Ganduje Releases N100m For Kano Masters, PhD Students In France

Ganduje Denies Creating Additional Kano Emirates To Settle Personal Scores
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje (file)

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has approved the release of N100 Million for students under the Kano/France Joint Scholarship Programme.

Ganduje revealed this in a statement on Wednesday, noting that the fund is for the 2019/2020 academic session.

The Kano State Government had entered an agreement with the French Embassy where lecturers from tertiary institutions in the state are sent to further their studies to Masters and PhD levels.

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According to the statement, the approval of the fund is an indication that the Ganduje-led government seeks to ensure that the students undergo their studies seamlessly.

He noted that his government would always meet part of its agreement, urging the students to be focussed “so as to have value for the resources spent, for the development of the state education system.”

Lecturers from state-owned universities and other schools of higher learning in the State are beneficiaries of the programme.

The University of Lyon, Ecole Central Nantes, University of Bourgogne, Nice Sophia Antipolis, EPITA Paris, University of Paris Sud, and the University of Paris, Saclay are some of the schools where the beneficiaries run the programme.

Supreme Court Verdict: Ganduje Calls Opposition To Join In Developing Kano

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

 

A few minutes after the verdict of the Supreme Court that reaffirmed his victory, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on members of the opposition to join hands with him for the continued development of the state.

“We thank Allah for the victory that made it possible for the Supreme Court to reaffirm our victory after Election Petition Tribunal and Court of Appeal judgements. We also thank Kano people for the peaceful conduct of their affairs,” said Governor Ganduje.

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The Governor also thanked all those who actively participated in praying for the victory that came his way, emphasising that, “Whoever believes and depends on Allah, will always see light at the beginning, mid and end of the tunnel, no matter the circumstances.”

“We also commend all the Judges who partook in this exercise of deepening democracy. This shows the commitment of our judiciary in strengthening our democracy. This is highly commendable,” he added.

Ganduje said, “I insist that our opposition should come and join us to move the state forward. We have a lot of developmental projects on the ground and more are coming.

“Our free and compulsory education policy needs all hands on deck. Our security system also needs all and sundry,” he said.

Immediately after the announcement of the Supreme Court Verdict, the Government House in Kano was filled to capacity with people celebrating the victory.

The same look took over the streets of the state.

Supreme Court Affirms Election Of Governor Ganduje

 

The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Abdullahi Ganduje as the Governor of Kano state.

Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf, filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 23 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State.

A seven-man panel of justices of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, after listening to arguments by the counsels representing the appellant and the respondents in the suit, fixed today to decide the fate of the appeal.

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In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, the apex court dismissed the appeal filed by Abba Yusuf challenging the election of Governor Ganduje for lacking in merit.

The court held that the appellant failed to prove any case of irregularity in the main election held on March 9 and the supplementary election on March 23, 2019.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the March 9 election in Kano State inconclusive, which led to the supplementary election held on March 23.

Meanwhile, supporters of the Governor have been jubilating over the ruling of the apex court.

Sanusi Accepts Appointment As Chairman Kano Council Of Chiefs

 

Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II has accepted his appointment as Chairman Kano State Emirate Council of chiefs.

A letter addressed to the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and signed by the Emir’s Secretary Abba Yusuf confirmed Emir Sanusi’s acceptance of the appointment and requested further directives from the Governor on how to proceed.

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“Kindly inform His Excellency that His Highness, Sarkin Kano, has not rejected his appointment as Chairman, Kano State Council of Chief. His Highness accepted the appointment.

“In doing so, His Highness requests for further directives of His Excellency, the Governor.

“For clarity, these directives may include the appointment of other members of the council, the appointment of staff of the council, provision of accommodation for the Council Secretariat and other logistics, to make the Council operation,” the letter read in part.

Governor Ganduje had earlier given Emir Sanusi a two-day ultimatum to accept or reject his appointment as Chairman Kano Council of Chiefs.

The directive was contained in a letter dated December 19, and signed by Musa Bichi, Permanent Secretary for Special Duties, on behalf of the Secretary to Kano State Government.

I Have Received Requests To Remove Emir Sanusi, Says Ganduje

 

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State says he has received a letter from a coalition of 35 civil society groups urging him to start the process of dethroning the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

In a statement signed on Thursday by Ganduje’s spokesperson,  Abba Anwar, the groups under the umbrella of the Kano Concerned Civil Society Groups say their request is in the interest of protecting the sanctity of the rule of law and the mandate given to the governor by Kano electorate.

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The letter was titled “Kano State Emirate Council Law, 2019: Demand Letter,” and signed by Ibrahim Ali, Chairman of the Coalition. It added that the groups wrote to the governor over their concerns on the face-off between the Kano State government and the Emir.

“The coalition of 35 Civil Society Groups under the group – Umbrella Of Kano Concerned Civil Society Groups – are curiously studying the unfolding events in the running of Kano State affairs, especially in recent time, as it relates to the lingering face-off between the Government of Kano State on one hand and the Emir of Kano on the other hand.

“Reminding specifically that, matters that arose from the aftermath of Kano State High Court decision nullifying the Kano State Emirate Council Law, that was enacted by the State House of Assembly, which eventually paved way for the enactment of another Law, creating additional four First Class Emirates, which also empowers the Governor to take disciplinary measures against any erring Emir.

“Soon afterward, the same Law which repeals all the existing Emirate Councils Laws, and consolidates it in the Kano State Emirate Council Law 2019, was again been challenged first by the purportedly five kingmakers from one of the 5 Emirates established by the said law,” the letter read in part.

The group suggested that with the recent decision of Kano State High Court, the governor should proceed and ensure the take-off of the Council of Emirs in the State.

They added that if the Emir of Kano fails to submit to the authority of the government of Kano State, Ganduje should to act strictly in accordance with the provision of Kano Emirate Council Law 2019 in order to move the state forward.

Kano Govt Seeks Creation Of New Emirates In Fresh Bill

FILE PHOTO: Kano State House of Assembly. INSET: Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and file photo of presentation of certificate ceremony to the four new Emirs.

 

The Kano State Government is again seeking creation of additional four Emirates in Kano.

The state executive council has since sent a fresh bill to the State House of Assembly seeking creation of the new Emirates.

This was disclosed by Kano State Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement on Monday. He said the decision of the fresh bill was reached during a meeting held on Sunday by the executive council.

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According to him, the new Emirates are necessary to bring traditional institution closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.

The Council, therefore, called on the state Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Bill in the interest of the public.

The fresh move for the creation of the additional Emirates comes days after a high court sacked the recently created emirates and emirs.

The court said the Kano assembly did not follow due process in creating the new emirates.

Garba however said some of the emirates annulled by the court existed before the Kano emirate, and thus the government’s move was to revive the emirates after the failed attempt by previous regimes.

 

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Kano state Executive Council has approved Emirate Council Bill 2019 which provides for the establishment of additional Emirates in the state.

To this end, the Council has, with this development, endorsed the establishment of four new Emirates namely Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye and forward same to the state Assembly for necessary action.

A press statement issued by the commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba at the end of the Council Session held at the Council Chambers, Government House, Kano, yesterday, indicated that some of these Emirate have even pre-dated Kano in ancient times, while the effort to revive them during the Second Republic was short-lived.

He said while the Council seriously discussed the decade long clamour for the establishment of additional Emirates in the state with a view to bringing more development to the people of the new Emirates, the exercise was also informed by the need to bring traditional institution closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.

The statement further indicated that the introduction of the Free and Compulsory Education at Basic and Secondary level requires the active participation of the community especially the traditional institutions for its successful implementation.

The commissioner pointed out that the Emirate Council Bill 2019 was amended in the public interest following a Kano High Court action that nullified the law on the ground that the petition was presented to the Assembly by a private person not a member of the House.

The Council, according to statement, therefore, called on the state Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Bill in the interest of the public.

 

MALAM MUHAMMAD GARBA

Hon. Commissioner, Information

Ganduje Proposes N197.68bn For 2020

 

Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, on Thursday, presented a proposed N197,683, 353, 659 billion Appropriation Bill for the year 2020, to the State House of Assembly.

Presenting the budget estimates, Gov. Ganduje explained that out of the total budget, N117, 710, 626, 881 billion was for capital projects while over N79, 972, 726, 788 billion was asset aside for recurrent expenditure.

Tagged ‘Budget of Sustainable Social Development’, he explained that the 2020 proposed budget had a decrease of N16,209,513, 632 billion lower than that of 2019, representing 12 percent.

“The proposed capital expenditure for the 2020 fiscal year is N117,710,626,881, which is lower than that of 2019 by N16,209,513,632 representing 12% decrease and it is to be financed by N63,972,273,222expected Recurrent Revenue surplus and total capital receipts of N53,783,353,659”.

“The Capital Receipt is made up of estimated Grants and aids of N25,989,884,251,expected Internal and External loans draw-down is N23,112,500,000, estimated Miscellaneous receipts of N4,446,269,408 and Treasury opening balance of N234,700,000,” Ganduje stated.

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According to him, “the total projected Recurrent Revenue for the year 2020 is estimated at the sum of N143,900,000,000 which consist of N40,000,000,000 as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and N76,000,000,000 as revenue from the Federation Account.

The total recurrent revenue is lower than that of year 2019 by N14,762,668,707 representing 9% decrease. It is important to note that the projected Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is lower than that of year 2019 by N6,901,030,760 representing 15% decrease.

Dr. Ganduje disclosed that the Ministry of Education would receive the lion share of N49. 9 billion, representing 25. 23 percent to allow for critical projects such as the government’s free and compulsory education policy.

This is followed by the Works and Infrastructure sector, N33. 8 billion, Governance and Service delivery, N33. 7 billion, Health N30. 7 billion, Water Resources, N15 billion and Judiciary, N7. 9 billion.

In his remarks, the Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Alhaji AbdulAziz Garba Gafasa, assured the commitment of the House to work with the executive to move the state forward.

He added that the Assembly would conduct a public hearing on the budget to ensure that all stakeholders are carried along in the governance of the state.

Tribunal Upholds Ganduje’s Election Victory

 

The Kano Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the election of  Abdullahi Ganduje as the governor of the state.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Halima Shamaki, dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Abba Kabir Yusuf.

Justice Shamaki in her ruling on Wednesday said that the petition was faulty as it did not follow the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

 

 

Ganduje Receives Report Of Ruga Settlement Committee In Kano

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has received the report of the RUGA settlement committee, nearly 17 weeks after the committee was set up.

Receiving the report on Saturday, Governor Ganduje said although implementation in areas of security has since been in place, the committees report will assist the state government to fully implement the RUGA settlement programme.

According to the report, Kano state has all it takes to settle herdsmen from all over the country and neighbouring nations.

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Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje argued that most of the crimes are not committed by the Fulani herdsmen, adding the the Fulanin herdsmen are always blamed due to their movement from one location to another for grazing.

“They are not criminals carrying AK 47 rifles, they are not poor either but herdsmen frustrated by the lack of adequate grazing reserves, this is why our government remains committed to providing lasting solutions to the alleged farmer/herders conflicts in some parts of the country”.

He stressed that the RUGA settlement programme must be given top priority to reduce the movement of the herders and their cattle towards the south.

On August 18, 2019, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje did set up a committee to identify areas where RUGA settlements and milk markets can be situated in Kano.

While submitting the report on Saturday, chairman of the committee, Mr Jibirilla Muhammad told the governor that Kano has all it takes to accommodate herdsmen from all parts of the country and beyond.

“Your excellency, we have identified Dangwauro as a suitable place for the milk market while Dansoshiya earth dam for grazing area, we equally have designed a master plan for houses and milk markets,” Mr Muhammad said.

Ganduje Mourns With Channels TV, Seeks Justice Over Precious Owolabi’s Death

 

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has condoled with Channels Television over the death of Precious Owolabi.

The late Owolabi, a serving corp member with Channels Television was hit by a stray bullet on Monday during a clash between the Police and members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) in Abuja.

In a statement signed by the governor says, “On behalf of myself, the government and good people of Kano state, I condole with the Management and entire staff of Channels Television over the death of its reporter, Precious Owolabi, who was hit by a stray bullet on Monday in Abuja during a violent clash between the police and members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria.

“I was deeply saddened by the untimely death of this budding journalist who is an NYSC member serving with the television.

“Please convey my heartfelt condolences to his family on this great loss of a young man serving his dear nation and trying to cut his teeth in the noble profession.

“I observe with concern that the growing attacks on journalists encroach on the freedom of the press and it behoves on the government and other stakeholders to punctiliously work towards laws and provisions that will guarantee the safety and security of journalists in the line of duty”.

Governor Ganduje called on relevant authorities to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.

“I call on relevant authorities to ensure justice triumphs in the matter by bringing everyone complicit in the matter to book.

“Once again, accept my sincere condolences”.

Ganduje Reveals Community Policing Strategy To Include Five Emirates

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

 

Concerned by the security challenges facing the North Western states in particular and the country in general, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has unveiled a strategy to incorporate all the five Emirates in the states towards improving community policing.

The governor said the strategy is to save the states and the country in general, against security challenges plaguing some affected areas.

He said it is also to also improve upon areas that are safe or relatively safe.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, Governor Ganduje said security should have all hands on deck towards resolving any real or imagined challenge.

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He said, “We are committed to modern-day policing. That is community policing. Through which, our nation’s security system will comply with the global best practices.

“Our understanding of the importance and relevance of the inclusion of members of the public in securing our society, keeps us in total touch with our traditional institutions, being closer to our people. Particularly those at the grassroots” explained Ganduje.

Ganduje directed all the five Emirs in the state to maintain the monthly security meetings with their District Heads, security agencies and other community leaders.

He also asked that they should also ensure that the same order goes down the ladder, down to the Ward Heads and other equally relevant and useful community leaders.

New Emirate Controversy: Shettima Backs Ganduje, Asks ‘What Is So Special?’

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Governor Kashim Shettima during an exclusive interview with Channels Television

 

 

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has thrown his weight behind his Kano state counterpart Umar Ganduje, by taking a swipe at Nigerians faulting the decentralization of the Kano Emirate.

Shettima made his position known when the House of Representatives Committee on the Army paid him a visit at the Borno Government house as part of their oversight functions.

The Governor who is leaving office in two weeks, expressed concern that northern Nigeria is always in the news for the wrong reason when there are more important issues that everyone should be worried about.

He said it is estimated that by 2050, seventy percent of Nigeria’s population would live in the North: “with desertification, deforestation, endemic poverty, pervasive illiteracy and 12 million almajiris we have provided the recipe for a perfect storm.”

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Shettima maintains that there can never be peace without development and vice versa, and sermonized about how the problems facing the region was a perfect opportunity to deliver democracy dividends or risk having a democratic disaster that consumes everyone. “Education provides the best tool for addressing such challenges.” According to him.

He said Africa as a continent has met the agricultural and industrial edges and is now in the post industrial driven age of genetic engineering, robotic engineering adding that “people are talking of going to Mars.”

Governor Kashim Shettima further said “the owner of Tesla was talking about flying Roadsters; while the topical issue in Nigeria now is the Balkanization of Kano Emirate into five emirates, that’s the topical issue; that’s what is bothering us as a people, a relic from the past. What is so special about the Emir for God’s sake?” Shettima said.