CFR Rtd Inspector General of Police as chairman.

“Board members are the Emir of Anka, Col Bala Mande (Rtd), Brig. Gen. Abdulkadir Gummi, Brig. Gen. L.B. Mohammed, Ambassador Bello Anka, Mrs Lubnah Muhammad Gusau, Faruku Sambo Gusau, State Chairman, Local Security Outfit, Rep. of Ministry of Justice, Rep. of Ministry for Internal Security, Rep. of Ministry of Finance, Rep. Min. for Local Govt & Chieftaincy Affairs, Rep. of State Bureau for Public Procurement.

“Others are Rep. of Nigeria Police Force, Rep. of Armed Forces, Rep. of Department of State Service, Rep. of Nig. Security and Civil Defense Corps, Rep. of Religious Institution, Abubakar Shehu, and Dr. Hamza Muhammad and Administrative Secretary.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Board, the former Inspector General of Police, MD Abubakar RTD, urged the people of Zamfara to work together to overcome security challenges.

“We are doing this for the future of Zamfara State. We must all come together to support this fund with the little we can. There is no time for sleeping now; we have to wake up.

“I want to reassure you about our commitment; we shall do our best regarding safety and security.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 07, 2024

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL DISTRIBUTES FARM INPUTS TO FARMERS IN ANKA LGA, PROMISES A RENAISSANCE IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL DISTRIBUTES FARM INPUTS TO FARMERS IN ANKA LGA, PROMISES A RENAISSANCE IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION

Governor Dauda Lawal has expressed optimism that Zamfara State would experience a renaissance in agricultural production, as the state government is committed to providing necessary support to farmers across the state.

The Governor kicked off the distribution of agricultural assets in Anka local government area in continuation of the flag-off ceremony for the COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus under the auspices of FADAMA III on Tuesday.

A statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, noted that the distribution in Anka marked the end of Governor Lawal’s statewide tour for the flag-off of the post-COVID-19 Agricultural Recovery Initiative.

He added that the Governor has covered all 14 local government areas since the groundbreaking flag-off in the state capital, Gusau, in January.

Speaking at the flag-off in Anka LGA, Governor Lawal restated that the distribution across local government areas aims to support farmers to boost agricultural production.

He said: “Since the groundbreaking flag-off in Gusau on 3rd January, we have embarked on a statewide tour to enhance public awareness regarding the stimulus being rolled out.

“This initiative encourages beneficiaries to utilise the stimulus judiciously, achieving the set objectives. The distribution of the stimulus package represents a critical step in our efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The distribution of farm inputs to farmers in Anka LGA is part of the state government’s larger plan to transform the agricultural sector and position Zamfara State as a major agricultural hub in Nigeria.

“My government is trying to provide farmers access to modern farming techniques, inputs, and markets, enabling them to compete and improve their productivity effectively.

The governor highlighted additional projects planned for Anka local government area under the 2024 budget of my administration.

“The projects include rehabilitation and construction of new structures at General Hospital, Anka, construction of 126 Kilometer Magami Dangulbi-Dankurmi-Bagega-Anka road, construction of a Zonal Youth Centre, renovation of Remand Home, Anka, construction of Zonal Education Office, construction of Women Continuing Education Centre, construction of Emir’s palace, a host of other projects.”

During the ceremony, Alhaji Attahiru Muhammad Ahmad, the chairman of the Zamfara State Council of Chiefs and Emir of Anka, presented Governor Dauda Lawal with a letter conferring him with the title of ‘Gamjin Zamfara’.

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 07, 2024

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL COMMISSIONS ROAD CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION OF GENERAL HOSPITAL IN BUKKUYUM LGA, DISTRIBUTES FARM INPUTS TO FARMERS

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL COMMISSIONS ROAD CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION OF GENERAL HOSPITAL IN BUKKUYUM LGA, DISTRIBUTES FARM INPUTS TO FARMERS

Governor Dauda Lawal has flagged off the construction of a road project and reconstruction of the General Hospital in Bukkuyum local government.

The governor was in Bukkuyum LGA on Tuesday to distribute agricultural assets and vital farm inputs to farmers for the COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus under the auspices of FADAMA III.

A statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said the road construction starting from Mallawama junction will cover 13.4 kilometres in the Bukkuyum local government area.

He added that the General Hospital at Nasarawa Burkullu in the Bukkuyum Local Government Area will undergo significant renovation and upgrades to improve healthcare services.

In his speech at the flag-off, Governor Dauda Lawal disclosed that the 19.2 km road construction would cover the Mallamawa-Zarummai-Bukkuyum and Bukkuyum-Birnin Zauma-Gummi Road.

“On behalf of the state government, I am pleased to commission this road project. This project fulfils our campaign promises to the people of Zamfara, and I am committed to delivering on them.

“Our goal is to bring all the dividends of democracy to the people of Zamfara, and this project is just one of the many ways we plan to improve their lives.

“We have already mobilised the contractors to start work, and we are confident that this commissioning will result in tremendous changes for the people of Bukkuyum.

“I urge everyone to give the contractors maximum cooperation in discharging their duty.”

During the flag-off of the distribution of agricultural assets in the Bukkuyum LGA, Governor Dauda Lawal called on beneficiaries of the farm inputs to make the best use of the opportunity to improve their production and uplift their living conditions.

“The distribution of the stimulus package signifies a crucial step in our endeavours to counter the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“By going around selected local government areas across the state’s three senatorial zones, we intend to enhance awareness concerning the stimulus being rolled out to encourage beneficiaries to use it judiciously.

“This component of the COVID-19 stimulus programme is centrally focused on agriculture, acknowledging its pivotal role in the state’s economy, which is predominantly agrarian. Over 80% of the population is engaged in one form of agricultural production. Under this stimulus package, over 100,000 farmers across the 14 Local Government Areas would be empowered with essential farming equipment and seeds over the coming four years.”

Flagging off the renovation and upgrade of the General Hospital Nasarawa Burkullu, Governor Lawal restated that the hospital would also be well-equipped with medical facilities.

“The renovation will involve refurbishing existing facilities, constructing new buildings, and installing state-of-the-art medical equipment. These upgrades will improve the hospital’s capacity to handle more patients and enhance its ability to provide specialised medical procedures.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 06, 2024

GOVERNOR LAWAL LAUNCHES DISTRIBUTION OF FARM INPUTS IN BAKURA, MAFARA AND MARADUN LGAs, SAYS ZAMARA ECONOMY PREDOMINANTLY AGRARIAN

GOVERNOR LAWAL LAUNCHES DISTRIBUTION OF FARM INPUTS IN BAKURA, MAFARA AND MARADUN LGAs, SAYS ZAMARA ECONOMY PREDOMINANTLY AGRARIAN

Governor Dauda Lawal has emphasised the importance of agriculture to Zamfara State’s economy, noting that it is predominantly agrarian.

On Monday, Governor Lawal launched the distribution of agricultural assets in three local government areas – Bakura, Mafara and Maradun in continuation of the flag-off ceremony for the COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus under the auspices of FADAMA III.

A statement by the Governor’s Spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said Governor Lawal charged farmers in the state to take advantage of the opportunity to increase their yields and contribute to the development of the state.

He added that the distributed farm inputs include fertilisers, improved seedlings, and other farm implements.

During the launch in Bakura LGA, Governor Lawal assured farmers of the state government’s commitment to supporting the agricultural sector to ensure its growth and development.

“Besides distributing farm inputs, my government will execute several projects in Bakura LGA. These projects include the construction of additional structures at the College of Agriculture and Animal Science Bakura, the renovation of the General Hospital, Bakura, the rehabilitation of the Government Science Secondary School, the rehabilitation of Government Secondary School, Yarkofoji, the rehabilitation of Bakura Orchard, the construction of a magistrate court, Bakura, the construction of Emir’s Palace and a host of other projects, Insha’Allah.

At the launching ceremony in Mafara LGA, Governor Lawal said the stimulus package will significantly enhance farmers’ productivity in Talata Mafara LGA.

“I want to call on the beneficiaries of this stimulus to make reasonable use of it. We have other projects for the people of Talata Mafara LGA.

“My government will execute projects at Zamfara State University, Talata Mafara, Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, construction of a Rapid Response Centre, a Fish Pond for fish farming demonstration, rehabilitation and construction of additional structures at the General Hospital, Talata Mafara, construction of a Zonal Education Office, provision of Residential Building for Appeal Court’s Khadis, Talata Mafara Division, construction of a Zonal Youth Centre, construction of Women Continued Education Centre, Talata Mafara, rehabilitation of Government Secondary School, Agwaragi, Talata Mafara, rehabilitation and expansion of Veterinary Clinic, upgrade of Talata Mafara water plant, and a host of other projects, Insha’Allah.”

In Maradun LGA, the Zamfara State Governor emphasised that the state’s economy largely depends on agriculture. As a result, the COVID-19 stimulus programme exclusively focuses on supporting the agricultural sector.

“I hope that this stimulus will go a long way in improving the productive capacity of the farmers in Maradun LGA and the entire Zamfara State.

“Maradun Local Government, like other parts of the state, will benefit from several projects in the 2024 budget. These projects include the rehabilitation of the Government Secondary School in Gora, the upgrading of Maradun General Hospital, the construction of Maradun-Makera and Maradun-Magami-Faru roads, and the construction of offices for mobile squadrons, a magistrate court, and residential buildings for judges. There are also other projects planned, Insha’Allah.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 05, 2024

FOOD SECURITY: ZAMFARA GOVERNOR LAUNCHES DISTRIBUTION OF AGRICULTURAL ASSETS IN B/MAGAJI, ZURMI, AND K/NAMODA LGAs

FOOD SECURITY: ZAMFARA GOVERNOR LAUNCHES DISTRIBUTION OF AGRICULTURAL ASSETS IN B/MAGAJI, ZURMI, AND K/NAMODA LGAs

On Sunday, Governor Dauda Lawal launched the distribution of agricultural assets and vital farm inputs to farmers in Birnin Magaji, Zurmi, and Kauran Namoda local government areas of Zamfara state.

The ceremony marked the continuation of the distribution of agricultural assets under the COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus program in Zamfara State as part of FADAMA III.

A statement issued by the spokesperson of the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said over 80% of Zamfara’s population is involved in some form of agriculture.

He added that under the stimulus package, over 100,000 farmers across the 14 Local Government Areas would be empowered with essential farming equipment and seeds over the coming four years.

In line with his commitment to ensuring food security across Zamfara, Governor Dauda Lawal distributed vital agricultural assets to farmers in Birnin Magaji, Zurmi, and Kauran Namoda local government areas.

During the Flagg off in Birnin Magaji LGA, Governor Lawal reiterated that his administration aims to raise awareness about the stimulus package being rolled out in selected local government areas across the state’s three senatorial zones. “The goal is to encourage beneficiaries to use the stimulus wisely, achieving the set objectives. This stimulus will significantly boost the productivity of farmers in Birnin Magaji LGA.

“Other important projects of my administration in Birnin Magaji LGA include the ongoing total renovation and furnishing of GSS Birnin Magaji, the construction of a road from Gidan Bita-Maikosa Mallankara-Dandogo-Gamo-Naniya-Kukoki Kwacho- Birnin Magaji road, the construction of Dakitakwas- Birnin Magaji road, and a host of other projects, Insha’Allah.”

In Zurmi LGA, the governor urged the beneficiaries of the stimulus package to use the opportunity wisely, enhance their production, and improve their standard of living.

“Apart from the distribution of farm inputs, Zurmi Local Government will benefit from several projects under the 2024 budget. These projects include the ongoing renovation and furnishing/equipping of GGDSS Zurmi, the general renovation of General Hospital Zurmi, the construction of the Zurmi-Rukudawa Road, the renovation of the magistrate court, and a host of other projects, Insha’Allah.

“I would like to use this opportunity to call on all the people of Zurmi Local Government Area to extend maximum support and cooperation to the Community Protection Guards (Askarawan Zamfara) to secure our communities.

While flagging off the distribution in Kauran Namoda LGA, Governor Dauda Lawal reiterated that under his stewardship as your governor, Zamfara State will witness a renaissance in agricultural production and other sectors of our economy.

“With the recent inauguration of the Askarawa, in addition to the numerous other measures we have implemented to improve the security situation across the state, I hope that farmers who have been unable to access their farms due to threats from bandits can now do so.

“Other projects of my government in Kauran Namoda LGA include the ongoing renovation and furnishing and equipping of General Hospital Kaura Namoda, the construction of buildings for the College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Kaura Namoda, the construction of a Zonal Youth Centre and the completion of a Remand Home, the construction of the Zonal Education Office, the construction of Women Continued Education Centre, Kaura Namoda, construction of additional structures at the General Hospital, construction of Emirs Palace, and a host of other projects, Insha’Allah.”

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 04, 2024

ZAMFARA GOVERNOR DISTRIBUTES AGRICULTURAL ASSETS TO FARMERS IN BUNGUDU AND MARU LGAS

ZAMFARA GOVERNOR DISTRIBUTES AGRICULTURAL ASSETS TO FARMERS IN BUNGUDU AND MARU LGAS

Governor Dauda Lawal has distributed farm inputs and agricultural assets to the farmers of Bungudu and Maru local government areas of Zamfara State.

The flag-off in Bungudu and Maru, Local Government areas, was part of the ongoing COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus distribution program sponsored by FADAMA III.

A statement issued by the spokesperson of Zamfara governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, revealed that the distribution began on January 3rd in the capital city, Gusau.

He added that Governor Lawal went to Shinkafi, Gummi, and Tsafe for the same flag-off of the distribution to farmers.

“Today, the Governor was in Bungudu and Maru local government areas to distribute the vital agricultural assets and inputs to farmers.

In Bungudu LGA, Governor Lawal said the Local Government Area is legendary for farming, and its contribution to the GDP of Zamfara State is commendable. “With the flag-off of this program in this Local Government Area today, we are bringing tremendous opportunities for the farming communities in this industrious Local Government Area.

“I am confident that this program will go a long way to boosting our farmers’ productivity, thereby alleviating rural poverty and its associated challenges.

“Building on this momentum, we plan to introduce similar intervention projects, such as the integrated entrepreneurship program. This program will encompass various agro-allied projects, including fisheries, poultry, and livestock fattening.

“Additionally, it will provide training and starter packs to small-scale businesses in various sectors, contributing significantly to our economic diversification efforts.

In Maru LGA, the governor restated that the distribution would combat malaria through innovative methods like rearing tilapia fish while generating substantial income for the beneficiaries through various interventions, as this undoubtedly improves the quality of livelihood.

“In line with our commitment to enhancing agricultural productivity in Maru Local Government Area, my administration will be embarking upon the rehabilitation of Earth dams, and provision for this has been made in the 2024 budget. This initiative will provide employment opportunities for over 40,000 farmers and play a crucial role in feeding more than 2 million people annually.”

During the flag-off, over 2,000 farmers benefited in both Bungudu and Maru local government areas.

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 02, 2024

ORGANISED LABOUR CONFER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE ON GOV. DAUDA LAWAL, AS ZAMFARA GOV’T BEGINS PAYMENT OF BACKLOG GRATUITIES

ORGANISED LABOUR CONFER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE ON GOV. DAUDA LAWAL, AS ZAMFARA GOV’T BEGINS PAYMENT OF BACKLOG GRATUITIES

The labour union in Zamfara State has awarded Governor Dauda Lawal the title of the most compassionate governor.

On Thursday, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) presented the Executive Excellence Award to the governor at the Government House in Gusau.

A statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, expressed that the award by the Labour Union recognised Governor Lawal’s achievements during his first eight months in office.

According to him, the Zamfara State Government has consistently made the welfare of its workers a top priority right from the beginning.

Governor Dauda Lawal said that receiving the excellence award from Organised Labor would encourage him to work even harder towards the welfare of workers.

“My government will remain committed to promoting the well-being of Zamfara people, workers, and development. We have several plans to enhance our workers’ welfare, some of which are already underway.

“We have resolved the issue of outstanding salaries that we inherited from the previous administration, and we were able to provide the 13th-month salary for the first time in the history of our state. Additionally, we set up a committee to settle the debt owed to retirees from 2011 to date, which amounted to 13.4 billion Naira.

“The committee has already gone far with the authentication of data submitted by local government and state pension commission and physical verification of beneficiaries.

“Retirees from state and local governments will receive their owed gratuities as payments have been initiated.

“We promised to serve the people of Zamfara, to rescue and rebuild the state for the better. And that’s exactly what my government is doing. I want to thank you for this award of excellence. It holds a significant value to me.”

The Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress in Zamfara, Comrade Sani Halliru, and that of the Trade Union Congress, Comrade Sa’idu Mudi, said the organised union conferred the award of excellence to Governor Dauda Lawal due to his unwavering commitment towards the welfare of Zamfara workers.

Leaders of the Labour Unions also highlighted that this is the first time in the state’s history that a governor has shown such rare magnanimity towards the workers.

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 02, 2024

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL VISITS GUSAU MARKET DESTROYED BY FIRE, PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS

GOV. DAUDA LAWAL VISITS GUSAU MARKET DESTROYED BY FIRE, PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS

Governor Dauda Lawal has pledged a heartfelt commitment to extend all possible support and assistance to the victims of the Gusau Central Market fire incident.

A fire broke out at Gusau Central Market on Tuesday night, resulting in the death of one person and over 50 shops being burnt down.

A statement issued by the spokesperson of the Zamfara State Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, said while assessing the damages caused by the fire, Governor Lawal vowed to help those affected by the tragic event.

He added that Governor Lawal has assured the affected individuals and their families that the government will do everything possible to alleviate their suffering and help them recover.

While addressing the victims of the fire incident at the Gusau Central Market, Zamfara State Governor condoled the leadership of the market over the death of one person during the incident.

“I would like to express my condolences to the market leadership and the family of the victim who passed away due to the recent fire incident.

“Even before the unfortunate fire incident, I constituted a committee to conduct a thorough investigation on how the government could intervene to enhance and develop the markets across the state.

“My government is committed to supporting the victims of the fire incident and will explore various ways to mitigate their loss.”

The Zamfara State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Abdulrahman Tumbido, disclosed that the government provided an emergency response to control and extinguish the fire.

Responding on behalf of the victims, the Chairman of the Gusau Central Market commended the Zamfara State Government for its prompt response following the unfortunate incident.

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
February 01, 2024

NORTHWEST GOVERNORS STORM ZAMFARA, AS GOV. DAUDA LAWAL UNVEILS COMMUNITY PROTECTION GUARDS (CPG)

NORTHWEST GOVERNORS STORM ZAMFARA, AS GOV. DAUDA LAWAL UNVEILS COMMUNITY PROTECTION GUARDS (CPG)

The Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, hosted the Northwest Governors for the official unveiling of the State Community Protection Guards (CPG).

The graduation ceremony for the Community Protection Guards (Askarawan Zamfara) was held on Wednesday at the Trade Fair Complex in the capital city of Gusau.

A statement issued by the Governor’s Spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, revealed that Governors from Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Sokoto attended the graduation ceremony.

He added that the Zamfara State Government is utilising a multi-faceted and multi-dimensional approach to address security challenges for now and in the future.

“Last year, Governor Dauda Lawal approved the engagement of 5,200 guards across 14 local government areas. Today, 2,645 community protection guards graduated in the first batch. “

In his remark at the graduation ceremony, Governor Dauda Lawal said his administration has embarked on the arduous task with a commitment to gradual reforms across all sectors of the state’s economy to instil sanity and accelerate development.

“While we make these efforts, the lofty goals we set out to achieve will remain a mirage as long as the formidable challenge of insecurity remains unaddressed.

“This informed our decision to, among other things, establish the Community Protection Guards, known as Askarawa. The Steering Committee for establishing the Community Protection Guards traversed the 14 Local Government Areas and screened eligible volunteers for enrolment into the outfit.

“We believe that the bulk of the challenges we face as a state and region are borne out of severe neglect in advancing public policy to serve the socioeconomic expectations of our people. We will never take for granted the message of the people of our state through their votes in March 2023.

“Today, therefore, the first batch of the Community Protection Guards, 2,645, are graduating. These young, energetic and vibrant personnel have undergone rigorous training, extensive drilling, and an understanding of the rules of engagement, amongst other skills, in the due discharge of their responsibility of partnering, assisting and working with the security agencies to defend our communities.”

During his speech, Dr Dikko Radda, the Katsina State Governor and chairman of the Northwest Governors, reaffirmed their joint decision not to engage in negotiations with bandits.

“We have gathered here today with a common purpose: to unite against banditry and insecurity in the Northwest. Regardless of political affiliation, we are committed to never negotiating with bandits.

In his speech, the Chairman of the occasion, General Aliyu Muhammad Gusau (Retired), praised the state government for establishing the Community Protection Guards (CPG).

SULAIMAN BALA IDRIS
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Zamfara Governor
January 31, 2024