Zamfara Education Commissioner Reveals Why He Resigned

Zamfara State Education Commissioner, Jamilu Zannah, unexpectedly parted ways with Governor Bello Matawalle just two weeks after the inauguration of the state executive council.

Zannah explained that his resignation was due to what he called the governor’s high-handedness and lack of consultation on issues.

After Zanna’s resignation, the State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Bilyaminu Shinkafi and the Governor’s Special Adviser on Comprehensive Agricultural Revolution Programme, Sambo Marafa, have also resigned, stating different reasons.

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Speaking with journalists in Gusau, Zannah, who was Matawalle’s campaign director in the run-up to the last elections, claimed that the governor had failed to fulfill the pledge he made to some people about giving them appointments once he assumed office.

“His Excellency, Alhaji Bello Matawalle has been doing things and running this government single-handedly since he assumed office as governor.

“As his campaign director-general, I know we made several promises to many people that when we succeed, these promises would be met.

“However, of all the appointments so far made, which include Directors General, Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries, Commissioners and members of boards and committees, I am not aware of any that the governor consulted us on.”

Zannah who recently returned from a medical trip in India added that the governor never called to sympathize with him despite being aware of his illness.

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“Even though the governor was aware of my sickness and my medical trip where l stayed for about 40 days, which was why l missed the executive council inauguration, he never called to sympathize with me up to the time l returned.

“Since l did not join this Matawalle movement for my personal gains but for the benefits of the people and in order to move the state forward, l have decided to reject this appointment as commissioner of education in the state with immediate effect, and this followed my discussions with my associates. I do not know how l can face all those people we made promises to when they see me going round as commissioner while the promises made to them remain unfulfilled.”


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