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Kano Assembly stalls Ganduje’s bill to elevate Emir Bayero, return Dan Agundi as Kingmaker

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Aminu Bayero and Aminu Dan Agundi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Kano state House of Assembly has postponed deliberations on a bill for the amendment of the 2019 Kano Emirate Council law.

Kano Focus reports that the Assembly had earlier planned to tackle the bill on Monday but decided to go on Sallah Break till August 24.

Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje had on Wednesday sought the Assembly’s permission to make the Emir of Kano permanent chairman of the state Emirate council thereby elevating his rank above the remaining four first class emirs.

The bill also seeks to include the holder of the newly created Sarkin Dawaki Babba title among the Kingmakers of the Kano Emirate.

Exiled Kano emirs and their privileges

Emir of Kano gets new appointment

Emir Bayero reverses father, returns Dan Agundi to Emirate Council

It could be recalled that the Kano Emirate had appointed Aminu Babba Dan Agundi to the new position after a Supreme Court verdict upheld the decision of late Emir Ado Bayero to depose him as Kingmaker and Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta 17 years ago.

Plot to sabotage new emirates

The decision to reinstate Mr Dan Agundi has been characterized by analysts as a means to downgrade the four first class emirates created by the Ganduje administration, a charge that the government has denied.

Professor of History, Dahiru Yahaya told Kano Focus that Mr Dan Agundi’s re-appointment to the Kano Emirate Council is a threat to the sustainability of the four new emirates created by the Kano state governor.

Mr Yahya said Mr Dan Agundi will use his position to help the Kano emir in bringing down the four newly created emirates of Bichi, Rano, Gaya, and Karaye.

“Reappointing him is like digging a hole for the other emirates, because he is a powerful man –  if he returns to the Kano emirate he will collaborate with the Emir of Kano and destroy the other four emirates.” He said.

The historian observed that even though the emir has the power to re-appoint any deposed title holder, reappointing Dan Agundi was the highest form of disregard to the rule of law and the traditional institution.

 “Going by the Supreme Court’s judgment that the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, was right to remove Sarkin Dawaki, it means what Sarkin Dawaki did was wrong, and if he was wrong, why should the emir now turban a wrongdoer?

“What I am saying, in essence, is that it is not right to turban somebody who was said to be wrong by the Supreme Court, even if you are giving him another title, it’s wrong and shameful.” He said.

Baseless claim

However, Special Adviser to Kano state governor on council of emirs Tijjani Mailafiya Sanka said reinstating Mr Dan-Agundi will not pose any threat to the existence of the other four emirates.

“Aminu Babba will not cooperate with the Kano emirate to bring down other emirates rather he will help the emirate in bringing cordial relation among them.

“As the Emir of Kano will permanently chair the Council of Emirs, he will not do anything to sabotage the other emirates being the pioneer Emir of one of the new emirates.” Mr Sanka said.

He also debunked claims that it is against Kano tradition to re-appoint deposed title holders.

“Emir of Kano Alu deposed his young brother Galadima Mahmudu, and Emir Usman re-appointed him as Magajin Gari.

“Also Wamban Kano Abubakar was removed from his position and Emir Ado Bayero returned him as Dan Buran after he repented”

Sarkin Dawaki admitted his wrongdoing to the Emir and repented, that’s why he is set to be returned by the Emir.”

Mr Sanka also denied that Governor Ganduje might have forced Emir Aminu Bayero to reverse his late father’s decision.

“If the governor was the one who forced the Emir   to return him, why are we still waiting for his approval?

“He has no hand in this and I tell you all these are baseless rumors.” Mr Sanka said.

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Ganduje, Dantata reconcile Aliko Dangote, Abdussamad Rabiu

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Aliko Dangote, Aminu Dantata, Abdullahi Ganduje and Abdussamada Rabi'u

Nasiru Yusuf 

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and renowned business mogul, Aminu Alhassan Dantata, Kano Emirate and the Kano State Council of Imams have reconciled  the two illustrious sons of Kano, Aliko Dangote and Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u. 

Kano Focus reports that both parties, chairman of Dangote Group of companies and chairman BUA Group of companies, agreed to work together and supply enough sugar to satisfy the demand of the country.

A statement issued by Ganduje’s spokesperson Abba Anwar said the reconciliation meeting took place at Kano Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, Wednesday, which put a stop to all rumours making round that the duo were in dispute over sugar control in the country.

“They all dismissed allegation that Dangote was planning to see to the increase of sugar price, through pressuring BUA to succumb to the increment. They described that allegation as baseless and lacking any iota of truth.

“The meeting was seen as the zenith of other similar efforts to reconcile the two giants by the governor. Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata played the role of a father during the meeting,” the statement added.

Present at the meeting were the Minister for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Mr Niyi Adebayo, representative of the Kano Emirate, Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan Agundi, Chairman of the Council of Kano Imams, Sheikh Muhammad Nasir Adam, the Chief Imam of Sheikh Ahmadu Tijjani Friday Mosque, Kofar Mata, Kano and the Chairman of NEPZA,  Adamu Panda.

All the two business moguls agreed to work together as brothers for the growth and development of the nation at large. Assuring that, henceforth, there would be no differences, that could cause any disharmony between them.

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COEASU FCE (T) Bichi commences one week warning strike over poor leadership in the college

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Comrade Salisu Yunusa

 

Nasiru Yusuf

The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) Federal College of Education (Tech) Bichi has commenced a one week warning strike.

Kano Focus reports that the chairman of the union Muhammad Salisu Yunusa announced this on Tuesday while briefing journalists at Press Centre.

The COEASU chairman has accused the management of the college under Muhammad Bashir Fagge with non remittance of twenty five million Naira deduction made on behalf of the staff multi purpose cooperative society.

According to him as at August 2017, the college management had incurred a debt stock amounting to about eighty million Naira, being the cumulative sum of deductions from staff salaries that were not remitted to the college’s staff cooperative society.

Mr Yunusa alleged that teaching and learning is being conducted under unbearable condition due to dilapidated infrastructure.

He also alleged that the management of the college has failed to pay legitimate staff allowances including 10 months peculiar academic allowance, Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) supervision allowance; teaching practice allowance and series of outstanding payment of the centre for continuing education.

” Academic infrastructures are dilapidating due to lack of maintenance; laboratories, workshops and studios are not functioning optimally due to lack of equipments and consumables.

“Insecurity and lawlessness is alarming due to complacency of the current management of the college; while staff morale is at low level, due to non payment of staff allowances and other statutory entitlements among other pressing issues,” Mr Yunusa alleged.

According to him the college is yet to issue college graduands their Teachers’ Registration Council (TRCN) certificate and National Certificate in Education (NCE) certificates for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 sessions.

“The failure to issue TRCN certificates to our former students may be viewed by the general public as a corporate fraud, considering the fact that they had paid for the processing of the certificates in advance as part of their NCE III school fees while in college.

“The non-payment of security personnel for about seven months has further threatened the security of lives and properties of the institutions. This situation has culminated in serious theft in the students hostels,” the chairman alleged.

Mr Yunusa called on the appropriate authorities to to prevail on the management of the college to immediately remit this money back to college’s cooperative as soon as possible as failure to to do this will further worsen the welfare condition of some staff, some of whom have invested a larger chunk of their life saving in cooperative society.

“We will never soccumb to the intimidation of ‘No work, no pay’ by the college management until our demands are met,” he said.

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We’ve never added a penny on the price of our products during Ramadan – Dangote 

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Aliko Dangote

By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The chairman of Dangote Group Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has categorically urged people not to panic over price hike in his products during this Ramadan.

Kano Focus recalled that every Ramadan, sugar is one of the most used substance to prepare varieties of drinks and other edibles, even though it often goes higher than usual that a common man cannot afford to buy.

This problem according to many Muslim faith, is associated with the business people in commodity markets – who purchase such most used substances during the fasting period.

However, Mr Dangote said that he has massively filled markets with sugar across the country to avoid shortage during this Ramadan, which according to him to will not heighten the price of the sugar.

Dangote who spoke through his Manager, Garba Ibrahim El- Suleiman in Kano, says the Company presently has bathed all the markets across the country with products, “because our President, Alhaji Aliko Dangote respects and values month of Ramadan to the level that he has never added a penny on the price of his products during the time.” He added.

“Our dealers also are very good people and we’re rest assured that none of them would be able to take up the price of any product.” Garba said.

Speaking with Salisu Sambajo, one of the Dangote Company’s major Dealers in Nigeria, says there has never been a time when the Dangote increases prices of his products in any parts of the country during Ramadan.

“The price of every bag of sugar we sell is N18,500 only, therefore whenever you find out that a kobo is added to that, it is from the retailers. These people buy goods from us, they pay for transport, tax and many – so when they some amount on it, it is not Dangote that added it…we cannot force them not to.” Sambajo said.

Also, Sabo Dankoli, another dealer of Dangote products explained that they have never experienced a hike in price from Dangote unless in 2020, when there was lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, “and that also was not from Dangote, it’s because the commodities have gone out of store and people started to add money.” He said.

Commending the Dangote Group efforts to ensure that there is no price increase during the fasting period, Chairman of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti- Corruption Commission (PCACC), Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado has thanked Aliko Dangote for taking measures to ensure that his products have not gone out of store or too expensive to consumers during Ramadan.

‘’I was informed that the company has flooded the market with commodities that can last till after the Ramadan period and not only in Kano but across the northern states, ‘’Muhuyi Rimingado said.

‘’That was why we appreciated the company with a letter of Commendation last week. I hope the company will sustain the initiative even after the holy month of Ramadan.’’

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