Ganduje Resolves Kano Assembly Crisis

The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has reconciled the two warring factions of the state House of Assembly.

Following the reconciliation which brought the crisis to an end, the Assembly will reopen on Thursday to further consolidate the resolutions reached at the meeting.

The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, revealed this in a statement to reporters in Kano on Wednesday that the reconciliation meeting was held late Tuesday night at the Government House.

Garba said that the meeting was held  between representatives of the two feuding factions and Governor Ganduje who intervened to resolve the crisis.

He said the intervention was done in the interest of peace and democratic development of the state.

Garba restated that the meeting was held in a matured and responsible manner.

One the aggrieved lawmakers had on Tuesday removed two principal officers even as the police prevented the 24 legislators who stormed the House entry into the complex.

The spokesman of the legislators and a former Speaker of the House, Alhaji Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, had announced the decision of the members while addressing journalists outside the Assembly Complex at Audu Bako Secretariat.

Kano Announces 2018 Hajj Fare

The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has announced N1, 474,167.25 as this year’s hajj fare, just as the board called on the intending pilgrims that have not complete their payment to do so before the closing date.

Briefing newsmen shortly after a meeting with members of the board, the Executive Secretary of the board, Alhaji Muhammad Abba Dambatta, said the hajj fare witnessed a reduction of N63, 972.72 this year.

Dambatta explained that this was the first time in almost 10 years where intending pilgrims would pay less than what they paid in the previous year.

He also called on all intending pilgrims who already paid their fares in excess of the stated amount to come for the collection of their balance.

The executive secretary confirmed that the board had concluded arrangements with regard to the provision of accommodation in the holy land for this year’s hajj.

“We have secured standard accommodation for Kano pilgrims at places that are close to the Harams in both Makkah and Madinah,” he said.

Dambatta said a total of 5,500 seats were allocated to Kano state for this year’s pilgrimage, urging the intending pilgrims that had not submitted their travelling passports to do so as soon possible to enable the board complete the ongoing registration exercise.

Ganduje Invites Fulani Herdsmen To Kano State

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has again called on all Fulani herdsmen resident in other parts of the country to move to his state.

He stated that Kano has vast grazing land to accommodate them and their cattle.

Ganduje further lamented that Fulani herdsmen of Kano origin move to other states in search of greener pasture.

He spoke while inspecting the vaccination of over one million cattle and other animals at Kadawa artificial insemination centre in Garum Malam Local Government Area.

He said: “They don’t have any reason to move out of the state. We take care of them and we accord them the respect and dignity they deserve.

“I am inviting herdsmen from all parts of Nigeria to relocate to Kano because we have enough facilities to accommodate them.

“We have grazing lands in Rogo, Gaya, Kura, Tudun Wada, Ungogo and other reserved places where facilities are in place to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.”

The governor also revealed that already, his administration was in collaboration with the Federal Government and foreign agencies to convert the Falgore Games Reserve into a modern grazing land.

“Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle in Nigeria.

“The place has been designed to contain schools, human and animal clinics, markets, recreational centres and other social amenities that can give the herdsmen enough comfort to take care of their animals and do their business without hindrance.

“These killings must stop. We cannot afford to continue to witness these senseless killings in the name of Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash over lack of grazing land while we have a place like the Falgore Game Reserve under utilized.

“There is no longer fear of cattle rustling in Kano. Cattle rustling are now history because we fought the menace headlong.

“In Falgore right now, we have enough security there. Those rustlers have relocated elsewhere, while some of them who repented from their evil ways were given amnesty and rehabilitated.”

He stated that Kano has vast grazing land to accommodate them and their cattle.

Ganduje further lamented that Fulani herdsmen of Kano origin move to other states in search of greener pasture.

He spoke yesterday while inspecting the vaccination of over one million cattle and other animals at Kadawa artificial insemination centre in Garum Malam Local Government Area.

He said: “They don’t have any reason to move out of the state. We take care of them and we accord them the respect and dignity they deserve.

“I am inviting herdsmen from all parts of Nigeria to relocate to Kano because we have enough facilities to accommodate them.

“We have grazing lands in Rogo, Gaya, Kura, Tudun Wada, Ungogo and other reserved places where facilities are in place to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.”

The governor also revealed that already, his administration was in collaboration with the Federal Government and foreign agencies to convert the Falgore Games Reserve into a modern grazing land.

“Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle in Nigeria.

“The place has been designed to contain schools, human and animal clinics, markets, recreational centres and other social amenities that can give the herdsmen enough comfort to take care of their animals and do their business without hindrance.

“These killings must stop. We cannot afford to continue to witness these senseless killings in the name of Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash over lack of grazing land while we have a place like the Falgore Game Reserve under utilized.

“There is no longer fear of cattle rustling in Kano. Cattle rustling are now history because we fought the menace headlong.

“In Falgore right now, we have enough security there. Those rustlers have relocated elsewhere, while some of them who repented from their evil ways were given amnesty and rehabilitated.”

Senate Intervenes In Kwankwaso And Ganduje Feud

The Nigerian Senate has decided to intervene in the feud between Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano Central) and Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The Senate directed the committee on Police affairs summon the inspector General of Police to provide adequate security to Senator Kwankwaso to enable him visit his constituency in Kano State.

This directive, Senate insisted is to prevent reoccurrence and or avert same action by the security agencies to not someday be taken against any lawmaker who may wish to visit his or constituency.

The lawmakers frowned and condemned in strong term the action of the Kano State Police Command that advised Kwankwaso against embarking on a visit to his constituency.

The police had claimed that the visit would generate tension in the area which may lead to breakdown of law and order.

The feud between the duo, took a deadly dimension when recently, about six members of the Kwankwasiyya and Gandujiyya groups clashed in Kano and several persons were seriously injured.

The resolution became necesasry following a motion moved by Senator Isah Misau (Bauchi Central) on Wednesday, on the alarming thuggery in Kano State where, he noted, carriage of arms by youths have continued unabated. He alleged that the armed youths were sponsored and that the police were also influenced to halt Senator Kwankwaso’s visit to Kano.

Misau queried why some prominent politicians have resorted to providing arms to youths, instead of giving them jobs and asked the Senate to quickly investigate the crisis in Kano State.

But Senators Kabiru Gaya (Kano South) and Barau Jibrin (Kano North) vehemenly kicked against the motion. While Barau described Misau as a busy body who is only interloping into the “backyard squabbles” of the Kano people, Gaya stated that the feud between Kwankwaso and Ganduje is a family matter and should not be brought before the floor of the Senate. He maintained that fervent efforts are on to resolve the crisis.

Although Senator Kwankwaso when asked to comment, blatantly refused to make essential contribution on the issue in plenary, insisting that as statesman, he would not want to speak on a matter that is under resolution.

Meanwhile, Senate President, Bukola Saraki in his ruling advised politicians to always resolve issues amicably with the view to fostering harmony, unity and development.

“We must always try to resolve issues amicably and to also, always detect the kind of matters that will be brought to the floor of Senate. It is not right that a Senator cannot visit his constituency. The committee on police should summon the IGP and they must provide security to Senator Kwankwaso to enable him visit his constituency,” Saraki insisted.

 

Kano APC Chairman Resigns

The crisis in Kano’s political terrain has deepened with the resignation of the embattled ruling All Progressive Congress, APC state chairman, Abdullai Abbas, indicted in the feud between Governor Abdullai Ganduje and his deputy, Hafizu Abubakar.

An aide to the Commissioner of Information, Faizu Alfindiki, confirmed to newsmen that Mr. Abbas had resigned.
Although no immediate reason was given for the decision, it adds another twist to the raging controversy in the party in the state.

The deputy governor had recently, in a radio programme, indicated that he would not run on the same ticket with the governor in 2019, citing the fact that he had been sidelined in governance and party affairs in the state.

He also expressed dissatisfaction with the removal of his ward chairman.

A rattled Governor Ganfuje immediately ordered that the official be reinstated and urged politicians in the state to respect his deputy in all their actions.

It was learnt that the ex-chairman is scheduled to appear before the state assembly although the invitation has not been formalised.

Kano Govt To Construct New Drugs Market

A new drugs market would be constructed at the Kano Economic City, the governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has revealed.
“Already an agreement has been reached between the contractor, JAIZ Bank, the drug marketers and other relevant stakeholders in respect of the project”, he governor added.
The move, he stated, was in compliance with directives of the Federal Ministry of Health, to build separate market for drug vendors, to ensure that their business was properly supervised.
Governor Ganduje made the disclosure on Wednesday evening, in Kano, while receiving an award given to him during the recent National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Annual conference, where he was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar.
The honor was based on Governor Ganduje’s stride in checking the menace of drug abuse and his remarkable effort in supporting the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Maintaining that his administration is deeply concerned about the level of drug abuse and trafficking in the state, he announced that in consolidation of its anti drug war, the state government has not too long ago, confiscated banned drugs worth hundreds of millions of Naira which would be destroyed soon.
The governor also stated the government-owned Kiru reformatory would soon be renovated and expanded to include a separate section for female drug abusers, lamenting that the problem of drug addiction among women, especially married ones in the state, was becoming alarming.
“This situation must not be allowed to continue so while thanking NDLEA for this award, I want to emphasize that our commitment in the war against drug users and traffickers will remain tough”, he said.