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Kano civil servants protest ‘unannounced’ postponement of promotion exam

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Kano State civil servants, on Sunday staged a protest against what they called, unannounced postponement of promotion examination tutorial.

The workers, drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), expressed their anger over abrupt postponement of the promotional examination tutorial, scheduled to take place Sunday, at Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies, in the Kano metropolis.

KANOTODAY gathered that the workers, drawn from the 44 Local Government areas of the state, thronged the premises of the college in anticipation for sitting for the tutorial, but to their dismay, found the gate of the proposed examination hall sealed with a postponement notice.

Our correspondent, who was at the scene, saw the notice of the postponement boldly written and pasted on the gate, but without giving another time for the examination.

The participants, also expressed dismay over the failure of the state Civil Service Commission to notify them about postponement of the examination, lamenting that the commission did not consider the fact that most of them came from far places.

Speaking, one Kabiru Shehu, said the examination was supposed to take place since last year, but the commission has been postponding it to different times and locations.

’’It is almost a year now when government scheduled the examination at different venues but cancels it. I don’t know why, but it confirmed to us that today will be the final day for the tutorial before the grand examination. We paid almost N7, 000 for tutorial materials, but unfortunately they canceled it again to unknown place.

“Another problem is that, despite the money we paid, we hired cars from our respective villages and towns to attend the examination. We spent a lot of money for nothing. Why couldn’t they inform us for any development regarding the matter before inviting us?” he asked rhetorically

The aggrieved civil servants also suggested that, instead of gathering people at one place to write the tutorial and grand examinations, government should organize it to take place at their respective MDAs as practiced before.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, office of the Head of Civil Service, Mustapha Muhammad Fagge, denied the allegation of receiving N7, 000 from the workers, admitting that, the commission charged N1,000 from each staff for the tutorial manual as they need it before taking the promotional examination.

He added that, the examination was cancelled due to some reasons, as the office of the head of civil service would soon announce the next day for the examination.

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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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