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 Police Arrest 1800 Political Thugs

The Kano State command of the Nigerian police force says no fewer than 1,800 political thugs were currently in prison across the state, awaiting trial.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr Wakili Muhammad, disclosed this in Kano at a one-day meeting with stakeholders for the promotion of peaceful conduct of the governorship supplementary elections in the state.

The town hall meeting was organised by the National Peace Committee in collaboration with the Kano Peace Committee targeted at ensuring peaceful conduct of the governorship re-run on Saturday.

The commissioner, represented by ACP Abubakar Zubairu, said the suspects were apprehended during the Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as the Governorship election.

He said Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and Area Commanders in Kano state had already been directed to arrest all those who tried to cause violence before, during and after the re-run.

Muhammad maintained that the police command had put in place adequate security measures to ensure that the election was peaceful and devoid of violence.

 He noted that the Force Headquarters had deployed additional security personnel to the state to enhance security during the election.

The commissioner advised youths to shun politicians who were bent on using them to cause violence, adding no politicians worth their salt should resort to use of violence.

In his remarks, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Prof Riskuwa Arab-Shehu, said the commission had received all the necessary election materials for the conduct of the re-run.

The REC, who was represented by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Alhaji Lawal Mohammed Garba, commended the committee for organising

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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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Immigration Rescues Eight Girls From Suspected Trafficker In Kano

The Nigeria Immigration Service NIS has rescued eight trafficked victims and arrested the suspected trafficker in Kano.

NIS Kano State Command Comptroller, Isiaka Yusuf disclosed this while parading the suspect, Ms Sweet Akoye before newsmen.

He said the suspect, was arrested by Irregular Migration Section of the Service, while trying to facilitate trafficking of the eight victims from Benin city in Edo state through Kano to Italy en route Niger Republic.

The Comptroller said during interrogation, it was discovered that the victims, all females paid money ranging from N30,000 to N300,000 to facilitate their trip.

He maintained that the suspect, Ms Sweet Akoye has admitted that she was trafficking them to Italy.

The comptroller added that she would be charged to court for aiding and abetting human trafficking an act contrary to section 70 of the Immigration ACT 2015 as amended.

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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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Kano PDP Guber Candidate Reacts To Court Ruling

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), governorship candidate for Kano State, Abba Kabir-Yusuf, says he remains the party’s flag bearing despite the court rulling that nullified the PDP’s governorship primaries.

Kabir-Yusuf made this known in a statement signed by his spokesman, Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa and issued to newsmen in Kano.

He said “The court ruling on Monday does not in any way affect the candidature of Engr. Abba Kabir-Yusuf as the case is against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which we believe that the party has taken the most appropriate action of appeal.

“As far as we are concerned, our campaign activities will continue till Thursday night, March 8 when the deadline of campaigns will elapse as contained in the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.”

The governorship candidate has called on his teeming supporters to remain calm and continue with the electioneering campaigns to ensure victory for the party on Saturday.

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Ganduje: President Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War Remains On Course – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed claims that his association with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has diminished his commitment to the war against corruption.

The Presidency in a statement Thursday said that there is a difference between perception and reality.

According to the statement, which followed comments after the proclamation by President Buhari of Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, at a rally in Kano, the presidency cited a number of high profile prosecution of senior government officials that a former Secretary to the Government and a former state governor who is a party member and now serving term in jail as indications of will and determination to wage the anti-corruption war without fear or favour.

It also added that the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, is currently on administrative leave as part of President Buhari’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

The statement explained that despite some of the suspects being close to the President, he had not shielded them from investigation, administrative suspensions and prosecution.

The Presidency added that it is sheer mischief to suggest that President Buhari is shielding anybody because of their closeness to him, explaining that no official under this administration would go unpunished once they break the law.

On the specific issue of Governor Ganduje of Kano State, the statement noted that Dr. Ganduje, as a sitting Governor, enjoys immunity from prosecution in his own right. Furthermore, under Nigerian laws, a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

In the circumstances, the matter is in court and the President has no power to dictate to the court or the Kano State House of Assembly, which is already investigating the matter, about what to do with the allegations against Ganduje.

The Presidency added that it is unfair to ignore the larger picture of the President’s major successes in the war against corruption, including blocking leakages of corruption, which in turn, boosted government revenues.

The statement challenged President Buhari’s critics to prove that those facing corruption allegations are innocent, adding that the President’s zero tolerance for corruption has boosted and remarkably improved Nigeria’s image in the eyes of world leaders.

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Kano State Judiciary Launches Small Claims Court For Prompt Resolution Of Commercial Disputes For SMEs

The Kano State Judiciary in collaboration with the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has inaugurated a Small Claims Court in Kano. This is in line with enabling business environment reforms across all arms of Government aimed at making Nigeria a progressively easier place to do business.

The objective of the court is to improve the judicial process by providing easy access to a cost-effective and fast resolution of debt recovery disputes involving small claims of five million naira (N5m) and below. All claims which are filed at the Small Claims Court are expected to be heard and judgment delivered within a maximum period of 60 days, with a further 30 days for enforcement. Only one adjournment is allowed under exceptional circumstances.

In addition, magistrates are to hear matters daily to conclusion, and are enjoined to promote, encourage and facilitate negotiation among parties. The court also encourages self-representation, and adhere to strict timelines for following key specified court events.

The Small Claims Court is regulated by the Practice Directions on Small Claims 2018 issued by the Chief Judge of Kano State pursuant to the Magistrate Court Law of 2018. The launch took place on January 24, 2019 at the Judicial Service Commission, Audu Bako Secretariat, Kano State and was attended by the Ag. Chief Judge, Attorney General, Judges of the High Court, Magistrates, Judicial Officers and members of the bar.

In her remarks at the occasion, PEBEC Secretary and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole said; “The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council continues to collaborate with the Kano State Government, including the Kano State Judiciary, on business climate reforms for the State. The launch of the Small Claims Court is further proof of our successful collaboration, and how working together can yield great results.”

“On behalf of PEBEC, I congratulate the Acting Chief Registrar and the entire Kano State Judiciary on the successful commissioning of the Small Claims Court. We implore all small businesses to take advantage of the court and to tell more stakeholders about them. It can only be as efficient as we want it to be if we engage and use them”.  

In order to ensure effectiveness of the court, PEBEC also conducted a 2-day training for magistrates and court officials in collaboration with leading commercial law firms in Nigeria. 

Following the establishment of the Small Claims Court in Lagos in April 2018, it is reported that 90% of judgments delivered from May to September 2018 were delivered within the 60-day timeline in compliance with the Lagos State Magistrates’ Practice Directions on Small Claims. 

This indicates substantial compliance in terms of timely disposition of matters. Prior to the establishment of the Small Claims Court, the 2019 World Bank Doing Business report stated that it took 447 days for matters to be resolved with the commercial court at the Lagos State Judiciary, and it currently takes 476 days for the court in Kano. 

PEBEC was established in 2016 to oversee Nigeria’s business climate reform agenda, and is Chaired by His Excellency the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. PEBEC’s model aligns with global best practice and includes a strong performance tracking element that is measured by the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index (DBI), which is reported annually. 

The DBI is an annual ranking that objectively assesses prevailing business climate conditions across 190 countries based on 10 Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) indicators. The Index offers comparative insights based on private sector validation of reforms delivered in the two largest commercial cities in countries with a population higher than 100 million. 

For Nigeria, the DBI tracks both Lagos and Kano States, being the two largest business cities in the country. The reform area/indicator known as Enforcing Contracts focuses mainly on the reforms of the judiciary and how cases are handled in the Small Claims Court within the State – from filing to delivery and enforcement of judgement. 

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Kano Govt Inaugurates N500m Power Project

The Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje has inaugurated the Gada Biyu electrification project at the cost of over N500 million.

The project was aimed at ensuring stable power supply to Gada Biyu and surrounding communities in Doguwa local government area of the state.

At the ceremony, Gov. Ganduje said that the government decided to execute the project to improve economic activities in Doguwa local government area.

He  stated that the state government has also constructed two bridges, a water treatment plant and a new local government secretariat at the neighboring Tudun Wada local government.

Meanwhile, governor Ganduje has directed local government chairmen and village heads in the state to hold monthly security meetings in their domains, in view of security challenges in neighboring states.

The governor gave the directive during a meeting with traditional leaders and Imams in Doguwa and Tudun Wada local government areas, at the palace of their respective District Heads.

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Kano Police Command Records 337 Crimes, 105 Rape Cases In 2018

The Kano State Police Command has said it recorded 337 crimes and 105 rape cases in 2018.

The police spokesman in the state, Magaji Majia, in a statement added that 22 robbery cases and 21 kidnap cases were reported at the Command.

Reviewing the command’s performance in 2018, Majia said it recorded 168 cases of homicide and 34 theft cases.

The outgoing year under review, he noted in a statement, witnessed low crime rate when compared to the previous years.

The statement said last year, 337 major crimes were reported, including 22 cases of robbery, adding that 21 kidnap cases, 105 cases of rape, 168 homicide cases and 34 cases of theft of vehicles, among others, were recorded.

Majia said the command, in its efforts to rid Kano city of undesirable elements, arrested 2,487 members of Yandaba (area boys), who caused mayhem.

He said the command in the year under review impounded 83 rifles, guns and pistols both foreign and locally-made, including 269 calibre of ammunition and cartridges.

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Kano State Denies Donating N10M To EFCC, ICPC

Kano state government says its donation of N10 million is for the upcoming national anti-corruption marathon tournament and not to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

A statement signed by the spokesman of Kano state governor, Ammen Yassar, said fair play sports is a private entity that organized marathon with EFCC, ICPC, Athletics Federation of nigeria, AFN, national olympic committee and other anti-corruption stakeholders as partners.

It said for the avoidance of doubt, “Kano state government did not and does not intend to donate money to EFCC, ICPC or any other anti- corruption agency for any reason whatsoever”.

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2019: APC Will Win All Elective Positions, Says Oshiomole

National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomole, has said that the party’s candidates will win all elective positions in the 2019 general elections.

Oshiomhole made the statement while receiving hundreds of thousands of decampees from the PDP and the Kwankwasiyya Movement into the APC in a grand rally held at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano state north Western Nigeria.

“We will surely win the 2019 election in order to serve the people more. Nigeria is now growing from strength to strength and we shall be victorious at the end.

“Nigerians can never go back. We must move on. In another mandate for President Buhari and other position for APC, we will witness sustainable growth, development and happiness for the good of the average Nigerian,” he assured.

He said the victory is possible because all the progressives have come together under APC to reinforce power to sustain the nation’s democracy.

“Never again should this country be governed by opportunists. President Muhammadu Buhari’s constituency is the army of the poor. We are building a country where those who work will be able to eat, not those who use telephones to make billions without working for it,”Oshiomole stressed.

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