New Speaker Emerges In Kano Assembly As Sallau Resigns

The Speaker of Kano State House of Assembly, Gambo Sallau, has resigned his position in the 40-man assembly.

In a statement issued on Tuesday morning, the speaker said that his resignation was sequel to the mass defection of PDP lawmakers to the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday.

Honourable Sallau said that since defecting to the opposition party contradicts his principles, he remains a member of the PDP.

His resignation comes a day after 27 out of 31 People’s Democratic Party, PDP members in Kano State House of Assembly defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

At the plenary session presided over by Deputy Speaker, Isyaku Ali Danja, on Monday, the defected lawmakers presented a letter to that effect, which contained their names and constituencies, to formally confirm their defection to the APC.

They said that the decision was taken following consultations with their constituents on whether or not to support Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who has joined the party in December 2013.

New Speaker SwornIn

Meanwhile, the Kano State House of Assembly has nominated and sworn-in Mr. Isyaku Danja of the All Progressives Congress as the new Speaker of the State House of Assembly, as Mr. Gambo Sallau stepped down to lead the People’s Democratic Party, PDP minority.

At the plenary session on Tuesday, the House, which now has the All Progressives Congress, APC as majority, unanimously agreed to nominate Mr. Danja to lead the House under the APC.

Fani-Kayode Challenges Al-Mustapha On OBJ Letter

A member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has said that former Chief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-mustapha, has some explanation to give to Nigerians.

Mr Fani-Kayode’s challenge came in view of the former CSO’s outburst about former president, Olusegun Obasanjo’s 18-page letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, where he alleged that President Jonathan was training assassins with the help of Al-Mustapha.

The former Aviation Minister has asked Al-Mustapha to explain to Nigerians where he was on the day Obasanjo forwarded his “Before It Is Too Late” letter to the President.

In an interview with Channels Television in Kano, Fani-Kayode said that Obasanjo has no time for Al-mustapha’s invitation to engage in a public debate on the issue.

The former minister also claimed that he believed the allegation that Mr. Mustapha is being used to train snipers for political assassination, ahead of the 2015 elections.

He specifically criticised Al-mustapha on the allegations that he was explicit in the assassination of politicians and military officers during the regime of late Head of State, General Sani Abacha.

Fani-Kayode, who claimed that he was in Kano to consult with Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and other stakeholders on the participation of Major Hamza Al-mustapha on the crisis, also blamed President Jonathan’s administration for the current insurgency in the North and the militancy in the Niger-Delta region.

Fani-Kayode also expressed his concerns about Nigeria’s political clime if people like Mustapha are shortlisted to frustrate the opposition.

All efforts to speak with Mr. Mustapha in Kano were not successful.

Golden Eaglets Receives 8.9 Million Naira Reward In Kano

The Executive Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has rewarded the two indigenes of the state in the Golden Eaglets, captain Musa Muhammad and defender Bello Zaharradine with houses, promising to name a street in their honour at their preferred choice area in Amana, Bandirawo or Kwankwasiyya cities.

The Governor announced the package and a sum of 9.8 Million Naira to the players; officials and accompanied NFF’s officials for winning the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the UAE last month.

The sport-loving Governor who hosted the team at the Kano Government House alongside Kano Pillars for wining a back-to-back Premier League title; and the Kano Pillars Basketball team for winning the 2013 Dstv Championship, said the Golden Eaglets were pride of the continent for their exemplary conducted at the championship where they swept the stake with Kelechi Iheanacho emerging as the MVP, Dele Alampasu with the Golden Gloves and the overall Fair Play Award.

The state’s Commissioner of Information, Youth, Sports & Culture, Professor Umar Patrick Jibril, says the gathering was a celebration of success that the NFF had achieved in the outgoing year 2013 particularly with the outstanding performance of the Golden Eaglets at the World Cup.

Governor Kwankwaso says the state is excited to host the Golden Eaglets for a clear reason that the captain; Muhammed and Bello played a crucial role in the team that won the championship in the UAE and are indigenes of the state.



US based Nigerian doctors launch free medical services in Kano

A team of American physicians have begun free medical treatment of residents in Kano state, North West Nigeria.

The exercise which is expected to last for two weeks will carry out surgery on at least 5,000 people and treat another 5,000 out patients.

Leader of the mission, Dr. Chukwuemeka Onwenu, says the mission will not only provide the much needed but barely affordable services to the door step of the people.

The mission he noted, will also afford local health personnel opportunities to learn innovative techniques and procedures form the foreign partners.

Dr. Onwenu said the mission, which comprises 36 professionals, will offer services in general surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, urology and treat eye cases adding that that they will work in Kano for two weeks.

The state Governor, Mr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, while receiving the doctors at the state government house stated that his government is working round the clock to renovate hospitals in the state and provide them with facilities to reduce suffering, restore health and save lives especially in the rural areas where the poverty rate is higher.

He maintained that the administration has put in place a buoyant Drug Revolving Fund to assume steady supply of qualitative and affordable drugs to all health facilities in Kano, besides waging a serious war against prohibited and counterfeit drugs.

Assorted medicines and equipment worth millions of Naira had already been supplied by the visiting doctors.

The mission was started by four Nigerian physicians based in the U.S. who had a vision to deliver quality medical care to people who cannot afford it.

It also aims to create bridges with physicians in Nigeria to improve delivery of health care and to provide programmes that will sustain the sector.