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SMEDAN holds retreat for it’s board, management in Kano



Nasiru Yusuf

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, SMEDAN, has organized a retreat for it’s board and management staff in Kano.

Declaring the retreat open, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said his administration since inception till date has empowered over one million youths and women to improve their livelihoods.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Governor who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji said the youths and women were empowered in skills such as modern techniques, animal husbandry, automobile, sanitation vanguards, rice, tomatoes and wheat processing among others.

“the present administration of Kano State considers entrepreneurship support and youth development as top priority,” Ganduje noted.

In his address the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Maryam Yalwaji Katagum has described the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise, MSME sub-sector as the surest way to address the several agitations and tense security challenges across the country.

The Minister represented by her Director Planning, Research and Statistics, Babagana Alkali however maintained that for the sub-sector to to thrive well and address the challenges, there is need for an enabling environment.

According to her, “the recent report of the National Bureau of Statistics as reported on its website portrays a worrying picture of the rate of unemployment in the country. This is in spite of the strident efforts of government in implementing policies targeted at driving growth and creating employment.

“It is therefore obvious that the best way to arrest the above situation is to have a virile MSME sub-sector, possibly with special focus on youth and women.

“It will be recalled that the 2017 National Survey on MSMEs, jointly conducted by SMEDAN and National Bureau of Statistics, NBS revealed that we have over 41 million MSMEs in Nigeria. This figure represents over 80% of the total number of enterprises and accounts for 75% of Nigeria’s total employment base.

“Consequently, if we cannot create an enabling environment for this sub-sector to thrive, we will all suffer it’s negative consequences, mindful of the fact that Mr. President’s target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty is largely hinged on the sub-sector.

“Therefore, in our collective effort towards stimulating a structured and efficient MSME sub-sector in Nigeria, there is the obvious need for all enablers to establish a mutual, but financial partnership that would provide the much sought after environment that is conducive for the sub-sector to thrive,” she said.

In his remarks, the Director General,  Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency, SMEDAN, Dikko Umar Radda said Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Sector remains the engine for critical economic growth and poverty reduction globally.

Mr Radda noted the retreat would create enabling environment for stakeholders to hasten development of MSME’s  sub sector and it’s growth.

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Ganduje appoints new Emir of Gaya



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



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



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 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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