Largest Solar Plant In Africa Opens In Bayero University Kano

Solar power projects being commissioned under the Energizing Education Programme of the Buhari administration is a testament to the fulfilment of its Next Level agenda, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Tuesday in Kano State, where he commissioned the 7.1MW solar hybrid power plant in Bayero University Kano, which is the largest off grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa.

The Vice President further said the solar hybrid power plant was ‘just one touch point of progress and impact within this Administration’s Next Level agenda. The Federal Government is committed to powering Nigeria; one university, one market, one community at a time.”

This is the second solar plant to be commissioned by the Vice President within a period of about one month, following the first one in August – a 2.8 MW decentralized solar hybrid power plant at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI).

BUK is the second of the 37 federal universities and 7 teaching hospitals under the Federal Government’s Energizing Education Programme designed to provide sustainable and clean power supply around the country. It includes a solar hybrid power plant, renewable energy workshop and training centre and a solar powered street-lighting project.

“Notably today, we are also commissioning the largest off-grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa.  This is something we, as Nigerians, should all be proud of. This was only possible because various levels of government worked in tandem with the growing renewable energy private sector.”

“The installed 7.1MW decentralized solar hybrid power plant funded by the FGN green bond will supply over 58,000 students and staff with clean, safe and reliable electricity. I am sure that the entire student body, management and staff of Bayero University are proud to be beneficiaries of this, most especially as the only Federal University in Kano State and one of the longest standing ones. As a result, students can now focus on their academics and vocational training in a safer and illuminated environment,” Prof. Osinbajo said.

The Vice President emphasized that the ultimate goal of the Buhari administration’s Next level roadmap policies and objectives under the Energizing Education Programme is “to increase access to modern technical education in safe and illuminated learning environments, empower the girl child, create jobs in the power sector value chain, amongst others.”

He added, “Thus far, this project created 182 energy related jobs from power system engineers to electricians as well as trained 20 young female STEM students with the skills to contribute to strengthening our energy sector. It is initiatives like this that create the impact for Nigeria’s socio-economic growth.

“This significant initiative upholds the Federal Government’s adherence to global best practice, as we transition to cleaner sources of energy in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These projects being implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) are strategic to fulfilling our commitments to the Agreement as they strive to reduce Nigeria’s carbon footprint. 

“The leveraging of renewable energy technologies is in line with the Federal Government mandate and related activities. Nigeria’s plans to reduce carbon emissions by 20% unconditionally and 45% with international support by 2030 aims to limit the damaging effects of climate change.

“This remarkable off grid solar hybrid power plant being commissioned today, is already on its way to bringing these goals and objectives to fruition.”


Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Vice President
4th September, 2019

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Kano Guber: 43 Political Parties Declare Support For APC’s Abdullahi Ganduje

Forty-three political parties yesterday in Kano State, declared their support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The governorship candidates of the parties, who threw their weight behind governor Ganduje through their spokesman and United People’s Congress (UPC ) governorship candidate Ibrahim Gaya at the African House Government House,  directed their members to vote for the APC candidate tomorrow.

Gaya said:  “We have dropped our contest and unanimously decided to endorsed the Candidature of Governor Ganduje in order for him to accomplish his mission of staging  a comeback and consolidate on socio economic development of the state.”

APC Chairman Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas hailed the parties for their sacrifice.

He said: “I have personally not witnessed a situation where a gubernatorial candidate will invite fellow colleagues to come dine and wine together in a conducive atmosphere.”

Ganduje said he invited the candidates to the Government House to create mutual understanding between the political parties in the state to demonstrate love and unity of purpose.

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Development Partners Hail Ganduje For Intervention Against Polio, Other Health Matters

In appreciation of efforts being put by the government of Kano state under Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in the fight against poliomyelitis diseases, which results into polio-free period of three consecutive years, in the state, an amalgamation of development partners commend the governor for achieving that feat.

Not only in the area of polio eradication, they commend him for his unrelenting efforts in the overall areas of health care delivery system since his assumption into office in the last three years.

That was disclosed by a representative of Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Dr Suleiman Adamu, who spoke on behalf of all development partners, who were present at a dinner organised by the governor for Sallah celebration, recently at Africa House, Government House, Kano.

Amongst the development partners that were present at the dinner were World Health Organisation (WHO), Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Clinton Health Access Initiative, The Challenge Initiative (TCI), Department for International Development (DFID), Suda Belt, MNCH2, Rotary and FHI 360.

Adamu explained that, what the governor was doing in the health sector, was largely responsible for success stories in the sector, adding that Kano state was lucky to significantly change the narratives and becomes a beacon of hope in the health care delivery system.

“I am standing here on behalf of all the development partners that are here present, twenty of us, to congratulate and appreciate His Excellency’s committed and genuine intervention in the health sector. Yours is a significant one that needs to be copied by other states of the federation,” Adamu  pinpoints.

While commending Ganduje on the general health care delivery system, Dr Adamu further reveals that, “Kano state is now celebrating 3 consecutive years as a polio-free environment. We say Kudos to His Excellency the governor of Kano state. It clearly shows that efforts are genuine and all stakeholders are genuinely serious about their roles.”

He reveals that even the global office of Centre for Disease Control appreciates Ganduje’s achievements recorded in the health sector. Adding that, “…they enjoy their visit to Kano state when they were in Nigeria for official engagements. This is a milestone for the state health sector.”

In his remarks governor Ganduje appreciates the development partners and all other stakeholders in the health sector, disclosing that, “It is because of the importance we attach to health care delivery system that people are witnessing positive development in this all-important sector.”

He made it clear that, development partners were not relenting in their efforts to see to an improved health care delivery system in the state in particular and the country in general. With them, according to him, many more success stories are forthcoming. “Our cooperation will always be there as a government,” he assured.

“Our holistic taking of the health sector is what is producing all the success stories you are seeing around. We believe in the health of our population. That is why we are doing the needful. As a result therefore, we need to have a population that is an asset not a liability. So the health of our population is very critical,” says the governor.

Earlier the Commissioner of Health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso reveals that, more than 300 health care facilities were either upgraded, renovated or both since the coming of Ganduje as a governor in the state.

“Since our coming into office, in the last three years, over 3,000 health care workers were employed and deployed across the state health care facilities. This is unprecedented and unique as far as health care system is concerned,” Getso highlights.

In his description of the newly completed Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, Getso discloses how recently some patients were referred to the hospital from Minna, Niger state and Katsina state.

According to him that happened, “…because of the fact that what we put in there are state of the art equipments that are latest and effective. It is because of this therefore, that I am saying these our two ultra modern specialist hospitals are there to purposely bridge the gap in the health care system in the country.”

The Chairman Governing Board of Kano Ultra Modern Specialist Hospital (KUSH), otherwise known as Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, Dr Aminu Garba Magashi, acknowledged the commitment of the development partners in improving health care system in the state.

“Our doors are also opened for those interested in getting involved into our facility. You should know, as many of you are aware, that, ours is Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. So we need you all,” said Magashi.

He used the platform to announce to the gathering about KUSH’s plan to hold a free Breast Cancer examination for 1,000 women in the hospital, which was tagged Catch-Them-Early programme. The programme is slated to hold on Wednesday 20th June, 2019. And governor Ganduje would flag it off.

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Kano Govt Pardons 317 Inmates

Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje has pardoned 317 inmates making a total of 2,517 inmates released by his administration in three years.

This was contained in a  statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar, made available to newsmen in Kano.

He  said the gesture was aimed at complementing the federal government efforts in decongesting prisons across the country.

Anwar noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed states’ governors to help in de-congesting prisons across the country.

Governor Ganduje, who witnessed the release of some of the inmates at Kano Central prison in Kurmawa, called on the released inmates to change their attitudes.

In a remark, the Controller of Prison, Kano, Alhaji Magaji Abdullahi commended governor Ganduje for freeing the inmates.

Abdullahi said the Buhari-led administration has brought a lot of development to the Nigerian Prison Service, the new Janguza prison had reached 60 per cent of completion.

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ABU Alumni Awards Ganduje For Outstanding Performances

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, accorded Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state with Merit Award 2018, for his outstanding performance in the areas of infrastructural development, improved health sector reform, overhaul of the education sector amongst others.

Presenting the Award to the governor, yesterday, during the state executive council meeting, the Deputy Governor Prof. Hafizu Abubakar, who represented the governor, during the Award Dinner event which was held in Abuja, said “Your Excellency the organisers of the Award appreciate your efforts in making Kano state a modern political entity in all sectors.”

Abubakar with a happy and smiling face reveals that, “During the presentation of this Merit Award Your Excellency, it was clearly evident on the faces of the organisers that when your name was mentioned as a recipient of the Award, that they believe in this choice as a governor whose priorities are correctly placed for the overall development of his state.”

“Because of the giant strides in all sectors of the state, as well as your belief in transparency and accountability in governance, your name rang bell when I stood up to receive the Award on your behalf Sir,” Deputy Governor transmits.

According to him, Ganduje was one of the few carefully selected Alumni that were awarded at the event, emphasising that, “Looking at the success stories under your administration, Your Excellency, many Alumni accept that yours is well deserving and the cap is put where it fits, also.”

While organisers appreciated governor’s continued contribution for the development of the university, they also believe that, his intervention in many areas of concern in the university encourages many Alumni along that line.

In his acceptance remarks, Governor Ganduje shows his appreciation for the award after commending the Deputy Governor for good representation, adding that, “Any Award from this prestigious university is indeed a serious Award. That is why you are spotting happiness all over me.”

Reminding his schools days as undergraduate student in ABU from 1972 to 1975, Ganduje said, since then the university has been a national university, adding that, “I went back to obtain my Masters Degree from 1984 to 1985. The university is still doing very well in all facets of academic excellence.”

“This Award is of course a morale booster to me and all other Alumni of our prestigious university. It is also a morale booster to all of us here, the Kano state government and the people of Kano state,” Ganduje emphasises.

He promised to do more for the development of the state. Assuring that ABU is part and parcel of him, adding that, “…the university is indeed in my blood. So we are inseparable.”

Others that were awarded during the event, were governors of Kebbi and Bauchi states, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru and Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman.

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Kano Govt Trains 3,500 Vigilance Members, Distributes Uniforms

The Kano State Government has trained 3,500 vigilance members on basic literacy and distributed uniforms worth over N200 million to various vigilance groups with a view to enhance their operations.

The Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, made this known on Monday during the post – International Literacy Day celebration in Kano.

Ganduje said that the training would reduce the level of illiteracy in the state and enhance their operations.

He said that his administration had given high premium to adult literacy in the state.

“Education is potentially the greatest instrument we have at our disposal to empower our people,” he said.

Ganduje added that the state government ?would set up a security neighborhood agency to check security issues in the state.

?The governor also distributed 13,200 uniforms worth N200 million to members of the vigilance groups in the 44 local government areas.

He also ?promised to pay the remaining three months allowance for instructors at the literacy centres in the state.

 

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Devolution Of Power Good For Nigeria, Says Gov Abdullahi Ganduje

Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has reiterated the need for devolution of power from the centre to various states and local governments in the nation to enhance good governance.

Ganduje stated this in Kano Government House, while receiving the Kano 30-member Committee on True Federalism.

The committee wa set up by the state government to project the views of Kano in the on-going debate for true federalism and restructuring.

According to him, there was the need to take the issue of true federalism to be debated at the regional and state levels.

“We found it imperative to bring this issue so that  it can be debated at the national level, at regional level; and I am aware that the Northern Governors’ Forum constituted a similar Committee which has been working. We also have a similar Committee at the party level. And now in our own case, we have it at the state level,” the governor said.

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FG To Prosecute Media Houses Promoting Hate Speeches

The federal government has said it is ready to prosecute any person or group of persons who engages in hate speeches as well as any media houses that allowed itself to be used by persons.

The Minister of Information Mr. Lai Muhammed gave warning at the 2nd National Union of Journalist (NUJ) National conference held in Kano state with the theme; “Hate Speech: Halting the tide before it is too late “.

He said that journalism, which is well guided by professional ethics and standard was poised to enhance peaceful co-existence in the society.

The Minister revealed the new disposition of government on hate speeches, and cited the 2011 terrorism act, saying  “henceforth, offenders of dangerous comments would be treated in accordance with the act. “

Mr Lai reminded the media that government directive on National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction any broadcast station who allows its air wave to be used as medium for promotion of hate speeches, still stands.

He posited that as postulated by provisions of the constitution, freedom of expression and speeches, such privilege should not be abused.

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Kano Govt Approves N344 Million For Polio Immunization

Kano State Government has ?approved N344 million as counterpart fund for the conduct of 2018 Polio Immunization in the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, made this known on Tuesday in Kano when he briefed newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting.

He said the move was part of the government’s renewed efforts to eradicate Polio in the state.

“The money approved is counter part fund for the conduct of polio immunisation as it is a tripertite programme between Kano State Government, Dangote and Bill and Milinder Gate Foundation. I am glad to inform you that for the last three years the state had not recorded a single case of Poliomyelitis and this is a true reflection of our collective efforts. The government is committed to provision of quality health care services to the teeming populace,’’ he said.

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Kano State Govt To Spend 13% Of Its 2018 Budget On Health

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has said that his government allocated 13 percent of its 2018 budget to the health sector as part of deliberate attempts to improve quality health care services.
The government allocated N9.7 billion to the health sector this year for infrastructural development andto promote preventive health care along with curative intervention, in collaboration with development partners.
Governor Ganduje stated this in a video teleconference for the 2017 health program year, which set out to revise the goals and objectives as well corresponding progress made since the commencement of the government’s tripartite agreement on health, with and Dangote Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
According to him, “the government aims to strengthen the control of HIV/AIDs and Tuberculosis, Polio eradication, Malaria control, cholera, measles control and other child killer diseases in collaboration with development partners”.
The governor stated that two specialist hospitals at Giginyu and Zoo road have been equipped with modern facilities in 2017, while attention would be focused onprocurement of specialized medical equipment and upgrading of primary health centers this year, to enable them cope with the challenge of ensuring a healthy citizenry
He thanked the principal MOU partners as well other development partners working in Kano health sector and implored them to sustain the current tempo of technical support to the State Ministry of Health and its agencies.
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, chair, Dangote Foundation, commended the state on the progress made so far especially on the continued commitment to the 100 percent funding for routine immunization program.
He opined that “the state government should do moreregarding community engagement work, in trying to generate demand for immunisation and primary healthcare, and for improved transparency and inclusion of partners/technical working groups in all procurement processes moving”.
In his remarks, Mr. Bill Gates, co-chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, stressed the importance of data quality, urging the Ganduje administration “to step up its efforts towards strengthening broader primary health care services”. He also highlighted that, with the ongoing developments in primary health care Kano, the mortality of under-5 children in is set to reduce in the next few years.
The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, advised the State Ministry of Health and its agencies to consider prioritization of some selected local government areas before scaling up other community based health interventions, especially leveraging on the modern technology. He also tasked the State government to augment its budgetary allocation for health as enshrined in the Abuja declaration.
Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje received a donation of 72 motorcycles and 45 mobile phones from the World Health Organization through its Country Representative Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, who announced that the contribution is to assist the government in disease surveillance across the 44 local government areas of the state.
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Kwankwaso Cancels Visit To Kano

Senator representing Kano Central senatorial district, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has cancelled his planned visit to Kano.

The former Kano Governor had insisted on visiting his home state in spite of warnings from the Police against the visit ahead of the February 10 council poll.

Former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and a Kwankwaso associate, Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, noted that in view of the tension in Kano over the planned visit, consultations were held with well meaning Nigerians at home and abroad, after which Kwankwanso decided to shelve his homecoming.

“On hearing about the scheduled visit, the state government, which had polarised our party into two camps and had also dragged our party at the national level, as well as some staff of the presidency to help fight his proxy became desperate in frustrating the visit.

“They used Yusuf and other government apparatuses, as well as our adversaries in Abuja.The former governor stayed away from visiting Kano to give Governor Abdullahi Ganduje time to consolidate his administration without any interference. A lot has been said and done in the last couple of days to the extent that our adversaries have declared war whenever Kwankwaso visits the state,” Bichi said.

This standoff has attracted the attention of well meaning Nigerians, home and abroad, who have called to advice that Kwankwaso postpones the visit due to security considerations and the preservation of lives and property.

“In view of the above, and after consultations with well meaning Nigerians, home and abroad, we decided to shelve the scheduled visit at the moment. We, therefore, want to appeal to our teaming supporters to bear with the prevailing circumstances for peace to rain.

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Kano Govt Partners NITDA, NCC On ICT

Kano State Government is collaborating with relevant agencies such as National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Development partners etc. to develop the capacity of youth in the State to be self-reliant in the field of ICT and become employers of labor, thereby contributing to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Nation.

Speaking during the Computer Science Day organized by Nigerian Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS), School of Technology (SOT) Kano Chapter on 23rd day of December, 2017, with the theme: Information Technology Innovation for Economic Diversification: The Role of Youth, the SSA ICT II Abdulaziz Tijjani Mahmud said Kano State Government is working to identify talented youth with flair for Information and Communications Technology (ICT), with a view to supporting them, develop their talents in software and hardware manufacturing and other Information and Communications Technology (ICT) related areas. He noted that already, an online request data form was drafted to facilitate acquiring such data on the high IQ youth.

The senior official intimated that Kano State Government has offered scholarship to 100 youths, which comprised 60 males and 40 females to undergo a 2-year National Innovation Diploma at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), a subsidiary of National Communication Commission (NCC). The essence of the course is to bridge the gap in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the State.

He advised the students to make good use of their computer knowledge for economic self-reliance noting that computer has now become an indispensable tool in conduct of day to day transactions at both public and private organizations. He then admonished them not to limit the use of their knowledge of computer to entertainment only, but to use it wisely and in a very legal manner to initiate ways of sustaining themselves economically.

The SSA further assured the students that Kano State Government is committed to nurturing environment for innovation, technology and tech-entrepreneurship, adding that the administration Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje would continue to play a great role as a facilitator and a promoter of technological innovations.

He also advised the organizers to take the onus of imparting good values to coming generation and never lose sight of the primary aim of education, i.e. to become good responsible citizens of the state and the country in general.

He appreciated the contribution of the outgoing leadership of the association and also wished the new ones a successful tenure in office, hoping that they would build on the good work started by their predecessors.

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