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Ganduje appoints Sanusi chairman Council of Chiefs

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Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has appointed the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II to head the state Council of Chiefs.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appointment was announced in a press statement issued on Monday by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the Kano state governor.

Mr Ganduje said Mr Sanusi will preside over the council for a period of two years.

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The governor directed Mr Sanusi to immediately summon the inaugural meeting of the council.

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“Among other members of the State Council of Chiefs are all other Four First Class Emirs of Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Alhaji Dr Tafida Abubakar (Autan Bawo), Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II and Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, who are also automatic members of the Council, as enshrined in the State Emirate Council Law.

“Also Section 4(2) gives other members as Secretary to the State Government, Commissioner for Local Governments, five Chairmen of Local Government Councils one each from the Local Government Council where the Emir’s palace is situated.

“Others according to this Section comprise at least 10 Kingmakers, two each from the five Emirates mentioned under Section 3(1) of the Law, Chief Imam of each Emirate.” He said.

The governor also appointed Dalhatu Abubakar Al-Hamsad and Auwalu Abdullahi Rano as two of five representatives of the business community in the council.

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According to the statement, the police, State Security Service and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps shall be represented in the council.

Mr Ganduje has also nominated Nasiru Aliku Koki as one of the two other members to be appointed at the governor’s discretion as provided by the law.

The statement added that the Council of Chiefs would appoint its own secretary.

 

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COVID-19: Islamic Forum asks FG to establish test centers in 6 zones

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Islamic Forum of Nigeria has called on the federal government to fulfill its promise of establishing COVID-19 test centres across the six geo-political zones in the country.

This was revealed in a statement issued on Wednesday by the National Chairman of the forum Ahmad Daku.

Mr Daku, a former military governor of Kano state, also appealed to federal government to provide adequate ventilators and medical supplies to all designated isolation centres.

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He further urged authorities concerned to judiciously use the donations received by spirited individuals and organizations, and to punish any persons that attempt to divert or mismanage the funds.

“We should not forget our valued tradition to support those who are vulnerable within the communities by helping them with whatever possible to manage their affairs,” he said.

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COVID-19: NDLEA releases detainees

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)  has released detained suspects  charged with low profile cases in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

NDLEA Commander in Kano state, Abdul Ibrahim disclosed this in an interview with journalists on Wednesday in Kano.

Mr Ibrahim said the command has secured the conviction of 28 drug peddlers in Kano state from January to date.

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He said the NDLEA had also screened 38 traditional title holders from the Kano Emirate Council to ensure that they were not drug addicts.

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He said the command had arrested 203 suspects – 178 males and 25 females – from January to March, 2020.

He explained that out of the number, 25 persons were standing trial in the Federal High Court.

“During the period, we also seized over two tons of exhibits which include 1,801kg of Cannabis Sativa, popularly known as Indian hemp.

“Following relentless efforts by our men, we also succeeded in seizing 200kg of psychotropic substances during the period,” he revealed.

Mr Ibrahim added that the agency had provided a brief intervention for 209 drug users in the state and another eight brought by their parents and guardians.

The NDLEA commander said that as part of the command’s efforts to reduce drug abuse in Kano, it had conducted an awareness campaign across 12 schools in the state.

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COVID-19: Ganduje, wife test negative

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Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his wife Hafsat Ganduje have both tested negative for COVID-19.

Kano Focus reports that Mr. Ganduje announced the result in a statement issued on Thursday.

“We thank Almighty Allah for this result which shows negative. That is how He (Allah) wishes.” He said.

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He prayed for Allah’s continued protection against COVID-19 in Kano state, Nigeria and the world in general.

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There had been widespread concerns over Mr. Ganduje’s COVID-19 status after his exposure to Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, who had tested positive.

After receiving the results Mr Ganduje assured that his government would maintain the proactive measures taken against COVID-19.

“It is our responsibility to see that this deadly COVID-19 is fought from all angles, so as to have safer and healthier society.

“We thank Almighty Allah that up to this time there is no reported case in Kano.” He added.

 

 

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