Gov. Muhammad Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State

By Abba Kabara, Gusau

Zamfara State governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle has been conferred with the award of excellence by the Noble Women Initiative on Sustainable Democracy (NWISD), for leadership competence and successful peace initiative mission.

This was contained in a press statement signed and issued by the Director-General Press Affairs, Mallam Yusuf Idris Gusau.

The award, which was presented to the governor on Wednesday by the national leader of the organisation, Hajiya Maryam Samaila during a courtesy call, was, conferred on him as a morale booster and encouragement for the good job he is offering to his state

Maryam particularly noted the governor’s sustained efforts in the restoration of peace and security to the lives and properties of his citizens through dialogue and reconciliation with bandits ”which is considered the best approach in resolving the crisis the world over.”

The leader added that the ability of the governor to resolve the menace of armed banditry and kidnapping in Zamfara is a clear demonstration of his administration’s seriousness and desire to restore lasting peace in the state as a basic requirement in leadership qualities.

The letter presented to the governor reads in part, “in recognition of your selflessness efforts in tackling the insecurity challenges in the state, transparency, accountability and consistent leadership style, the above-named organisation decided to award you.”

The letter further stated that “indeed you are the icon of peace and competent leadership in which every true leader should emulate “

In his response, Governor Matawalle thanked the organisation for finding him worthy of the award and assured them of his resolve to do more in the sustenance of the peace process initiated by his administration.

He, however, dedicated the award to the good people of the state and those that lost their lives during the crisis period.

The governor reminded that dialogue as the basic tool of resolving any crisis was implored in the first and second world war as well as Biafran Nigeria’s civil war.

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