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Ganduje re-appoints suspended district head as chairman of Kano Contributory Healthcare board



By Nasiru Yusuf

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has reappointed the suspended district head of Tudun Wada local government, Dankadan Kano, Dr Basheer Mohammed Dankadai, as the Chairman of the Board of Kano State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency.

Mr Dankadai was suspended by Emir of Rano, for his refusal to pay homage to newly created Rano emirate, and instead pledged allegiance to the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II.

A trained medical doctor, Mr Dankadai was a pioneer chairman of Kano State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency.

The governor has also appointed Executive Secretary of the agency Dr Halima Muhammad Mijinyawa as the Secretary of the Board.

Other members of the Board include Halima Musa Yakasai, who is the representative of the State Ministry of Health, Musa Namadi Karefa, (Director Salary) is the representative of the Office of the Head of Service and Tayyeb Na’Abba (Director Budget) is the representative of the State Ministry of Budget and Planning.

The remaining are representative from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), a representative of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Hafsat Kolo is the representative of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and Muhammad Isyaku Yammedi, is the representative of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The rest are Dr Maryam Muhammad Suleiman, who is the representative of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), a representative of Joint National Public Service Negotiation Council, Hadiza Salisu Rogo and Yakubu Abdullahi Esq.

Representatives of some agencies whose names were not given, would be provided later by the affected agencies and/or bodies.

The governor congratulated all the appointees over their appointments, and charged them to maintain their zeal and commitment towards having a more robust contributory agency, for the overall development of the health sector.

“I want also call their attention to prove to all that, this initiative is  worth doing in our state. We also want prove to all that the law that establishes this Agency is people-centred and workable,” he said.

Governor Ganduje added that all those that were appointed in the Board, have proven track record, which paves way for their new appointments, assuring that “we are certain that they will also comply with the global best practice in the dis discharge of their responsibilities.”

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Kano Chamber of Commerce to name Centre after Dangote




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


The Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture, KACCIMA, has said it is making plans to name a proposed Trade and Convention centre after the President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote. 

“The new Council of KACCIMA plans to name the centre, Aliko Dangote Trade and Convention Centre after its completion in 3 years’ time,”

KANO FOCUS reports that the President of KACCIMA, Garba Imam, made the pronouncement in Kano on the sideline of the ongoing 44th Kano International Trade Fair edition themed, ‘Economic Diversification, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development’

Dangote Industries, DIL, is a major sponsor of the 2023 fair.

Imam told newsmen that Mr. Dangote has contributed enormously to economic development of Nigeria and the Sub-Saharan Africa through his highly acclaimed Conglomerate.

“Nigerians are now waiting eagerly for Dangote Refinery for a sigh of relief.

“By partnering Dangote, we hope to drive economic development of Kano and restore its past glory as the largest commercial hub in Northern Nigeria.

“Apart from infrastructure development, the new Council of KACCIMA is also working with the Nigeria Gas project- the gas pipeline from Obajana, to Kano, Katsina and Maradi to know how Kano Industries would benefit.

As well as Kano, KADUNA railway line because it will reduce freight of raw materials and other products.

Imam said that the major concern of the Chamber is to drive economic growth and manufacturing rebound following the collapse of many factories in Kano state.

Imam disclosed further that the project was approved by the Kano state government in 2021.

He expressed the belief that Dangote, as a son of the soil will impact its execution and implementation and assist KACCIMA achieve self-sufficiency and sustainability.

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Kano Govt commits to supporting Quranic recitation competition



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim



The Kano State Government has reaffirmed its dedication to fostering Qur’anic recitation competitions among students and bolstering Islamic education in the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf expressed this commitment during the opening ceremony of 38th annual Qur’anic recitation competition held at the Conference Hall of the School for Arabic Studies in Kano.

Represented by the State Commissioner of Information, Baba Halilu Dantiye, Governor Yusuf emphasized that his administration considers the enhancement of Islamic education, particularly Qur’anic recitation and memorization across all educational levels, as a pivotal responsibility.

Highlighting Kano’s longstanding prominence in national and international Qur’anic recitation, Gov. Yusuf noted the state’s continuous leadership in this realm.

The State Commissioner of Education, Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa, represented by Director of Arabic Education and Islamic Studies, Alhaji Bashir Mu’azu, announced the government’s plan to construct toilets and implement solar systems in Tsangaya schools across the state.

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, represented by Wazirin Kano Alhaji Sa’adu Shehu Gidado, lauded the state government and the organizers of the Qur’anic recitation competition.

He commended their unwavering dedication to uplifting the sanctity of the Holy Qur’an, citing the competition as a testament to their commitment.

The Emir emphasized the competition’s profound impact on engaging youth in the study and memorization of the Holy Qur’an.

Acting Chairman of the Kano State Qur’anic and Islamiyya Schools Management Board, Comrade Bala Baba Sha’aibu, expressed gratitude for the state government’s sponsorship of the Qur’anic recitation competitions.

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Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints New Head of Civil Service



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved with immediate effect, the appointment of Alhaji Abdullahi Musa as the new Head of Civil Service.

KANO FOCUS reports that The appointment followed the recent voluntary resignation of the former Head of Service, Alhaji Usman Bala Mni who was retained by the present administration from its inception in May, 2023.

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakintofa said the new Head of Service is a seasoned civil servant who served in various government Ministries, departments and agencies in Kano for over three decades.

An indigene of Kiru Local Government area, Abdullahi Musa served as the Permanent Secretary Kano Government House, Council Affairs Directorate, Administration and General Services of Cabinet Office, Ministry of Special Duties, and Servicom Directorate.

He is a graduate of BSc. International Relations from prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and bagged a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from Bayero University, Kano and another Masters degree in Strategy and Security Administration from Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.

Governor Abba Kabir urged the new Head of Civil Service of the state to discharge his responsibility within the confines of the civil service rules and regulations.

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