Ganduje Distributes Delivery kits To Expectant Mothers In Kano

Kano State Government has distributed over 10,000 Delivery Kits worth N150 million to Pregnant Women in the State.

The distribution exercise covered 15 Local Government Areas with each package containing basic items needed during and after delivery.

The State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje disclosed this on Thursday, during the launch of the distribution of the Free Delivery Kits to 2,000 expectant mothers at Gama Primary Health Centre, where the re-run will be held in Nassarawa Local Government Area.

Dr. Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna stated that the present administration has given priority to free Maternal care for the protection of mothers and children.

“Today’s Programme is a continuation of the Kits distribution exercise whereby 2,000 women beneficiaries are going to collect delivery Kits containing items needed for by every pregnant Women” he stated.

Ganduje disclosed that the administration had organised 18 Months training programme on Midwifery after which the trainees were posted to rural areas to assist in ensuring safe delivery.

According to the Governor, about 1,936 midwives were given special training on how to address contemporary challenges of the profession, adding that the government had equally procured tricycles for conveying pregnant Women to health facilities in their localities.

He noted that the government also conducted free eye treatment across the state, adding that the exercise which took place at Isa kaita Primary Health Care centre, where over 150 people benefitted, has recorded a huge success.

He pointed out that over 3,000 people with eye problems also received free medicine and eyeglasses.

Gov. Ganduje assured the people of his administration’s commitment to continue to execute more projects meant to improve their wellbeing.

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Kano Govt Agrees To Pay 30,000 Minimum Wage

the Government of Kano State has said it is ready to pay the new minimum wage of N30,000 with additional N600.

According to the state Head of Service, Auwalu Naiya, the decision to pay the N30,000 naira new minimum wage was adopted at the State Council meeting which has the governor and his Deputy in attendance.

Auwalu Naiyya reminded that Governor Ganduje gives much priority to the welfare of Civil servant’s a reason Kano is among the few State that has no payment of monthly salary problems.

Similarly, Naiyya hinted that apart from the monthly salary of over N8 Billion the State always was in the forefront in the payment of Pension and Gratuity.

“Therefore it is as easy as anything for us to pay the N30,000 monthly salary this is because welfare of our workers is Paramount to anything and will always gives it preference”, Naiyya added.

However, the state Labour Union Chairman, Comrade Kabiru Minibir said they have not received any formal communication on the state readiness to pay the new minimum wage.

Kabiru Minjibir who spoke to a local Radio notes that as soon as they received formal communication they would sit on the matter and discuss.

The government also pleaded with the Labour to spare some strategic places like hospitals, banks, filling stations, markets and other areas.

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El-Rufai, Ganduje, Win APC Primaries

Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai has emerged as the gubernatorial candidate of the APC in the next year’s election.

Declaring the result, the committee chairman of the elections, Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwen said governor Elrufai had contested unopposed and scored 2447 votes while 33 votes were invalid.

3,782 delegates across the 23 local governments areas participated in the election.

Governor El-Rufai said in a speech that he accepted the mandate to promote equal opportunity in the state

“With gratitude to Almighty Allah, I accept this nomination as your vote of confidence to continue the work of delivering progressive outcomes for our people. I view your acceptance of my candidature as a mandate not to relent in promoting equality of opportunity, he said.

In related development, Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje also emerged APC candidate in his state with a total votes of 2,740,847.

The Chief Returning Officer for the election, Mr Pius Odudu announced the result at the state party secretariat, after collating results from the 44 local governments, where direct primaries system was employed.

Expressing his satisfaction with the election result, governor Ganduje commended the peaceful conduct of the election and party members for exhibiting total solidarity for his second term bid.

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Osun Election: Alafin of Oyo Describes Ganduje As Great Achiever Home, Away

Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the Alafin of Oyo, has described the governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as a great performer, who achieved commendable feats as a governor and who is set to make All Progressives Congress (APC) emerges victorious in the forthcoming gubernatorial election slated for 22nd of this Month of September.

According to the highest ranking traditional ruler of the Yoruba land, “Ganduje has performed wonderfully well and is still performing as a governor of Kano state. I think it is proper to suggest that, he should be given another chance to continue performing.”

“Let him complete what he started. He is doing extremely well in championing the good policies enunciated by the APC. His educational policy, his health care policy,

his infrastructural development policy, his agricultural policy and many other policies of his administration tally with that of the APC. In fact he is effectively implementing the good and people-oriented policies of APC, ” he emphasised.

The Alafin made the disclosure at a special meeting between the governor, who is the Chairman of Osun state Gubernatorial Campaign Council, appointed by APC national headquarters and Kabiyesis of Yoruba land ahead of the gubernatorial election.

As part of the strategic meetings to have peaceful conduct of the election. The meeting took place at Government House, Osogbo, Osun, in the presence of the governor Ra’uf Ogbeni Aregbesola, Monday.

After commending governor Ganduje, for being a worthy leader back home, he assured Osun people that, Ganduje’s choice to chair the guber campaign committee, is apt and timely.

Adding that, “As a complete gentleman, we are sure the governor would try as much as he can to see to the free, fair and credible election in Osun state.”

“We are absolutely sure that, Ganduje’s presence will automatically bless the outcome of this election. Which Osun people decided to gear it towards continuity and sustainability,” says Alafin.

In his brief remarks, governor Ganduje assured that all machineries were put in place to see to the conduct of free, fair and credible election come 22nd September, 2018.

“From the experience I gathered as the Chairman of the National Campaign Council, on the state of Osun gubernatorial election, I reach a conclusion that, our great party, APC, is fully on ground in Osun state, just like in other parts of the country,” he encouraged.

He said “We are here to ensure peaceful, free and fair election in the state of Osun. We must do our best to build very strong democracy. We are very lucky that the governor of the state of Osun has delivered very well for the state.”

Ganduje further explained that the Campaign Council was in Osun to put finishing touches for the conduct of the election.

While urging Osun people to conduct themselves peacefully during the conduct of the election, he called on them to acknowledge that, “…when somebody did well, what you need to do is to gear all your efforts towards sustainability.”

Governor Aregbesola, after describing Ganduje as a senior colleague and commending the Alafin alongside other Kabiyesis, he called on the electorate to aimed at sustainable development for the state, which he started.


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Ganduje Signs Agreement With UK-DFID To Sustain Intervention In Health Care Delivery

Committed to effective and workable health care delivery system in Kano state, governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje signs an agreement with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), to, purposely help in strengthening institutional synergy in support of the state investments in the health care delivery system.

The signing of the agreement took place at the Office Chamber, Governor’s office, Kano, between the state government, through governor Ganduje and UK government, through the Head UK-DFID, Nigeria, Miss Debbie Palmer, Monday.

As the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Programme (MNCH2), is rounding off next year, 2019, concerns have emerged over the continuation and sustainability of the programme. Which eventually resulted into the emergence of the Transition and Sustainability Plans to further consolidate all gains fruited.

The agreement gives concern to enhancing and safeguarding gains attached to the Primary Health Care System, especially for “delivery of care for women, newborns and children in Kano state.”

“In order to reduce household financial hardship, the Kano State Government will continue to sustain the provision of free MNCH medicines and supplies at health facilities that are currently supported by both DFID and Kano state Government,” clearly stated in the agreement.

While concerning about women, children, newborns and marginalised communities, the letter of agreement aims at ensuring effective partnership and “high-level commitment to the long-term goal to save and improve the lives of Kano state citizens for generations to come.”

To further maintain the process through its originality, the document puts it clearly that, “This letter of arrangement does not replace, but builds on the existing partnership between the Kano State Government and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland acting through the Department for International Development (“DFID”).”

UK government appreciates that, as Kano state government launched the state Development Plan II in 2016, that was aimed at achieving sustainable growth in many sectors,” MNCH2 is aligned with this plan and supports Kano State Government’s priorities and commitment to strengthen its health sector,” says the letter of agreement.”

Fundamental priority areas of the Transition and Sustainability Plans are identified as, to “capture and summarize the critical gains made by MNCH2 programme and its immediate predecessor,

agree priorities for action to ensure durable impact for women and children in Northern Nigeria, build consensus among programme partners and key stakeholders and agree with DFID on the most optimal use of programme,” amongst others.

The letter further acknowledges that “DFID applauds the progress made by the Kano State Government to increase its domestic funding for health in order to ensure Universal Health Coverage for its citizens.

Kano State Government has enacted laws to establish the Kano State Contributory Healthcare Scheme and the Kano State Health Trust Fund (KHETFUND) to ensure sustainable healthcare. DFID, through MNCH2, will support the implementation of these laudable initiatives.”

“DFID congratulates the Kano State Government on achieving 13% allocation of the State budget to the health sector. The Kano State Government will ensure increased and consistent appropriations and release of funds towards achieving at least 15% allocation and of its budget to the health sector,” appreciates the agreement.

As UK government acknowledges and appreciates the continued and unrelenting efforts and commitments of the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, in all the DFID health-related engagements, the state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Hajiya Aisha Ja’afar’s commitment is also appreciated.

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Gov Ganduje Declares Tuesday Work Free Day

The Kano State Government has declared Tuesday, September 11, as a public holiday to mark the new Islamic year 1440 AH.

This was contained in a statement signed by the state commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba and made available to radio Nigeria in Kano.

The statement quoted Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as congratulating Muslims the world over for witnessing the New Year, which commences in the month of Muharram, the first month in the lunar Islamic calendar.

He also urged Muslims to reflect on their deeds and activities during the past year and also to use the occasion to offer prayers for peace and prosperity of the country.

The statement reassured the people of the state government’s determination to work hard towards improving their living standards and also called on Nigerians to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country.

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Just In: Shekarau Officially Defects From PDP To APC

A former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has officially defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Shekarau announced his decision to join the ruling party after a closed-door meeting with the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.

The closed-door meeting was held on Friday in Kano State.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and other top party officials were also at the meeting.

Shekarau while announcing his defection said he believes that given by the current state of the political situation in Nigeria, it is important he moves to the APC.


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Presidential Race: Ganduje Challenges Kwankwaso To Launch Campaign In Kano

Concerned by the many chances of President Muhammadu Buhari in winning his re-election bid for 2019 presidential contest, the Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has challenged the former governor Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso to come to Kano and launch his presidential campaign for the forthcoming general election.
Assuring that, Kano is not and will never be ready to welcome Kwankwaso as Kano people have every constitutional right to make their democratic choices. “And we have all the rights to reject him at wish. We have already rejected him. We never considered him from day one, as a presidential material. We shall continue to maintain our position about him. We know nobody but President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Stressing that, “We, the great people of Kano, as he is aware will use every democratic way possible to reject him (Kwankwaso) and show him an exit from political participation, even before the general election comes our way.”
Ganduje put forth the challenge at an event of Money Transfer to empower women held at government house, kano, where 6,600 women drawn from the 44 local governments of the state were given the sum of N15,000 each.
“We in Kano, we came across the demise of distinguished personalities, of which he chose not to come and we had fire outbreaks in some of our markets and this man did not care to come and sympathise with the victims,” he condemned.
When some of the popular markets in Kano experienced fire disaster Ganduje said, “We raised a special committee that was given the responsibility of finding the remote causes of such disaster as well as given the mandate to collect contributions so as to alleviate some of the sufferings of the victims.”
To his surprise, Ganduje further challenged “We included as a member of the committee, somebody, a staunch follower of Kwankwaso. But this man didn’t allow that person to participate in all the meetings of the committee. Neither did he send a penny as his contribution.”
Adding that when those that care about Kano made their contributions and the state gave out contribution, at that point in time, Ganduje said, “Somebody will just wait somewhere telling his people that they should stay clear of anything about Kano. Is this how you want lead people?  Where is thw concern?
He then asked rhetorically, “Kano people, I am asking you, does this man really has any concern for you and your families? All we are saying is, in whose interest is he doing all these things? This man doesn’t have, even an iota of feeling about Kano people, at all.”
“Because he knows that he is not welcomed in Kano and he will be never be welcomed, that was why he chooses to stay away from our dear state and go somewhere, other places, not Kano, and be launching his unorganised and unpopular campaign,” Ganduje emphasises.
He reminded that, “Kano is solely for Buhari come 2019, not any other person. That is why we said we are waiting for him to come to Kano and launch his campaign. We shall use all democratically accepted ways and say No!
On the empowerment programme Ganduje said, “We are doing this to help in uplifting your living standard. To also make you self-reliant. It is known to all of you that we have greater concern for you and your families.”
“This we are doing in compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s spirit of human development. We believe that, any step taken by our dear President, deserves to be followed at any given time,” he concludes.
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Governor Ganduje Offers Scholarship To Children Orphaned By Boko Haram Terrorists

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has offered free education from primary to tertiary level to 100 Borno children orphaned by Boko Haram terrorists.

Ganduje revealed this, during a reception for both the first and second batch of the the adopted orphans.

“Kano state government is very serious about the future of these children. That was why we thought there should be a synergy between us and Borno state government. We have already promise to educate these children from primary school up to tertiary education.

“You are our children and we will continue to cater for you until you become full grown individuals. We shall train you on both Islamic and Western education. Ours is to help shape your future. I am assuring you that you will not loose anything, even parental care,” Ganduje added.

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APC: Ganduje Assures Party’s Sweeping South East in 2019

Amid the controversy of the emergence of Reformed All Progressives Congress in the ruling party, APC, Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje assures party loyalists and other Nigerians that, the party would sweep over South Eastern states come 2019 general election.

He made the assertion during a special briefing at the Council Chamber prior to the Council meeting with the state executive council members yesterday, at Government House, Kano.

While referring to the unprecedented gathering during a rally for the party loyalists held at Owerri, the capital of Imo state recently. Which made Imo to standstill during the rally.

As many major roads sighted thousands of human beings that were not witnessed before in the state, according to some political observers.  As APC supporters from all the South East converged to show their solidarity to President Buhari.

The rally that was principally organised by the Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha and other stakeholders was tagged, “Support Rally for Buhari” Ganduje was among the party juggernauts that were invited by Okorocha to grace the grand rally. Indicating Ganduje’s position in the ruling party. Being a governor who always steps in where Buhari steps.

“Our dear President Muhammadu Buhari has unprecedented support from the South East. Though we have only one state now controlled by our party in the region, that is Imo state, but  come 2019 general election APC will give surprises by sweeping all the states there,” he encouraged.

Ganduje explained that, President Buhari’s efforts in making sure that federal government presence improves through the execution of many projects in the region “…gives APC opportunity to be ahead of all other political parties in the country. This gives us more strength and moral encouragement as a party and as politicians.”

“We are happy that the chances of the APC in South East is brighter. And fom all look of things we are going to capture the remaining states of the South East,” he emphasises.

According to the governor, the rally saw many strong political pillars of the region, which also served as a pointer to how the party is waxing stronger across many parts of the country.

Ganduje said “We were together with so many political leaders that command the loyalty and respect of their people. Who truly understand the patriotic nature of President Buhari’s administration. With this and many other factors they vow to deliver South East to the progressive party, APC,”

The governor concludes that, “APC always stands for effective and efficient service delivery. We are aware of President Muhammadu Buhari’s keen interest in developing all parts of the country. It is an exhibition of this, that South East is witnessing. And they promise to fully appreciate come 2019 elections.”

At the rally also, there were newly elected members of the APC National Working Committee and National Executive Committee who come from the region, apart from other newly elected states’ executive committees members from all the South East states.

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nPDP Claim Of Marginalization Is Corruption Fighting Back, Says Ganduje

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Monday dismissed claim of marginalization by some members of the nPDP in the All Progressive Congress (APC), saying it’s a reflection of corruption fighting back.

Ganduje, who stated these during a media parley at Government House in Kano, said people like the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have no reason to complain about anything.

According to him, all of them are being carried along by the present administration.

He said: “Some few members of the nPDP  (which is not even a group in that nomenclature, because now we are one in the APC) went to the party’s national secretariat and presented a paper that they were marginalized.

“The majority of the defunct nPDP (which I am a member) also went to the national secretariat to mention that those that were there earlier in the name of nPDP were not the true representatives of the nPDP. Also, we indicated that we are not part of those who are being marginalized.

“I will give you an analysis that will show that they are not being marginalized. First of all, the Senate President is from the defunct nPDP, he is now the Senate President. He controls very important Committees in which he singlehandedly approved chairmen of 30 committees. That is not marginalization.

“You have the governor of Kwara State who is also a member of the nPDP. He has a whole government. How can he say he is marginalized?

“You have the Speaker of House of Representatives who is a member of the nPDP and a Speaker under the banner of APC. How can he say he is being marginalized? He controls lucrative committees. He appoints the chairmen and membership of the Committees singlehandedly without interference from the executive. How can he say he is being marginalized?

“So, if you take this issue one by one, you can see that the issue of marginalization is not there. Therefore, we the majority of the nPDP are disclaiming the allegation and we believe that we are not being marginalized.

“The Governor of Adamawa state is nPDP and he is now a governor. I am from nPDP and I am now a governor. We have most of  us from the nPDP who are Senators and House of Representative members.

“So, I believe that there must be something underground. You know Mr. President is facing a difficult moment, corruption is fighting back. So, you will soon see why marginalization is coming out now. This is not the issue of marginalization, this is the issue of corruption fighting back. So, you will see what will happen.”

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Kano State Govt. To Construct New Drugs Market – Gov. Ganduje Reveals

A new drugs market would be constructed at the Kano Economic City, the governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has revealed.
“Already an agreement has been reached between the contractor, JAIZ Bank, the drug marketers and other relevant stakeholders in respect of the project”, he governor added.
The move, he stated, was in compliance with directives of the Federal Ministry of Health, to build separate market for drug vendors, to ensure that their business was properly supervised.
Governor Ganduje made the disclosure on Wednesday evening, in Kano, while receiving an award given to him during the recent National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Annual conference, where he was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar.
The honor was based on Governor Ganduje’s stride in checking the menace of drug abuse and his remarkable effort in supporting the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Maintaining that his administration is deeply concerned about the level of drug abuse and trafficking in the state, he announced that in consolidation of its anti drug war, the state government has not too long ago, confiscated banned drugs worth hundreds of millions of Naira which would be destroyed soon.
The governor also stated the government-owned Kiru reformatory would soon be renovated and expanded to include a separate section for female drug abusers, lamenting that the problem of drug addiction among women, especially married ones in the state, was becoming alarming.
“This situation must not be allowed to continue so while thanking NDLEA for this award, I want to emphasize that our commitment in the war against drug users and traffickers will remain tough”, he said.
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