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Emir Sanusi praises Buhari for constituting Economic Advisory Council

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By Nasiru Yusuf

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for forming Economic Advisory Council (EAC).

Addressing newsmen at his palace on Tuesday, Sanusi said the president has done the right thing by appointing professional economists who know the nitty gritty of Nigerian economy.

According to him, at this time when the nation is facing economic problems, and the global economy facing uncertainty due to trade wars, the president has done a good thing by forming what he described as “first class economic team.”

The monarch described the members of the team as seasoned economists who, according to him, would turn the nation’s economy around, adding that their appointment could have been the best policy of the Buhari administration.

He added that Buhari deserved commendation and support for taking the bull by its horn in fixing the ailing economy of the country, expressing optimism that the the Economic Advisory Council members would be fantastic in accomplishing its mission.

“If you look at the kind of system we operate, if you look at the United States, every US president always has a council of economic advisers. And one of the reasons you have that council is you want independent academics who are able to give you frank and honest advice on how to run the economy and address its problems.

” What president has done is to follow that pattern, to appoint a team of highly respected professionals to advise him at this time when we have economic problem and fiscal issue. When a global economy is facing uncertainty due to trade wars, the president needs high quality advice,” he said

Emir Sanusi however denied criticising government’s economic policies, accusing media, especially the newspapers of misrepresenting his views.

He said “I don’t think it is correct that I am criticising the economic policy of the government. I think newspapers have derived a lot of fun misrepresenting my views. I am not critical of government economic policies. What I have always done is to see things and to offer advice on things to be done.

“What we do as advisers and economics is to praise things that have been done possibly and recommend areas of improvement,” he said

While extolling the appointees, the emir said he had practically known and worked with them, adding that the president had done a good thing by appointing them as his economic team.

“The team is a fantastic team. I know practically all of them. I have worked with many of them at different points in my life. Soludo was CBN governor when I was in banking. Doyin Salami, Shehu Yahya were both on the Monetary Policy Committee of the CBN.

“I have worked with Muhammad Sagagi in the Industrialization Plan for DFID in Kano. These are the people that are highly respected by professional economists. They are the best team that you can put together. And they have a great balance. You have monetary policy, you have fiscal policy, you have development plan, you have financial market and I think the president has done himself a lot of good,” the monarch revealed.

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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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