Zamfara: Gusau commends Matawalle-led administration, urges opposition to cooperate

Comrade Yusuf Idris Gusau, the Director- General, Press Affairs, Zamfara Government House, has said that the Governor, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, is successfully tackling the state’s challenges, saying that the Governor came when almost everything had collapsed in the state.

According to him, Matawalle, a one-time commissioner in three different ministries who also represented Bakura/Maradun Constituency at the National Assembly, was compensated by God following a Supreme Court judgment which favoured him without going to courts to challenge the 2019 election, where he was placed second.

“To many of his critics, especially the opposition, Matawalle was not supposed to be governor forgetting that God has since destined him to serve the good people of the state in this capacity at this point in time and may be beyond.

“Having taken over as governor however, he went through the books and the activities of his predecessor and realized that the state needed a total overhaul in terms of structures and other social amenities and decided to come up with a developmental blueprint for the state which are the main reasons those at the other end are not happy.

“Matawalle who inherited serious challenges of armed banditry, rape, killing of innocent souls and cattle rustling among other heineous crimes where hundreds of lives were lost, also believed that no meaningful development can be easily achieved under the circumstance,” Gusau said.

The Director General explained that immediately after the inception of the Matawalle-led administration, the first thing it did was to call for unconditional truce with all those illegally in possession of arms to peacefully surrender their weapons of destruction and be reintegrated into the society.

“No doubt, many of them accepted the offer by not only surrendering themselves and handing over their arms but willingly joined hands with the government and security agencies to identify, arrest and bring to book all those unrepentant bandits, a situation which forced a large number of such unrepentant bandits to flee from the state or forcefully part from their bad ways to good even without coming forward to announce their decision.

“This saw the unconditional release of hundreds of kidnap victims from their captors. And in appreciation to this resolve by the bandits, the governor began to initiate several empowerment programs to engage the youth into self reliance while building a modern well equipped multi-billion naira RUGA settlements with all the necessary facilities for the Fulanis, one in each of the three Senatorial Zones of the state,” he said.

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He said the governor began a gradual upgrading of the state, starting with education, where he commenced a holistic overhaul creating a far better reading and learning environment to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of structures to fit into the modern world.

“The first beneficiaries here being the Government House which underwent almost complete reconstruction in addition to 18 detached chalets named after the 18 northern states, this also went simultaneously with the reconstruction and upgrading of the state House of Assembly and parts of the state secretariat.

“The government also began the construction of a Cargo Airport, the project of which has reached an advanced stage. While all these are being carried out, the government still has to contend with pockets of armed banditry being perpetrated by those unrepentant criminals who have vehemently refused the Matawalle peace and dialogue initiative and chose to continue terrorizing innocent persons and communities.

“Coupled with all these challenges, some prominent individuals of the state having failed in discharging their responsibilities while in government declined the governor’s offer that they should shun their political differences and join hands with the government for the progress of the state and benefit of the people.

“In his continued effort to bring all on board, Matawalle, a founding member of the defunct APP decided to return home to the now transformed APC by defecting from his former party the PDP, this too did not go well especially with those who felt threatened by the governor’s coming and taking over leadership of the party.

“It is instructive to draw the attention of the Zamfara oppositions that by God’s design, every person has his allocated space to be what he will be and once you over – step your time, you must give room to the next man.

“At the moment therefore, Matawalle is in charge only by the grace of God and if our leaders are really doing what they are doing for the benefit of the people of the state and not their selfish reasons, they should all come together, join hands with the Matawalle administration for the peace, progress and development of the state,” he added.

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