Kano Assembly Passes 2021 Budget Into Law

A map of Kano state in northern Nigeria.-Kanooooo
A map of Kano, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

Kano State House of Assembly has passed into law the 2021 budget estimate presented by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The estimate which is amounted to be N177bn scaled third reading during plenary on Wednesday presided by the Speaker Rt. Hon. Engr. Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari.

Presenting the bill the leader of the House Hon. Labaran Abdul Madari said the Assembly has approved N177 Billion Naira as the 2021 budget estimate after some adjustments.

The House also passes into law the 2020 supplementary budget of N152billion naira.

In another development, Kantun Kwari Market Traders Association and Abubakar Rimi Market of Sabon Gari has called on the State Assembly to look into their observations and views on the laws presented concerning the present situation of their markets.

The chairman of Sabon Gari Traders Alh. Alin Bagadaza and secretary of Kantun Kwari Market Traders Alh. Anwar Aminu Isa laid the request while visited the speaker Rt. Hon. Engr. Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari at the house.

The leaders who kicked against the laws said they are dissatisfied with the administration of managing directors of their markets.

Responding, the speaker Rt. Hon. Engr. Hamisu Chidari assured to do his best to solve their problems.

The Speaker commended them for following the right channel to present their complaints, he urged them to remain calm and law-abiding.

Kano Assembly Speaker Resigns Gets New Replacement

A map of Kano state in northern Nigeria.-Kanooooo
A map of Kano, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

Kano State House of Assembly on Tuesday elected Hamisu Chidari as its new Speaker.

Hon. Chidari is representing Makoda Constituency, his appointment follows the resignation of the former Speaker, Abdulaziz Gafasa.

He was nominated by Nuhu Achika who is representing Wudil constituency and was seconded by Sanusi Usman Bataiya.

After the swearing-in, the new Speaker thanked the lawmakers for passing the vote on confidence on him.

Also during the plenary, Zubairu Hamza a member representing Sumaila constituency was elected as the new Deputy Speaker, while Labaran Abdul Madari a  member representing Warawa constituency was reelected as a Majority Leader of the House, and Abdullahi Iliyasu Yar Yasa was elected as the Deputy Majority Leader.

Former Kano Assembly Speaker, 13 APC Lawmakers To Join PDP

A map of Kano state in northern Nigeria.-Kanooooo
A map of Kano, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

The former Speaker of the House of Assembly Speaker, Abdulaziz Gafasa, and 13 other APC lawmakers are on the verge of defecting to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the state.

The defection comes shortly after the former Speaker voluntarily resigned from his position as Speaker on Monday.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had allegedly worked out a plan for the removal of the former speaker, accusing him of having meetings with PDP members, compelled him to hurriedly write a resignation letter late on Monday night which was read on the floor of the house on Tuesday.

Although the Former speaker is yet to make a public announcement regarding his intention to defect from APC, sources close to Mr. Gafasa told Channels Television that the former Speaker and 13 others are making consultations.

 

Reject ‘Fat Pensions, Luxury Cars’ For Kano Assembly, SERAP Tells Ganduje

Reject 'Fat Pensions, Luxury Cars' For Kano Assembly, SERAP Tells Ganduje

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to publicly reject what it described as ‘fat pension’ for members of the Kano State House of Assembly.

SERAP made the request in a letter dated 10 May and signed by its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, a copy of which was sent to Channels Television on Sunday.

It urged the governor to use his good office and position to reject life pensions and brand-new vehicles for lawmakers following a bill passed by House.

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The organisation also asked Ganduje to prevail on the members of the House to immediately drop the bill and to honour their fiduciary duties as provided for in the Constitution and the nation’s international anti-corruption obligations.

According to it, the lawmakers should subordinate their own interests to the public good, live on fair and equal terms with their fellow-citizens, and not to use their legislative powers to convert public resources to their own benefit.

“Should you assent to the bill as passed, SERAP will take legal action nationally and internationally to hold your government to account and ensure that you uphold the solemn trust committed to you by the people of Kano,” the organisation told the governor.

It insisted that the bill represents law-making in the interest and personal satisfaction, adding that it offends the principles of legal justice and the rule of law.

The letter read in part: “Rather than passing bills to divert public resources for personal benefits, the lawmakers should pass legislation that will urgently address the chronic problem of over three million out-of-school children in Kano (the highest in Nigeria) and ensure immediate payment of outstanding pensions and workers’ salaries, given that your government has already received N21.7 billion from the Paris Club debt refund, and also reportedly received in 2018 N84.2billion from the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).”

“Government is a trust for the benefit of the governed, and members of the Kano State House of Assembly ought to be guardians of justice, general good and public interests. There is indeed a duty on the lawmakers to subordinate their own interests to those they are supposed to serve. But rather than acting as the ‘servants of the people’, the lawmakers have acted in a self-serving way and pushing to enrich themselves at the expense of the people of Kano.”

“All public officials including lawmakers must act consistently with the purposes of the governmental trust: the good of the people and the security of their persons, liberty, and property.  The purpose of any government–whether federal or state—is to promote the interest of the entire society, in this case, the people of Kano, and not the interests and welfare of a few in the House of Assembly. The lawmakers should pursue the happiness and prosperity of the Kano people with fidelity.”

“If assented to, the bill would lead to a misuse of trust property and threaten to affect the welfare of the people of Kano by diverting public funds from development and provision of access to quality education, clean water and healthcare to the personal benefits of members of the House of Assembly.”

“Assenting to the bill would also have serious consequences for the people of Kano and would breach your fiduciary duties including your duty to take reasonable care in the management of public funds and the duty to account. This means that you should strive to work in accordance with the purposes of your offices, and to manage public funds competently and for the public good.”

“SERAP, therefore, urges you to be loyal to the public interest by rejecting the bill and prevailing on the members of Kano State House of Assembly to immediately drop the bill. By doing this, you will follow in the footsteps of your Bayelsa State counterpart, Seriake Dickson, who recently turned down a bill seeking life pension for the state’s serving and former lawmakers.”

“Rejecting the bill would also mean you will uphold the solemn trust committed to you by the people of Kano, and the fiduciary duties imposed on your government by the Nigerian Constitution and Nigeria’s international obligations and commitments.”

“SERAP notes that the proposed bill gives the presiding officers the privilege to earn life benefits following the expiration of their tenure. In addition, the officers would enjoy medical trips once in 12 months and choice vehicles every four years.”

“According to the bill, ‘There shall be paid pension to person(s) who held office as speaker and deputy speaker equal to the emoluments of a serving speaker and deputy speaker. The speaker and deputy speaker shall, on completion of their terms, be entitled to a grant of pension for life by the state.’”

“The bill also provides that ‘there shall be provided for the speaker and the deputy speaker a brand-new vehicle to be bought by the state government every four years. There shall be provided for the speaker and the deputy speaker medical expenses either home or abroad depending on the nature of the illness.’”

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.

We’ll Proceed With Probe Of Allegation Against Ganduje – Kano Assembly

Chairman of the Kano House of Assembly ad hoc committee investigating the bribery allegation against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, speaks about the probe on Tuesday… November 6.

 

The Kano State House of Assembly’s ad hoc committee investigating the bribery allegation against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has resolved to continue with its probe despite a ruling by the court asking all parties in the matter to maintain status quo.

Chairman of the committee, Baffa Babba, said this at a news conference in Kano on Tuesday, a day after the State High Court sitting in Kano ordered the parties involved in the matter to ‘maintain status quo ante’ pending the hearing of a motion on notice seeking to stop the probe.

Babba insisted that the court did not specifically mention that the committee should stop the investigation into the video published by the online news site, Daily Nigeria, allegedly showing the governor receiving a bribe.

Despite deciding to continue with the investigation, Mr Babba said his committee was ready to respect the court injunction, but it would not allow the court to interfere with their Constitutional obligations.

“We will respect the court but the order in question obtained by the Lawyers For Sustainable Democracy In Nigeria only states that we should maintain status quo, and we intends to maintain that status quo and we will proceed with our investigations,” he said.

The court injunction of Monday came less than 72 hours after Governor Ganduje wrote a letter to the committee denying the bribery allegations.

Governor Ganduje had sent the letter through the State Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, who along with the Commissioner of Justice, Ibrahim Mukhtar, appeared before the committee on Friday.

PHOTOS: Jafar Jafar Appears Before Kano Assembly Over Bribery Allegations Against Ganduje

Jafar Jafar (centre in white) at the Aminu Kano International Airport on Thursday.

 

Mr Jafar Jafar, Publisher of Daily Nigeria which published a video clip allegedly showing Governor Abdullahi Ganduje receiving a bribe, appeared before a Kano State House of Assembly committee on Thursday.

His appearance before the investigative committee was to enable him to provide more details about the video as the lawmakers seek to unravel the truth behind the video which went viral.

Governor Ganduje and the Kano State Government had since denied the allegation, but Jafar told the lawmakers the video is authentic and that he obtained it from a whistleblower.

Here are major photos from his appearance:

Security was tight at the Kano State House of Assembly in anticipation of Jafar’s appearance.
A police vehicle parked outside the Kano State House of Assembly
Security personnel were at the airport reportedly to escort the publisher to the Assembly.
Jafar (left) arrived at the Aminu Kano International Airport in company with his lawyer after 11 am.

The publisher’s arrival was not only anticipated by the lawmakers, journalists were also at the airport to capture the moment.
After being received, along with his lawyer, by the Public Relations Officer of the Kano Police Command, SP Magaji Majia, he was escorted by the police to the House of Assembly complex.
When he finally appeared before the committee, Jafar was quizzed about how he got the video, how he determined it was authentic, and if he ensured he balanced his story when he decided to publish it. He told the lawmakers he obtained the clip from a whistleblower two years ago and decided to use it after he became certain it was authentic. Asked about the whistleblower, he declined to name his source.
Kano State Attorney-General (left), who was at the hearing, said he was representing the people of Kano State and not the Governor and that his aim is to ensure justice is done to all the parties involved.
Meanwhile, on the streets of Kano, the commencement of the probe was greeted with protest. Many took to the street to express support for Governor Ganduje and Jafar. Those in support of the governor said the publication of the video amounts to an invasion of the Governor’s constitutionally protected privacy while others believed that the leaked footage is an act of investigative journalism.

Bribery Allegation Against Ganduje: Protest As Jafar Jafar Appears Before Kano Assembly

Jafar Jafar’s Daily Nigeria published the video clip allegedly showing Governor Ganduje receiving a bribe

 

Many people took to the streets of Kano in protest on Thursday as the Kano State House of Assembly began its investigation into a bribery allegation against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with the Publisher of Daily Nigeria appearing before its investigative committee.

Daily Nigeria had published the video clip, which went viral, allegedly showing the governor receiving a bribe.

Although the governor denied the allegation, the Assembly had on October 15 set up a seven-man investigative committee to probe the claim.

The committee began its sitting on Thursday with the publisher, Jafar Jafar, who was invited to provide details about the video, appearing before it.

Jafar told the committee that he is not the originator of the leaked video.

According to him, the video was obtained from a whistleblower two years ago.

He, however, declined to reveal the name of the person who gave him the video.

Jafar Jafar in white appears before the Kano House of Assembly investigative committee
Kano State Attorney-General (L) who is at the hearing says he is representing the people of Kano State and not the governor and that his aim is to ensure justice is done to all parties involved in the matter.

Although security was beefed up at the Assembly for the session and the publisher was escorted by security personnel from the Aminu Kano International Airport to the Assembly complex, ensuring the probe proceeded as planned, protests greeted the move on the streets of Kano.

Some of the protesters expressed support for Governor Ganduje, others were on the streets for Jafar Jafar.

Those in support of the governor said that the publication of the video amounted to an invasion of the Governor’s constitutionally protected privacy, while others believed that the leaked footage is an act of investigative journalism.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Baffa Babba, however, called for calm, saying the footage would be reviewed by an independent investigator, and the findings made public.

Jafar Jafar had arrived at the Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano after 11 am.

He and his lawyers were received by the Public Relations Officer of the Kano Police Command, Magaji Majia, before they proceeded to the Assembly where he is expected to prove to the Committee that the video is genuine.

Jafar Jafar (centre in White) is expected to discuss details of the video clip published by his website with the state lawmakers.

Jafar Jafar Arrives In Kano To Meet Lawmakers Over Bribery Allegation Against Ganduje

Jafar Jafar (centre in White) is expected to discuss details of the video clip published by his website with the state lawmakers.

 

The publisher of news website Daily Nigeria, Jafar Jafar, has arrived in Kano for a meeting with a Kano House of Assembly Committee investigating the bribery allegation against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Jafar is expected to proceed from the airport to meet with the committee, which was set up on October 15, to investigate the authenticity of the video clip published by his website, allegedly showing the governor receiving a bribe from contractors, a claim the governor has denied.

Ahead of his arrival, security was beefed up at the Assembly and a team of security personnel were reportedly dispatched to the airport to escort him to the Assembly.

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Tight Security At Kano Assembly As Lawmakers Probe Bribery Allegation Against Ganduje

There was tight security at the entrance of the Assembly on Thursday.

 

There was tight security at the Kano State House of Assembly on Thursday as a committee set up by the Assembly to probe the bribery allegation against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje prepares to meet the publisher of Daily Nigeria.

The publisher, Jafar Jafar, is expected to appear before the seven-man investigative committee today to provide more information about a video clip published by his website, allegedly showing the governor receiving bribes from contractors.

Security was beefed up for the meeting with several police vehicles parked around the Assembly.

At the Aminu Kano International Airport, through which the publisher is expected to fly in, security personnel were also stationed to receive him.

The Assembly had set up the committee on October 15 to investigate whether the video, which went viral upon publication, was authentic or not.

The Kano State government has since denied the suit and announced that it was taking legal action against the publisher.

A police vehicle parked outside the Kano State House of Assembly
Security personnel were at the airport reportedly to escort the publisher to the Assembly.

Kano Assembly Confirms Gawuna As New Deputy Governor

 

The Kano State Assembly has confirmed  Nasiru Gawuna as the new Kano Deputy Governor.

Gawuna’s nomination was confirmed after screening by the Kano Assembly on Tuesday.

He was nominated by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, following the resignation of the former Deputy Governor, Hafiz Abubakar.

The former deputy governor claimed disrespect of his office and unjust treatment by the governor necessitated his resignation from office.

According to Abubakar,it was his desire to remain in office until the end of his tenure as deputy governor, but due to irreconcilable differences with governor Ganduje, he chose to resign.

However, Gawuna, before his confirmation, was the Commissioner for Agriculture and a two-term Nasarawa Local Govt Chairman.

 

 

Kano Assembly Begins Final Screening Of Ganduje’s Deputy Governor Nominee

Nasiru Gawuna

 

The Kano State House of Assembly has started the final screening of Ganduje’s Deputy Governor nominee, Nasiru Gawuna.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Monday submitted the name of Dr Gawuna to the state House of Assembly as his nominee for the Deputy Governor of Kano State.

He (Gawuna) is the current Commissioner for Agriculture and was a two-term Nasarawa Local Govt Chairman.

His nomination comes barely two months after the resignation of the former Deputy Governor Prof. Hafiz Abubakar.

The former deputy governor tendered his resignation letter on August 5, 2018, following claims of disrespect to his office and unjust treatment by the governor.