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Ganduje to review road contracts awarded by Kwankwaso

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Kano Information Commissioner briefing journalists

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has constituted a committee to assess  the five Kilometers dual carriage way projects in the 44 local governments of the state awarded by the previous administration.

Kano Focus reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, disclosed this on Sunday while briefing journalists on the outcome of the council meeting held at the Africa House, Kano.

It could be recalled that former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has during his tenure awarded the construction of five Kilometers dual carriage ways in each of the 44 local governments of the state.

However, most of the road projects are yet to be completed five years after Mr Kwankwaso’s tenure.

The relationship between Messrs. Kwankwaso and Ganduje has become sour after the latter became the governor of Kano state with the full support of the former.

Mr Garba said the committee will evaluate, redesign, complete or terminate any contract awarded for the projects.

He explained that the committee is to be chaired by the permanent secretary, ministry of works and infrastructure with representatives from the state Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) and ministry for local government.

According to him the committee would also determine the extent of execution of the projects and payment made to the contractors handling the projects.

Mr Garba revealed that the council has already terminated the contract awarded to Rocad Construction Nigeria Limited in 2012 for the construction of the five kilometers  dual carriage way  in Dawakin Tofa local government.

He said the Council  has re-awarded the contract  to Messrs. CCECC Nigeria Limited at the cost of N651, 844, 966.51 million after Rocad has abandoned work exposed the residents of the area to many hardships.

Other Contracts

The commissioner also stated that the council has  approved the adoption of the Revised Estimated Total Cost of the contract amounting to N26, 824, 866.72 and the augmentation of N15, 600, 718.35  being additional cost in the contract for the repair works at the dilapidated Bagauda Bridge along Wak-Tiga Road in Bebeji local government area of the state.

He stated that the contract, which was initially awarded to Messrs. Bindigari Construction Limited   in 2014 at the cost of N11, 224, 148.37, which scope includes reclamation of eroded sections, provision of retaining wall at both wings, among others, was not fully completed.

Mr Garba also announced the council’s approval for the reactivation of the state government initiative on mini vans empowerment program tagged “Kano Kal-Kal” that aimed at economic empowerment of the womenfolk in order to achieve sustainable clean environment in the state.

He said the program would identify genuine cooperative women groups to be given the mini vans as part of the administration’s women empowerment initiative.

The commissioner added that the council has approved the release of N20, 000, 000.00  for the renovation of four Women Development Centres to a standard level in the four new Emirate Councils in the state.

Revenue Generation

He announced that the council has approved the setting up of a committee to work out ways to ensuring that Ministries, Departments and Agencies support and collaborate towards smooth implementation of Revenue Harmonization Law 2016 for the improvement of revenue generation in the state.

Mr  Garba said the committee, which is to be chaired by the commissioner for planning and budget, has commissioners of finance, information, chairman, Kano state Internal Revenue Service, managing director Kano state Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO), among others as members.

He revealed that the council has also received a proposal from the management of Porto Golf Group of Companies for the establishment of Porto Golf Resort at Tiga Castle Rock Hotel in Tiga, Bebeji local government of the state.

The commissioner stated that the council has received another proposal from a private developer, Hietech Development Project Limited to use the old Triumph Publishing Company Complex for the construction of specialized Bureau de Change Market “Kasuwar ‘yan canji”.

He said the Ganduje administration plans to partner with the private sector for investment to boost revenue and create employment opportunities, and as well to re-assert Kano as one of the leading economic centers in the country.

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370 bag PhD, 180 first class as BUK holds 38th convocation

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, has said that during the 38th convocation of the BUK commencing Tuesday over 11,284 students will graduate, while 180 students will be graduating with First Class Honours.

KANO FOCUS reports that 370 postgraduate students are graduating with PhDs and 3,770 are going out with Masters degrees.

This was just as the university would award honorary doctorate degrees to the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, to complement their efforts in supporting their community and the nation at large.

Professor Abbas, disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists on the preparations for the forthcoming convocation.

Management staff of Bayero University Kano

According to him,” This year the university is introducing a stager’s convocation, aimed at ensuring that every student feels the impact of his graduation.

He maintained that this year the university is graduating a total of 11,284 students, which would cut across different faculties and departments.

He, however, disclosed that the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, would deliver a lecture with the title ” The Role of the Private Sector in Building a Sustainable Economy in Nigeria.”

He further disclosed that “the convocation would commence with 6 faculties: Agriculture 307, Art and Islamic Studies, Education, Law, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and that this year’s convocation would be done with a pampered”.

Speaking further, Prof. Abbas hinted that the university currently has 379 professors teaching at BUK, with 18 faculties and 16 research centres.

BUK is now ranked 5th in Nigeria based on a ranking body based in the UK. It ranked fifth after Covenant University, the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, and Ekiti, all based in the South West. So, by this, BUK is leading in 5 other regions: South East, South-South, North West, North East and North Central

According to him, the BuK had a breakthrough in research on the sex of date seed, which has increased the farming capacity of the date in Jigawa State from 45 per cent to almost 80 per cent.

The BUK also recorded another giant stride in a breakthrough in the E-Motive at the Centre of Excellence, Africa Centre of Excellence—Population and Policies, ACE-PAP. It saved 60 per cent of maternal mortality.“

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NPFL: Kano Pillars beats Sunshine Stars 5-1

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

Kano Pillars Football Club on Sunday thrashed Sunshine Stars of Akure 5-1 in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League match.

KANO FOCUS reports that the match day 21 which was played at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar-Mata, Kano, was watched by a large crowd.

Mustapha Ibrahim scored a brace with goals in the 48th and 52nd minutes, while Rabiu Ali, Auwalu Malam and Umar Shehu scored a goal each in the encounter.

The visitors scored a consolation goal in the 82nd through a penalty.

Speaking after the match, Chief Coach of Kano Pillars, Audu Maikaba, commended his players for what he described as an excellent performance.

“You know every match comes with its challenges, and we always take it as it comes. Today’s encounter was interesting and our boys played well and thank God we won the game,” said Mr Maikaba.

He assured that the team would perform better in its subsequent matches.

The coach explained that the team had put modalities on ground to win its upcoming away match against Katsina United.

On his part, Assistant Coach of Sunshine Stars, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, said his team tried their best but lost to a good side.

“It is unfortunate that we lost the match but that’s football, you win some you lose some. We are going to work hard to cover up our lapses in our next encounter,” he said.

Kano Pillars now have 36 points from 21 matches, occupying third position on the table.

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EFCC arrests 11 suspects accused of selling new Naira notes in Kano

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11 suspects for their alleged involvement in the sale of new naira notes for commercial purposes.

KANO FOCUS reports that the suspects were arrested on Monday, February 19, following fruitful intelligence that un-masked a syndicate of fraudsters operating along Lagos Street, adjacent to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kano.

A statement published on EFCC Facebook said the syndicate allegedly specialized in selling naira notes.

It added that five members of the syndicate were arrested with new naira notes being sold to the public. Six bankers who were alleged to be selling the naira notes to the sellers on commission were also arrested.

The statement noted that the suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.

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