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Ganduje to inaugurate cabinet nominees, day after nomination

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By Nasiru Yusuf

The 20 cabinet nominees whose names were submitted to the Kano State House of Assembly on Monday would take their oath of office on Tuesday–a day after their nomination by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Kano Focus reports that soon after the submission of the list, Speaker Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa, said the screening of the commissioners-designate would begin on Tuesday.

Mr Ganduje had been criticized by many political actors for not forming a cabinet six months after he was inaugurated for a second term.

However, a statement issued by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to Mr Ganduje said the swearing-in will take place the same Tuesday at Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium, Kofar Mata, Kano, around 4 pm.

The statement advised members of the public and well wishers of all the commissioners-designate to be orderly during the event.

The speaker of the assembly Abdulazeez Gafasa read the name to the house at a plenary session on Monday.

Nine out of the 20 cabinet nominees were former commissioners in both Ganduje and Rabiu Kwankwaso’s administrations, while the remaining eleven are to serve in the state executive council for the first time.

The list also has a son of a Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former minister of foreign affairs Aminu Wali as well as associates of former governor of Kano Ibrahim Shekarau.

The names of the nominees are:
1. Murtala Sule Garo
2. Engr. Muazu Magaji
3. Barrister Ibrahim Muktar
4. Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso
5. Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso
6. Mohammed Garba
7. Nura Mohammed Dakadai
8. Shehu Na’Allah kura
9. Dr. Mohammed Tahir
10. Dr. Zahara’u Umar
11. Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa
12. Sadiq Aminu Wali
13. Mohammed Bappa Takai
14. Kabiru Ado Lakwaya
15. Dr. Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure
16. Ibrahim Ahmed Karaye
17. Muktar Ishaq Yakasai
18. Mahmoud Muhammad
19. Muhammad Sunusi Saidu
20. Barrister Lawan Abdullahi Musa

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Sulaiman’s Kano girlfriend surfaces, speaks on boyfriend’s American lover

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Nazifi Dawud

Nafisa Tahir, the Hausa girlfriend of Sulaiman Isah, the 26-year-old Instagram lover of an American woman Ms Janine Sanchez, has emerged from the shadows to speak on her now ex-boyfriend’s new found love.

Ms Nafisa, who spoke to famous broadcast journalist Salisu Zango, said she was not perturbed by Mr Sulaiman’s romance with 46-year-old Ms Sanchez, who came all the way from the United States to meet and propose marriage to the young man.

KANO FOCUS reports that Ms Sanchez fell in love with Mr Sulaiman after they met on social network app Instagram over 10 months ago.

The American mom of two has already declared her intention to marry Mr Sulaiman and move with him to the United States in March, 2020.

Mr Sulaiman’s parents have given their blessings to Ms Sanchez’s proposal to marry their son.

His father, Mr Isa, a retired police officer had told Kano Focus that he had no objection his son’s relationship to the American woman as long as she agrees to sponsor Mr Sulaiman’s education and allow him to retain his Islamic faith.

However, Ms Nafisa said though she felt betrayed but she was happy that her ex boyfriend has revealed his “true colours” early enough.

She said she was glad Mr Sanchez’s emergence had exposed Mr Sulaiman’s “hidden character”, adding that she wished the lovers well.

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Kano youths form business group to tackle unemployment

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Nazifi Dawud

A collection of youths in Kano state have formed an entrepreneurship group, Inspire Arewa Youths Initiative (IAYA) to provide online and digital marketing skills that would help in tackling unemployment in the state.

Chairman of the group, Muhammad Sani Ibrahim, told Kano Focus on Sunday, during the  IAYA launching programme that he collaborated with 20 other like-minded persons to make the idea a reality.

He said the programme, titled SME 1.0, was conceived for members to showcase their businesses and ideas in an “original way”, that would attract customers for them without much challenge.

Mr Ibrahim also explained that young entrepreneurs would also receive training in online business strategies, which he said would make it possible for people to start businesss with zero capital.

“With online marketing, someone can start a business with zero capital just by snapping pictures of textile commodities in Kwari market for instance. When that person posts the pictures online, he can attract customers for whom he can get the goods without spending much money,” he said.

He further explained that IAYA is divided into different aspects of entrepreneurship including photography, fashion, beauty and catering clusters.

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Await Allah’s judgement, Abba tells Supreme Court as Ganduje offers olive branch

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Abba Yusuf, governorship candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state has told justices of the Supreme Court, who dismissed his petition against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of All Progressives Congress (APC)– to await the judgement of Allah.

Kano Focus reports that a panel of five justices led by Justice Sylvester Ungwuta at the Supreme Court on Monday upheld Mr Ganduje as the duly elected governor of Kano state, throwing away Mr Abba’s petition.

In his reaction, Mr Abba said the verdict “further confirms the connivance of the allied forces of election robbery who are oppressors of the Nigerian democracy”.

“Considering the overwhelming evidences presented by the eminent team of experienced lawyers, one cannot imagine how these agents of tyranny and undemocratic principles joined hands to rob the good people of Kano their mandate.

“However, we have seen the worst of what they can do, so they should await the judgment of the Almighty Allah, which they cannot avoid,” he said in a statement signed by his spokesperson Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa.

Join me to develop Kano–Ganduje

However, Mr Abba’s opponent Mr Ganduje called on the opposition PDP “to come and join hands with him for the continued development of the state.”

The governor, in a statement by Abba Anwar, his chief press secretary said he thanked Allah for his victory at the supreme court.

“We thank Allah for the victory that made it possible for the Supreme Court to reaffirm our victory after Election Petition Tribunal and Court of Appeal judgements. We also thank Kano people for peaceful conduct of their affairs,” Mr Ganduje said.

“Whoever believes and depends on Allah, will always see light at the beginning, mid and end of the tunnel, no matter the circumstances.

“We also commend all the Judges who partook in this exercise of deepening democracy. This shows the commitment of our judiciary in strengthening our democracy. This is highly commendable.

“I insist that our opposition should come and join us to move the state forward. We have a lot of developmental projects on ground. And more are coming. Our free and compulsory education policy needs all hands on deck. Our security system also needs all and sundry. Among others,” he added.

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