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ASUU kicks against alleged take over of institute by Kano Govt

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Academic Staff Union of Universities, Kano State University of Science and Technology (ASUUKUST) has urged the state government not to take over its Hospitality and Tourism Institute, Daula.


In a statement jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Union, Muhammad Sani-Gaya and Murtala Muhammad, it said that the action would be inimical to educational development of the state.

ASUU expresses dismay on the Kano State Government decision regarding the taking over of the Hospitality and Tourism Institute (former Daula Hotel), contained in a letter dated Friday Nov. 15, 2019.

“This action is a breach of the university autonomy as enshrined in the University Law and the University (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Act 2003,” it said.

The Union said the university was running courses which include: Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB); Pre-Degree, Diplomas in Tourism, Hospitality among others at the institute.

It added that the University Senate had also approved Part-Time Degree Programmes for 2020/2021 academic year as well as proposed Bsc Hospitality, Tourism and Transportation at the institute.

“The union call on the government to reverse the idea of commercialising facilities meant for public purposes especially institution of learning.“

In a reaction, Dr Mariya Mahmood-Bunkure, the state’s Commissioner for Higher Education, said the state government has not given final decision on the issue.

Mahmood-Bunkure, in an Short Message Service (SMS) to the News Agency of Nigeria , said that: “I was with ASUU KUST Branch yesterday (Thursday) in my office. We had discussion on the matter.

“I told them what I know is that government has not given approval to any investor.

“And; we have learnt that the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council is going to meet with the Visitor of the institution. So, I think we should await the outcome of the meeting”.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Gov. Ganduje inaugurates NYSC governing board

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has inaugurated the state Governing Board of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).


Speaking at the inaguration on Tuesday in Kano, Gov. Ganduje emphasized his administration’s determination to enthrone appropriate governance and oversight structure for agencies of government.

He also said that the inaguration of the board was borne out of concern to rightly position the agency to deliver much needed services.

The governor who was represented  by the Secretary to the  State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji, charged them to be dedicated to duty and to formulate policies that would  move the scheme forward.

“Your appointments into the board should be seen as a clarion call to duty and an invitation to selfless service ,” he added.

In his vote of thanks on behalf of other board members, the Chairman, state NYSC Governing Board, Prof Abdu Salihi, promised to uphold the confidence reposed on them.

In her remark, the state cordinator of NYSC, Hajiya Aisha Muhammad,  said that the appointment was a clear manifestation of the government’s commitment towards revitalizing youths development and promoting the scheme.

“I wish to place on record that, the NYSC founding decument places high premium on governing board as an overseer  of the scheme’s activities.

“The revival of the board is also a landmark achievement in the history of the scheme in Kano. I want to thank Gov. Ganduje for his progressive intent to revive the agency,” she explained.

Muhammad assured the board of her support and cooperation towards archiving set goals of the scheme in general.

Members of the board are; Prof. Abdu Salihi, chairman, Aisha Tata Muhammad, Secretary, Musa Bichi, ACP Uzairu Abdullahi, Major Abdulrazak Abubakar, Nasiru Ahmad,  Ibrahim Yakasai,  repsentative of ministries of Agriculture and Local government  and Cheiftancy Affairs. (NAN )

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COVID-19: We’ve flattened the curve, says Gov. Ganduje

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje says Kano State has flattened the curve of the spread of COVID-19 following the N5billion intervention fund made available to it by the Federal Government.


Ganduje made this known to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday.

He stated that he was in the Presidential Villa to thank President Buhari over the federal government assistance of the five billion naira to tackle the pandemic.

He further explained that the massive testing which yielded negative results was confirmation that the curve has been flattened in Kano.

He said: “On COVID-19, I came to thank the President for assisting Kano State with N5 billion to fight the pandemic. That has assisted the state. We have opened five testing centres which are functional, the curve is now flattened.

“We carried out testing maximally but at the same time the positivity ratio is very low. So, it (COVID-19) is dying down almost on a daily basis. So, I came to thank the President for that assistance.”

The governor said he updated the President on the security situation in the state, especially the millitary training facility provided by the state government at the Falgore Forest at the cost of over N500 million.

“We are providing infrastructure for military training in the Falgore Forest in order to prevent the bandits from colonising that particular environment.

“The infrastructure will include auditorium, houses, dining hall, kitchen, shooting range and many other amenities to enable the military train continuously,’’ he added.

Ganduje announced that his administration had embarked on the construction of a Ruga settlement in the forest, as well as a dam, to halt the movement of the nomadic Fulani from one place to the other.

“A modern system of animal husbandry will also be in place at the forest, for which 75 sons and daughters of Fulani herdsmen have been trained in Turkey for artificial insemination.

“Once the Ruga is completed, they will be settled there and then modern animal husbandry will be practiced,” he said.

Ganduje added that he also updated the President on the blasphemy case in Kano.

He explained that the house of the father of the accused was burnt by locals but the boy was secured, charged to court and sentenced to death.

“The boy can appeal the judgement and he has since done so,” he said.

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Sanusi calls for diversification of economy to address poverty, inequality

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Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has said that Nigeria must diversify its economy in order to address the high rate of poverty and inequality in the country.


He also said governments at all levels must invest on human capital development and create enabling environment for investments, instead of borrowing to finance development.

Sanusi gave the advice in a presentation during the virtual Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit, on  Tuesday.

The former Governor of the Central Bank, however, said the Federal Government has minimal role to play in rejigging the economy.

“While everyone looks to the federal government for solutions, the truth is that its role in the economy is small – both in absolute and relative terms.’’

Sanusi noted that the nation’s economy has not been diversified, years after the discovery of oil.

He added that though Nigeria has generated an increase in wealth from $345 in 1985 to $2,655 in 2015 GDP per capita, but there has been no structural transformation in what the country actually produce.

According to him, though the economy is growing, but its non diversification has resulted to the high rate  of poverty and high level of inequality in the country.

He explained that the difference between African countries and those in Asia is that they have diversified from primary to secondary and tertiary sectors of the global economy.

“The major difference is that they have moved on but we have not,’’ he lamented.

Sanusi pointed out that Malaysia has the same factors that Nigeria has been using as an excuse for having not developed, adding that both countries are multi-ethnic and have fought wars.

The former Emir lamented that Nigeria is still a consumer nation instead of being a producer, by seizing on the investments that the government has done in technology.

“Africa’s failure has been in not leveraging on the underlying infrastructure – towers and under sea cables- to catalyse the development of other and new industries,’’ he said.

‘’If you use your smart phone which is made in China and order shoes from France and they are delivered to you at home, what have you actually gained? You are just a consumer,’’ he added.

The ex-CBN Governor argued that the same phone can be put to productive use, when it is used to shoot a Nollywood movie and the film clip is distributed.

Sanusi noted that the success of Nigeria’s pre-oil economy was based on the dynamism of its trading sector and the diversity of its export base, which ‘’meant that it was less vulnerable to terms of trade shock driven by any one export.”

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40 coys bid for NEPZA constituency projects

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The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) says a total of 40 companies have expressed interest to execute some of the country’s constituency projects earmarked for 2020 to be midwifed by the authority.


A statement by Mr Martins Odeh, Head, Corporate Communications NEPZA on Tuesday in Abuja said the opening of the tender for the projects was conducted via zoom with representatives of companies that submitted their bids in participation.

The projects include empowerment of girls and women on entrepreneurship and skills in Ogoja Iyala/Bekwara,/Obudu/Obanliku in Cross River North and entrepreneurship training/ grant provision for women in Osun East Senatorial District.

It includes training on Construction/Rehabilitation of Roads in Anambra North Senatorial District while the authority’s direct projects include Environmental Audit for Kano Free Trade Zone and Environment Audit for Calabar Free Trade Zone respectively.

In his remarks, Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, Managing Director of NEPZA, assured the participating companies of continued transparency and fairness until the process wasconcluded.

Adesugba, who also doubled as the chairman of the event, said NEPZA had always conducted its bidding process in line with the procurement rules, adding that such consistent positive posture had won the authority some laurels.

“This is the first time the authority is conducting this exercise via zoom and we all know why this is so.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reduce physical contact as much as possible. But let me assure you that the process will remain transparent and fair.

“The opening of expression of interest kicks off this very important exercise that would see us engaging the most qualified companies to handle the projects that we had advertised.

“Those that have expressed interest would have the opportunity to ask questions from this moment until the final day when winners would be announced.

“Be rest assured that we would be ready to provide answers to your questions,’’ the NEPZA boss said.

Meanwhile, there will opening of tender for projects on the: Provision of Learning Materials including Science Equipment and Text books to various schools in Cross River North in October 12.

Opening of tender for Provision of Computer Set/Printers and Backups in various Schools/Purchase of Laptops and Training of Youth on Repairs in Cross River North, and Supply of Empowerment Materials for Youth and Women in Zamfara West Senatorial District will also hold in October 12.

The event was witnessed by external observers which included the Bureau of Public Procurement and a number of non-state actors.

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