Zamfara: ‘Why Tsafe local LGA stands out’

The council is one of the few threatened by bandits, but because of exceptional leadership skill, the threats are being curtailed. SANUSI MOHAMMED reports.

The 774 local government area councils in the country can be on a fast lane to restoration in terms of development indices especially with the right persons in place.

While some local government council leaders may see the approval of autonomy recently granted to local government areas by the National Assembly as a way of personal enrichment, some are already putting in place the best ways to improve the well-being of the people they represent.

In Zamfara state, Tsafe local government area is standing out due to the efforts of its sole administrator, Dr Aliyu Adamu Barmo, a development analyst-turned politician whose prowess in grassroots lobbying and development exposed him to the interests of the state governor, Dauda Lawal who appointed him to lead the affairs of the local government.

One of the most thoughtful ideas introduced by Dr Barmo is the establishment of a Quarterly Scorecard to create a quarterly performance scorecards to measure progresses, track achievements and enhance accountability in project implementation throughout the area.

The sole administrator went further to open a website for the local government area to facilitate regular updates on its activities, events and developments for public information and engagement. This is with a view to ensuring accountability and welcome criticisms that can engender more development. The idea of monitoring and evaluation of states and local government projects will also be easier in order to ensure accountability, transparency and proper effective resource utilisation.

Therefore, since coming to office six months ago, the sole administrator who has passion for rural development swung into action in all sectors starting with security. And as one of the local government areas most hit by armed banditry, he engaged the traditional institution on intelligence gathering and dissemination of information with security agencies to handle early warning signs of any threat so that it can be averted immediately.

This has greatly helped in decimating criminal elements and their activities throughout the area particularly on the Funtua/Tsafe highway where travellers had to think twice before plying the road. But now, the threat has significantly reduced while information provided on the area’s website further guides travellers on safety. Even the state government could partly be assessed through the website on its activities in Tsafe local government and how it may have extended to other parts of the state.

Similarly, while the federal government is still bracing up for the next census, the local government has developed what is known as Online Registration of Indigenous Persons in order to establish a comprehensive database, facilitate community participation and strengthen connections among indigenous personalities in the community.

While the sole administrator is doing all these, he did not leave other sectors of the local government in the woods as he has moved into the construction and rehabilitation of both public and Islamic schools, began the implementation of his blueprint to improve the council’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in order to boost the economy and guarantee food security by supporting 880 rural farmers with agricultural inputs and improved seedlings. This is beside the distribution of food items and feeds to over 5,000 families during the 2024 period in order to fight hunger.

The sole administrator, who promised to give a positive turn around to the local government, assured that with the continued support of his communities, Tsafe local government would soon be a model of the fastest growing local governments where every good thing works in the whole country.