By Suleman Tudu
The Federated Association for Zamfara State Students (FAZAMSS) conducted a fresh election on Saturday in Gusau.
Media Smarts reported that FAZAMSS held its maiden national convention where it elected the pioneer executive officials of the association last week Tuesday.
But the election was later nullified by Zamfara state government in a notification signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Dr Barira Ibrahim Bagobiri.
“The Ministry has deemed it fit to suspend just concluded elections which took place on the 26th December, 2023 at Trade Fair Gusau for so many obvious reasons. In its efforts to broker peace and understanding between the two contending parties, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology brought the two sides together and an agreement was amicably reached for the sake of peace and stability.
“It was agreed that the National Union of Zamfara State Students (NUZAMSS) shall be officially addressed as Federated Association for Zamfara State Students (FAZAMSS) while all other operations of the organization shall be guided by the constitution of NUZAMSS,” the notification read.
Announcing the result of the fresh election held in Zamfara State College of Arts and Science Gusau, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Yasir Ibrahim declared Comrade Abubakar Galadima as the newly elected President of FAZAMSS.
Other victorious candidates include Comrade Abdulnasir Sani, Vice President I; Comrade Fadimatu Salisu, Vice President II; Comrade Mubashir Muhammad Adam, Secretary-General; Comrade Zainab Almustapha, Assistant Secretary-General and Abdulmudallib Sani as Financial Secretary of the association.
The rest were Rukayya Shuaibu, Treasurer; Abdulrashid Hamisu, Welfare Director; Muhammad Abdullahi, Social Director; Mubarak Sani, Auditor-General; Mahmud Aliyu, PRO I and Sani Abubakar as PRO II.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Malam Wadatau Madawaki commended the maturity of the aspirants and all the students for the maturity they showed at the election venue.
The Commissioner has assured the teeming Zamfara students that the administration of Governor Dauda Lawal has made budgetary provision for local and foreign scholarship bursaries.
“We are very much aware of the suffering that parents go through. So we have made provisions in the 2024 budget to give scholarships to Zamfara students studying across the tertiary institutions in Nigeria and diaspora,” the honorable commissioner said.
Speaking on behalf of the newly elected officials, the Secretary-General of the association Comrade Mubashir Muhammad Adam said, FAZAMSS under their stewardship will prioritize students welfare.