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Kano Governor Accuses Former Leadership Of YUMSUK Of Partisanship





“During the past administration of Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, (YUMSUK) the institution was so polarized and so politicized and the leadership of the University then, did not have the interest of the state at heart.

There was a time when we allocated One Hundred Million Naira (N100m) for the institution, but it took the leadership of the university 3 months to come forward and collect it.”

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano made the above lamentation, listing reasons why YUMSUK was unnecessarily slow in development, during the past administration of the university, before the advent of the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Mukhtar Atiku Kurawa.

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That was disclosed during a courtesy visit by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Kurawa and the management of the university, to Governor Ganduje amid State Executive Council meeting, held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Wednesday.

“With the new Vice Chancellor in place”, he clearly stated that, “…business will not be as usual.” Which indicates the confidence the governor reposed in Prof. Kurawa and his style of leadership. After face lifting the State Polytechnic, when he (Kurawa) was the Rector.

“The past administration of the university was not interested in moving the university forward. An action which put the University at a disadvantaged position. It sometime took a complete year without any communication from the university authority to government.

How then could we be able to know what was militating against its progress, without any communication from the authority concerned? he asked rhetorically.

Governor Ganduje promised that, “We will try our best to complete the abandoned buildings of Faculty of Science and that of Arts and Humanities. Apart from this, our administration will look into your concern for having an effective and workable MBBS programme In Sha Allah.”

“On the issue of staffing, I assure you that we will look into that also. Since we really understand that, the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Mukhtar Atiku Kurawa has the university and the development of the state at heart,” he appreciated.

The nonchalant attitude of the past administration, according to the governor, in managing the affairs of the university, many benefits that were hitherto meant for the institution, were unnecessarily missed.

Lamenting further how, the then leadership of the university acted with no interest towards the development of the state, governor Ganduje said, “During the Convocation ceremony of the University, the then leadership invited the then Emir of Kano only, abandoning other newly created and backed by Law, First Class Emirs.

Which impliedly meant ignoring what the state did for the overall development of the state. What we were saying was, dont politicize academic environment. But when that happened, we now said, okay as politicians, who were also academics in the past, we said that could not happen before our eyes. We said it was impossible.”

He continued “We then invited all other 4 newly created First Class Emirs, who came to the Convocation. Their presence took the University by surprise and as a result, the Emir of Kano made a U-turn. Knowing fully that he wouldn’t have fertile ground to castigate federal and state governments.”

Governor further revealed that, he had an opportunity to contact Minister of Education, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and that of Tertiary Education Trust Fund( TETFUND), “…they all gave us their words about the possibility of establishing Federal Polytechnic in Kano state.”

He also reveals that, the proposed Yusuf Maitama Sule Centre For Research and Democracy would be under the university, adding that, “…we even requested the family of the late elder statesman, the late Danmasani of Kano, Yusuf Maitama Sule, to provide us with things that could give clear depiction of the late father.”

In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor commended governor’s commitment in prompting education sector and his political will, at all times, in making sure that the state excel in the area of education, like other areas.

“During my days as the Rector of Kano State Polytechnic, which you appointed me Sir, Your Excellency, you did all that was necessary to push for the development of the institution. Many programmes got accredited, we got additional courses with full accreditation, new structures were put in place, the list goes on and on,” he commended.

Prof Kurawa appreciated that, it was the first time in Kano, when a serving Rector, was also appointed as a Vice Chancellor. “This shows your deeply rooted interest in pushing the state forward.”

In a statement by Abba Anwar the Governor’s Chief press secretary said , on behalf of the management of the university, commended the governor, also for displaying genuine interest in reshaping and refocusing the university, emphasising that, “We are all aware and confident that you will look into our requests for moving the university forward.”



Kawu appoints Ashiru Kachako, Abbas Adam as media assistants



Kawu Sumaila


Ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections, the Senatorial Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) for Kano South, Rt. Hon. Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, has appointed two aides, who will manage his media activities for the campaign period.

Kawu appointed Ashiru Shehu Kachako, a veteran journalist with years of experience, as his Senior Special Assistant 1 on Media and Abbas Adam Abbas, a young and vibrant journalist, as Special Assistant 2 on Media.

In a statement he personally signed in Kano on Saturday, Kawu said the two newly appointed media aides are expected to bring on board their wealth of experience acquired over the years in their new responsibilities.

“I am highly pleased to announce Ashiru Shehu Kachako and Abbas Adam Abbas as my SSA 1 and SA 2 on Media. I have known the duo as core professionals who have carved a niche for themselves in the media industry.

“I have absolute confidence in their ability and capacity to pilot the media affairs of my campaign in the next couple of months as the 2023 general elections approach,” Kawu said in the statement.

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Ashiru Shehu Kachako was until his appointment, the Head of Marketing of the Sunnah TV, Abuja. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of the Kano-based Zuma Jaridar Hausa and the Head of News and Production of DTV Online. Kachako also worked as the Head of Religious Unit, Editor and Acting Head of Programmes of the Vision FM, Kano from 2019 to 2020 and served in the same position at Freedom Radio, Dutse, Jigawa State between 2007 and 2019. A teacher at the Nasarawa Nursery and Primary School, Kachako from 2005 to 2006, Ashiru Kachako was also the secretary of Kachako Islamic Medical and Engineering Centre from 2004 to 2007.

Born in 1973, Ashiru Kachako holds Higher National Diploma (HND) in Office Technology and Management, Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Kano State Polytechnic. He also holds PGD in Mass Communication from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is currently studying for his Masters in Communication Studies at the Bayero University, Kano.

The new Special Assistant on Media 2, Abbas Adam Abbas, is a broadcast journalist with Nasara Radio, Kano. A multi-task journalist, Abbas is a graduate of the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, where he bagged BSc in Microbiology.


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Police Exhumed Corpse Of Baby Buried Alive,Arrests Suspects



25 year old Dankwairo,one of the suspect


Police in Jigawa state have exhumed the corpse of a new born baby buried alive in Kiyawa local government Jigawa state.

Spokesman of the command DSP Lawan Shiisu Adam confirmed the incident in a statement issued to newsmen.

He said the incident happened on 02/12/2022, at about 2350hrs after a 30 year old Balaraba Shehu of Tsurma village in Kiyawa LGA is suspected to have given birth and buried the new born baby.

Shiisu said after police received the report, a team of Policemen were mobilized and proceeded to the scene of crime.

He said on arrival, detectives swung into action and exhumed the new born baby buried in the toilet.

Shiisu said the suspect was arrested and the baby was rushed to General Hospital Dutse, and certified dead by Medical Doctor.

He explained that preliminary Investigation led to the arrest of 25 years old man Amadu Sale alias Dan kwairo of Akar village in Kiyawa LGA who was alleged to be responsible for the unwanted pregnancy.

The suspects however conspired and buried the baby after delivery.

The Commissioner of Police, Jigawa State Police Command, CP Emmanuel Ekot Effiom however directed that, the case should be transfered to SCID Dutse, for discreet Investigation.

The suspects would be charged to court after investigation.

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Tambari TV appoints Shawai as new MD/ Chief Operating Officer




The board of Amasis Broadcasting Services Ltd , the owners of Tambarin Hausa Television has appointed Ibrahim Sani Shawai as its new Managing Director/ Chief Operating Officer.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of the board and Founder of the broadcasting outfit, Alhaji Ibrahim Makama.

Shawai who had within the last three and half years served as the image maker for Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) will now resume duties at his new office on Jan 1, 2023.

At his new organization, Shawai is expected to manage the daily business operations of the company, working closely with heads of department and provide support for the day-to-day activity of employees of Tambarin Hausa Television.

He will also strategize as well as implement policies in Amasis Broadcasting Services Ltd towards promoting the organization’s culture and vision while overseeing operations to keep the business aspect of the company on track and in its right perspectives.

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The station Tambarin Hausa TV “Amon Gaskiya” is the first international TV station in Nigeria that broadcast in Hausa Language.

The station provides news updates on hourly basis with variety of rich programs to the delight of its audience as well as keeping the general public well informed.

Shawai, a Kano-born trained journalist and communication strategist, had worked with several National and International world class organizations where he was able to acquire enormous wealth of experiences.

According to the Board chairman, Shawai has become an asset to any organisation in view of his vast knowledge of the media, socio- economic and political structure of not just Nigeria but African and European continents.

In summary, Shawai, from being a freelance Journalist became a broadcaster, a producer, Editor, public relations consultant and then a manager in the field of communication.


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