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.


Buhari Is God-Sent To Save Nigeria From Collapse – Oyegun

The National Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, says God sent President Muhammadu Buhari to save Nigeria from collapse.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Oyegun made the observation in Sokoto on Friday when he declared open a three-day retreat organised by the Kano State Chapter of the party for its officials and stakeholders on political party management.

Mr. Oyegun said: ”Buhari was God-sent at the most crucial time in Nigeria’s history.

“He inherited a comatose economy and he has been strenuously working to deliver on his campaign promises centred on the economy, security and fighting corruption.

“Insurgency has been tamed, while the issues of militancy and other related security challenges were being diligently attended to by the President.”

Mr. Oyegun also said that the president was being so “frugal” with every kobo that accrued to the nation, saying that the economy would soon bounce back.

The party national chairman said that no sane and patriotic Nigerian would be pessimistic about the way Mr. Buhari was uniquely tackling corruption.

“Buhari is generally working tirelessly to make Nigeria a better place for all Nigerians,” he said.

Mr. Oyegun stressed the need for internal democracy as well as ensuring the supremacy of the party.

The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said that the retreat was organised for stocktaking on the achievements, problems and to chart the way forward.

Mr. Ganduje said that APC in Kano was still united and indivisible.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said the retreat would help to keep the party on the right track.

Mr. Tambuwal said: “This is to ensure that government is properly adjusted in the interest of the common people.”

Kawu Sumaila, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, restated that governors of the party were its due leaders in the states.

The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa and a chieftain of the party in the state, Bashir Tofa, commended the wisdom of organising the retreat.

The Zonal Vice Chairman of the party, North West, Inuwa Abdulkadir, said that the retreat was the first of its kind organised by any of the state chapters of the party.


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.

FG Sets Up Task Force On Rice And Wheat Production

The Federal government has established a National Rice and Wheat Task Force to set up targets that will yield comprehensible and self-evident results in rice and wheat production in the country.

“What we are trying to achieve is that agriculture is our main stay and we are trying to evolve a strategy for our economy, a strategy for employment and a strategy for feeding our people,” Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, stated on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa during the inauguration of the Task Force.

Osinbajo said the need to feed Nigeria’s population is the focus of the Buhari administration.

“Rice and wheat is our main focus, and we are making sure that in one year we can show the world that we are serious”, he stated.

Emphasizing on the need to develop strategies to rejuvenate the whole value chain, he gave the following as terms of reference to the panel:

“to set up production targets for rice and wheat in the participating states;

“to determine the scope and particulars for government support needed towards the attainment of the set targets;

“to consider and proffer the best off-take and marketing arrangements that will encourage maximum effort among the farmers/millers;

“to determine the rice and wheat value chain deficiencies and recommend solutions for addressing them;

“to mobilize farmers and millers in identified target states to engage the CBN Anchor Borrowers’ Programme and other available support facilities;

“to establish timelines for the delivery of goals set by the Task Force.”

Responding, the Chairman of the Task Force and Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, thanked the Vice President for the consideration and stated that the disconnect between farmers and millers needed to be addressed.

He added that the two bodies in the value chain needed to be mobilized for maximum results.

Members of the task force include Governors of Kebbi State Senator Abubakar A. Bagugu, Dr. A. U. Ganduje of Kano State, and Engr. David Umahi of Ebonyi State.

Others are the Minister of State for Agriculture Lokpobiri Heineken, the President of Rice Farmers Association Mallam Aminu Goronyo and the President Wheat Farmers Association Saliu Mohammed.

Buhari’s Emergence Saved Economy From Corruption-Induced Collapse – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Friday declared that the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria in 2015 saved the country’s economy from imminent collapse due to the mismanagement of public funds and unbridled corruption.

According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister stated this in Kano during a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, shortly before the commencement of the Hausa language town hall meeting in the ancient city.

“For the fact that God loves this country, if any other political party had won the election, there would have been no economy to talk about. They wouldn’t have the courage or discipline to manage the economy,” he said.

Mohammed said through prudent management of resources and the introduction of creative ideas to block leakages, the President is gradually reviving the economy, and assured Nigerians that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel.

“This government, more than any government, has been working very hard because this is one government that genuinely believes in the people; it is one government that really cares for the poorest of the poor. For the first time we have a President whose integrity is actually driving the country,” he said.

He therefore appealed to Nigerians to be patient as the change they voted for will be gradual; noting that the past one year has been spent in laying a solid foundation for the country.

While describing the Kano town hall meeting as unique because the medium of communication is an indigenous language, the Minister said the idea of the town hall meetings is to communicate directly with the people and also feel their pulse on government policies and programmes.

In his remarks, the Kano Governor lauded the Minister for introducing the town hall meeting, particularly in indigenous languages, stressing that it is the surest way of bridging the gap between the government and the people.

“To decide to have the town hall meeting in a vernacular language, I think there is no better style and initiative than that single decision of the Honourable Minister,” he said.

Ganduje observed that following the analysis conducted after the election, it was discovered that not only APC members voted for the President, but that it was the consensus of opinions to pull Nigeria from the brink and return the country to the path of growth and sustainable development.

“In order to harmonise and also to satisfy the aspirations of those divergent opinions that came together and put us forward, there is no better way than this exercise that you have undertaken,” he said.

Buhari Charges North-West Governors To Settle Kwankwaso/Ganduje Rift

President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have intervened in the crisis between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

At the instance of the President, six governors of the APC from the North-west held a meeting on Monday, with Kwankwaso and Ganduje at the former’s residence in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.

Led by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, other governors in attendance were, Nasir el-Rufa’i (Kaduna), Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Aminu Masari (Katsina) and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi).

The meeting, which started around 9pm, lasted till around 3am, when Governor Yari announced that the two politicians from Kano had agreed to work together.

Buhari, it was gathered, was concerned that the crisis may spread to other places and put the APC into trouble.

Kwankwaso’s Chief of Staff, Aminu Abdulsalam, told the newspaper that based on intervention by relevant stakeholders, his principal had agreed to work with Ganduje.

Also, Ganduje’s Director-General on Media and Communications, Malam Baba Halilu Dantiye, said the duo had brushed aside their differences.

Oyegun Warns Against Implosion In Kano APC, As National Leadership Intervene

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, has cautioned the warring parties in the Kano state chapter of the party against creating a problem that might lead to a volatile situation in the state.

His caution came just as the rift that pitched the state governor, Abdullhi Umar Ganduje, against his former boss, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, seems far from receding as 36 state lawmakers and the state executives of the party insisted on Tuesday on the suspension of former state chairman of the party, Umar Haruna Doguwa and the Organising Secretary, Sanusi Sirajo Kwankwaso.
Addressing a delegation of the party’s stakeholders from Kano at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, Oyegun said that allowing crisis to rock a state as sensitive and as volatile as Kano will spell doom for governance in the state.

“So it is in all our interest, your interest and certainly our interest in the national secretariat to ensure that the differences between two of our very very prominent leaders in Kano must not go any further and does not become yet another issue so that we will be feeding the press.
“Let me warn that the greatest disservice you can do to ourselves now is to be having internal wars within the party, internal war in a state as critical to us as Kano state. Kano is an important and critical state to the APC.

“The nation through no fault our is going through more difficult time. We took over in a situation that was worst than we expected. So all of us, all the party, the totality of the party must unite behind our chief executives, the President and the governors.
Oyegun said said the party has already appointed team of three led by a Deputy National Chairman (north), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the party’s
National Secretary, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, and the National Organising Secretary, Osita Izunaso, to mediate in the crisis.
“I am also aware that the governors have also welded in. Lastly I am aware that traditional rulers in Kano State have also welded into this issue. It is a situation that we must not as a party allow to blossom. We must nip it in the bud because it is a most unnecessary, a most distracting a most capable of causing problem in a state as sensitive and to some extent as volatile as Kano State.

While making their position known to the national chairman of APC yesterday at the national Secretariat of the party, the Chief Whip, House of Representative, Hon. Ado Doguwa, who led a large delegation, made it clear that they decided to stand behind the state governor as the leader of the party in the state, “not because we hold anybody in suspect, but to respect the establishment.”

He said that the decision to relieve the chairman of APC in Kano state, Umar Haruna Doguwa and Organising Secretary, Sanusi Sirajo Kwankwaso still subsists, adding that Hon. Abdullahi Abbas has been appointed as caretaker chairman while Ahmed Muhammed as acting Organising Secretary.

The delegation included 36 members of the Kano state House of Assembly, members of the Kano elders committee, former members of the House of Representatives, 38 local government chairmen, 36 local government chapter of APC executives and 19 members of the House of Representatives.

“We Are Brothers”, Gov Ganduje Cools Talk Of Rift With Kwankwaso

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stepped into the confrontation between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and his former boss, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, over control of the party structure in the state.

Ganduje was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. He told reporters at the end of the parley that all was now well between him and the former governor.

He said: “The situation is under control, it is an in-house problem which is under control. We are talking about it. Yes, reconciliation is ongoing and it will work. We have been together for long. We are politically brothers and friends. Therefore, we will make sure that we don’t allow things to continue to fall apart.

Their face-off featured all week in the media following Kwankwaso’s visit to Kano last weekend to condole with the governor on the death of his mother. Trouble broke out after the state government alleged that people suspected to be Kwankwaso’s supporters brandished dangerous weapons and harassed innocent people during Kwankwaso’s visit. The APC leadership in the state also issued a statement strongly condemning Kwankwaso and threatened to suspend him.

The former governor disowned the thugs and accused the state government of whipping up sentiments against him.

The State House of Assembly joined the fray by passing a resolution in support of Ganduje as the leader of the APC in the state.

Asked yesterday whether he would continue to wear the red cap, which is Kwankwaso’s trademark and mostly worn by his supporters, Ganduje said: “What are you seeing on my head now?”

He said he was at the Villa to brief President Buhari on the security situation in Kano, especially on cattle rustling and kidnapping, both of which, according to him, are now under control. He explained that the amnesty package extended to those that have decided to turn a new leaf and their empowerment programme were also discussed during the meeting.

Kano Assembly Impeaches Chief Whip For Ties To Kwankwaso

The Kano State House of Assembly on Thursday impeached its chief whip, Zubairu Mamuda, for recognizing the former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as the state leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mamuda represents Madobi constituency, the country home of Kwankwaso.

The impeachment followed a motion moved by a member representing Nassarawa Local Government Area, Ibrahim Gama, on the floor of the house.

Gama, otherwise known as Lugard, stressed that Mamuda’s removal became necessary due to his disloyalty to the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

The house unanimously adopted the motion and immediately removed Mr. Mamuda.

The members then replaced Mamuda with Labaran Madari, a member representing Warawa constituency.

Kano APC Crisis: 36 Of 40 Lawmakers Pledge Allegiance To Ganduje

The speaker of Kano State House of Assembly, Kabiru Rurum, on Tuesday led 36 of the 40 members of the Kano State House of Assembly to pledge allegiance to the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

PREMIUM TIMES observed that none of the legislators wore the red cap, symbolising disloyalty to the former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso

Crisis broke in the ruling All Progressive Congress in the state when the party chairman, Umar Doguwa, announced a decision to penalise Mr. Kwankwaso for organising a “violent rally”.

Although Mr. Doguwa withdrew his statement three days after, citing coercion by the state government, the party leaders insisted the former governor must be disciplined for his action.

Pledging allegiance to the governor on Tuesday, the legislators expressed their loyalty to the governor as leader of APC in the state.

The speaker also urged the governor to abandon the red cap tradition, which signified loyalty to Mr. Kwankwaso.

He said there was no point donning the red cap when Mr. Kwankwaso and his supporters look down upon the incumbent governor.

The speaker said the entire state assembly is behind the governor, reaffirming that as the sitting governor, Mr. Ganduje is the leader of the party in the state.

In his response, Mr. Ganduje, who appeared in red cap, pacified the lawmakers and urged them to continue using the colour.

He however expressed happiness that the house had identified with him and had shown maturity by identifying with the established line of authority.

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Ganduje/Kwankwaso Rift Intensifies As Ganduje Supporters Vow To Collapse Kwankwaso Structure

The rivalry between Kano State Governor, Umar Abdullahi Ganduje and his predecessor and political benefactor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso took another dimension yesterday when loyalists of the former vowed to dismantle whatever remains of the latter’s structure.

While threatening to smash the political structure of Kwankwaso known as Kwankwasiyya Amana, the Governor’s loyalists said they will replace it with Gandujiyya Akida. They maintained that this is to allow Ganduje reign supreme as leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano, following what they termed, “undue interference’’ in the affairs of the state by Kwankwaso.

Disclosing this on Monday, Special Adviser to Governor Ganduje on Print Media, Alhaji Bala Salihu Dawakin Kudu said plans have been concluded to do away with anything connected to the Kwankwasiyya ideology.

According to him, “Governor Ganduje and his political followers have decided to be on their own. Enough is enough. There is no way you can have two captains in a ship without the ship sinking. As far as we are concerned, soon, you will not hear anything about Kwankwasiyya in Kano.

“Even the red cap will go with it. We are definitely going to dump it because it has no political benefit, as that era is gone. We are now talking about the Gandujiyya Akida ideology, which we are entrenching.”

The Governor’s aide gave the meaning of the new political ideology, Akida, as: “Unshakable belief in certain issues that will be beneficial to the common man and the people of Kano State. It is a political ideology that has direct bearing on the people, their needs and aspirations as far as governance and distribution of democratic dividends are concerned.”

While tracing the root of the frosty relationship between the two camps that were hitherto united, Kudu said: “The main problem is that Kwankwaso wants to be totally in-charge. He does not want to come to terms with realities on ground that he is now a senator and not the governor of Kano State.

“He wants to be dictating for Governor Ganduje from Abuja and this is unacceptable; it does not conform with the constitution of the APC. He wants to be the Alfa and Omega of APC in Kano. This is the dummy his sycophants are selling to him, but every right thinking person knows this kind of game cannot work in Kano today.”

The spokesman, while expressing disappointment at the attitude of the immediate past governor, recalled that, “for 16 years, Ganduje has been loyal and dedicated to (by) Kwankwaso, whom he served two terms as deputy governor.

‘’He helped him in his political assignments. So, one wonders why Senator Kwankwaso will forget so soon, turning this long-rewarding relationship into a frosty one.

“When somebody loses someone, it calls for sympathy. Friends and well- wishers of the bereaved will come around and console him. Now, we ask and we want to know why Senator Kwankwaso will bring people to Ganduje town to insult him. You have been the Governor for about eight years. Now that Ganduje is here, why can’t you encourage him, instead you are stabbing him in the back.”