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Year in Review: Prominent Kano personalities who died in 2019



Nasiru Yusuf

In the year 2019, Kano state lost a number of prominent personalities who made contributions to the state, country or their respective communities. Below are some of the deceased personalities:

Umar Sa’id Tudunwada, former MD Radio Kano

On Sunday 30th June former Managing Director of Radio Kano Umar Said Tudunwada died in an auto crash at Kura town, along Zaria to Kano road.

Until his death, he was the deputy president of Nigerian Guild of Editors.

During his life time Umar Said Tudunwada worked with Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and CTV 67 before he voluntarily resign and joined DW Hausa service.

Late Umar Tudunwada had also worked with Voice of America (Hausa service), Freedom Radio and Dandal Kura Radio, Maiduguri, Borno state.

He had also served as media aide to former governors of Kano state Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Ibrahim Shekarau as well as Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Alhaji Shehu Azare, businessman

On January 8th, 2019 Kano state lost a famous businessman Alhaji Shehu Muhammad Azare of Fagge quarters, Fagge local government area.

Alhaji Shehu Azare was born in 1927 in Galdimari village, Giade local government area of Bauchi State. He came to Kano in 1941 and settled in Fagge quarters where he married his first wife.

He left behind two wives, 21 children, 50 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.

Alhaji Idris Abubakar

On July 18th of famous businessman in Kano and owner of Mudatex Mudassir and Brothers Alhaji Mudassir Idris Abubakar lost his father Alhaji Idris Abubakar.

Alhaji Idris Abubakar died in India where he had traveled for medical treatment.

Alhaji Shehu Ringim

A seasoned bureaucrat Alhaji Shehu Ringim of Kwalli quarters died on Thursday October 17th at the age of 89.

The chief Imam of Kano, Professor Muhammad Sani Zahradden led his funeral prayer at Kofar Kudu, Emir’s Palace.

He left behind a wife and six children.

Late Shehu Ringim was one time Resident Electoral Commissioner(1976-1979) and Resident Commissioner at National Population Commission in charge of Kano (1981-1984).

He had also served as member of Kano state House of Assembly election petition tribunal and Senate and House of Representatives Election Petition Tribunal in Delta state in 1992.

Alhaji Salisu Buhari

Alhaji Salisu Buhari, father of a former speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu Buhari died on Monday April 1st.

The late business tycoon died in an Egyptian hospital at the age of 83 after undergoing medical treatment.

Late Mr Buhari’s funeral prayer was led by the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II, in company of Chief Imam of Kano, Prof. Muhammad Sani Zahradeen, Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk, members of the Kano Emirate council, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his Deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna.‎

Alhaji Salisu Buhari was a chairman of Kano APC elders committee and Nassarawa local government Community Reorientation Committee.

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Naira Freefall: EFCC arrests 7 BDC operators in Kano



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

No fewer than seven Bureau De Change operators and others have been arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the persons were arrested by the operatives who carried out a raid on the BDC operators at the popular forex exchange WAPA market in Fagge local government area.

The Chairman of the market, Malam Sani who confirmed the development to newsmen in Kano, said the operatives raided the market in search of hoarders of dollars.

Wada however maintained that members in the market don’t engage in hoarding and are all operating with licenses from authorities.

“It was a joint taskforce that raided the market in search of those who are hoarding dollars and causing the depreciation in the value of Naira.

“They have arrested no fewer than seven individuals, some of them are our members and others are only passerbys. They said they are going to screen them to confirm who is who. We are yet to meet the taskforce now.

“All of them were arrested randomly and non of them was arrested carrying even a dollar on him.

“The WAPA Forex Market is licenced and there are no fewer than two hundred licenced individual outfits here in the market. All our operations are operating within the ambit of the law.

“When they struck, they hindered activities in the market as people closed down there offices, however things have since returned to normal.

“I advised the authority to implore the whistleblower tactic to track down those who have Dollars hoarded. But there is no Dollar anywhere in the market at the moment. Nobody has it. Even if you see it, it will not be more that $100 or $200 that’s all. We don’t have Dollars.

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Education Summit: Kano Govt frowns at late coming to school among pupils



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


The Kano state government has expressed displeasure over staggering lateness among pupils, warning that it will not condone late coming to school by children.

KANO FOCUS reports that the commissioner of education Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa gave the warning on Tuesday at a two-day education summit organised by the government in conjunction with Adolescent Health and Information Projects AHIP, PLANE, CSACEFA and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF).

Doguwa said said the government would collaborate with Hisbah corps to monitor students who move around the streets during school hours and take action them.

Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa

At the Summit with the theme, ‘Towards Strengthening Retention and Completion of Girl’s Education‘, the commissioner informed participants of strides of this administration in revitalising and fortifying the education sector with focus on empowering and retaining girls in the school system towards completion.

According to him “the government is collaborating with European Union EU and other development partners to improve education in the state.”

He noted that, to improve better system, the government would also constitutes Council on Education and Education data bank for effective monitoring.

Diginatries at the event

Recognising transportation barriers, Doguwa explained that, Kano state government has reintroduced dedicated 57 shuttle buses for girl students in the state to ease transport.

The commissioner said; “Within the 8 metropolitan Local Government Areas. We are currently looking at the ministry of Education proposal of expanding the shuttle bus service coverage to reach remote and underserved areas.”

ACF representatives at the event

Speaking on lack of schools attendance by students, he said the government would collaborate with Hisbah paramilitary to monitor students who move about the streets during school hours and take action them.

The Director Adolescent Health and Information Projects, Hajiya Mairo Bello identified education as the first foundation of life, stressing that “AHIP is determined to promote Girl Child Education not only in Kano state but the entire Northern Nigeria.”

She said other thematic areas of AHIP includes youth Development programmes, Women Empowerment initiatives, Health promotions, life skills training, Community Mobilization and Networking and Gender and Social inclusions among others initiatives.

Diginatries at the event

“Our Adolescent girls must retain and complete their education for Nigeria’s brighter future and economic prosperity,” Hajia Bello said.

She noted that promotion of education is moral responsibility of all, adding that her NGO is ready to partner with the Kano state government and others to advance the course of girl child education.

Representatives of Traditional Institutions

Also speaking, Professor Ismail Mohammed Zango while presenting findings from a Research conducted on Exploring the Adolescent Girls’ Education in Kano state said, school attendance completion ratio in Kano indicates that boys seems to complete their junior and senior secondary Schools more than the girls in Kano state.

He stressed the need to bridge the gap, identifying critical roles of parents in achieving Girls retention and completion of schools.

Zango also identified poverty as a great factor to school retention and completion of girls Education.

The Chairman Arewa Consultative Forum ACF Kano Chapter, Dr. Goni Umar Farouk called on the business community to contribute to Education and not leave it to the hands of governments a lone.

He also, called on the Kano State government to invest in ICT Education of children as the world is going digital.


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Kano Assembly directs KAROTA, PHCMB, KPP to refund N260m misappropriated funds



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


The Kano State House of Assembly has ordered the Kano State Road Traffic Agency, Kano State Primary Health Care Agency and Kano Printing Press to refund a total sum of N260 million misappropriated by the three agencies.

The Assembly issued the order during plenary presided by the Speaker, Jibril Ismail Falgore, on Tuesday.

The Assembly indicted the three state agencies for misappropriation of allocations and internally generated revenue.

In a unanimous adoption of the recommendations of the House Committee on Public Accounts, the Assembly cautioned all ministries, agencies and parastatals to comply with due diligence on public finance or face sanctions.

Earlier, the Chairman House Committee on Public Account, and member representing Fagge constituency, Mohammed Tukur, who presented the 2021 audited public account, expressed concern over financial ‘iniquity’ in government agencies.

In the report, Tukur narrated how allocations on COVID-19 and social welfare programs got zero release of funds while the construction of 100 pit toilets with an estimated budget of N200 million secured 100 per cent capitalisation.

The Fagge lawmaker also lamented how the previous administration refused to approve the audit of six years of public account, leaving behind a backlog of unaudited public expenditure.

Tukur equally raised concern about the misuse of public revenues and allocations by the Kano State Road Traffic Agency, Kano State Primary Health Care Agency and Kano Printing Press, which were indicted in the report.

The Majority Leader, Lawan Husain, moved a motion to compel the auditor general and accountant general of the state to ensure proper accountability and transparency of public funds and refund of misappropriated monies by MDAs.

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