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Plan to plant one million trees through crowdfunding gathers 6,000 seedlings in 24 hours



Ismail Auwal and colleagues during one of their tree planting campaigns

Abbas Yushau Yusuf

As the plan to plant one million trees in 2024 gains momentum through crowdfunding in Kano, the campaign led by the convener Ismail Auwalu, stated that in order to mitigate global warming in Kano, the crowdfunding initiative is gaining acceptance.

Ismail Auwal, in an exclusive interview with NIGERIAN TRACKER, said that as of now, they have secured sponsorship for almost six thousand trees to be planted in various locations in Kano to combat global warming.

Ismail, who initiated the campaign on his Facebook page and other social media platforms, said that many good Samaritans responded by donating trees for planting in Kano State.

Regarding their approach to planting the trees, Ismail said they would partner with Islamic scholars and Christian clerics to begin planting the trees on Sallah day, expected to be held on the 9th or 10th of April in Kano State.

“We are going to distribute trees across mosques, and those interested will be given trees to plant,” Ismail said.

He further explained that the first stage of planting trees involves distributing them across mosques and churches in Kano. He mentioned that they chose to distribute them in worship places because they found that newly planted trees tend to be more sustainable there, unlike in 2019 when communities where the trees were planted struggled to sustain them.

Auwal added that they would also target schools and business people interested in planting trees around their surroundings.

“We started in 2019, and from our experience, the trees last longer in worship places, especially mosques,” he said. “Before, we planted in communities, but they did not last. We learned that they last longer in schools and worship places, so we carefully selected varieties that are very resistant and can grow into mature species.

“Sometimes we track and monitor progress. We also raise awareness in communities, and we have knowledgeable individuals, especially professors, who can provide guidance and advice,” he added.

Through crowdfunding, we have raised 650 thousand Naira, making it almost five thousand trees within 24 hours,” he said.

“There are pledges that we have. We are targeting one million before the end of 2024, and that will determine the next project. This will be a litmus test for crowdfunding.”

There is a significant relationship between humans and trees. Carbon dioxide leads to global warming, and trees absorb carbon dioxide, so if there are no trees, it leads to global warming,” he emphasized.

Ismail mentioned that unfortunately, major government roads in Kano metropolitan areas lack trees, citing examples such as state roads and the famous Zoo Road in Kano.

He said that with global warming, there is sometimes no need to persuade anyone to plant a tree, especially in a state like Kano, located in the tropics

Regarding engaging the government in the project, the convener of Make Kano Green, Ismail Auwal, said they would not approach the government, but if it is interested it can key in.

Kano is the most populous state in Nigeria, according to the 2006 population census, but since then, for over 18 years, the federal government of Nigeria has not conducted a population census, during the hot season, the people of the city suffer due to excess heat, attributed to the lack of sufficient trees in the city.


Kano High Court Orders Eviction of 15th Emir Aminu Ado Bayero from Palace



Justice Aisha Adamu Aliyu of a High Court in Kano State has ordered the Commissioner of Police in Kano to evict the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

In court documents seen by Daily Trust, the judge granted an order “restraining the 1, 2, 3rd 4th & 5th Defendants either by themselves, servants, privies, and or any other persons or officers serving under them or acting in connection with any other person from parading themselves as Emirs of Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed by the Applicants.

That an order is hereby granted to the extent that the Commissioner of Police Kano State should immediately take over the palace of the Emir of Kano situate being and lying at State Road Kano and evict the 1 Defendant/Respondent from the said palace pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated 24th May, 2024.

That an order of this Hon. Court is hereby granted restraining the 1st, 2nd, 3rd 4th & 5th Defendants from parading themselves as Emirs of Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye in the interest of peace in Kano pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

That an order is hereby made that 15th Defendants be served through the office of the Commissioner Police, Kano State who is to ensure immediate implementation of the order of the Hon. Court in the interest of justice.”

Respondents in the matter are the deposed Emir’s of Karaye, Gaya, Bichi, Rano, Kano, IGP, Director DSS, NSCDC and Army.

The applicants are the Attorney General of Kano State, Speaker House of Assembly and Kano State House of Assembly.

Report indicates that the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Isah Dederi had told BBC that the state government received the earlier order granted by a Federal High Court stopping the reinstatement of the Emir after action had been completed on Monday.

Daily Trust

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Senator Kawu Sumaila Commends President Tinubu’s Decision on Local Government Autonomy



Kawu Sumaila

Senator Sulaiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, representing Kano South Senatorial District, has praised President Ahmed Bola Tinubu for his recent decision to grant autonomy to local governments. In a statement he signed, Senator Sumaila described the decision as timely, emphasizing the urgent need for policies that alleviate the suffering of the Nigerian masses.

According to Sumaila, President Tinubu’s commitment to local government autonomy aligns with the senators’ efforts to address the challenges faced by the grassroots. “I am happy that Mr. President has begun to follow our path to salvage our people by giving local governments the autonomy to operate as enshrined in the constitution. The decision to compel the 36 states of the federation to grant autonomy to local governments is a step in the right direction,” he said.

Sumaila highlighted the potential benefits of this autonomy, particularly for rural areas. “This will surely help in bringing development to our people, especially those at the grassroots in rural areas. It will equally boost the nation’s economy by increasing our Internally Generated Revenue through the agricultural value chain and other commercial activities that will emerge once local governments gain their autonomy,” he added.

However, Senator Sumaila also appealed to President Tinubu to address issues related to local government elections, which he identified as another significant challenge affecting grassroots progress under democratic governance. “I would be glad if President Tinubu will also address the challenges affecting the conduct of local government elections in the nation. The president should do something to stop politicians from manipulating the processes of local government elections for their personal interests,” he urged.

Sumaila criticized the current state of local government elections, highlighting the undue influence of state governors. “We are all aware of how local government elections are being conducted under the watch of state governors in this country. From the primaries to the main elections, the processes are always being manipulated by politicians for their personal interest against the interests of the majority. That should not be so under democracy, and I am appealing to Mr. President to urgently address this problem. I am sure this will complement the autonomy of the local government, thereby extending the dividends of democracy to the grassroots,” he asserted.

Senator Sumaila emphasized the collaborative efforts of the legislative and executive branches of government in supporting local government autonomy. “We, at the National Assembly, have raised the matter and supported the autonomy for local governments, and the executive has also agreed with us. It is now over to the judiciary to appropriately exercise its constitutional rights in deciding the case before it on local government autonomy,” he said.

Sumaila thanked Senate President Godswill Akpabio and Deputy Senate President Barau I. Jibrin for giving him the opportunity to present the matter before the Senate and expressed gratitude to his colleagues for their support. “I thank the Senate President, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, and Deputy Senate President, Barau I. Jibrin, for giving me the opportunity to table the matter before the Senate, and my colleagues for supporting me on this issue,” the statement concluded.

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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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