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Ganduje vows tougher measures after Kano records first COVID-19 case



Ganduje COVID-19

Nazifi Dawud

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has vowed to apply tougher measures to prevent spread of the coronavirus disease otherwise known as COVID-19 after Kano state recorded its first case of the killer bug.

KANO FOCUS reports that a private clinic, Prime Specialist Clinic, along Lamido Crescent, was sealed off by police, after a patient admitted at the facility, tested positive for the coronavirus–a deadly illness that attacks the respiratory system.

Mr Ganduje, who confirmed the emergence of the disease in Kano, described the index COVID-19 case as a retired civil servant and a former ambassador.

“A 75-year-old retiree and a former Ambassador who traveled to Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos and came back to Kano on 25th March, who was not feeling fine for the last few days and voluntarily invited our medical team, who took the sample alongside other 9 samples.

“After the sample is returned it found out that he is positive while other 9 are negative. It is confirmed today that we have a positive case of COVID-19 in Kano. He has no history of travelling abroad in the last 6 weeks. And also his medical report shows that he has heart problem. Which aggravated his case.

“He is currently at our Kwanar Dawaki Isolation Centre receiving all the necessary attention. Where we have all the necessary facilities. What we are doing now is we are tracing all his contacts. As samples were also taken from some of those who had contacts with him,” he said.

According to Mr Ganduje, all the samples so far obtained, have been taken to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), where a new COVID-19 test lab was commissioned by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday.

No longer business as usual

Mr Ganduje said the emergence of the COVID-19 in Kano means stricter measures must be introduced and enforced vigorously in order to ensure the virus did not spread “like wild fire” within the populace.

“Members of the public should know that, business is not as usual! Movement must be restricted!! Tricycle operators must take only one passenger,” he warned.

The governor also revealed that the government would engage Ulama and market leaders to come up with a plan to ensure de-congestion and promote social distancing rules.

“We must take measures that are absolutely necessary, however hard they appeared to be. It is better to bear with hard measures than to just go and die.

“It is therefore necessary for all to know that, social distancing and all other medical advices are absolutely necessary,” he said.

Adequate equipment for health workers

The governor also assured health workers in the state that the government has provided adequate medical and protective equipment to enable them tackle the infection effectively and safely.

“We have all the protective items for our front-line health workers. We are also looking at some special packages for our frontline health workers, doctors, nurses and lab technicians among others,” he said.

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Kano Chamber of Commerce to name Centre after Dangote




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


The Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture, KACCIMA, has said it is making plans to name a proposed Trade and Convention centre after the President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote. 

“The new Council of KACCIMA plans to name the centre, Aliko Dangote Trade and Convention Centre after its completion in 3 years’ time,”

KANO FOCUS reports that the President of KACCIMA, Garba Imam, made the pronouncement in Kano on the sideline of the ongoing 44th Kano International Trade Fair edition themed, ‘Economic Diversification, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development’

Dangote Industries, DIL, is a major sponsor of the 2023 fair.

Imam told newsmen that Mr. Dangote has contributed enormously to economic development of Nigeria and the Sub-Saharan Africa through his highly acclaimed Conglomerate.

“Nigerians are now waiting eagerly for Dangote Refinery for a sigh of relief.

“By partnering Dangote, we hope to drive economic development of Kano and restore its past glory as the largest commercial hub in Northern Nigeria.

“Apart from infrastructure development, the new Council of KACCIMA is also working with the Nigeria Gas project- the gas pipeline from Obajana, to Kano, Katsina and Maradi to know how Kano Industries would benefit.

As well as Kano, KADUNA railway line because it will reduce freight of raw materials and other products.

Imam said that the major concern of the Chamber is to drive economic growth and manufacturing rebound following the collapse of many factories in Kano state.

Imam disclosed further that the project was approved by the Kano state government in 2021.

He expressed the belief that Dangote, as a son of the soil will impact its execution and implementation and assist KACCIMA achieve self-sufficiency and sustainability.

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Kano Govt commits to supporting Quranic recitation competition



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim



The Kano State Government has reaffirmed its dedication to fostering Qur’anic recitation competitions among students and bolstering Islamic education in the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf expressed this commitment during the opening ceremony of 38th annual Qur’anic recitation competition held at the Conference Hall of the School for Arabic Studies in Kano.

Represented by the State Commissioner of Information, Baba Halilu Dantiye, Governor Yusuf emphasized that his administration considers the enhancement of Islamic education, particularly Qur’anic recitation and memorization across all educational levels, as a pivotal responsibility.

Highlighting Kano’s longstanding prominence in national and international Qur’anic recitation, Gov. Yusuf noted the state’s continuous leadership in this realm.

The State Commissioner of Education, Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa, represented by Director of Arabic Education and Islamic Studies, Alhaji Bashir Mu’azu, announced the government’s plan to construct toilets and implement solar systems in Tsangaya schools across the state.

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, represented by Wazirin Kano Alhaji Sa’adu Shehu Gidado, lauded the state government and the organizers of the Qur’anic recitation competition.

He commended their unwavering dedication to uplifting the sanctity of the Holy Qur’an, citing the competition as a testament to their commitment.

The Emir emphasized the competition’s profound impact on engaging youth in the study and memorization of the Holy Qur’an.

Acting Chairman of the Kano State Qur’anic and Islamiyya Schools Management Board, Comrade Bala Baba Sha’aibu, expressed gratitude for the state government’s sponsorship of the Qur’anic recitation competitions.

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Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints New Head of Civil Service



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved with immediate effect, the appointment of Alhaji Abdullahi Musa as the new Head of Civil Service.

KANO FOCUS reports that The appointment followed the recent voluntary resignation of the former Head of Service, Alhaji Usman Bala Mni who was retained by the present administration from its inception in May, 2023.

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakintofa said the new Head of Service is a seasoned civil servant who served in various government Ministries, departments and agencies in Kano for over three decades.

An indigene of Kiru Local Government area, Abdullahi Musa served as the Permanent Secretary Kano Government House, Council Affairs Directorate, Administration and General Services of Cabinet Office, Ministry of Special Duties, and Servicom Directorate.

He is a graduate of BSc. International Relations from prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and bagged a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from Bayero University, Kano and another Masters degree in Strategy and Security Administration from Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.

Governor Abba Kabir urged the new Head of Civil Service of the state to discharge his responsibility within the confines of the civil service rules and regulations.

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