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Hajj 2020: Kano pilgrims board begins orientation exercise for intending pilgrims



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board says it will commence the first phase of its education and orientation programme for the 2020 intending pilgrims on Saturday March 7.

KANO FOCUS reports that Executive Secretary of the board Alhaji Muhammad Abba Dambatta disclosed this during a news conference on Monday in Kano

Mr Dambatta said that the training was designed to enlighten and educate intending pilgrims on what they were expected to do during the Hajj in the Holy land.

“The training is part of the programmes being organised by the board to keep intending pilgrims abreast of what they are expected to do or not to do during the Hajj,” he said.

He added that the programme was also intended to enlighten the intending pilgrims on the laws of the Holy land as well as on what they were expected to carry or not to carry into the Holy land.

Mr Dambatta added that the board had engaged the services of some Islamic scholars to conduct the programme which would last more than a month.

In addition, he said some officials of the board and other relevant stakeholders were also expected to present papers during the programme on other important issues.

He urged intending pilgrims to participate actively in the programme.

He however said the Board, has already begun the collection of N1.2 million from prospective pilgrims as initial deposit for the 2019 hajj fare.

He said even though, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), had directed state the pilgrims welfare boards to collect N1.5 million as initial deposit, but based on experience, the board decided to collect N1.2 million.

According to him, it is expected that any intending pilgrim, who paid N1.2m will not find it difficult to offset the balance when the final fare is announced.

“Based on experience, last year’s hajj fare was a little over N1.4m, so anybody, who pays N1.2m will find it easy to pay the balance after the final fare is announced,” he said.

The Executive Secretary said as soon as intending pilgrims paid the initial deposit, the board would register them for the commencement of the other processes before the final collection of the hajj fares.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf asks Fuel Marketers to reverse to old price



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Kano state Governor, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has urged petroleum marketers to reverse the prices of petroleum goods to its old rate in order to lessen the current hardship experienced by the general public.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appeal is contained in a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the chief press secretary to the governor.

The governor said he is aware that the marketers still had old products in stock that were supposed to be sold at the previous pricing.

“To reduce the needless hardship on the state’s citizens, the marketers should exercise some restraint and quickly reopen all filling stations with available products in stock to sell at the former price.

“As a concerned Governor, I am disheartened to see our dear People of Kano suffering as a result of an unjustified fuel hike, and the situation must be stopped right away,” the governor said.

Kano, according to governor, is the commercial hub for the country’s northern region as well as certain countries in West Africa, and its bustling populace continues to enjoy favorable business conditions.

The Governor urged the good citizens of Kano state to maintain their composure and uphold the law because the government is always prepared to make sure that people are doing their affairs conveniently.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints Rahila Mukhtar to head KSCHMA




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has announced the appointment of Rahila Mukhtar as executive secretary of the Kano State Healthcare Contributory Management Agency (KCHMA).


KANO FOCUS reports that this is contained in a statement by his chief press secretary Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.


Yusuf also approved the appointment of Garba Bichi as managing director of the Kano State Water Board, Hassan Danbaffa as managing director of the Kano State Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA), Ibrahim Yakubu as managing director of the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) and Abdulkadir Abdussalam as the accountant-general.


KANO FOCUS reports that the government said a date for their swearing-in would be announced soon to enable them to assume the new responsibilities.




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Police arrest ninety-six suspects in Kano over attempts to disrupt inauguration activities








Ninety- six suspects were arrested by the Nigeria Police in Kano following alleged attempts to disrupt peace in the state during Monday’s inauguration ceremony.


KANO FOCUS reports that State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, who disclosed this at a press conference held at the Command’s Bompai headquarters, Wednesday remarked that the arrest followed a series of crackdowns by his men.


He noted that the suspects, who were picked up differently across the state within the last one week included 56 suspected mobile phone robbers, 17 illicit drug related suspects, and 20 suspects who were arrested on account of attempts to commit violent crimes.


Items recovered from the suspects included five cartons of suspected Tramadol tablets, 83 sachets of suspected Diazepam and 371 pieces of rubber solution, including 12 parcels and 303 wraps of dried leaves.


Other recoveries from the suspects included 157 weapons, four locally made guns, one toy gun and 18 mobile phones as well as 34 ATMs .


He explained that preliminary investigations had led them to conclude that the suspects were saboteurs and sponsored criminals given that they were found with dangerous weapons and were also under the influence of drugs during their arrest


Usaini added that all the suspects would soon be charged to court even as he advised the members of the public to be law abiding.


He insisted that the Police would continue to match its words with actions until all the criminally minded persons in the state repented or decided to leave the state.



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