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APC suspends chairman of Sharada ward, clears Sha’aban



Aminu Abdullahi



The All Progressive Congress (APC) has suspended chairman of Sharada ward Abdullahi Umar for alleged misconduct.

Kano Focus reports that the suspension was contained in a statement signed by the 19 executives of APC in Sharada ward on Thursday.

The party has also dismissed the suspension of member representing Kano Municipal federal constituency in the House of Representatives Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada earlier announced by Mr Umar.

It would be recalled that a statement released by some party leaders in Sharada ward on Wednesday accused Sha’aban Sharada of anti-party and character assassination of Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje which led to his suspension.

However, the 19 executives have described the suspension of the lawmaker as baseless with the selfish interest of political godfathers of those who signed the letter as it was not carried out with the due process.

‘’The people that denied him to revalidate his Membership Card are the same people who claimed to have suspended him from the party.

“All these are done to him for the massive support he has been getting and receiving from the populace of his constituency in Municipal Local Government of the State,’’ the statement said.

The statement also said that Mr, Sharada was not accorded a fair hearing as he was never invited to defend himself.

It noted that there was no invitation letter sent to him personally or his constituency office to appear before the disciplinary committee rather saw the defective letter of invitation circulating on social media without the date or venue of the sitting.

Consequently, the statement said “on behalf of the majority members of the Excos whose affixed their signature had agreed and suspended the party interim chairman of Sharada Ward Abdullahi Umar and replaced him with Ibrahim Mu’azu (Birai) for his mischief and denied the majority of the executives of their constitutional rights to be part of any decision-making processes.

“We the undersigned executive members and by the power conferred upon us by the provision of Article 11 of All Progressive Congress Constitution (as amended) as part of the party organs hereby shown our loyalty and solidarity to Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada, and we are still solidly casting our vote of confidence to him as per the provision of Article 9 which stipulates for the membership of any member of the party.

The executive has also constituted another disciplinary committee headed by Mukkata Bala Tanka Tukuntawa as  Chairman and Halliru Habibu (Rawi) Sharada as Secretary.

“We agreed to formed a new disciplinary committee and charged them to proceed and take the necessary disciplinary and legal action against Sani Fata Sharada APC caretaker Kano Municipal Local Government for his effort to conspired to bring disunity within the party leadership at Sharada ward for his personal and selfish interest,” the statement said.

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BREAKING: Kano Gov. Yusuf raids warehouse holding diverted maize palliatives



Kano state governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has raided a warehouse where over 1,000 bags of maize were distributed by the state government as palliatives were diverted and hoarded.

Kano Focus learned that the governor busted the warehouse, located at the Sharadaan industrial area of Kano City on Saturday.

The governor, was visibly angry after seeing how the 10kg bags of maize meant for poor people were emptied and the maize grains re-bagged in larger unmarked bags, apparently to be sold in the open markets.

It could be recalled that over 200,000 bags of food items had been distributed by Mr Yusuf, a few months ago to vulnerable people to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal by the federal government.

It is understood that Governor Yusuf vowed to uncover and punish the persons behind the diversion and hoarding of the relief materials.

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Gov. Yusuf flag-off settlement of death benefits, gratutity to Kano pensioners




….. Set aside Six Billion for Six 6,000 Beneficiaries

Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


In fullfilment of one of the campaign promises as contained in his blueprint, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state has Saturday flagged-off the first tranche of settlement of death benefits to deceased civil servants and gratuity of pensioners to about six thousand (6,000) beneficiaries who exited from the civil service and deceased workers between 2016 and 2019 totalling billion naira at an elaborate occasion that was held at Coronation Hall Government House.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf said the payment was possible despite meagre resources, inherited empty treasury and competing developmental projects as the government had blocked leakages of public funds siphoning and more viable projects for people of the state.

A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa quoted Yusuf saying his administration was highly concerned with the plight of pensioners especially those at the lower level as they are the end receipients of the economic hardship occasion by the removal of fuel Subsidy in the country.

The Governor added that to ensure the continuation of the settlement of the backlog, 10 billion naira was propose in the state next year’s budget for more inclusion of gratuity and death benefits of bereaved families of deceaseds civil servants to enjoy their legitimate entitlements.

He made a clarion call to the receivers of the funds, to make judicious use of what they collected and invest wisely in lawful businesses for more incomes to cater for their day to day needs and other necessities of life.

In his submission, the deputy governor and Commissioner for local governments and Chieftaincy affairs, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam Gwarzo appreciated the selection of beneficiaries with not more than 3 million at the state level, 1.5 million at local governments levels all within grade level 1-6.

The Executive Chairman of Kano State Pension Trustees Fund, Alhaji Habu Muhammad Fagge, said the commencement of liquidating the backlog and ensure prompt payment of gratuity and death benefits was a clear indication of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf’s zeal to better the lives of pensioners and provide succur to the families of deceased civil servants.


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World AIDS Day: 46,732 persons living with HIV in Kano – official



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano state government has announced that out of the 138,430 tested for HIV, 4,728 have been found to be positive from January 2023 to date.

KANO FOCUS reports that with this figure, it indicates that a total of 46,732 persons are living with the disease and receiving treatment in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran, made this known on Friday while delivering a speech at the commemoration of this year’s World AIDS Day in Kano.

He, however, disclosed that the state has improved its strategies to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS by successfully conducting tests for 95 percent of all pregnant women during their first ANC visit, out of which only 0.04 percent are found positive.

He stated, “We have tested a total of 138,430 people for HIV and found 4,728 positive and have successfully initiated new 4,140 HIV-infected persons on ART from January 2023 to date.”

He noted that “Currently, the state has 46,732 people living with HIV receiving treatment.

“We have improved our strategies to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS by successfully conducting HIV testing for 95 percent of all pregnant women during their first ANC visit, out of which only 0.04 percent turned HIV positive,” the Commissioner stated.

Dr. Ladan further explained efforts by the state in managing the situation where he said, for the first time, the state has achieved a state HIV budget target of 3 percent, N2 billion, of the total health budget in the proposed budget submitted to the Kano state Assembly.

The event themed “Let Communities Lead” was in collaboration with the USAID in Kano as well as other partners.

He said that the state government appreciated the support of partners like USAID, LHSS, NEPWHAN, and KanSLAM for their advocacy engagements towards achieving the KSACA’s budget.

Earlier, the Director-General of the State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA), Dr. Usman Bashir, said SACA has brought on board 600 persons living with AIDS to benefit from the free healthcare service package introduced by the state government.

Dr. Bashir then hinted that “Most of the beneficiaries are children of those who died of HIV, as well as those children living with the disease.”

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