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Kano 2023: Governorship Candidates roll out policies, programmes at Mambayya town hall meeting 

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Governorship Candidates in Kano have rolled out different programmes and policies for the betterment of Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the contestants made the presentation at a Townhall meeting with Governorship Candidates organised by the Centre for Democratic Studies in collaboration with KANO FOCUS, media houses and other Non-Governmental Organisations held at the Sa’adu Zungur Auditorium, Mambayya House, Kano.

In his presentation the Kano State Deputy Governor and All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna pledged to sustain and consolidate the security and peace enjoyed in the State when elected in the forthcoming election.

“Security brings development and prosperity to the society, therefore we would increase partnership with the security agencies in order to ensure that Kano people continue to coexist in peace and harmony,” he said.

Gawuna added that his administration would also sustain the development in education through the provision of infrastructure, retraining of the teachers and strengthening of the curriculum with vocational skills, entrepreneurial programmes and community participation.

He also said his administration would tap from the Solid Minerals Kano is endowed with as the effort will create jobs and increase internally generated revenue.

The Deputy Governor also promised to continue to support youths and women through empowerment programmes that will make them more productive.

He however assured to give attention to the Health, Water, Agriculture and Environmental sectors.

Sha’aban pledges to financial autonomy to local government

The Action Democratic Party (ADP), governorship candidate, Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada has promised to grant full financial autonomy to the 44 Local Government Areas if elected as governor.

While presenting his manifesto, Sharada promised to revive the local government administration system in the state to make them functional, viable, free of interference.

He added that “I will revive the system to make it more accessible to the people living in the rural areas to reduce urban migration.

“My government will fight bribery and corruption; I will review existing data of Kano schools, students, staff, and others, in order to improve the sector.

“Our first budget priority will be on education by giving it the highest allocation to provide a conducive atmosphere for learning.”

Speaking on Health, he said: “We will enhance the allocation to the health sector and upgrade the Primary Healthcare Centers in all the 44 Local Government Areas and employ more community health workers.”

PRP governorship candidate rolls-out 7 Points Agenda

The gubernatorial candidate of People’s Redemption Party (PRP) Salihu Tanko Yakasai has rolled out a seven-point progressive agenda ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The seven-point agenda is focused on Economic growth, Education, Water, Health, Infrastructure, Public Reform, and Security.

He said: “Our administration will focus more on critical infrastructures such as drainages to avoid flooding in the state.

“We will digitalize the public sector by introducing technology in administering the affairs of the state.

“We shall clear pension debts and also grant local government autonomy.

“Promotion of government workers will be based on merit and all government parastatals will be in a single location for easy access to the public institutions.”

Yakasai also promised maximum security by checkmating daily activities of commuters including residents.

“We shall install CCTV and other surveillance equipment in all nooks and crannies of the state,” he added.

Fielding questions from participants on inclusive governance, the PRP governorship candidate assured that PRP will promote inclusive and youth participation in governance.

Muhammad Abacha pledges 500 Megawatts of Electricity

On his part the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Muhammad Sani Abacha pledged to provide 500 megawatts of electricity to address the issue of power in the State.

Abacha said the 500 megawatts of electricity will help to revamp the industrial sector and create employment for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.

Talking about other sectors of the economy, he said: “We will introduce sustainable agriculture through modernization and mechanization that will improve irrigation farming and ensure access to agricultural finance.

“On education, we will create more facilities, provide instructional materials, training of teachers to enhance their capacity, and also support skill acquisitions.”

Abacha said Kano State cannot continue to rely on Federal Government allocation when it has the potential to generate over 20 billion internally generated revenue; we will make that happen through digitalization.

“Our development master plan for Kano will make it one of the best states in Nigeria,” he added.

Other candidates who spoke at the occasion include Malam Ibrahim Khalil (ADC), Bala Muhammad Gwagwarwa (SDP), Sani Mahmud (AAC) and Aishatu Mahmud (NRM).

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

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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

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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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