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Ganduje to convert Triumph building into Forex market

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Abdullahi Ganduje

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is considering a proposal by a private company to convert the premises of Triumph Publishing Company into a Foreign Exchange market.

A statement issued to Kano Focus by the Director General Media and Public Relations, Government House, Aminu Kabir Yassar on Wednesday said Mr Ganduje is also considering another proposal to convert the former Daula Hotel into a residential complex.

The statement said two companies – LAMASH Properties Limited and FARI Properties Limited – presented the proposals to the Kano state Executive Council on a “Build-Operate-Transfer” basis.

Speaking on behalf of LAMASH Properties Ltd., Rabi’u Sa’id said his company will use the “Gidan Sa’adu Zungur” complex of the Triumph Publishing Company to create “Yan Canji Forex Market”.

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Mr Sa’id, an engineer said the company will provide full security and other infrastructure as obtained in vibrant commercial cities like Lagos or Dubai.

Also the representative of FARI Properties Ltd., Abdulkadir Abdulkadir, proposed developing   a luxury housing project for 57 families with ancillary facilities, on the grounds of Daula Hotel.

“While the government will provide the land as its equity, our company will provide the financing and technical expertise for the project to be delivered”. Mr Abdulkadir said.

Welcoming the proposals, Mr Ganduje said he was disturbed with the security situation at WAPA Forex market, in the vicinity of Triumph Publishing Company, which is operating under a fragmented arrangement.

“Triumph Publishing Company needed more compact space in a serene environment and modern equipment, to make it a resilient public enterprise.” He added.

It could be recalled that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Kano state 2019 gubernatorial election, Abba Kabir Yusuf has dragged the Ganduje administration to court over plans to award public properties to private individuals.

In an apparent reaction, Mr Ganduje said his administration is converting abandoned public structures into purposeful infrastructure.

“Instead of allowing economically viable structures to lay fallow, we are considering proposals on how to make them projects that will change the physical landscape of Kano as well as revenue earners for the state.”

“We need to be innovative in ensuring that such abandoned structures are converted into edifices that will ensure the sustainability of Kano city.

“Therefore, critics will not lead us to derail from our goal”.

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Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya

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Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya

 

Nasiru Yusuf

Governor of Kano State Abdullahi Ganduje has in the early hours of Sunday announced the appointment Aliyu Ibrahim as the new emir of Gaya.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Ibrahim succeeded his late father, Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died on Wednesday at the age of 91 after protracted illness.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Alhaji announced the appointment on behalf of the Governor.

According to Alhaji, “Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, by the power conferred on him by the Kano Emirate law 2020 as amended has approved the appointment of Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya as the new emir of Gaya.

“The appointment followed the recommendation by the Gaya Emirate kingmakers after presentation of three candidates from the Governor appointed Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya as the new Emir,” he said.

The kingmakers include, Alhaji Alhaji (Wazirin Gaya), Wada Aliyu (Madakin Gaya), Bashir Albasu (Makaman Gaya), and Jafar Usman (Turakin Gaya).

Until his appointment the new Emir was the Chiroman Gaya.

The late Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abdulkadir died at the early hours of Wednesday after a protracted illness.

He is believed to be the oldest  (in age) among the five First Class Emirs in Kano state.

Before his ascension to the throne as the first historic Emir of Gaya, he was the District Head of Kunchi and Minjibir, at different times.

Gaya Emirate is one of the four new Emirates created by the Governor Ganduje administration in 2019.

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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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