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Ministerial Inauguration: Buhari assigns Defence, Agric to Kano

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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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Ganduje donates N3.6m to families of Doguwa flood victims

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has paid condolence visit to the families of 18 Doguwa flood victims and donated the sum of two hundred thousand Naira to each of the victims family.
 
KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje prayed for the repose of the departed souls of those who died as a result of the heavy downpour.
“When the information of this sad tragedy reached us we were seriously shocked. May Allah Forgive the victims, who died as martyrs, being washed away by flood. May He give them the ultimate reward of Jannatul Fiddaus, ameen,” the governor prayed.
Families of the victims expressed appreciation to the governor and his entourage and prayed to God to guide him in steering the affairs of the state.
It will be recalled that on July 23, about 18 persons including six members of a family have perished in a ghastly car accident in Doguwa Local Government Area.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kano State, Zubairu Mato, said the accident occurred when a bridge linking Riruwai and Doguwa broke down as a result of the heavy downpour, and the driver wasn’t aware that the bridge had broken down.
He explained that the vehicle plunged into the water, killing all the 18 passengers on board including six members of same family.
The family members have been identified as Bashir Doguwa, Malami Gidan-Tanimu, Safiya Mukhtar, Shahida Bashir, Fatima Rabi’u, Uzairu Bashir, all of Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.
Doguwa and his family were on their way from Doguwa to First Lady Secondary School in Dambatta Local Government Area of the state to visit his daughter, Firdausi Bashir, who is among the students writing the ongoing NECO SSCE examinations.

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2021 Museum Day: Danbatta Harps on Innovative Museums for Sustainable Development 

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The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Garba Danbatta has called for ingenious ways of collecting antiquities relevant to operations of various organizations in the country in order to preserve the relics that can bridge the knowledge gap needed for sustainable development of Nigeria.

KANO FOCUS reports that Danbatta, who was represented by the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management (ECSM), NCC, Adewolu Adeleke, made the call recently in Abuja when the Commission joined in the celebration of the 2021 international museum day with the theme, “the future of museums: recover and reimagine”.

While speaking on the theme, Danbatta said it appropriately captures the reason the commission established a special museum for the telecommunications industry in the country, as it is intended to bridge the historical knowledge gap in the evolution of communication as well as   meeting the need for information by future generations.

”The NCC communications museum was established in November, 2006 for documentation of historical collections on the evolution of communications in Nigeria. Communication artifacts were identified in various locations across the Country where postal and telecommunication offices were established in order to retrieve relics for exhibition”.

Danbatta explained further that the museum should be seen as an important resourceful centre that can stimulate critical thinking and creative ideas for expanding the frontiers of knowledge and advancement of development in relevant sectors of the economy.

“Our museum is designed and reinvented to conserve the history of the Nigerian telecommunications industry and we see it as very important to collect, exhibit and preserve telecommunications items to enlighten and educate stakeholders on the evolution of communications with a view to nudging our minds towards critical thinking that will bring about new innovations to assist in building a better future for our industry and the nation.

“The NCC Museum plays valuable roles in supporting the Commission’s agenda by providing unique information resources to cater for historical needs of the future generations, while building capacity and stimulating innovations to assist in fashioning out a better future for the Nigerian communications industry,” Danbatta added.

Speaking further at the event, Danbatta said the NCC Museum Day is a demonstration of the Commission’s commitment to facilitating learning and collaboration with relevant Museum professional bodies, in order to conserve antiquities used to develop the industry, in the best possible manner for socio-economic impact of the nation.”

The Museum generally plays important roles in the society by conserving the past and helping to shape the future through providing needed insight into history, while educating future generations and equipping them with the requisite information and knowledge for sustainable development.

The Director General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Abba Isa Tijani was represented at the event by the Assistant Director, Museums, Kilba Zainab Uche, who presented a brief on the ‘Role of Museum in the Digital Era’.

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Kano records highest number of sickle cell patients in Nigeria

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Kano state has the highest sickle cell patients in Nigeria, a consultant haematologist at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital said.

KANO FOCUS reports that Dalha Halliru Gwarzo disclosed this in an interview with Hospital’s newsletter as part of the 2021 World Sickle Cell day.

He added that Lagos is the second state with highest number of sickle cell cases in the country.

Mr Gwarzo said India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria constituted 90% of the sickle cell patients worldwide.

On the causes of sickle cell disease, Mr Gwarzo said it is a genetic inherited disease from parents who are either SS, or AS genotype as a result of genetic condition or mutation of abnormal form of red blood cell.

He advocated for compulsory screening of infants after birth and school children, pre-marital counseling/tests, subsidising cost of medication/treatment and mass sensitisation campaign on dangers of the disease.

Mr Gwarzo noted that, although there is no known cure for sickle cell disease, but developed countries are using a high technology for manipulation of the genetic cells by bone marrow and stem cells transplant, which cost about fifteen million Naira in countries like United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada.

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