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Why I’m yet to appoint Commissioners – Ganduje

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Abdullahi-Ganduje

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje says he is yet to form a cabinet because he is trying to compensate all the different parties and groups that supported his second term bid.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Ganduje, is yet to form a cabinet more than four months after taking office.

It could be recalled that the governor had formed a cabinet within three weeks of his first tenure in office.

However, Mr Ganduje said the process of nominating commissioners in his second term is taking a longer time because of the different forces that supported him during the 2019 election.

In an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America (VOA), Mr Ganduje said he will soon announce the names of prospective commissioners.

“Some of my former commissioners will be re-nominated while others will not.

However, those that are not returning as commissioners will still be accommodated in the government.” He said.

Constitutional Provision

The 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has mandated governors to nominate commissioners, who shall be screened and confirmed by the states Houses of Assembly.

Section 193 (2) provided for regular meetings of governors and deputy governors with their commissioners for the purposes of:

“(a) determining the general direction of the policies of the Government of the state;

“(b) co-ordinating the activities of the Governor, the Deputy Governor and the Commissioners of the Government of the State in the discharge of their executive responsibilities, and;

“(c) advising the Governor generally in the discharge of his executive functions, other than those functions with respect to which he is required by this Constitution to seek the advice or act on the recommendation of any other person or body.”

However, the constitution did not specify a time frame for governors to ensure the establishment of a cabinet.

Political Consideration

Following the 2019 elections, only 10 out of the 36 governors in Nigeria have so far formed cabinets in their states.

In Kano, political considerations have made it difficult for the governor to form a cabinet.

In 2015, Mr Ganduje ran for election as a candidate of the Kwankwasiyya group within the APC.

It was therefore easy for the group to agree on their nominees for commissioners even before Mr Ganduje took the oath of office.

However in 2019, running as the head of his own Gandujiyya faction, Mr Ganduje needed the support of other political blocs in order to win against the Kwankwasiyya candidate after the group decamped to the opposition PDP.

Notable politicians who supported Mr Ganduje’s ambition include current senator and former governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, former deputy governor, Hafiz Abubakar and a host of disgruntled Kwankwasiyya and PDP members who decamped in protest against the alleged high-handedness of the group leader, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

 

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Kano state to fully implement TSA by 2020

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Treasury Single Account

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has set January 2020 for full implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA).

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Zakari Sadiq Buda disclosed this on Monday at a workshop for Directors of Administration and General Services and Heads of Accounts in public institutions.

Mr Buda, who represented the finance commissioner, Shehu Na Allah Kura said the decision was part of the resolutions of the state executive council meeting of November 2017.

He said the state government has contracted Systems Specs to train civil servants on full implementation of the program.

In his remarks the state TSA program manager, Seth David Gana said the training would expose participants to operate the TSA software.

Mr Gana said TSA implementation would enhance transparency in governance as it enables governments to track its finances at any point.

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Only 35% of HIV positive people in Kano are on medication – SACA

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Director General of Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Sabitu Shanono  says only 35 % of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Kano are on medication.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr. Shanono, a medical doctor, revealed this on Monday when he paid an advocacy visit to Emir of Karaye Ibrahim Abubakar II at his palace.

Mr Shanono said the SACA will launch an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign at the newly created Karaye Emirate  next month.

The Director General said the campaign will complement the compulsory HIV test for pregnant women attending ante-natal clinics.

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He therefore solicited the support of the Karaye Emirate in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In his remarks the Emir of Karaye, Ibrahim Abubakar affirmed his readiness to provide royal support to ensure the fight against the disease records a huge success.

He also called on his subjects to attend the Heart to Heart centers in public hospitals to verify their HIV status.

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KAROTA to limit Adaidaita Sahu tricycles in Kano

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Bappa Babba Dan Agundi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) has announced plans to reduce the number of Adaidaita Sahu tricycles in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the KAROTA Managing Director Bappa Babba Dan Agundi disclosed this on Monday while defending the agency’s budget before the Kano state House of Assembly.

Mr Dan Agundi said KAROTA will introduce a new registration regime that will reduce the number of Adaidaita Sahu tricycles operating in Kano from the current 500,000 to a maximum of 200,000.

He also said that KAROTA will install security trackers on registered Adaidaita Sahu tricycles across the state.

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“The decision to commence the installation of the trackers on tricycles followed the state government’s decision to allow them to continue operating in the state.

“Therefore, it is necessary for us to embark on such installation, aimed at monitoring their operations across the state.” He said.

He added that the KAROTA aims to generate a revenue of N6,000,000,000.00 in 2020 via vehicle registration and fines on traffic offenders.

Mr Dan Agundi however said KAROTA will introduce community service as a punishment for traffic regulations offences as its main purpose is not revenue generation.

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