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4.5 million pupils sit on bare floor in Kano schools – Official



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


About 4.5 million out of 5.2 million students sit on bare floor in primary and secondary schools across the forty four local government areas of Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state Commissioner of Education Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa revealed this while receiving representatives of Partnership For Learning For All in Nigeria (PLANE) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.

A statement issued by the Director Public Enlightenment Ministry of Education Balarabe Abdullahi Kiru said the commissioner said the state government needs the sum of N60 billion to provide the furnitures in public schools.

He disclosed that the incumbent administration of Abba Kabir Yusuf inherited dilapidated schools with few or no furnitures for learning, a situation which he described as pathetic and needs to be addressed.

The commissioner reiterated government’s commitment to strengthen good working relationship with PLANE to achieve sustainable development of education sector.

Doguwa said there is no better time to work with any organisation or individual willing to assist towards reviving education than now as the administration of Abba Kabir Yusuf is initiating new policies and programmes aimed at creating conducive teaching and learning environment in the state.

“This is the best time to come together and work as a team. The administration of Abba Kabir Yusuf embarks on somany programmes that are geared towards overhauling the entire system of our education sector for achieving conducive teaching and learning atmosphere.

“We have repaired about 70 Schools Buses for Girls Child Initiative, we distributed learning and teaching materials to Primary and Post Primary Schools and also commenced renovation of schools and provision of furnitures to ensure befitting learning and teaching environment ” he disclosed.

The Commissioner, however stated that issue of teachers training had become another area of concern for the administration, stressing that plans are under ways to collaborate with National Teachers Institute Kaduna to train 1000 teachers from Kano.

” As I am talking to you now, Kano State Government has sponsored 105 technical teachers for 3-week intensive training programme at Kaduna as part of its commitment to improve the teaching Profession ” he revealed.

Doguwa further called on the team to fully come to the aid of the ministry in areas of teachers training programme and schools construction/renovation to complement government’s effort in boosting the education sector.

Earlier, the team leader Dr. Mika’ilu Ibrahim said they were at the Commissioner’s office to discuss on areas of collaboration with ministry and see how PLANE could help to promote education in the state.

Dr. Mika’lu announced that Partnership For Learning For All in Nigeria (PLANE) is an education project funded by Foreign Common Wealth Development Office (FCDO) to bring positive changes in education, and Kano State remains one of the beneficiaries of such interventions.

” I want to assure you that PLANE will continue to work with Kano State Government on areas of teachers training programmes and other educational development projects to achieve better results ” he pledged.

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



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

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..



… 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



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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