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Outcry as grain prices soar in Kano



Grains sellers

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Kano residents have called on the federal government to allow grain importation as prices of grains soar in the state.

Kano Focus reports that local rice sells between N1,100 to N1,500 per measure while the price of a sack has risen from N16,000 to N23,500.

A market survey by Kano Focus on Wednesday shows that a measure of millet costs N560, maize sells at N550, while guinea corn costs N570 per measure.

Also, the survey finds that 40-measure sack of millet ranges from N19,000 to N21,000, that of maize is N20,000 to N22,000, while a sack of guinea corn costs between N20,000 and N22,000 depending on the market.

Government should open borders

Some home owners told Kano Focus that rice is relatively cheaper than other grains as it doesn’t require much to be taken as a meal.

A resident of Kano City, Bala Warure said people can cook rice and take it with salt and oil whereas one needs to make a stew to accompany meals from other grains.

Mr Warure expressed shock that grain prices could rise so high despite an increase in farming activities.

Another resident, Sani Rabi’u of Sharada area of the metropolis urged the federal government to open land borders to permit the flow of cheaper grains into the country.

Why prices rise

The chairman rice sellers in Karfi Kura local government Muhammad Ibrahim said the price of locally milled rice soared due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

“People started hoarding rice for fear of the Covid-19 restrictions.” He said.

However, the secretary Dawanau Grain Marketers Association said Covid-19 restrictions and insecurity are the main causes of the soaring prices.

“The federal government exempted grain transporters from Covid-19 travel restrictions but state governments had to close grain markets to avoid community transmission.

“Also some of the farming communities we depend on along the Katsina/Zamfara axis are suffering from bandit attacks.

“These two reasons made the commodity to be scarce and therefore the prices have to rise.” Mr Ibrahim said.

  • Additional reports by Aminu Abdullahi.




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TCN creates Kano transmission region



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



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



Deposed Emir Sanusi

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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