Kano to Spend N29 Million on Milk Processing Training

Kano State Government ‎has approved more than N29 million for the training of Fulani milkmaids on modern milk processing.

‎The Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, told journalists that the decision was the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting in Kano on Thursday.

‎Garba said the council also approved N178 million for the payment of 2016/2017 academic session tuition fees for undergraduates of the state origin at Igbinedion University, Okada, in Edo.

He said the council also approved N42 million for the construction of drainage in Darmanawa and Gandun Sarki in Tarauni local government areas.‎

The commissioner said that the council approved one billion naira for the reconstruction of the 12.3km road from Tanye to Dubagau in Kabo Local Government Area.‎

He added: “N781 million was awarded for the rehabilitation of Gidan Maza western bye-pass road in Kumbotso Local Government Area.‎

“Also, N91.6 million has been awarded to provide Gandu and sharada street light.” ‎

Garba said that the council also approved N25 million for the supply of 350 KVA generator and the repair of two faulty generators in Abubakar Rimi Television station.‎

He also said that the council approved N12 million for the maintenance of a mast at the state’s television station. ‎(NAN)

Kano Targets N5bn Monthly IGR for 2017

Kano State Government northwestern Nigeria has projected to realize a total sum of 5 billion naira per month as internally generated revenue for the state in the year 2017 and hope to raise it to 10 billion naira in the year 2018.

This was disclosed at a ceremony at the Kano government house where 765, newly employed staff of the Kano state Internal Revenue Service, KIRS, where presented with certificate of employment.

The state governor Dr. Abdulahi Umar Ganduje urged the people of the state to endeavor to key into the IGR scheme and pay as there was no alternative to providing good governance to the people as oil revenue dwindles.

He said as the state extends the tax net for the benefit of everyone, all hands must be on deck for effective performance assuring that there will be commensurate development with all taxes paid.

“The more tax you pay, the more project you will see on the ground, it will enable us as government to responsibly improve development in the area of health, education, infrastructure, environment among others.

The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue, FIRS, Babatunde Fowler urged Kano people to pay their tax promptly as the state is currently the fastest growing state in the country in terms of tax net widening. “The state is also number one on the register of individuals registered for tax collection with over 900 thousand.”

He expressed hope that Kano state can meet its targeted revenue with seriousness from the newly employed staff.

The speaker of the Kano state house of Assembly Kabir Rurum assured the employed staff that despite amendments that have been made to tax laws in the state in recent times to ease their work, the law makers are ready to do more to enhance work.

He urged them to familiarise themselves with the law to enable easy and confident approach to taxpayers as some tax payers would want to resist payment.

The Kano state currently generates 2.5 billion naira up from the 1.3 billion naira it was generating per month 2015.


Pro-Buhari Rally Hold In Kano

Thousands of people, including women and youths, on Wednesday in Kano held a rally, organised by group, “I STAND WITH BUHARI’’, in support of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The supporters, who converged on the Shoprite at Zoo Road in Kano metropolis, trekked to the Government House through Maiduguri Road and Emirs Palace through the State Road.

The supporters chanted solidarity songs, ‘Sai Buhari’ meaning up Buhari.”

They also carried placards with various inscriptions some of which read: “100 per cent support to EFCC, “We support Buhari’’, ‘’One Nigeria, and We stand with Buhari’’ among others.

Addressing journalists at the Emir’s Palace, the Northern Media Coordinator for the group, Mr. Ibrahim Garba-iceman, said the rally was organised to show solidarity to Buhari for doing good work for the country.

He said that the group was particularly appreciative of the Buahri-led administration’s fight against corruption and insecurity in the country.

He said, “The decision by our group, I STAND WITH BUHARI, to organise the mega rally is to express our support for what Buhari is doing for the country.

“This rally is coming on the heels of the recent revelations on the recovery of billions of dollars and naira by the EFCC.

“It is very unfortunate that by the recent revelations, very few Nigerians are controlling our economy.”

According to him, the group also find it necessary to come en masse and show to the world that Nigerians are solidly behind President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said, “We are not going back until good governance prevails in the country. We will also support Buhari come 2019.”

Garba-iceman said the group would hold similar rally in Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos.

He also said that the group hold a special prayer for speedy recovery of Buhari and his return to the country.

The rally was characterized by tight security with armed policemen providing guarding the group in all the places the supporters went.

Credit: Todays News

Gov. Ganduje Disburse N1 Billion Naira Interest-Free Loans To Farmers

Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje today (Tuesday) disbursed N1 billion interest-free loans under the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme (CACS), to 517 farmers associations, comprising about 4, 000 members in the state.
Launching the scheme at the Government House in Kano, Dr. Ganduje explained that the fund was secured from the Central Bank of Nigeria, for promoting commercial agricultural enterprises.
The governor said the loan, which would be disbursed to small and medium scale farmers groups is part of efforts by his administration to diversify agriculture, reduce poverty, create more jobs and enhance food security.
“Agricultural commodities included in the value added chain to be covered by the loan are dairy production, fishery, cotton, maize, wheat and rice”, the governor highlighted.
“To actualize this initiative and fast track development of agricultural section of the economy, the need arose to reduce the credit on agricultural production to enable farmers benefit from the potential of the sector such as to increase output, generate employment and diversify the revenue base of the state”, he maintained.
Describing agriculture as the way out of the current economic recession and an opportunity for farmers to boost their harvest, Governor Ganduje revealed that a workshop would also be organized to train beneficiaries of the scheme on efficient management of the funds.
Consequently, the governor urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the loans, warning that a special mobile court would be constituted to prosecute any beneficiary who defaults in re-paying the loans at the end of its tenor.
The representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, during the occasion, Malam, Abubakar AbdulKadir who made a presentation titled “CACS Fund: Accessibility, Distribution and Recovery”, explained that the loans were repayable in two years, to enable as many farmers as possible to benefit.
On her part, the state Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Barr. Zubaida Damakka Abubakar, who presented a paper on “How to Run a Successful Agricultural Enterprise”, was of the opinion that farmers should imbibe the attitude of bookkeeping, sourcing raw materials at cheaper price and maximizing time of production to ensure accountability.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Sani Yadakwari a cattle breeder, whose association received N5 million assured that they would use the loans prudently.

Kano To Spend Over N3.8 Billion On New Public Infrastructure

Kano state executive council has approved N3.8billion for infrastructural projects across the state, out of which 45 percent was sourced from Internally Generated Revenue.

The state Commissioner of Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba who disclosed this while briefing journalists on the outcome of the Council’s weekly meeting presided by governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, highlighted that the sum of N870 million was specifically set aside for reconstruction of six new access roads in some rural parts of the state.

The roads include Takai – Albasu (12.5 Km), Dawakin Tofa – Bichi (8.5 Km) and Garun Malam – Agalawa (11.2Mm). Others are Bebeji – Zarewa (7.8 Km) Makoda – Maitsidau -Tsangaya (8.9Km) and Gezawa – Jogana – Nahuce (7.5 Km).

The commissioner also revealed that the council consented to award Kofar Dan Agundi – Emir’s Palace road reconstruction in Kano city at the N239 million, pointing out that the road was proposed for renovation about 23 years ago but was aborted.

Similarly, the council authorized construction of Dungurawa – Dawakin Tofa road at the cost of N615 million while Ungogo – Minjibir road was awarded at the cost of N350 million, the Commissioner stated.

Malam Garba disclosed that N280 million was set aside by the council for the enrollment of 100 males and 50 females into Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), Training Center, Kaduna, maintaining that the first batch of 100 youths trained at the center would benefit with equipments and take off capital in the sum of N16 million.

He further said that N183 million was approved for renovation of 18 divisional libraries and construction of four new ones across the state, adding that N21 million would also be released for the provision of 30,000 copies of the 1438 A.H. Kano Islamic Calendar.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner disclosed that the council has selected a consultant for the proposed Kano city light rail project with a view to ensuring superior quality work.

Kano Winning The War Againsr Cattle Rustling – Gov. Ganduje

Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Thursday, handed over 124 recovered domestic animals to the state Standing Committee on Repatriation of Recovered rustled Cattle to the rightful owners.
Presenting the animals which include 97 cattle and 27 sheep to the committee at Cattle Recovery Camp, Dawakin Kudu, Governor Ganduje commended security agencies, especially the Police, for tackling the menace to a minimal numbers.
Governor Ganduje continued: “I am happy to say that it has been a long time since we last came to here. This shows the prevalence of cattle rustling is going down. It is not my wish and prayer to always be coming here to issue such animals, because if we are doing that, it means the insecurity is increasing, God forbid”.
“So, what we are doing today is ensuring that justice is done by distribution of these cattle to the people claiming to be their rightful owners after careful screening by the committee”, the governor maintained, adding that the Police who confiscated the animals succeeded in discovering arms and ammunitions, while suspects were apprehended and taken to court of law.
The governor pointed out that since the coming of the APC government at the center, the issue of insecurity across the country has reduced drastically, commending President Muhammad Buhari for his courageous approach which motivated the security agencies to work diligently.
In his remarks, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf assured people of the state that his men and other security agencies would make sure that people in all the part of the state sleep with their two eyes closed.
The Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, represented by the District Head of Doguwa, Alh. Aliyu Harazumi Umar thanked the state government for supporting the security agencies in addressing cattle rustling at Falgore Forest, lamenting however, that the rustlers have now resorted to kidnapping.
He stated that to achieve success on the crusade against the bandits, Kaduna and Bauchi state governments must be seriously involved in the fight.
Earlier, chairman of the Standing Committee on Repatriation of Recovered rustled Cattle, who is also the state Commissioner of Local government, Alh. Murtala Sule Garo told the gathering that so far 5,005 cattle, 350 sheep and goats, 6 donkeys, 10 camels and 2 dogs were returned to 141 rightful owners, revealing that the committee also registered 6,040 claimants from nine states of the federation.

Remove Kwankwasiyya Inscription From All Projects In Kano, Court Rules

The Kano State High Court presided over by Justice Lawan Wada has granted an injunction restraining the use of Kwankwasiyya inscriptions on public buildings two years from the date of the injunction.

The plaintiffs, Abdullahi Maraya Barkum, Hamisu Danwawu, and Hassan Sani Indabawa, had filed a case against former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in the State High Court challenging the inscription of Kwankwasiyya names on public buildings.

According to the writ of the summons, the plaintiffs joined the former Governor, his Attorney General, and Commissioner for Justice and the State government as defendants, saying the law of the land prevents anybody from using public funds to promote the personal ego of an individual against the collective interest of the public.

In the judgment delivered by Mr. Wada, the judge ruled that all public projects executed or being executed by the State government were done with public funds on behalf of all the people and persons of Kano State.

He granted perpetual injunction, stating that using public funds to inscribe the name of an individual or private group on public buildings in any form is illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

The judge further granted an order of mandatory injunction compelling the defendants to remove the Kwankwasiyya inscriptions from all public properties in Kano State forthwith.

Mr. Wada also granted injunction restraining the defendants from further inscribing the name Kwankwasiyya on any public properties in Kano State.

Culled from Sahara Reporters

Dogara Condoles With Kano Over Students’ Deaths

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has condoled with the parents, government and people of Kano state over the loss of students who had gone to represent the state at a quiz competition in Lagos.

In a statement released by the Speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, Dogara described the loss as irreparable and prayed that God comforts the parents of the deceased students.

“Kano state has lost very brilliant young minds; this is particularly painful because of the contributions they could have made to developing the state and indeed the country in general”, he said.

“My heart goes out to the parents, friends and teachers of these students; losing young ones can be most traumatic and it is an experience very difficult to put up with”.

“May God grant their parents, fellow students, the school and the rest of us equally pained by this monumental loss the fortitude to bear it”, he said.

The fatal accident, which claimed the lives of the students and their driver, occurred when the students were returning to Kano after they had represented the state in a quiz competition in Lagos.

@SpeakerDogara’s True Position On Kano Market Fire

The attention of the office of the Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, has been drawn to a statement purportedly issued from his office on the Kano market fire disaster on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

The statement quoted the Speaker as saying that it is only when people are godly that such incidents will cease to occur, thereby implying that the fire outbreak served as punishment for sins allegedly committed by businessmen and women in Sabon Gari market, Kano.

We wish to make it categorically clear that the said statement does not in any way reflect or represent the opinion and official position of Mr. Speaker.

As a responsible and responsive leader, the Rt. Hon. Speaker could never have blamed the incident on the same people who lost their properties worth millions of Naira in the inferno.

It would be recalled that Mr. Speaker sent a powerful and strong delegation of leaders and members of the House of Representatives to condole with the people and government of Kano State when a similar incident occurred last month.

We strongly believe that what the people need at this moment of their loss is empathy and not chastisement.

We apologise to all those who feel offended by the statement issued by one of the aides in the office without clearance from either Mr. Speaker or his senior aides.

Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara hereby uses this medium to express his empathy over the recurrent incident.

The Speaker also called for investigation by relevant authorities to unravel the cause (s) of the incessant fire disasters in Sabon Gari market, and condoled with those who lost their properties in a similar incident in Kebbi State.

Buhari Sympathizes With Victims Of Kano, Kebbi Fire Incidents

President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathized with the victims of the fire incidents in Sabon Gari Market, Kano State and Birnin Kebbi Central Market in Kebbi.

A statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president, said President Buhari commiserated with the government and people of the two states.

According to the statement, President Buhari shares in the pain of the victims knowing that the two fire incidents had created major setbacks for all those that had business outfits in the markets.

He also noted with sadness that the incidents had also affected the livelihood of the victims’ families and setting back economic activities in the states.

The President advised the Kano and Kebbi state governments to find out the immediate and remote causes of the fire disasters in the states in order to forestall future occurrences.

President Buhari also called for strict adherence to precautionary standards in buildings and operations in all markets to avoid fire out breaks.

He prayed that the Almighty God would comfort and replenish all those that incurred losses in the incidents.(NAN)

Fire Guts Sabon Gari Market In Kano Again

A mid-night fire has for the second time gutted the popular Sabon Gari market in Kano, destroying property worth millions of Naira.

Eye witness said in Kano on Saturday that the fire which started around 12:30am, destroyed several shops in the market.

According to the witness, the fire had also razed the footwear section of the market.

As at the time of filing this report, men of the state Fire Service were still battling to control the inferno.

When contacted, the Director of the state Fire Service, Alhaji Mustapha Rulwan confirmed the incident.

He said the fire started at about 1am and had destroyed several shops in the market.

According to him, the fire started at the footwear section of the market.

“Our men are still trying to put out the fire as I am talking to you now we are in the market”, he said.

This is the second time in five months that the Sabon Gari market was gutted by fire.