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Ministerial Inauguration: Buhari assigns Defence, Agric to Kano



Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

President Muhammadu Buhari has assigned the ministries of Defence and Agriculture to the two nominees from Kano state.

KANO TODAY reports that Bashir Salihi Magashi, a retired general in the Nigerian Army received the Defence portfolio while renowned farmer Muhammadu Sabo Nanono has been assigned to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Both nominees were inaugurated on Wednesday morning along with 41 others.

Mr Buhari retained the Ministry of Petroleum to himself.

Buhari nominates Sabo Nanono, Bashir Magashi as ministers

He also created new ministries such as Police Affairs and Humanitarian Services.

The full list of ministers and their ministries:

  1. President Muhammadu Buhari – Minister of Petroleum
  2. Mohammed Musa Bello – Adamawa State – Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT
  3. Godswill Akpabio – Akwa Ibom State – Minister of Niger Delta
  4. Chris Ngige – Anambra State – Minister Labour and Employment
  5. Sharon Ikeazor – Anambra State – Minister of Environment
  6. Adamu Adamu — Bauchi State – Minister of Education
  7. Ambassador Maryam Katagum – Bauchi State – Minister of State Industry
  8. Timipre Sylva – Bayelsa State – Minister of State for Petroleum
  9. George Akume – Benue State – Minister of Special Duties
  10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri – Borno State – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
  11. Goddy Jedy Agba – Cross River State – Minister of State, Power
  12. Festus Keyamo – Delta State – Minister of State, for Niger Delta
  13. Ogbonnaya Onu – Ebonyi State – Minister of Science and Technology
  14. Osagie Ehanire — Edo State – Minister of Health
  15. Clement Ike – Edo State — Minister of State for Budget
  16. Richard Adeniyi Adebayo – Ekiti State – Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
  17. Geoffrey Onyeama – Enugu State – Minister of Foreign Affairs
  18. Ali Isa Pantami – Gombe State – Minister of Communication
  19. Emeka Nwajiuba – Imo State – Minister of State for Education
  20. Suleiman Adamu – Jigawa State – Minister of Water Resources
  21. Zainab Ahmed – Kaduna State – Minister of Finance
  22. Muhammad Mahmood – Kaduna State – State Environment
  23. Sabo Nanono – Kano State – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
  24. Bashir Salihi Magashi – Kano State – Minister of Defence
  25. Hadi Sirika – Katsina State – Minister of Aviation
  26. Abubakar Malami – Kebbi State – Minister of Justice/Attorney General of the Federation
  27. Ramatu Tijjani – Kogi State – Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
  28. Lai Mohammed – Kwara State – Minister of Information and Culture
  29. Gbemisola Saraki – Kwara State – Minister of State, Transportation
  30. Babatunde Fashola – Lagos State – Minister of Works and Housing
  31. Adeleke Mamora – Lagos State – Minister of State for Health
  32. Mohammed H. Abdullahi – Nasarawa State – Minister of State, Science and Technology
  33. Zubair Dada – Niger State – Minister of State, Foreign Affairs
  34. Olamilekan Adegbite – Ogun State – Minister of Mines and Steel Development
  35. Tayo Alasoadura – Ondo State – Minister of State, Labour and Employment
  36. Rauf Aregbesola – Osun State – Minister Interior
  37. Sunday Dare – Oyo State – Minister of Youth and Sports
  38. Paulen Tallen – Plateau State – Minister of Women Affairs
  39. Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers State – Minister of Transportation
  40. Maigari Dingyadi – Sokoto State – Minister of Police Affairs
  41. Sale Mamman – Taraba State – Minister of Power
  42. Abubakar D. Aliyu – Yobe State – Minister of State, Works and Housing
  43. Sadiya Umar Faruk – Zamfara State – Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management
  44. Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah – Abia State – Minister of State Mines and Steel

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso



Rabiu Kwankwaso

Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress



Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains


Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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NCC moves to address poor network service at densely populated Kano markets – Prof Danbatta.



Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

Nasiru Yusuf


The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Umar Garba Danbatta says the commission will address the poor network at Kantin Kwari, Sabongari Singer and Kurmi markets.

KANO FOCUS reports that Danbatta announced revealed this while responding to complaint raised by a participant at a two day stakeholders consultative meeting tagged ‘talk to the regulator’ organised by Nigerian Communications Commission in Kano.

The complainer noted that that there is poor telecommunications service in Kantin Kwari, Sabongari, Singer and Kurmi markets in Kano metropolitan area.

Danbatta responded that the commission will deploy investigative team to determine the nature of the problem and proffer solution.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

“We have the capacity to monitor the performance of MNOs, that is the most important thing. Because of this valid observation by our stakeholder, we are going to direct our searchlight in those areas where we think the quality of service needs to improve.

“And if it is necessary, we will send the investigative team what is the nature of the quality of service in such places with a view to improve the quality of the service,” Danbatta said.

The Executive Vice Chairman explained that the commission considers stakeholder feedback “as a critical component of our forward – looking regulatory model.”

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta with senior management staff of NCC

“Hence, the overarching objective of this forum is to get direct feedback from our licensees on how we, as a regulator, are meeting your expectations, and on areas where we can improve our regulatory service, particularly those that have to do with licensing.

“We also intend to use this forum to seek your support for the several initiatives that the commission has carefully developed in our quest to enhance market opportunities for all our licensees.”

Danbatta added that the commission will focus it’s energies for the next five years on five strategic pillars.


The pillars according to him include “organisational renewal for operational efficiency and regulatory excellence.

“Facilitate the provision of infrastructure for a digital economy which fosters national development.

“Improve quality service (QoS) for enhanced consumer quality of experience (QoE).

“Promote fair competition, inclusive growth, increased investment and innovative services as well facilitate strategic collaboration and partnership.”


He disclosed that the federal government has articulated a number of critical policy objectives for the sector such as those articulated in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025), the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Registration among others.

He added that the instruments require the full and unalloyed commitment of all stakeholders to ensure their successful implementation, and the meeting in Kano would provide a veritable channel for licensees’ buy-in.


In his address the Director of Licensing and Authorisation Department, Mohammed Babajika, said the commission is further liberalising the telecoms industry by finalising the framework for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) and is currently reviewing existing regulations.

“The Commission is also finalising the Information Memorandum (IM) for 5G deployment, emerging trends like Internet of Things (loT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Over The Top (OTT) Services and Big Data Analytics, all aimed at initiating strategies to improve service delivery that is accessible and affordable.

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