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What Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II did for Kano – Kurawa

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Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Muhammadu Sanusi II, the 14th Fulani Emir of Kano who was dethroned after a six-year reign assumed office on June 08, 2014.

In this exclusive interview with Kano Focus, Ibrahim Ado Kurawa, historian and close associate of the deposed Emir highlights some of the legacies of Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Emir’s Role

Before talking about the legacies of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II we need to understand the duties of an emir first.

An emir does not legislate, execute or adjudicate as was the case in the past.

In 1967, the military government removed their judicial powers and in 1976 local government administration was taken away from Emirs.

Therefore an emir’s duties became limited to what he is assigned to do by the government and the provision of leadership for his people.

That was how Emir Alhaji Ado Bayero lived from 1976 until his death.

By the time Muhammadu Sanusi II assumed the throne of Kano Emirate his only function was to provide leadership for his subjects.

Leadership Style

He was asked to provide leadership and everyone has his style.

Some people would keep mute when they see wrongdoing while others will speak up.

Why don’t people like to be corrected? Let them do the right thing and see if he would still criticize them.

Let his detractors come out and refute his criticisms.

Some people fail to understand that there are individual differences in leadership style.

So every Emir has a choice on whether to speak or keep silent.

Uniting the Royal Family

The first thing he did was to unite his subjects especially the royal family.

Emir Sanusi II gave royal titles to all branches of the ruling Dabo family.

These included the descendants of Emir Muhammadu Inuwa and Emir Alu Babba.

The last descendant of Emir Alu to hold a  traditional title, Ahmadu Gwadabe  – who was appointed Danmaje by Emir Abdullahi Bayero –  died in 1967 and they were not given another title since then until the reign of Muhammadu Sanusi II.

As for Emir Muhammadu Inuwa, his descendants did not hold any title even the headship of a ward for 51 years after his death until Muhammadu Sanusi II turbaned one of them as a District Head.

He also appointed Aminu Sadik from the Dan Lawan Ayuba branch of the Abdullahi Maje Karofi royal house as the Zanna of Kano.

From the scions of Emir Sanusi I, he appointed Dan Galadima, Bunu, and Dan Buran.

No previous Emir has done this much to unite the family of Ibrahim Dabo.

Renovating Gidan Rumfa

The Kano royal palace is known as Gidan Rumfa after Emir Muhammadu Rumfa who built it about 500 years ago.

It has never been renovated as it was done during the reign of Muhammadu Sanusi II.

He modernized every nook and cranny of the palace, which is a no mean achievement.

Family Law Bill

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi has done what no Emir has done in the history of Kano by drafting a bill on Islamic Family law.

He gathered a large number of Islamic scholars who spent three years poring over books on Islamic Shari’a to draft the act for a law to regulate the Islamic family in Kano state.

It covers aspects such as marriage, family support, childcare, and divorce.

Most Educated Emir

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi was the most educated emir in the history of Kano in both Islamic and formal education.

That was why he tackled controversial issues to help in resolving them using his vast knowledge.

He also had a wealth of experience in public service culminating in his appointment as Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.

He used his knowledge and experience to gain access to international organizations and associations.

Economic Development

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II used his connections to spur the economic development of Kano state.

The African Development Bank engaged in an Industrial Diagnostics of Kano and developed an economic development blueprint for the state.

This is usually reserved for countries.

He brought Chinese investors to set up a $300million textile industry in Kano.

He brought another company “Baban Kowa”, which provides farmers with seeds and inputs as well as buy the produce after harvest.

He also brought Black Rhinos who will set-up a solar power plant worth $100million in Kano.

He had already arranged an agreement with the Federal Government and the contract has been signed.

Defender of the people

These show that his main interest in being a monarch went beyond the paraphernalia of office such algaita, kakaki, and tambari.

He had a plan for the development of his people.

That is why he was always vocal in any matter concerning Kano in particular and Nigeria in general.

He was instrumental in protecting the interests of his fellow Fulani when they were being stereotyped as aggressors in the frequent clashes between farmers and animal herders.

That is why Fulani associations love him very much.

Man of Peace

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II deserves commendation concerning the peaceful manner he handled his dethronement.

He averted riots in Kano by instructing his followers to leave everything to Allah and accept his successor.

Many thought he would resist or seek legal redress but he forgave and ask the people to obey whoever his successor might be.

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Just In: Kano closes 10 boarding schools over students abduction

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Kano Female Students

 

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has closed 10 boarding schools over the fear of incessant abduction of school students in some Northern states.

The commissioner of education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru announced this in an audio message sent to journalists on Friday.

He said the closure followed a thorough analysis and assessment of persistent abduction of boarding students during night hours in some Northern states.

This according to commissioner led Kano state government to close ten boarding schools spread across the state.

He said the schools closed include Government Secondary School Ajingi, Government Girls Secondary School Sumaila, Government Girls Secondary School Jogana, Government Girls Secondary School Gezawa and Government Secondary School Kafin Maiyaki.

Others according to Mr Kiru are Maitama Sule Science Secondary School Gaya, Government Girls Unity School Kachako, Government Girls Secondary School Kunchi, Government Unity College Karaye and Government Girls Arabic College Albasu.

Mr Kiru called on parents whose children are in affected schools to go and pick them immediately.

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after the abduction of 317 students of Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe, Zamfara state in the early hours of Friday.

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Danbatta, others endorse book on telecoms law, regulations

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta was among eminent personalities that have endorsed a new book on Nigeria’ telecommunications industry’s legal and regulatory ecosystem.

Kano Focus reports that the book titled, “Nigerian Telecommunications Law and Regulation”, which is co-authored by Quasim Odunmbaku, a telecoms regulatory professional at the NCC and Rotimi Akapo, a lawyer, who specialises in Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) practice, is written in 18 chapters and over 600 pages.

Nigerian Telecommunications Law and Regulation

Speaking at the virtual public presentation of the book on Thursday, Danbatta, who was the chairman and lead presenter at the event, said that law and regulation are two critical pillars, which influence the speed and impact of innovation in the telecoms sector.

“As important as these two factors are, they typically lag behind technology – it, therefore, behoves on all legal and regulatory practitioners in the sector to keep abreast of developments so that knowledge gaps do not stifle innovation and/or deny consumers of the optimum value,” he said.

Represented by the Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management at NCC, Adeleke Adwolu, the EVC acknowledged that there is a noticeable paucity of well-researched books and reference materials on the legal and regulatory regime governing the telecommunications and indeed the ICT sector in Nigeria.

“I am, therefore, delighted that the authors of “Nigerian Telecommunications Law and Regulation” have taken up the challenge and have produced a comprehensive reference material which touches on practically every aspect of the subject.”

The official public presentation of the book was done by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, who, who incidentally was a former ECSM at NCC, and had worked closely with one of the authors. Dare described the book as “a compendium that will greatly enrich the level knowledge needed to enhance telecoms growth.”

Reviewer of the book,  Mohammed Suleh-Yusuf, after an insightful review of the book, said, “The book is highly useful to practitioners and lay readers alike. It serves as a window into what shapes the industry and ensures readers are familiar at surface, to the basic rules and norms that influence the industry.”

Other telecoms stakeholders have overwhelmingly endorsed the book, describing it as a good reference material and comprehensive guide, reference material and source-book on the policy, legal and regulatory framework governing the Nigerian telecommunications sector, which, many stakeholders said, will fill a critical contemporary knowledge gap for legal practitioners, investors and the academia.

According to the Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Operations, Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), Akinwale Goodluck, “As an industry practitioner, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and recommend it very strongly for everyone with an interest in the Industry. It also provides invaluable insight for other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to learn from the Nigeria experience.”

Immediate past President, Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Olusola Teniola, and incumbent ATCON President, Ike Nnamani, aligned in their views, saying the authors have challenged the industry by putting together an encyclopaedia behind the growth of the Telecommunications industry from the perspective of legal, regulatory, economic, social and technological impacts.

In his comment, Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, said “the book carefully dissects the policies, rules, regulations and industry best practices which makes the Nigerian telecommunications industry the success story that it is today, despite numerous challenges.”

Other stakeholders, who rated the book very high both in contents and relevance to industry practitioners include Chairman, Section of Business Law, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ayuli Jemide; Director, Legal & Regulatory Affairs/Company Secretary, Airtel Networks Limited, Shola Adeyemi; Principal Partner and Head, ICT Law & Regulation, Sceptre Law, Lagos, Otu Etuk;  Abiola Sanni of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, among others.

The stakeholders were in accord that the book, which sets out with great clarity and in the greatest detail the history, current status and how to navigate the policies and regulation of the Nigerian telecommunications sector in the real world, is a must-read for regulators, investors, scholars and industry practitioners.

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KAROTA succumb to Tricyclists’ protest, accepts POS payment

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Nasiru Yusuf

 

The Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) has succumb to protesting tricyclists and agreed to accept payment of one hundred Naira tax via POS or mobile banking.

Kano Focus reports that the tricyclists have earlier agreed to pay the one hundred Naira tax daily, but protested against making payments via REMITA platform.

The tricyclists requested for cash payment, mobile banking or via POS, a request KAROTA leadership rejected outrightly.

However, at a negotiation facilitated by Kano state leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Kano Civil Society Forum Ibrahim Waiya, KAROTA agreed to accept payment via POS mobile transfer after initial payment through REMITA.

A copy of the resolutions reached by leadership of tricyclists and Managing Director of KAROTA Bappa Babba Dan’agundi on Tuesday in the presence of NLC chairman Kabiru Ado Minjibir and that of  directed all tricycle operators to call off their protest and resume operation.

The resolutions obtained by Kano Focus reads in part “After extensive and fruitful deliberations which lasted for over two hours. The following resolutions were reached.

“That all tricycle riders in the state are to pay a token of N 100 daily as provided by the Kano state revenue administration law, schedule 2 item 9 congestion charges amendment law 2017.

“That the first payment of N100 should be through REMITA to enable data capture in Kano state Board of Internal Revenue/KAROTA which should be done within two weeks effective from today 23 February, 2021, after which KAROTA will commence enforcement and the server shutdown, so that nobody will access it to enable control.

“That the subsequent payment of N100 daily tax should follow by the tricycle operators which can be done through their Android phones or P. O. S (Point of Sale) with an option of daily, monthly, quarterly or annual payment at the cafe (which is not compulsory).

“That the hire purchase owners will assist the tricycle riders in the provision of additional REMITA points to enable members to make payment with ease.

“That the leadership of organised labour and Kano Civil Society Forum will continue to engage the leadership of tricycle riders/owners association in the state for smooth conduct of their business through public enlightenment, awareness activities and training on professional conduct to ensure peaceful coexistence in the state and hitch business atmosphere.

“That a joint Press briefing should be conducted at KAROTA office and emergency meeting of all units of tricycle association should be summon immediately to enable striking riders go back to their business and suspend the strike.

“That all tricycle riders in the state should write their number boldly at the back of each tricycle for easy identification and security purposes.”

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