Kano state government to resuscitate Triumph Newspaper

The Kano State Government on Wednesday pledged to rehabilitate the abandoned structures of Triumph Publishing Company, publishers of Triumph newspapers, preparatory to resuscitating the company’s operations.

The Commissioners for Works, Housing and Transport, Shehu Haruna, and that of Information, Sports and Culture, Muhammadu Garba, gave the indication when they visited the company in Kano.

A statement by the state Ministry of Information signed by Ismaila Garba said that the visit by the commissioners was to assess the level of dilapidation of the company’s structure ahead of intervention by the government.

It reported the Commissioner of information as saying that the visit was at the instance of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, as part of efforts to revive the media house and restore its past glory.

The statement also said that the Works Commissioner pledged to mobilise his ministry’s team of engineers to site for the rehabilitation work.


Source: NAN

Ganduje: I can’t have an associate like Kwankwaso for the rest of my life

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, says he cannot have a political associate like Rabiu Kwankwaso, his predecessor, for the rest of his life.

Ganduje succeeded Kwankwaso in 2015 after serving as his deputy for eight years.

The unique thing about their working relationship is that Kwankwaso still chose him when he returned to power after eight years.

But both men fell apart shortly after the 2015 election.

But speaking to select journalists in Kano, the incumbent governor said both of them cannot be in the same camp for the rest of their lives.

“I cannot have ?a political associate like him for the rest of my like him; he too can’t have an associate like me, for the rest of his life,” he said.

He also spoke about the vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the nation’s number one citizen deserves a good rest.

“We pray for the president to be back home safely. His sickness was not an agenda and could not also be an agenda?, so you see the issue is,” he said.

“I know Nigeria is a big country with multi-religious, multi ethnic, multi everything that you can think about, so is easy to politicise issues that are not supposed to be politicised.

“What we believe is that everybody can get sick. So you want to us to start calling him while he is sick, he needs some rest. If he is to talk with every governor, why is he there to get treatment and rest?

“People seize the opportunity to talk rubbish. Some are not wishing him well, so they are expressing their mind that he is sick, he is this and he is that. But he wrote formally that he would go for a vacation and medical treatment. So what kind of information are we looking more than that?”

On the policy of his administration towards education, he said: “Let me start with the challenge? first. First of all as I have been saying, if you have a large population, then you have problem both in education and health, even with the provision of infrastructural facilities. But education is the first victim when the population is large because you have to provide for every child, and it has to be sustained.

“So, in basic education, what we observed is that government cannot do alone, and therefore, there is one segment that is being neglected, that is community participation in education. If you look within the highest number of government schools. This is because apart from the population, not many people are interested in investing in education, that is why we have the value like that.

“Education is so voluminous. Sometimes you become confused on where to start. But I think if you want to start building, you have to start with a foundation, that is why we are putting emphasis on basic education, to ensure that we get it right, to have as many pupils as possible in school to reduce the ones outside the school, and to also invite married people, some organisations that could undertake corporate social responsibilities to ensure that this concept is embraced by the members of the public and I think we are succeeding.”

Kano state government to sponsor wedding of 1500 widows

The Kano State government has announced plans to sponsor the wedding of 1,500 widows in the state.

The plans which were confirmed by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, will see the state government spend millions of naira on wedding packages for the widow brides.

Mr. Ganduje disclosed this while distributing empowerment tools worth over N130 million to 1560 women and youth at Government House, Kano.

Governor Ganduje said the empowerment initiative was to make the youth and women self reliant under the current economic recession in the country.

He said the government had also procured over 520 farm implements and distributed them to young farmers, with N5000 each of the beneficiaries to help them kick start irrigation farming.

The governor warned beneficiaries of the empowerment tools that include popcorn making machines, sewing machines and barbing tools not to sell them off.

He said a giant vocational centre that would train over 24 different skills would soon be completed in the state.


Source: Premium Times

Kano generates N18 billion internal revenue in 2016.

The Kano State Government has realised N18 billion as internally generated revenue from January to date, an official said.

The Chairman of Kano State Board of Internal Revenue, Sani Dembo, disclosed this on Thursday shortly after he defended the board’s 2017 budgetary allocation at the State Assembly.

Mr. Dembo said that in 2015, the board generated N11 billion as tax revenue, while N12 billion was realised in 2016.

He further said “within the 10 month of this year, we also generated non-tax revenue worth N6 billion, making the total of N18 billion generated”.

The Chairman added that some fund recoveries were made which are non-oil revenues which have contributed positively towards the boosting of the state revenue.

He said, the current economic recession has also affected Kano State.

“The State Government had introduced harmonisation system which dictates and streamline the revenues of various State ministries and parastatals revenues into one treasury single account.”

According to him, the system will accumulate Tax Revenue and Non-Tax Revenue.

He also cited example that property tax is a vital source of revenue for developed countries.

The board chairman said the Kano State government is preparing to employ more manpower that will assist in collecting property tax in the near future.

Kano signs $1.8 billion light rail contract with Chinese firm

The Kano State Government has signed contracts valued at $1.8 billion with China Railway Construction Group C18 for the construction of light rail line in the state.


Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje signed the contract at a brief ceremony on Wednesday in Kano.


Mr. Ganduje said the first phase of the construction was billed to take two years, while the second phase of the four-line rail was expected to take another two years.?


He added that the project would? improve the transport system within the state, as well as drive economic activities in the state.


The governor explained that “the project is part of grand design to upgrade Kano to the status of a truly great city, as it will significantly ease movement of goods and services.


“Upon completion, the light rail is expected to cover Janguza-Bata, Jogana-Bata, Dawanau-Bata and Kwanar Dawaki-Bata routes in Kano city.”


He added that a Chinese Bank would provide 85 per cent of the total sum, while the Kano State Government would pay the remaining 15 per cent.


He said that the first phase of the project from Dawanau to Bata would cost 555 million Dollars.


The Chairman of the company, Ben Shinxo, assured the state government of the company’s readiness to complete the projects in two years as this would benefit the public.?

Governor Ganduje signs Anti-kidnapping Bill into law

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has signed the Anti-kidnapping, Abduction and Forced Labour Bill into law after its passage by the state’s House of Assembly.


Ganduje signed the bill? on Tuesday during the weekly State Executive Council meeting at the Government House, Kano.


He said that the signing of the bill into law would reduce rampant cases of kidnapping and abduction in some areas of the state.?


Ganduje said: “I am happy to assent to this anti-kidnapping bill as it will help the security agencies in the fight against kidnappers and their sponsors in the state.

“The law has been in existence since colonial era, but it did not provide serious punishment for kidnappers, therefore, the house has to amend it to suit the current situation.”


He explained that under the new law, any person found guilty of kidnapping would face life imprisonment without an option of fine.?


Ganduje also signed the 2016 supplementary appropriation bill of N20 billion into law.


The governor commended members of the state assembly for putting the interest of the state first in considering bills.?

Procession: Shiite members must obtain police permit – Ganduje

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, must obtain permit and obey police directives before embarking on street procession.

He stated that the Shiite members, who had been having a running battle with security agencies across the country, must recognize the authority of security officials by seeking their permission before holding any gathering.

Scores of Shiite members were gunned down by the police in Kano last week, during a procession, apart from about 300 allegedly killed by soldiers in Zaria, Kaduna State last December.

But Ganduje, who spoke in an interview with journalists on the sideline of the Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award on Friday in Abuja, insisted that the sect members, would not be allowed to break the law and tamper with the rights of other citizens.

He said, ” They (Shiite members) cannot keep breaking the law and tampering with the rights of other citizens.

“As far as they continue breaking the law, the police have to come in. They cannot use their freedom to do whatever they want because they are crossing other people’s human rights.

“As far as we are concerned, they have to recognise the authority of the security agencies, they have to get permission. If they do not get permission, then the police will not allow them to continue the procession that they do.”

Ganduje, who was presented with an award, Abuja, called for the promotion of  Small and Medium Scale Enterprises to enhance economic growth and ensure food sustainability in the country.

The governor said that the SMEs needed more attention than they were currently getting to promote the efforts of the Federal Government to diversify the economy.

Governor Ganduje of Kano sponsors students to study in Egypt.

His Excellency Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR the Executive Governor of Kano State on Sunday (6/11/2016) visited Kano State Students that are studying in October 6 University in Egypt sponsored by the state government. He was received by the Vice Chancellor of the University, the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and other top management officials of the University.
The Governor is in Egypt to see for himself the academic performance of the students, their wellbeing and overall situation they are in. There are 40 students in this institution that are studying Medicine, Pharmacy & Radiology most of whom are in their 400 level.
Governor Ganduje expressed his satisfaction on the condition he found the students to be in as well as their academic performances which the school management disclosed are excellent with 80% of the students having distinction in their results. He also stated that despite the economic hardship back in Nigeria and in Kano in particular due to the decline in revenue from the federation account, his administration will continue to settle the huge debt he inherited of their fees till they graduate.
Governor Ganduje urged the students to remain focused on their studies so that they will graduate with flying colors and return home to render their services so as to fill the vacuum in the health sector of the state, especially now that the governor is determined to complete the 2 abandoned hospital projects of Zoo road and Giginyu.
On their part, the students who spoke through one of them Isiaku Umar Faruk thanked the Governor for the visit which he said showed that his Excellency is concerned about their situation but most importantly the Governor’s efforts in settling their outstanding fees and allowances and also appealed to the governor to settle the outstanding payments.
The school management and the students gave his Excellency a plaque each, to honor him for his exemplary leadership in the education sector. 
Governor Ganduje was accompanied by the Deputy Ambassador of Nigeria in Egypt His Excellency Mohammed Abdulkadir Maccido, Hon Abubakar Uba Galadima representing Bebeji Local Govt in the state Assembly and also the chairman House committee on Higher Education, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Higher Education Hon Jarma and the Executive Secretary Kano State Scholarship Board.

Buhari, one of the most honest Nigerians – Ganduje

Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday in Sokoto said that President Muhammadu Buhari is one of the most honest Nigerians as he has never been found wanting.

Ganduje, who premised his assessment of Buhari on his past track records of sincerity, prudence, honesty and transparency, added that the President’s records of honesty while serving in the military was a referral point for all.

Speaking at the end of a three-day retreat organized for officials and stakeholders of Kano State All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto, the governor commended Buhari for his economic diversification drive, adding that it couldn’t have been any better time than now.

While maintaining that President Buhari’s assurance of change to Nigerians was being seen already in improved security and fight against corruption, amongst others, Ganduje said the ruling APC will continue to do what will make their opponents appreciate them better.

Earlier, the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa while reading the communique issued at the end of the 3- day retreat on Saturday night, declared that Kano state chapter of the APC has passed a vote of confidence of Buhari and his administration.

The communique added that Kano APC also passed same vote of confidence on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party under the leadership of Chief John Oyegun, and Governor Ganduje as well as the party leadership in Kano state.

Hon. Doguwa said efforts were on top gear to translate the party’s constitution into Hausa language to facilitate better understanding of its technicalities by the locals.

This, when done will also enable the officials to become more familiar with the party’s constitution and comply with its provisions in the conduct of party activities at whatever level.

The communique insisted that, rather than using political office for personal aggrandizement, it should be seen and used as a platform for service aimed at ensuring a better well being of humanity.

And towards achieving this, the communique added that, a more mutual relationship anchored on sincerity of purpose leading to effective communication mechanism that is capable of oiling internal democracy be maintained henceforth amongst leaders and followers.

It further noted that, aside ensuring quality relationship with government at all levels in the state, political party discipline should be served at all levels of the party’s structures to promote unity and preserve loyalty among members.

Reacting to the benefits of the 3-day retreat, participants after commending governor Ganduje for his foresight, pledged allegiance to ensuring that the party’s ideology is kept aglow.

They also assured of their individuals and collective readiness to contribute towards the construction of the proposed APC state Secretariat through the party’s Board of Trustees.

Gov. Ganduje flags off October round of polio immunization exercise.

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Saturday, personally immunised six children with polio vaccine to flag off the October round of National Immunisation Exercise against poliomyelitis in Rano local government area of the state.

The governor equally demonstrated hand washing openly to mark this years United Nations Hand Washing Day during the event.

Governor Ganduje disclosed that the routine exercise was to ensure that 100 percent children equivalent to over 3.2 million are adequately captured to stem the spread of the virus.

He noted that for almost two and half years now, the state has not recorded any new polio case, hence the need for unrelenting campaigns to maintain the status.

Ganduje commended the traditional rulers and other key stakeholders for working hand in hand with health workers towards ensuring that all children are immunised, adding that there are no cases of resistance in recent time in the State.

In his speech, the State Commissioner for health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso said that enough vaccines were provided and qualified staff were engaged in ensuring adequate implementation of the Polio immunisation across the state.

He also inspected the exercise in Bunkure and Dawakin Kudu local government areas shortly after the flag off exercise.

In his remarks, the Emir of Kano represented by the district head of Ajingi, Alh. Wada Aliyu said the emirate council and other stakeholders are much concerned over the permanent effect of disability being caused by the polio virus, therefore directing all traditional leaders to enforce compliance by ensuring that their people present their wards for adequate immunisation against the virus.

Also in her remarks, UNICEF Chief Officer from Katsina Zonal Office, Mrs Padmah Wetty charged parents to inculcate the habit of hygienic protection by embracing the culture of frequent hand washing, pointing out that due to unhygienic lifestyle, millions of people die of diarrhea each year.

On Polio immunisation, Mrs Wetty said she was impressed that the Kano State is really committed towards polio eradication, appreciating the fact that since 2014 no new case was recorded in the state.

Kano spends N7.8bn on salaries monthly

The Kano State Government says it is spending N7.8 billion monthly on the payment of salaries to civil servants.

The State Acting Governor, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, disclosed this on Wednesday when the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, paid him the traditional Sallah homage at the Government House.

He said that over N3 billion was for salaries of state government workers, N2.5 billion for primary school teachers and N1.5 billion for local council workers.

Abubakar said the government always pay the workers as at when due despite the economic condition.

He said, “I want to inform his Royal Highness, the Emir that despite the economic recession in the country, the state government does not owe workers a single Kobo as at today.

“It is our stance that payment of salary is an obligation to any serious government, hence our decision to ensure that workers are paid as at when due.”

The acting governor said the administration was also determined to complete all ongoing major projects initiated by the immediate past administration.

“It is our intention to complete all the ongoing projects which have direct impact on the lives of our people”, he said.

He added that the administration had initiated new projects to enhance the living condition of residents.

Abubakar listed the projects to include the construction of Madobi under-path, and rehabilitation of Sabon Gari, Court Road, Kings Road and Rijiyar Zaki road among others.

“In fact we are trying to ensure that we fulfill our campaign promises in order to improve the living standard of our people”, he said.

Earlier, the Emir of Kano, expressed delight on the government’s effort to provide necessary infrastructure for the socio-economic development of the state.

Sanusi urged his subjects to support the government with ceaseless prayer to enable it deliver full democratic dividend to them.

The traditional Sallah homage popularly known as ‘Hawan Nasarawa’, was attended by traditional rulers from across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

The occasion was also graced by prominent personalities including politicians, top government functionaries, members of the Diplomatic Corps and business community, among others.

Governor Ganduje Reaffirms Commitment To Completion Of Ongoing Projects.

Kano State government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensure successful completion of the ongoing road projects within the period stipulated.


The State Commissioner Ministry of Land and Physical Planning Dr. Farouk Bibi Farouk gave the assurance while inspecting the ongoing road construction works at Lamido and Kingsgarden – Kwanar Tudun Wada road in Nassarawa Local Government Area.


Dr. Farouk disclosed that the administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje awarded the construction of 11 new roads project within the Metropolitan and some of these roads had reached completion stage.


The Commissioner, who expressed satisfaction with progress and quality of work so far achieved by contractor of Lamido road, assured people of the area that the road would be completed in the next few days.


He stressed that it was part of the present Administration commitment to be inspecting ongoing projects in order to ensure total compliance with contract agreement by contractors.


While inspecting the construction work of Kingsgarden -Kwanar Tudun Wada road , the Commissioner revealed that all compensations of structures have been paid and the project was achieving tremendous progress.


Earlier, the Managing Director Kano State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KNUPDA) Arch. Bashir Mudi noted that so far the Contractors were progression in line with the conditions agreed on in terms of quality and scope of the said projects.

Kano State Gets First Female Accountant General After 49 Years

Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has approved the appointment of Mrs Aisha Bello Muhammad as the new Accountant General. Until her appointment, Mrs Muhammad was the Commissioner of Planning and Budget in the state.
A graduate of Financial Management and Accounting, Mrs Aisha held several managerial positions in the banking sector including Manager, Kaduna South, First Bank Nigeria Limited, Operation Manager, Minna branch, Head of Credit Risk, and Manager, Area office, Abuja all with Habib Nigeria Bank Limited.
Mrs Aisha Bello Muhammad was born in 1965 and is married with children. A statement  by the state commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba said the appointment is with immediate effect. The erstwhile Acting Accountant General, Ibrahim A. M. Kura, retains his position as Director Treasury.


Kano To Replace Famous Groundnut Pyramids With Rice Pyramids – Ganduje

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says the government is making concerted efforts to replace the famous groundnut pyramids with rice pyramids.


According to the governor, it is for this reason the state government is providing the environment that will encourage the massive production of rice, wheat, and tomatoes.


Ganduje stated this on Friday while answering State House correspondents’ questions after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


He said the state government would provide rice farmers with the incentives they would need to be able to increase the production of the product.


“Now, we are soon going to talk about rice pyramids not groundnut pyramids because rice is the order of the day now.

“The groundnut you are talking about in those years it was the production of groundnut to be exported to the foreign land and be processed and be brought back to Nigeria.

“But now it is a different issue. We have a lot of oil mills that consume the groundnut. So, you will not expect to see the groundnut pyramids as you used to see because the economic situation has change.

“The industrialisation is much better than those days.

“So, you better stop dreaming of groundnut pyramids now. But when you are talking of rice; that is where we need the pyramids now.

“So, we assure you that in Kano we are providing an enabling environment for the production of rice, wheat, and tomatoes.’’
The governor said that during the meeting, he brought the President up to date with the security situation in the state, particularly the issues relating to cattle rustling and kidnapping.


According to him, cattle rustling and kidnapping have been brought under control.


He also said that he briefed the President on the state’s amnesty and empowerment programmes extended to repentant cattle rustlers and kidnappers in the state.


“I briefed the President about the security situation in Kano, in particular cattle rustling and kidnapping which is under control.

“We talked about the amnesty package extended to those that have decided to be born again and the empowerment programme for them and how we are helping the police in order to arrest the situation.

“We talked about irrigation, especially the production of wheat with dry farming. Now, we are getting ready for the production of rice.

“So, Kano State is providing an enabling environment for farmers, cutting off the middlemen; the farmers are getting the best out of it.’’


The governor revealed that the state security apparatus has so far recovered more than 10,000 stolen cattle and returned them to the rightful owners free of charge.


He said that 39 repentant cattle rustlers were being rehabilitated in the state.

“We granted amnesty to those who decided to quit crime. 39 of them came forward to surrender all their arms ammunition, including AK47, with hard drugs like Indian hemp and so on.

“We are planning an empowerment scheme for them.’’


On the row between him and Kwankwaso, Ganduje stated that the situation is under control, saying that efforts have been intensified to address the problem.


“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.’’



Sheriff Will Work For Us In APC – Ganduje

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Thursday said the new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sherriff’s threat that PDP would reclaim power in 2019 was untenable.
Ganduje said this in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen at the monthly All Progressives Congress (APC) media roundtable.
According to him, the new PDP chairman does not have the clout to restore power to any party.
Sherriff had on assumption of office on Monday, boasted that he would ensure power returned to the PDP.

“I do not wish to engage in cross fire, but I will like to tell you that it is the normal utterance of one who wants to impress his followers. I believe it is an empty threat. Looking at the antecedents, the history of the chairman himself, we all know he is a ‘cross carpeter’.

“He is always on the move in changing from one party to the other. Even when he was in All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP) for eight years, he was working for the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Even, the APC started with him, and then he went back to the PDP and we were happy. I am sure in the long run he will work for us, and that is what I believe.
“We are happy because we believe in the long run he would work for us; find out his history, you will believe me,’’ he said.


On establishing state police, which some states have been clamouring for, the governor said that the time was ripe to allow states to be in charge of their own policing and security.


“The situation we find ourselves, I think there is no better time we need the state police than now because the security at the moment requires intelligence information. It involves people who are conversant about the society, who are conversant with the tradition, who are conversant with the culture.
“They are in a better position to assist in terms of surveillance, in terms of collecting information and in terms of being effective.
“So I think the idea of a state police is something that we need to pursue,’’ he said.

Ganduje pledged that his administration would remain law abiding to ensure that President Muhammdu Buhari succeeded in leading Nigeria to the “proverbial Promised Land’’.

“We in Kano state gave President Muhammadu Buhari the highest votes in the federation and we’ll make it a point of duty to work closely with him on his policies, especially pertaining to the three issues of his campaign.
“We are aligned to that; first, the security issue of the country, we are committed to the protection of lives and properties of the citizenry in Kano state.
“Second is the issue of stamping out corruption; that is vital if we must move forward. Third is the economy and that is why we are diversifying our economy.
“We urge Nigerians to give the president a helping hand in order to achieve these three objectives which are beneficial to Nigerians,’’ he said.




Kano Govt. Procures Lassa Fever Drugs

The Kano State Government on Wednesday said it had procured some Lassa fever drugs and relevant equipment to combat the disease in the state.

Dr Kabiru Getso, the state Commissioner for Health, made the remark while fielding questions from reporters on the issue in Kano.

“As at now, we do not have any active case, but the state government has taken measures to check the spread of the disease,” he said.

Getso said that the state government had designated Yargaya Hospital in Dawakin Kudu local government area for the treatment and management of the disease, in case of any further outbreak.

“The state government has procured drugs and equipment needed to manage the cases, and we have provided an ambulance for quick response,” he said.

According to the commissioner, a hotline has also been dedicated for easy communication between communities and healthcare workers in the state.

The commissioner said that the government had constituted a high-powered committee to check the spread of the disease.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recall that two patients died at one of the hospitals in Kano early this month, as a result of the disease.

Ganduje Signs Investment Promotion Agency, Fostering Bills Into Laws

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Wednesday signed the Bill Establishing the State Investment Promotion Agency into law.


Ganduje said law would promote and fast- track the industrialisation of the state.


“The agency will make it easy for potential local, national and international investors to do business in the state’’, he said.


He said the agency was a demonstration of the commitment of the state government to attract investors to the state.


The governor also signed the Fostering Bill into law.


He said that the law would encourage people in the state to adopt foster children who were abandoned by their parents.


Ganduje said the law will also help the adopted children to be morally sound and disciplined.