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Salary Deductions: Kano workers threaten industrial action

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Nasiru Yusuf

The  Kano State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC  has expressed its determination to embark on strike if the Kano State government failed to stop deduction of workers and pensioners salaries in the state.

Kano Focus has earlier reported how some civil servants complaint of salary deduction in the months of November and December.

However, the state government in press release said that the deductions made in the months of November and December, were meant to keep governance going due to fall in Federal allocations and Internally Generated Revenue ocassioned by the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemi.

The Chairman of the NLC Chapter in Kano, Kabiru Ado Minjibir in a media briefing organized by the NLC, Trade Union Congress TUC and Joint Negotiating Council JNC said the state government should stop salary deductions and promptly payback the two months so far deducted or face legal and industrial actions.

“Should there be any further deduction, reversal or any foul play on salary or pension under whatever excuse, the labour centers would be left with no any other alternative than to take appropriate legal and industrial action to seek for redress.”

“The labour centers are not ready to accept any further unilateral deduction of pension and salary or any other legitimate earning of any worker or pensioner in the state.”

We urged government to immediately refund the deducted amounts for both workers and pensioners in the months of November and December, 2020,” emphasised the labour Leader.

He said if the deductions continue the NLC cannot guarantee industrial peace  and harmony in the state.

He said it is uncalled for, at a time when Lagos state government is giving 30 percent salary bonus to it’s workers, Katsina, Zamfara and Borno states where there are crisis are not tempering with workers’ salaries, Kano State without crisis is deducting workers salaries.

He urged workers to remain on alert for further directives, while assuring them of the Union’s commitment and sacrifice in prompting their interest.

Mr Minjibir reminded Kano state government that the minimum wage is a product of tripartite negotiation and cannot therefore under whatever circumstances be subjected to unilateral review.

“Salary and pension are legitmate rights NOT privillages that can be exploited and manipulated anyhow,” cautioned Mr Minjibir.

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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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