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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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Lady rescued after ten years in solitary confinement in parents’ home



Aisha Jibrin


Nasiru Yusuf

Police in Kano said they have rescued a fifteen year old Aisha Jibrin of Darerawa Quarters, Fagge local government area who was kept in solitary confinement by her parents for ten years without proper feeding and health care.

Kano Focus reports that the police spokesperson Abdullahi Kiyawa in a statement issued on Tuesday said the police have also arrested the mother of the victim Rabi Muhammad, and efforts is in progress to arrest the father who is currently at large.

Mr Kiyawa said the victim was rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano where she is currently receiving treatment.

“The Kano State Police Command wishes to inform members of the general public that on the 19/04/2021 at about 1100hrs, information received revealed that one Aisha Jibrin, ‘f’, 15 years old of Darerawa Quarters, Fagge LGA Kano State was solitarily confined for ten (10) years in a room by her biological parents, one Mohd Jibrin, ‘m’, and Rabi Mohd, ‘f’, of the same address inside their house without proper feeding and health care.

“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, *CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi* raised and instructed a Medical Team and a team of Detectives to proceed to the scene, rescue the victim and arrest the culprits.

“The teams immediately swung in to action. The victim was rescued and rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano and admitted,” Mr Kiyawa said.

Mother of the victim Rabi Muhammad

He said the police commissioner Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko has ordered the transfer of the case to the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department for discrete investigation.

In another development a widow of Former Divisional Police Officer, Gani Division Kano Rabiu Adamu Jenta has handed over a laptop computer and printer to Kano police command.

Computer and printer handed over to police by the widow of Mr Jenta

She said at the point of death, her late husband has left a will that “the Laptop Computer and the printer be handed to Gani Division, because he bought them to be used in the division.”

While receiving the gadgets, the commissioner prayed for the deceased policeman and called on others to emulate the good conduct of the widow.

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Ganduje, Dantata reconcile Aliko Dangote, Abdussamad Rabiu



Aliko Dangote, Aminu Dantata, Abdullahi Ganduje and Abdussamada Rabi'u

Nasiru Yusuf 

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and renowned business mogul, Aminu Alhassan Dantata, Kano Emirate and the Kano State Council of Imams have reconciled  the two illustrious sons of Kano, Aliko Dangote and Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u. 

Kano Focus reports that both parties, chairman of Dangote Group of companies and chairman BUA Group of companies, agreed to work together and supply enough sugar to satisfy the demand of the country.

A statement issued by Ganduje’s spokesperson Abba Anwar said the reconciliation meeting took place at Kano Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, Wednesday, which put a stop to all rumours making round that the duo were in dispute over sugar control in the country.

“They all dismissed allegation that Dangote was planning to see to the increase of sugar price, through pressuring BUA to succumb to the increment. They described that allegation as baseless and lacking any iota of truth.

“The meeting was seen as the zenith of other similar efforts to reconcile the two giants by the governor. Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata played the role of a father during the meeting,” the statement added.

Present at the meeting were the Minister for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Mr Niyi Adebayo, representative of the Kano Emirate, Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan Agundi, Chairman of the Council of Kano Imams, Sheikh Muhammad Nasir Adam, the Chief Imam of Sheikh Ahmadu Tijjani Friday Mosque, Kofar Mata, Kano and the Chairman of NEPZA,  Adamu Panda.

All the two business moguls agreed to work together as brothers for the growth and development of the nation at large. Assuring that, henceforth, there would be no differences, that could cause any disharmony between them.

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NCC sensitises telecom consumers at 2021 Enugu international trade fair



Nasiru Yusuf

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in line with its tradition of exploring avenues to engage with telecom consumers, has taken advantage of the opportunity of this year’s edition of the Enugu International Trade Fair to enlighten telecom consumers on their rights and privileges within the telecommunications sector.

Addressing a large audience of telecom consumers during the NCC Special Day held at recently-concluded 32nd Enugu International Trade Fair organised by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Commission, Umar Garba Danbatta, said events of this nature provide the opportunity for NCC, as a telecom regulator, to interact with consumers and attend to their service-related concerns.

In attendance at the NCC Special Day were the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde; Director, Consumer Affairs, Efosa Idehen; Zonal Controller, NCC Enugu Zonal Office, Ogbonnaya Ugama, and  executive members of ECCIMA.

Represented by the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, Mr Danbatta, who spoke around the theme of the Fair: “Promoting New Technologies, Business Ideas and Strategies for Rapid Economic Growth and Development in Nigeria,” highlighted some of the regulatory initiatives emplaced by the Commission for protecting, informing and educating the consumers.

These initiatives include the NCC Emergency Toll-free Number 112; the NCC Consumer Complaint Toll-Free Number 622; the Do-Not-Disturb (DND) Short Code 2442, the Regulation on Forceful Subscription and measures put in place to check cases of pre-registered Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.

Mr Danbatta emphasised the importance of the ongoing National Identity Number (NIN)-SIM data linkage exercise, in order to ensure credible citizen database for improved national security. He stressed the need for consumers to be cybersecurity-conscious while online and to always ensure efficient management of e-waste for a safer environment, noting that this year’s World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD), which was observed on March 15, 2021 focused on ‘Tackling Plastic Pollution’ in line with the e-Waste Regulation being pursued by the Commission.

Mr Danbatta praised the efforts of Chamber at sustaining the Fair over the years, pointing out that it remains the largest and most important business event South-East of the country. “The Fair is pivotal to bolstering the economic and industrial transformation of the region in view of its enormous business potential,” Danbatta said.

In attendance during the NCC Day at the Fair were Executive members of the ECCIMA. Earlier in his welcome address, the President of the Chamber, Emeka Nwandu, who was represented by the Chamber’s Deputy President, Jasper Nduagwuike, extolled the role of the Chamber in the facilitation and promotion of robust exchange of business engagements in the South-East region of the country over the years through various initiatives, such as the Trade Fair.

During an interactive executive session with the ECCIMA executives at the Commission’s pavilion, Adinde and Idehen fielded questions ranging from consumer complaints management, the recent Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) policy, NIN-SIM linkage exercise and other industry-related issues.

The event attracted many multinational, international and national exhibitors, who took advantage of the Fair to reach out to their customers in the South-East and South-South zones of the country.

The NCC has, over the years, been a regular participant at international trade fairs across the country and has been consistent in its participation at the Enugu International Trade Fair.

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