NNPC Discovers 144 Trucks Of Hoarded Petrol

A monitoring team comprising of security agents and officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have discovered 144 trucks of petrol not streamed by some marketers in Kano.

The NNPC Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Ughamadu said “Sequel to the discovery, resurfaced trucks have been sent to discharge their products at designated locations.

”Of the 144 trucks discovered, 26 were for Katsina, while 118 trucks were to discharge their products in Kano and its environs.

”NNPC warns marketers across the country to desist from acts that may heighten supply gaps noticeable in some remaining parts of the country.

“Security agencies have been detailed to go on the trail of any marketer who may be hoarding products.”

Kano Reports Suspected Case of Monkeypox

The Kano State government through its Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabul Getso, has confirmed that a suspected case of Monkeypox has been recorded in Bebeji Local Government Area of the state.

Whilst informing journalists on Saturday Kano that the blood sample of the victim had been sent to Abuja for clinical verification, Getso said “One of the symptoms of the disease was noticed in the patient, but we are suspecting that the disease is more of Chickens pox than monkey pox… The State also identified 60 people who had contacts with the victims and all of them have been quarantined.

“For now only 11 States are affected by the monkeypox disease and 94 persons are the victims out of which only six are confirmed. The Kano case from Bebeji Local Government is yet to be confirmed. The blood sampling will take three weeks before it is ready.”

Medical and animal science experts have warned of possible outbreak of more zoonotic disease if regulating human-animal relationships is not made an agenada on public health issues.

Monkeypox is a rare zoonotic disease caused by contact with the monkeypox virus that belongs to the same family of viruses that include Variola Virus.

The Monkeypox virus can cause an illness with a generalised vesicular skin rash, fever and painful jaw swelling. Previous outbreaks have led to death in about 1 to 10 per cent of infected cases.
There is no specific medicine to treat the disease, but intensive supportive care helps patients to recover fully.

Erosion Destroys 200 Graves in Kano

The Kano State Commissioner of Environment, Dr. Ali Makoda has revealed, when he visited the Tarauni Grave yard in Tarauni Local Government, that erosion destroyed more than 200 graves at Tudun Murtala grave yard in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state.

He said “Immediately when we received the news, we took an urgent action to ensure that such disaster did not continue.

“Presently we embark on the renovation of many grave yards across the state, especially those at the areas where they are facing the challenges of erosion.

He commended a community development association of the sanitation team at the grave for their efforts at keeping the grave yard clean.

The commissioner pledged to continue to give them all necessary support, especially with the working material to encourage them.

He called on other volunteer groups to also embark on such self-help work with the aim to move the state forward and ensure that all grave yards remained clean.

Makoda commended the public for complying with the sanitation order, calling on them to continue to support the government to keep the state clean.

Kano, Katsina, Jigawa Reject Restructuring, Devolution of Power

Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States have expressed support for a strong and united nation, even as they rejected the growing clamour for the restructuring of the country.

Kano and Katsina also rejected demands for the devolution of power. However, Jigawa went against the grain of its neighbours in the North-west zone by advocating the removal of education and agriculture from the Exclusive List to the Concurrent List in the constitution.

The states declared their position yesterday at a public hearing organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on true federalism in Kano.

The governments were also unanimous on the balance of economic development and spread of social growth across the country.

But, the position of Kaduna State government was not known, as the governor neither attended the meeting, nor sent a representative. He also did not submit memoranda on behalf of the state.

The governors, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State and Aminu Bello Masari of Kastina State, affirmed the country’s unity in diversity.

They said true federalism should not be misconstrued for a weak central government, but rather a Federal Government that should be seen as a strong coordinating unit.

They canvassed the equitable distribution of common resources among the federating units.

The states also rejected the creation of additional states.

Lalong, who is the Chairman of the APC true federalism committee explained that devolution of power, fiscal federalism, local government autonomy and resource control were among the items on its agenda. A former governor of Enugu State, Sylvia Chime, represented him.

President of Igbo Community Dissociates from Kanu, IPOB

Chief Ebenezer Chima, the President-General of Igbo Community Association in Kano state has rejected and dissociated the Igbo from the activities of IPOB.

“We want to state categorically here that we, the Igbos residing and doing business in Kano state, unequivocally state that we dissociate ourselves from the activities of IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu. We are strongly advocating for peace and unity in the land,” Chima said.

Chima called for residents to remain calm while assuring them that the state government under the leadership of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and security agents have given the assurance of adequate security of our lives and property.

“However, we join the South-East governors, the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo and other notable Igbo leaders, to ask the Federal Government to address the issues of equality and even distribution of our common wealth. This, we believe will bring an end to these agitations in the country.’’

President of Ethnic Community Leaders Association (ECLAK) in the state, Dr Jimpat Ayelangbe, also assured all non-indigenes of adequate security of their lives and property.

He said “ECLAK got the mandate to speak to the media by allaying fears of our people over the concern of their lives and property. ECLAK is interested in a united Nigeria because we believe that those not living in their states of origin should not contribute to disorganise the country.’’

Ayelangbe called on his members and other Nigerians to avoid hate speeches in order to foster national unity.

British Government to Invest in Kano

According to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright who recently visited the Acting Governor of Kano state, Prof. Hafizu Abubakar at the Government House,the British Government has expressed its readiness to invest in Kano State to promote growth.

Arkwright who was reportedly in Kano to assess some of the programmes being executed by the Department of International Development (DFID) on education and health said the Commission is impressed with how the programmes are running. He said “The teacher training programme is very impressive and we look forward to more strengthened relationship between Kano State and the British Government.

Responding to Arkwright’s positive remarks and promise of future investments, acting governor, Abubakar said the state government was very grateful for the interventions in the health and education sector through the DFID, noting that “On the teacher development training programme, the state had 50 per cent of unqualified teachers and the need to train them is a must. There are currently 58,000 primary school teachers in the state and most of them don’t have basic teaching qualification.

Kano @50: Kwankwaso Rated 2nd Performing Governor

Kano state Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has rated his predecessor, Dr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso second performing civilian governor of the state after late Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi.

Speaking at a popular radio programme, Barka da Hantsi aired by a private radio station, Freedom Radio on Monday, Ganduje categorized his personal rating into civilian and administrators that governed the state.

Governor Ganduje also rated Rimi as the first performing civilian governor the state ever had, while late Alhaji Audu Bako as the first performing administrator of the state since its creation on May 1967.

“Late Audu Bako is rated first among the administrators that ruled Kano because he has performed wonderfully especially in the areas of Agriculture and infrastructure respectively. He had constructed many dams across the state for irrigation farming and executed various infrastructural projects during his time.

“I personally rated Rimi first performing civilian governors that governed the state for his track records in the areas of education, rural development and media. He is the governor that established Triumph newspaper and the present Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV). In fact, Rimi built up from where late Audu Bako stopped.

“Kwankwaso came second because he has also performed wonderfully especially during our second tenure. After we returned in 2011, we were able to correct our past mistakes, strategized and executed various projects for the people of Kano. It was during his second tenure that Kano got Kofar Nassarawa Bridge, Kabuga and Gadon-Kaya underpass bridges respectively. He also laid the foundation of first Kano independent power project among other projects,” he said.

Governor Ganduje explained that all other governors and military administrators had also contributed their quota towards the development of the state, noting that “the problem most military administrators faced was that many of them did not stay longer on the seat of power, but they have equally performed excellently.”

Source: Daily Trust

Emir Sanusi Advises Kano State Govt. On Education

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II has advised Kano state government to pay more attention to the sector of education saying a knowledge based economy is the key to development.

“Education holds the key to our development. We must continue to give priority attention to the sector because it is the bedrock of any development,” he said.

He made the call in a keynote address at the opening of two-day conference, which is part of week-long activities organized by the state government to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the state.

The Emir further advised the government to prioritize girl-child education because it has great potential to fast track social change and accelerate development.

Emir Sanusi advised the state to exploit areas where it has comparative advantage, stressing that for Kano to remain competitive, it must improve agriculture using private sector driven initiatives, as well as revitalize the power sector.

“Fixing power and agriculture are critical components of any initiative aimed at bringing development to Kano state”, the traditional ruler emphasized.

“We must be ready to change our way of thinking; if we must be able to face the challenges and ensure economic growth and development of the state.” he added.

In his remarks, Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said: “As our dear State turns fifty, we have arrived at the moment in history when we are left with no option but to channel our thought and action towards attaining the desired growth and development”.

“To avail the youth the opportunity to grasp our historical development and refresh the minds of the older generation among us, papers presented at this Conference are expected to analyze the history, socio-political and economic trends as defined by the administrative modalities in the past 50 years”, the governor added.

According to Gov. Ganduje, “this approach and the effect of globalization, ICT etc would enable Kano key into developmental trends including the various scientific options available to meet the current challenges”.

To re-launch Kano to greatness, he restated commitment to adhere to the principle of continuity, consolidation, fine-tuning and introduction of new projects, pointing out that although the task is enormous, his administration is determined to change the economic landscape of the state with the lean resources available coupled with cooperation from all development partners.

Man Gives His Daughter Driving Lessons And This Happens

A driver who was reportedly teaching his daughter how to drive landed in a gutter after crashing into a pole in Kano state. The car occupants were said to have come out of the accident unhurt as residents gathered to see what happened. The vehicle which had the learners ‘L’ sign was later taken towed away.

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Kano Professional Forum To Mentor 500 Young Professionals

The Kano Professional Forum is to mentor 500 young and aspiring professionals in the state.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, the chairman organizing committee for the one-day event, Engineer Ibrahim Khaleed Inuwa said the program aimed at mentoring the young professionals on how to overcome the challenges of excelling and reaching the pinnacle of their profession.

He said young professionals from various discipline ranging from medical doctors, engineers, architects, estate surveyors, accountants, lawyers, bankers, pharmacists among others, drawn from universities and other professional organizations would participate in the event.

The event, Inuwa said would take place on Saturday at theCentre for Democratic Research and Training, Mambayya house in Kano.

“We decided to gather these young professionals to mentor them and give them useful bits of advice from our experiences as professionals that excelled in our various fields so that they will know the challenges and how to overcome them in the course of their work,” he said.

The forum is a combination of different Kano professionals that reached the peak of their professions and held apex positions.

Credit: Daily Trust

Lassa Fever Kills 8 In Kano

At least eight people  have been confirmed dead  in a remote village in Tudun Wada Local Government area of Kano State.

The District Head of the village, Alhaji Bashir Ibrahim Mohammed, reported the incident to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sunusi II.

According to him, the incident occurred at Taka Lafiya village, about 90 kilometres away from the local government headquarters.

Alhaji Mohammed while giving another update on the outbreak to the Kano emirate on Wednesday, said the incident occurred three weeks ago.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, confirmed the incident on Thursday but declined to give details of the casuality figure.

He said: “Two cases of Lassa fever were also confirmed in Tudun Wada Local Government area of Kano thus the state has intensified efforts to curtail the situation.”