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Kano 2023: Gawuna, Garo a perfect Match



Aminu Dahiru

After extensive stakeholders meeting and due deliberations, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has anointed the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr Nasir Yusuf Gawuna, as the preferred choice of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2023 governorship election.

Also the governor anointed the immediate past Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Murtala Sule Garo, as Gawuna’s running mate in the election.

This is a step in the right direction giving the circumstances. Governor Ganduje must have had some expensive considerations before arriving at this decision; this include the mood of the state, acceptability and party affairs.

It was a difficult choice considering the governor’s huge performance in the last seven years.

No governor may wish to see his lifetime achievements destroyed after leaving office or afford to lose election to the opposition despite the enormous commitment he has made.

The choice of Gawuna and Garo is based on the questions of who will continue to unify the All Progressives Congress (APC) after Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje leave office in 2023, who has the perseverance to defy all odds, including distractions, to build up on the governor’s gains and who has the technical knowhow to take Kano State to the next level.

These and many more brought the choice of Gawuna and Garo to the fore.

However, the question of giving back to youths has been addressed.

Governor Ganduje is so smart that by fielding Gawuna and Garo to bear the party’s flag in the 2023 governorship election in Kano State he has solved a significant percentage of the possible succession crisis that may have rocked the APC in the state; and he has dashed the hope of the opposition parties in the state that lurk somewhere to see the governor stumble in choosing a successor.

It is well known that Gawuna has been diplomatic and gentlemanly all his political career, as Garo is loyal, trustworthy and steadfast.

These qualities, among others, convinced Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje that the duo are the best candidates for the job.

Another, both Nasir Yusuf Gawuna and Murtala Sule Garo have maintained a mutual relationship.

This relationship has grown so strong that Gawuna’s followership has melted into that of Garo; and Garo’s camp is an extension of the Deputy Governor’s popularity.

With Gawuna and Garo it is a landslide victory for APC in the 2023 governorship election in Kano in sha Allah.

Aminu Dahiru is the Senior Special Assistant on Photography to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

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Gov. Yusuf Flag off Distribution of Over N1 billion Worth Free Fertilizers to Smallholder Farmers in Kano



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf Thursday unveiled distribution of free fertilizers worth over one billion naira to smallholder farmers including females and People with Disabilities in the state.

A statement by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor, said the initiative was in fulfillment of Governor Yusuf’s campaign promise to improve livelihood through investment on Agribusiness.

Governor Yusuf had during his campaign activities towards 2023 elections promised to champion Agricultural transformation through provision of quality and affordable Agricultural inputs as contained in his 70 page blueprint presented to the good people of Kano tittled “My Commitment for Kano”

Besides, the Dawakin-Tofa revealed the over a billion naira worth NPK fertilizers that was distributed to 52,800 smallholder farmers across the 44 Local Government areas were produced by the state owned Kano Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO).

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf while flagging off the agric input disbursement explained the intention was to reduce cost of production and boost food security.

The state executive council had also approved the procurement of over five billion naira worth fertilizers that will soon be made available to Kano farmers at subsedised rate.

The Governor stressed that farmers already battling with high cost of inputs and labour occasioned by economic reality, now have cause to redouble energy to multiple their produces.

He emphasised on the government readiness to sustain food production through regular supply of fertilizer production by the state owned company (KASCO). Governor Yusuf said KASCO and other state manufacturering centres are being strengthening to revertilise revenue flow and sustain the economy of the economy of the state.

The beneficiaries which include women farmers and people living with disabilities are expected to recieve 25kg of NPK fertilizer to support thier farming activities and eventually boost the yeild of thier crops and improve livelihood of the people.

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Agriculture: Gov. Yusuf issues stern warning against diversion of fertilizer distributed to Kano farmers..



… As Emir Sanusi harps on fairness in sharing

The Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has issued a stern warning to officials of the state against the diversion of fertilizer distributed to 52,800 farmers across the 44 Local Government Areas.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.

The governor’s warning was made during the flag-off of the distribution of free fertilizer to farmers across the 44 local governments, held at the Open Arena, Government House, Kano.

The Governor mandated the Kano Project Protection Association (Kano-PRO-PA) to ensure adherence to the distribution guidelines intended for smallholder farmers.

“Any government official found diverting this fertilizer will be dealt with severely.

“We will not tolerate corruption. This gesture is meant for real farmers,” the Governor warned.

In his remark the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, emphasized the importance of fairness in the distribution exercise to achieve the set goals and objectives.

He noted that the gesture was timely, as the Emirate has received reports from District Heads about the high price of fertilizer impeding farming during the 2024 rainy season, potentially causing food shortages.

Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II added that ensuring the fertilizer reaches the intended beneficiaries and providing the necessary farm inputs will significantly assist in achieving a bumper harvest.

He urged farmers to judiciously utilize the given resources.

The Emir also called on well-to-do individuals, philanthropists, and those capable in society to empower farmers with inputs and aid the needy during these trying times.

He commended the Kano State Government under the leadership of Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf for initiating people-oriented projects aimed at uplifting the standard of living of Kano’s populace.

Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II prayed for peace, unity, stability, prosperity, and economic development in the state and beyond.

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



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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