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COVID 19: Why FG gives Lagos N10bn, ignores Kano’s N15b request

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Femi Adesina

Nasiru Yusuf

The special advisor to President Muhammad Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina said  the federal government assisted Lagos state with N10 billion to fight against COVID-19 due to the commitment  it exhibited.

Mr Adesina was responding to a question on why federal government released 10 billion Naira grant to Lagos state to increase its capacity to respond to COVID-19 outbreak and ignored Kano state despite governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s appeal of 15 billion Naira support to fight the pandemic.

Mr Adesina gave the justification on Thursday in an interview with WAZOBIA radio monitored by Kano Focus.

“It is what the federal government saw, and say, ah! This state needs help, and then it helped Lagos state.

“Any other state that is also doing its work and is not complaining, and is not saying bring money, bring money, bring money,  federal government will do all that necessary to do to assist.

” Technical support is very very important, very very important. Lagos state got technical support before it got financial support. Manpower support is very good. Facility support, very good.

“And then, when it comes to financial support, the federal government will always do whatever is necessary to support.” He said.

It could be recalled that, at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, the federal government has released 10billion Naira grant to Lagos state to increase its capacity to respond to the COVID19 outbreak.

The government has also released the the sum of 5 billion Naira special intervention fund to NCDC to equip, expand and provide personnel to its facilities and laboratories across the country.

However, the federal government is yet to respond to Kano state’s request for N15 billion intervention despite an endorsement by the House of Representatives.

Where is Osinbajo?

Responding on why Osinbajo is no longer visible in piloting federal government programmes especially those constitutionally assigned to his office, Mr Adesina said the vice is in the news everyday “he is doing this and doing that.”

“He heads the economic sustainability committee. They hold meeting. They hold meeting. And these news are on television. Even though no be meeting they used to be before. It is what they call virtual meeting. There is the one they hold by video and all that because of COVID-19. Vice president is there. He is doing his work.

“You know where all this started from. There is one person they said he is based in Kano na him start the story say, vice President no well o, Femi Adesina no well o. We never see the two of them for some time.

“Nothing is wrong with us. By the glory of God, Vice President is hale and hearty. He is doing his work. Femi Adesina is the one talking to you now. God has protected us, He is protecting us. And we will continue to serve our motherland, Nigeria.

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Gov. Abba Kabir Urges Security Agencies to Quell Thuggery in Kano

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Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has beseeched security agencies operating within the state to promptly bring an end to Thuggery and other malevolent activities that are disrupting peace in specific areas of the Kano metropolis.

The Governor gives this directives at the commencement of the 15th weekly meeting of the Kano State Executive Council held at the Government House.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, on Saturday.

Governor Abba Kabir expressed disapproval of the recent upsurge in Thuggery and clashes involving Yan daba, affirming that the government will not passively observe while unscrupulous elements endanger the relative tranquility and harmony enjoyed by the law-abiding citizens of the state.

He reiterated that under his administration, the state government is diligently collaborating with relevant security agencies to ensure the safety and security of the populace and their possessions at all times.

Furthermore, Governor Abba Kabir cautioned Judges against the unwarranted release of thugs, emphasizing the threat they pose to the welfare of the state’s residents and stressing the importance of prompt and equitable dispensation of justice.

Alhaji Abba Kabir also instructed security agencies to strictly adhere to their mandated duty of safeguarding the lives and properties of the citizens they serve, warning against involvement in matters beyond their designated responsibilities.

He implored the populace in the state to continue with their lawful pursuits, assuring that the government will persevere in its commitment to ensuring their protection, and requested ongoing support and cooperation for the current administration.

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Emirate Tussle: Prof. Yadudu Faults Justice Liman’s Ruling, Says Judgement not Helpful For The Judicial Process

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Reacting to the ruling, renowned constitutional lawyer, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, told Daily Trust that the judge’s pronouncements were strange and baffling by approbating and reprobating in the same breath.

He said the development was not helpful for the judicial process, stressing that the judge assuming jurisdiction on the fundamental human rights aspect and refusing the same on the validity of the substance of the case–the Kano emirates law–has “muddled up the case, and it is very unbecoming of a judge who has now been elevated to the Court of Appeal”.

Professor Yadudu clarified that while he was not accusing the judge of any impropriety, the pronouncements were unbecoming. “How can you say the actions taken in pursuant of a law are set aside, and then say you are not delving into the validity of the said law?” he queried.
Prof. Yadudu said further that the judge had more or less held that he lacked jurisdiction on the issue by transferring the case to another judge, but still went ahead to set aside the governor’s actions.

He said that the ex-parte order should no longer be of any currency because it is being challenged at the Appeal Court, and the judge himself admitted knowledge of this by granting a stay of proceedings and also deciding not to grant an order to nullify the law.

“All these are avoidable. It is not helpful for the judicial process. It is strange and doesn’t speak well of the judge. The question of whether the governor’s actions came before and after the exparte order is a question of fact or evidence. It seems from the record that the order came after,” he said.

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Governing council: ASUU BUK rejects Gawuna’s appointment, favours Udoma’s return

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Bayero University Kano, BUK chapter during the weekend rejected the appointment of Kano top flight politician, Dr Nasiru Gawuna into the Governing Council of the second generation tertiary Institution.

 

KANO FOCUS reports that the Chairperson, Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj said that the process that led to the appointment of politicians into the Governing Council of the nation’s citadel of learning contravened the relevant laws that guided such appointment.

 

Addressing newsmen in its secretariat, Comrade Siraj explained that “I must admit that we are not happy over the decision of the federal government to appoint hard core politicians into the Governing Council.

 

Prof. Siraj stressed that “the criteria for such appointments is explicitly clear, as it favoured the appointment of technocrats, academic to the Council”.

 

The Chairperson maintained that the sack of former Council with a constitutional mandate of

4 years tenure, after one year in office was a rape on the rule of law.

 

He therefore called on the federal government to reinstate Senator Udo Udoma led Governing Council to complete their term in the interests of the rule of law

 

Siraj stressed that “the scenario is just like sacking an executive governor of a state after just one in office, and you went ahead to assume that all is normal, no, this is rape on the rule of law.”

 

Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, earlier had led (ASUU), Bayero University Kano branch, on a peaceful protest on Friday demanding the federal government to pay their entitlements and implement the 2009 ASUU/FG Agreement.

 

Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, said the action was in compliance with the directive by the national body to all its branches to organize protests within their campuses on account of the federal government’s failure to pay their entitlements.

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