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Tambuwal grants amnesty to 8,000 ghost workers in Sokoto

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A total of 8,000 ghost workers and those collecting abnormal salaries in Sokoto state have been granted amnesty.

– The state’s commissioner for finance, Abdussamad Dasuki, says this move is to make the ghost workers come up without being forced.

– The commissioner warns that at the expiration of the amnesty period those who refuse to speak up or continue shortchanging the state would be prosecuted At least 8,000 ghost workers discovered in Sokoto have been granted amnesty by the state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. Those who got amnesty also included workers that collected abnormal salaries under the state’s payroll. The position of the government was announced by Abdussamad Dasuki, the state’s finance commissioner. According to Dasuki, the government took the decision to allow the affected ghost workers to come up to confess under ‘confidentiality and guaranteed state pardon’.

Dasuki, who doubles as head of the committee on integrated payroll and internally generated revenue (IGR), said on Thursday, November 28. He explained that the amnesty programme commenced from November 27, and will end on December 9, 2019.

Government is, therefore, calling on those concerned to avail themselves of this initiative. At the end of this period, appropriate sanctions will be meted out to those found wanting in accordance with civil service rules and relevant laws,” the commissioner said. He also urged civil servants and residents with information that can help resolve the payroll system to approach the committee. “However, this is with the assurance of confidentiality and reward where appropriate. Those willing to cooperate can contact the committee directly or reach out through the following phone numbers: 08105475900, 08144885521 08106010490,” he said.

Hate speech bill: Nigerian governors reject death penalty – Tambuwal

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto has disclosed that none of his colleagues in the other states supports the death penalty for hate speech

– Tambuwal warned the Senate to respect the wishes of Nigerians concerning the bill

– The governor also gave an update on what he and his colleagues are doing in relation to the controversial minimum wage crisis No Nigerian governor is in support of death penalty for hate speech as is being proposed in the Senate under a bill currently being considered by the upper chamber, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has declared. Governor Tambuwal disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday, November 20, in Abuja, while urging the Senate to respect the wishes of Nigerians concerning the bill. The governor further urged the National Assembly to organise a public hearing on the bill to make it pass through the actual processes for passage.

“I believe the National Assembly should hold a public hearing on that bill so that due process of lawmaking is followed so that the views of Nigerians not just the governors will be well captured on that bill,” he said. Vanguard reports that the governor also spoke on the controversial minimum wage saying his colleagues are currently talking with labour organisations in their states. “I’m sure it is work in progress before December all the states must have finished working out the details on the issue of minimum wage across the federation,” he said.

Sokoto declares Monday, September 2, public holiday to mark New Islamic Year

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The governor of Sokoto state has declared Monday, September 2, as public holiday

– The governor said the holiday will enable residents of the state to celebrate the New Islamic Year

– According to the state government, residents will also use the opportunity to pray for peace and the security of the state as well as Nigeria at large Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has declared Monday, September 2, 2019 as public holiday to mark mark the beginning of Islamic New Year 1441. A statement issued by Malam Abubakar Shekara, a permanent secretary with the state government on Sunday, September 1, said “the holiday is to allow Muslim faithfuls to celebrate the commencement of the new year.”

Tambuwal enjoined the people of the state to use the opportunity to pray for peace and the security of the state as well as Nigeria at large. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, had declared Sunday, September. 1, 2019 as first day of Muharamm, the first Islamic lunar month 1441.

The Islamic calendar is counted after the Hijrah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) from Makkah to Madina. Kano State Government had on Friday declared Monday, September 2, as work-free, to mark the new Islamic year 1441 After Hijra (AH).

Sallah: Tambuwal releases N70m as gift to Sokoto pilgrims

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– The sum of N70 million has been approved as Sallah gift to 3,496 Sokoto state pilgrims in Saudi Arabia by Governor Aminu Tambuwal

– The gesture has been a tradition of the state government to its pilgrims, each year

– The state government has also commenced arrangements for the airlifting of the pilgrims back to Nigeria on Saturday, August 17 The sum of N70 million has been approved as Sallah gift to 3,496 Sokoto state pilgrims in Saudi Arabia by the state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. The development was made public in a statement released by Aminu Abdullahi Abubakar, the director of press to the Sokoto deputy governor, Daily Trust reports.

Abubakar added that the deputy governor, Manir Muhammad Dan’iya, also conveyed Tambuwal’s Sallah Message to the pilgrims. He said: “His Excellency, the governor of Sokoto state, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has graciously approved a token gift of R200 Saudi Riyals (N24,000) equivalent to the entire 3,496 pilgrims from Sokoto as Sallah gift to ease their stay in Makka, Saudi Arabia.

“This is to cut away some financial responsibilities to the pilgrims who need additional funds to eat and transport selves to religious sites.” The deputy governor also urged the pilgrims to vehemently pray for the state and nation’s continuous harmony, peace and tranquility. He added that as specified by the Nigerian Hajj Commission, arrangements were ongoing to commence the airlift of pilgrims back to Nigeria on Saturday, August 17.

Tambuwal attends burial of 25 persons killed in fresh bandits attack

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– The governor of Sokoto state on Sunday, June 9, attended the funeral of 25 people killed in fresh attack by bandits

– The funeral of the attack victims took place in Gandi town in Rabah local government area of Sokoto state

– Tambuwal pledged that the government would take more measures to end such uncivilized and barbaric attack Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, on Sunday, June 9, attended the funeral of 25 persons killed by bandits in a fresh attack, which occurred on Saturday in three communities of Rabah local government area of the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tambuwal, together with heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and government officials, later condoled the families of the victims after the burial held at Gandi town.

NAN gathered that the bandits, who were in large numbers, raided Kalhu, Tsage and Geeri villages near Gandi and killed the 25 persons. The attackers were said to have engaged in indiscriminate shooting from around 5 pm on Saturday till Sunday morning, after which they carted away hundreds of cows, sheep and other valuables.

Almajiri situation will hurt us in future – Tambuwal

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has expressed fears that the practice of begging by Almajiris expose them to dangerous habits which he says “will in turn, hurt us in near future.”

Tambuwal made the comment in a chat with newsmen following a meeting of prominent personalities of Sokoto origin at the Sultan’s palace, Daily Trust reports.

Tambuwal appoints ex finance commissioner as SSG

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Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has appointed the immediate past commissioner for finance, Sa’idu Umar, as secretary to the state government. The development was contained in a statement released by Malam Abubakar Shekara, the director general, media and public affairs to the governor on Thursday, June 6 in Sokoto.

Governor Tambuwal dissolves cabinet

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-Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto state has dissolved his cabinet

– Tambuwal while dissolved the cabinet said his administration ensured transparency and accountable transactions which allow him to sleep well

– The Sokoto state governor, however begged the people of the state to forgive him for any of his decisions they found wrong Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Tuesday, may 28, dissolved the State Executive Council and disengaged other appointed political office holders in the state.

Tambuwal wished the ex-council members well and prayed for their successes in future endeavours. He said this in his valedictory session with the state council where he commended members of the cabinet for their services to the state in different capacities, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Governor Tambuwal approves N380m for feeding of Sokoto residents at Ramadan

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto has approved the sum of N380 million for the feeding of Islamic residents in the state just as he also gave permission for the creating of more food centres during the Ramadan. Tambuwal disclosed this in Sokoto, according to a report by Daily Trust.

The governor said N80 million was added to the earlier approved N300 million for the programme to cater for more feeding centres.’ The governor reportedly said this at the the flag-off of distribution of the Sokoto state 2019 Ramadan package charity for the poor at the auditorium of Sultan Muhammad Maccido institute for Quran and general studies.

The governor said N80 million was added to the earlier approved N300 million for the programme to cater for more feeding centres.’

The governor reportedly said this at the the flag-off of distribution of the Sokoto state 2019 Ramadan package charity for the poor at the auditorium of Sultan Muhammad Maccido institute for Quran and general studies. Governor Tambuwal, represented by the state’s deputy governor, Manir Mohammed Dan-Iya, gave a breakdown of how the fund would be spent. According to him, N200 million would be spent for the purchase of Ramadan and Sallah packages under the state zakkat and endowment commission. Also, N175 million would be spent on Ramadan package for distribution to imams, deputy imams and other religious leaders under the state ministry for religious affairs.