My Pact With Nigerians Still Stand; ‘I Belong To Everybody, Belong To Nobody’ – Buhari

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday revealed why he said “I belong to everybody and belong to nobody” during his swearing in after he won the 2015 presidential election.

Buhari who spoke at a state dinner organized in his honour by the Kano state Government reiterated his commitment to Nigerians saying they are the primary purpose of his government.

This was contained in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

He said, “My problem is Nigeria and I have been involved in almost all the instability Nigeria experienced – the civil war, the coups and counter- coups.

“That was why I said during my swearing- in that ‘I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody’.”

Buhari further congratulated Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on his development strides in the state.

He called on other political office holders to emulate and support the state governor.

He added, “He is a great politician and I am afraid I am still learning.”

The President reaffirmed that his message at his inaugural address would continue to guide his stewardship to Nigerians.

Buhari Frees 500 Inmates In Kano

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has pardoned 500 inmates of the Kurmawa Central Prisons in Kano metropolis as part of Federal Government’s efforts to decongest prisons.

Buhari who was in Kano on a two-day official visit granted the pardon when he arrived at the place in company of the state Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje on Wednesday.

The prisoners include males and females.

The president advised the affected inmates to be of good behaviour and shun anything that could bring them back to prison.

He charged them to engage in lawful ventures to enable them to become useful members of the society.

The president also gave the inmates an undisclosed amount of money to transport themselves to their respective homes.

In his remarks, Ganduje also advised the inmates to conduct themselves well and contribute meaningfully to societal development.

Buhari earlier visited the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Nigeria Is Blessed To Have Dangote – Ganduje

The Governor of Kano State, Dr Umar Ganduje on Monday said that Nigeria and indeed the world are blessed to have Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the president of Dangote Group in the business world.

Ganduje, who was speaking at Dangote Special Day, described the revered business as the ‘Pride of the Black Race’, adding that his investments have placed Nigeria in the global economic sphere.

Represented by state Commissioner of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism Ahmad Rabiu, the Governor said Dangote is synonymous with development given the giant strides recorded in the different sectors of the economy.

“Dangote Group and Dangote Foundation have touched lives in the different states in Nigeria and beyond.

“There is no household that does not use Dangote product. Every where you go there are Dangote products and services from which many are benefitting.

“Many sectors of the economy have been boosted- Infrastructure, Agriculture, the Mining sector, Health, Education etc Dangote is surely a man of the people”

Governor Ganduje expressed gratitude to the foremost Industrialist for his contribution and support to the Fairs conducted by Kano state over the years, many of which recorded immense success.

He said there is no doubt that the 38th Kano International Trade Fair will also be a success because Aliko Dangote is involved.

He called on leaders, wealthy individuals and organisations to emulate his unique qualities for a better society by making life a lot easier for the people especially at the grassroots.

Speaking earlier, President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote said the current administration’s diversification agenda has put the Nigerian economy on the right trajectory for growth.

The Africa foremost industrialist said diversification would take the country to the next level, and away from overdependence on oil.

Represented by General Manager Stakeholder Management, Dangote Group, Bello Abdullahi Dan-Musa, Dangote the nation should continue to explore opportunities in the various sectors to grow the economy.

“We are committed to diversification as it is what Nigeria needs and indeed Africa, to add value to our basic endowments for economic growth.

“That is why we are also exploring opportunities in the different sectors, cement, flour, salt, sugar and recently, Oil and Gas as well as Agricbusiness to move the nation forward.

“Dangote businesses are meant to impact the lives of the people in different ways, that is why Dangote Group is structured to deliver basic goods and services that are essential for improving standard of living of the general populace, and have presence in 13 different countries.

Last week, Dangote commissioned its cement plant in Congo Brazaville.

Its mission in the next five to ten years is not only to be the largest brand in Africa but also be amongst the top 20 companies of the World.

Hajiya Maijidda Modibbo of the Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, spoke briefly about Dangote Rice out-grower scheme in line with President Buhari’s policy to reinvigorate the economy, saying it has gone a long way in enhancing farmers and their households.

Participants at the fair thronged Dangote Pavillion to see what Dangote has to offer. They include Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, Dangote Salt, Dangote Rice, Dangote Flour, DanQ, among others.


UNICEF Task Kano Govt. To Strengthen Immunization

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has charged the Kano State government to strengthen its effort at strengthening routine immunization in order to check preventable diseases.

UNICEF’s call came at a time the state is rated 16 per cent in the National Immunisation Coverage against the recommended 90 percent in both outreach and fixed stations.

UNICEF Chief Field Officer in charge of Kano and Katsina States, Mrs. Padmarathic Yadki, who spoke in Kano Monday during the lunch of the state’s 2017 Volunteer Community Mobilisers and Drugs, insisted that more energy is urgently needed to be deployed to save innocent children from morbidity and disability.

Lamenting the devastating effects of severe acute malnutrition bedeviling the state, Yadki advocated the monthly provision of ready to use therapeutic food for affected children.

The UNICEF chief, who applauded the huge investment of the state government particularly in vaccines preventable diseases, posited that “more miles need to be covered to reach each and every child for their survival, development and protection rights”.

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Source: This day

Kano Awards N1bn Contract For Drainage, Street Light

The Kano State Government has awarded a contract for drainage and street light in two local government areas of the state.

This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Bureau of Land Management, signed by its spokesman, Auwal Ado.

It listed some of the projects to include the provision of drainage and interlock tiles in Bichi Local Government Area.

The statement said the drainage and tiles would cover the road linking Sanka Quarters in Kofar Sidi Ahmed, Kofar Dan Iya Aminu and Kofar Wambai in Bichi.

It also said that the government had awarded a contract for the provision of street lights on France-Zungeru road, and Lamido road among others in Kano metropolis.

The statement said the contract was signed on behalf of the government by the Permanent Secretary of the Bureau, Alhaji Muhammad Yusuf, while Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim, signed for the contractor, Thiamin Multi-Service Global Limited.


Source: The Nations

Kano Govt. Declares Friday Public Holiday To Mark Islamic New Year

The Kano State Government has declared Friday, September 22, as public holiday to mark the new Islamic year.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Garba and issued to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday.

The Islamic New Year, which is the first month in the lunar Islamic calendar, coincides with activities marking the nation’s 57th anniversary.

Garba quoted the acting governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, as congratulating the people of the state and Muslims the world over, for witnessing the new year.

He said Abubakar had appealed to Kano citizens to utilise the public holiday to offer prayers for peace and prosperity of the country.

He said the acting governor had reassured the people of the state government’s determination to work hard towards improving their living standards.

He also called on Nigerians to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country.

NAN reports that Friday, September 22, is the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar and it marks the beginning of the new Islamic year 1439 after Hijrah.


Kano Gov Calls On FG To Investigate Southeast Incidence

The Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday in Kano called on the Federal Government to urgently investigate the unfortunate incident, which occurred in the South Eastern part of the country.

Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, while receiving the leadership of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) yesterday at Government House, led by Chairman of the Group, Nasdura Sharif Ashir, urged the Federal Government to also punish those, who are found wanting the disturbing event.

Similarly, Governor Ganduje expressed satisfaction that the situation has been brought under control by security agents in the troubled areas in the South East.

Also, he maintained that if such punishment were not meted to the perpetrators, it would continue to happen, which will not be good for the country.

According to him, I believe that two wrongs cannot make a right, so, all we need is peaceful coexistence that will lead to rapid development of the country.

He also hailed the efforts of the Group in their efforts to douse the tension that has already been generated.

”I consider that the incident is very unfortunate and I commend your efforts to douse down tension, which I describe as patriotic.

”I am not surprised of these efforts because you have been and still demonstrating that your Group believes in one Nigeria and also your disposition in the belief of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ability in stabilizing the nation.

Earlier, leader of the Group said their mission to the Government House is to sensitize Northerners against being provoked to reprisals, following the unfortunate Port Harcourt incident.

Kano Targets Top Three At National Youth Games

The Kano State Director of Sports, Malam Bashiru Ahmed, has said that the aim of the state is to surpass its previous performance at the Youth Games, holding in Ilorin.

Ahmed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ilorin, that the state is participating in more individual events.

“This year’s National Youth Games ( NYG ), Kano is featuring in 15 events and we hope to get medals in 12 events.

“Last year, we had 2 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze and I’m sure we’ll improve this year.

“The state’s target is between 1st to 3rd position.

“We are participating in more individual sports like swimming, Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Wrestling and I’m optimistic victory is ours,” Ahmed said.

He revealed that Eminike Emeka won a silver for the state in the Gymnastics event.

“In the Vaulting Exercise of the boy’s gymnastics event, Eminike Emeka brought the state a silver and more is coming,” Ahmed added.

Scores Injured As Ganduje, Kwankwaso Supporters Clash In Kano

Several people were injured in Kano on Saturday as violence occurred between supporters of the current administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and those of his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Two of those who sustained injuries and were reportedly hospitalised include a former Secretary to the State Government under Mr. Kwankwaso, Rabiu Bichi, and the ex-governor’s younger brother, named Sani.

Narrating her version of what led to the violence, Binta Sipikin, a spokesperson to Mr. Kwankwaso, said the former governor’s supporters went to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, just before the commencement of a traditional celebration, Hawan Daushe.

Ms. Sipikin alleged that on arriving at the palace, police officers there pushed them back using tear gas cannisters and other devices, forcing the supporters to scamper for safety.

“But as that ensuing melee grew, we just saw people hitting us with cutlasses, heavy sticks and other dangerous weapons,” she said. “Then I fell down and my eyeglasses broke.”

She added that while her children were trying to drag her up, she “saw Rabiu Bichi the former SSG standing on me before somebody from his behind hit him with cutlass and another moved forward to stab; him but Kwankwaso’s younger brother used his hands to block and they nearly cut his hands.”

Ms. Sipikin accused Governor Ganduje of being behind the attack. She said it was Mr. Ganduje who mobilised the police and the thugs.

The governor, however, denied the allegation.

The Kano State Commissioner of Information, Mohammad Garba, said the governor was not even in the state when the violence occurred. He said the governor and his team travelled to neighbouring Katsina State to pay Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura.

The president is in his home town of Daura for the Sallah celebrations.

Mr. Garba said when the governor and his team returned to Kano on Saturday evening, the emir’s palace was peaceful and the Hawan Daushe held peacefully.

The state caretaker chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Abbas, also refuted allegations that the governor or his supporters were responsible the attack on Mr. Kwankwaso’s supporters, known as ‘Kwankwasiyya.’

Mr. Abbas suggested that the violence may have been caused by the former governor’s supporters.

“If they didn’t go to the emir’s palace with mischievous purpose, how will the police chase them away if they were peaceful.”

But Ms. Sipikin insisted that the attackers were Mr. Ganduje’s supporters.

“We recognised most of them,” she said. “And right now, our people including the former SSG are receiving treatment at Murtala Muhammad Hospital, Asiya Bayero hospital and AKTH; over 20 of us.”

When contacted on Saturday evening, the spokesperson of the police in Kano, Musa Majiya, asked to be given time to find out the true situation.

Mr. Majiya, a deputy superintendent of police, called back on Sunday morning to explain that the police only got involved when it received a complaint of the violence at the emir’s palace.

He said the police deployed its officials to the scene to maintain peace and orderliness.

Although Messrs. Ganduje and Kwankwaso were allies and belong to the same political party, APC, the rivalry between them has become intense, splitting the party in the state into two.

Efforts by the national leadership of the APC, including by President Buhari who has met both men, to resolve the dispute have failed.

Source: Premium Times

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.

96 Suspected Rapists Arrested Within 2 Months In Kano

The Kano State police command, Public Relations Officer(PPRO), DSP Magaji Majiya, on Tuesday revealed that 96 suspected rapists have been arrested from April till date. 77 of the suspects had been charged to court, while eight cases were under investigation.

Majiya gave the average age of the suspects to be from 75 to 23.

“It is disheartening to note that from April to date we have recorded 85 incidents of rape and other related offences. “A total number of 96 suspects were arrested and 77 cases have already been charged to court for Prosecution”.

Majiya expressed regret that indecency and unnatural offences have been on the increase in the state. He said the Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, has made it a priority to ensure that all such cases were thoroughly investigated and prosecuted. The PPRO assured the public that the police would continue to apprehend all suspects involved in crimes.

He urged parents and guardians to monitor the movement and behaviour of their children, so as to keep them away from criminal activities. Majiya appealed to religious leaders to collaborate with the command in sensitising the youth on the need to shun evil acts.

He further called on traditional rulers, community leaders and other well-meaning residents of the state to join hands with security agencies to fight crime in their communities.