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Ganduje assigns portfolios to new commissioners, warns against corruption

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By Nazifi Dawud

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has assigned portfolios to all his 20 commissioners after swearing them in on Tuesday.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje inaugurated the cabinet members immediately they were screened by the Kano State House of Assembly.

The screening took only three hours as most of the commissioners were simply asked to “take a bow and go” by the lawmakers.

Reading their portfolios to them at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Mr Ganduje warned the cabinet members to desist from engaging in acts of corruption, saying anyone found wanting would be investigated by the Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.

“I want to use this opportunity to congratulate you on the new appointment but you are required to measure up to expectation and do all what you can do to move Kano state to the next level,” he said.

The governor urged the new commissioners to work together with their permanent secretaries and directors for effective implementation of government policies and budget targets.

He added that the officials were selected based on merit and encouraged them to work hard to develop the state.

Below is the list of the commissioners and their portfolios:

1 Deputy Governor Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna–Commissioner of Agriculture

2- Hon Murtala Sule Garo–Commissioner of Local Government

3- Engr. Muazu Magaji–Commissioner of Works

4- Barrister Ibrahim Muktar–Commissioner of justice

5- Hon Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso–Commissioner of Rural Development

6- Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso–Commissioner of Environment

7- Comrade Mohammed Garba–Commissioner of Information

8- Hon Nura Mohammed Dakadai–Commissioner of Budget and Planning

9- Hon Shehu Na’Allah Kura–Commissioner of finance and economic development

10- Dr. Mohammed Tahir–Commissioner of Religious Affairs

11- Dr. Zahara’u Umar–Commissioner of Women Affairs

12- Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa–Commissioner of Health

13- Hon Sadiq Aminu Wali–Commissioner of Water Resources

14- Hon Mohammed Bappa Takai–Commissioner of Science and Technology

15- Hon Kabiru Ado Lakwaya–Commissioner of Youth and sports

16- Dr. Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure–Commissioner of Higher Education

17- Hon Ibrahim Ahmed Karaye–Commissioner of Tourism and Culture

18- Hon Muktar Ishaq Yakasai–Commissioner of Special Duties

19 Hon Mahmoud Muhammad–Commissioner of Commerce and Industry

20 Hon Muhammad Sunusi Saidu–Commissioner of Education

21- Barrister Lawan Abdullahi Musa–Commissioner of Housing and Transport.

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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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