Zamfara Assembly rejects committee’s report on Higher Education


From Maiharaji Altine Gusau
 In what could have been described as usual happening at the plenary, Zamfara State House of Assembly yesterday in a unanimous decision rejected report on a bill for a law to provide for the establishment and management of the state Directorate for Higher Education for lack of merit.

The committee, under the leadership of Hon Salihu Usman Zurmi representing Zurmi East consistency in the state House of Assembly was first of all given the floor by the Speaker Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya to present his report and later present it before mace as required by the law.
As the norms and tradition of the House  contained in the standing rules after submission of any report before the House, members were given chance to critically analyse a report page by page deliberate on it and view the report on its merit before passing it into law or otherwise.
The report on higher education  was not an exceptional to the requirement of the law therefore speaker Nasiru Magarya after laying the report before the mace allow members to make their contributions and fully deliberated on the report,
In his contribution Hon Abdulnasir Ibrahim Gayari PDP Gummi 2 expressed reservations on the committee’s recommendations number 4 and 24  which deal with financing of all tertiary institutions in the state and jurisdiction of the  directorate .
Also contributing, the Deputy House leader Hon Nasiru Bello Lawal Bungudu challenged the report that requires that a special Adviser to man the Directorate must have at least 20 years cognate experience in teaching and learning is completely irrelevant.
He pointed out that “special Adviser is an appointee of the state Governor, therefore age or experience should not serve as barrier”.
 In his submission, Hon Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma PDP Maru North described Hon Salihu Usman Zurmi’s report on Higher Education as trash, with a lot of ambiguities and mistakes.

He therefore suggested that the report be resent to the committee  on tertiary Education to remove all the contentious issues that raised dust and observations during the plenary.
Both the Deputy, Hon Musa Bawa Musa Yankuzo and House Leader, Hon Faruk Musa called for caution on the matter and also were on the opinion that the report be sent back to the committee to do a thorough job on the matter before re- submitting it to the House for possible consideration.
 Ruling on the matter, the Speaker, Rt Hon Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya  while thanking the committee for executing the job assigned to them, also praised his colleagues for analysing the report describing the process as “democracy in action’.

Speaker Magarya maintained that the sixth Assembly under his watched that comprises basically members with youthful age predominantly below 40 years are now fully on course, and ordered that the House has unanimously rejected the report for lack of merit.
Two bills scaled first reading during yesterday’s plenary which include a bill for a law to provide for the establishment and management of the state solid mineral development agency and for other matters connected there with 2020 and a private member bill sponsored by Hon Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma which is on law to children and young  person’s education and prevention of all forms of distractions during school hours and for other matters connected.
Earlier under matters of urgent public importance, Hon Kabiru Hashimu Dansadau NRM Maru South drew the attention of the House regarding the cutting -off of a culvert on the road linking Dansadau – Gusau Road as a result of heavy down pour and called on the state Ministry of Works and transport to as a matter of urgency  come to the aid of his people by fixing back the road.
 After extensive deliberations on the matter at the hallow chamber, Speaker Magarya directed that the state Ministry of works and transport be intimated immediately on the matter to avert further damage and casualties on the road .

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