Between a Peace Worker and Peace Wreakers in Zamfara By Sani Mafara

Prior to May 2019 when Bello Matawalle assumed office as governor of Zamfara State, the northwestern state was under a seemingly endless siege. The state was a typical killing field, a boiling cauldron of bloodthirsty bandits and notorious kidnappers. Cattle rustlers and dare-devil miscreants were ruling over swathes of land with security forces battling tooth and nail to stop them. But since Matawalle took the seat of power in the state capital Gusau, the state has steadily experienced a new lease of life. A territory that was once awash with…

Gov Sani-Bello commends Nigerlites for patience,unalloyed support

Niger State Governor,Abubakar Sani Bello has showered encomiums on Nigerlites for their unflinching support for his administration’s policies and programmes. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello appreciated the people of State for their patience and understanding during the recent State roads closure, which he explained is meant to fasttrack work on the Minna-Bida road, being the current motorable road that connected the North and Southern parts of the country. The Governor reiterated for the umpteenth time, that his administration has no personal interest, rather than the overall best interest of Nigerlites. He…

Niger Govt lifts ban on closure of state owned roads to articulated vehicles

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has directed relevant agencies in the State to open up the closed roads to articulated vehicles that are carrying not more than 45,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit PMS and 35,000 tonnes of dry cargo. The Governor gave the directive when he briefed journalists shortly after a meeting chaired by the Chief of Staff to President Mohammadu Buhari, Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the Department of State Services, the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Coorperation and the Minister…

Closure of Minna-Bida: The Intervention of the FG By Abdullberqy U. Ebbo

When the Government of Niger state elected to close state roads to heavy duty vehicles, it was with the sincerest intention to keep the collapsing roads manageable, and to provide the contractors on site ample room to continue work, even in the wet season. Our intention was never to antagonize the FG or anyone for that matter. We only found ourselves in a desperate situation that required a desperate action. This is why we are shocked by the reactions of some individuals in the wake of the directive by His…

KHUTBAH FOR NIGERIA AT 60

Al-Kahf 18:1 ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَنزَلَ عَلَىٰ عَبْدِهِ ٱلْكِتَٰبَ وَلَمْ يَجْعَل لَّهُۥ عِوَجَاۜ [All] praise is [due] to Allaah, who has sent down upon His Servant the Book and has not made therein any deviance. Al-Kahf 18:2 قَيِّمًا لِّيُنذِرَ بَأْسًا شَدِيدًا مِّن لَّدُنْهُ وَيُبَشِّرَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ٱلَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا حَسَنًا [He has made it] straight, to warn of severe punishment from Him and to give good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a good reward Al-Kahf 18:3 مَّٰكِثِينَ فِيهِ أَبَدًا In which…

Let fairness prevail in selection of UI Vice-Chancellor – The Gaskiya Group (TGG)

The Gaskiya Group (TGG) has been watching with great concern the ugly trend that is emerging in the on-going process of selection of a new vice-chancellor in the University of Ibadan. As stakeholders concerned with sustaining the rising profile of the University, we are afraid of this  trend which in theory can be described as that of ‘ *ordination’ and ‘predestination* ’: a situation in which a particular candidate has already been ordained and predestined to occupy the office of the Vice- Chancellor, by some cabals in the University, even…