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Ganduje signs 2020 budget as Kano Assembly raises estimate to N206.2bn

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has signed into law the 2020 financial appropriation bill after the proposal was raised from N197 billion to N206.2 billion by the Kano state House of Assembly.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje signed the N206.2 billion budget estimate on Wednesday at the Council Chambers of the Kano Government House.

The governor, who personally received the budget document from Abdulaziz Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa, Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, vowed to start implementation from January 2020.

Kano Focus understands that the initial 2020 budget proposal submitted by Mr Ganduje on November 7, 2019 had an estimate of 197,683, 353, 659.

However, the Kano assembly raised the budget estimate by over N9 billion, making it a total of N206,267,759,657.

The governor had allocated N49.9 billion for education, which carries the largest share, followed by infrastructure (N33 billion) and health (N30 billion).

“Our resolve to make our budget circle from January to December each year, with effective and efficient implementation, are what inform the appreciative work on the document by the State Assembly.

“They did a good job, which also made public participation in the process an integral part of the fiscal document,” Mr Ganduje said in a statement by Abba Anwar, his chief press secretary.

“We are following the footsteps of President Muhammadu Buhari, who assented to the fiscal document at the federal level, just yesterday Tuesday. I am signing our document just a day after President Buhari’s.

“We assure people our commitment to serving them better. As we are entering the Next Level of our administration,” he added.

The governor also explained that the punctual return of the budget document by the Kano assembly indicates a smooth working relationship between the executive and legislative branches of government in the state.

“The presentation of this fiscal document for my assent today, is a clear indication that yes we are all fulfilling our promises of maintaining the cordial working relationship between us. This is marvellous and impressive,” he said.

In his remarks, Mr Gafasa assured the governor of their “unflinching support and commitment towards better Kano”.

“Two months back His Excellency was at the hallowed Chamber when he presented the document, and we promised to do justice to the document. Which we did,” he said.

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370 bag PhD, 180 first class as BUK holds 38th convocation

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, has said that during the 38th convocation of the BUK commencing Tuesday over 11,284 students will graduate, while 180 students will be graduating with First Class Honours.

KANO FOCUS reports that 370 postgraduate students are graduating with PhDs and 3,770 are going out with Masters degrees.

This was just as the university would award honorary doctorate degrees to the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, to complement their efforts in supporting their community and the nation at large.

Professor Abbas, disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists on the preparations for the forthcoming convocation.

Management staff of Bayero University Kano

According to him,” This year the university is introducing a stager’s convocation, aimed at ensuring that every student feels the impact of his graduation.

He maintained that this year the university is graduating a total of 11,284 students, which would cut across different faculties and departments.

He, however, disclosed that the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, would deliver a lecture with the title ” The Role of the Private Sector in Building a Sustainable Economy in Nigeria.”

He further disclosed that “the convocation would commence with 6 faculties: Agriculture 307, Art and Islamic Studies, Education, Law, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and that this year’s convocation would be done with a pampered”.

Speaking further, Prof. Abbas hinted that the university currently has 379 professors teaching at BUK, with 18 faculties and 16 research centres.

BUK is now ranked 5th in Nigeria based on a ranking body based in the UK. It ranked fifth after Covenant University, the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, and Ekiti, all based in the South West. So, by this, BUK is leading in 5 other regions: South East, South-South, North West, North East and North Central

According to him, the BuK had a breakthrough in research on the sex of date seed, which has increased the farming capacity of the date in Jigawa State from 45 per cent to almost 80 per cent.

The BUK also recorded another giant stride in a breakthrough in the E-Motive at the Centre of Excellence, Africa Centre of Excellence—Population and Policies, ACE-PAP. It saved 60 per cent of maternal mortality.“

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NPFL: Kano Pillars beats Sunshine Stars 5-1

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

Kano Pillars Football Club on Sunday thrashed Sunshine Stars of Akure 5-1 in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League match.

KANO FOCUS reports that the match day 21 which was played at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar-Mata, Kano, was watched by a large crowd.

Mustapha Ibrahim scored a brace with goals in the 48th and 52nd minutes, while Rabiu Ali, Auwalu Malam and Umar Shehu scored a goal each in the encounter.

The visitors scored a consolation goal in the 82nd through a penalty.

Speaking after the match, Chief Coach of Kano Pillars, Audu Maikaba, commended his players for what he described as an excellent performance.

“You know every match comes with its challenges, and we always take it as it comes. Today’s encounter was interesting and our boys played well and thank God we won the game,” said Mr Maikaba.

He assured that the team would perform better in its subsequent matches.

The coach explained that the team had put modalities on ground to win its upcoming away match against Katsina United.

On his part, Assistant Coach of Sunshine Stars, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, said his team tried their best but lost to a good side.

“It is unfortunate that we lost the match but that’s football, you win some you lose some. We are going to work hard to cover up our lapses in our next encounter,” he said.

Kano Pillars now have 36 points from 21 matches, occupying third position on the table.

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EFCC arrests 11 suspects accused of selling new Naira notes in Kano

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11 suspects for their alleged involvement in the sale of new naira notes for commercial purposes.

KANO FOCUS reports that the suspects were arrested on Monday, February 19, following fruitful intelligence that un-masked a syndicate of fraudsters operating along Lagos Street, adjacent to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kano.

A statement published on EFCC Facebook said the syndicate allegedly specialized in selling naira notes.

It added that five members of the syndicate were arrested with new naira notes being sold to the public. Six bankers who were alleged to be selling the naira notes to the sellers on commission were also arrested.

The statement noted that the suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.

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