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Kano Emirate, Maja Sirdi disagree over sack

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By Mukhtar Yahay Usman

Officials of the Kano Emirate Council and Maja Sirdin Sarkin Kano, Alhaji Auwalu Idi have disagreed after the latter claimed to have been sacked by the former following his celebration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s victory at the election petition tribunal.

Media reports on Sunday have claimed that the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II had ordered the sack of  Mr Idi, for welcoming Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to Kano, following his victory at the election petition tribunal.

According to the report, Emir Sanusi was alleged to have asked Mr Idi to vacate his residence, located within the palace premises, which he has been occupying for more than 30 years.

Quoting sources, the news story further claimed that the monarch was angry with Maja Sirdi over his action, which he saw as an expression of “disloyalty”.

The report further asserted that Emir Sanusi had “warned against attending any government function which the Emir did not approve of.”

However, while Maja Sirdi insists that he has been removed from office and also asked to vacate his residence at Kofar Kwaru, the Chief of Staff to Emir Sanusi, Munir Sanusi has denied Mr Idi’s claim, saying the emirate only retrieved the keys to the royal stables from Maja Sirdi.

Speaking to Kano Focus, Mr Idi said he had been ordered by Shamakin Kano, Wada Jalo, on behalf of the emirate, to hand over the keys to the royal stables and to vacate his residence.

He said he was punished after he expressed support to Mr Ganduje, during a rally to celebrate the tribunal ruling affirming the victory of the governor.

“I attended the governor’s rally and even distributed water bottles to his supporters to show our happiness with Ganduje’s victory. I even decorated the governor with a robe at the event. But officials of the emirate council were not happy with my action and decided to punish me,” he said.

“After the rally, I was summoned by Shamaki, who asked me to go into the royal stables to count all the royal items inside them. After taking the inventory and finding everything intact, he demanded the keys to the stables and ordered me to vacate my residence immediately. I am now searching for a house before moving out,” he added.

But, Munir Sunusi, chief of staff to the Emir, denied the sacking of Maja Sirdi from his position.

He however, confirmed that the keys to the royal stables were retrieved from Maja Sirdi, after some saddles were stolen.

“I don’t know anything about claims of sacking Maja Sirdi. But we have retrieved keys from him after some of the Emir’s saddles were stolen. In fact, the Emir has nothing to do with this issue because Shamaki is the supervisor of Maja Sirdi and other courtiers.

“Shamaki took action because he had been receiving complaints about missing royal accessories for sometime. That is why he asked Maja Sirdi to handover his keys pending investigation. So, it does not make sense for anyone to claim that we sacked anybody just because he celebrated a governor,” he said.

“Nobody asked Maja Sirdi to leave his residence. He is still living in his house and still retains his position,” Mr Sunusi, who is also the Dan Majen Kano added.

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Kano closes hospital where a doctor performs multiple surgery alone

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano State Private Health Institutions Management Agency (PHIMA) has shut down Green-olives Hospital, Gadon kaya, Gwale local government area.

KANO FOCUS reports that the hospital was indicted for professional misconduct and poor service.

A statement issued by the spokesperson of the agency Abba Dalha said the agency has received a petition that the facility has recorded two death cases in the last six months.

After thorough investigation, the agency found that, the hospital do not undertake proper investigation nor issue consent form to patients before conducting a surgery.

According to the statement the surgeon is found to be to be doing the task of anaesthetic nurse, peri operative nurse and assistant surgeon which is grossly unethical.

The statement added that the surgeon is not inclined to any speciality of surgery as one of the recorded death case was a Paediatric surgery to three year old child, while the second death was Obstetrics and gynecology surgery.

The Agency threatened to deal with the culprit in accordance with it’s   guidelines and appealed to people to report quacks and professional misconduct for appropriate action.

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Ganduje seeks Assembly’s approval to borrow N20bn

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The governor of Kano state Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has sent a letter to House of assembly seeking for approval to access 18.7 billion loan from the federal government to cushion the effects of COVID-19.

KANO FOCUS reports that the speaker of the assembly, Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari read the letter on the floor of the house.

According to the letter, the state government is seeking the approval of the house to enable it access the funds which many states have been granted access to by their state house of assemblies.

He said,the federal government had approved the disbursement of over 18 billion Naira to all the 36 states as bail out funds.

The governor has also sent another letter to the House seeking for approval to secure a loan of over two billion naira for the procurement of 100 BRT buses.

The letter pointed out that earlier the Kano state government had paid five hundred million naira as deposit and wish to secure a loan for the completion of payment to expedite the delivery of the vehicles which will go a long way in curtailing transportation problems in the state.

After extensive and exhaustive deliberations, the house has granted the approval.

In a related development the house had received a letter from the office of the secretary to the state government, notifying the house of the swearing in of the chairman and members of the assembly service commission and the reappointment and elevation of the clerk and deputy clerk to the post of head of legislative services and permanent secretary respectively as well as other directors at the Kano state house of assembly.

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Revenue sharing formula: Kano demands 1% allocation, increase for states and LGAs

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Kano State government has demanded a one per cent special status in the Federal revenue  allocation formula.

KANO FOCUS reports that the demand was made in a memorandum presented by the Secretary to the  State Government and head of Kano state delegation, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, (Wazirin Gaya), during the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the review of the current vertical revenue allocation formula organized by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission in Kaduna on Monday.

Alhaji Alhaji noted that the demand is genuine, justifiable and in no way controversial considering the enormous responsibilities the state is currently shouldering due to high influx of people displaced or affected by insecurity in neighboring states including Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto and others.

He also highlighted the status of the state as the most populous in the country, its cosmopolitan and heterogeneous nature as “mini Nigeria”, as well as being the commercial hub for the north that attracts and accommodates people from all parts of the country and beyond, as other reasons for the demand.

The Secretary to the State Government therefore urged the federal government to positively consider the special status demand so as to support the development of Kano particularly in the areas of agriculture, trade and commerce and manufacturing as “it will translate into rapid development for the country generally.

“Our reasons are for the development of Nigeria as a whole”. He added.

The SSG further noted that the current revenue sharing formula is skewed largely in favour of the federal government to the detriment of states and local governments as the federating units, which he described as uneven, unfair and unjust.

He noted that the decision of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review the current revenue sharing formula, in line with its statutory constitutional responsibilities,  is commendable as it is long overdue in view of the changing political, economic, social and ecological realities in the country.

Alhaji Usman Alhaji further noted that despite taking the lion’s share, the federal government could not effectively and adequately discharge most of its responsibilities in states, like ensuring security and provision of healthcare services which, he said, were left for the states to take care of.

” The insecurity and violence in the North can be link to the uneven distribution of the national wealth. …Some have too little while others have too much to spend. As federating units, no one should be left in dare need “, he added.

While noting that states spend more than the federal government on healthcare and other services in addition to huge expenditure for the police and DSS, he suggested that states should have larger share in the revenue allocation formula.

The SSG therefore, on behalf of Kano State Government, proposed a new sharing formula of 41 percent for Federal Government, 34 percent for states and 24 percent for local governments while the 13 percent derivation should be maintained.

The Kano State delegation to the North West Zonal public hearing comprise commissioners, Special Advisers, top civil servants, traditional leaders, representatives of CSOs, NGOs and students organizations.

Other states that presented memoranda at the occasion include Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara.

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