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Bridge connect unveils new project, as ED get listed as Malala Fund global education champion



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


A newly funded project that aims to bridge the access to Girl-Child education has been unveiled by the Bridge Connect Africa Initiative (BCAI) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS report that the project, Bridging Access to Girls Education (BAGE) is supported by the Malala Fund Education Champion Network according to the Executive Director, BCAI, Sani Muhammad while briefing Journalists.

He said, “BAGE project will seek to improve girls’ access to quality secondary education by addressing issues around access, transition, and completion of secondary education for adolescent girls through advocacy for increased investment in girls’ education within the next three years in Kano State.

“Taking into consideration existing efforts by the Kano state government and other key actors to enhance girls education in the state, BCAI will collaboratively work with the state vernment, critical education stakeholders, and MDAs to co-create sustainable solutions for more efficient governance and transparency in the state’s education sector and towards the achievement of the goal of this project.

“For the past four years, we have continued to focus on creating an enabling environment where every child, regardless of their background or circumstances, his the opportunity to thrive through quality education and reach their full potential. This is evident in the various itiatives and strategies we have employed to realize our vision. It is worth mentioning that part of our advocacy efforts between 2018 and 2023 led to the adoption of a free and compulsory basic education policy in Kano State in 2021, and subsequently, the passage of the Kano State Child Protection Law 2023.”

He added that recognizing that achieving equal and equitable access to education, particularly for the girl-child, required addressing multifaceted challenges, the organisation launched the Nazari Mai Zurfi Podcast in 2021.

“This scalable solution facilitated our policy advocacy for enacting the Kano State Child Protection Law. Its incorporation into the state’s legal framework marked a significant step towards our goal of empowering every girl and boy with quality education.

“Today, as the Founder of BCAI, I am happy to announce that I have been selected to join the Malala Education Champion Network (ECN) as an Education Champion, and my selection is largely attributed to BCAI’s dedication to improving education outcomes, particularly our Advocacies for increased investment in basic and secondary education as well as good governance in education.”

Sani, therefore called on the good people of Kano and all concerned stakeholders in the education sector to join hands towards advancing girls’ educational rights and addressing their specific needs as according to him, “Upon successfully executing this initiative, we hope to see a tremendous increase in investment in girls’ education as this will translate into more access, transition, retention, and completion rates in girls.”

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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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