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Last week in Kano : Interesing pictures from 17 – 23 December 2018

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68th Annual Qadiriyya Procession

Thousands of Qadiriyya adherents participated in the 68th annual procession in Kano on Saturday.

Kano Flyover Contract

Aminu Aliyu Wudil, Kano state commissioner for works signed a N15 billion contract for the construction of Kofar Mata flyover bridge on Saturday.

PDP flags-off 2019 campaign in Kano

A sea of red caps as Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) flagged-off its Kano 2019 campaigns at Bichi on Friday.

Buhari receives top Kwankwaso associates

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria received former Kano deputy governor Hafizu Abubakar and other leading Kwankwasiyya members who have defected to APC on Wednesday night at the villa.

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Kano Emir to head community policing advisory committee

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Aminu Ado Bayero

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has appointed the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero as head of a community policing advisory committee.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Bayero is expected to work together with a deputy commissioner of police, Balarabe Sule, who is also the chairman of a second committee–the State Community Policing Community–to enhance security in the state.

Mr Ganduje inaugurated the two committees at the Government House, Kano on Friday.

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“The committee will be giving advice on how to come about the issue of security in the state,” the governor said, referring to the emir’s team.

Mr Ganduje said there is need for communities to be engaged in the fight against crime.

“We urge people to cooperate with the security agencies in providing them with useful information. Because it is the people of the community who know criminals among them,” he added.

In his remarks the Inspector General of Police, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General, (DIG) Andul Dahiru Danwawu commended Mr Ganduje for his efforts on security in the state.

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Ganduje’s 2nd term worst in Kano history – Opposition

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Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje’s second term is the worst in history according to the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party, a charge that the government has dismissed.

Former PDP chairman and Kwankwasiyya stalwart Umar Haruna Doguwa made the accusation in an interview with Kano Focus marking the first anniversary of Mr Ganduje’s second term.

Mr Doguwa said Ganduje’s administration has not introduced a single new project within the year under review.

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“In terms of infrastructure I have not seen anywhere within one year where one block of new project was put. Just check. New project? This year? No.”

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Mr Doguwa also accused the Ganduje administration of destroying both the traditional and religious heritages of Kano state within the year.

“Kano traditional institution is known far and even beyond Africa. But it was destroyed by only one person for his selfish desire.

“I am referring to the balkanisation of Kano emirate and subsequent dethronement of Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll. This cannot be forgotten.

“Secondly, take Kano as the centre of commerce and religious learning.

“Even in that learning, there was no time in the history of Kano when system of Islamic learning was worst hit, like this one year of Ganduje administration.

“You know the issue of Almajirai which was supposed to be modernised, but destroyed by this administration.

“The worst is branding a particular group of Ulama as anti-government.

These two actions have direct consequences on government progress,” Mr Doguwa said.

Free or Borrowed Education?

The opposition politician also faulted the implementation of free and compulsory education policy by the Ganduje administration.

He accused Mr Ganduje of excluding tertiary students from the program’s beneficiaries as he claimed was the case during the Kwankwaso administration.

“It should also be on record that total free education being operated by Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was given free of charge, without any foreign or local loan from anywhere.

“The so-called free education being operated by governor Ganduje is for a cost.

“Though it is partly funded by some donors, I learnt that he has collected N15 billion loan, for what?” Mr Doguwa said.

He also criticised the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Ganduje administration.

“The way it was handled was nothing to write home about.

“Poor people were put in lockdown without palliatives.

“Even in the steering committee you put children you loved against professionalism. People were not fully sensitised.

“Look, the governor made a pronouncement that the government will give palliatives to 500,000 people of Kano out of about 20 million population.

“Even at that, the governor later said they are starting with 50,000 people, where only four people were selected from each political ward. It is just a sham, and it will not solve the problem.” Mr Doguwa said.

Our government has done well

However, Kano state commissioner for youths and sports, Kabiru Ado Lakwaya dismissed the allegations as mere ranting by the opposition.

Mr Lakwaya told Kano Focus that despite challenges, the government has achieved huge successes in the areas of education, health, economy, youths, transportation and infrastructure.

He said Mr Ganduje is championing the integration of Almajiri into the formal education sector.

“The policy on Almajiri repatriation will continue as it sees the move an opportunity to make life better for them as citizens.

“It is a collective effort by northern governors to tackle insecurity in the region.” He said.

The commissioner also said contrary to claims by the opposition of lapses in the handling of Covid 19 pandemic, Mr Ganduje was the first governor in Nigeria to set up an isolation centre even before the virus reached Kano.

“He imposed movement restrictions and banned inter-states movement all in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus in Kano.” Mr Lakwaya said.

He also dismissed allegations that the government’s only achievement was the balkanization of the Kano Emirate.

“Even the opposition are now happy with the creation of the new Emirates as it helps in developing their communities.

Much needs to be done

Meanwhile, a political analyst, Kabiru Sufi said Mr Ganduje’s second term has achieved a pass mark in the education sector.

Mr Sufi, who holds a PhD in Political Science, told Kano Focus that the government needs to double its efforts to fulfil its promises in education.

“A special launch was made a bill has been taken to the state assembly to secure funds for the program.”

“Launching the program is not enough, as more need to be done, government should redouble effort to actualize the projects, but fairly speaking, government needs to do more.” Mr Sufi said.

The political scientist said the government has also recorded success in infrastructural development though most of the projects are still under construction.

He however argued that critical sectors like agriculture and water supply were not given deserve priority yet, and water supply continues to remain major problem for Kano residents.

Mr Sufi said the government has failed to fulfil its promise of establishing a world class cancer centre though it has launched the project.

He added that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many problems in the health sector which need serious attention.

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COVID-19: AKTH resumes specialty clinics Monday

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, (AKTH) Kano has ordered all the specialty clinics suspended at the facility due to the COVID-19 pandemic to resume services on Monday.

This was contained in a statement signed by the hospital’s spokesperson Hajiya Hauwa Abdullahi and sent to KANO FOCUS on Friday.

The statement said the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Abdurrahman Abba Sheshe gave the order, while receiving donations of medical equipment and consumables worth N16 million from a group of individuals including staff members of the hospital.

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It could be recalled that the speciality clinics were suspended for a period of six weeks due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Sheshe, a professor of surgery, thanked the donors for the gesture.

“We thank the Almighty God for giving the group the wisdom to think of how to contribute their quote in alleviating the problem of the staff of the hospital as well as the patients.

“It is obvious that many patients lost in the last few weeks died due to absent of proper health care services in the state to complement the one provide in the teaching hospital,” he said.

Presenting the donation on behalf of the group, Engineer Sani Umar said the idea of donating the consumables came as a result of challenges faced by doctors and other health workers, who got infected with coronavirus due to lack of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Mr Umar lamented that many patients with hypertension, diabetes, kidney diseases and pregnant women had died because they could not access healthcare at the AKTH due to the suspension of services.

He also thanked Alhaji Abdussamad Isyaku Rabiu, founder of BUA Foundation for donating N10 million to complement their efforts.

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