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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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June 12: Tinubu’s posters flood Kano streets



Nasiru Yusuf


The posters of National leader of All Progressive Congress APC, Bola Tinubu have flooded major streets of Kano metropolis amidst June 12 celebration.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Tinubu was billed to arrive Kano on Saturday to witness formal defection of former gubernatorial candidates of the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) and People Redemption Party PRP, Abdulsalam Abdulkarim, popularly known as AA Zaura and Salihu Sagir Takai as well as son of former head of state Risqua Murtala Muhammad.

However, Mr Tinubu has not been sighted at the grand ceremony which attracted mammoth crowd at Kano Pillars stadium.

Although there was no known reason why Mr Tinubu has not attend the celebration, his posters has been pasted in major streets of Kano metropolis.

The areas flooded by the Jagaban posters include Sani Abacha stadium, Kofar Nassarawa bridge, Emirs Palace road and BUK road.

The posters carried an inscription of Democracy day congratulatory message ‘Happy Democracy Day’ from Tinubu Advocacy Group.

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Another BUK student dies





Nasiru Yusuf

The management of Bayero University, Kano has announced the death of young Kamaluddeen Moshood, a level 200 student in the Department of Accounting.

A statement sent to KANO FOCUS by the university’s spokesperson Lamara Garba said Mr Moshood died on Saturday, at the National Orthopedic Hospital Dala, Kano following injuries he sustained as a result of a road traffic accident.

KANO FOCUS had earlier reported a level 400 student in the department of Political Science Mercy Sunday had also died of fever and vomiting in the Ramat Hall female students’ hostel on Tuesday morning.

The statement recalled that young Moshood was hit by a fast-moving vehicle outside the University on Tuesday, 8th June at about 10:00 pm.

“Upon receiving the report of the accident, the Vice Chancellor, instantly directed the Dean of the Students Affairs to visit the scene and take all necessary action.

“The driver of the vehicle was apprehended while the victim was rushed to the hospital  under the supervision of the University Director Health Services for prompt medical attention as he sustained multiple fracture.

“While at the Hospital, preliminary investigations revealed that Kamaluddeen had a severe crush leg injury and needed to have his leg amputated to save him.

“However, the doctors who observed  his condition advised that in view of his unstable condition, it may not be possible to conduct such a major operation.  It was in the process of stabilizing his health that he gave up the ghost,” the statement said.

While commiserating with the family of the deceased entire members of the University community, the Management however, warned against any plan by students or group of persons to engage in any act that could jeopardise the peace being enjoyed on campus in whatever form.

The statement warned that the university will not condone any act of uncivilized behavior whatsoever which will disrupt the peace in it’s our campuses, adding that any student caught doing so will be decisively dealt with.

BUK asks ministry of works to erect pedestrian bridge

The university management said they have sent a request to federal ministry of works for the construction of pedestrian bridge near the main gate of the new campus.

“In the meantime, it should also be noted that in its determined effort to ensure the safety of students and other stakeholders of the University, the Management had, early this year (2021) made a submission to the Federal Ministry of Works on the urgent need to construct a pedestrian bridge near the main gate of the New Campus for  use by students in crossing over the trunk ‘A’ highway that passes by the side of the university.

“Already, the Ministry had obliged to the request of constructing the bridge and arrangement has gone far in that regards,” the statement said.

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Danbatta: Kidnappers release Igbo businessman



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Kidnappers have released the Igbo business man abducted last Friday in Danbatta local government, Kano state.

Kano Focus exclusively reports that Mr Emanuel Eze regained freedom after paying an undisclosed ransom.

Mr Eze’s neighbor Salisu Abubakar Kore told Kano Focus that he was contacted by the kidnappers to drive the businessman home on Thursday night.

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“I was called around 1:30am and directed to pick him up in Ringim, Jigawa state.

“When I reached Kanya Babba I was rerouted to Gidan Lage, Garki local government, Jigawa state where I picked him around 2:30am.

“We arrived Kore in Danbatta local government, Kano state by 5:30am but he instructed me to proceed to Kazaure, jigawa state where he reunited with his brothers.” Mr Kore said.

The Kano Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa has confirmed Mr Eze’s release.

Mr Kiyawa, a deputy superintendent of police said the command has received tips about the kidnaps whereabouts and is in the process of hunting them down.

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