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Just in: Kano Pillars unveil Abdul Maikaba as new Technical Adviser



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano Pillars football club, Monday evening, unveiled Abdul Maikaba as its new technical adviser for the 2023/2024 season.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued by Ibrahim Garba Shu’aib the press secretary to the Deputy Governor of Kano State.

The unveiling event was presided over by State Deputy Governor Comr. Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo on behalf of the Governor.

Mr. Gwarzo revealed the administration’s profound commitment to football and its continuous support to Kano Pillars in their pursuit of discovering and nurturing young talent within the region.

Impressed by Maikaba’s impressive track record in the world of football, Governor Abba urged the new Technical Adviser to utilize his expertise to restore Kano Pillars to their former glory in the league and propel the team to the top position.

During the ceremony, Umar Babangida, Chairman of the Kano Pillars Caretaker Committee, took the opportunity to appeal to the State Government for the much-needed renovation of the Kano Pillars stadium.

Babangida expressed his utmost confidence in Maikaba’s return to the club, believing it to be a boon for the team’s progress and the overall development of young talents in the state.

In his remark, Abdullahi Maikaba expressed gratitude to Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, Deputy Comr. Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, and the Management of Kano Pillars for entrusting him with the responsibility of leading the team.

Maikaba also pledged to utilize his extensive experience in football to elevate Kano Pillars to new heights of success.

In response to the appeal for a stadium renovation, the Governor assured that the request would be given serious consideration, aiming to provide a more comfortable environment for the players.

Abdullahi Maikaba boasts a remarkable journey in the world of football, commencing as a classroom teacher at Rumfa College before transitioning into coaching, leaving a lasting impact on various clubs and teams.

Notably, he previously served as the coach of Buffalo football club and played a pivotal role in training the successful set of Kano Pillars, leading them to their first trophy triumph.

His expertise was further extended with two stints as an assistant coach for Pillars and coaching positions with Wiki Tourists of Bauchi, Plateau United, Enyimba F.C of Abia state, and Enugu Rangers.

His influence on the sport extended beyond the pitch, as he had the privilege of mentoring numerous players who later excelled at both national and international levels, establishing him as a remarkable mentor and a revered figure in football.

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Gov. Yusuf reinstates Emir of Gaya, appoints two others for Rano, Karaye emirates



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has approved the appointment of three second class Emirs of Rano, Gaya and Karaye Emirates.


KANO FOCUS reports that the new emirs are to serve as second class answerable to Kano emirate.


According to a statement issued by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor and made available to journalists in Kano the newly appointed Emirs are: Alhaji Muhammad Mahraz Karaye, as Emir of Karaye (who until his appointment was the District Head of Rogo); Alhaji Muhammad Isa Umar, as Emir of Rano (who until his appointment, was the District Head of Bunkure) and Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya, as Emir of Gaya (who was the emir of the defunct Gaya emirate).


While congratulating the newly appointed Emirs, Governor Abba K. Yusuf enjoined them to be custodians of culture, peace and unity of the people in thier respective emirates.


You may recall that the Governor had on Tuesday the 16th of July, 2024 signed into law three second class emirates in the state with Rano covering only Rano, Kibiya and Bunkure Local Government areas. Gaya covering only Gaya, Ajingi and Albasu Local Government areas. Karaye covers only Karaye and Rogo Local Government areas.


The appointments are with immediate effect.

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Publishing company trains 40 teachers on basic literacy




Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


Non-Formal Development for Education and Health Initiatives (NDEHI) in collaboration with Ibzaar Publishing trained forty teachers and facilitators on basic and post basic literacy.

KANO FOCUS reports that the two day workshop held at Bayero University Kano, attracted teachers and facilitators from across the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Kano State Agency for Mass Literacy (SAME) among others.

The convener of the programme Dr. Auwal Halilu who doubles as the State Coordinator Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA), explained that the workshop was organized to complement the declaration of state of emergency on education by the present administration.

Dr. Auwal Halilu

Dr Halilu, a lecturer with the Department of Adult Education and Community Development stressed that the teachers selected to undergo the training, were expected to cascade the training to forty teachers each.

“It is the first time we are seeing a corporate organization not a development partner or government entity organizing to set aside funds to train teacher for the development of our children’s education,” he said.

In his address the Chairman Kano State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Alhaji Yusif Kabir, pointed out that the state government has set out certain criteria for appointing head supervisors known as school support officers.

Alhaji Yusif Kabir

According to him “teachers that have a minimum of first degree must undergo aptitude test.”

He described the workshop as apt, saying that the intervention would go a long way in improving effective service delivery in the education sector as the government alone cannot do it.

The Acting Executive Secretary of Kano State Agency for Mass Education SAME, Alhaji Surajo Mahe Alkali pointed out that this is the first time they were carried along as a non-formal sector.

“I hope to see the non-formal sector living up to expectations as it is a sector that is key and critical but neglected,” he observed.

The Kano state chairman of the school-Based Management Committee SBMC, Alhaji Tijjani Baraya observed that this intervention is unique as most Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in the state were focused on school renovation and providing teaching and learning materials.

Alhaji Tijjani Baraya

“State Basic Education Boards (SBEB) also need similar support as they are responsible for visiting and monitoring schools,” he noted.

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Gov Yusuf assents bill establishing three second-class emirates in Kano State



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


In a significant move, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has assented to the Kano State Emirates Council Bill 2024, which was passed by the state assembly today.


KANO FOCUS reports that this approval allows for the establishment of three second-class emirates within the state.


The governor’s spokesperson, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, made the announcement of the governor’s approval, which took place at approximately 5:26 p.m. on Tuesday at Council chamber of the Government House.


“This development underscores our unwavering commitment to preserving our traditional institutions and cultural heritage, recognizing them as essential pillars of peace and heritage conservation.”


Governor Yusuf also urged the newly established emirates to diligently serve humanity, as the state government to reveal the names of the new emirs soon.


Earlier today, the Kano State House of Assembly endorsed the Kano State Emirates Council Establishment Bill 2024, setting the stage for the creation of three additional second-class emirates.


Championed by Deputy Speaker Muhammad Bello Bututu, the bill aims to elevate Kano’s status to that of a first-class emirate, with Rano, Gaya, and Karaye identified as second-class emirates.


During a session presided over by Speaker Rt. House Jibrin Ismail Falgore on Tuesday, the bill underwent its third reading. The session began at 10:10 a.m. and concluded at 11:06 a.m.


As stipulated in the bill, the newly established Rano emirate will encompass Rano, Bunkure, and Kibiya local government areas.


The Gaya emirate will include Gaya, Albasu, and Ajingi local government areas, while the Karaye emirate will cover Karaye and Rogo local government areas.


The second-class emirs of these emirates will be answerable to the Emir of Kano.


They will possess the authority to counsel the Emir on matters concerning public order, territorial disputes, communal conflicts, and religious affairs within their respective domains.

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