Tricycle Strike: Kano PDP Accuses Ganduje Of Economic Sabotage

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A flag of the Peoples Democratic Party.

 

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) says it has noticed with dismay, the intention of the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to destroy the daily economic activities in the state for refusing to reconcile with striking tricycle riders for the last three days.

This accusation was contained in a statement by the Chairman of the PDP in Kano State, Alhaji Shehu Wada Sagagi, issued on Wednesday.

Sagagai asserted that: “Kano is known for various commercial activities on daily basis and the means of transportation remains the major pillar with the tricycle riders as catalysts who cater for at least 80 per cent of the routine movements within the metropolitan city.

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“It is very pertinent to note that Ganduje’s administration has failed its citizens in every ramification, particularly, the state government has done nothing in the transport sector for the seven years of its existence rather it truncated the student’s transportation systems introduced by the govt. of Engr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

“Ganduje and his cohorts have turned the Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) into a major revenue-generating agency instead of being a traffic regulatory agency as it was established to serve with that purpose.

“Hundreds of thousands of the youth are engaged in this business and it generates both employment and state revenue, only a government without a clear economic direction can fight a self-employed youth, women and other individuals at a time when the nation faces a dwindling economy and insecurity that put citizen into abject poverty”.

The PDP further stressed that government should as a matter of urgency address this issue because “allowing the crises to linger on retains the tendency to degenerate into chaos and disturb the prevailing peace in the state as teaming number of our youth are left without means of livelihood”.

The opposition party accused Governor Ganduje and members of his cabinet of keeping mum despite being fully aware of the sufferings faced by the residents of Kano, which includes but is not limited to businessmen and women, civil servants, students of both primary, secondary and tertiary schools, people seeking for medical attention in various health facilities and visitors of the state.

In the PDP’s view, Kano has lost billions of naira and businesses have suffered in the last three days due to the tricycle strike.

The party adds that many offices have not been in full operation, even as it says that the state government has remained reluctant to take any decisive action that could rescue the situation.

Kano Government Appoints Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya As New Emir

A file photo of Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya.

 

 

The Kano State Government has announced Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya as the new Emir of Gaya Emirate.

The announcement was made in the early hours of Sunday by the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji at the Government House.

According to Alhaji, the appointment was based on the recommendation of Gaya Emirate king makers after presenting three candidates for the position.

The decision followed the death of his father Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Kano Govt Directs All Civil Servants To Resume Work

FILE: Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje speaks during the State Executive Council meeting at the Government House on October 6, 2020.

 

The Kano state government has directed all civil servants to resume work with immediate effect.

The State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

He said Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the directive during the weekly state Executive Council Meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.

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Malam Garba explained that the measure followed successes recorded in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state in the last three months.

Kano recorded six new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The commissioner also stated that permanent secretaries and heads of heads of extra ministerial department and agencies are, by this directive, requested to ensure that there is compliance to government COVID-19 protocols and regulations in their work places.

Workers in Kano were directed to stay at home since January 18, following upsurge in cases of the disease.

Ganduje Sacks Media Aide, Salihu ‘Dawisu’ Yakasai

Salihu Tanko Yakasai, a former aide to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

 

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Saturday relieved his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai of his appointment

Mr. Yakasai’s sack was due to his “continued unguarded comments and utterances which are deemed contrary to the stand of the All Progressive Congress (APC) government which he is serving,” the state government said in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information Malam Muhammad Garba.

The sack is with immediate effect.

Mr. Yakasai had called for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over his inability to prevent the recent abduction of schoolgirls in Zamfara State among other security concerns.

But the Kano State Government’s statement said the aide had failed to differentiate between personal opinion and official stand on matters of public concern and therefore cannot be allowed to continue to serve in a government he does not believe in.

The governor also warned political appointees and public servants to guard against making statements capable of drawing superfluous controversy.

The statement reaffirmed the commitment of Governor Ganduje to the policies and programmes of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The sack is coming hours after Mr. Yakasai, known as ‘Dawisu’ on social media platform Twitter, was reportedly arrested by the Department of State Security in Kano.

Ganduje Orders Closure Of Four Tertiary Institutions In Kano

FILE: Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje speaks during the State Executive Council meeting at the Government House on October 6, 2020.

 

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Saturday ordered the closure of four tertiary institutions in the state.

On Friday Ganduje had ordered the closure of ten boarding schools in the state.

The closures were preceded by the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls in neighbouring Zamfara State.

“The Kano State Government under the able leadership of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has directed the closure of some tertiary institutions in the state with immediate effect,” a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Higher Education Dr. Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure, said.

The schools involved are RMK College of Advanced and Remedial Studies, T/Wada; School of Environmental Studies Gwarzo; School of Rural Technology and Entrepreneurship Dev (SORTED), Rano and ABCOAD, Dambatta.

All students of the affected schools were also advised to vacate the campuses as soon as possible.

Dr. Bunkure said the date for school re-opening will be communicated later, noting that all inconveniences are regretted.

Kano Govt. Shuts Down 10 Boarding Schools After Zamfara School Abduction

The Jangebe Government Girls Secondary School hostel in Zamfara State.

 

Following the Abduction of over 300 schoolgirls in neighbouring Zamfara State, Kano State has ordered the immediate closure of 10 boarding schools located at the outskirt of the state.

A statement signed on Friday by the state Commissioner of Education Muhammad Sunusi Kiru, said some of the affected schools are Mariana Sule Science College Gaya, Girls Secondary School Kachacko, among others.

“This decision is part of our resolve to protect our children from any unforeseen circumstances.”

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Meanwhile, Mr Kiru urged parents to bear with the state government over the painful decision, saying it is for the good of the children.

He said schools will resume once the security situation is brought under control.

KANSIEC Distributes Electoral Materials In Kano Ahead Of LG Polls

Electoral materials (File Photo) Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) says it has concluded the distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials to its offices in the 44 LGAs.

Chairman of the Commission, Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday in Kano, ahead of the local government elections on Saturday.

He said this would facilitate the commencement of the voting process on time and enable them to deal with any shortage of election materials on time.

“We engaged political parties, Civil Society Organisations, elections observer groups and other stakeholders in the distribution exercise to ensure close monitoring and to guard against diversion of materials.

“We have also distributed facemasks and sanitisers to the polling units in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.

“Voting will commence by 8:00 a.m. and close by 3:00 p.m,” Professor Sheka said.

According to him, the Commission is working in collaboration with the police and security agencies to ensure peaceful conduct of the election.

To further facilitate this, he noted that the Commission has recruited 48,000 ad-hoc staff for the council poll in the state.

Garba-Sheka said the Commission had deployed its staff to the 11,500 polling points in the 484 wards across 44 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state for the election.

He explained that four members of staff were deployed to each of the 11,500 polling units, to facilitate smooth conduct of the poll.

“We have trained electoral officers and ad hoc staff to enable them to discharge their duties effectively,” he said.

Commenting further, the Chairman said 12 political parties were vying for the 44 chairmanship and 384 councillorship positions in the election.

Garba-Sheka maintained that no political party has so far indicated an interest in boycotting the election.

While reiterating commitment to a free, fair and credible election, the Chairman urged the voters to cooperate with election workers, observe social distancing and conduct themselves in an orderly manner during the election.

COVID-19: Kano Govt Directs Re-Opening Of Public, Private Health Institutions

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje (File Photo)

 

The Kano State Government has approved the re-opening of all public and private health training institutions in the state effective from January 18.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa on Friday.

“His Excellency Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has instructed the re-opening of all public and private health training institutions across the state following a significant reduction in reported cases of COVID-19,” Tsanyawa said.

The institutions include Schools of Basic/Post Basic Nursing and Midwifery, Schools of Health Technology and School of Hygiene.

Dr. Tsanyawa, therefore, reiterated the need for the management of the institutions to ensure strict adherence to all COVID-19 protocols.

10 Killed In Car Crash Along Jigawa-Kano Road

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Ten persons who were involved in motor accident along between Jigawa and Kano State have been confirmed dead.

The young men were said to have been on theor way from Gagarawa Local Government in Jigawa State to Kano State for the Nigerian Navy recruitment when the accident occurred along Ringim.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri who confirmed their death to Channels Television, said two others were injured and are receiving treatment at the Ringim General Hospital.

According to Jinjiri, the accident involved a trailer and a Volkswagen golf three which was carrying 12 passengers.

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“There occurred a fatal motor accident along Hadejia/Kano Road in Ringim Local Government which involved a commercial golf three wagon with REG. NO AA 320 TAR JGW Conveying 12 passengers driven by one Auwalu Muhammad.” Sp Jinjiri said.

He added “the said number of occupants x on reaching Iabdullahii Masallachi area mine x he rammed into stationed daf truck x parked by one Aminu Hassan m’ age 25yrs of malam Madori LGA x after developing a mechanical fault x with registration number DUT201 x Jigawa State.

“As a result, 10 persons including the driver lost their lives while two are responding to treatment x corpses released to relatives”.

Court Acquits Ex-Foreign Affairs Minister Of Receiving N950m

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The Federal High Court in Kano State has discharged and acquitted a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, who was accused of receiving N950 million as campaign fund from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2015 presidential election.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting Mr Wali and Mansur Ahmed on three counts of the allegation, saying the act contravened Section 1 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2011.

Delivering the judgment on Friday, the trial judge Lewis Allagoa, said the prosecution failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Thereafter, he discharged and acquitted the defendants.

Hisbah Writes Radio Kano Radio Station, Wants It To Stop Using ‘Black Friday’

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

 

The Kano State Hisbah Board has written to a radio station, demanding that it stops using the word “Black Friday” to refer to Friday.

According to the letter which was captioned, “Letter of Introduction,” since Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam, tagging it “Black Friday” is derogatory and a thus, should not be condoned.

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“Accordingly, we wish to express our concern on the tagging of Friday as ‘Black Friday’ and further inform you that the majority of the inhabitants of Kano State are Muslims that consider Friday as a holy day,” the letter signed by the Principal Executive Officer II, Abubakar Ali, on behalf of the Commander-General, Hisbah stated.

It added that “in view of the foregoing, you are requested to stop calling the day ‘Black Friday’ with immediate effect and note that the Hisbah Corps will be around for surveillance purposes with a view to avoiding occurrence of any immoral activities as well as maintaining peace, harmony and stability in the state.”

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The Kano State Hisbah Board is charged with enforcing Sharia law in Kano State.
Black Friday, an informal term used for the Friday following the Thanksgiving Day in the United States, is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

It is widely used as a promotional day for promotional sales and goods are sold at discounted rates.

FEC Approves N62.7bn For Construction Of Dawakin Tofa Road In Kano

 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N62.7 billion for the construction of the Dawakin Tofa road in Kano State.

The council approved the funds on Wednesday, noting that the project is expected to last a duration of 24 months.

Meanwhile, FEC also approved the ratification of Nigeria’s membership of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area from the Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment.

“The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, presented a memo today asking the Chief Executive Council to ratify the membership of the African Continental Free Trade Area,” the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said.

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“You will remember that on the 7th of July 2019, Nigeria signed the AFCTA agreement in Niamey during the 12th extraordinary session of the assembly of the African Union.

“The effective date ought to have been July 2020 but as a result of the pandemic, it was postponed to the 1st of January 2021 and all member states were given up to the 5th of December to ratify the agreement. That is precisely what Nigeria did today. The Federal executive council approved our membership of the AFCTA and as such, we have beat the deadline.”

Below are some facts to note about the agreement.

1. The agreement was brokered by the African Union (AU) and as of April 2019, 22 countries had ratified the agreement – the exact number of states needed to allow the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), come into effect.

2. It has a goal of creating a single market – the African Continental Free Trade Area, followed by free movement and a single-currency union.

3. The free-trade area is the largest in the world in terms of participating countries since the formation of the World Trade Organization.

4. Member states are required to remove tariffs from 90% of goods, allowing free access to commodities, goods, and services across the continent.

5. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa estimates that the agreement will boost intra-African trade by 52 per cent by 2022.