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The Amina Abdullahi Umar Ganduje You All Don’t Know.



Amiu Yahuza

Doctor Amina Abdullahi Ganduje is the daughter to the current sitting governor of Kano State Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Despite the fact that her father is the number one citizen of Kano State she is a host to may achievements to her name and you will be surprise to know that all those achievements have no connection with the fact that her father is at the helm of affairs of Kano state.

She proves herself to be a woman of full potentials since her Undergraduate studies at the University of Maiduguri where she read MBBS (Medicine).

Her talents keep unfolding after her graduation when she worked with Kano State Ministry of health at Hasiya Bayero Pediatric clinics as M.O. A casual flip into  her educational career will reveal to you the kind of woman Gwaggon Kanawa raised.


She is not a lazy kind human being who would always want get things at the platter of gold, her doggedness in achieving big in her name is glaring, it will interest you to know that Doctor Amina at one sitting each passed her primaries, Part l and Part ll and suddenly became a fellow of West African College of Physicians within the shortest possible minimum period anyone could ever achieve.

Concomitantly, while pursuing her fellowship ambition she also applied for field epidemiology training in Africa under CDC Atlanta Field Epidemiology Africa run by prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (ABU).

A very competitive, high tasking and super rigorous Field Epidemiology training available and obtainable under the sun, which is hard to come by due to multitude number of applicants and limited number of available slot.

Only very few candidate are able to make it to the list annually but our indefatigable woman role model made it not only to the list but to the top of the list.

The selection criteria is solely a merit base through an online exam, and no wonder the annual pass for the online intake exam is usually less than five percent.

Not surprisingly, she is one of the only six medical Doctors indigenous to the Kano State whom have achieved same.

Her qualification pitched her a lecturing job in the department of community Medicine Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (BUK-AKTH) where she is currently serving and making tremendous contribution to the development of the department and the students alike through her hard work, resilience and intellectual rigor for a better public health policies and strategies by mentoring the undergraduate medical students and public health students for a conscious result based policy formulation.

Furthermore, an addition to her academic and professional qualification is her professional outstanding as the saying goes “what a man can do a woman can do even better”.

Doctor Amina’s Success in managing the CDC AFENET Piloted Malaria Project give her a name as the iron lady and an unstoppable achiever whom  no matter what the terrain looks like they achieve nothing but success.

Leadership style

Her leadership style in that capacity exemplified a textbook definition of what a manager is, her teaming NSLO would elaborate more on this point, but to say the least they were dumbfounded initially when they sent her an email in the wee morning hours and get the email replied back instantaneously despite her being a mother of five kids, a wife and a daughter of the current sitting governor of the state.

As Adams Smith metaphorically speaks of invisible hands in his book ‘the Wealth of the Nations’, the description squarely match Doctor Amina, She didn’t have any appointment or defined office at the ministry of health Kano state per se but her innate urge for seeing a better Health for all in Kano as she  believes her efforts are  fruition(able).

She believes that she can help her father deliver the best health policies to the people of the state made her work tirelessly in making the ministry function beyond expectation.

War against COVID-19

Moving in the same lane she showcase another managerial prowess when the world was attacked by the plague of COVID 19 Pandemic in 2019/2020.

As the famous Criminal law “but for test” goes, here I  must use the expression to say that but for Doctor Amina the battle against COVID 19 would not have been won the way it was won in the shortest period of time.

She works day and night to make sure the fight is going on nonstop with full momentum, and the effort disseminated by her has yielded result.

Within a few weeks the tide was turned down in Kano, and Kano State has dropped from the top of the NCDC table of cases to the bottom of the table.

Kano state has succeeded in combating the virus more than any state in Nigeria and as a result the governor have received a number of recognition for that.

What a Daughter! A kind of daughter every parent want behold. Alas, the real meaning of invisible hands.


On the humanitarian aspect of her Doctor Amina is a simple woman with a trait of good manners and humane characters that reflected what a rare breed of good mothers the Gwaggon Kanawa was.

Her unassuming disposition makes many doubt if she is really and truly a daughter to a currently sitting governor of a mega state like Kano.

No wonder one day she went to a supervisory visit to one of her LGAMNSLO at Wudil LGA when he announced that his supervisor and a daughter to a current sitting governor of the state is with them, nobody seemed to have believed him because of the way and manner she interacted and chatted with them.

As if she is just nobody’s daughter devoid of the normal to be expected demeanor of the power drunk children of bourgeoisie.

Barr. Aminu Yahuza writes from Kano and can be reach through 09031150419,

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Childhood killer diseases: NGO gets $29m grants to reach 1m caregivers



An International Non-Governmental Organization, New Incentive, said it has received a grant of $29 million under it project – All Babies Are Equal targeted to reach over one million caregivers and immunize their infants against childhood killer diseases in four Northwest States .

Kano Focus reports that the four Northern states are Katsina, Jigawa, Zamfara and Sokoto.

These childhood killer diseases include, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type B, pneumococcal disease and measles.

The Stakeholder Relations Director, of the NGO Nura Muhammad disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting with the benefiting states held in Kano.

Muhammad said the grant would be disbursed as conditional cash transfer to support the caregivers to ensure they avail their infants for the Immunization.

He said, “New Incentive – All Babies Are Equal, NI-ABAE has received commitments of over $29 million of funding over the next 3 years to reach over 1 million caregivers and their infants in Jigawa, Katsina, Zamfara, and Sokoto States.

This covers expansion to 35 LGAs with continued operations through Dec 2023.

“The organization aims to reduce child mortality through cost-effective and evidence-based health interventions.

In Nigeria, the organization operates as the All Babies Are Equal Initiative and implements the conditional cash transfers (CCT) for routine immunization (CCTs for RI) program.

“The flagship CCTs for RI program operated by ABAE disburses cash incentives to caregivers conditional on infants receiving four vaccines: BCG (against tuberculosis), PENTA (against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type b), PCV (against pneumococcal disease), and MCV (against measles).

These vaccinations are part of the routine schedule for infant immunizations in Nigeria and are provided at no cost to the caregiver through government-supported clinics.

Upon confirmation of their infant receiving a vaccine, the caregiver receives ₦500 for the first four routine immunization visits and ₦2,000 for the fifth visit.

“The cash transfers compensate for transport, lost trading income, and waiting time while creating behavioural change through awareness of routine immunizations.

“The CCTs for RI Program has been implemented in the states of Katsina, Zamfara, 2017 while Jigawa in 2018.

To date, the program has enrolled over 390,000 infants whose caregivers have received over 1 billion naira in conditional cash transfers.

An independent impact assessment of NI-ABAE’s CCTs for RI program (2017 – 2020) found that the program increases the likelihood that children would be fully immunized by 27 percentage points, and increases rates of individual vaccinations by 14 to 21 percentage points.

Beyond vaccination, the assessment found that the program contributed to improved knowledge about vaccination among caregivers in the catchment areas served by the program.

“Immunization is one of the most effective public health interventions, saving 2 to 3 million lives yearly (WHO) and there is evidence that suggests a 27 percentage points increase in the likelihood that children would be fully immunized by a conditional cash transfers for routine immunization program (NI-ABAE RCT Impact Assessment 2017-2020),” the Stakeholder Relations Director, Nura Muhammad however said.

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Meet Abdul: The most talented Dabo Babies player of all time



Picking out the footballing stars of the future is a tricky task.

There are so many factors which could hinder the progression of even the most professional of teenagers.

But some do seem destined to reach the top, while others display a work ethic that’s even greater than the natural talent at their disposal.

The second paragraph could be the case with Dabo Babies talented, 19-year-old forward Abdul Attacker.

He burst onto the scene when he was playing for a local club, Golden Bullet and was snapped up by famous Dabo Babes FC after the departure of former Nigeria U-20 star, Nazifi Yahaya.

And has since caught the attention of football enthusiast across the country with his brilliant display for Dabo Babes.

Abdul tormented four-time Nigeria Professional Football League Champions, Kano Pillars FC after he scored twice against the Sai Masu Gida in a friendly match before the kickoff of the second stanza of the just concluded 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season (NPFL).

He was the catalyst to Dabo Babes good run to the Kano state Tofa Premier League title driving the famous academy from game to game until they reach the final.

The dazzling forward produces mouthwatering display to earn himself accolades from the Pen Profession who could not hide their love for the next Super Star during the Tofa Premier League final.

He likes his game to that of Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema and Bayern Munich deadly striker, Robert Lewandowski.

The 19-year-old’s talent and versatility has some people wondering whether he could be a bolster for the Nigeria National U-20 team, the Flying Eagles for their upcoming assignments.

As preparations for the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League season gearing towards climax, many top clubs are interested in snapping him to bolster their squad as well as few other European top teams.

He has scored 55 goals and provided further 22 assists for Dabo Babes in less than three and a half years.

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Lamido, Jega celebrate NEPU @ 71 



Aminu Kano

Dr. Nuruddeen Muhammad 

Yesterday, Sunday, the 8th of August, 2021, I accompanied His Excellency Dr Sule Lamido  (CON) who was the speaker at a symposium organised by the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Studies, Bayero University Kano (Mambayya House) to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the founding of the Northern Elements Progressives Union (NEPU), with the theme; ‘Politics of Principles and the Phenomenon of Political Party Defections in Nigeria’.

Sule Lamido

The event which held under the distinguished chairmanship of the cerebral Dr. Tijjani Muhammad Naniya, also had the ebullient Dr. Auwalu Anwar as the sole discussant. While Professor Attahiru Jega, Professor Dandatti Abdulkadir, Dr. Akilu Sani Indabawa, Professor Hafiz Abubakar, Professor Sule Bello, Dr. Nasir Fagge, former NEPU/PRP regional, federal and state parliamentarians, women and youth leaders from across the country, notably Kano, Jigawa, Katsina and Kaduna States all ran incisive commentaries.

Prof. Dandatti Abdulkadir

The cacophony of voices were as fierce as they were sharply different in tone, content and delivery. But by far, that which stood out and generated most responses was Dr Lamido’s lead assertion that the raison d’etre for the NEPU/PRP ideological and political initiatives was to liberate the common folks (the Talakawas), first from the clutches of the combined reppression of the colonial overloads and their willing surrogates in the Native Authority establishments in Northern Nigeria, and the restrictions placed on them in political participation, aspirations and freedoms.

He forcefully argued that the movements have achieved on both counts as the children of yesterday’s Talakawas are today the new overloads and oppressors who deny their fellow Talakawas quality leadership as presidents, governors, parliamentarians, ministers, council chairmen and their councils. He concluded that the movements (atleast as organised political actions) should rest and cease to exist. And that today’s progressives should instead leverage around available political opportunities/platforms to confront the existing selfish order using present day political sentiments and realities as mobilization tools.

Prof. Hafiz Abubakar

But recalling copiously from memory, the lead speaker canvassed for an ideological graft transplant from the NEPU/PRP days in ways that the moral and ethical characters of both politics and governance of today can benefit from the sound value systems of old oder.

He narrated how he first resigned as a member of the House of Representatives in Lagos in 1983 purely on moral grounds, and then flew to Kano to convince the then Governor Alhaji Abubakar Rimi to do same as the governor of the old Kano State when the duo defected from the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) that gave them the mandates in the first place.

He then described the present phenomenon of political party defections in Nigeria as the worst form of corruption.

This profound submission drew a symphony of responses from today’s PRP practitioners who are mostly academics. Leading the park was Professor Attahiru Jega who argued that without justice in leadership and the level of impunity as is the case today, the NEPU/PRP cause has just begun and asked Sule Lamido to come lead the national onslaught.

Many other PhDs and Professors joined in the call that Lamido would later say lacked sufficient local and broader national political insight. It is significant to note that I was to totally align myself with the Sule Lamido’s perspective of the argument only yesterday, having engaged with him for over a decade on the same exact topic as the Jegas had done yesterday at Mambayya.

I am now fully convinced that the NEPU/PRP politics exclusively represented yesterday’s political sentiments and realities in the North with no much utility for either our present political and social circumstances or broader national appeal.

Sule Lamido, Dr Nuruddeen Muhammad and other guests

The Mambayya rendezvous is prehaps the only remaining theatre in Nigeria where political practitioners, activists and ideologues meet political researchers, theorists and even wannabees in a real time intellectual brawl. Bayero University Kano is both creative and thoughful in this annual ritual. Mallam Aminu Kano and his comrades had lived a very politically active, intellectually robust, and ideologically/philosophically sound lives to deserve this honour.

When academic excellence and classroom sense meet self taught philosophers and the practical hands on the streets, a cetain unique flavour emerges. Yesterday’s flavor has unfortunately left a distinctively sour test in my mouth. The fact that the Talaka is today his very own oppressor is a very bitter pill for some of us to swallow. And even more bitter is the second fact that the second on coming liberation of the Talakawas (from themselves this time around) will have to invent it’s devices with no NEPU/PRP emotional relic to rely on.

This, on a very personal note, was a befitting way to round off my three weeks extended sallah visit in Jigawa.

Dr. Muhammad was Nigeria’s former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs & Federal Minister of Information as

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