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Ganduje urges corps members to accept posting to public schools



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, has called on corps members posted to the state for the one-year national service to be ready to accept posting as teachers in the public schools.

He made the call on Monday during the swearing in of the 2019 Batch ‘C’ stream ‘l’ Corps members at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Kusalla, Karaye local government Area of the state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor was represented by the the state Commissioner of youth and sports, Alhaji Ado Lakwaya.

He charged the corps members to engage in public enlightenment against drug addiction and abuse in their places of primary assignment.

“I hope you will work in the footsteps of your predecessors. I wish to charge you to be dedicated and help in the revitalisation of our educational sector by accepting posting as teachers in our public schools”, Ganduje said.

He, however pledged to make the service year memorable for the corps members by providing necessary facilities at the NYSC camp and in their respective places of assignment.

He implored the Corp members to use the golden apportunity especially in the area of skills acquisition training to enable them be self reliance.

Ganduje reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to make the service year a memorable and fruitful to the corps members.

The state Coordinator of the NYSC in Kano, Malam Laden Baba said that a total of 1,381 corps members comprising 638 males and 743 females were registered at the closing of the registration on Sunday night.

He maintained that the Corp members would be drilled in the aspect of leadership roles, skills acquisition training and enterprienueship development to prepare them to face the challenges ahead.

Baba charged the Corps members to participate fully in all the camp activities so as to achieve the set objectives.

Edited & Vetted By: Tukur Muntari.

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Ganduje seeks review of W/African protocols to end herdsmen migration



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on the Federal Government to seek the review of the West African Protocols that allowed for free movement to stop herdsmen migration to Northern Nigeria.

Ganduje made the appeal on Saturday during the inauguration of 200 Ruga Housing Settlements at Dansoshiya village in Kiru Local Government Area of the state for Fulani cattle rearers.

According to him, there is need for the federal government to use the international blockage created by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to stop the migration of dangerous weapons carrying herdsmen to Nigeria.

“Such movements of the herdsmen always cause conflicts and destruction of human lives,” he said.

The governor urged the federal government to seize the opportunity of the COVID-19 pandemic blockage to act on migrating herdsmen.

“One can clearly see that these migrating herdsmen always move with dangerous weapons and are the ones causing conflicts in most places around the North and the nation at large,” he said.

The governor also invited herdsmen from across Nigeria to come to Kano and enjoy the bounties of his government’s new Ruga Settlements.

He noted that the settlement had all the basic infrastructure,  including water, grazing reserves and milk processing factory and markets.

Ganduje expressed concern over the long sufferings of herdsmen whom, according to him, have suffered enough humiliation in Nigeria by way of loss of lives, stealing and rustling of their cattles and others.

He added that his administration had constructed four million litres of earth dams for the  Fulani cattle rearers who would have no cause to move away in search of water.

He said that his government had earlier sent some 74 Fulani children to Turkey to study milk processing and other vital things that would help them to settle down at a place.

Ganduje reminded that a true Fulaniman was not known for violence but because of the alleged humiliation they were usually subjected to, they were being forced to retaliate.

“Today you see a Fulaniman doing robbery, kidnapping and other social vices, therefore the need for a Ruga Settlement for him is highly desirable,” Ganduje said.

He added that the irony of the whole thing was that a gallon of milk was costlier than a gallon of petrol, which clearly showed that an average Fulaniman was not poor, neither was he stupid.

”It further revealed that most of the dangerous weapons carrying herdsmen comes from Mali, Cameroon and other African nations,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Kano State Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Malam Zubairu Ibrahim, commended the governor for fulfilling his promises on the project.

He assured the governor that they would ensure proper utilisation of the project.


Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Eid-el Fitr: Gov. Ganduje frees 294 correctional centre inmates



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has granted freedom to 294 inmates of correctional centres in the state, a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, said on Sunday.

It said that Ganduje witnessed the release of the inmates from the correctional centre at Goron Dutse on Sunday, and quoted him as declaring that the gesture was in the spirit of Eid-El Fitr.

“The governor also said that the gesture was to complement the Federal Government’s efforts to further reduce congestion in the nation’s correctional centres.

“Ganduje also recalled that President Muhammadu Buhar‎i had directed governors to decongest correctional centres to help observe COVID-19’s social distancing protocol.

“It is based on that directive that in the last two months the state has released 603 inmates. The goal is to decongest Correctional Centres. We hope that they will be of good character henceforth,” the statement said.

It said that the governor also gave each of the freed inmates N5,000 as transport fare to their destinations.

The statement quoted the Comptroller of Prisons, Abdullahi Magaji, as commending Ganduje for donating 30 hectares of land to the Federal Government for the construction of a modern Correctional Centre.

Magaji also advised the freed inmates to be of good character and stay off crimes to avoid going back to prison.

The statement indicated that the governor was accompanied to the centre by his deputy, Nasiru Gawuna, and the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero. (NAN)

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: Muslims’ sacrifice inspires government in COVID-19 battle, says Ganduje



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, says the sacrifice of Muslim Faithful during the just concluded Ramadan fast has encouraged the government to explore all avenues to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Ganduje stated this in a Sallah message signed by Malam Muhammad Garba, the state’s Commissioner of Information, Youth and Culture, on Tuesday in Kano.

He extolled the Muslim Ummah for observing the Ramadan fast with patience and understanding, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ganduje said the government was therefore aware of the hardships they were going through in this trying period of the pandemic.

He said Muslims were caught between adjusting to a new life of restrictions, social distancing and lockdown on one hand, and fulfilling key religious obligations on the other.

The governor noted that this year’s Eid would be observed amid extraordinary circumstances due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, not just in Kano, but across the globe.

“The inescapable constraints on movement and travel will certainly limit festivities and visits to friends and families, as well as other social interactions which are customary during Sallah celebrations.

“However, despite these harsh restrictions, adopting them is to the benefit of all.

“I therefore, call on everyone to adhere fully to all the guidelines and prevention procedures outlined by health authorities until this pandemic is over.

“Kano State is in support of the measures set by national health authorities to combat this pandemic.

“The Eid celebration is a clarion call for Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of the season, such as selfless service to God and humanity, as well as sincere commitment to righteous conducts in private and public life.’’ he said.

The governor paid tributes to those who lost their lives recently in the state.

He said among them were civil servants, Islamic scholars, academics, judges, traditional rulers, as well as businessmen.

While felicitating with Muslims for the opportunity given by Allah to enable Muslims witness yet another celebration, Ganduje urged them to use the period to pray for peace and unity in the country.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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COVID-19: Gov. Ganduje meets CAN leadership in Kano



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has sought the support of the leadership of the Christain Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Ganduje, who met with leaders of the association at the Government House, Kano, on Tuesday, said collaboration of stakeholders was necessary to curb the spread of the disease.

The governor appealed to the leaders and other residents to adhere strictly to medical precautions.

Ganduje said that the state government had disinfected  31 churches in the state to stop the spread of the disease.

He also disclosed that the state government would establish a COVID-19 collection centre at Sabon-Gari to enable more residents to get tested.

The governor commended CAN leadership for  promoting  observance of social distancing and  other safety protocols in churches.

Ganduje noted that the pandemic had affected every aspect of life.

“It affects our religious obligations, our economy, our culture, as well as our social settings.

“Though we are in Ramadhan,  we cannot go to mosques to observe our prayers.

“It is painful that we cannot observe our obligatory prayers in mosques, but there is nothing we can do about it.

“We just have to bear with it. Shaking hands when greeting is no longer tenable, but there is nothing we can do for now; so, let’s work together,” he said.

Earlier, the state  Chairman of CAN, Rev. Samuel Adeyemo, thanked the governor for disinfecting  31 churches and other places of worship in the state.

He also commended the governor for relaxing the lockdown and including Sunday in free days to enable their members to go to church.

Adeyemo said that churches were observing social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols.

Meanwhile, Ganduje has inaugurated a COVID-19 Zonal Collection Centre in the Rano Emirate.

The governor said that zonal centres would help to reduce pressure on collection centres  in Kano metropolis.

At Waziri Gidado Hospital, Bachirawa, the governor also inaugurated a collection centre donated to the state government by eHealth Africa, as part of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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COVID -19 : Gov. Ganduje slashes salaries of  political appointees by 50 %



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has slashed the salaries of political office holders in the state by 50 per cent due to dwindling resources caused by COVID-19 lockdown.
Mr Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor said this in a statement in Kano on Sunday.
Anwar said the action was due to shortfall in the revenue accruing to the state following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
He said the decision affected the governor, deputy governor and all  public office holders in the state.
“Due to shortfall in the federation account and collapse in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) because of COVID-19 challenges, all political office holders in Kano State are to receive half salaries with effect from May.
“There is also a serious setback in the IGR, due to COVID-19 pandemic challenges. Whereas almost all companies in the state are no longer in operation due to lockdown.
“Other areas where the state gets revenue are no longer operational. This also is another reason for slashing the salaries,” he said.‎

Ganduje said that the  salary cut would also affect local government chairmen, their deputies, councillors, advisers and other  functionaries.

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COVID-19: Gov. Ganduje commends FG on palliative distribution 



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has expressed satisfaction with the distribution pattern of the COVID-19 palliative to the poor and vulnerable Nigerians by the Federal Government.

Ganduje spoke on Sunday in Kano, while receiving 4,718 metric tonnes of assorted food items from the Federal Government.

He said that the relief items would go a long way to complement the efforts of the state government in providing palliatives to  residents.

Ganduje said that the state government had concluded distribution of food items to 50,000 households in the first round as part of efforts to ease hardship during the lockdown.

He said that the second round of the exercise would commence this week, where another 50,000 households were going to benefit

The governor said that some of the beneficiaries include poorest of the poor households, women, elderly people, correctional centres and orphanages.

Ganduje urged the federal government to revisit the data and increase the number of pupils in its school feeding programme because of the integration of Almajiri and free and compulsory education in the state.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, who presented the donation, said it was to support the vulnerable segment of the society who were undergoing hardship as a result of the pandemic.

Farouk said that the items include 10 trucks of rice from the Nigerian Customs Service; 2,438 metric tonnes of Maize; 1,380 metric tonnes of millet and 900 metric tonnes of sorghum.

The minister implored the state government  to ensure that the poor and vulnerable, including the elderly and persons living with disabilities, were prioritised in the distribution of the relief materials.

In his remarks, Prof Yahuza Bello, Chairman, Fund Raising and Palliative Committee, promised that the items would be distributed judiciously to the beneficiaries.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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COVID-19: Kano may record upsurge in positive cases – Ganduje



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said that the state may record a surge in the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) positive cases sequel to the establishment of additional testing centers in the state.

Ganduje stated this at a news conference of the state Task Force on COVID-19, on Friday at the Government House, Kano.

He said that plans had been concluded to set up additional testing centres in the 36 far distant local government areas in the state.

“We must open more testing centres in the 36 distant local government areas. We will keep on planning ahead, we need to be proactive.

“We will make sure that all the institutions are put in place so that when the time comes, we will not be taken unawares,” he said, adding that more efforts would be galvanized to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ganduje further said that his administration would encourage partnership with the Kano Against COVID-19, to enhance community enlightenment and other strategies in the fight against the pandemic.

He urged health workers to pay attention to other health challenges facing the people, stressing that his administration had trained hundreds of health personnel to fight the pandemic and tackle other health challenges in the state.

Also speaking, the chairman of the state’s Task Force on COVID-19, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna, who is also the deputy governor of the state, reminded the people that testing positive for COVID-19, was not a death sentence.

He noted that what remains important was for the people to strictly adhere to instructions given by health professionals on how best to prevent the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

On his part, the Coordinator of the Kano Response Team, Dr Tijani Hussaini, decried the non compliance of some of the suspected COVID-19 cases, who declined divulging information on their status.

Hussaini said that the Task Force was confronted with the challenge of getting some f the suspected cases to go for testing and treatment during contact tracing.

He said that some of the suspected cases outrightly denied contacts with infected persons or refused to divulge information on their health status. (NAN)


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Rabiu Sani Ali (NAN)

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COVID-19: Gov. Ganduje inaugurates female isolation centre in Kano    



a>   Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has inaugurated a female only isolation centre in Kano on Thursday.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar made this known in Kano.

He quoted the governor as saying that the state government considered opening the centre in order to avoid agitations at isolation centres as witnessed earlier.

The governor urged the staff of the isolation centre to be kind to their patients.

“We don’t want to hear complaints from any patient here and you need to understand the psychology of your patients.” the governor said.

He advised the staff to provide the female COVID-19  prospective patients, with the necessary items they may require.

Ganduje stressed the need for the staff to keep the patients updated about their status and what they were expected to do.

“When there is no such explanation, patients would not know when next a sample would be taken and when next the result of the samples would be announced to them.

“From there you begin to see a lot of agitations. We want a situation of cooperation and we want a situation of understanding,” Ganduje said.

NAN reports that the “female-only” Daula Isolation Centre inaugurated by Gov. Abdullah Ganduje, has a 100-bed space  and would be for mild moderate cases.

It was gathered that the female isolation centre was the seventh isolation centre created to handle COVID-19 cases in Kano.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

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COVID -19 : Ganduje meets with Kano State Emirs



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of  Kano State on Tuesday met with  the five emirs in the state ‎as part of his  sensitisation campaign against the spread of COVID– 19 pandemic to the grassroots.

Ganduje during the meeting   held at the Government House, Kano, said that the government decided to meet with  the traditional rulers, being one of the critical stakeholders in the state.

He added that the meeting  also was to brief  the emirs  on the measures being taken by the state to fight Coronavirus.

He urged them to take such briefings to their Emirates for onward sensitisation of  the people at the grassroots.

He also said that the meeting was intended to intimate the  traditional institutions on the dangerous impacts of the disease and the roles expected of them to prevent its spread in the state.


“This meeting being attended by government and ,health officials and our Emirs is an avenue for all of us to rub minds, fashion  out effective ways of working together and strengthening  our strategies in the fight against the pandemic.


“Our concern is to break the chain of transmission of the global pandemic, this is why this and similar meetings ‎are absolutely necessary.

COVID -19 affects ‎all aspects of life: our religious obligation, economy, culture as well as our social settings,” he said .


He also told the emirs that the fight against COVID -19 could only be won when people cooporate with government and health workers, saying that “your role ‎in this fight is extremely important and necessary.”

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, who spoke on behalf of the emirs, said that the traditional rulers had  vital roles to play in addressing the issue of Coronavirus through sensitisation campaigns.

“We are aware of the giant steps  being taken by the government to prevent its spread.

“There is  an urgent need for  us traditional rulers to complement government’s efforts through the  sensitisation of our subjects to join the crusade,” he said.

The Emir said that before the meeting,  the Emirates had been  involved in one activity or the other with the state government in an effort to curtail and break the transmission of the disease. 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Peter Dada (NAN)

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