Police Suspended APC Political Activities To Be Attended By Osinbajo

Police cancels programme Osinbajo is supposed to attendThe Kano State Police Command has suspended a Kano State empowerment programme and Kwanjwasiyya widow and divorcee mass wedding schedule to hold on August 20.

Police spokesman in Kano, Magaji Majia, told Channels Television that in view of the sour relationship between Kwankwaso-led APC faction and supporters of Governor Ganduje, the two events could not be allowed to hold on the same day and in the same venue almost the same time.

“The two factions are already paying a democratic lip service to each other, therefore the Police Commissioner Rabi’u Yusuf directed that the two events be suspended indefinitely”.

Vice President Yemi Osibajo is scheduled to attend the suspended Kano Government Youth Empowerment Programme while the former Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso was to attend the Kwanjwasiyya mass wedding.

When contacted, the State Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, said Ganduje administration had no problem with any Union coming to assist the Government but claimed that they were not aware about the Kwanjwasiyya mass wedding programme.

“I’m surprised to hear that the Commissioner of Police has suspended our programme because no one told us that Kwanjwasiyya foundation will be holding a mass wedding at the same day and at the same venue – Sani Abacha Stadium – but since the police have decided to stop us, we have no choice but to obey the law,” he told Channels Television.

However, all attempt to speak with the leadership of the Kwanjwasiyya Foundation on the recent development was not successful but sources close to Kwanjwasiyya told Channels Television that their leadership would release a statement of reaction in due course.

With 2019 around the corner, political situations in the politically advanced Kano State are already becoming more tense.

Three Dead, Nine Injured After Heavy Rain In Kano

kano flood, hailstorm, heavy rainAt least three people were killed and nine others injured after a heavy rain, accompanied by a hailstorm, in Kwanar Dangora in Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State.

Governor Ganduje confirmed the incident to reporters on Monday.

“It is sympathetic to inform you that a school, market and farmlands were also destroyed by the rain. I want to assure you that Government will carry out emergency repairs of both the school and the market,” he said.

Governor Ganduje said that he would carefully study the local authorities’ report on the incident, from which Government would see the possibility of assisting the farmers whose farmlands and crops were swept away by the flood.

“I really sympathise with you but more importantly, do not give up on crops and do not stay away from your market, make sure you send your children to school while we try to rebuild what was lost here,” the Governor said.

He also said that he had directed free medical treatment to those who got injured in the incident.

Meanwhile the village head of Gwarmai community told the Governor that many other people who sustained fractures were traditionally treated at the community level.

He said that apart from the nine people currently receiving treatment at the hospital, “we have many others with various degrees of bone fractures receiving local treatment in their houses”.

Governor Ganduje then directed the Bebeji Local Government chairman to bring forward the total number of people affected for immediate intervention.

Hails are chunks of ice falling from the sky during a rainstorm or thunderstorm.

Kano LG Rerun: Ganduje Lauds APC Victory, Commends Electoral Conduct

Abdullahi-Ganduje-Kano-APCKano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has commended the State Independent Electoral Commission for conducting a successful rerun election for the chairmanship seat in Minjibir Local Government Area of the state.

Receiving the result of the election in Kano State in northwest Nigeria, Governor Ganduje says that he is particularly happy that no violence was reported during the election held on Saturday.

Hundreds of party supporters, politicians, top government officials as well as independent and government observers were present at the Government House in Kano, to attend the official presentation of the result to the Governor.

The APC candidate, Tasi’u Ibrahim, scored 21, 970 votes to defeat his opponent from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Auwalu Minjibir.

The Chief Whip of the House of Representative, Representative Alhassan Doguwa, also expressed delight at the election result.

He told reporters that despite the internal crisis of the party involving the Kwankwaso-led faction, Governor Ganduje is still the leader of APC in the state and would continue to execute the party’s manifesto.

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.

Kano APC Threatens To Suspend Senator Kwankwaso

Senator KwankwasoFormer Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso might be suspended over allegations of misconduct and political conspiracy to tarnish the image of Governor Ganduje during Kwankwaso’s recent visit to Kano.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State, North West Nigeria said at a joint press conference by the party’s leadership that it would take drastic measures concerning the allegation.

Party 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.

According to the party’s leadership, Senator Kwankwaso’s alleged conduct during the visit is unacceptable and would not go unpunished. They said that a committee has been set up to determine the appropriate punishment for the senator.

On March 7, Senator Kwankwaso was on a condolence visit to Governor Ganduje who recently lost his mother.

His visit reportedly attracted a large number of mostly the Kwankwasiyya sect followers who were said to have been dissatisfied with the leadership of Governor Ganduje.

There were also reports that the situation could have degenerated into a major political face off but this was averted.

The leadership of the APC in Kano insisted that the unity of the party is non-negotiable and must be protected by all card-carrying members of the party.

Kano Government Distributes Water Pumps To Wheat Farmers

farmers-KanoThe government of Kano State in northwest Nigeria has distributed 5,000 irrigation water pumps to farmers as part of efforts to boost dry season agriculture.

The pumps were distributed during the official commencement of the drilling of over 1,000 boreholes for dry season farming of wheat and rice across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

At the distribution ceremony in the state capital, Governor Ganduje also deployed 400 agriculture extension workers who were employed to train local farmers in the state.

The Governor explained that wheat and rice farming in Kano has become an all year round business as he dramatically tagged Kano farms “the green areas”.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Audu Ogbeh, said that the state government’s move would increase food sufficiency in the nation and beyond.

Cattle Rustlers Surrender Arms In Kano

Cattle-Rustling-KAnoOver 30 cattle rustlers in Kano State have surrendered their weapons to abandon cattle rustling and other armed robbery activities in the state.

This was in response to Governor Ganduje’s earlier offer of amnesty to cattle rustlers in the state who have decided to stop.

While receiving the repentant rustlers at Gomo village in Sumaila Local Government, Governor Ganduje said that his administration would forward a bill to the Kano State House of Assembly that will seek to address the problem of cattle rustling in Kano.

Governor Ganduje explained that the State Government was already winning the war against cattle rustling and other criminal activities.

He promised to provide the rustlers with the necessary skills that will make them more relevant in the society.

The Kano State Police Commissioner, Musa Katsina, while handing over the repentant cattle rustlers, told the Governor that what was left of the cattle rustling were mop-up operations.

He also disclosed that various weapons were submitted by the cattle thieves.

Kano Govt. Sets Up Amnesty Committee To Curb Cattle Rustling

Cattle-RustlingKano State Government has formed an amnesty committee for cattle rustlers who may wish to lay down their arms to stop cattle rustling and other criminal activates in the state.

While receiving cattle and other domestic animals recovered by the police in Kano, Governor Ganduje urged rustlers to surrender their weapons before it becomes too late.

According to Channels Television’s correspondent in the state, 71 suspects were arrested, while 21 weapons of different caliber were recovered from the miscreants.

While disclosing the success achieved in the fight against cattle rustlers in the state, the Governor said that “The days of cattle rustlers in Kano State are numbered”.

Mr. Ganduje also revealed that under the cattle rustling amnesty, the rustlers will be trained and empowered by the state government on any business suitable for their skills.

He went further to say that three Local Government Areas, which were worst hit by rustlers, have since been liberated while a joint military and police, ‘Operation Puff Adder’, is currently going on at the notorious Falgore Forest to fetch out fleeing rustlers who pose a threat to the growth and survival of rural economy in the state.

The State Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, while handing over the cattle, told the Governor that the recent encounter had led to the recovery of 519 cows, 11 camels, 134 Sheep and a large quantity of drugs valued at over 61 million Naira.

The Commissioner assured the Governor that his command will not allow Kano to continue to be a haven for cattle rustlers and other criminal activities.

Black Friday: Kano Governor Visits Victims Of Blast

Kano-BlastKano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has visited the victims of the ‘Black Friday’ attack at a border town between Kano and Kaduna State.

The Governor also visited the site of the blast and sought the cooperation of the Shi’a group in the investigation of the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility of the attack, but Boko Haram is largely suspected for it.

Governor Ganduje said that even though the Shi’a leadership had refused to hand over the suspect they arrested to the police, investigation showed that over 30 people were injured.

Be Vigilant

The suicide bomber had attacked the Shiates procession on Friday, leaving at least 21 dead.

They trekked almost 21 kilometres away from Kano city not knowing that the suicide bomber had disguised in black only to blow himself up while they walked.

Mr Ganduje, who expressed worries over the increasing number of attacks in Kano, also called on Kano residents to continue to be vigilant, as the government would continue to do its best in the protection of lives and property of the residents.

The Governor further stressed that it may be hard for security operatives to analyse the attack since members of Shi’a group were not ready to cooperate with security agencies.

At Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Governor Ganduje greeted some of the victims and directed the State Ministry of Health to ensure a free medical treatment for the victims at different hospitals.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Health Dr. Kabiru Getso, told the Governor that victims brought in Friday were treated of injuries sustained during the blast, confirming that no death has been recorded at the hospital.

Kano State To Boost Internally Generated Revenue

kanoKano State Government says it is utilizing both tab and non-tab revenue sources in order to meet up with the state revenue generation drive which is currently at only 13 per cent collection.

Addressing a five-day conference on enhancing revenue generation in Kano State, the State Commissioner for Finance, Prof. Mukhtar Dandago, said that experts were also mobilized to technically assist government in generating more revenue.

Report says that in recent times, Kano State receives only about 1.5 billion naira monthly as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), which is now said to have dropped to less than 1.3 billion naira.

This situation has been blamed on lack of training and capacity building of revenue officers in the state.

Prof Dandago said that the recent revenue collection in the state cannot finance the state’s recurrent expenditure projects, due to the inability of government to tap all sources of revenue collection for preceding years.

Prof Dandago however said that the Government has already established an implementation committee to execute the recommendations of the state IGR committee, in addition to hiring of experts to advice government on the possible ways forward.

Kano State is said to have a debt of over 300 billion naira to settle, in addition to financing new projects introduced by Governor Ganduje during the last 100 days of his administration.