Connect with us

Headlines

Kano House of Assembly to initiate independent bills

Published

on

Abdulaziz Gafasa

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

The speaker Kano state House of Assembly, Abdul’aziz Garba Gafasa says his leadership is empowering legislators to present private bills independent of the executive.

KANO FOCUS reports that almost all the bills passed by the Kano state legislature have been initiated by the executive arm of the government.

Mr Gafasa declared the new policy on Monday at the 2019 retreat organized for members and management staff of the assembly in Kaduna.

The theme of the retreat is “The role of the legislature in the evolution of democracy in Nigeria”.

Mr Gafasa urged House Members to conduct legislative duties openly and engage relevant stakeholders.

“Without public participation, legislative inputs lose credibility.” He said.

Kano House of Assembly to save two million jobs through microfinance banks

In his message, Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje represented by his deputy, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, acknowledged the important position of the legislature in ensuring democracy.

“Our state assemblies played an important role in ensuring that the people they represent have gotten a fair share of development in various aspects of government activities.

“Before the advent of this dispensation, during the military era, most of our rural areas are extremely regressive with no sign of any government activities.

“This is because governments at that time were much focused on urban and city areas as it is government without representation.” He said.

Headlines

Kano High Court acquits 2 suspected armed robbers detained for 13 years

Published

on

Kano High Court

Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano State High Court has disçharged and acquitted two suspected armed robbers accused of killing their victim, Bako Zangina, an offense punishable by death.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Suleman Namalam held that though the court has no doubt that the accused are criminals having been convicted previously, the prosecution has failed to estabilish the ingredient of the offence beyond reasonable doubt in the instant case.

The accused Isyaku Umar otherwise known as ‘Small’ and Ibrahim Suleiman were arraigned in court on three counts charges of conspiracy,attempted armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death.

The two accused have been in custody since October 2007 for the alleged killing of Bako Zangina.

The court held that while the prosecution established the death of the victim, it failed to establish three ingredients of offense linking the identity of the accused to the crime thereby creating doubt.

The trial judge held that failure of the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt left the court with no option than to discharge and acquitt the two accused.

The two accused persons have been in detention for over 13 years and have previously been tried and convicted for armed robbery.

Continue Reading

Headlines

Kano wins national award in the fight against TB, leprosy

Published

on

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program has won the twin National Tuberculosis and Leprosy awards for the year 2020.

Kano Focus reports that, the awards were announced by the Nigeria National TB, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control program during the Annual Review meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital.

Kano get the award as the state with highest consistent quarterly TB case notification for 2020 and the highest TB testing laboratory using GeneXpert Machine.

This is the first time the state have won such National TB and Leprosy Awards.

Continue Reading

Headlines

FG signs US$1.959bn Kano-Maradi railway project

Published

on

Nasiru Yusuf

The federal government has on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mota-Engil Group for the construction of US$1.959 billion Kano-Maradi Standard gauge railway line.

Kano Focus reports that the Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi signed on behalf of the federal government while the Managing Director, Mota- Engil, Antonio Gvoea signed on behalf of the contracting firm.

The new railway corridor which is to be located in northern Nigeria will run through Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states and through Niger Republic territory as far as Maradi.

Other cities to benefit directly from the passage of the rail route are Danbatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya.

A statement signed by Eric Ojiekwe, Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation noted that the 283.750-kilometre rail line besides developing freight and passenger transport, “will be integrated with road transport to make a great contribution to the local economy as well as an important development in the social sector.”

The project duration is for 36 months and the contract type is Engineering, Procurement and Construction.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Magdalene Ajani; Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh; Managing Director, Mota-Engil Group, Antonio Gvoea; Head of Legal, Mota- Engil Group, Cameron Beverley; Magajin Garin Kano, Muhammad Wada; Director, Mota-Engil Group, Kola Abdulkarim; Vice President, Mota-Engil Group, Mohammed Abdul-Razaq; Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman among other personalities.

Mota-Engil is a Portuguese conglomerate with diverse interest in construction, transportation, public works, port operations, waste, water and logistics with presence in 23 countries spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Continue Reading

Trending