By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Zamfara State Government has denied making any donations to a university in Jigawa State, contrary to reports.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications to the Governor, Zailani Bappa.
“It has come to our notice that some online media organisations have carried a story indicating that his Excellency, Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) has donated the sum of N100 million for the construction of an Islamic University in Jigawa State.
“Sahara Reporters, particularly insinuated that the Governor made the donation at a time when the state is among the poorest in the country.
“It is therefore, pertinent to call on the general public to disregard this information as a phantom fabrication from from the truth of what actually transpired.
“The JIBWIS paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) on Monday, 13/7/2020 and informed him of the existence of a school they own under construction in Shinkafi Town of Zamfara State.
“Hence, they sought for the support of the state Government to complete the school for the benefit of Zamfara people. Incidentally, one of the cardinal goals of His Excellency is to promote education in the state. Hence, the state Government accepted a partnership with the body to ensure the school comes into fruition.
“Yes, it is the hope of the state Government that the Institution will transform into a full pledged University where the people of Zamfara State and beyond will benefit from its fruits.
“Governor Matawalle therefore, assures the general public that his administration will continue to partner with all well meaning and reputable organisations and institutions for the rapid development of education in the state.”