Zamfara State Government has ordered all NGOs in the state to “pack their belongings and leave” the state immediately.
The State Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, DIG Mamman Ibrahim Tsafe announced this in a statement signed and issued to newsmen in Gusau, the state capital.
According to the statement, the government has observed with “utmost dismay” the recent high influx of Non-Governmental Organisations into the state, carrying out illegal activities that contravene the existing laws of government.
The majority of these illegal NGOs have not registered with the state in line with the laid down rules and regulations of government, it said.
It also accused Some of them of engaging in activities fueling insecurity in the state and “its neighbourhood”.
As such, the government was ordering all NGOs in the state to “pack their belongings and leave the state immediately”.
Similarly, the statement announced that ministries and Departments of government have been ordered to “stop any further relationships with any NGO”, as punitive measures will be taken against any MDAs found to have contravened the directive.
It said security Agencies in the state were, by this announcement, “directed to be vigilant towards the NGOs: investigate and prosecute any NGO operating in the state “without due clearance from designated authorities”.
Reporting by Sani Dutsinma; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony erafor