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BUK lecturer saves Kano-Abuja trees from Julius Berger



Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

The company reconstructing the Kano – Abuja dual carriageway, Julius Berger has agreed to protect the ancient mahogany trees along the road following a plea from a Bayero University Kano (BUK) lecturer.

“We have taken note of the mahogany trees in question and have sort (sic) the consent of our client not to cut down any one of them except where they will interfere with the new road alignment because of the ongoing redesigning.” The company stated.

Julius Berger also committed to filling all borrow pits excavated to during the project.

KANO TODAY reports that Aliyu Salisu Barau, an associate professor in the department of Regional & Urban Planning, BUK had written a letter to the construction company regarding the trees.

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Mr Barau, who missed a flight from Abuja to Kano became worried about the fate of the mahogany trees as he was he was being driven along the road.

“I was unhappy that the remnants of the mahogany trees planted (in the early 1960s) by the late Premier of Northern Nigeria, His Excellency, Sir Ahmadu Bello (the Sardauna of Sokoto) will give way. I was disturbed that soil excavations will trigger land degradation in many places.” He posted on his Facebook timeline.

“My mind is not dry. I have to try salvaging the trees. I scripted a green sermon to the Julius Berger. The giant responded very positively. The trees will live. Everyone can change the world with good words. This is my revolution.” He added.

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AIDS DAY: Kano Hisbah arrests 32 prostitutes, 12 HIV positive



Hisbah Commander @ Minjibir Park

Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano State Hisbah corps have arrested not fewer than 32 prostitutes including 12 who are HIV positive.

Kano Focus gathered that of the 12 HIV carriers, five were aware of their status while the remaining seven were unaware until when they were screened and tested.

The Hisbah Commander General, Muhammad Harun Ibn Sina made this known during the screening and counseling of the persons at the Hisbah shelter in the state.

Ibn Sina said the arrest were made after during a raid of stalls behind a seasonal tomato market, in Badume, Bichi local government area jointly conducted by Hisbah corps and operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

He said during the raid, the operatives have also arrested a woman who specialized in selling condom and nine other men who sell drugs.

According to him, the prostitutes came from a far distance states such as Edo, Anambra, Adamawa, Enugu, Zamfara, Katsina, Cross River, Jigawa, and Republic of Cameroon.

“They were screened and counseled from immoral to become responsible persons since they confessed that it was their first time. And an undertaking was signed that they will not engage in illicit act again. Their relations or guardians will come forward to sign on their behalf before we grant them bail,” the Commander General, Ibn Sina said.

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20 year old man drowns in Kano pond



Nasiru Yusuf

A Twenty year-old man, identify as Safiyanu Mustapha has drowned inside pond in Gaida, Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State.

Kano Focus gathered that circumstances surrounding Mustapha’s death was still under investigation.

The Public Relations Officer, Kano State Fire Service, Saidu Muhammed who confirmed the development to Kano Focus on Tuesday, said the victim was rescued and later confirmed dead.

Mr Muhammad said, “We received a distress call at about 07:50am through Malam Kabiru Hashimu in Gaida, Kumbotso Local Government area notifying us of the incident.

“Upon receiving the information, we dispatched our team to the scene of incident who discovered that it was a man of about 20 years, by name Safiyanu Mustapha that fell inside a pond.

“Victim was rescued and later confirmed dead.

“We handed the corpse to the village head of Challawa, Alhaji Yahaya Zangina for funeral.

“Cause of incident is under investigation,” Muhammad said.

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FG registers 500,000 farmers in Kano – Nanono



Sabo Nanono and Nasiru Gawuna

Nasiru Yusuf

The federal ministry of agriculture and rural development has registered over five hundred thousand farmers in Kano state.

Kano Focus reports that the minister of agriculture Sabo Nanono revealed this on Monday, while flagging off the National trans – boundary aerial pest control exercise held at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport,Kano.

The minister said the ministry has so far registered over five million farmers in the country.

He maintained that the President Buhari administration has initiated many interventions in agricultural sector to cushion the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and ensure socio-economic development.

He explained that the 2020 dry season control of migratory pests is conducted in 12 front line states to address the challenge being face in the sector over the years.

“The federal ministry of agriculture and rural development has so far registered over 5 million farmers in the country country out of which over 500,000 are from Kano. The data gathered would help in proper documentation and ensure smooth running of agricultural activities.

“Due to the destructive effects of these pests especially on cereal crops, the federal government through the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development has been inundated with requests by state governments to carry out aerial and ground control operation against the pests in order to salvage the expected rice bumper harvest,” Nanono said.

He however acknowledged the tremendous contribution of Kano state government to the development of agriculture adding that with cooperation among stakeholders all obstacles that will endanger food and nutritional security can be eliminated in the country.

In his address the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said the control of migratory pests that attack and destroy cereals particularly rice, millet and wheat is meant to prevent loss of the crops.

According to him, the measure is in line with the federal and state government policy of agricultural transformation aimed at boosting production for food security and economic stability.

The governor represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said “Control of Quelea birds results in increase in yield of many crops per hectare and quantity of various agricultural produce we export as well as ensure safer and higher productivity.”

While appreciating the effort of the federal government for conducting aerial operation against the migratory birds in Bagwai, Bebeji, Bunkure, Garun Malam, Kura, Makoda, Rano and Warawa, the governor advised the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development to provide nets to the farmers, destroy roosting sites and ensure use of resistant varieties of the affected crops.

The Governor and the Minister later inspected the Flight demonstration of aerial pest control by AZMAN Group at the airport.

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