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FG spent foreign reserve extravagantly – Kano lawmaker

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Kano-Assembly

Nasiru Yusuf

The chairman finance committee of the Kano state house of assembly Muhammad Gurjiya has accused the federal government of spending Nigeria’s foreign reserve extravagantly.

Mr Gurjiya said if Nigeria’s foreign reserve was judiciously managed, the country will not experience financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kano Focus reports that the lawmaker said this on Monday while featuring in Express Radio morning show program ‘Gari ya waye’.

“There was extravagance in the past and we failed to save money.

“We said we have foreign reserves but if there are foreign reserves how come in just two or three months Nigeria suffered bankruptcy? I am throwing a challenge.

“States no longer get the desired statutory allocation for executing projects.

“This shows a lack of accountability in managing this fund because if you are anticipating hunger, you must save money to address it.

“If you have a car, you know, it may spoil or have an accident so how will you find money to buy another one?” He asked.

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Mr Gurjiya added that, although their salary has not been slashed like those of political appointees and civil servants the present financial crisis has affected the implementation of constituency projects allocated to each legislator in the budget.

According to him the state assembly allocates N100 million annually for constituency projects in the budget, where members submit projects for state government to execute in their respective constituencies.

The legislator attributed the poor handling of constituency projects to state civil servants assigned to monitor and supervise implementation.

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Kano schools reopen after 5 months closure

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Kano Female Students

Nasiru Yusuf

Schools in Kano have reopened on Monday after five months closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Kano Focus recalls that the state government has on March 19 directed the closure of public and private schools as part of measures against the spread of COVID-19.

However, on Monday August 3 the government approved the reopening of schools for senior secondary schools students.

The Commissioner of Education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru announced that the opening is to allow SS III students to write their final examinations.

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Kano Focus observed how many students on Monday defied early morning downpour to attend classes, which could be perceived as a clear indication of their commitment to go back to school.

Speaking while on inspection tour to Government Girls Secondary School Shekara and First Lady’s College Mariri, Kano state commissioner of education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru said he was happy that the school authorities followed the approved guidelines in preparation for the forthcoming WAEC examinations.

Mr Kiru urged the students to use the PPEs provided for them and maintain social distancing.

He also advised them to be serious in their examinations so as to have good results worthy of pride by their parents and the state.

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Blasphemy: Kano court sentences singer to death

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Protesters at Sharif's house

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey has sentenced a 22-year old man to death by hanging for blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Kano Focus reports that Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani gave the verdict on Monday after finding Yahaya Aminu Sharif guilty as charged.

Sharif, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Following the incidence, protestors burnt down the singer’s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah Command’s headquarters.

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The court has also sentenced one Umar Farouq of Sharada area of Kano metropolis to 10 years imprisonment for making derogatory statements concerning the Almighty Allah in a public argument.

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Rain, hailstones destroy N40 million crops in Bagwai LG

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Rain damaged farm

Nasiru Yusuf

Heavy rain and hailstones have destroyed crops worth over N40million in Bagwai local government, according to the council vice chairman Aminu Ibrahim Gogori.

Kano Focus reports that the heavy downpour on Monday night destroyed maize, onion, sesame, millet, and cotton crops.

Mr Gogori said the affected areas are Gadanya, Gadanya Gabas, Jobe, Tsauwa, Tsattawa and Galawa.

He pointed out that over 445 farmers were affected by the disaster.

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He said the council is assessing the exact cost of the damage in order to forward it to appropriate authorities for necessary action.

In their separate remarks the village head of Gadanya Shuaibu Abubakar and his counterpart of Jobe village Abdullahi Lawal called on federal and state governments to come to their rescue.

When contacted, the Executive Secretary Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Sale Aliyu Jili described the incident as devastating.

Mr Jili appealed to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and corporate organizations to assist the victims.

He pledged that SEMA will do its best to assist disaster victims  in Kano state.

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