Kano Assembly Passes Bill For Creation Of Four First-Class Emirates

Kano State House Of Assembly during plenary on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

 

The Kano State House of Assembly has passed the bill for the creation of four additional first class Emirates.

The additional first class Emirates include Rano, Gaya, Karaya and Bichi Emirates.

This follows the approval of the amendment of the local government and chieftaincy affairs law by the lawmakers, during their sitting on Wednesday.

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In a motion presented to the House by the Majority Leader Baffa Babba, the House unanimously agreed that creation of more Emirates will assist in job creation, dispute, and community conflict resolutions among others.

The passage of this bill paves way for the decentralisation of the Kano Emirate council thereby decentralising the power of Emir of Kano.

Although, the State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is yet to assent the bill, it is expected that the bill will be presented to him for approval.

Bribery Allegation: Ganduje Slams N3bn Suit Against Online Newspaper

Court Stops Kano Assembly From Probing Bribery Allegation Against Ganduje
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje (file)

 

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has instituted a N3billion suit in a Federal High Court against an online newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and its publisher, Mr Ja’afar Ja’afar.

The governor is suing both the online newspaper and its publisher over alleged defamation of character, slander, libel over publications and release of video clips alleging that the governor was involved in bribery.

According to a Writ of Summons dated November 13, 2018, the defendants are expected to appear before the High Court 13, sitting in Kano within 14 days.

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Ganduje through his Counsel, Nuradeen Ajagi, prayed the Court to declare that, “the act of publishing and circulating libellous statements, false and doctored video clips attacking and impugning the character and integrity of the plaintiff amount to defamation of character of the character plaintiff by the defendants and thus wrongful.

“Outright and unqualified imputation of theft, fraud, corruption and dishonesty which are all criminal offences by the defendants’ publication against the plaintiff without any conviction by a court of laws, is slanderous, libellous, injurious and wrongful.”

Ganduje’s counsel added that the plaintiff is entitled to damages against the defendants for defamation of character by way of libel and slander.

He then asked for an order compelling the defendants to write a public apology to the plaintiff and broadcast such apology through their online platforms and other news media with global accessibility.

Daily Nigeria last month, published a story, accompanied with video clips, alleging that Governor Ganduje collected $5 million bribe from some contractors.

Buhari Addresses Nigerians In France, Commends Ganduje Over ‘Good Projects’

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has described Governor Abdullahi Ganduje as a responsible leader, commending him for delivering good projects in Kano State.

The President said this during an interactive session with Nigerians in Paris.

“I commend the governor for doing so much. He once invited me and I went to Kano. The good projects started by Kwankwaso in Education and healthcare, Ganduje completed them.

“He completed the projects and now the people of Kano are enjoying the benefit. I think that is very responsible of him,” he said.


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Some online media have however reported that the President during the interactive session noted that the alleged bribery video has been sent to security agencies for further scrutiny.

President Buhari’s reaction comes on the heels of bribery allegations leveled against Governor Ganduje. This was after a video clip allegedly showing Governor Abdullahi Ganduje receiving a bribe was published by an online newspaper.

The video had generated reactions as Human rights groups including Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have called on the President to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, or appropriate anti-corruption agencies to investigate the claim without delay.

President Buhari is currently in Paris where he, alongside other world leaders are participating at the Paris Peace Forum.

Kano Govt Signs 10 MoU With Investors, Companies

The Kano State Government has signed ten Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with various companies and investors for some major development projects across the state.

At the closing ceremony of the second edition of the State’s Economic Summit and Investments, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said one of the MoU was targetted at the construction of the N146 billion Kano economic city by Brain and Hammers Nigeria Limited.

The government of Kano State had within the last one week engaged investors and other relevant stakeholders in seeking a solution to the state’s dwindling economy.

After two days of negotiations and deliberations, economists, investors, and financial experts came up with suggestions that favoured the economic transformation of the Nigeria’s second largest commercial city of Kano.

The signing of the 10 agreements is expected to boost the economy and transform Kano into a mega city, a feat Governor Ganduje hopes to achieve in the next two years.

“We want to have a mega city where our economic structures will work in providing jobs to our youth. So I called on these investors to know that we are a serious government and we will not tolerate bureaucracy. That is why we set up an investments promotion agency to report directly to my office in the event of obstacles or sabotage.”

Governor Ganduje, who assured participants that his commitment to implementing the MoU will remain unchanged, warned contractors and investors against failure to meet expectations as well as the set target.

He said, “The investments and MoU we signed are very important indicators to the diversification of our IGR, and we hope to ensure that money due to state government coffers are paid to state government account. This will, in turn, help us come up with more development projects for our people that

“This will, in turn, help us come up with more development projects for our people. That is why we have also given agriculture a meaningful priority because we believe, through agriculture, we can revive our rural economy.”

 

Kano Govt Woos Investors For Economic Growth

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has called for foreign and local investors to come into the state to invest and grow the economy.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje at the Flag off ceremony of the summit said it is expected that the summit will consider the current status of the Nigerian economy in coming up with a workable communique that will serve as guiding document for the state socio-economic development and progress.

Hundreds of people, traditional rulers including the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, politicians including the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Ministers of Interior, Budget and National Planning as well businesses men and captains of industries converged on Kano Government House for the formal opening ceremony of the state second edition of economic summit and investments.

“It is also in commemoration of the 50 years anniversary of the commercial hub of the northern Nigerian state of Kano that will seek to define the future of the region’s economic opportunities and to suggest ways by which both foreign and domestic investors will help in reviving the state dwindling economy.

“As a government, we realised that without aggressive reforms to diversify the economy and boost internally generated revenue, all program and projects will remain share dreams, it is for this reasons that we are reducing our dependency on the federation account and adopted a revenue driven budgetary implementation.

“It is worthy no mention that since the inception of this administration our internally generated revenue base has improved from N15billion in 2015 to N40.3billion in 2016, the modest increase is associated with ongoing institutional reforms on the IGR as well as public financial management in the state,” said Governor Ganduje.

Resource persons, investment allies and traditional rulers in the north believed that diversifying the Kano political economy and indeed the northern region, in general, required a very good idea of trade and economic history of Kano and following the path of value creation to include doubling the right output of farmers by given them a real-time access to markets as a critical element of investments.

These people believed that an economic model that focuses on exports certainly misses the points, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, believed that the problem with Nigeria is that “we intend to import what we can produce and export what we do not produce, so we are a crude oil producing country, we import petroleum product, we have huge and skin and we are importing shoes, we have cotton and import textiles, there is absolutely no reason for that.”

For the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, the problem of diversifying the Nigerian economy has always been the difficulties in accessing funds meant for farmers which perhaps required a drastic intervention by the federal government and other donor agencies.

“Without funding, agricultural businesses cannot thrive and agriculture is one of the most important sectors of the economy that can up take the teaming youth and women that we have.”

Meanwhile, the Ministers of the Federal Ministry of Interior, Abdulrahaman Danbazau and that of the National Budget and Planning Mr Udoma Udo-Udoma, assured participants that presidential enabling business environment is working hard to ensure that the nation’s economy is stabilizing through collaborations with various states government across the federation.

In the next two days to come, it is expected that these group of business men, investors and industrialists will come up with possible ways that will transform the Kano economy and turn its challenges into opportunities for the generality of Nigerians at home and abroad.

 

Infrastructure Expansion: 4000 Traders To Own Stalls In Kano

kano-stallsNo less than 4,000 petty traders at the kantin-kwari textile market in Kano would become owners of stalls at a soon to be completed shopping mall under the government’s expansion program.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje made this disclosure while on an inspection tour of projects across the state.

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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

The governor also said a second phase of the mall is set to begin after the completion of the first.

Other projects that are underway include: an ultra-modern training centre for various skill acquisition programmes, the proposed Kano Economic City and construction of an under pass.

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Skill acquisition centre

The government has however set up a project monitoring committee comprising of senior engineers from the state Ministry of Works and Kano Urban Planning and Development Authority.

Kano Govt. Supports Fire Outbreak Victims With 500 Million Naira

kano, Ganduje, Youth empowerment,Kano State government has donated 500 million naira to victims of the fire outbreak that occurred in early 2016 at Sabon Gari market in the state capital.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje disclosed this in a speech during the signing of an agreement between the state government and an indigenous company, Brian and Hammers Ltd., for the construction of Kanawa Economic City.

The Governor, who revealed that the money was sourced from Internally Generated Revenue, said that because of the humanitarian disposition of his administration, the government had since set up a committee under Mr Aliko Dangote to launch an appeal fund to harness money to assist the victims.

He also said the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to look into the immediate and remote causes of the fire had since submitted its report and a White Paper has been issued.

Governor Ganduje added that a committee to ensure implementation of the recommendations has also been established and has commenced work in earnest.

He said that the state government was paying serious attention to the development of markets as a result of which structural and road project execution had commenced at Kantin Kwari market, giving assurance of commencing other markets in 2017, especially the Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi Market.

On the proposed Kano light rail project which is expected to gulp about $1.85 billion, Governor Ganduje described it as a creditable legacy for future generations and a worthwhile investment.

“Those saying we are obtaining a loan to finance the project hence, leaving a debt burden for our children and grandchildren are indeed economically blind, politically naïve and morally mischievous,” he stated.

The Governor explained that the government acquired the loan to bridge the infrastructure deficit in Kano State.

Civil Servants In Northern Nigeria Celebrate Workers Day

Workers Day-Northern NigeriaState governments and civil servants in northern Nigeria have joined the rest of the world to mark the 2016 edition of the Workers Day.

In Kaduna State, the government called on both Federal and state governments to address some of the socio-economic challenges facing the nation.

The civil servants demanded for an upward review of the current minimum wage to at least 100,000 Naira in line with the present economic realities.

At separate rallies to mark the May Day, the workers called on the Federal Government to tackle the epileptic electricity supply, fuel scarcity, insecurity, unemployment and casualisation of workers among other challenges.

They also warned the Kaduna State government to shun any plan to retrench its workforce, threatening a showdown against government if any civil servant is sacked.

While a faction of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna State, led by Mr Adamu Ango, marked the Workers Day with a rally held at the Kaduna Township stadium, the other faction held a road procession near the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.

Kano

In Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, said that his government has recently established the salary and wages directorate as part of efforts to ensure transparent salary administration for the state’s civil servants.

Addressing workers to mark the 2016 Workers Day celebration, Governor Ganduje noted that the welfare of workers has been one of the major priority of his administration since inception.

Channels Television correspondent reports that hundreds of workers turned out during the colorful match pass held at the Sani Abacha indoor stadium.

While expressing happiness with the cordial relationships between his government and labour unions in the state, the Governor promised that his government would not leave a stone upturned in ensuring the state civil servants are catered for.

He added that various policy frameworks had been put in place to ensure that workers in Kano State benefit from his government’s welfare packages for the civil servants.

Although the NLC Chairman in Kano State, Dr. Kabiru Minjibir, commended the Governor’s civil service initiatives, he disagreed with some policies the workers considered injurious to them.

He stressed the need for government to fully study the report of the just concluded workers’ biometric data exercise, to avoid further complications that might result to confrontation between government and workers.

Other issues highlighted by the workers were the issue of labour casualisation and scarce job opportunities for teaming youths in Kano State.

Borno

In the northeast, civil servants in Borno State demanded a total implementation of the 18,000 Naira minimum wage.

Pensioners who joined in the celebration also called for an upward review of their pension, which is still on a minimum of 4,400 Naira.

The anniversary was marked with an elaborate rally under heavy security in the Ramat Square in Maiduguri, the first rally in five years, owing to the insurgency problem.

In line with the 2016 theme “The Working Class and the Quest for Economic Revival”, the civil servants lamented that their income was no longer sufficient, considering the economic reality of the country.

The Borno State NLC Chairman, Comrade Titus Abana, said that the theme was symbolic as people of the state were faced with two fundamental problems of insurgency and dwindling resources.

Hard Drugs Worth 13bn Naira Destroyed In Kano

NDLEAThe Kano State government on Wednesday led the destruction of hard, fake and counterfeit drugs worth 31.8 billion Naira arrested by the Kano state police command.

Destroying the drugs, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said he had directed the State Chief Judge and Grand Kadi to ensure that suspected drug dealers and addicts were prosecuted without fear or favour and in accordance with the law.

Kano State is still on the top list of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, as a sate with the highest drug consuming record in Nigeria.

The State Governor, the State Police Commissioner and members of the State Executive Council set ablaze about 8,974 cartons of hard drugs comprising cocaine, Indian hemp, and other intoxicating substances seized by the police at various occasions across Kano State.

“Kano will not continue to be a dumping ground for drug dealers and addicts. Aggressive measures are being put in place to sweep Kano and to apprehend all drug dealers and addicts,” Governor Ganduje stressed.

Mr Ganduje also urged youths to desist from dealing in drugs and key into government various empowerment programme, as there would be no hiding place for drugs dealers and addicts in the commercial city of Kano.

He further said that his government had already empowered the State Reformatory Institute to rehabilitate drug addicts and integrate them back into the society.

According to him, training in different skills and startup capital would also be given to the rehabilitated addicts.

Briefing the Governor on the command’s activities in recent times, the State Police Commissioner, Musa Katsina, said the drugs seized comprise of 2,818 bags of Indian hemp, 11,399 compressed wraps of Spiro gyrations as well as different brand of other intoxicating substances.

The commissioner also told reporters that so far, 361 suspects were arrested and that 211 of them were charged and remanded in prison.

Although Kano State Government in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies are still coming to terms with the increasing cases of illicit drug trading  and abuse.

Efforts are, however, still required to remove Kano state from the NILE list which rank Kano number one state in drug trading and consumption in Nigeria.

Kano APC Suspends Chairman, Organising Secretary

Kano APCThe crisis of interests rocking the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kano State appears to be deepening, as the party has suspended its state Chairman, Mr Umar Doguwa, and the Organising Secretary, Sanusi Kwankwaso.



After their suspension, a caretaker Chairman, Mr Abdullahi Abbas, was appointed.

The newly appointed caretaker Chairman led a delegation of other party members from Kano State to the APC’s secretariat in Abuja, where he announced the suspension of the two members to the party’s National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun.

The former chairman and his organising secretary were accused of engaging in anti-party activities in the feud between the incumbent Kano State governor and his predecessor.

Reacting to the dispute, Mr Oyegun said that the crisis should not be allowed to thrive, as the national secretariat had setup a panel of three to resolve the issues.

Earlier, the APC in Kano State had threatened to suspend former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, over allegations of misconduct and political conspiracy to tarnish the image of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The suspended APC Chairman, Umar Doguwa, said that Senator Kwankwaso had violated the party’s rules and regulations by allegedly hiring thugs to mock the current Governor, party leaders and members of the State Executive Council during a condolence visit to Ganduje village, the home town of Governor Ganduje who recently lost his mother.

NNPC Begins Retail Outlets Expansion Project

Abdullahi Ganduje and Babtunde AdeniranThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has commenced nationwide consultation with stakeholders aimed at drumming support for the planned expansion of its retail outlets.

A statement by the spokesperson of the NNPC on Sunday said the expansion plan would increase the market share of its retail business to an appreciable level from the current 12 per cent by building a mega station in every Senatorial district in Nigeria in the months ahead.

Speaking during the flag-off of consultation during the week with a visit to the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, the Group Executive Director, Commercial and Investment, Dr. Babatunde Adeniran, who led the NNPC delegation, said the purpose of the visit was to solicit for the support of Kaduna State Government to provide lands for building new NNPC petrol stations in the state.

“Our mission is to build three mega stations, one each in the three senatorial districts of the state. We need about 5,000 square meters for each of the station. Each station will have six pumps including that of Liquefied Petroleum Gas which is cooking gas”, the GED said.

Supply Of Petroleum Products

Governor El-Rufai, who was visibly elated, expressed gratitude to the NNPC management for deciding to flag-off the outlets expansion programme in Kaduna State, adding: “Any time NNPC comes visiting, it comes with good news,” he said.

The Governor, who gave express approval for lands to be made available for the NNPC mega stations, said: “I want to assure you that we will give you all the support that you need. The State Director of Lands will take the NNPC project team round the state to look at alternative sites. I don’t know how many you are building, we can give you as many as ten sites if you want”.

He stated that the supply of petroleum products was a key requirement for the prosperity of the country.

The Governor expressed joy that he was happy that NNPC was ready to invest heavily in the retail business to ensure that Nigerians were not exploited by private sector marketers.

He pledged the support of the state government to the success of the NNPC in general and the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) in particular.

Indispensable Business Ally

Speaking in similar vein during the consultative visit to Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, described the NNPC as an indispensable business ally for socio-economic growth of Kano State and the country at large.

“Indeed, collaborating with the NNPC is indispensable if we are to achieve socio-economic development of the State. Kano State being the largest in terms of population and also the commercial nerve center of the North, there is no better organisation to have an alliance with than the NNPC”,  Governor Ganduje said.

He said he had already directed the Commissioner of Lands to work with the NNPC project team in selecting sites that meet the commercial requirement of the new filling stations in all the senatorial districts of the state.

“We know the philosophy behind establishing such retail stations. Considering that you are the custodians of crude oil and petroleum products in Nigeria, one may wonder why you are into retail business.

“But those of us in governance understand the situation because if you leave everything to the marketers, then the problem of control especially of the price and availability will become difficult”, he said.

Governor Ganduje stressed that NNPC mega stations had integrity and do not require any enforcement for compliance on approved prices of petroleum products.

In a related development, the Governor of Jigawa State, Badaru Abubakar, also pledged support for the NNPC retail outlet expansion project.

Goveror Abubakar, who spoke when he received the NNPC delegation for a consultative meeting on the retail expansion project, said that he had directed the Ministry of Lands to provide alternative sites that meet the stipulated requirements for NNPC to choose from.

Dr. Adeniran, however, expressed gratitude to the Governors for their unwavering support for the aspirations and success of the Corporation.

Kano State Partners With Police Officers’ Wives To Check Child Abuse

 POWA-KanoThe Kano State Government is in partnership with the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) to check sexual abuse and other child related abuses.

Receiving the members of POWA in Kano, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said his government had noticed the increasing cases of child abuse which relates mostly to sexual abuses including rape and homosexuality, among others in secondary school pupils.

However, he said that the government had already set up a public enlightenment committee, to among other things, enlighten members of the community on the need to collectively participate in the war against child abuse in the state.

The committee has since recommend the closure of Hassan Gwarzo Collage over allegation of Sodomy. Speaking on the issue of drug abuse, the Governor said that the state reformatory institute had been empowered, to further reform drug addicts in the state.

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of POWA, Saliha Musa Katsina, told the Governor that the rise of rape cases, drug and other child abuses were becoming more disturbing in Kano State.

She also called on the state government to look into the plight of widows and orphans in the Police Force, who lost their dear ones in the war against insurgents.