COVID-19: Kano Govt Cancels All Sallah Festivities

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

 

Kano State government has suspended all Sallah activities and directed Emirs across the state to use motor vehicles going to Eid prayer grounds instead of the usual horses.

Addressing a news conference after the state executive council meeting, the state Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba said commissioners and other top government officials have been directed to monitor strict compliance on the use of face mask and social distancing during the congressional prayers.

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“The council, after deliberations at its weekly meeting held on Tuesday at Africa House, Government House, Kano, agreed that the conduct of Eid congregational prayers across the state would be under strict observance of safety protocols.

“The congregational prayers will be strictly supervised by government officials to ensure compliance,” the Commissioner stated.

 

COVID-19: Governor Ganduje Flags-Off Distribution Of Palliatives

 

As part of the efforts aimed at cushioning the effect of the lockdown even as Ramadhan fasting draws closer, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has flagged-off distribution of palliative to the poor in the state.

The flag-off took place at Maganda warehouse in Bompai, Kano State.

Present were all members of the State Fund Raising Committee on COVID-19, under the chairmanship of Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello and his Co-Chair Tajuddeen Aminu Dantata.

“This is a very serious time as we are facing the challenges of COVID-19.

“It has been 3 weeks now since we closed our inter-state boundaries.

“While we are saving lives, the issue of livelihood comes in; especially for those who earn a living with what they get on daily basis,” governor said.

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In a bid to effectively distribute the palliative, which includes rice, semovita, dawavita, spaghetti, indomie, cooking oil among others, the Fund Raising Committee noted that it will adopt sharing on polling unit basis.

Professor Bello, the Chairman of the Committee disclosed that the committee is “starting with the 8 metropolitan local governments of the state. These are Nassarawa, Dala, Gwale, Kumbotso, Fagge, Tarauni, Ungogo and Municipal local governments. And for each of the local government, we have identified certain number of beneficiaries.”

He added that, “In Nassarawa we have 3,122 beneficiaries, Dala we have 2,672 beneficiaries, in Gwale we have 1,800 beneficiaries, in Kumbotso we have 1,632 beneficiaries, in Fagge we have 2,084 beneficiaries, in Tarauni we have 1,606 beneficiaries, in Ungogo we have 1,536 beneficiaries and in Municipal we have 2,524 beneficiaries.”

Governor Ganduje urged the beneficiaries to be orderly while collecting their items, without any disrespect to those responsible for the distribution, such as traditional leaders and other community leaders, who shoulder the responsibility.

“I urge people to observe the protocols of the COVID-19 as provided by health professionals. Frequent hand washing with soap and running water, use of hand sanitizer is equally important and necessary, social distancing must be observed at all times. I also enjoy people to make sure that they respect the lockdown order,” the governor stated.

   

 

New Emirates Now History, Says Kano State Government

 

 

Kano state government Monday insisted that the creation of new Emirates in the state which followed due process has come to stay, and is also part of an effort to reform obsolete laws guiding the existence of the traditional institution totally with existing reality.

It says for a traditional institution to stand the test of time and move in pace with the global world, it will have to be fine-tuned and restructured in such a way that it can help in accelerating the development and socio-economic reality of the people.

A press statement signed by the commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba indicates that following the signing into law bill for the establishment of the new Emirates of Bichi, Rano Gaya and Karaye, a bunch of partisan and self-appointed elitist group, Advocate for United Kano, claiming to be speaking on behalf of the people of Kano sprang up, spreading fib on government’s decision to create additional Emirates in the state.

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He says whereas the people of Kano overwhelmingly welcome the development, the group, which membership is more of opposition, is trying to, at all cost, depict that old heritage is being destroyed but could not say exactly how.

“From what we have understood, it is a group of people with an inclination to the opposition party in the state. They do not represent anyone but themselves and just trying desperately to become relevant in the scheme of things,‘’ the statement adds.

Malam Garba further explains that the establishment of additional Emirates in the state is aimed at bringing more development to the people of the new Emirates and also the need to bring traditional institutions closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.

He says to demonstrate his sincerity, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje appointed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as the new Chairman of the Kano State Council of Chiefs.

Malam Garba says there are some policies and programmes on health, security and the recently introduced Free and Compulsory Education at Basic and Secondary level that will require the active participation of the community especially the traditional institution which has now been decentralized for effective implementation and coordination.

He urges the people in the state to remain calm, law-abiding and resist any temptation by some group of people to plunge the state to undue tension.

Kano Govt Continues To Recognise Emirs As First Class Despite Court Ruling

 

Despite a State High Court ruling which nullified the creation of four additional Emirates in Kano State, the State Government says it still recognizes the new Emirs as first-class monarchs in their respective kingdoms.

A communique issued by the state commissioner of information and internal affairs Muhammad Garba states that the Kano State Government will not fold its arms and concede to threats on constitutional power in the interest of the wellbeing of the people and general development of the state.

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It further states that the Kano State government is studying the ruling of Kano High Court on the creation of four new Emirates in the state with a view to taking immediate appropriate action.

Malam Muhammad Garba regretted that “despite the constitutional power and authority conferred on the State Assembly on such progressive and important issue, the court rules otherwise.”

Malam Garba says despite the ruling, the government still recognizes them as First Class Emirs and will continue dealing with them as such.

Regarding protests which are ongoing across all four Emirates against the High Court ruling, the commissioner advised people to be calm and law-abiding even as further actions are awaited.

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. 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.

Emir Of Kano Tasks Govt. On Environmental Hygiene

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has appealed to the government to pay much attention to environmental hygiene of the people of Kano State.

The monarch said this was to avoid the outbreak of any disease occurring mostly during rainy season.

He made the call on Friday shortly after he paid tributes to the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to mark this year’s Traditional Nassarawa Horse Riding.

The Emir urged the government and other philanthropists to help the poor and needy, adding that they should continue to pay much attention to the security of lives and property of the citizens.

“We need to pray and remain patience with our government authorities, we should also observe closely the issue of our environmental hygiene to avoid any breakdown.

“I therefore call on our people to pay closer attention to marital responsibilities and refrain from unnecessary divorce, on behalf of Kano Emirate, I want to appreciate both states and Federal government for the current peace and stability we are enjoying in Nigeria today,” he stated.

Governor Ganduje on his part told the Emir that his government had made and was still making concerted efforts to ensure that the lives and property of the people were adequately protected.

Despite the economic crisis, he said his administration was able to pay both local and state government salaries up to date with various projects currently on-going.

The Governor further assured the monarch that that government would complete all inherited projects and had already commenced new ones.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.