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Ganduje presents N197b budget for 2020

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By Nasiru Yusuf

Govornor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, on Thursday, presented a proposed N197,683, 353, 659 billion Appropriation Bill for the year 2020, to the State House of Assembly.

Presenting the budget estimates, Ganduje explained that out of the total budget, N117, 710, 626, 881 billion was for capital projects while over N79, 972, 726, 788 billion was asset aside for recurrent expenditure.

He explained that the 2020 proposed budget tagged ‘Budget of Sustainable Social Development’, had a decrease of N16,209,513, 632 billion lower than that of 2019, representing 12 percent.

“The proposed capital expenditure for the 2020 fiscal year is N117,710,626,881, which is lower than that of 2019 by N16,209,513,632 representing 12% decrease and it is to be financed by N63,972,273,222expected Recurrent Revenue surplus and total capital receipts of N53,783,353,659”.

“The Capital Receipt is made up of estimated Grants and aidsofN25,989,884,251,expected Internal and External loans drawdown is N23,112,500,000, estimated Miscellaneous receipts of N4,446,269,408 and Treasury opening balance of N234,700,000”, Gov. Ganduje stated.

According to him, “the total projected Recurrent Revenue for the year 2020 is estimated at the sum of N143,900,000,000 which consist of N40,000,000,000as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and N76,000,000,000 as revenue from the Federation Account. The total recurrent revenue is lower than that of year 2019 by N14,762,668,707 representing 9% decrease. It is important to note that the projected Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is lower than that of year 2019 by N6,901,030,760 representing 15% decrease.

Mr Ganduje disclosed that the Ministry of Education would receive the lion share of N49. 9 billion, representing 25. 23 percent to allow for critical projects such as the government’s free and compulsory education policy.

This is followed by the Works and Infrastructure sector, N33. 8 billion, Governance and Service delivery, N33. 7 billion, Health N30. 7 billion, Water Resources, N15 billion and Judiciary, N7. 9 billion.

In his remarks, the Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, AbdulAziz Gafasa, assured the commitment of the House to work with the executive to move the state forward.

He added that the Assembly would conduct a public hearing on the budget to ensure that all stakeholders are carried along in the governance of the state.

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Kano domesticate social protection policy

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has approved the domestication of National social protection policy in the state.

Kano Focus reports that the Social Protection Policy is designed to show the commitment of the Government to the effective mobilisation and efficient utilisation of state resources to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

The state Commissioner of planning and budget Nura Muhammad Dankadai revealed this on Friday at a one day interactive session with with journalists and civil society organizations.

Alhaji Nura Muhammad Dankadai

Mr Dankadai said governor Ganduje approved the domestication of the policy on Thursday.

According to him when domesticated the policy will provide legal framework for school feeding programme, ante natal and post natal care, addressing gender based violence and protecting people living with disabilities.

On the meeting with journalists, Mr Dankadai said it was aimed at intimating them with on the state government’s projects and received some inputs for possible submission to the government.

The commissioner uses the opportunity to appeal to civil society organizations and journalists to sensitise people on the current economic challenges which made it difficult for the state to pay workers salary for the month of March.

In their separate contributions Akibu Hamisu, I. G Maryam and Wali Ado Rano advised Kano state government on the need to address multiple taxation, grant local government financial autonomy and holding periodic interactive session with CSOs and journalists.

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AKTH honours NCC Boss UG Danbatta

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Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, being presented with an appreciation award by Prof. Abdulrahman Sheshe, Chief Medical Director, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, during the courtesy visit.

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The management of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital has visited the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communication Commission Umar Garba Danbatta.

Kano Focus reports that during the visit the AKTH team also presented an award to Danbatta as an expression of the hospital’s appreciation for the enormous contributions of the EVC and the Commission to the development of health institutions over the years in the country.

Speaking during the visit, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of AKTH, Abdulrahman Sheshe, who led the delegation on the courtesy call, said, “the objective of our being here today is to appreciate your contribution in person and as EVC of NCC to the growth and development of the teaching hospital.”

According to Sheshe, through the support and donations from Kano people like the EVC and institutions like NCC, the hospital has increased its bed capacity from 250 to 700, as well as performing 57 successful transplant surgeries.

“You have also made enormous contributions in this regard and that has helped us to get new dialysis machines through your assistance and these machines are being put to use, aside from other state-of-the-art equipment already in place,” he said while appreciating the EVC.

The CMD, however, sought NCC’s support in the area of a Health Information Management System (HIMS) and digital capacity for staff.

Responding, however, Danbatta thanked the hospital management for the visit and the award, noting that the Commission supports federal institutions with necessary ICT equipment across the country and is ready to assist AKTH in this regard.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

“As a Commission, we are working to bridge the infrastructure divide, which is an element of the entire digital ecosystem. We do this via a lot of ongoing regulatory initiatives. And, through our training arm, Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), we provide digital literacy to critical sectors of the economy, including the health sector, we also intervene through our Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme,” he said.

According to Danbatta, digital divide can be bridged by making computers available and ICT services accessible to people and key sectors of the economy.

Danbatta (middle) flanked by top management committee of AKTH and NCC staff during the courtesy visit

“Infrastructure that can host this massive flow of information and knowledge is broadband infrastructure and this is top-most in the agenda of the Commission. Indeed, ICT is transforming every sector of the economy and the earlier we embrace the vast opportunity brought by ICT the better,” the EVC pointed out.

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Police arrest bandit who abduct his uncle for one million Naira ransom

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Abubakar Musa displaying the two AK-47 ripples

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Police in Kano said they have arrested a 27 year old Abubukar Musa who confessed to have abducted his uncle and received one million Naira ransom.

Kano Focus reports that the police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Kiyawa announced this in a video clip sent to journalists on Sunday.

He said the suspect was arrested with two AK 47 ripple suspected to be used for kidnapping and banditry.

Mr Kiyawa said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is among the bandits terrorizing some parts of Kano, Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state and some Northern states.

Mr Musa an indigine of Rurum village in Tudun Wada local government Kano state recalled how in the past abducted his uncle and collected one million Naira ransom before he release him.

The suspect also told police that he borrowed the guns found under his possession from Muhammadu Bakanoma in Zamfara state to confront another bandit called Malam at Birnin Gwari whom he accused with abducting his wife and daughter.

“I am a cattle rustler. I once abducted my uncle Alhaji Haruna and my cousin Bappan Jauro six years ago. These are the only two persons I have ever abducted. I abducted him (Alhaji Haruna) because his two children (Medi and Bappan Jauro) have kidnapped my younger sister Hafsat.

” I released him after receiving one million Naira ransom. We are now living with him (Alhaji Haruna( in the same compound,” Mr Musa said.

Mr Kiyawa said investigation is ongoing and will issue a statement when completed.

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