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 Kano Spends N1.8b on Sponsored Students






Kano state government under Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has spent the sum of One Billion and Eight Hundred Million Naira (N1.8b) on Kano sponsored students to Nigerian private universities, who were abandoned by the administration of the former governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.


The private universities are the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, Crescent University, Al-Qalam University, Bells University of Technology, Otta, and Igbinediom University, Okada.


This was disclosed by the governor during the presentation of Certificates to 20 students, during the State Executive Council meeting, held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Wednesday. They all graduated from AUN, Yola, with 2 First Class grade students and 18 Second Class Upper grade students.


They were the set of students who were taken to the university during the administration of Kwankwaso, with the payment of their tuition and other fees at less than 10 percent.


“When we came in by the year 2015, we were told that all the students sponsored by the then administration, all their payments were settled 100 percent. Including these ones from American University Nigeria, Yola. But the statement of such payments turned out to be a half-truth,” he reveals.


In the case of the AUN students, the governor challenged, the percentage of what was paid for them was very insignificant, “Bit we believe that they are our children, we must therefore pay over 80 percent for them to finish their studies. Which we did,” he said.


While congratulating them for their outstanding performances, he promised to see them through in their life endeavors.

As some of them started becoming entrepreneurs.


Abubakar Bala Musa and Rabi’u Ibrahim Kabiru graduated with First Class grades in Science Software Engineering. While the remaining 18 all graduated with Second Class Upper grades.

Governor Ganduje Is a Sobriquet Of Malam Aminu Kano and Deserves the Right to anoint a successor -Bala Salihu Dawakin Kudu

Governor Ganduje appreciated their efforts in making Kano state proud, due to their performance at AUN. Assuring that, “We will give you all the necessary assistance. We are glad to hear that some of you have already started engaging in entrepreneurship. This is a good step in the right direction.”


He promised them inclusion into any recruitment exercise that may arise in the state Ministries, Departments, and Agencies. He even directed the State Head of Service to take all their information for that purpose, encouraging that, “We will give you priority during any recruitment exercise.”


Ganduje further revealed that “We inherited over 1150 students from the administration of Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, who were sponsored to universities both within and outside the country. And we were told that all of them their fees were paid 100 percent. Which turned out not to be true.”


Hafsat Adhama spoke on behalf of the 20 AUN graduates, who appreciated that “Today, being the 25th of November, 2020 marks the second happiest day for me and my colleagues in this 2020 of a year. The first day was in May when we were assured that our fees had been settled.”


Appreciating how governor Ganduje saves their studies and time, after being abandoned due to non-payment of their fees by the past administration, she said “The two and a half years we spent at home waiting for our results had been a roller coaster journey for all of us.


But with perseverance, consistent prayers, guidance from our parents, and most importantly our belief in our father, the Khadimul Islam of Kano state, a role model, an icon of true leadership and a father to the fatherless His Excellency Dr. Abdallah Umar Ganduje, our suffering has finally come to an end.”


Adding that, ” I want to give you a glad tiding that the decision you’ve made in giving us hope and a chance to reach out to the bright future we envisage, is surely the best decision you’ve ever made in your government


Breaking:Gov. Yusuf Orders Arrest of Deposed Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero




The Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has ordered the immediate arrest of the former Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, for creating tension in the state.

The former Emir was smuggled into Kano city last night in an attempt to forcefully return to the palace two days after being deposed by the Governor.

In a statement issued by Mr. Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the spokesperson to the Governor, it was confirmed that the new Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, arrived at the palace in the company of the Governor, the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of the State Assembly, and other top government functionaries at about 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, 25th May 2024.

As the Chief Security Officer of the state, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has directed the Commissioner of Police to arrest the deposed Emir with immediate effect for disturbing public peace and attempting to destroy the relative peace the state enjoys.

Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa
**Director General, Media and Publicity, Government House, Kano**

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NNPC Ltd Condoles with Tijjani Babangida over Loss of Brother, Son




Yesterday, the NNPC Ltd paid a condolence visit to Nigeria’s Ex-International, Tijjani Babangida, over the tragic loss of his son, Fadil, and brother, Ibrahim Babangida, as a result of the ghastly road accident which occurred on Saturday, May 11th, 2024, along the Zaria-Kaduna Road. It would be recalled that in the unfortunate incident, Babangida and his wife also sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving medical attention.

During the visit, GCEO NNPC Ltd, Mr. Mele Kyari, represented by the Company’s Chief Corporate Communication’s Officer, Mr. Olufemi Soneye, expressed the Company’s heartfelt commiserations to the Babangida family, praying for God’s mercy upon the souls of the departed and for a speedy recovery of the ex-footballer and his wife.

Earlier in February 2024, Tijjani Babangida was among a selected team of Nigeria’s Ex-Internationals, led by the legendary Austin Jay Jay Okocha, who participated in a novelty football match during the grand finale of the 13th NNPC Sports Fiesta held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

In his response, an elated Babangida expressed his delight to the NNPC Ltd for identifying with him in his trying period, stressing that although lives once lost can never be brought back, the Company’s kind gesture will further strengthen his resolve to overcome the predicament.


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ECOWAS Parliament Elects First Female Speaker




The 6th ECOWAS Parliament has elected Ibrahim Maimunatu, a female from Togo, as the Speaker of the Parliament. She is the first female Speaker to be elected in the parliament’s history.


During her investiture speech, the newly elected Speaker expressed gratitude to the Parliamentarians for entrusting the fate of the parliament for the next four years to her.

“I’m grateful for the honour conferred on me. I commended the Chairman of the ECOWAS and Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed for entrusting the 6th Legislature to my country.”

This is the first time the leadership entrusted to a woman, this, has proven the vision of ECOWAS youth and women should be protected. This has further demonstrated the aim and passion of Togo President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé who always support youths and women, particularly with the introduction of the legislation to support youths and women in Togo”

The new Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Maimunatu assured that she will leave no stone unturned to meet the expectations of the member states.

She further commended the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Barau Jibrin, who has demonstrated his skills, commitment, determination, and leadership style in bringing the Parliament to its current stage.

She lamented that the reinsurgence of Terrorism and coup d’ etat in Niger Republic Burkina Faso and Mali and Climate Change were some of the issues bedevelling the sub region.

She lamented that the resurgence of terrorism and coups d’état in Niger Republic, Burkina Faso, and Mali, as well as climate change, were some of the issues plaguing the sub-region.

She stressed that the Parliament would collaborate with member states to address the challenges facing the West African region.

She maintained that the Parliament will work together towards realisation of its 5 pillars envisaged in vision 2050, including a secure, stable and peaceful region; a region endowed with strong institutions, and that complies with the rule of law and fundamental freedoms; a fully integrated and prosperous region; a region mobilized for transformation, inclusive and sustainable development.

After she delivered her inaugural speech, Ibrahima Maimunatu declared the 2nd Extraordinary Session held in Kano closed.

Earlier, Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Barau Jibrin noted that Extraordinary Session held in ancient city of Kano was to bring the Parliament to the people of Kano State.

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