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The Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal on Thursday, signed an Executive Order to restructure the state government ministries from 28 to 16.

Sulaiman Bala Idris, the governor’s spokesman, while confirming this in a statement, said the measure is to cut wastage in government and eliminate duplication of functions.

He said the governor signed the Executive Order at the Council Chambers of the Government House, Gusau.

The newly approved ministries include; those of Agriculture; Budget and Planning; Science and Technology; Environment and Natural Resources; Finance; Health; and Commerce; Trade and Industry,

Others are Information and Culture; Justice; Housing and Urban Development; Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; Religious Affairs; Women Affairs and Social Development; Works and Infrastructure; Youth and Sport; Internal Security and Home Affairs.

The statement added that the governor has fully paid the inherited backlog of workers’ salaries, including that of June.

When he assumed office, the governor had lamented the salary backlog, saying he met only N4 million in a government account.

“I have been running the affairs of the state on debt since I assumed office as governor of Zamfara. I met the treasury account of the state with no money. I only saw a single account with about N3 to N4 million in it,” he had told BBC Hausa in an interview.

“It is about three months now and we are yet to pay the salary of the workers. If you look at all the government agencies, the power supply to the buildings has been disconnected due to the hundreds of millions of debts incurred.

“The security agencies, for three months now, the allowance given to them for their daily operations has not been paid. Currently, students of senior secondary schools have not written their WAEC and NECO exams because the government is owing over one billion naira.”

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