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Ganduje banishes Sabon Gari drugs sellers to Dangwauro

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has warned drugs sellers at Sabongari to relocate to the newly established Dangwauro market.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje gave the warning while leading the destruction of illicit and counterfeit drugs worth over N380 million  at the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) office Airport road, Kano.

Previous administrations in Kano state have made several attempts to relocate the drugs sellers from Abubakar Rimi market in Sabon Gari but met strong resistance from the traders.

“All drug marketers from Sabon Gari must relocate to the new market, which satisfies the federal government policy on open market for drugs.

Kano drops to 6th position on drug abuse index as NDLEA arrests 906 suspects

“Whoever has any complaint should come to my office and report. “But to complain on trivial issues like the building is not fit for one’s business and other such issues would not be tolerated.

“If you have any issue come to my office and I will call on all the stakeholders and discuss it. This is a very strong warning I am putting forth.” Mr Ganduje warned.

He said his administration attaches importance to the fight against drug abuse.

“That was why I directed that all political appointees must go through drug test. All my Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Advisers, Heads of Agencies, among others, were tested. NDLEA is here to testify that.”Mr Ganduje said.

Kano to establish DEA

He added that his government has sent a bill to the state Assembly seeking the establishment of a ‘Drugs Administration Agency’.

Mr Ganduje said the proposed agency will collaborate with the NDLEA rather than usurp its duties.

He therefore called on all agencies engaged in the fight against drug abuse to partner with each other.

He also commended the Hisbah command, Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA), and other security agencies in their efforts towards ridding Kano of drug abuse.

In his remarks, Kano state NDLEA commandant, Ibrahim Abdul said Kano has dropped from the 1st to 6th in the list of states with cases of drug abuse.

Mr Abdul attributed the success recorded to the commitment of the Ganduje administration.

“For a very long time, I came to know that it was only Kano state under Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje that we have Special Adviser on the fight against Drugs Abuse.

“But I learned that Kaduna state governor Malam Nasiru El-Rufa’i is copying from Gov. Ganduje in having a Special Adviser on the Fight Against Drug Abuse also.” Mr Abdul said.

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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