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Fagge residents react to Rep. sponsorship of children’s circumcision

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

Many stalwarts of New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP in Fagge Local Government area in Kano state have kicked against the proposed mass circumcision programme, sponsored by Mohammad Bello Shehu, member representing Fagge federal constituency at the House of Representatives.

 

KANO FOCUS reports that Circumcision in Hausa society is traditionally conducted on boys, mostly under ten years during harmattan season.

 

However, the member representing Fagge federal constituency, popularly known as MB Shehu, decided to use this harmattan season to sponsor circumcision of over 1000 boys across the 11 wards of the constituency.

 

The unprecedented programme had been launched on Sunday at Ofishin Galadima Primary Healthcare Centre, Fagge B ward.

 

However, the programme had sparked wide outrage from oppositions and the NNPP supporters, including the party’s stakeholders in the constituency.

 

The aggrieved supporters expressed fear whether the lawmaker, who was recently affirmed by Appeal Court, would fulfill his campaign promises to his constituents who came out en mass to vote for him in the February 25th election.

 

One of the MB Shehu’s campaigners, Ibrahim Usaini, expressed disgust over the proposed exercise, saying “this is shameful”.

 

According to Mr Usaini, at a time when the constituents are feeling the negative impact of fuel subsidy removal, Mr MB Shehu should have proposed distribution of palliative to his people, not mass circumcision of children that had never been done before.

 

Mr Usaini added that while his colleagues in other constituencies had already gone far in executing developmental projects for the betterment of their constituents, Fagge constituency is yet to see the MB Shehu’s good representation at the green chamber.

 

“Some members of the House of Representatives are distributing palliatives such as food and empowerment schemes to their constituents. Some are even distributing motorcycles and tricycles, unfortunately, our Rep has not shown any sign of fulfilling his campaign promises.

 

“Look at how he has now proposed to conduct mass circumcision programme as constituency project. I have never seen this before. Circumcision has never been our problem.

 

“Distribute palliatives to your constituency. Show them appreciation for the overwhelming support they showed you during election. Come up with empowerment schemes for youths and women.

 

” But what is the benefit of this circumcision programme? I have never seen when parents can not afford their son’s circumcision. I call on MB Shehu to rescind this plan,” Usaini, popularly known as Lalin urged.

 

Another NNPP stalwart, Basiru Chile, said in this material time, MB Shehu should look at critical issues within the constituency and address them squarely.

 

Mr Chile advised the lawmaker to sustain his commitments to support the constituents during his electioneering campaign, not to allow the people see it as he was doing it to get their votes.

 

According to Mr Chile, MB Shehu should look at the issue of empowerment, education support, health and security at the beginning of his tenure, not to waste his resources and time on issues kike circumcision.

 

“During his electioneering campaigns, MB Shehu performed well by touching the lives of the people of Fagge, and even beyond.

 

“However, as he won election, he should not do things that would cast doubt in the minds of the people that voted for him overwhelmingly.

 

“I am not in support of this mass circumcision programme. I am totally against it. There are more pressing issues than this trivial one. Circumcision has never been out problem. It is not up to N2,000. This is a common household expenditure that has never been a burden to the Hausa people.

 

” Let him look at other problems and address them, if he wants to continue for the next tenure. He should show appreciation for the overwhelming support he got from the people of Fagge Local Government.

 

“I advised him to sustain the commitments he initiated before he was elected as the member representing Fagge federal constituency,” Mr Chile advised.

 

Mr Chile urged Mr MB Shehu to pay attention to health and job provision to the teeming youths to avoid restiveness in the constituency and beyond.

 

The issue of the proposed programme had become a topic of discourse in Fagge constituency as oppositions mock the NNPP lawmaker and his supporters over the plan.

 

When contacted for comment, MB Shehu clarified that the circumcision exercise is not in any way part of constituency project, disclosing that he sponsored it out of his pocket money.

 

According to him, the idea behind the programme was borne out of a request from a constituent, who asked the lawmaker to help him with money to pay for his three children’s circumcision.

 

“When i received the man’s request, i developed the idea of organizing a mass circumcision to support parents who could n

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Gov. Yusuf Flag off Distribution of Over N1 billion Worth Free Fertilizers to Smallholder Farmers in Kano

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf Thursday unveiled distribution of free fertilizers worth over one billion naira to smallholder farmers including females and People with Disabilities in the state.

A statement by Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the Spokesperson to the Governor, said the initiative was in fulfillment of Governor Yusuf’s campaign promise to improve livelihood through investment on Agribusiness.

Governor Yusuf had during his campaign activities towards 2023 elections promised to champion Agricultural transformation through provision of quality and affordable Agricultural inputs as contained in his 70 page blueprint presented to the good people of Kano tittled “My Commitment for Kano”

Besides, the Dawakin-Tofa revealed the over a billion naira worth NPK fertilizers that was distributed to 52,800 smallholder farmers across the 44 Local Government areas were produced by the state owned Kano Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO).

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf while flagging off the agric input disbursement explained the intention was to reduce cost of production and boost food security.

The state executive council had also approved the procurement of over five billion naira worth fertilizers that will soon be made available to Kano farmers at subsedised rate.

The Governor stressed that farmers already battling with high cost of inputs and labour occasioned by economic reality, now have cause to redouble energy to multiple their produces.

He emphasised on the government readiness to sustain food production through regular supply of fertilizer production by the state owned company (KASCO). Governor Yusuf said KASCO and other state manufacturering centres are being strengthening to revertilise revenue flow and sustain the economy of the economy of the state.

The beneficiaries which include women farmers and people living with disabilities are expected to recieve 25kg of NPK fertilizer to support thier farming activities and eventually boost the yeild of thier crops and improve livelihood of the people.

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Agriculture: Gov. Yusuf issues stern warning against diversion of fertilizer distributed to Kano farmers..

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… As Emir Sanusi harps on fairness in sharing

The Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has issued a stern warning to officials of the state against the diversion of fertilizer distributed to 52,800 farmers across the 44 Local Government Areas.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Thursday.

The governor’s warning was made during the flag-off of the distribution of free fertilizer to farmers across the 44 local governments, held at the Open Arena, Government House, Kano.

The Governor mandated the Kano Project Protection Association (Kano-PRO-PA) to ensure adherence to the distribution guidelines intended for smallholder farmers.

“Any government official found diverting this fertilizer will be dealt with severely.

“We will not tolerate corruption. This gesture is meant for real farmers,” the Governor warned.

In his remark the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, emphasized the importance of fairness in the distribution exercise to achieve the set goals and objectives.

He noted that the gesture was timely, as the Emirate has received reports from District Heads about the high price of fertilizer impeding farming during the 2024 rainy season, potentially causing food shortages.

Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II added that ensuring the fertilizer reaches the intended beneficiaries and providing the necessary farm inputs will significantly assist in achieving a bumper harvest.

He urged farmers to judiciously utilize the given resources.

The Emir also called on well-to-do individuals, philanthropists, and those capable in society to empower farmers with inputs and aid the needy during these trying times.

He commended the Kano State Government under the leadership of Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf for initiating people-oriented projects aimed at uplifting the standard of living of Kano’s populace.

Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II prayed for peace, unity, stability, prosperity, and economic development in the state and beyond.

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

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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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