Kano Govt spends N159m on rehabilitation of 3 Almajiri schools




Kano, Sep 15, 2020 The Kano Government has spent N159 million on the rehabilitation of Tsangaya (Almajiri) integrated boarding schools in the state.

Alhaji Sanusi Kiru, Kano State Commissioner for Education in Kano said this in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Aliyu Yusuf.

Kiru, who inspected the ongoing rehabilitation, said the schools are located in Madobi, Bunkure and Bagwai Local Government Areas of the state.

”The rehabilitation of the boarding schools was sequel to the earlier visit by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje to the areas.

”The works will cover connecting the schools to the National Grid, construction of mosques, boreholes and mattresses among other things,” he said.

He said that as a committed and determined leadership, the government will continue to do more to ensure integration of the Almajiri system of education.

”Kano State will continue to take the lead in improving the Almajiri system of education in the country.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN


NAFDAC seals 2 fake drug factories in Kano



The National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has sealed two counterfeit animal drug factories in Bichi Local Government Area of Kano State.

Shaba Muhammad, the state Coordinator of the agency, said  this during a raid conducted by the operatives of the agency on Wednesday in Bichi.

Muhammad said that the raid was sequel to the discovery of  a large quantity of the counterfeit animal drugs in circulation at Sabon Gari and other major markets in Kano metropolis.

He said that the agency had been trailing the producer of the fake drugs for the past six months.

The Coordinator said that personnel of the agency raided the factories on Tuesday in Bichi town and recovered drugs worth over N10 million.

Muhammad noted that the factories produced fake animal drugs and injections labelled with fake NAFDAC’s registration numbers to decieve unsuspected members of the public.

He added that the agency arrested one suspect, Jamilu Muhammad-Sani, who is the proprietor of the factories.

“We take samples of the drugs and injections from the factories for laboratory analysis to ascertain the efficacy of the products,” he said.

Muhammad said that  the suspect would be prosecuted after investigations had been concluded by NAFDAC.

He called on the people to report suspicious activities and persons engaged in illicit drugs trade in their communities to the relevant  agencies of government  to check  the circulation of counterfeit products in the state.

On his part, the suspect, Muhammad-Sani, who claimed to be a certified veterinary technician, said he had been producing animal drugs in the past one year.

Sani said that he distributed the drugs to markets in Kano, adding that he used to source the ingredients and other raw materials for the production of drugs ipfrom the city.

Edited By: Peter Dada
Source: NAN
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NASS Committee laments deplorable state of Lagos-Badagry expressway



Rep. Sani Bala, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Establishments, says the N280 million allocated for Badagry expressway reconstruction in 2020 budget “is mere joke that cannot complete the project in 10 years.”

Bala, who led the House Committee on oversight visit to the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Topo, on Wednesday lamented the five-hour trauma his delegation experienced on the Lagos-Badagry road.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lagos State Government is responsible for the Iganmu – Okokomaiko section of the highway, while FERMA is handling Okokomaiko – Agbara axis of the road.

Also, the Federal Government on Oct. 24, 2018 awarded the reconstruction of the 46km Agbara – Seme section of Badagry expressway to CGC Nigeria Limited at a sum of N63.2 billion.

The contractor had since abandoned the project.

“The chairman of Works committee was here with us and he said what they put in this year’s budget for the road was N280 million only.

“The allocation is a mere joke which cannot go anywhere.

“We have passed through the road and discovered that the expressway is not even from one state to another state but an international road which needs Federal Government attention.

“We will try and see other members of the committees on Appropriation and Works to see what they can do to actualise the Lagos-Badagry expressway project,” he said

Bala, (APC Tsanyawa/Kunchi Federal Constituency, Kano) assured the people of Badagry that the National Assembly would ensure sufficient amount of money was allocated for the project.

“Even if we need to meet the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Raji Fashola, on the road reconstruction, it will be done.

“There is no way ASCON and other establishments will function well when the road that should take just 45 minutes now takes between four and five hours.

“Not to talk of the trauma and fatigue one passes through while plying the road. The stress is too much.

“So, I really sympathize with the people plying the road daily and I think the National Assembly needs to hear from some of us that have come here.

“I can assure you that we are going to actualise the construction of bad portions of the road,” he said.

On the committee’s visit to ASCON, the chairman commended the management of the institution for maintaining a simple, clean, and serene environment.

“The Committee is impressed with the way they maintain the structures of the college, though it was built in 1970,” he said.

Bala promised that the committee would do everything possible to help ASCON to grow better to fulfill its mandate of providing management training for public servants.

“However, I’m calling on the management of the institution to improve on their internally generated revenue,” he said.

Responding, Director General (DG) of ASCON, Mrs Cecilia Umar-Gayya, said most of the structures built at the college in 1970 were leaking and needed maintenance.

She said that the budgetary allocation for the institution was meagre, adding that the college was owing N131 million it spent on purchase of diesel to power its generators due to irregular power supply.

The DG said that the college could not afford to buy a new vehicle since 2007 because of lack of funds.

Umar-Gayya urged the House Committee to assist the college to increase its budgetary allocation so that it could meet its obligations.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
Source: NAN
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Court remands 9 men over alleged robbery, kidnapping



A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kano on Wednesday ordered that nine men be remanded in a correctional centre over alleged armed robbery and kidnapping.

The police charged Umar Abubakar,35;Sani Lawan,30; Hassan Umar,30; Abdulhadi Falalu,25; Yahuza Ibrahim,28; Nasiru Tukur,24; Sani Abdulsalam,34; Lawan Shehu,30, and Ibrahim Sani, 23, with four counts of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, illegal possession of Firearms and kidnapping.

Chief Magistrate, Muhammad Jibrin, ordered the remand of the defendants, pending legal advice from the Kano State Director of Public Prosecution.

He adjourned the matter until Sept. 30, for further mention.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Insp. Pogu Lale told the court that the defendants committed the offence on July 10 at the Kwanan Dangora Local Government Area of Kano.

Lale alleged that at about 1 a.m, the defendants criminally and six others, at large, armed themselves with guns, cutlasses, sticks and attacked the residence of the complainant, Abdulhadi Ahmed of Kwanan Dangora.

He alleged that the defendants robbed Ahmed of N400,000 and a Peugeot with registration number AE 317 FV , worth N1.6 million at a gun point.

lale also alleged that the defendants kidnapped Ahmed, held him hostage and collected N1 million ransom before he was released.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 97, 1(1)(a) of Firearms, 3(1) of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act and Section 273 of the Penal Code Law.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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Court remands trader over alleged defilement of 12-year-old girl



A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kano on Wednesday ordered that a 35-year-old trader,  Musa Abdullahi, who allegedly defiled a 12-year-old girl, be remanded in a correctional centre.

Abdullahi, who lives in Zango Quarters in Kano, is charged with defilement.

Chief Magistrate Muhammad Jibrin, ordered that the case file should be sent to the Kano State Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP), for legal advice.

He adjourned the case until Oct.7, for further mention

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Pogu Lale told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug.15 at Zango Quarters Kano.

He alleged that at about 2. 30 p.m, the defendant lured the 12-year-old girl into his shop and  defiled her.

Lale said that the offence contravened  the provisions of Section 283 of the Penal Code Law.

The defendant, however, denied committing the offence.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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