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N52b: KEDCO lose electricty worth drive into it in 2019

KEDCO loses N52 billion in electricity wheeled to it in 2019.

The Managing Director, Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), Alhaji Jamilu Gwamna, said the company lost energy supplied to it by regulators worth about N52 billion in 2019.

Gwamna revealed this in Kano while unveiling the new Customer Strategy and Company award and Empowered Conference.

He explained that KEDCO cannot meet its obligations with the serious problems facing them, adding that they did not find it easy in their revenue collection in 2019.

The managing director noted that they have introduced several measures to curtail energy loss and lack of staff commitments to company growth as well as revenue collection.

He added that such challenges led to the slow down of the company in meeting its obligations.

“One of the strategies adopted includes direct tariff monitoring, feeder supervision and also moves to ensure only revenue paying customers are provided with power to avoid loss and wastages,” he said.

The KEDCO boss expressed concern over the billing system being used by the company as it has serious problems with the balance sheet.

“That is why the company has adopted three new methods of enhanced operational capability, customer experience and serious revenue drives.

“Although, I should commend you all the staff on the 2019 performance which was so far the best by collecting N3 billion revenue.

“But you should know that we are not yet there, because we need a projected N4 billion monthly revenue,” he charged.

He explained that the company’s efficiency is now hovering between 80 to 89 percent, adding that they have now started at 56 percent.

“We should do all we could to improve on that, you can also see that our loss was 56 percent, now beginning of this year we have seen the ratio falling to 36 percent, this is good news that should be sustained,” he encouraged the workers.


Kano Sharia police nabbed 32 suspected prostitutes

About 32 suspected prostitutes have been arrested by Kano State Hisbah Operatives who launched a combat operation on several dark spots in the state after receiving an intelligence report.

Director General of Kano Hisbah Board, Sheikh Haruna Muhammad Sandi Ibn Sina ordered a high profile investigation to establish the complicity of all the suspects who were all dressed in customized Hisbah hijab as a major steps towards a comprehensive rehabilitation. He also invited the parents of some of the suspects for a crucial meeting after his short sermon touched some of the arrested suspected prostitutes.

Sina further stated that any of the suspects found wanting will be facing the law according to the dictates of Sharia.


Court detains corps member over murder of 8 year old boy

…after chasing the boy for plucking fruit from NYSC lodge in kano

A Kano State magistrates’ court, sitting at Nomansland, on Friday remanded Jepthan Peter Makwin, a corps member serving in Bebeji Local Government Area, in custody for murder for the death of an eight- year- old boy.

The deceased Hassan Sulaiman, a class three pupil of Old Mosque Islamiyah School, Bebeji, died in October 2019, after allegedly being beaten by Makwin.

During the arraignment on Friday , the defence counsel filed an application for the bail of the accused person , before the presiding magistrate, Fatima Adamu.

The application was however objected by the prosecuting counsel, Nasiru Fagge .
The magistrate, after listening to the argument of both parties, adjourned the matter till February 4, 2020, for hearing of the bail application .

Meanwhile, the victim’s mother, Zainab Abubakar Sulaiman had said that Makwin caused the death of her son.

“He is culpable and I will never forgive him,” she said.

Sulaiman Aliyu, the victims’ father told reporters that late Hassan and friends used to visit the NYSC Lodge to collect fruits of the Umbrella tree.

“The Corps members love children and freely distribute the fruits to them. After they had given them on Thursday, Hassan went back for more but this particular member got angry. He beat my boy, banged his head to the wall and kicked him severally.”

Mr Aliyu said they refused to take revenge as they believe in Allah and have confidence that the government will ensure justice.

A family friend, Alhassan Muhammad Rabiu, who took late Hassan to a hospital in Bebeji said the boy lost his life after he was taken by the police.

The accused was arrested while the case had been transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

The Kano state NYSC coordinator, Ladan Baba denied that Mr Makwin was responsible for Hassan’s death.

Mr Baba said Mr Makwin ran after the deceased who came in to pluck fruits from an umbrella Tree within the NYSC Lodge. N.Rs learnt

“In the process, the boy fell and hit his head on the wall of the entrance of the Lodge. He was immediately rushed to the hospital and was afterwards confirmed dead,” Mr Baba said.

#Newsworthy. …

Minimum Wage: JNC praises Governor Ganduje of Kano.

The Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC), Kano State council, has commended Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje for implementing the new minimum wage of N30,600, an amount higher than the nationally-approved wage.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of JNC, Mr Magaji Inuwa, and made available to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday.

“On behalf of the Executive Council members of the Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC), Kano State council, the Chairman, Mr Hashim Saleh, heartily congratulates all workers for Allah’s mercy to see the New Year.

“We also congratulate the workers for enjoying the fulfilled promise of the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, who promptly implemented the new minimum wage of N30,600 which is more than Federal Government’s N30,000,” Inuwa said.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano

He said the council had never doubted Ganduje’s sincerity to implement the new minimum wage, knowing full well his track record in salary payments without any hitch.

Saleh assured the governor of workers’ readiness to support his administration in their areas of assignment for the overall success of his ‘worker-friendly’ government.


Kano Governor, Ganduje suspends law that holds men and women from boarding same tricycle.

Govenor Abdullahi Ganduje has finally bowed to pressure which came after an order which banned men and women from boarding same tricycles popularly known as Keke Napep, in Kano state.

Lawan Fagge, spokesperson of Kano State Hisbah Board which is reportedly responsible for the implementation of the new order scheduled to come to full effect in 2020, said the law was suspended after severall meetings with the leadership of the AdaidataSahu Owners.

Speaking to newsmen over the law which attracted condemnation from social media users, Fagge said;

“The decision was taken after consultation with leadership of commercial tricycle operators who pleaded for extension of the implementation date from January 2020 to a much later date.”


Police stopped from prosecuting criminals in Kano.

…with 14 magistrates courts in No-man’s-land

Nigeria Police have been stopped from engaging in the prosecution of criminal cases on behalf of the state at the magistrates’ courts.

Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice of Kano State, Barrister Ibrahim Mukhtar, who disclosed this on Sunday, noted that the responsibility would now be handled by lawyers (state counsels)

He added that since the commencement of the new directive, on the 24th day of December 2019, the criminal justice system in the state has recorded a major leap.

“We have started with 14 magistrates courts in No-man’s-land, where we have deployed three lawyers (state counsels) to prosecute cases before each of the 14 courts.

“In the same vein, we have also sent three lawyers to the three Shariah courts at Kofar Kudu to prosecute Shariah criminal cases.”

Mukhtar explained that his office relied on Section 211 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended, as well as the provisions of the newly-promulgated Administration Of Criminal Justice Law of the state to relieve the police from engaging in the prosecution of criminal cases.

He recalled that police officers were well trained and competent in crime prevention, detection and investigation while adding that under the new arrangement, they would have enough time to focus on these core areas of responsibilities.

The Attorney General also noted that the new arrangement would assist in ensuring diligent prosecution in addition to the fact that it would give room for every party to a criminal case to have an adequate representation in court.

“You find that defendants in criminal matters are always at liberty to engage the services of lawyers, even senior advocates while the state has to make do with police prosecutors whose knowledge of the law is limited,” he stated.

“We hope to see that this trend is changed. We want all parties to have what would be seen to proper representation. We feel it is better to have legal practitioners on the two sides of every criminal prosecution in the state,” he said.

He added that “this would assist in ensuring that all parties have justice in the spirit of equality before the law. We plan to gradually take over the entire criminal prosecution in the state from the police.”

Daily Sun investigation indicated that the new arrangement was received with heavy hearts by members of the police in the state who could not see reason while they should be relieved of their role in the criminal justice system


2 trucks seized by Kano state task force.

…loaded with fake and expired drugs.

The Kano State Task Force on Fake and Counterfeit Drugs has impounded two trucks loaded with fake and expired drugs.

According to statement from the health ministry signed by Malam Ismail Gwammaja, Public Relations Officer of the ministry, the Chairman of the task force and Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, led the hunt for the trucks on receiving an information about them.

It said that the trucks were found in an incomplete building at Unguwar Dabai in Dala Local Government. The statement said that government was committed to curbing the sale and consumption of illicit and fake drugs “especially by youths and women in the state”.

It said that government was strict on its resolve to end the rampant use of the substances and had ordered that the drugs market in Sabon Gari be moved to Dangwauro in Kumbutso Local Government.


Emir sanusi appealed Nigerians on child bearing.

…says bare the ones you can cater for

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has appealed to Nigerians across the country to give birth to only children they can cater for.

The Kano Monarch who spoke at the opening of the 108th edition of Islamic Vocation Course (IVC) organized by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) Zone B, stated that the Almajiri menace that has plagued the northern region of Nigeria is not a religious issue but a social issue that needs urgent attention.

Sanusi also implored male Muslim faithfuls to only marry the number of women they can take care of as there is need to educate every child especially the out-of-school children.

He said;

“If we continued this way, about 40 per cent extremely poor people will be in Nigeria. Poverty in the South West is 20 percent, in the North, it is 80 percent, Lagos is 8 per cent and Zamfara, it is 91 per cent.

“We have been talking about Almajiri for over 30 years. Why are people having families they cannot maintain? Why are people marrying wives that they cannot maintain? The condition is that you are able to provide for your family.

“Instead of having many children, why not have the ones you can cater for? These are the fundamental questions we should ask ourselves. Most of these children roaming about the streets will be adult in the next twenty years and they will be the ones recruited as political thugs by the politicians in the next twenty years, if we don’t take good care of them now. This is my own advice that we must look at. These are not religious issues, they are social issues that need to be addressed”.


Ganduje stops women and men boarding same tricycle in kano.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Wednesday December 25, placed a ban on men and women boarding same tricycle in Kano State.

The Kano State Governor who was represented by Commander-General of Hisbah Board, Harun Ibn-Sina at the closing ceremony of 77th annual Islamic Vacation Course organised by Zone A of Muslim Society of Nigeria held at Bayero University, Kano, said the ban will be enforced from January 2020.

It was further learnt that former governor of Kano, Ibrahim Shekarau introduced commercial tricycles popularly known as ‘A daidaita sahu’ as a means of transportation for women only after banning commercial motorcyclists from conveying women.

However after Shekerau left government, tricycles have been allowed to carry people of both sexes before the recent ban.


APC governor’s forum rates kano No.1 on good government.

…initiates Progressive Strides- Tracking

The APC Progressive Governors’ Forum has rated Kano State as leading all other states for the third time in the areas of security, infrastructural development, health, education and economy, among other areas.

Mr. Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, disclosed this while addressing a news conference in Kano on Wednesday.

He said the rating was contained in the November 2019 Assessment Report released by All Progressives Congress (APC) progressive governors’ forum signed by its Director General, Salihu Mohammed Lukman.

According to him, for three consecutive months from September, October and November, the state had taken the leading positions with various degrees of improvement from one stage to another.

“The Forum initiates Progressive Strides- Tracking Development Initiatives in APC states as part of strategy to further deepen good governance among all APC states in the country through the promotion of healthy competition among the states.

“Under this methodology, the states are assessed on monthly basis and the assessment cuts across all sectors of government, ranging from health, education, agriculture, housing, transport and environmental sanitation among others.

“In a letter sent to governor Abdullahi Ganduje, that was attached with the full scale report of the assessment, signed by the Director General of the Forum, Salihu Mohammed Lukman, Kano was rated the highest with 22 strides,” he said.

He said some of the indices given for the emergence of Kano state as the highest included, the training of 60 youths on maintenance of heavy duty and articulated vehicles and distribution of eight million mosquito nets to residents.

He said others were the all-important summit on education, the commendation from the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on the state”s free and compulsory primary and secondary school education in addition spending N2.4 billion on 1,180 primary and secondary schools, as part of the free education policy.

He said the forum also listed Kano Hydroelectricity power project which it said was set to address Petroleum consumption and climate change.

“In general, there is an all-round increase in the pattern of initiatives introduced by the states with Kano State recording most of the initiatives for this month with 22 Strides, spreading across empowerment, health, education, infrastructure, security, welfare, economy, environment, capacity building as well as justice and sensitisation,” he said.

According to the assessment, Lagos follows with 20 strides, followed by Jigawa with 17 strides while Gombe appears with 14, Nasarawa and Yobe with 12 each.

Others were Borno, Ogun and Osun with 11 strides each, Katsina follows with 10, Kebbi with nine, Niger and Ondo with eight each, Kwara with seven, Edo, Ekiti and Kaduna with six each While Kogi and Plateau had four strides each.

The report also showed that all states in the forum were represented and featured in this edition of the assessment strides.

“Kano moves with significant improvement from the previous assessment. In October 2019 assessment, the state led all other states with 19 strides. And with 22 strides for November 2019,” he added.


Ganduje approves redeployment of perm secretaries.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has approved the redeployment of Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service for a more robust and result-oriented public service.

This is contained in a statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje, in Kano on Saturday.

He said that Lawan Ahmed moves from Ministry of Commerce to Office of the Head of Service; Saleh Ado Minjibir from Government House to Ministry for Local Governments; and Dr Binta Umar Bala from Ministry for Higher Education to Ministry of Health.

Others are Abba Kailani, from Ministry for Local Governments to Establishment; Abba Ibrahim Wada, from Establishment to Government House; Amina Aminu Kano, from Pension Board to Ministry for Water Resources and Usman Bala Muhammad, from Ministry of Health to Ministry of Information.

Also affected are Zakari Sadiq Buda, from Ministry of Finance to Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Binta Salihu, from SERVICOM to Council Affairs Directorate; Ahmed Salisu Abba, Director Budget to Perm. Sec. Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development.

Others are Adamu Abdu Faragai, Ministry for Special Duties to Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Dr Zainab Braji, from Council Affairs Directorate to Bureau of Land and Physical Planning and Hussaini Umar, Director Local Government to Perm. Sec. Ministry for Special Duties.

Others are Lawan Shehu, Zonal Chief Medical Director, Gaya to Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance; Dahiru Ada’u, from Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development to Ministry for Higher Education; Hadi Bala, from Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to Administration and General Services/Office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Also Auwalu Ilyasu Riruwai moves from Ministry for Water Resources to Pension Board; Tijjani Bello Abubakar, from Bureau of Land and Physical Planning to SERVICOM and Hafsatu Ilyasu Aliyu, from Ministry of Information to Ministry of Religious Affairs.

He urged them to justify the confidence reposed in them and work for the development of state.


Kano: Hours after announcement, Emir sanusi accept his appointment.

…long live Kano state

Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has reportedly accepted his appointment as head of Kano State’s Council of Chiefs.

Governor Ganduje’s aide, Salihu Tanko Yakasai a.k.a Dawisu confirmed that the Kano monarch officially accepted his appointment today December 20.

He tweeted;

His Highness, the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi II, has today, officially accepted his appointment by H.E @GovUmarGanduje as the Chairman Kano State Council of Emirs, comprising of all the 5 emirates in the state and other members. Long Live Kano State.

Emir Sanusi accepts his appointment as Kano head of Council of Chiefs

This is coming hours after the Kano monarch was given two days to accept or reject his appointment which came on December 9.


Emir Sanusi to accept or reject his appointment within 2 days.

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has been given two days to accept or reject his appointment as head of Kano state’s council of chiefs by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

In a letter dated December 19 and signed by Musa Bichi, the Permanent Secretary of the Special Duties Ministry on behalf of the Secretary to the State Government, the Kano Monarch was also directed to summon the inaugural meeting of the council in accordance with the provisions of the law.

The letter made available reads;

“By this letter, His Excellency the Executive Governor is requesting His Highness, the Emir of Kano (Sarkin Kano) to indicate his acceptance of otherwise of his appointment as the chairman of Kano State Council of Chiefs as conveyed vide letter no SSG/REPA/S/A/86/T and dated December 9, 2019.

“The acceptance of otherwise should reach His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kano State within two days of the receipt of this letter.

“As you await further directive of His Excellency, the Executive Governor on the matter, it is important to accept the appointment or otherwise.

“Accept the assurance of the Highest esteem and regards of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State.”

Emir Sanusi was served the letter barely 24 hours after Governor Ganduje disclosed that he has received requests to dethrone the Kano Monarch. Sanusi was appointed as head of Kano state council of chiefs on December 9, following Governor Ganduje’s assent to a law that created other emirates which whittled the Emir’s powers.


Breaking: I have been ordered to dethrone emir sanusi – Ganduje said.

…create a state within a state.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said he has received a letter from 35 civil society organisations calling for the immediate dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, for disobedience to constituted authority.

In a statement, yesterday, his media aide said the CSOs were concerned that Sanusi is making efforts to create a state within a state.

He did not list the 35 CSOs but said their request was signed by Ibrahim Ali, chairman of the coalition.

The statement did not indicate if the governor would commence the process to dethrone Sanusi and when that would be done.

The letter entitled “Kano State Emirate Council Law, 2019 : Demand Letter” states clearly that, “The coalition of 35 Civil Society Groups under the above mentioned group (UMBRELLA OF KANO CONCERNED CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS) are curiously studying the unfolding events in the running of Kano State affairs especially in recent time, as it relates to the lingering face-off between the Government of Kano State on one hand and the Emir of Kano on the other hand.”

Reminding specifically that, matters that arose from the aftermath of Kano State High Court decision nullifying the Kano State Emirate Council Law, that was enacted by the State House of Assembly, which eventually paved way for the enactment of another Law, creating additional four First Class Emirates, which also empowers the Governor to take disciplinary measures against any erring emir, “…should be effected,” according to the letter.

The letter lamented that, even the “…second litigation was initiated by the so-called Kano State Elders who indulged their group in their understanding that, the Law was aimed at distorting 1000 years of heritage or thereafter of Kano.”

After narrating all the disagreed areas in the letter, the group demands that, “That the action of the Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II of continued undermining the constituted authority of the government of Kano State and its organs, is not only unconstitutional, but is an effort to create a state within a state. Which no responsible leadership will tolerate and allow to remain unabated.”

After dismissing the “Kano Elders” claim in making reference to “1000 years of heritage” the group deems it to say that, that position was diversionary and only an attempt to derail from the reality…that the so-called elders making reference to 1000 years old heritage are completely derailing from the reality.”


Nigerians react as court dismiss suits to investigate Gov. Ganduje’s bribery video.

Nigerians are reacting to the decision of the Federal High Court in Kano to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a lawyer, Bulama Bukarti, asking the court to order the EFCC to investigate the viral video purportedly showing Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, collecting wads of dollar notes from a road contractor in his state

Journalist Jafaar Jafaar shared series of videos in October 2018 purportedly showing the governor receiving kickbacks from contractors employed by his government.

The court presided over by Justice Egwuatu, dismissed the suit saying it lacked merit. According to the judge, the evidence that must be brought to the court must be cogent and verifiable.

Well, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to react to the news. Many are expressing shock at the decision of the court.

Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video

Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video
Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video

#Newsworthy…Nigerians react as court dismisses suit seeking order for EFCC to investigate Governor  Ganduje over viral bribery video

Kano – Hilarious Man of 75 Married 82 years old woman after courting.

…I will be cooking him delicious food – Fatima

An elderly couple, Muhammad Liti and Fatima Malam got married in Kano state after eight months of courting.

According to a report by the Dala FM, the wedding took place on Sunday night at Kan Fako area of Dorayi town in Gwale local government area of the state.

Mr Liti paid a bride price of N10,000 to his heartthrob who fries Kosai and Wainar Rogo in the area. The couple reportedly threw a colourful ceremony as families and friends as well as hundreds of residents trooped to the venue to witness the occasion.

The bridegroom, who expressed happiness on finding a life partner, said the marriage was based on true love.

On her part, the bride said she would be an obedient wife to her groom, even though he is seven years younger than her.

“My happiness today is equal to that of a pilgrim travelling to Mecca. I am in a happy mood because I have found the love of my love. I promise to be obedient to him. We shall live as husband and wife and do whatever married couples do, not only to be bringing him water or taking water to the toilet for him. I will be cooking him delicious food,” she promised.


Kano Governor Rage – Says No One Can Change New Emirates Decision.

…Ganduje appoints sanusi II as Chairman to demonstrate his sincerity

Kano State government on Monday insisted that the creation of new emirates in the state had come to stay, maintaining that it was part of efforts to reform obsolete laws guiding the existence of the traditional institution.

The government said for a traditional institution to stand the test of time and move in pace with the global world, it has 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 state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, indicated that following the signing into law the 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.
The statement said that whereas the people of Kano overwhelmingly welcomed the development, the group, which membership is more of opposition, was trying to, at all cost, depict the old heritage as being destroyed.

“From what we have understood, it is a group of people with 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 explained that the establishment of additional emirates in the state was 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 said 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 explained that there were some policies and programmes on health, security introduced in the state, among them being the recently introduced free and compulsory education at basic and secondary levels that will require the active participation of the community especially the traditional institution which has now been decentralized for effective implementation and coordination.

He urged 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.


Breaking – Ganduje Under Fire Over New Emirates

…Tofa, Na’Abba, 10 other elders slam Kano gov

Twelve elders in Kano State have accused the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, of working “tirelessly” to destroy the legacy of Kano Emirate Council, remarking that his insistence on creating four additional emirate councils was appalling, misguided and dictatorial.

The elders led by former presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC), Bashir Othman Tofa and the former Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’abba, regretted that despite cautions from a wide spectrum of individuals for the governor to apply reason and rectitude, he went ahead to sign into law, the obnoxious bill.

“As elders, who are sincerely concerned with the unity, wellbeing and progress of the people of Kano State, we consider this singular act by the governor (along with many similar inactions upon which the citizens have expressed their dissatisfaction) appalling, misguided and dictatorial,” they stated.

“We view, with great concern, the impunity with which the governor of Kano State has been running the affairs of the state in total disregard to the wish and aspirations of the people. We hereby call on the governor to, in the interest of unity, peace and progress of Kano State, immediately cause the repeal of the obnoxious law, creating the new emirates.

“Our resolve in this regard was informed by careful consideration of the fact that the personal ambitions of the governor should not be allowed to jeopardise the overall common good and harmonious relationship existing among the Kano populace.

“If however, in the wisdom of the governor, that the new emirates are necessary in order to fast track development, then the law must be subjected entirely to the processes of popular will. This is a matter of strategic public significance and should be subjected to established democratic ideals.

“In making this declaration, we wish to, once again, appeal to the good people of the state to continue to remain law abiding and peaceful in their conducts. We assure all well-meaning citizens that Kano will continue to be great in all endeavours.

“We equally wish to implore other well-meaning Nigerians not to relent in their prayers and other interventions towards finding a lasting solution to this unfortunate aspect of our history” they stated.

The rest of the elders, who issued and signed the statement on behalf of Advocates for United Kano included Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, Malam Abba Dabo, Aishatu Dankani, Dr. Dalhatu Sani Yola, Kawai Audi, Amina BB Faruk , Malam Ibrahim Ado, Dr. Bala Muhammad and Prof. Faruk Sarkin Fada.


Kano Assembly agrees to creation of 4 new emirates

…as ganduje insist

The Kano State House of Assembly, on Thursday, approved the creation of four additional First Class Emirate Councils in the state, thereby bringing the number to five.

NobleReporters culled that a State High Court in Kano nullified the law that earlier established the new emirates, which include Rano, Bichi, Gaya, and Karaye.
The court nullified the emirates on the ground that the petition that led to the creation of the Emirates was presented to the assembly by a private person instead of a member of the Assembly.

After the court verdict, Ganduje immediately sent a letter to the assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Emirate Council bill 2019 .

Reading the bill for the second time during plenary on Wednesday, the Majority leader of the House, Alhaji Labaran Abdul-Madari, said the creation of the Emirates was aimed at bringing more development to the areas.

According to him, the decision to amend the Kano Emirate Council Bill 2019 was in public interest as it will bring the people closer to their traditional rulers.

He said that the move would pave way for more developmental projects in those areas, especially the issue of infrastructure and security.

“The law will also provide the presence of Council of Chiefs, which its Chairmanship will be a two-year rotation among the now five emirs, including the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.

“And the emirs will work hand in hand with the state government and the council of chiefs aimed at ensuring the development of the state and also coordination among them,” Abdul-Madari said.

He explained that with the recent creation of the Emirates, before the court verdict, a lot of developments were recorded in the areas, especially in the areas of security and infrastructure.

“The creation of the Emirates has also brought about job creation, and it has also boosted the business activities of these areas. Therefore, more of such should be expected when the Emirates are fully effective”, he said.

Abdul-Madari added that the creation of the Emirates would make their respective areas to become big cities like the present Kano city.

N.Rs reports that after series of deliberation by the legislators during the plenary presided over by the speaker, Alhaji Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa, the members went into a committee of the whole House meeting.

After the meeting, the legislators adjourned the session to Thursday and they continued from where they stopped on Wednesday.
Shortly after the meeting of the committee of the whole, the lawmakers reconvened and adopted the bill for the creation of the four additional First Class emirate councils.


Seyi makinde choose Ahmed murtala as special assistant.

…says the Kano indigene will serve as bridge between oyo and northerners.

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has appointed Alhaji Ahmed Murtala, an indigene of Kano State, as his Special Assistant on Community Relations I.

He also appointed Mr Femi Josiah as Special Assistant on Community Relations II.

Makinde further approved the appointment of Dr Olufunmilayo Salami as Special Adviser on Health while Chief Jacob Adetoro was named as Chairman of Federal Constituencies Liaison Officers.

A Government House statement said the governor named 14 Constituency Liaison Officers, representing each of the state’s 14 federal constituencies.

According to the statement, Murtala hails from Nasarawa Local Government of Kano State and had his primary and secondary school education at St. Brigid Boys School, Mokola, Ibadan and Community Grammar School, Mokola, Ibadan, respectively.

The statement also said: “He (Murtala) will serve as the bridge between the Oyo State Government and the Hausa/Fulani community as well as other northern groups scattered across the state.

“Dr Salami until her appointment as Special Adviser on Health was a health consultant to the state government.

” She was a United States of America-based Paediatric Emergency Medicine Physician.

” Gov. Makinde charged the new appointees, whose appointments took effect from Nov. 27 , to see their appointments as a call to service and urged them to discharge their duties with absolute loyalty, dedication and diligence.”


Gov. Ganduje presents bill as he seeks creation of 4 new emirates.

…Barely weeks after court threw out the action

Barely weeks after a Kano State High Court invalidated the four new emirate councils in Kano, the state government has initiated a fresh bill to the Assembly for the establishment of the nullified emirates.

A statement signed by Mohammed Garba, the state Commissioner for Information said that the decision to return the bill to the Assembly was approved by the State Executive Council on Sunday night, adding that the Council had endorsed the need for the creation of the new emirates of Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye.
The statement maintained that the Council seriously discussed the decade- long clamour for the establishment of the emirates with a view to bringing more development to the people of the new emirates.

The statement observed that the Council took cognizance of the fact that some of the emirates pre-dated Kano in ancient times, while the efforts to revive them during the Second Republic was short-lived.

It added that the decision to initiate the bill was also informed by the need to bring the traditional institution closer to the people in addition to hastening the speed of socio-economic development as well as the security of the state.

According to the statement, the introduction of the free and compulsory education at basic and secondary levels requires the active participation of the community especially the traditional institutions for its successful implementation.

The statement stressed that the Emirate Council Bill 2019 was amended in the public interest following a Kano High Court action that nullified the law on the ground that the petition was presented to the Assembly by a private person and not a member of the House.

The Council, according to statement, called on the state Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the bill in the interest of the public.

Recall that a Kano High Court, presided by Justice Usman Nabba, had nullified the new emirates and consequently restrained the governor, the House of Assembly, their servants, agents and proxies from giving effect to or from continuing to give effect to the (Appointment and Deposition Law) 2019.
In its judgement, the court held that the purported proceedings or discussions taken by the Kano State House of Assembly in respect of the law violated its own rule adding that the legislators failed to comply with Order II, Rule 3 of Kano State House of Assembly.


Contraband worth N33Million seized by customs service in Kano State. (Details)

The Kano/Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), displayed over N33million, seized contraband items, ranging from foreign rice, second-hand clothing, foreign vegetable oil, valued at N32,926,004.00k.

Speaking to Reporters on Thursday in Kano, at the command’s headquarter, the Customs Comptroller, Ahmed Nasir, said the banned items were intercepted at different times within the metropolis.

Nasir said the operations, following a tip-off, was carried out with the full support of the Armed forces at the volatile area of Kofar Wambai market at the heart of the city.

He confirmed that one suspected smuggler, who is the receiver was arrested, but granted administrative bail.

He said the seizures were made within three days of the operations, which include, “over 494 bales of banned second-hand clothes with Duty Paid Value of N19,124,222.00, 481 bags of foreign rice, with a cost of N10,946,754.

Other seized items include 19 bags of foreign rice of 100kg valued at N850,668,00, as well as 150 Jerry cans of foreign vegetable oil of 25 litres at cost of N2,004,450.00.

Ahmed explained that the second-hand clothes were brought from Aba, fully loaded in two trailers and were subsequently impounded at the market, while the foreign rice and vegetable oil were concealed in eight vehicles and intercepted at the borders of Jigawa and Katsina states

The customs boss, said the command would not relent in its fight in smashing the activities of unrepentant smugglers.

“We need to build the economy of the country, and all hands must be on deck, as customs alone cannot do it, but with the collective efforts and cooperation’s of Nigerians”.