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Ahmed Musa signs short deal with Kano Pillars

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Nasiru Yusuf

National captain Ahmed Musa is considering a proposition to play some matches for his former club in Nigeria, Kano Pillars, in a move hoped to boost the local league and maintain his personal fitness. 

Kano Focus reports that the 28-year-old, who is a free agent since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in October, had received offers from England, Russia and Turkey.

But as he mulls over his next European destination in the summer, the winger received a proposition from the governor of Kano, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Shehu Dikko, chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) for a short stint in Nigeria.

“After speaking with the governor and chairman of the LMC I am considering to play some games for Kano pillars,” the former Leicester City player told BBC Sport Africa.

“Anything that improves the image of Nigerian football is something that I strive to embark on and Kano Pillars holds a special place in my heart.

“It’s the team that helped me become the professional footballer I am today, so this is more than just football but a very strong bond,” Mr Musa said.

According to BBC a deal to bring Musa in has already been finalised.

Musa, who has built a training and fitness facilities in Kano to help grass roots football, scored 18 goals for Kano Pillars to finish as top scorer in the 2009/10 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

His desire to help promote the image of the domestic league on social media is what the LMC, which runs the NPFL, is hoping to benefit from this season.

Musa made his 96th appearance for Nigeria in their 3-0 win over Lesotho in Lagos in the Super Eagles final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

After Vincent Enyeama (101) and Joseph Yobo (100), Musa is Nigeria’s third most capped player in history, having played 96 matches since his debut aged just 17 in 2010.

He helped the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and played for them in the past two World Cups

Musa scored twice for Nigeria at the 2014 and 2018 Fifa World Cup tournaments to become the country’s top World Cup goalscorer.

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Ganduje declares Friday work free day

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Nasiru Yusuf

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has declared Friday, May 14 as work free day to enable Muslim faithful continue with the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba announced this in a statement on Thursday.

He said the decision was in consideration of the fact that Wednesday, May 12, which was part of the two-day Eid holiday declared by the federal government fall within the 30 days of Ramadan period.

The governor, according to the statement, felicitates with the Muslim Ummah on this auspicious period that calls for sober reflection and sharing of goodwill among adherents.

It also urged people in the state to use the occasion, particularly during Jumu’at service to pray for peace to continue to reign in the state and the country in general.

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Sallah festival: Police deploy 4,144 personnel in Kano

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As Muslims celebrate Eid-el-Fitr on Thursday, the Kano state commissioner of police Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko has ordered deployment of 4,144 Eid praying ground across the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Command in conjunction with sister security agencies and other civil volunteers in the state will work harmoniously for the enforcement of law and order.

This was contained in a statement issued by command’s spokesperson Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa on Wednesday.

Mr Dikko advised worshippers going to Eid praying grounds to avoid carrying unnecessary objects that may trigger suspicion or apprehension.

Kano state commissioner of police Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko

“Under aged children and unlicensed persons are not allowed to operate Motor Vehicles, Tricycles, Motorcycles and Bicycles while going to the Eid praying grounds.

“Parents and guardians should always accompany their children with adults while going to Eid praying grounds so as to checkmate cases of missing children, accidents or any unsolicited dealings.

“Any group or individual under whatever guise is warned to desist from any act or conduct that will cause breach of peace and breakdown of law and order. Whoever is caught engaging in such act will face the full wrath of the law.

“People are advised to observe the COVID-19 prevention protocol by wearing facemask and observing social distancing throughout the festive period.

“Rigorous patrols and raids of criminal hideouts will continue in order to avert any breach of peace by criminals and miscreants throughout the State,” Mr Dikko revealed.

“The Command has also called on people to use the following phone numbers 08032419754, 08123821575 and 08075391163 for distress calls.

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Daneji Amintacciya awards scholarship to 25 indigent students

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 Nasiru Yusuf

Daneji Amintacciya Foundation has awarded scholarship to twenty five indigent students to undergo degree programmes in various disciplines at National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). 

KANO FOCUS reports that twenty students were sponsored by the chairman of the foundation who is also the Accountant General of the Federation Ahmad Idris, while the remaining five were sponsored by immediate past chairman of the foundation Muhtari Dangana.

The beneficiaries, comprising both males and females were drawn from nooks and crannies of Daneji Quarters in Kano Municipal local government.

The selection of the students was facilitated by Daneji Amintacciya Youth Association (DAYA), a community based organization working on youth empowerment and development in the area.

Speaking at the occasion the chairman of screening committee Mahmoud Daneji said, the beneficiaries were selected after rigorous processes.

Mr Daneji, a professor of agricultural extension said the committee used certain criteria in selecting twenty five out of over sixty applicants.

Part of the criteria according to Mr Daneji was given priority to science based courses, applicant’s qualification and social status.

In his remarks the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Abdalla Uba Adamu, who hailed from the area called on the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of Daneji and Kano state throughout their period of study.

Mr Adamu, who holds double professorship of science education and media and cultural communication assured Daneji Amintacciyya’s commitment on sustaining the scholarship scheme to enable youth in the area pursue higher education.

He lauded the flexibility of NOUN which allows the beneficiaries to study, while engaging in the various trades and occupations that Daneji youth are famous for.

On his part, the Director of NOUN Kano study centre, Mudassir Ahmad Ishaq said the sponsors had paid all the fees, including tuition, and other financial needs of the students for the period of their study.

He described the scholarship as the first of its kind in the history of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), and commended Daneji community for setting the pace.

He assured the students that NOUN will provide them with all the necessary school materials to kick start their studies.

Also speaking, a father of one of the benificiaries, Basiru Daneji thanked Ahmad Idris and Muhtari Dangana for the gesture, describing them as architects of modern Daneji.

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