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

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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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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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