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Abdul’Aziz Ganduje  to drag father to court over payment in N190m contract deal

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Abdulazeez Ganduje, the eldest son of the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has threatened legal action against the government of his father for failure to pay the sum of N82 million to his company, Global Firm Nigeria Limited, being final payment of a contract he executed.

DAILY NIGERIAN exclusively gathered that on February 13, 2020, Mr Ganduje approved contract for “CONVERSION OF MARIRI REHABILITATION CENTER TO IDP GIRLS SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE” to his son’s company at the cost of N189,913,590.54.

On May 7, 2021, the company was paid N94,556,795.27 through referral payment from the state Ministry of Local Government, representing 50 percent of the contract sum, leaving the balance of 50 percent.

After a downward review the contract by the ministry to the tune of N177,619,259.36, another contract for the supply of computers and furniture for the administrative block and entrepreneurship items at the cost of 12,294,331.23 was awarded to the company to cover the deficit.

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But to Abdulazeez’s dismay, his father refused to approve the final payment of N82,662,464.04, despite allegedly executing the project, writing to the ministries concerned and involvement of some associates of the governor.

Insiders told DAILY NIGERIAN that the governor’s refusal to approve the payment might not be unconnected with Abdulazeez’s September 2021 petition to the EFCC against his mother, Hafsat Ganduje, in a bungled multi-million naira land deal he (Abdulaziz) facilitated.

In a letter addressed to the Ministry of Education and seen by DAILY NIGERIAN, Abdulazeez’s solicitors demanded payment of N82,662,464.04 within seven days or take legal action.

When contacted, the governor’s son confirmed his resolve to take legal action over the issue, but said his father refused to approve the payment over his (Abdulaziz) refusal to give kickback in cash to Ganduje Foundation.

I’m a very peaceful person. I did my best and explored all peaceful options to get the payment of my money, about N83 million, to no avail.

“I have not been paid either because of the petition I wrote against Goggo (his mother) or my refusal to give part of the money to Ganduje Foundation as kickback.

“I said I would not give cash, but donate materials to the foundation. But they insisted that I must donate money to the foundation and I swear to God that I will not.

“This is the money that I worked hard for. I executed the project diligently at the Mariri IDP centre. I have been waiting patiently to receive this money but there is no sign of paying it to me,” Abdulazeez told DAILY NIGERIAN.

The state commissioner for Information Mohammed Garba did not respond to DAILY NIGERIAN inquiry on the matter.

Mr Ganduje was previously exposed in an alleged kick-back collection scandal in October 2018 when DAILY NIGERIAN published a series of videos showing the governor collecting money from a government contractor.

The executive secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Sadiq Radda, on Thursday said Mr Ganduje has several questions to answer regarding corruption cases against him.

You can see in Kano, Ganduje has many cases to answer while in office, he will answer more out of office and sadly for the first time in Nigeria a son is taking his mother to the EFCC,” Mr Radda said.

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BIKOBA Mourns National Legal Adviser

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The Birnin Kudu Old Boys association has mourned its National Legal Adviser Barrister Nuhu Dawakin Aminu .

In a statement signed by National publicity secretary of the association Malam Mahmud Ibrahim Kwari said

“With total submission to Allah the National leadership and indeed the entire members of Birninkudu Old Boys Association (BIKOBA) received with shock and sorrow, the news of the death of the National legal adviser of the body, Barrister Nuhu Dawaki Aminu.”

Barrister Nuhu Aminu who until his death was the Chief Magistrate Court Gumel, Jigawa state died on Friday, the 18th day of November, 2022 after brief illness.

The decease who graduated from University of Maiduguri Borno state with L.LB in 1999, attended Government Unity College, Birninkudu from 1981 – 1986 and is survived by a wife and nine children also left behind his father Malam Dawaki Aminu and relatives.

Leading BIKOBA National Officers on Condolence visit to the family of late Barrister Nuhu, the President of BIKOBA, Malam Ja’afar Muhammad Usman (Turakin Gaya) described late Nuhu as a principled, professional and highly intelligent personality who contributed immensely with a good sense of responsibility to the promotion of Judiciary in Jigawa state and indeed the Nation as a whole.

The BIKOBA president prayed to Almighty Allah to grant him Aljannah Firdausi and also give his immediate family and BIKOBA Family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, said the demise of Barrister Nuhu Dawaki has created serious vacuum that is difficult to fill.

 

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CITAD Trains Remand Home Inmates In Kano

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By Ozumi Abdul

Centre for information Technology and Development (CITAD) on Thursday concluded the training of inmates in the remand home in Goron Dutse, Kano state on ICT and phone repairs.

The training which lasted for six weeks was segmented into three weeks each, with the first segment dedicated to ICT training and the other for phone repairs.

While speaking, the Deputy Director of CITAD, Ahmad Abdullahi Yakasai, said his organization has been combing the entire country in the bid to bring technological development to bear upon every area of humanity, but however discovered that certain segments of people have been sidelined.

Yakasai noted that this informed the reason for his organization’s training of the underaged inmates of the remand home, because the inmates are not enjoying the benefits of ICT.

He said that CITAD finds it imperative to organise a training of such nature to build the capacities of the inmates, adding that unemployment might be the reason why they are in detention.

He exuded the confidence that with the training, the inmates would not only be self employed, but employers of other people when they are freed from detention.

“Well, as you are aware CITAD is a Centre For Information Technology And Development, we aim to use technology to bring development to the people. We have been working around the country, but we later discovered that certain segments of people have been sidelined, not deriving the benefit of technology, and that is the reason we organise this training to build their capacities.

“Also we think that most of them, it might be the issue of unemployment that brought them here. So by the time they leave here, they will be able to stand on their feet and to employ others”, Yakasai said.

On her part, the representative from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Kano state,Hajiya Abdullahi Hafsat expressed her happiness towards the efforts of CITAD, as well as enjoining the beneficiaries to make use of the opportunity when they returned to their various homes.

Also, the officer in charge of the remand home, Mallam Musa Muhammad Tarauni commanded CITAD for their gesture, promising that the remand home will continue to partner with the organization.

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Pure Water Producers Announces Price Increment

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The Association of Table Water Producers (ATWAP) says it has jacked up the price of sachet water from N200 to N300 per bag.

This is contained in a statement issued by the National President of the association, Mrs Clementina Ativie in Abuja.

The president said the decision was unanimously reached during ATWAP national convention in Abuja on Wednesday.

She said that the change in the price was as a result of the increase in the prices of material, coupled economic situation of the country.

She said that the change in the price was as a result of the increase in the prices of material, coupled economic situation of the country.

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