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Ganduje leaves for US



By Nasiru Yusuf

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has left Nigeria for Seattle, United States of America to meet with Dangote Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and officials of the French government, for a scheduled meeting on education and water supply.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje will be out of the country for a period of 10 days. While away, the Deputy Governor Nasiru Gawuna will be the acting governor for the period.

A statement issued on Thursday by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to Mr Ganduje said, all ministries, departments and agencies are directed to work harmoniously with the acting governor.

The statement added that governor’s meeting with the foundations will be on the development of education in the state.

Issues to do with accessibility, conducive environment for teaching and learning, as well as quality control, are some of the major areas to be discussed at the proposed meeting.

According to the statement, governments, development partners and organizations have appreciated the free and compulsory primary and secondary education policy of the Ganduje administration.

“The meeting would go a long way in improving education at levels of the administration, ensuring that, many good things are coming to our dear state. And we are assuring people that, our resolve to take the state to higher level is determined with all sense of responsibility.

“While away, Ganduje will also engage in touching the other area of water supply for the overall development of the state. Issues surrounding water industry that will improve the overall system, will be discussed at the high powered meeting,” the statement added.


Ganduje declares Friday work free day




Nasiru Yusuf

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has declared Friday, May 14 as work free day to enable Muslim faithful continue with the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba announced this in a statement on Thursday.

He said the decision was in consideration of the fact that Wednesday, May 12, which was part of the two-day Eid holiday declared by the federal government fall within the 30 days of Ramadan period.

The governor, according to the statement, felicitates with the Muslim Ummah on this auspicious period that calls for sober reflection and sharing of goodwill among adherents.

It also urged people in the state to use the occasion, particularly during Jumu’at service to pray for peace to continue to reign in the state and the country in general.

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Sallah festival: Police deploy 4,144 personnel in Kano



Nasiru Yusuf

As Muslims celebrate Eid-el-Fitr on Thursday, the Kano state commissioner of police Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko has ordered deployment of 4,144 Eid praying ground across the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Command in conjunction with sister security agencies and other civil volunteers in the state will work harmoniously for the enforcement of law and order.

This was contained in a statement issued by command’s spokesperson Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa on Wednesday.

Mr Dikko advised worshippers going to Eid praying grounds to avoid carrying unnecessary objects that may trigger suspicion or apprehension.

Kano state commissioner of police Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko

“Under aged children and unlicensed persons are not allowed to operate Motor Vehicles, Tricycles, Motorcycles and Bicycles while going to the Eid praying grounds.

“Parents and guardians should always accompany their children with adults while going to Eid praying grounds so as to checkmate cases of missing children, accidents or any unsolicited dealings.

“Any group or individual under whatever guise is warned to desist from any act or conduct that will cause breach of peace and breakdown of law and order. Whoever is caught engaging in such act will face the full wrath of the law.

“People are advised to observe the COVID-19 prevention protocol by wearing facemask and observing social distancing throughout the festive period.

“Rigorous patrols and raids of criminal hideouts will continue in order to avert any breach of peace by criminals and miscreants throughout the State,” Mr Dikko revealed.

“The Command has also called on people to use the following phone numbers 08032419754, 08123821575 and 08075391163 for distress calls.

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Daneji Amintacciya awards scholarship to 25 indigent students



Beneficiaries of the scholarship

 Nasiru Yusuf

Daneji Amintacciya Foundation has awarded scholarship to twenty five indigent students to undergo degree programmes in various disciplines at National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). 

KANO FOCUS reports that twenty students were sponsored by the chairman of the foundation who is also the Accountant General of the Federation Ahmad Idris, while the remaining five were sponsored by immediate past chairman of the foundation Muhtari Dangana.

The beneficiaries, comprising both males and females were drawn from nooks and crannies of Daneji Quarters in Kano Municipal local government.

The selection of the students was facilitated by Daneji Amintacciya Youth Association (DAYA), a community based organization working on youth empowerment and development in the area.

Speaking at the occasion the chairman of screening committee Mahmoud Daneji said, the beneficiaries were selected after rigorous processes.

Mr Daneji, a professor of agricultural extension said the committee used certain criteria in selecting twenty five out of over sixty applicants.

Part of the criteria according to Mr Daneji was given priority to science based courses, applicant’s qualification and social status.

In his remarks the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Abdalla Uba Adamu, who hailed from the area called on the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of Daneji and Kano state throughout their period of study.

Mr Adamu, who holds double professorship of science education and media and cultural communication assured Daneji Amintacciyya’s commitment on sustaining the scholarship scheme to enable youth in the area pursue higher education.

He lauded the flexibility of NOUN which allows the beneficiaries to study, while engaging in the various trades and occupations that Daneji youth are famous for.

On his part, the Director of NOUN Kano study centre, Mudassir Ahmad Ishaq said the sponsors had paid all the fees, including tuition, and other financial needs of the students for the period of their study.

He described the scholarship as the first of its kind in the history of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), and commended Daneji community for setting the pace.

He assured the students that NOUN will provide them with all the necessary school materials to kick start their studies.

Also speaking, a father of one of the benificiaries, Basiru Daneji thanked Ahmad Idris and Muhtari Dangana for the gesture, describing them as architects of modern Daneji.

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