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Why Kano revenue drops in two years

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Malam Muhammad Aminu Abdullahi Bichi

Nasiru Yusuf

The Director Personal Income at Kano Internal Revenue Service (KIRS), Malam Muhammad Aminu Abdullahi Bichi has attributed the drop in the Internally Generated Revenue in the state  from 2020 to the year 2021 to COVID-19 pandemic.

KANO FOCUS reports that the director revealed this during a Tax Summit – Citizens Session organised by PERL FCDO in collaboration with Tax Justice and Governance Platform held in Kano metropolis.

He recalled that the pandemic has affected not only the country, but global economy.

The director explained that this necessitated the state government to introduce Covid-19 tax relief to cushion the effect of the pandemic.

According to him, many taxes were reduced to as low as 50 per cent to support businesses to recover from the impact of the disease.

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“Last year, we experienced COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has affected the economy not even in Kano State, but globally.

“This led to Covid-19 tax relief where certain percentage of tax was reduced.

“Some were reduced to 50 per cent and some were reduced to 25 per cent.

“I believe these are some of the factors that led to drop of collection. But with economic recovery from Covid-19, believe things will definitely improve,” Malam Bichi said.

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The director expressed optimism that with the introduction of Treasury Single Account, the state revenue would bounce back to its former status.

“There is hope bearing in mind the implementation of Treasury Single Account where all authorised tax collected by MDAs will be sent to single account,” he said.

The patron of Danbatta Traders Association Lawan Dangaji Danbatta appealed to Kano state government to provide basic infrastructure in markets and business places to encourage traders to pay their promptly.

Alhaji Lawan Dangaji Danbatta

In his remarks, the state team leader Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), Isa Surajo, said the meeting was to bring citizens and all stakeholders in tax-related matters under one roof to brainstorm and forge a way forward.

Malam Isa Surajo

“Tax provides resources for government to provide development. Once the government is struggling to get money that will be used to improve the lives of the citizens, it becomes so challenging.

“One of the strategies, we believe is to get those who pay the tax to get involved on how best these resources could be raised, so that social services and other development required by the citizens would be provided by the government.

“Of recent, we have noticed how budget deficit has been affecting the development of Kano State and Nigeria.

“But by getting citizens to participate to talk about the tax and how best to raise the tax for the government, we will get enough money to get children to school and make sure basic healthcare delivery services are provided.

“This is because it is only when you have educated and healthy citizens, the development is ensured,” Malam Surajo said.

Presenting a paper entitled: ‘Challenges and Opportunities of IGR in Kano State: Preliminary Findings,’  Abdulsalam Muhammad Kani, identified poor capacity of tax collectors and high cost of tax collection as major challenges of tax collection in the state.

Other challenges identified, according to Kani, include non punishment or sanction of tax defaulters, inadequate oversight by the legislature on tax issues and failure to create more departments in the Kano Inland Revenue Service (KIRS).

The first Kano tax summit is an avenue to broaden the discourse on taxation and to explore issues such as tax policies and practices, emerging development in the tax system and implication for resourcing public service delivery and development.

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Gov. Yusuf reinstates Emir of Gaya, appoints two others for Rano, Karaye emirates

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has approved the appointment of three second class Emirs of Rano, Gaya and Karaye Emirates.

 

KANO FOCUS reports that the new emirs are to serve as second class answerable to Kano emirate.

 

According to a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor and made available to journalists in Kano the newly appointed Emirs are: Alhaji Muhammad Mahraz Karaye, as Emir of Karaye (who until his appointment was the District Head of Rogo); Alhaji Muhammad Isa Umar, as Emir of Rano (who until his appointment, was the District Head of Bunkure) and Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya, as Emir of Gaya (who was the emir of the defunct Gaya emirate).

 

While congratulating the newly appointed Emirs, Governor Abba K. Yusuf enjoined them to be custodians of culture, peace and unity of the people in thier respective emirates.

 

You may recall that the Governor had on Tuesday the 16th of July, 2024 signed into law three second class emirates in the state with Rano covering only Rano, Kibiya and Bunkure Local Government areas. Gaya covering only Gaya, Ajingi and Albasu Local Government areas. Karaye covers only Karaye and Rogo Local Government areas.

 

The appointments are with immediate effect.

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Publishing company trains 40 teachers on basic literacy

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

Non-Formal Development for Education and Health Initiatives (NDEHI) in collaboration with Ibzaar Publishing trained forty teachers and facilitators on basic and post basic literacy.

KANO FOCUS reports that the two day workshop held at Bayero University Kano, attracted teachers and facilitators from across the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Kano State Agency for Mass Literacy (SAME) among others.

The convener of the programme Dr. Auwal Halilu who doubles as the State Coordinator Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA), explained that the workshop was organized to complement the declaration of state of emergency on education by the present administration.

Dr. Auwal Halilu

Dr Halilu, a lecturer with the Department of Adult Education and Community Development stressed that the teachers selected to undergo the training, were expected to cascade the training to forty teachers each.

“It is the first time we are seeing a corporate organization not a development partner or government entity organizing to set aside funds to train teacher for the development of our children’s education,” he said.

In his address the Chairman Kano State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Alhaji Yusif Kabir, pointed out that the state government has set out certain criteria for appointing head supervisors known as school support officers.

Alhaji Yusif Kabir

According to him “teachers that have a minimum of first degree must undergo aptitude test.”

He described the workshop as apt, saying that the intervention would go a long way in improving effective service delivery in the education sector as the government alone cannot do it.

The Acting Executive Secretary of Kano State Agency for Mass Education SAME, Alhaji Surajo Mahe Alkali pointed out that this is the first time they were carried along as a non-formal sector.

“I hope to see the non-formal sector living up to expectations as it is a sector that is key and critical but neglected,” he observed.

The Kano state chairman of the school-Based Management Committee SBMC, Alhaji Tijjani Baraya observed that this intervention is unique as most Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in the state were focused on school renovation and providing teaching and learning materials.

Alhaji Tijjani Baraya

“State Basic Education Boards (SBEB) also need similar support as they are responsible for visiting and monitoring schools,” he noted.

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Gov Yusuf assents bill establishing three second-class emirates in Kano State

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

In a significant move, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has assented to the Kano State Emirates Council Bill 2024, which was passed by the state assembly today.

 

KANO FOCUS reports that this approval allows for the establishment of three second-class emirates within the state.

 

The governor’s spokesperson, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, made the announcement of the governor’s approval, which took place at approximately 5:26 p.m. on Tuesday at Council chamber of the Government House.

 

“This development underscores our unwavering commitment to preserving our traditional institutions and cultural heritage, recognizing them as essential pillars of peace and heritage conservation.”

 

Governor Yusuf also urged the newly established emirates to diligently serve humanity, as the state government to reveal the names of the new emirs soon.

 

Earlier today, the Kano State House of Assembly endorsed the Kano State Emirates Council Establishment Bill 2024, setting the stage for the creation of three additional second-class emirates.

 

Championed by Deputy Speaker Muhammad Bello Bututu, the bill aims to elevate Kano’s status to that of a first-class emirate, with Rano, Gaya, and Karaye identified as second-class emirates.

 

During a session presided over by Speaker Rt. House Jibrin Ismail Falgore on Tuesday, the bill underwent its third reading. The session began at 10:10 a.m. and concluded at 11:06 a.m.

 

As stipulated in the bill, the newly established Rano emirate will encompass Rano, Bunkure, and Kibiya local government areas.

 

The Gaya emirate will include Gaya, Albasu, and Ajingi local government areas, while the Karaye emirate will cover Karaye and Rogo local government areas.

 

The second-class emirs of these emirates will be answerable to the Emir of Kano.

 

They will possess the authority to counsel the Emir on matters concerning public order, territorial disputes, communal conflicts, and religious affairs within their respective domains.

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