Why Only Two Persons Can Speak On Official Matters In Zamfara – Commissioner
All Zamfara officials, except two, have been banned from speaking to journalists.
Governor Bello Matawalle barred ministries, departments, and agencies from providing the media with information on government policies and programmes.
The Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, disclosed this while addressing members of the Correspondents Chapel in Gusau on Thursday.
“This is in view of the security situation in the state and the mismanagement of information where everybody takes his own opinion and chips in on behalf of government. This further aggravates the issues of security challenges in the state, and the executive council, in one of its resolutions during its last meeting decided to centralise information,” the commissioner explained.
Mr Dosara said the Zamfara government centralised information management to the ministry to curtail the spread of fake news and misinformation to people in Zamfara.
The Zamfara government appealed to journalists to take the development “as a working tool that is making easier for you to have access to information you are looking for to write your reports.”
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He further stated that the government took the decision to avert misinformation that could aggravate insecurity in the state.
“Henceforth, it’s only the ministry of information or the commissioner for information that is allowed to speak on behalf of the government, while the special adviser on media to the governor is the only person allowed to speak on behalf of the governor,” he pointed out. “These two people are the custodians of information of the government of Zamfara state as far as the present predicament is concerned.”
Mr Dosara added: “Anybody that speaks to you on behalf of the government if it is not the commissioner for information or the SA to the governor on media, that information is invalid as far as the Zamfara State government is concerned.”
Meanwhile, Mr Matawalle has approved the appointment of Musa Mailafiya as the new director-general of Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Government House.
Mr Matawalle, in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kabiru Balarabe, said the appointment was with immediate effect.
Mr Mailafiya replaced Yusuf Idris Gusau, now the All Progressives Congress (APC) publicity secretary in Zamfara.
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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies
Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.
His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.
Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha
The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”
Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.
The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.
Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola
BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose
Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).
The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.
“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.
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