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Ganduje has no right to recognize court dissolved emirates – lawyer

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New Kano Emirates

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

A Kano-based human rights lawyer, Abba Hikima says the state government has no right to continue recognizing the four court dissolved emirates following its decision to submit a new bill to the House of Assembly.

KANO FOCUS recalls that the government has submitted an executive bill requesting the creation of Bichi, Gaya, Karaye, and Rano emirates after their dissolution by a Kano High Court.

Mr Hikima told KANO FOCUS that Kano governor Abdullahi Ganduje has the right to either accept the court order or appeal the judgement.

“Submitting a new bill to the Assembly indicates that the government has accepted the High Court’s judgment.

“It is therefore incumbent upon Mr Ganduje to recognize Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as the only Emir in Kano state pending the passage of the new bill.” He said.

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He added that even if the new bill is passed into law, its commencement date cannot be retroactive.

“That means if a new law is approved the government has to issue new letters of appointment and staffs of office to the selected emirs.” He said.

Mr Hikima explained that the government cannot appeal the High Court judgment after it has transmitted the new bill to the Assembly.

Double-standard

The Kano state government had earlier vowed to continue recognizing the newly created Emirates and their first class emirs despite the verdict.

In line with this policy, Mr Ganduje was seen paying homage to Aminu Ado, who was the Emir of Bichi before the dissolution.

Other government agents including commissioners and heads of agencies and parastatals have also continued paying courtesy calls to the other emirs whose appointments were similarly nullified.

Muhammad Garba, Kano state commissioner of information issued both the statement recognizing the new emirates despite the court verdict and the statement announcing the approval of an executive bill seeking the creation of the new emirates.

He has however remained silent about the government’s seeming double-standards in dealing with the issue.

Mr Garba did not answer his phone when contacted by KANO FOCUS and has not replied to a text message sent to him about the matter.

Respect Public Opinion

However a Kano-based activist, Kabiru Dakata has likened the nullification of the four emirs’ positions to the nullification of the elections of House of Representative members.

“Alhassan Ado Doguwa is no longer a member of the House but can resume his seat if he wins a properly conducted election.

“Also the court ruled that the emirs and their emirates emerged out of a faulty process and therefore stand dissolved until the right process is followed.” He said.

Mr Dakata, Director General, Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability (CAJA) urged the Kano state House of Assembly to follow due process in considering the new executive bill submitted by Mr Ganduje.

“The House should conduct a public hearing between the second and third readings of the bill.

“The legislators should also make sure they respect the public opinions expressed at the hearing.

“But if they have already made up their minds to pass the bill no matter what Kano citizens want, they shouldn’t waste people’s time. He added.

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Kano domesticate social protection policy

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Abdullahi Ganduje

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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