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Anger as Sanusi appears last on Kano gov’t house emirs’ portrait pictures

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By Nazifi Dawud & Mukhtar Yahaya Usman

Many residents in Kano city have expressed bitterness over the awkward arrangement of portrait pictures of the five emirs in Kano state on the Coronation Hall at the Kano Government House, where that of Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II appeared last.

Kano Focus reports that the five emirs’ portraits were hung on the inside and outside walls of the Coronation Hall on Thursday.

The arrangement of the pictures show Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Emir of Bichi, appearing first followed by Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Autan Bawo (Emir of Rano), Alhaji  Ibrahim Abdulkadir (Emir of Gaya), Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar II ( Emir of Karaye) and lastly, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II, Emir of Kano.

The Coronation Hall, Kano Government House

The placement of Emir Sanusi’s portrait in the last position on the hierarchy of the five emirs is seen as an “affront and a show of gross disrespect” on his person and office, for the mere fact that the Kano State Government House is situated in Nasarawa local government area of the state–one of the eight local governments under Sanusi’s domain.

Observers have argued that the other emirs would not have allowed their own portraits to be “downgraded” in a similar fashion in their own territories.

“The open ridicule on Emir Muhammad Sanusi by the Kano government as indicated in this strange and unfair arrangement of emirs portraits only shows that the cold war between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the revered monarch is far from over,” a resident Hassan Isa Gwale told our correspondent.

Inside the Coronation Hall

Kano Focus recalls that Governor Ganduje split the erstwhile powerful Kano Emirate into five earlier this year after he fell out with Emir Sanusi, who he accused of supporting his main rival Abba Kabir Yusuf during the hotly contested governorship election in the state.

The governor had also attempted to suspend the emir after a probe he (Ganduje) had initiated at the Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) indicted the emir on alleged misappropriation of emirate councils funds estimated at over N3 billion.

However, the situation which raised public tension in the state, was doused following the intervention of powerful individuals including Africa’s top business mogul Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Kayode Fayemi and Nasir Elrufai, governors of Ekiti and Kaduna state respectively.

 

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Ahmed Musa signs short deal with Kano Pillars

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Nasiru Yusuf

National captain Ahmed Musa is considering a proposition to play some matches for his former club in Nigeria, Kano Pillars, in a move hoped to boost the local league and maintain his personal fitness. 

Kano Focus reports that the 28-year-old, who is a free agent since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in October, had received offers from England, Russia and Turkey.

But as he mulls over his next European destination in the summer, the winger received a proposition from the governor of Kano, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Shehu Dikko, chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) for a short stint in Nigeria.

“After speaking with the governor and chairman of the LMC I am considering to play some games for Kano pillars,” the former Leicester City player told BBC Sport Africa.

“Anything that improves the image of Nigerian football is something that I strive to embark on and Kano Pillars holds a special place in my heart.

“It’s the team that helped me become the professional footballer I am today, so this is more than just football but a very strong bond,” Mr Musa said.

According to BBC a deal to bring Musa in has already been finalised.

Musa, who has built a training and fitness facilities in Kano to help grass roots football, scored 18 goals for Kano Pillars to finish as top scorer in the 2009/10 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

His desire to help promote the image of the domestic league on social media is what the LMC, which runs the NPFL, is hoping to benefit from this season.

Musa made his 96th appearance for Nigeria in their 3-0 win over Lesotho in Lagos in the Super Eagles final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

After Vincent Enyeama (101) and Joseph Yobo (100), Musa is Nigeria’s third most capped player in history, having played 96 matches since his debut aged just 17 in 2010.

He helped the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and played for them in the past two World Cups

Musa scored twice for Nigeria at the 2014 and 2018 Fifa World Cup tournaments to become the country’s top World Cup goalscorer.

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Kano destroys expired products worth over N90m

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The Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board has destroyed expired products worth N98 Million Naira.

Kano Focus reports that the items were apprehended at various market in the state.

Speaking shortly after the destruction, the Executive Secretary of the Board represented by the Director Environmental and Public Health Usman Rabiu Sadiq explained that, the exercise was aim at protecting public health against using hazardous products that may hamper their health especially during Ramadan fasting.

The Director stated that, the exercise was conducted after obtaining a court order granting the Board permission to destroy the products.

He called on people to be extra vigilant on consumables especially during Ramadan.

Kano Focus reports that the items destroyed include, drugs, baking powder, minerals and other exotics drinks.

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Kwankwaso left over N50bn liability for LGs 5km projects – Kano Govt

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Kano state government said the administration of former Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso left a liability of N54, 408, 259, 638.05 billion for the five kilometre road projects across the 44 local government areas of the state.

Kano Focus reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba dropped the hint on Sunday while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the state Executive Council Meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.

He said the council received the report of the Technical Committee to assess the 5 km road projects all of which were awarded by the previous administration under the defunct Ministry of Land and Physical Planning with the state Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) as supervising agency.

Mr Garba said the committee visited 39 local governments where its detailed report indicated awarded contract sum for the projects, present site conditions, value of executed works, amount certified and amount released for the projects.

The commissioner pointed out that 5km projects in three local governments were revoked and rewarded due to non-performance in Warawa, Ungogo and Dawakin Tofa, while some portions of the projects in Tsanyawa and Bichi along Kano-Katsina road were released to the federal ministry of works and housing based on request from the federal government.

He said other three projects in Rimin Gado, Karaye and Bunkure local government that fall within main arterial highway were expunged from the main project and re-awarded separately for execution, while metropolitan local governments of Dala, Nassarawa, Gwale, Municipal and Tarauni were allotted various projects within the municipality as 5km projects.

Mr Garba pointed out that the council has approved the release of N607, 124, 663.47 million for the rehabilitation of Rimin Gado-Sabon Fegi-Jilli-Gulu road in Rimin Gado local government.

The commissioner stated that approval has also been given by the council for the conversion of the existing School of Post Basic Midwifery Gezawa to the status of School of Nursing Gezawa to broaden the platform for training of more qualified midwives in order to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in the state.

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