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Sha’aban Sharada congratulates new Sarkin Ban Kano



Dr Mansur Mukhtar

Nasiru Yusuf




The governorship candidate of the Action Democratic party (ADP) in Kano state Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada has congratuled Dr Mansur Mukhtar on his turbanning as Sarkin Ban Kano and King maker.

KANO FOCUS reports that Dr Mukhtar was turbanned by Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero to succeed his father Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan who died at the age of 95.

The Governorship candidate stated this in a release issued to newsmen by the Gubernatorial Campaign Council Spokesperson Abbas Yushau Yusuf in Kano.

The statement reads: “It is with utmost gratitude to Almighty Allah that today Friday the 28th of October, the Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero turbans you as the new Sarkin Bai of Kano to succeed your late father ,Late Adnan Mukhtar who graciously held the stool for 67 years.

“No doubt attaining the position of your late respected father and  fore fathers is a testimony to your humility ,diligence and respect you have for your superiors and subordinates in the day to day affairs of your life and the day like this  is a reward for you which every patriotic son of Kano is happy with”.

Dr Mansur Mukhtar after turbanning ceremony

Sharada added that Dr Mansur Mukhtars’ outing in the national and international stage made him one of the distinguished Nigerians and a technocrat that contributed immensely in building Nigeria’s and international economy in which millions of people are finding succour in.

“Your impressive resume is a testimony to the fact that it has prepared you well to take over the prestigious title of a King maker “The Sarkin Bai Of Kano”in which your father held sway from 1953 to 2021 till he answered the call of our creator the Almighty Allah, Who is the owner of the heavens and earth”, he noted

Sharada added that the people of Kano and Nigeria in general are happy with this great son of Kano who is currently the Vice President, Country Programs, Islamic Development Bank.

He further noted that when the New Sarkin Bai served as Executive Director on the Board of the World Bank Group (2011-2014) as well as Co-Chair of the UN Inter-Governmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Finance (2013-2014) he performed wonderfully well .

“This was Dr. Mukhtars’ parts of achievement in contributing to the world economy and that of Nigeria and  all these was also a testimony since his debut as a lecturer in the Department of economics Bayero University Kano.

“Since I ventured into politics and with my ambition to become Governor of Kano state during the forthcoming general elections and having people like you in  the administration which we hope to form and tap from your ocean of Knowledge and make Kano a citadel of economic activities in the African continent which it was known for centuries”, Sharada added.

The federal lawmaker said he will continue to consider him and like minds  as role models and take their advice on how to take Kano  to greater height  restore its lost economic glory.

Sharada said the new Sarkin Bai’s vast experience made him to follow him with kin Interest and use to seek for his elderly advise on how to move Kano forward in the areas of economy nationally and internationally.

“On behalf of myself,family , people of Municipal federal Constituency,our millions of supporters in Kano congratulate you as you attained the position of Sarkin Bai of Kano ,one of the most important King makers in the Kano Emirate council”, said Sharada.

The Governorship hopeful further congratulated the entire Sarkin bai family, his wife Hajiya Hadiza and the entire people of Kano state for the turbanning of these illustrious son of Kano.

Dr Mukhtar, a former Minister of Finance and current Vice President of the Islamic Development Bank is now the ninth Sarkin Bai since the Jihad of Usman Danfodio to present history of Kano emirate.

His father, before his death, was the longest-serving member of the Kano Emirate Council, since the establishment of the emirate in the 19th century.

He served for 63 years as district head, councillor and kingmaker before he died at the age of 95.

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Dangote Refinery imports additional 11m barrels of US crude oil due to domestic supply shortage



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim



Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals has issued a tender for an additional 11 million barrels of US crude oil over the next six months due to Nigerian crude oil producers’ inability to meet its feedstock requirements.

KANO FOCUS reports that the 650,000 barrels per day refinery has already received 9 million barrels of West Texas Intermediate crude from the US since the beginning of 2024 to offset unreliable domestic supplies. The new tender, closing on July 21, aims to procure two million barrels per month of WTI Midland crude for the world’s largest single-train facility located in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, for the next six months starting in August.

In a tender reported by Bloomberg, Dangote Refinery purchased five million barrels of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Midland crude for delivery in the upcoming months of August and September. Additionally, the company initiated a tender process to acquire an additional six million barrels of American crude for September.

This reliance on US crude highlights Nigeria’s challenges in meeting its own refining needs, attributed to issues such as crude theft, aging infrastructure, and underinvestment, which have led to a decline in production. In April, Nigeria’s daily output was only 1.45 million barrels, well below its capacity of 2.6 million barrels per day. The country recorded an estimated 30 million barrels underproduction in the first four months of 2024.

Dangote Refinery, crucial to Nigeria’s goal of becoming a net exporter of petroleum products, has found it necessary to import crude to sustain operations amidst insufficient domestic supply.

President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, stated during the Africa CEO Forum 2024 that the refinery will need to continue importing crude as production scales up and alternative supply contracts are sought.

“It also makes economic sense for us to tender for crude. If we could source 100 percent Nigerian crude, then fine, but we can’t wait,” said Dangote.

Commenting on the challenge with sourcing crude locally, Dangote added, “there is a bit of a problem for us to source the entire volume of crude that we’re looking for domestically because we need different types and mixes. Unless crude production improves – which we pray and hope for – we need to go elsewhere.”

The refinery took in more than 41 million barrels of feedstock in the first half of the year as it completed test runs and gradually increased processing rates, tanker-tracking data show. Of that, about a quarter has been American supply.

According to CAS, the refinery took delivery of 11 WTI cargoes, or 9 million barrels, between February and May, contrasting with around 18 million barrels of Nigerian crude deliveries.

Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), NNPC has struggled to meet its 300,000 barrels per day obligation to the refinery due to operational constraints.

International financial analytics corporation, S&P Global, recently described the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals company as capable of resolving Nigeria’s foreign exchange (forex) issue and its huge pressure on the local Naira currency, while also catalysing the country’s economic development.

S&P Global, headquartered in Manhattan, New York City, disclosed this during an onsite visit to the refinery as part of its sovereign credit ratings assessment of Nigeria. The team from the international rating agency were accompanied by officials from the Federal Ministry of Finance.

S&P noted that the refinery would bolster Nigeria’s oil sector and, more importantly, also have a positive impact on its growing economy.

Currently operating at 350,000 barrels per day capacity, Vice President of Oil and Gas at Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), Devakumar Edwin, recently disclosed that the refinery would scale up to at least 500,000 barrels per day capacity by July/August, commencing the refining of petrol and ultra-low sulphur diesel.

He noted that the refinery, designed to process a wide range of crudes including various African and Middle Eastern crudes, as well as US Light Oil, conforms to Euro V specifications. In addition, it is designed to comply with US EPA, European Union (EU) emission norms, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) emission/effluent norms, and the African Refiners and Distribution Association (ARDA) standards.

While noting that most refineries were built by foreign companies, he said it is a thing of pride that a Nigerian company designed and built the world’s largest single-train refinery complex while acting directly as its own Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor. The refinery which also incorporates a self-sufficient marine facility capable of handling the world’s largest vessels, can meet 100% of Nigeria’s requirement of all liquid products (Gasoline, Diesel, Kerosene & Aviation Jet) and have surplus of each of these products for export.


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UNICEF Commends Governor Yusuf for Education Prioritization in Kano State



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

In a gesture of appreciation, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has praised Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State for his steadfast commitment to enhancing the education sector within Kano.

During a cordial meeting at the Kano Government House on Thursday, the Country Director, Mrs. Christain Munduate, extolled the enduring partnership between UNICEF and Kano State, advocating for its reinforcement to yield greater mutual benefits and collaborative opportunities.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Governor’s spokesperson Mr. Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa and made available to journalists in Kano.

Mrs. Munduate reiterated UNICEF’s unwavering support for the state in both the Health and Education sectors, emphasizing the imperative for Kano State to fulfill its counterpart funding obligations for the Malnutrition project.

In response, Governor Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf called for increased support and goodwill from UNICEF and other donor agencies, highlighting Education and Health as pivotal realms necessitating additional assistance due to their fundamental importance in societal progress.

Governor Yusuf pinpointed Malnutrition and poliomyelitis as pressing health concerns, particularly affecting children and other vulnerable demographics.

Detailing the notable achievements in the education sector under his administration, Governor Yusuf underscored his government’s dedication to providing essential infrastructure, educational resources, modern classrooms, teacher training programs, and fostering an enriching environment conducive to learning.

Furthermore, in the realm of healthcare, Governor Yusuf emphasized the state’s endeavors to ensure complimentary medical services for women and children, overhauling of hospitals, and furnishing healthcare facilities with requisite equipment.

Assuring the visiting delegation, Governor Yusuf expressed the State’s commitment to doubling the counterpart funding contribution compared to Jigawa State for combating the pressing issue of Malnutrition.

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NiMet predicts morning thunderstorms in Kano on Friday



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted morning thunderstorms on Friday over parts of Kano State.

KANO FOCUS reports that NiMet’s weather outlook released on Thursday in Abuja envisaged thunderstorms over parts of Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna, Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe and Bauchi States on Sunday.

The agency anticipated thunderstorms over parts of Katsina State, Zamfara, Sokoto State and Kebbi.

The agency urged the public to take adequate precautions as strong winds may precede the rains in areas where thunderstorms are likely to occur.

NiMet advised Airline operators to get updated weather reports and forecasts from NiMet for effective planning in their operations.

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