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.

May Day: Osun, Plateau Workers Seek Payment of Salaries

As workers across the world mark the May Day, it was a different story for workers in Osun and Plateau State, as the usual funfair did not hold due to nonpayment of workers’ salary and emoluments for over five months.

Speaking to Journalists in Osogbo, Osun State capital, the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Osun State Chapter, Jacob Adekomi, ascribed the ‎”no celebration” to non payment of salaries to the workforce.

Adekomi said that as long as the workers’ salaries and other emoluments remain unpaid for five months‎, there is no basis for any ceremonial outing.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC), Osun State Chapter, gathered some of its members for what it termed as a prayer session in spite of the ”no celebration”.

The union said that although they were also in support of the ‘no pay no celebration’, what is required is prayer to help change the trend of things in the nation, particularly as the nation prepares for a transition.

Plateau State

Instead of the usual May Day celebrations, workers in Plateau state gathered at the Labour House in Jos in a solemn mood as salary and emoluments, including outstanding arrears of minimum wage, non release of promotions to workers, non payment of gratuity and pension to retirees, among other issues are still pending.

The NLC Chairman in the state, Jibrin Bancir, in a press briefing, observed that the singular act of bad governance and inhuman treatment of workers over the years by the outgoing regime have put the workers under trauma.

As the workers were reflecting on the situation at hand, another faction that emanated from the national body gathered at the state office of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), led by Anthony Sule John, to address workers and the issue at the national level of the union.

The TUC, with about 12 affiliates comprising mostly senior association members, gathered at their office to also mark the May Day celebrations, with emphases on the plight of Plateau workers.

Kano: NLC Calls For Consultative Committee

KanoAs workers celebrate May day in Nigeria, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kano State has called for the establishment of Labour-Government Consultative Committee.

Addressing a news conference to mark the 2015 Workers Day Celebration, the NLC Chairman, Ado Minjibir, said that the major concern of the union has to do with Labour casualisation in the private sector.

For some years now, Workers Day has been observed on a low level because of the challenges posed by the Boko Haram insurgency in the northern region.

The theme for this year focuses on reviving the workers’ right, especially those who died during service, as the workers in Kano sent their requests to the state government.

The labour leaders said that they would continue to mount pressure on authorities until their grievances are addressed.

Kano Empowers 784 Youths In Agriculture

The Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso

The Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has restated the commitment of his administration to using the farmers and agriculture agents as tools of promoting food security as well as employment creation.

He made the assurances at the empowerment and inauguration of the Young Farmers Club, bee keepers and agriculture extension agents at the Kano State Government House, Kano on Thursday.

The government has taken steps to get young farmers involved in the future of farming  through its inauguration of Young Famers Club in secondary schools in the state and the graduation ceremony for 300 youths who have been trained by the state in the business of Bee Keeping.

The innovation was initiated to create employment and to also develop the agricultural sector in the state, with a honey processing plant being installed to compliment the training.

The Managing Director of the Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA), Suleiman Sani, spoke about the state’s achievements in boosting the capacity of farmers. While admitting that the provision of fertilizers is good for farmers, he revealed that the provision of improved seeds, technology, teaching farmers how to use local manure, are other forms of support that the state has identified, and this has helped double the productivity of farmers in the state.

Some principals of the schools gave reports of the progresses they have made. One of the principals, Kabiru Sani, said that the assistance from the Government had made verifiable impacts on the schools, citing his school as having a garden that boasts of about 9 crops.

He charged fellow principals to embrace the young farmers programme, as it is a way to build a new generation of committed farmers. He explained that having started from school, it would be easier for the young ones to continue in agriculture.

The Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, in his speech, highlighted the role of agriculture in the development of Nigeria, noting that agriculture had been Nigeria’s mainstay in the 1960s before oil was discovered.

Therefore his administration was committed to programmes that would develop the agricultural sector in the state, as well as create employment and promote food security, with empowering the youths in the process, as a priority.

He reeled out other initiatives that his administration has embarked on towards the empowerment of youths in the state, which has led to the increase in school attendance in the state from 1.2 million in 2011 to 2.4 million in 2013.

Governor Kwankwaso also noted that his administration has been building laboratories, libraries, computer rooms and other modern facilities to enhance the quality of education in its secondary schools.

He then called on the farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs in the state who have benefited from the state’s loans and subsidies to fulfil their repayment process in order to help the sustenance of the scheme.

He added that it was gratifying to see the calibre of people present at the event to encourage youths towards embracing agriculture as career and business.

Certificates were presented to the trainees in the bee keeping and other agricultural empowerment programmes. The beneficiaries also received tools for their trade, worth a total of 32,600 Naira per person.

Kano State Council Election To Hold In January

The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) has set January 22, 2014 for the conduct of local government elections in all the 44 local government areas of the state.

The chairman of the electoral commission, Dr. Sani Malumfashi told reporters that 1.5 billion Naira had already been budgeted for the conduct of the election.

For over two years now, grass root politicians in Kano State have been expecting the KANSIEC to announce the time table for local government elections. The delay has been attributed to insecurity across the state.

“Political parties’ campaign is scheduled to hold between February 16 and May 16 2014. Parties’ primaries and submission of candidate’s names to the commission will hold between March 3 and 13, 2014. Sales of forms will begin from March 14 and end on 28. The entire process will hold between January 22 and May 27 2014,” Dr. Malumfashi said, reading from a computed schedule.

‘Timing Not Calculated’

While the commission says the choice of date is considerably rational and calculative, critics say it is unfortunate that KANSIEC is just issuing the time table after over two years of waiting.

Critics believe timing has not been calculated as claimed by the commission’s chairman.

Meanwhile, the proposed date, according KANSIEC, will enable the commission procure both sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, meet with major stakeholders and embark on holistic and extensive voter education campaign across the state.