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Tiga power project to be commissioned in 3 months–Ganduje

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By Nazifi Dawud

The Tiga Hydropwer Station that is being built in Kano state has “reached 90 percent completion level” and might be commissioned in the next three months, according to the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Kano Focus reports that the Tiga and Challawa independent power plants, which were designed to collectively generate about 35 mega watts of electricity, were initiated by former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso in 2013 at the cost of N14 billion.

In May last year, Ganduje, during a speech to celebrate the 2018 Democracy Day, had promised to complete the two projects in October of the same year.

But one year after, that promise is yet to be redeemed.

However, in a statement by Abba Anwar on Friday, Mr Ganduje said his government is trying to secure a permission for the use of Tiga Dam from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources before the project can be completed.

“We are about to get that permission from federal government. We are in touch with the federal Ministry of Water Resources. So very soon this project will see the light of the day,” he said.

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The governor added that when completed, the Tiga project would “take care of the industrial sector of the state”.

“Our state will bounce back to its industrial might. These 10 megawatts, as we mentioned will take care of our industries and street lights in the metropolis.

“Our priority is to make sure that problem of electricity supply is washed aside. When investment will also thrive in the state. We are simply creating more enabling environment for businesses to bounce back. Other small businesses will also thrive and that will go a long way in addressing unemployment problem among our people,” he added.

Earlier, Co-Consultant of the project, Engineer Balarabe Shehu, explained that the control room and power houses of the plant have been fully completed, adding that “hopefully it won’t take us more than two to three months to commission the project”.

“What would even make the project to reach up to two or three months before completion, is that there are certain things, particularly the use of the Tiga Dam, that the state needs to get permission and clearance from the federal government,” Mr Shehu said.

“We are glad to understand that, this administration is executing the project with all seriousness and genuine commitment,” he added.

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

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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.

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Kano wins national award in the fight against TB, leprosy

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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.

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FG signs US$1.959bn Kano-Maradi railway project

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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.

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