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Pillars slips into relegation as team plays home matches in Abuja 

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Jamilu Ubah Adamu

Before the kick-off of the current campaign of the Nigeria Professional Football League season, no one ever envisaged four-time elite Nigerian league winners, Kano Pillars, would be battling relegation.

But football can be cruel, at times, as the Sai Masu Gida are presently dashing points both home and away, and are doing everything physically and spiritually never to avoid the shame of relegation to the lower league.

Pillars who are seen to have the largest fan-base in the local league have only ten matches remaining to play before the end of the season. Five of those matches are home, while the remaining are on the road. With their current poor performance, it’s unlikely that the Sai Masu Gida would win all five home matches and snatch some vital points on the road to guarantee safety, unless the impossible happens.

This is made even more complicated owing to the fact that they have been playing their home games on away territory, lacking in the ever vociferous support of their untiring and undying fans.

It is, however, hoped that the former League and Aiteo Federation Cup champions would defy the odds by ensuring they do not falter in their remaining ten games, whether home or away.

Sitting at the 19th position with 29 points from 27 games and a suspended three point deduction by LMC, due to a reoccurrence of violence by their fans, the world of football is keenly watching how the cash-strapped club will respond to their current predicament, and should it happen, it will be one of the wonders in club football, not only in Nigeria but across the globe, in modern times.

For the large followers of the Club and lovers of football, they would not want to see Kano Pillars relegated as they command a huge aura of history in the domestic elite league, including producing the likes of Super Eagles’ captain, Ahmed Musa, and legendary Rabiu Ali (Pele), to mention but a few.

Below is Kano Pillars’ remaining Fixture:

1. Kano Pillars vs. Heartland FC – Home.

2. Remo Stars vs. Kano Pillars – Away.

3. Kano Pillars vs. Dakkada FC – Home.

4. Plateau United vs. Kano Pillars FC – Away

5. Kano Pillars vs. Wikki Tourists FC – Home.

6. Abia Warriors vs. Kano Pillars – Away.

7. Kano Pillars vs. Enugu Rangers Int’l – Home.

8. Rivers United vs. Kano Pillars – Away.

9. Nasarawa United vs. Kano Pillars – Away.

10. Kano Pillars vs.Shooting Stars – Home

The above fixtures are pretty cheeky and difficult to predict Kano Pillars’ ascendancy over their opponents, making it difficult to assuage that  relegation won’t stare at their face this season.

But as earlier explained, football can be cruel and it’s an  unpredictable sport.

As a son of the soil and unrepentant fan of the Sai Masu Gida, I wish them all the best in their endeavours!!!

Jamilu Uba Adamu

is a football analyst and can be reached via +234 803 207 8489

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FIDAC asks Kano Govt to declare state of emergency on water

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ACUTE SHORTAGE OF WATER SUPPLY IN KANO METROPOLITAN, SUB-REGIONAL AND RURAL AREAS

Background

Water is one of the necessities for human lives and its acute shortage makes life difficult for many people and communities. Based on this, United Nations General Assembly (2010) made a resolution that everyone has the right to sufficient, continuous, safe, acceptable, physically accessible, and affordable water for personal and domestic use.

Despite Kano State Government unflinching commitment to ensure steady water supply as reflected in 2024 budget approval of 14,240,594,262.01 for the Ministry of Water Resources, adequate provision of pipe bone water still remains a mirage in the state. For instance, in March 24, 2024 Solace Base- a Kano-based online news outlet-reports that Danya and Kyallin-Bula villages in Bichi Local government have been without water for over 40 years. It also reported in 15th May, 2023 that people and cattle drink from the same well in some places at Gaya Emirate. To add to this, a research by Barau (2012) found out that 97 per cent of households in Kano state drink contaminated water. Present public outcry for acute scarcity of water supply all over the state coupled with expensive nature of the water petched and sold is no longer news. It fact, it is a household name, known by all and sundry. In almost all social media platforms the issue remains a major topic of discussion.

Observations on the causes of acute shortage of water supply in Kano State

While commending the effort of Kano State Executive Council approval-as contained in the extract of its 13th weekly Council meeting- for reconstruction of Kura – Kubarachi – Madobi Road and the failed Kubarachi Bridge in Kura and Madobi Local Government Areas in the sum of 11,976,727,228.30 billion naira, proposed water supply package tagged ‘Abba Kabir Yusuf 2024 Reach Out Water Supply Project Phase I’ at the cost of 319,308,407.82 million naira, payment of supply of water treatment chemicals for the month of November, December, and January at the cost of 387,000,000.00 million naira and award of contract for water pipeline extension to Na’ibawa Eastern Bypass Layout and Unguwa-Uku Yan-Awaki communities in the sum of 153,000,000.00 million naira, our findings revealed the following as challenges causing acute water supply in Kano state:

a. Insufficient number of water treatment plants and sadly the existing ones for Kano Greater Water Supply Scheme, Tambura, Bagwai and Shanono Water Schemes are dilapidated.

b. Faulty nature of pipelines supplying water to various places in the state.

c. Power failure and non-availability of diesel to power the machines in the areas where water treatment plants are cited.

d. Budgetary fund releases is untimely and inadequate.

e. Non-remittance of LGAs monthly water supply contributions to Kano Water Board.

f. Poor maintenance of existing boreholes and hand pump wells.

g. Failure of government to sink new boreholes and hand pump wells in strategic locations where the demand is high but with less supply.

h. Poor rehabilitation of water infrastructure all over the state.

I. Inadequate oversight by the responsible government MDAs and legislatures.

j. Government failure to leverage on its existing policy guidelines to reclaim and restore open spaces for increased water percolation below the surface as well as creating and restoring green spaces.

k. Inadequate public sensitization to embrace collaborative consumption of water and promote its recycling.

l. Non-inclusion of knowledge-based water governance in the water supply policy guidelines.

m. Inadequate staffing, training and provision of other incentives for the existing ones.

Recommendations

Government

Based on the above challenges, the state government should to do the following:

a. We urge the state government to declare state of emergency for water supply in Kano State.

b. Kano state governor should, as a matter of public importance, authorize immediate withdrawal from Contingency Fund Account to ameliorate acute water supply in the state.

c. Government should rehabilitate all water infrastructures in the state for equitable rural-urban water security.

d. As a corporate social responsibility, companies and other business ventures operating in Kano are urged to help in reducing water shortages, leakages and wastages through rehabilitation of water infrastructure, repair of faulty hand pump wells and boreholes for equitable water security.

e. Philanthropies and well-meaning individuals are equally urged to extend similar gesture to the good people of Kano State.

f. Government should leverage on its existing policy guidelines and instrumentalities of law, where necessary, to reclaim and restore open spaces for increased water percolation below the surface as well as creating and restoring green spaces.

g. Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA) should develop rural water supply clusters for maximum efficiency.

h. Public sensitization to embrace collaborative consumption of water and promote its recycling.

i. In order to provide steady power supply and cut down diesel expenditure for Kano Greater Water Supply Scheme, Tambura, Bagwai and Shanono Water Scheme facilities, the State government should ensure speedy completion and commissioning of Kano Independent Hydro Power Station.

j. There should be collaboration and partnerships between Kano state government and Hadeja Jama’are.

k. Kano state government should strengthen Kano state Water Board and RUWASA through human resources development and adequate provision of facilities.

Kano State House of Assembly (KSHoA).

a. For fact-finding of the genesis of acute shortage of water supply, KSHoA should summon Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Water Resources and MDs of both Kano State Water Board and RUWASA.

b.KSHoA should pass a resolution urging Kano state government to declare water supply state of emergency.

c. Since Kano is the most populous state and centre of commerce in Nigeria, KSHoA should liaise with federal law-makers to seek for intervention of Federal Ministry of Water Resources.

d. Members KSHoA should tailor their constituency projects towards rehabilitation of faulty pump wells and boreholes and where necessary construction new ones.

e. KSHoA should expeditiously enact law to make water resources budgetary provisions among the first line charges.

f. The house is also urged to increase ministry of water resources annual budgetary allocations and embark on oversight to ensure prompt releases and utilization.

g. LGAs should be mandated by KSHoA to urgently rehabilitate boreholes and hand pump wells in their areas and sink new ones in a strategic locations where the demand is high but with less supply.

h. Kano state House of Assembly should ensure adherence to Kano State Water Resources Law which limit arbitrary construction of hand pump wells and boreholes in the state.

I. In order to provide steady power supply and cut down diesel expenditure for Kano Greater Water Supply Scheme, Tambura, Bagwai and Shanono Water Scheme facilities, KSHoA should pass a resolution to ensure speedy completion and commissioning of Kano. ndependent Hydro Power Station.

j. LGAs where sub-regional water scheme are cited should be urged by the KSHoA to make fund provision in their annual budget so as to ensure sufficient, safe, accessible, and affordable water supply in villages and towns for personal and domestic use.

Conclusion

Kano state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) will improve through monthly water bills collections if the pro-active measures articulated in this write-up are taken into Consideration. Concomitantly, Kano State Water Board including RUWASA can have financial autonomy through water bills remittance. Indeed expansion of water supply is possible through rehabilitation of faulty water treatment plants and machines as well as procurement of new ones. Completion and commission of Kano Independent Hydro Power Station will also provide alternative source of power for uninterrupted water supply in the state. Finally, it is our prayer that the recommendations outlined above will be adopted with a view to ensuring sufficient, continuous, safe, acceptable, physically accessible, and affordable water supply for personal and domestic use in Kano State.

Dr. Abdussalam Muhammad Kani, fcfa

Executive Director, FIDAC kaniabdussalam@yahoo.com +2347033270725

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Friday Sermon: With The Help Of Allah And Relying On Him All Our Hardships Will Be Solved In Shaa Allah

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Imam Murtadha Gusau

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all creation, may Allah extol the mention of our noble Prophet Muhammad in the highest company of Angels, bless him and give him peace and security―and his family, his Companions and all those who follow him correctly and sincerely until the establishment of the Hour.

Dear brothers and sisters! The world is slowly recovering from the hardships that came with the wars, insecurity and Covid-19 pandemic. Governments and companies were pretty much shut down. People lost livelihood and lives, and their fortitude was tested in a way that humanity has rarely been tested before.

Such an events would test the resolve of any and every person in a way that the world has never seen before. There is no doubt that peoples around the globe have been afflicted with catastrophes and doubts. Surely, such moments in our lives can cause us to wonder why the Almighty is testing us so.

The Islamic view of why Allah blesses us with hardships is an interesting one. As Muslims, our perspective on the struggles of life must be aligned with the general understanding of our existence in relation to the hereafter. In this regard, our will and determination to persevere must be based on our relationship with Allah and our willingness to be drawn closer to our Creator. Here are a few key aspects about hardships in Islam:

Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an:

“Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident those who are false.” [Qur’an, 29:2-3]

The Almighty Allah puts us through trials to see if we would follow or reject his teachings. There are simple solutions to every problem, but there is always the possibility that those solutions are forbidden, immoral, or evil, and that choosing them implies turning away from Allah’s teachings. Although the purer path may be more difficult, it is the one that will maintain us in his favour, which is why difficulties arise.

Allah Almighty assures His servants:

“For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” [Qur’an, 94-5]

Respected brothers and sisters! Embrace His promise. Do not give up even if the pain and hardship seems never-ending and you feel worn out from carrying it all; there is relief and something even greater waiting for you just around the corner.

Even difficulties are not permanent. And those believers who persevere in their belief in Allah and practise patience in the face of adversity are then rewarded in ways that are beyond the comprehension of ordinary people.

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“No calamity befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his sins because of it, even if it were the prick of a thorn.” [Bukhari]

We can be struggling spiritually, sinning, believing it’s acceptable, and losing our morals. Even though we may like living in sin, difficulty is a blessing in our lives because it makes us realise that we have been leading impure lives. As a result, we turn to the correct and noble path.

Allah Almighty tells us:

“Perhaps you dislike a thing and Allah makes therein much good.” [Qur’an, 4-19]

Misfortune does sometimes happen to us. We are given obstacles to overcome this unfortunate situation rather than being offered the simple solution. Even though the voyage is difficult, it is worthwhile if the final destination is pure and in the presence of the Allah Almighty. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

“The people who face the most difficult tests are the Prophets, then the righteous, then those following them in degree. A person is tried according to his religion. So if there is firmness in his religion, then the trial is increased, and if there is a weakness, then it is lightened. Verily a trial remains with a servant until he walks the earth having no sin left upon him.” [Bukhari]

We can consider ourselves to be living a life of faith, and as a result, we might think that the happy life we lead is a reward for our faith. We develop arrogance and complacency. Then the Allah Almighty brings us adversity. Our faith is ultimately strengthened when we become aware of how we might improve.

It’s crucial to keep in mind that, as Muslims, Allah has not abandoned us; rather, he desires for us to become nearer to him. Nevertheless, we must also seek professional assistance when necessary. For instance, when we are sick and visit a doctor to speed up recuperation. Similar to how you should get care from a qualified professional counsellor who shares your faith if you have a mental health concern.

Given the difficulties we may face every day, anxiety is something we cannot avoid. A disorder like anxiety doesn’t just appear out of the blue. Without our realising it, it gradually takes hold of us.

And also depression is a condition that depresses us and makes us believe that life is no longer worthwhile. It gradually seeps into our systems and makes us into a person who is no longer enthused about life.

The fact that both of these mental illnesses are quite prevalent throughout the entire world and can affect anyone makes the situation much more concerning. Fortunately, by learning how to deal with anxiety and sadness, they may be overcome In Shaa Allah.

Below are some actionable steps to help us overcome hardships:

1. Utilise technology to help you remember Allah.

If you’re feeling unmotivated in the mornings, mix your routine up and start your day with an Islamic lecture to learn something new about the religion or to reinforce what you already know. By learning something new or participating in an enlightening conversation in the morning, you can feel prepared and ready for the day.

2. Recite one verse from the Qur’an every day.

Build a slow and steady engagement with the Qur’an by beginning to incorporate it into your daily life. Some of us may be striving to strengthen ourselves in preparation for Ramadan so that we can read the entirety of the Qur’an during the noble month. To read one juz or even one surah a day can be intimidating for novices, especially if you’re not comfortable with your Arabic.

3. Study the Qur’anic tafsir in your own time.

It’s crucial to comprehend and internalise the lessons of the Qur’an in addition to building your confidence when reciting it. By doing this, we are hearing from Allah and applying His teachings to our life. These teachings can direct us in our behaviours and ideals during both happy and joyful moments as well as depressing and upsetting periods.

The aspect of hardships are inseparable from this life and plays a large role in the tests that we experience throughout our journey as we draw closer to the hereafter. In the end, our decisions and perspectives on such calamities will determine how well we fare once we have to face our Allah Almighty Creator.

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

Murtadha Muhammad Gusau is the Chief Imam of: Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah Mosque; and Late Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Okene Mosque, Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: gusauimam@gmail.com; or +2348038289761.

This Friday sermon (Jumu’ah Khutbah) was prepared for delivery today Friday, 08 Shawwal, 1445 AH (April 19, 2024).

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The rise and fall of Kano Pillars: A journey through success and challenges

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Kano Pillars FC

Muhammad Sodangi

 

Being a prominent, professional football club, Kano Pillars rose through landscape of Nigerian football,showcasing and elegantly displaying a blend of talent, resilience and passion for game.

The club’s commitment to excellence and community support has been so instrumental in their success over the years.

The club is well known for its passionate fan base, iconic blue and white colors and stylistically competitive performance in the pitch.

Kano Pillars have won a lot of domestic trophies plus multiple NPF tittles as well as Federal Cups Victories.

Amazingly, they represented Nigeria in several continental competitions such as the CAF champion league and the CAF confederation cup.

With a solid foundation, Kano pillars football club stands as a shining example of determination, talent and community spirit in the Nigerian football’s atmosphere.

Through their remarkable journey, Kano pillars have solidified their place as highly revered and respected club in Nigerian football, leaving behind a lasting imprint on the heart of fans and the history book of the sports.

However, the recent clash between Enyimba and Kano pillars shook the Nigerian football scene as the former claimed a commanding 5-0 victory over the later.

The game was a topnotch encounter that magnetized and captivated fans and pundits from all angles.

Enyimba, known for their attacking prowess and tactical acumen, played a master class against Pillars, securing an impressive 5-0 victory.

On the flip side, Kano pillars faced enormous challenges throughout the match, struggling to contain Enyimba’s attacking onslaught and assert their presence on the field.

Infact, the decline of Kano pillars in recent seasons could be attributed to various factors, including the lack of motivation amongst players,coaching staff, management, and poor funding by the government.

These bedeviling obstacles created a nasty environment that hindered the players’ ability to perform at their best.

These international challenges could be addressed by prioritizing motivation, empowerment, and support for players and staff.

Thus, these could pave the way for success,glory and growth within the prestigious Kano pillars.

 

Sodangi writes from Salaha Africa, a media company based in Kano, Nigeria. 

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