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Emir Sanusi advocates removal of fuel subsidy



Muhammad Sanusi ll

Nasiru Yusuf

The former Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi ll said the time has come for outright removal of fuel subsidy, saying it is long over due considering the current economic realities.

KANO FOCUS reports that the former Governor of Central Bank (CBN), echoed this at a colloquium to mark his 60th birthday anniversary on Saturday in Kaduna.

Mr Sanusi recalled an attempt to attack his house in Kano when he raised alarm on fuel subsidy scam as a governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.

“Many years ago, when I was screaming about the billions being spent on fuel subsidy. I remember there was actually an attempt to attack my house in Kano. I was in central bank. Where are we today? We were face to face with the reality that this is unsustainable.

“When the decision is being taken, it is even more painful and more difficult than if we had taken it ten years ago or five years ago,” he said.

I have paid a price for speaking the truth

Mr Sanusi said he has paid a price for criticizing government’s harmful economic policies.

He however said Nigerians are also paying the real price for ineffective economic policies.

“Whenever i am seeing to criticise, I simply speak to the best of my understanding and try to advise, and try to say that which I think is in the interest of the country. I have been critical of economic policies, and I paid a price for it.

“We know the real price is being paid by Nigerian people. It is a price we see in increased poverty. It is a price we see in increased insecurity. It is a price we see in high rate of inflation. It is a price we see in the loss of value of our currency. It is a price we see in the numbers around malnutrition, around unemployment, around out of school children, maternal mortality and infant mortality.

“Call me controversial or call me on enemy or call me a critic will not make those facts go away. And wherever we go, we must turn back and face those facts and reality.

“So am I happy on my sixtieth birthday? No. Because sixty years ago when I was born, United States government advisory was telling investors Nigeria had a better economic future than Japan. Where are we today and where is Japan? Is not about one government, is not about two governments, it is about decades of people throwing away opportunities. And everytime we are handed an opportunity to change, everytime we were given chance to reset, we go back to the same old thing,” the monarch lamented.

Nigeria made zero progress in the past 40 years

Mr Sanusi also said that Nigeria as a country has made no progress in the past 40 years.

“In 1980, Nigeria’s GDP per capita on purchasing power parity basis was $2,180. In 2014, it appreciated by 50 per cent to $3,099. According to the World Bank, where were we in 2019? $2,229.

“At this rate in the next two years in terms of purchasing power parity, the average income of a Nigerian would have gone back to what it was in 1980 under Shehu Shagari.

“That means, in 40 years, no progress, we made zero progress. 40 years wasted. We wiped out all the progress made in 35 years,” he said.

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We’ve trained over 8,000 primary school teachers in Kano – PLANE



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria, PLANE, has revealed that it has trained over 8,000 primary school teachers in Kano. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the PLANE’s State Team Lead, Malam Umar Lawan, revealed this during a presentation at the Kano State Quarterly Review Meeting Agenda, held in Kano on Tuesday.

Represented by State Reform Facilitator Umma Muhammad Rakana, the State Team Lead said the training was conducted in collaboration with State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB).

Umma Muhammad Rakana

He added that PLANE had coordinated book and other learning materials distribution at the classroom level across the 532 schools in Kano state.

He said the distribution was to ensure every child own learning materials.

According to him, PLANE had supported 35 school-based management committees that sensitized stakeholders on book care and maintenance, including parents, SBMC, PTA chairmen, LGEA staff, community leaders, religious leaders, and youth groups.

Some of them, according to him, supported the programme by donating 2 hectares of land in Kafinwachiwaya, Takai Local Government area for the construction of 2 classrooms, and 2 bundles of zinc sheets.

“There were also various cash donations for bricks, sand, bags of cement ement, and costs for construction was also donated.“PLANE also organized
Reading Festivals in Minjibir and Gabasawa LGAs to promote reading culture amongst pupils, received financial donations from stakeholders, and LGEAs agreed to make the festival an annual event.

Cross section of critical stakeholders at the event

In the presentation, Lawan suggested that more teachers need to be employed to bridge the gaps of inadequate teachers in some schools, especially hard-to-reach areas.

He also advised for provision of other learning materials like pencils and exercise books by parent, noting that “this will further improve teaching and learning and better learning outcome for pupils.

Cross section of critical stakeholders at the meeting

“More school support visit needs to be conducted to ensure lesson delivery by teachers,” he said.

He said the purpose of the meeting was to give update on key activities conducted in the PLANE programmes in the last quarter, adding that the review would look at successes and challenges in order to find the way forward.

Earlier in a remark, the Commissioner for Education, Haruna Doguwa represented by Malam Munzali Mustapha commended the stakeholders for the meeting, which according to him, it was crucial to education sector.

Malam Munzali Mustapha


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Gov. Yusuf assigns Head of Service to supervise SSG’s office



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


The Governor of Kano State Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf has directed the Head of Civil Service Abdullahi Musa to supervise the office of the Secretary to the Kano State Government.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the spokesperson to the Governor in the early hours of Thursday.

The appointment was as a result of medical vacation taken by the SSG Dr. Abdullahi Baffa Bichi who flew out of the country for medical treatment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In a letter signed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor Shehu Wada Sagagi, the Head of Service is to provide a supervisory role pending the return of the SSG in the next few weeks.

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Gov. Yusuf promotes CPS to DG, appoints other heads of agencies



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State Governor Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the elevation of his official spokesperson Mr. Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa from Chief Press Secretary to Director General, Media and Publicity.

KANO FOCUS reports that the elevation was contained in a statement issued by Aliyu Yusuf, Director Public Enlightenment, Kano State Government House, in the early hours of Thursday.

According to the statement the appointment is with immediate effect.

The statement also announced the appointment of other political office holders to occupy various positions as follows:

“Hon. Rabi’u Saleh Gwarzo, Permanent Commissioner I SUBEB , Engr. Sarki Ahmad, Director General, Rural Access and Mobility Project.

“Hon. Surajo Imam Dala, Director General, Cottage Trade and Street Hawking.

“Dr. Dahiru Saleh Muhammad, Executive Secretary, Science and Technical Schools Board.

“Abubakar Adamu Rano, Deputy Managing Director, Radio Kano

“Hajiya Hauwa Isah Ibrahim, Deputy Managing Director, ARTV.

“Dr. Gaddafi Sani Shehu, Deputy Managing Director, Kano Hydro Electricity Development Company (KHEDCO).”

While congratulating the new appointees, the Governor directed them to assume their new roles immediately.

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