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2023: ACF cautions Kano politicians against inciting statements

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Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Kano state chapter has cautions governorship candidates against inciting statements.

KANO FOCUS reports that the chairman of the Forum Dr Goni Faruk Umar gave the warning on Sunday during an interactive session with gubernatorial candidates for 2023 elections in Kano to reduce the already rising tensions.

Dr Goni Faruk Umar

According to him the essence of the interactive session is to discuss with the candidates what they intend to do when they are elected.

“Part of what we have told them is that we would like them to state that when they win election, they will not interfere with the allocations of the various local governments we have.

Salihu Tanko Yakasai (PRP) presenting blueprint to Prof. Kamilu Sani Fagge

“We asked them to lead by example and make sure none of their children or those of their commissioners go abroad for education, they should ensure that they attend public schools in order to know the problems of the education sector and solve them.

“We do not expect any governor, his deputy or commissioners to go abroad for treatment. They should ensure that they improve the health sector so that everybody can get access to good healthcare.

Hon. Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada (ADP) signing peace accord

“We have also called on them to ensure that there is no thuggery in their campaigns so that we will have peaceful campaigns and election and they have signed an undertaken that they will not use thugs in their campaigns,” Dr. Umar said.

The forum also made case for the Almajiris and victims of drug abuse, where it demanded for a genuine plans from the candidates on how to resolve the problems.

Hon. Sadiq Wali presentation his blueprint

The chairman of the session Prof. Kamilu Sani Fagge, said they are worried by recent political events in Kano.

“As elders who are shouldered whether we like or not with the responsibilities of ensuring peace, we cannot fold our arms and allow the unfortunate happenings in the political circle in Kano,” he revealed.

Hon Aminu Abdussalam and Engr Bashir Ishaq Bashir

Prof. Fagge hinted that they are bringing in the gubernatorial candidates to commit them to peaceful resolutions of conduct devoid of rancour and violence.

The NNPP deputy gubernatorial running mate, Comrade Aminu Abdussalam, said they never rejected signing a peace accord, but they laid down some requests that authorities must take proactive measures against anybody violating the rules.

“We cannot sign any peace accord when clearly some people are allowed to misbehave and continue to cause tension among Kano citizens, we can only commit ourselves where we see things are done rightly without prejudice to the laws,” he said.

The Kano political atmosphere is getting heated as the NNPP and ruling APC seem to be at loggerheads.

Just recently, the State Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Abbas was on tape saying he would not stop and that they (APC) must win the 2023 elections by hook or crook.

Other candidates who appeared before ACF executives in Kano include Malam Ibrahim Khalil (ADC), Engr Bashir Bashir (LP), Hon. Sadiq Wali (PDP), Malam Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada (ADP), Hon. Salihu Tanko-Yakasai (PRP) and Gen. Ibrahim Sani  rtd (APM).

The candidates have submitted their blueprint to ACF executives after signing peace accord assuring their commitment to peaceful electioneering.

The engagement is expected to continue next week week with governorship candidate of All Progressive Candidate (APC) and deputy governor of Kano state Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna.

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370 bag PhD, 180 first class as BUK holds 38th convocation

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The Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, has said that during the 38th convocation of the BUK commencing Tuesday over 11,284 students will graduate, while 180 students will be graduating with First Class Honours.

KANO FOCUS reports that 370 postgraduate students are graduating with PhDs and 3,770 are going out with Masters degrees.

This was just as the university would award honorary doctorate degrees to the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, to complement their efforts in supporting their community and the nation at large.

Professor Abbas, disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists on the preparations for the forthcoming convocation.

Management staff of Bayero University Kano

According to him,” This year the university is introducing a stager’s convocation, aimed at ensuring that every student feels the impact of his graduation.

He maintained that this year the university is graduating a total of 11,284 students, which would cut across different faculties and departments.

He, however, disclosed that the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, would deliver a lecture with the title ” The Role of the Private Sector in Building a Sustainable Economy in Nigeria.”

He further disclosed that “the convocation would commence with 6 faculties: Agriculture 307, Art and Islamic Studies, Education, Law, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and that this year’s convocation would be done with a pampered”.

Speaking further, Prof. Abbas hinted that the university currently has 379 professors teaching at BUK, with 18 faculties and 16 research centres.

BUK is now ranked 5th in Nigeria based on a ranking body based in the UK. It ranked fifth after Covenant University, the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, and Ekiti, all based in the South West. So, by this, BUK is leading in 5 other regions: South East, South-South, North West, North East and North Central

According to him, the BuK had a breakthrough in research on the sex of date seed, which has increased the farming capacity of the date in Jigawa State from 45 per cent to almost 80 per cent.

The BUK also recorded another giant stride in a breakthrough in the E-Motive at the Centre of Excellence, Africa Centre of Excellence—Population and Policies, ACE-PAP. It saved 60 per cent of maternal mortality.“

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NPFL: Kano Pillars beats Sunshine Stars 5-1

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Kano Pillars Football Club on Sunday thrashed Sunshine Stars of Akure 5-1 in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League match.

KANO FOCUS reports that the match day 21 which was played at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar-Mata, Kano, was watched by a large crowd.

Mustapha Ibrahim scored a brace with goals in the 48th and 52nd minutes, while Rabiu Ali, Auwalu Malam and Umar Shehu scored a goal each in the encounter.

The visitors scored a consolation goal in the 82nd through a penalty.

Speaking after the match, Chief Coach of Kano Pillars, Audu Maikaba, commended his players for what he described as an excellent performance.

“You know every match comes with its challenges, and we always take it as it comes. Today’s encounter was interesting and our boys played well and thank God we won the game,” said Mr Maikaba.

He assured that the team would perform better in its subsequent matches.

The coach explained that the team had put modalities on ground to win its upcoming away match against Katsina United.

On his part, Assistant Coach of Sunshine Stars, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, said his team tried their best but lost to a good side.

“It is unfortunate that we lost the match but that’s football, you win some you lose some. We are going to work hard to cover up our lapses in our next encounter,” he said.

Kano Pillars now have 36 points from 21 matches, occupying third position on the table.

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EFCC arrests 11 suspects accused of selling new Naira notes in Kano

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Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11 suspects for their alleged involvement in the sale of new naira notes for commercial purposes.

KANO FOCUS reports that the suspects were arrested on Monday, February 19, following fruitful intelligence that un-masked a syndicate of fraudsters operating along Lagos Street, adjacent to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kano.

A statement published on EFCC Facebook said the syndicate allegedly specialized in selling naira notes.

It added that five members of the syndicate were arrested with new naira notes being sold to the public. Six bankers who were alleged to be selling the naira notes to the sellers on commission were also arrested.

The statement noted that the suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.

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