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Insecurity: Kano approves recruitment of 1,004 forest guards



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state Executive Council has approved the the recruitment of 704 forest guards officers on casual basis for the 404 grazing reserves under the state ministry of agriculture and natural resources.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, announced this on Saturday while briefing newsman on the outcome of the weekly council meeting, which held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.

Garba said the council has approved the recruitment of 300 forest range for the forest estates under the ministry of environment.

The forest guards were hitherto used as security operatives to protect game reserves against invasion of criminals and illegal activities.

The council according to the commissioner has approved the constitution of a committee to draft a harmonized retirement age for teachers in the state effective January, 2022.

It, however, said that while the extension would require increase in personnel cost (salaries) and other emolument for teachers which the provision is not provided in the 2021 budget, there is the need to allow the commencement of the new policy to be effective, this year.

He said the committee has been mandated to constitute the necessary cause for action towards implementing this laudable initiative for the benefit of the education sector in the state.

Garba pointed out that the committee, is also to review the scheme and condition of service in the state with a view to accommodate the new retirement age of teachers from 35 years of service and 60 years of age to 40 years of service and 65 years of age respectively.

The commissioner added that the council has given approval for the release of N23, 373, 794.33 million for the construction one block of four classrooms and one block of 6-seater VIP toilets at Farawa community in Kumbotso local government area.

He also revealed that the council has approved the award of contract worth N344, 000, 000.00 million to Harmonised Systems Limited for the procurement of 100 Hyundai 2010 cars under the pilot Kano Bus Mass Transit Project.

The council, he said, has also approved the upward review of the contract rates for the completion of Kwarin Akuya-Danrimi-Sabon Birni, Kurnar Asabe Road in Fagge local government area awarded in 2019, with the augmentation of the sum of N191, 026, 423.49 to cover the high rise in prices of construction materials.

The commissioner stated that the council has also approved the revised total cost on contract for the construction of 2-coat surface dressed road network at NNDC Quarters, Sharada, with augmentation of N57, 052, 294.26 million as additional funds in the project.

Garba further disclosed that the council has approve the revalidation of contract for the provision of sports facilities at Yusuf Maitama Sule University awarded in 2014 at the cost of N29, 691, 613.60 million.

The project, which he said, consists of construction of football pitch, two standard Basketball Court, two standard Handball Court, standard Hockey and Lawn Tennis Pitch, has now been now been revalidated and the contract revised to N145, 299, 258.43 million to cover the prevailing rise in the cost of construction materials.

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Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints heads of ARTV, SUBEB, 8 others



Mustapha Adamu Indabawa

Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the appointment of Mustapha Adamu Indabawa as the new Managing Director of Kano state-owned Abubakar Rimi Television Corporation (ARTV) and Yusuf Kabir Gaya, Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

KANO FOCUS reports that the appointment was contained in a statement signed by the governor’s chief press secretary Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Wednesday.

Yusuf Kabir Gaya

According to the statement,the Governor had also approved the appointment of Hon. Salisu A. Kabo, Director General, Youth Empowerment, Dr. Hamisu Sadi Ali, Director General, Debt Management Office, and Abduljabbar Mohammed Umar, Director General, KAN-INVEST.

Others appointed by the Governor are:Yusuf Kabir Gaya, Hamisu Dogon Nama, Managing Director, Kantin Kwari Market,Abdulkadir B. Hussain, Managing Director, Sabon Gari Market and Dr. Kabiru Sani Magashi, Acting Managing Director, KASCO.

The rest are: Aminu Aminu Mai-Famfo, Deputy Managing Director, KASCO and Engr. Abubakar Sadiq J. Deputy Managing Director, Kano Line.

The statement said the appointments which were with immediate effect, were made “pursuant to the quest of placing appropriate hands to improve good governance.”

It added that the Governor charged the appointees to use their wealth of experience in the discharge of their engagements so as to diligently serve the people of the state and justify the confidence reposed in them.

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Takutaha: Kano Govt declares Wednesday public holiday



People at Dala Hill celebrating Takutaha. © Raibiu Biyora.

Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim



Kano State Governor Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf has declared wednesday, October 4, as Public Holiday in commoration of the birth of the noble prophet of Allah, Muhammad Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

KANO FOCUS reports that the declaration was contained in a statement issued by the commissioner of information and internal affairs Alhaji Baba Halilu Dantiye in the early hours of Wednesday.

Takutaha celebration

The Governor urged the people of the state to use occassion to reflect on the teachings of our noble Prophet and imbibe them in their daily affairs.

He also urged the people to pray pervently for peace and prosperity to reign in Kano and Nigeria at large.


He prayed to Allah to see us through this tough period and bless us with bumper havest in this rainy season and the coming dry farming season.


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Kano Govt seals Reach clinic for breach of rules



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




The Kano State Private Health Institutions Management Agency (PHIMA) has sealed off a health facility, Reach Clinic for noncompliance with the law establishing the agency and standard operation guidelines.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Director General of the Agency, Prof. Salisu Ahmad announced the sealing off of the facility after leading the enforcement on the clinic situated in Gyadi-Gyadi quarters in Kano metropolis.

In a statement by the Information Officer, Ministry of Health, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Director General said the facility was sealed off because it was opened before completing the documentation and guidelines laid down by the PHIMA, necessary for opening any private health institution.

The statement reads, “The DG stated that the information the clinic presented to the Agency was totally contrary with the record they have in possession regarding the hospital when they were invited for discussion.

“He noted with dismay the fact that the staff names the Reach clinic submitted to the PHIMA as their registered staff were not even in the state so much that some are no longer working with the clinic.

“Unfortunately, the doctors we got working at the time of our arrival at the hospital were not the ones whose names were given to us. In view of this, we deem it pertinent to close the clinic until they abide by all the rules and standard operation guidelines because they are not even permitted to start operations.

“He recalled that the law of the PHIMA that empowers it to oversee activities of the private health institutions has stipulated it that, for any centre to be opened, it must come to the Agency to complete the required documentation regarding its staff and the activities it is going to undertake.

“The DG added that with all these, such a centre wouldn’t be allowed to start operation until when the Agency goes and examine as well as assess the information submitted to them and become satisfied with.

“Reach clinic just go ahead and open the hospital without our permission despite the lapses they have. That is why we sealed off the clinic. It will remain closed until we are given the genuine information that we require and become convince with.

“The DG pointed out that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf is much concern with the health of the people of the state, maintaining that the Governor is so committed and determined to see that the healthcare system is robust and standardized.

“He noted that since coming on board, His Excellency is being up and doing towards fulfilling the promises he made on health sector and the commitment is yielding positive results as people can attest to.

“If our amiable Governor can deny himself sleep in the night and goes out supervising health facilities what of us he entrusted to steer the wheel of healthcare system of the state? We must also not relent. We must work hard to complement to this noble effort of our leader.

“On this note, I want to call on private health institutions in the state to ensure they are operating in accordance with the standard guidelines and laws establishing the PHIMA. We will surely not hesitate to close any clinic that fails to follow due process.”

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