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What makes Kano longstanding great Empire ~ Prof. Adamu



Prof. Abdallah Uba Adamu

Nasiru Yusuf

What makes Kano Emirate the most unique and long-standing Emirate in the country are it’s inherent historiography coupled with it’s ability to absorb and merge individual national and transglobal identities into a singular Kananci cultural identity.

KANO FOCUS reports that the immediate past vice chancellor of National Open University, NOUN, Abdallah Uba Adamu made the assertion on Thursday as reported by Bayero University’s bulletin.

“Of all the grand emirates of Northern Nigeria, none has the spectacular and expansive history and cultural anthropology recorded like the emirate, now emirates, of old Kano,” says Adamu, a double professor in science education and Media Studies.

Delivering the Coronation Lecture in preparation of Emir Aminu Ado Bayero’s coronation on Thursday, at the Convocation Arena, the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), noted that the state of Kano would for a long time to come continue to lead in the admiration of others for its rich cultural heritage and unique way of doing things not only in Nigeria, but in a global arena.

The lecture, titled Kano Emirate: yesterday, today and tomorrow was part of the activities lined up for the coronation of the 15th Fulani Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

Adamu also gave the background to the historical evolution of the Emirate and its spectacular contribution to the socio-cultural, economic and political development of Nigeria in particular and the West African colonies, in general.

“The Kano Emirates having evolved over one thousand years has undergone tremendous transformation in all aspects of it’s development.

“By 2021, Kano has retained its lead as innovatory Emirate incorporating, as it does, not only all the antecedent structures outlined, but also capping it with total acceptance, expansion and development of new ones,” said the University don.

He further argued that both the city, the Emirate and its traditional institutions have immensely benefitted from relative structural and narrative stability, thus, making Kano the most unique Emirate in the country.

Tracing the history of Kano as a ritual city, Adamu disclosed that the earlier settlers of the city lived at Dala near water ways of Jakara River in which they developed a religious fixation of paying tributes to the spirits of the river.

However, the arrival of Bagauda sometimes in 999AD turned the small settlement to a more organized administrative city, thus, providing an organized leadership which they hitherto lacked. This paved the way for the beginning of the Emiral system in the city.

He went further to explain the various transformations of Kano as an mercantile city, a scholastic city, a colonial city, an industrial city and now a bustling media hub.

In his remarks the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar described emirs as the custodians of our rich culture and tradition and who played a significant role in the promotion and preservation of our cultural heritage.

Also speaking, the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Sagir Adamu Abbas, said coronation was a declaration of our hopes for a brighter future as a society.

He noted that Kano had an illustrious heritage, which it was hoped Emir Aminu Ado Bayero would use to take the state and the traditional institution to greater heights.

In his speech,  the Emir of Kano Aminu, Ado Bayero, emphasized the relevance of history in national growth and development.

Emir Aminu Ado Bayero

He noted that any society that does not preserve its history and culture is certainly bound to lose its identity.

The Emir commended the Management of Bayero University for the support it had been rendering to the Kano Emirate and said the relationship between the two institutions was inseparable.

The Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, pledged that his administration would continue to bring more developmental projects and initiative for the growth and prosperity of the State.

Many traditional rulers from across the country attended the occasion.

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Kano closes hospital where a doctor performs multiple surgery alone



Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano State Private Health Institutions Management Agency (PHIMA) has shut down Green-olives Hospital, Gadon kaya, Gwale local government area.

KANO FOCUS reports that the hospital was indicted for professional misconduct and poor service.

A statement issued by the spokesperson of the agency Abba Dalha said the agency has received a petition that the facility has recorded two death cases in the last six months.

After thorough investigation, the agency found that, the hospital do not undertake proper investigation nor issue consent form to patients before conducting a surgery.

According to the statement the surgeon is found to be to be doing the task of anaesthetic nurse, peri operative nurse and assistant surgeon which is grossly unethical.

The statement added that the surgeon is not inclined to any speciality of surgery as one of the recorded death case was a Paediatric surgery to three year old child, while the second death was Obstetrics and gynecology surgery.

The Agency threatened to deal with the culprit in accordance with it’s   guidelines and appealed to people to report quacks and professional misconduct for appropriate action.

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Ganduje seeks Assembly’s approval to borrow N20bn





Nasiru Yusuf

The governor of Kano state Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has sent a letter to House of assembly seeking for approval to access 18.7 billion loan from the federal government to cushion the effects of COVID-19.

KANO FOCUS reports that the speaker of the assembly, Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari read the letter on the floor of the house.

According to the letter, the state government is seeking the approval of the house to enable it access the funds which many states have been granted access to by their state house of assemblies.

He said,the federal government had approved the disbursement of over 18 billion Naira to all the 36 states as bail out funds.

The governor has also sent another letter to the House seeking for approval to secure a loan of over two billion naira for the procurement of 100 BRT buses.

The letter pointed out that earlier the Kano state government had paid five hundred million naira as deposit and wish to secure a loan for the completion of payment to expedite the delivery of the vehicles which will go a long way in curtailing transportation problems in the state.

After extensive and exhaustive deliberations, the house has granted the approval.

In a related development the house had received a letter from the office of the secretary to the state government, notifying the house of the swearing in of the chairman and members of the assembly service commission and the reappointment and elevation of the clerk and deputy clerk to the post of head of legislative services and permanent secretary respectively as well as other directors at the Kano state house of assembly.

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Revenue sharing formula: Kano demands 1% allocation, increase for states and LGAs



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State government has demanded a one per cent special status in the Federal revenue  allocation formula.

KANO FOCUS reports that the demand was made in a memorandum presented by the Secretary to the  State Government and head of Kano state delegation, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, (Wazirin Gaya), during the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the review of the current vertical revenue allocation formula organized by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission in Kaduna on Monday.

Alhaji Alhaji noted that the demand is genuine, justifiable and in no way controversial considering the enormous responsibilities the state is currently shouldering due to high influx of people displaced or affected by insecurity in neighboring states including Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto and others.

He also highlighted the status of the state as the most populous in the country, its cosmopolitan and heterogeneous nature as “mini Nigeria”, as well as being the commercial hub for the north that attracts and accommodates people from all parts of the country and beyond, as other reasons for the demand.

The Secretary to the State Government therefore urged the federal government to positively consider the special status demand so as to support the development of Kano particularly in the areas of agriculture, trade and commerce and manufacturing as “it will translate into rapid development for the country generally.

“Our reasons are for the development of Nigeria as a whole”. He added.

The SSG further noted that the current revenue sharing formula is skewed largely in favour of the federal government to the detriment of states and local governments as the federating units, which he described as uneven, unfair and unjust.

He noted that the decision of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review the current revenue sharing formula, in line with its statutory constitutional responsibilities,  is commendable as it is long overdue in view of the changing political, economic, social and ecological realities in the country.

Alhaji Usman Alhaji further noted that despite taking the lion’s share, the federal government could not effectively and adequately discharge most of its responsibilities in states, like ensuring security and provision of healthcare services which, he said, were left for the states to take care of.

” The insecurity and violence in the North can be link to the uneven distribution of the national wealth. …Some have too little while others have too much to spend. As federating units, no one should be left in dare need “, he added.

While noting that states spend more than the federal government on healthcare and other services in addition to huge expenditure for the police and DSS, he suggested that states should have larger share in the revenue allocation formula.

The SSG therefore, on behalf of Kano State Government, proposed a new sharing formula of 41 percent for Federal Government, 34 percent for states and 24 percent for local governments while the 13 percent derivation should be maintained.

The Kano State delegation to the North West Zonal public hearing comprise commissioners, Special Advisers, top civil servants, traditional leaders, representatives of CSOs, NGOs and students organizations.

Other states that presented memoranda at the occasion include Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara.

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