Katsina State Governor and Chairman, North West Governors’ Forum, Aminu Masari has called on Nigerians to unite and fight criminals troubling the nation.
The governor made the call in Sokoto on Thursday when he led a delegation including Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on a condolence visit to Sokoto over the recent bandits’ attack that claimed the lives of at least twenty-three travellers.
He said the bandits terrorising Nigerians are not aliens but human beings and as such Nigerians should rise and defend themselves against the marauding bandits.
He said the development was part of the measure adopted by Nigeria, like most parts of the African continent now facing a COVID-19 third wave after detecting the more transmissible Delta variant.
Malam Garba further stated that the red alert allows authorities in the affected states to restrict celebrations and gatherings to a minimum, particularly the traditional Durbar (Hawan Sallah) which is marked by colourful horse riding events watched by large gatherings.
The commissioner also urged the public to observe the safety protocols that involve the use of face masks, hand washing, and distancing during Eid prayer.
President Muhammadu Buhari has called for imbibing the culture of completing projects of importance in order to save time and cost overruns without minding which administrations began those projects.
Speaking in commendation of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje during a courtesy call on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, on Thursday in Kano, the President said the completion of projects started by his predecessors was a sign of strength and good leadership on the part of the Governor.
In stressing the need to create such a culture among the general public, President Buhari said he is pleased to see the Governor initiate and complete projects, adding that he is equally happy seeing him completing projects initiated by his predecessors.
“It shows that he is not wicked or malicious,” said the President.
The President said he was glad about the many projects the Governor is putting in place, adding that this is the only way to justify the resources that are being managed on behalf of the people.
Governor Ganduje in his remarks expressed the gratitude of the government and the people of Kano for the care and love lavished by the President as manifested by key appointments as well as the many ongoing federal projects, including the Kano-Kaduna modern railway project, which construction the President kicked off in the city in the morning.
Emir Aminu Ado Bayero welcomed the President to the Palace which he said has always served as his home. He commended the President for carrying out so many infrastructure projects in the state and across the nation in spite of the global economic meltdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic but urged that more attention be paid to the problems of security, poverty, and food inflation.
He equally urged his subjects to pray and show patience and understanding towards their leaders.
Before his presence in the Place, the President had commissioned a very impressive three-layer bridge in the city, put up by the Ganduje administration to alleviate excruciating traffic hold-up on a major road crossing beside the state Secretariat.
President Buhari was welcomed, as usual by mammoth crowds that lined his routes.
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has donated 20 million naira to victims of Katsina market fire.
Ganduje said that the funds will be used to reduce the hardship been faced by the victims.
He also on Tuesday presented a letter of sympathy to the State Governor, Aminu Masari, commending him for constituting a high-powered committee to find out the actual causes of the unfortunate inferno.
He added that there is no doubt that it was rather unfortunate that the commercial activities in the market affect not only the people of Katsina State but also people of the northern part of the country.
“It’s very unfortunate but that is the wish from Almighty Allah. We will continue to pray for not only the recovery of what was lost but also the prevention of future occurrence of such incidence”. Ganduje noted.
On his part, governor Aminu Masari thanked governor Abdullahi Ganduje for the donation which he believed will go a long way in helping the market traders to ameliorate part of what they have lost.
He said, as good Muslims, victims must take the incident in good faith as all good things he believed comes from God Almighty and that people should blame themselves for their actions, inactions, or utterances for anything contrary.
“We thank Almighty Allah for his Mercy because the incident took place in the day time and if it had happened in the night, only God knows the extent of the damage”. Masari added.
Ganduje was during the sympathy visit accompanied by members of the business community in Kano State as well as his top government officials.
To this end, the sum of Two Hundred and fifteen million Naira has so far been donated by commiserations trooping to the state since the occurrence of the incidence.
Governor Aminu Masari had on March 29th, 2021 constituted an administrative committee to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the Katsina Central Market fire incident.
In his inaugural speech held at the Council Chamber of the Katsina Government House, the government announced that the committee will investigate, determine and find out the causes and the extent of damages of the unfortunate fire incident.
He observed that the market which serves the whole Katsina State including some parts of the Niger Republic had never witnessed an incident similar to this since its creation, describing the incident as the most devastating in the history of fire incidents in the state.
Other terms of references of the committee include among others; identifying victims whose property has been gutted by the inferno, recommend ways and measures to avert future occurrence as well as co-opt any person which the committee feels to assist.
Masari further assured determination to do everything possible to improve not only the standard of the market but also to assist the affected persons.
Also, the chairman of the committee and Commissioner of Works, Housing, And Transport, Alhaji Tasi’u Dandagoro assured the committee will reciprocate the gesture accordingly and appropriately by doing what is expected.
“This committee will swing into action immediately and no part of this disaster will be left untouched. We will do our possible best to see that We put up our findings and recommendations on time for considerations. I want to assure your Excellency that we will do all our best and make appropriate recommendations to the state government”, Dandagoro said.
The National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described Governor Abdullahi Ganduje as a “transformative and reformative leader.”
Tinubu on Monday said the description comes from the fact that he is impressed by the leadership style of the Kano state governor in managing and accommodating different ethnic nationalities with love and patriotic posture.
The APC Chieftain made this assertion during his meeting with leaders of ethnic nationalities, at Africa House, Government House in Kano, on the eve of his (Tinubu) 69th Birthday celebration.
According to a communique by Abba Anwar the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State, Tinubu was physically moved by the many encomiums showered on governor Ganduje, on how he handles all issues related to all Nigerians residing in Kano, irrespective of ethnic or religious differences.
“His Excellency the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is indeed a transformative and reformative leader. I am moved by his character, not because of his education and not because of his profiles. Because there are so many politicians without character and there are those with character but they are still worthless.
“He is of good character with worth. This character and worth from this gentleman is just like what we read in history, about men and how they behaved during turbulent times,” the Jagaban was quoted to have said.
Asiwaju further commended governor Ganduje’s Cabinet, “for his Cabinet, from the Deputy Governor to all other members of his Cabinet, we can say Kano state is lucky to be exceptional. We always appreciate Ganduje and his amazing Cabinet. This is what we need in all states of our dear country.”
The former Lagos state governor reminded all during the meeting that, he is in Kano to promote mutual coexistence, emphasizing that, “take it to your children that hate is not the answer. But love and hope are our answers. Let’s talk to our sisters and brothers that love and hope are the keywords. It is a country of inter-marriages, love, and production. Not that of banditry, kidnapping, and other evils.”
In concluding his remarks before all the ethnic nationalities, the governor, and other dignitaries, Tinubu said, “May God help Ganduje. He is a good patriot. Kano is a microcosm of Nigeria, as Lagos is. There is no ethnic nationality that is not in Kano. It is a mini Nigeria.”
In his remarks, Governor Ganduje revealed that “it is a norm here in our administration, that, we don’t have non-indigenes in the state. What we have is indigenes with primordial claims somewhere.”
He explained further that, “it is Allah Who destined that we must not belong to the same religion or ethnic nationality. It is He Who wants to see us as diverse as we appear. This diversity is an advantage, but many people fail to take it as such.”
On the Colloquim, he appreciated Tinubu for taking the programme to Kano, out of Lagos or Abuja, for the first time. “This is the very first time when Colloquim is taking place outside Lagos, outside South, outside River Niger, to North, Kano in particular, very close to desert. This is commendable. This shows patriotism, exemplary and focused leadership.”
Ganduje also noted that whoever appears to be a leader for all and takes everyone as one, is supposed to be honoured and respected.
For the leaders of varied ethnic nationalities, governor Ganduje showed appreciation for their contribution to the development of the state through their legitimate businesses.
“We want you, we love you and we appreciate you. You can also remember that whenever there is any problem in any part of this country, we rush there to quench it.
“And when you have any problem you call our attention. We appreciate this also. What we believe in, is that we must manage the nature of our cosmopolitan city. We give all concern and attention to the security of our dear state,” the Kano governor remarked.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says climate change is forcing foreign herders into the country while noting that the movement of cattle from one part of the nation to another is not new.
“The movement of cattle from one part of the country to another is not something new, even from some neighbouring countries,” the governor said during an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today. “Foreign herders, because of climate change, they are moving into Nigeria with thousands of cattle.”
The governor explained that climate change has reduced the number of cattle routes in the country, leading to herders encroaching on people’s land.
A Tussle For Resources
“In those days, the cattle routes were enough because the population did not grow like now; farming activities because of population, was not like this. But there is a lot of encroachment,” the 71-year-old, explained.
“And not only encroachment, even the volume of cattle coming from West Africa to Nigeria has also increased because of the availability of grazing areas in the Middle Belt and in the southern part of the country.”
The governor said because people will not sit back and watch their land trampled on, many of the herders have bought weapons to protect themselves.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State is seeking to have a law enacted which would place a ban on the movement of herdsmen and cattle from the north towards the southern regions of Nigeria.
This he believes will help curb the recurring clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
Speaking to journalists after a special lunch with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, Governor Ganduje argued that the law will also address the issue of cattle rustling in the northern part of the country.
“My advocacy is that we should abolish the transportation or trekking of herdsmen from the Northern part of Nigeria to the Middle Belt and to the Southern part of Nigeria.
“There should be a law that will ban, otherwise we cannot control the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers and cannot control the cattle rustling which is affecting us greatly,” the governor said.
On the appointment of the Service Chiefs, Governor Ganduje said he wants the military hierarchy to work with state governors to ensure safety across the country.
He said the call became necessary because the governors know the security needs of the people and the various black spots in their states and as such, they are very valuable in the bid to secure the nation.
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Tuesday met with all the five Emirs from Kano, Bichi, Rano, Karaye and the Gaya Emirates seeking ways to fight the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Ganduje, while assuring of his government’s commitment to fighting the second wave called for support from the traditional rulers and stakeholders.
He said, “Indeed COVID-19 is back and we have to also be back to fight it relentlessly. It is said that, if the going is tough only tough ones keep standing. We shall be tougher at all times, till when we put a halt to it.”
After reminding the royal fathers of their importance in the fight against the pandemic, he emphasised that “We are starting this stakeholders meeting with you because you are closer to the people at the grassroots.”
He urged them to go back to their respective Emirates and mobilise their subjects against the pandemic. saying, “You go and work closely with your District Heads, Village Heads, Ward Heads, Ulamas and other community leaders, to see that we deal decisively with this second wave. All hands must be on deck.”
The governor acknowledged the problem of non-compliance on the part of the citizenry but encouraged that, with advocacy and awareness creation campaign a lot could be achieved.
“We do appreciate the role being played by the leaders of other ethnic nationalities. Since in the first wave of this pandemic, we knew you did very well amongst your people. This is highly commendable,” he noted.
Kano State is experiencing a gradual increase in COVID-19 cases. From 14th November 2020 to 17th January 2021 additional 827 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed, bringing the total cases in the state to 2,636.
Dr. Sabitu Shanono, the Technical Coordinator of the Response Team, said “Over the last one week the sample positivity rate increased to 12.7% compared to the overall positivity of 4.2%. A number of cases on admission both home base care and hospital admission stand at 289.”
He said, “A total of Seventeen (17) deaths were recorded between December and January, an incidence that we did not have since 15th July 2020.”
According to him, parts of the challenges during the second wave experience, include, poor public compliance to protocols, low-risk perception, and poor cooperation by confirmed cases to self isolate themselves or even be taken to an isolation facility.
Emirs were the first category he met with, who will be followed by Islamic scholars and Imams of Friday Mosques, then local government Chairmen. Others include members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), members of the Amalgamated Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners, Repairers and Riders Association.
Other groups to be contacted by the governor, including Heads of Major Markets in Kano, those of Sabon Gari, Kwari, Singer, Wapa, ‘Yan Lemo, Dawanau, Rimi, Kurmi, ‘Yan Kaba, Kofar Wambai, ‘Yan Katako, Mayanka and Sharada markets.
The stakeholders to also meet with the governor include Heads of Tertiary Institutions in the state and Heads of Academic and Non-Academic Unions. So also Nigeria Union of Teachers, with some selected Head Teachers.
Proprietors of private schools and proprietors of private hospitals, with non-governmental organisations, Nigeria Union of Journalists, and supermarket operators would all be part of the meetings to be held in series.
Chairman of the Kano State Council of Emirs, Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, assured the governor, the total and unreserved commitment and unflinching support of all the Emirs and their subjects, in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje has signed into law the 2021 budget estimate earlier approved by the state House of Assembly.
While signing the budget at the state government house, governor Ganduje said that the speed at which the house worked on the budget will give him the opportunity to commence execution.
Describing it as a people’s budget, Governor Ganduje said the total size of the budget for the year 2021 as approved by the state assembly is one hundred and seventy-seven billion, nine hundred and thirty-six million, seven hundred and thirty thousand, five hundred and forty naira only which is lower than that of 2020 due to the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
“However, it is not the size of the budget that matters but the implementation and the capacity to generate enough resources as well as the ability to execute the project and programmes as stated in the budget so that we can get at least 90 percent implementation”
Governor Ganduje also informed the speaker that the focus of the 2021 budget is on education and the provision of infrastructural facilities within the metropolitan city of kano and the rural areas of the state.
“Mr. Speaker, we have already made a pronouncement that education in Kano state is free and compulsory from basic to secondary education so that we can make education accessible to all our children in Kano state”
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly Hamisu Chidari said the 2021 budget scaled third reading during a plenary after a public hearing organized by the state assembly and the house unanimously approved the budget.
“Your excellency, I wish to inform you that this budget was approved after we invited all MDA’s for bilateral discussion and finally a public hearing was conducted in which public input was obtained and used into the budget which led to the eventual passing of the bill into law”.
For now, the Kano State Appropriation bill for the year 2021 has become a law, however, the people of Kano state expect speedy implementation as promised by the state government.
The Executive Governor of Kano State has approved the closure of all public and Private Schools in the State with immediate effect.
A statement by the state government asked parents whose children are in boarding schools are to also arrange and convey their children/ wards back home from tomorrow, Wednesday, 16th December 2020.
Meanwhile, Governor has also directed the Ministry of Health to close down all Public and Private Health Training institutions including Schools of basic/postbasic nursing and midwifery, Schools of Health Technology, and schools of Hygiene with immediate effect.
Parents are advised to convey their children from their respective schools tomorrow Wednesday 16th December 2020.
Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje has said that he will adopt more orphans affected by insurgency in Borno State.
The governor made his decision known when he paid the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum a sympathy visit at the Government House.
Ganduje was accompanied by a delegation of the Kano state government, in solidarity with Borno.
He said the Kano state government is already in the custody of at least 100 orphans from Borno.
The orphans have been enrolled in schools with the Kano state government responsible for their welfare.
According to Ganduje, the Kano state government has been following with keen interest in the happenings in the state.
“That is why a long time ago we decided to visit IDPs and also provided palliatives and we even went to the extent of taking some of your orphans to our state and established a school for them and we are educating them even up to university level free of charge.” He added.
He assured residents of Kano to adopt more children as according to him, “We are ready to take more of such children because your children are our children and we believe there is no way you can handle this matter effectively especially with a daily increase.
Zulum thanked Kano state government for the brotherhood spirit and called for more collaboration among the two states.
Kano state government has directed the state pilgrim welfare board to immediately commence preparation for the next year’s hajj operations including the collection of relevant deposits from intending pilgrims.
At the launching of the national hajj scheme, the state government promises a continued collaboration with the federal government to ensure Muslims across the country perform hajj with without much stress.
According to governor Ganduje, the establishment of the national hajj scheme is a journey of over ten years which has finally come to a climax, “the launching of the first hajj saving scheme beginning from now for the next year’s hajj operations.”
The hajj saving scheme is designed to create opportunities for many Muslims to perform hajj with ease which would have otherwise be limited due to lack of funds.
“the hajj saving scheme is aimed at assisting participating intending pilgrims with windows for shari’a compliance investments in collaboration with the designated banks to generate profit and compliment their deposit, this is both unprecedented and revolutionary for intending pilgrims amidst the prevailing difficult moment of the global economy.”
The governor further emphasized that Kano state government is, therefore, is fully supporting this initiative and will ensure our pilgrim welfare board collaborate with the commission to avail citizens of Kano state the opportunities to hajj with ease and convenience offered by this very important scheme.
Chairman of the commission Zukirillah Hassan disclosed that the escalating cost of hajj operations is largely responsible for the national hajj commission to revisit section 7 subsection 1 of the legal instrument establishing the commission in order to provide the right climate for Nigerian Muslims to perform this important pillar of Islam.
“The new system will operate concurrently with what we have known as pay as you go, however payments made by intending pilgrims will remain with their state pilgrims welfare board. I will therefore be given priority to our preparation for the 2021 hajj operations”
The chairman also explained that intending pilgrims across the country no longer need to sell off or disposed of their life-saving assets to be able to pay for the hajj any more.
Speaking at the occasion, the Emir of Bichi Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, said under the new scheme, traditional institutions across the country will mobilize people through awareness creation on the importance of the scheme for the intending pilgrims.
“We will lend our support to ensure this project succeeds, we also like to appeal to all Muslims particularly those that intend to proceed on the journey of faith to embrace and participate actively in this scheme to enable get the benefit and advantages offered by this scheme”.
The newly established national hajj saving scheme will give every Nigerian Muslim the opportunity to perform hajj once in a lifetime without depending on anyone for help as well create opportunities for investments among the intending pilgrims.