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Abba Kabir Yusuf vows to defeat fellow contestants



Aminu Abdullahi





The Kano State governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Monday categorically declared that he has the capacity to floor his fellow contestants to clinch the governorship seat of the state in the forthcoming polls.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Director of Publicity, NNPP Campaign Council, Hisham Habib, adjudged his principal as the most competent candidate for the race, following the experiences he garnered, over the years, as the commissioner of works during Rabiu Kwankwaso’s administration as governor.

According to Yusuf, “My pedigree and experience is the edge I have, which is far above other contestants for the exalted position of the governorship seat. I also contributed immensely, as the commissioner of works toward the provision of infrastructural development in the state, which is the primary responsibility of the Ministry of Works.

“Over 80 per cent of the network of roads and complex overhead flyovers constructed in Kano were initiated and executed by Kwankwaso’s administration. In my capacity, both as an engineer and workers commissioner, I supervised the construction of the roads and overhead bridges to ensure that they complied, with international standard and specification, both in quality and standard, using my expertise as a professional engineer.”

The statement also said that the 70-page blueprint of the governorship candidate will be deployed to further develop and transform Kano State “to another level of economic growth and development, as never witnessed in the history of the state.”

“The New Nigeria Peoples Party leadership picked Abba, based on his experience and track record, as commissioner of works in the tenure of Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, who transformed Kano tremendously to an economic industrialised state.

“The good people of Kano have since been yearning for change, as the APC-led government has wasted eight years, characterised with mismanagement, embezzlement and nepotism, without nothing to pinpoint as its achievement.

“Similarly, pensioners have been shortchanged while civil servants have turned to beggars, while the education sector is already crippled, following the sale of school premises to traders,” the statement added.

Furthermore, the statement, tasked voters to ignore all forms of intimidating remarks by the APC in the state as the governorship election draws nearer, assuring citizens that the NNPP is a lot more prepared and poised  to capture the governorship seat of the state.

The Ganduje-led administration, according to the statement had “disappointed the majority of Kano people, including the youth and retirees, while the candidate of the party for the governorship race, lacks the capacity to add value to governance, as he is a continuation of the wobbling Ganduje-led administration.”

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



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

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



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


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



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


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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