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Ganduje visits Borno, condoles Zulum over Zabarmari massacre

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Nasiru Yusuf

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has paid a condolence visit to Borno state where he commiserated with the government and people of the state over the recent massacre of farmers at Zabarmari town.

Mr Ganduje has visited Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday where he met with the governor Babagana Zulum and members of the state Executive Council, alongside other top government functionaries.

A statement issued by Mr Ganduje’s spokesman Abba Anwar quoted the governor saying “We are here with this powerful team from Kano state to commiserate and condole with the government and people of Borno state over this tragedy. It is therefore important to note that tragedy on the people of Borno is a tragedy on all of us.”

“With concerted effort of both state and federal governments, this issue of insecurity will be squarely addressed. And we are working towards that by the Grace of the Almighty Allah.”

“When the news of the tragedy reached us, it sent shivers to our nerves. And we found it very hard to believe such heinous act meted out to the innocent farmers of Zabarmari village.”

“We are calling for synergy between our security agencies in an effort to fight all facets of insecurity challenging us,” he advised.

The governor presented an official letter of condolence from the government and people of Kano state to the government and people of Borno state.

He recalled that, there is existing centuries relationship between Kano and Borno, adding that Kano,  has always been in the forefront in sympathising with the people of Borno state during trying moment.

“Kano state government is presently taking full charge of some hundreds of Borno orphans who lost their parents and other relatives, during the hey days of insurgency. They are in Kano with us and we are taking good care of their education. They will continue to be with us for them to develop, under our good care,” he stated.

Mr Ganduje recalled that “some Ulamas (Islamic Clerics) and traditional rulers brought some palliatives to the IDPs here in Maiduguri. This tells you how close and brotherly we are with the people of Borno state.”

The governor has also paid similar visit to the Shehu of Borno Abubakar El-Kanemi at his palace, where he commiserates and condoles with the Shehu on behalf of the government and people of Kano state.

Both the governor and the Shehu of Borno expressed their deep appreciation over the condolence visit by the Kano state governor and his entourage. And both prayed for continued sisterly relationship between the two states.

Mr Ganduje was accompanied by the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Abdul’aziz Gafasa, APC stalwart Nasiru Aliko-Koki, and Representative of the Emir of Kano, Ali Ibrahim (Matawallen Kano).

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Kano gets 3,148 new polling units

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expanded the polling units in Kano state from 8,074 to 11,222 to create easy access to polling units.

Kano Focus reports that the INEC chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu revealed this to journalists on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr Yakubu revealed that Kano Central has 1,978 more polling units while Kano South and Kano North have 658 and 513 respectively.

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The 10 local governments that have the highest number of additional polling units are Nassarawa 334, Kumbotso 220, Gwale 207, Tarauni 207, and Ungoggo 179.

Others are Dala 163, Fagge 163, Kano Municipal 160, Danbatta 94, and Dawakin Kudu 92.

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Nigerian Navy to establish desert warfare institute in Kano

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The Chief of Naval Staff CNS Real Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, has agreed to move Desert Warfare Institute to Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was disclosed by, Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy, COR Ezekobe

when he led a delegation to governor Ganduje at his office, in Kano, Wednesday, to brief the governor about development so far.

He said “We are here to actualize the fruitful engagement we had when His Excellency visited us on the 3rd of June. He Chief of Naval Staff directed me to lead this team in actualising some of the promises made to you when you visited the Naval headquarters.”

“Our project standing on 12 hectares of land, is a multi-purpose project. We are moving our Desert Warfare of our Special unit to Kano Your Excellency. This unit is highly trained in both United States of America and Britain. And they are recognized to be of best performance.”

“This is where we will use for a garment industry and other things that will be of significant benefit to the society.”

“We would like to develop a Barack, so that when the need arises we can defend ourselves and also the state. That will definitely help in improving the security of the state in particular and the nation in general.”

He requested that, the Chief of Naval Staff would want to deliver a lecture on Maritime in either Bayero University, Kano, for people here up North to understand the activities of the Nigerian Navy in the national scheme of things.

Ezkobe, a rear admiral in Nigerian Navy, requested another piece of land on behalf of the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for the establishment of hospital in the state.

“Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) is desirous of establishing a 200-bedded hospital in Kano. We also need to get a piece of land for this effort to see the light of the day,” he requested.

“Your Excellency we witnessed the tremendous development in your state. This is highly commendable Sir,” he concluded.

In his response, governor Ganduje appreciated the speed of the process for the visibility of the Nigerian Navy in the state, appreciating that, “We are so happy to have you here. I can see that the return match is so quick. This shows the level of seriousness from your part.”

“Your presence in Kano will definitely boost the morale of our youth in joining the Nigerian Navy. It will also improve our security of the state generally,” he stated.

“We are very much ready for all the requests you came with pertaining this and other projects for the development of the state. And for improving the security of our dear state. We are always ready.”

Concerning the Chief of Naval State Conference, Ganduje said the state would always be ready to see to the realisation of the proposed Conference, adding that, “For the Conference we will create an enabling environment for it to hold.”

“We will also facilitate for the proposed Maritime lecture by the Chief of Naval Staff in one of our universities. There is no doubt about this. Tell him he is always welcome.”

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EFCC asks Kano Internal Revenue Service to report tax evaders

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has urged the chairman of Kano State Internal Revenue Service KIRS, to report tax evaders to the commission as the Zonal office now have a full pledged tax fraud section.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Head of the Kano Zonal office of the commission, Mualledi Farouq Dogondaji stated this on Monday during a courtesy visit to KIRS in Kano.

“We are ready to continue to work together to put our economy back on track. Tax is what is used to pay our wages and salaries. That is why we are here to tell you that our doors are open. If you have tax evasion cases, do not hesitate to come to us. We now have a special section dealing with that,” he said.

In his response, the Chairman of Kano State Internal Revenue Service, Abdulrazak Datti Sani assured the EFCC of his agency’s cooperation in tackling tax evasion and other malpractices.

Chairman of KIRS Abdulrazak Datti Sani and Head of the Kano Zonal office of EFCC, Mualledi Farouq Dogondaji

He stated that, though KIRS has its enforcement unit, they would still require the intervention of the EFCC to be able to handle some cases.

He assured the EFCC that his officers will be working hand-in-hand with Commission to ensure compliance by companies and other government agencies in tax remittances.

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