COVID-19: Kano Govt Reopens Six Technical Colleges

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

 

The Kano State Government has directed the immediate re-opening of six Technical Colleges in the state to enable the students in the exit class to participate in the forthcoming NABTEB examinations.

In a press statement signed by the State Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id- Kiru on Sunday said that the directive followed the approval granted to a Memo submitted to the Executive Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to that effect by the Commissioner.

“The state government has directed for the immediate payment of the NABTEB examinations fees of all the SSS 3 students in the technical schools.”

He further disclosed that in order to facilitate the smooth re-opening of the schools, “the sum of N15.6 million has been earmarked for students feeding as well as the sum of N860,000 for up-keep of the respective colleges.”

Meanwhile, the state government has provided all the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) to all the students to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

“I’m therefore directing the Executive Secretary of the Board to call on Directors/ Principals of the six Technical Colleges concerned under the State Science and Technical Schools Board to reciprocate the exceptional gesture by doing what is expected of them.”

Ganduje Commiserates With Families Of Kano Flood Victims

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

 

The Kano State Governor,  Abdullah Ganduje has commiserated with the families of Kano flood victims from this year’s rainy season, praying for Allah’s Blessing and Forgiveness on the reposed souls of those who died.

He passed the condolence message to their families and the entire people of Kano state, during the State Executive Council meeting, held at Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, Monday.

“We are saddened by the deaths caused by flood during this year’s rainy season. May Allah forgive their wrongdoings and reward their good deeds with Jannah. May Allah give their families the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed.

Recounting that, after those who lost their lives, many more lost their properties and farmlands, “We are going to assist those who lost their properties.”

He also acknowledged that in some of the affected areas, culverts were touched, “All affected areas will be put into consideration, the government is coming up with some strategies to avert damaging reoccurrence.”

Ganduje Approves N257 Million Tuition Fees For Kano Students In Egypt

A file photo of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has approved N257 million ‎for the payment of tuition and maintenance fees for 43 students of the state studying in Egypt.‎

Mr Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday in Kano.

Anwar said the students were sponsored by the state government to pursue various programmes of study at Al-Mansoura and October 6 universities in Egypt.

“Gov. Ganduje has approved the released of N209 million for the payment of outstanding tuition and maintenance fees of students at Al-Mansoura University.

‎“The governor also approved N48 million being outstanding tuition and maintenance fees in respect of the six sponsored students of OCTOBER 6 University, Egypt,” he said.

Anwar noted that the governor also pardoned the students in spite of their involvement in politics.

“The 37 students studying at Al Mansoura, wrote an apology letter to the governor, regretting that they were hoodwinked by some elements to score political gains‎,” the statement added.

According to him, the governor also employed modalities to fast track upward review of bursary allowances for internal students, to ameliorate their sufferings occasioned by the COVID -19 pandemic.

Anwar added that the State Scholarship Board had been directed to commence registration of prospectus students to facilitate payments before the reopening of schools.

 

Ganduje Declares August 20 Public Holiday To Mark New Islamic Year

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

 

Kano State Government has declared Thursday, August 20, as a public holiday to mark the new Islamic year 1442 AH.

The State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has urged Muslims in the state to use the occasion for sober reflection and to offer prayers for continued peace, prosperity, and general development of the state.

The state governor prayed for the intervention on the current economic hardship being experienced by the people and the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic as well as a new year full of happiness and prosperity.

He called on the citizenry to always fear Allah in all their dealings, be tolerant, and live peacefully with one another as always preached by Islam.

Governor Ganduje also gave assurance of his administration’s commitment to the improvement of their wellbeing and general development of Kano state.

 

 

Ganduje Appoints Prof. Bello As Pro-Chancellor Yusuf Maitama Sule University

Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje approves the appointment of Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello, outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano (BUK) as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of Yusuf Maitama Sule University.

A press statement issued by the commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba says Bello’s appointment, a professor of Mathematics, who earned his doctorate in Mathematics in 1988 from the University of Arkansas, is with immediate effect.

He won a federal scholarship for exceptional performance in undergraduate studies in BUK and emerged as the best graduating student in the university and also won the Alhaji Aminu Dantata Prize. His name was included in the Graduating School Dean’s List for obtaining ‘A’ in all courses during his PhD programme in 1988 at the University of Arkansas.

Professor Bello had held several academic leadership positions in the University including Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences, 1991 to 1999; Dean, Faculty of Science, 1995-1999; and Director, Centre for Information Technology, 2003-2007; Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, 2009-2010; and two term Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), which makes him the first and longest Deputy Vice-Chancellor in the history of BUK.

Governor Ganduje also approves the renaming of the constructed/dualised Maiduguri Road (Opp Mobile Police Qtrs)-CBN Qtrs-Zaria Road after the pioneer Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council of Northwest University (now Yusuf Maitama Sule University), Mallam Sule Yahaya Hamma.

Malam Hamma, a graduate of Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a Master’s in Public Administration, worked in various capacities in the Kano state government including head of Political and Economic Affairs Division, Cabinet Office, before his appointment as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) from 1979-1983. He was awarded with the National Honour of Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) in 1983.

He served as Board member, Nigerian Airways, National Primary Education Commission, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation among others. He was Political Advisor to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha from 1996-1998 and also served as Director General, Muhammadu Buhari Presidential campaign three times from 2003-2011.

PDP Only Interested In Edo State Treasury, Says Governor Ganduje

 

The Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC)  campaign council for Edo State governorship poll, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is only interested in Edo State’s treasury. 

Governor Ganduje of Kano State who spoke on Monday in Abuja after the APC Edo Campaign Council was inaugurated at the party’s National Secretariat also said the APC is not bothered by the defection of Governor Obaseki to the PDP.

According to Ganduje, the reasons for Mr Obaseki’s defection are far from being noble and the people will ultimately decide who to pitch their tent with.

He said the PDP accepted Governor Obaseki because he (Obaseki) is in charge of Edo State’s treasury.

“The PDP decided to accommodate our former governor in Edo State not because they have anything in common, not because they share some feelings, but simply because he is managing the treasury of Edo State and they want him to use that treasury in order to win the election,” Ganduje said.

He, however, added that Edo people are watching and and will not accept the move to hand over the State’s treasury to the PDP.

Ganduje said: “Edo State are watching; they know that somebody who was assisted in 2016 to win an election, somebody who was given every cooperation to succeed in the governance of Edo State without doing much for the people, at the end of it, he has taken the treasury and now handed it over to PDP in order to win the election. The people of Edo State will not accept this treachery.”

PDP Reacts

Meanwhile, the PDP has described as a huge irony that Governor Ganduje, who has become a butt of national shame after being seen on viral video stuffing his robe with gratification in foreign currency, will accuse the PDP of corruption intentions in the Edo state governorship election.

In a communique on Monday, the PDP said it is a paradox that an individual who has earned himself the disgraceful public sobriquet of “gandollar”, after being caught collecting gratification, would attempt to accuse others of having intention of looting the treasury of a state.

The PDP further pointed out that it is only in a party like the APC, under a Buhari Presidency, that such a tarnished individual can be selected to speak in public, let alone lead a governorship election campaign.

 

‘You Are A Barefaced Treasury Looter’, PDP Tells Ganduje

Re-election: Buhari Made ‘A Desperate Declaration', PDP Says
File photo: Mr Kola Ologbondiyan

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council for the Edo governorship election, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, as a barefaced treasury looter, who has no moral rectitude to speak on corruption.

The PDP described as a huge irony that Governor Ganduje, who has become a butt of national shame after being seen on viral video stuffing his robe with gratification in foreign currency, to accuse the PDP of corruption intentions in the Edo state governorship election.

In a communique on Monday, the PDP said it is a paradox that an individual who has earned himself the disgraceful public sobriquet of “gandollar”, after being caught collecting gratification, would attempt to accuse others of having intention of looting the treasury of a state.

The PDP further pointed out that it is only in a party like the APC, under a Buhari Presidency, that such a tarnished individual can be selected to speak in public, let alone lead a governorship election campaign.

“Apparently, Governor Ganduje and other APC leaders are so used to looting public treasuries that such is his first mental direction after his inauguration to lead the Edo governorship campaign.

“Governor Ganduje has further confirmed the real intention of the APC, which is to use their morally embattled candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu (of course, birds of the same feathers flock together) for their desperate effort to regain access to Edo state treasury, after Governor Godwin Obaseki liberated the state from the stranglehold of APC treasury-looting godfathers.

“Our party invites Governor Ganduje to note that there is no free dollars for him and other APC leaders to loot in Edo state.

“Under the PDP, the resources of Edo state, and indeed other PDP states, belong to the people and not to any political cabal and their godfathers.

“Of course, this is why the people of Edo state are solidly behind Governor Obaseki for firmly resisting APC looters.

“Moreover, Governor Ganduje, with his infamous “gandollar” video, is no match to the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo election, Governor Nyesom Wike.

“Whereas Governor Wike is a highly respected, upright, honest, transparent, people-based and development-driven leader, who is firmly in touch with the people of Edo state and enjoys their confidence and trust, Governor Ganduje, on the other hand, represent a leadership that is fraught with dishonesty, corruption, non-performance and public shame.

“The PDP therefore counsels Governor Ganduje and the APC to quietly perish the thoughts of looting Edo state treasury like they are doing in APC controlled states, as the people of Edo state will humiliate them in the September 19 election,” the PDP’s communique stated in part.

Ganduje Heads 49-Member APC National Campaign Council For Edo Governorship Election

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

 

The Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has been appointed by the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to chair the Party’s high-level National Campaign Council for the Edo State Governorship Election.

The Governor of Imo State, H.E. (Sen) Hope Uzodinma will serve as Deputy Chairman and Hon. Abbas Braimoh as Secretary of the 49-member APC National Campaign Council.

This followed the approval for the constitution of a National Campaign Council for the 19th September 2020 Governorship Election, by the National Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, H.E. Mai Mala Buni.

The campaign council will be inaugurated on Monday, 6th July 2020 at the Party’s National Secretariat.

Other members include:

1.H.E. Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje – *Chairman*
2. H.E. (Sen.) Hope Uzodinma – *Deputy Chairman*
3. Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege – Member
4. H.E. Inuwa Yahaya – Member
5. H.E. Alh. Yahaya Bello – Member
6.H.E. Babajide Sanwo-Olu – Member
7.H.E. (Chief) John Odigie-Oyegun – Member
8. H.E. Comrade Adams Oshiomhole – Member
9. Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko – Member
10. H.E. Sen. Godswill Akpabio – Member
11. H.E. Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu – Member
12. H.E. Sen. Owelle Roachas Okorocha – Member
13. H.E. Timipre Sylva – Member
14. H.E. Dr. Pius Odubu – Member
15. Sen. Degi Eremiemyo Biobaraku – Member
16. H.E. Prof. Oserheimen A. Osunbor – Member
17. H.E. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan -Member
18. Sen. John Owan Enoh – Member
19. Rt. Hon. E.J. Agbonayiman – Member
20. Engr. Babachir Lawal – Member
21. Prince B.B. Apugo – Member
22. Gen. Charles Airhiavbere – Member
23. Hon. Peter Akpatason – Member
24. Hon. Patrick Alsowleren – Member
25. Hon. Johnson Oghuma – Member
26. Hon. Prof. Julius Ihonvbere – Member
27. Hon. Pally Iriase – Member
28. Hon. Dennis Idahosa – Member
29. Mrs. Rachel Akpabio – Member
30. Mr. Bolaji Afeez – Member
31. Engr. Gabriel Iduseri – Member
32. Chief Cairo Ojougboh – Member
33. Patrick Obahiagbon – Member
34. Chief Ayiri Emami – Member
35. Hon. Abubakar Adagu Suberu – Member
36. Usman Nahuche – Member
37. Engr. Chidi Orji – Member
38. Dr. Almajiri Giadam – Member
39. Sen. Sa’idu Umar Kumo – Member
40. Chief Pius Akinyelure – Member
41. Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi – Member
42. Chief Solomon Edebiri – Member
43. Prof. Ebegue Amadasun – Member
44. Hon. Saturday Uwulekue – Member
45. Hon. Osaro Obaze – Member
46. Chief Samuel Ogbuku – Member
47. Miss. Rinsola Abiola – Member
48. Theresa Tekenel – Member
49. Hon. Abbas Braimoh – *Member/Secretary*

Ganduje To Present Reviewed Budget To Kano State Assembly

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

 

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has submitted a reviewed budget to the Kano State House of Assembly.

Dr Ganduje’s administration hinted a few days back, that the 2020 budget of over N200billion would be reduced by 30 percent due to the frustrations occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reviewed budget of N138,279,140,661 was first presented at the state Executive Council meeting, Wednesday, by the Commissioner of Planning and Budget, Nura Muhammad Dankadai, before transmitting the document to the State House of Assembly.

The reviewed budget of over N138billion has N78.8billon for recurrent expenditure, which represents 57 percent and N54.9billion for capital expenditure, which represents 43 percent.

Internally general revenue (IGR) stood at N46billion in the original document, but with N7.8billion as actual collection from January to March, the IGR now stands at N24billion in the reviewed budget document.

The FAAC source for financing the budget was N76 billion in the original document but has now become N52billion, which is lower by N24billion.

In the original document, overhead stood at N18.3 billion as the amount and now reviewed to N16.6billion.

The priority areas of the reviewed budget are education, health, and infrastructure.

While global behaviour inches towards learning how to live with COVID-19 pandemic at both local and global levels, due to the absence of a clear cut vaccine for the menace, the governor further ordered all contractors handling different government projects in the state to go back to the site.

Governor Ganduje expressed optimism that, life will pick up steadily for the continued development of the state as he ordered for the opening of all manufacturing companies in the state, to further take care of developmental aspects in the state in Post-COVID-19.

“It is pertinent to note that, people should understand lucidly that there will life after COVID-19. As such we should not sit back and give less concern about that,” he said.

Ganduje commended all members of the State Executive Council for their roles in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor also commended the individual and collective commitment of the executive members during this period, stressing that his government philosophy of teamwork is strong and vibrant.

Kano Formally Bans Almajiri System Of Education

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

 

Kano state government has formally abolished the traditional Almajiri system of education in the state after completing arrangements to enroll all repatriated almajirai to Kano from other states into conventional educational system.

At a COVID-19 media briefing, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje confirmed that over 1000 almajirai have so far been received from various states of the northern region.

Channels Television had earlier reported that the Kano State Government had evacuated about 1,172 almajirai to their states of origin.

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More recently, these almajirai, all about 2000 of them were quarantined for two weeks after the state commenced the repatriation exercise.

Though the state task force on COVID-19 has not confirmed any positive cases among the almajirai, the Kano government believes that in view of the current circumstances, the almajiri system of education must be stopped.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje stated on Wednesday that the repatriation of almajiri children to their states of origin has not stopped, adding that all almajirai who are not from Kano will be handed over to the right persons in charge.

Ganduje called on all residents to remain calm and continue to observe all safety precautions to prevent further spread of the pandemic which the government says is reducing drastically.

Eid-El-Fitr: Ganduje Pardons 300 Inmates

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje

 

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has pardoned 300 inmates from its correctional facilities in the state.

This is part of the activities to mark this year’s Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

Governor Ganduje who paid a visit to the Goron Dutse prison facility said that the gesture is part of the ongoing decongestion exercise to curb the spread of COVID-19.

According to him, over the last 2 months, Kano state has released 603 inmates based on the presidential directive to decongest the correctional centres.

The freed inmates later received five thousand naira for transportation back to their respective homes.

COVID-19 Positive Almajiri Kids Need Care Not Publicity – Ganduje

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has called on his counterparts in the north to avoid ‘making noise’ about COVID-19 positive Almajiri kids and rather give them necessary care.

The governor who was speaking at a media briefing on Sunday said the fact that he is not making noise doesn’t mean all Almajiri brought back to Kano from other northern states are healthy.

“We agreed at the Northern Governors Forum that all Almajiris moved to their states of origin. That is why we are sending, in good faith and procedures, all Almajiris that are not from Kano state to their respective states of origin.

“The way we are sending back Almajiris to their states of origin, we are also receiving Almajiris from other states who are Kano indigenes. But the fact that we are not making noise about it does not mean they are all healthy without COVID-19 infections.

“We are not making politics out of it because we all believe that what they need most now, is not noise making or publicity. What they need at this critical point in time is caregiving,” he said.

The Kano State Governor has sent hundreds of Almajirai back to their states of origin with many of them testing positive for COVID-19 when they were tested upon their return to their respective states.

The move had attracted criticism but Ganduje defended the state’s action, saying it was mutually agreed by northern governors.

A file photo of Almajiri kids.

“People should also understand that these children were not infected in the process of transporting them to their respective states. So noise making is not fit as a way forward.

“All we are doing is simply to comply with the Northern Governors’ Forum decision that all Almajiris in our states should be taken back to their respective states, simple,” Ganduje said.

Kano State government had earlier commenced the evacuation of Almajiri children to their respective states of origin most of whom have now been tested positive for COVID-19.

Governor Ganduje at the briefing stressed that he also received Almajiris from other northern states some of who tested positive but he decided not to make noise about it.