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Abdulmumin Jibrin speaks after losing Kano re-run (full statement)

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The former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin Kofa, who contested for the seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to his loss in the recent Kano rerun election.

He blamed those who did not allow his constituents to vote for the loss. Read full statement below:

“The Kiru/Bebeji re-run election was held on Saturday 25th January, 2020 as scheduled. My constituents came out en mass to exercise their civic responsibility but were denied their franchise to vote the candidate and party of their choice through the application of maximum force in all the wards of our constituency except my home town of Kofa, Bebeji that proved impenetrable.

We know we won the election fairy and squarely but our mandate was stolen. “In many units, elections never took place. The ballot boxes were diverted but scores were miraculously entered. The violence, thuggery and rigging that took place have been carefully documented, at least for posterity.

I have strong reservations about the outcome of the elections. However, INEC has announced my opponent as the winner of the election. “Police, other security agencies and voters can bear witness to the fact that the electoral umpire announced the result not because my opponent had scored the majority of lawful votes.

I am sure those of them saddled with the responsibility of ensuring a free and fair election but aided and abated this grave injustice against our people will be eternally trailed by the guilt of their conscience and await the ultimate judgement of God.

“I have therefore accepted the outcome of the elections and wish to congratulate my opponent Aliyu Datti Ahmed who will continue from where I started about a decade ago and has now come to an end. I look forward to working closely with him and giving him whatever cooperation and assistance to settle down in his new role of representing our people. I do not intend to file petition against his declaration as winner. It is time to move on.

“I wish to thank Mr President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, National Chairman of our party the APC, Governor and Government of Kano state, chairman of the Governors forum, my colleagues in the 7th, 8th, and 9th House and other leaders at the federal and state level for their intervention and support during this period.

May I also specially and once again thank my Governor, our party leadership at the state level and members of our party in Kano for their support. “I thank my constituents who are still recovering from the trauma of what can best be described as a violent war against them, for giving me the opportunity to represent them on three occasions and the love and support they have showed me over the years.

“I will continue to support the progress and development of my party, the APC both at the national and state levels and my constituency and constituents in my personal capacity as I have always done before I became an elected Representative nine years ago.”

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Childbirth spacing not meant to deflate population growth, says TCI.

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Adamu Aminu, Kano.

Driven by the needs to enlightening the general public towards understanding the advantages of childbirth spacing for sustainable socio-economic development.

The Challenge Initiative, Nigeria in collaboration with Development Communication Network, ( DevComm ) organised 3-day training of media personnel, social media influencers and MDA’s officials on Media Advocacy for Childbirth spacing held in Kano.

While highlighting, the purpose of the training, state coordinator of The Challenges Initiative TCI Musa Abdullahi Sufi said the sole objective of the gathering is to come together with various media and understand the basic concept of family planning and childbirth spacing.

” The media being at the forefront and also have a vital role to play towards enlightening the general public on the advantages of childbirth spacing, and to promote where the government is performing and also the areas which need improvement in providing good health care service,” he said.

Sufi also stressed that the key areas which media should be focused, as part of the advocacy are to make people clearly understand that family planning and childbirth spacing, not meant to reduce population growth.

” Actually, we are engaging religious and community leaders to inform the public about the importance of the concepts, which would impact tremendously in clearing the myths and misconception tenaciously attached to it” Sufi added.

During the 3-day training, which commenced Wednesday to Friday, media personnel would be taught the family planning method and understand the cultural and religious context and also how to handle peculiar scenarios while reporting with regard to cultural and religious challenges.

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Kano Bans Begging, To Take Erring Parent to Court.

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Adamu Aminu, Kano.

In an effort to fully consolidate the free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education, with the clear integration of the Almajiri system to the policy and by way of addressing the lingering problem of the social menace of begging, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state bans begging in the state.

He made this known during the launching of Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and Distribution of Offer of Appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers, held at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, Tuesday.

Lamenting on the ugly situation of the social misnomer he said “This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with it integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation. Which suggests that, English and Arithmetic must be included in the Almajiri schools curriculum.”

This, according to him would go a long in giving those kids other type of education, “….while they will continue acquiring their study of the Holy Qur’an, they would at the same time learn English and Arithmetic, that will give them an opportunity to continue with their studies to secondary schools and beyond,” he explains.

A total number of 7,500 newly recruited teacher volunteers under the BESDA programme are employed and were given letters of appointment, “…they will be posted to Islamiyyah and Almajiri schools, so that our Almajiri schools would be fully integrated under our new policy of education,” he explains.

Governor warned that henceforth any Almajiri teacher with such pupils under Almajiri school arrangement must accept the new approach put in place by the state government, explaining that, “If you think you cannot accept that then you leave the state!

When beggars are caught, the governor added, it is not only that beggar is caught, but his parents and/or guardians. Such parents or guardians according to the governor would be taken to court for disrespecting our laws.

At the occasion 7,500 offers were distributed to the newly recruited teachers who hold National Certificate of Education (NCE), who came from all the 44 local governments of the state.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, commended the effort of the state government in the education sector, adding that what the state is doing under the new policy is exemplary. He was represented by a Director from the Ministry Mrs Liman.

In his remarks the State Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Danlami Hayyo reveals that, apart from construction of new classes and renovation of many, they were able to produce 16, 327 3-Seater chairs for the schools.

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Ex-Speaker, Kano House of Assembly in EFCC Net

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By Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has grilled the current Minority Leader and former speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Isiyaku Ali Danja over alleged abuse of office and misappropriation of monies meant for constituency projects.

The Minority Leader was grilled at the commission’s Kano Zonal Office on Monday

A reliably confirmed source told FWM on Monday evening that the Lawmaker’s dilemma began after the Commission received a petition that monies meant for payment of tax liabilities to Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) by Kano State Government were allegedly diverted and misappropriated from the sub-treasury account of the State.

The source said in the course of the investigation, various skeptical payments were traced to multiple beneficiaries including some made to Allad Drilling Limited, a company belonging to the suspect and whose accounts he is the sole signatory.

 It was also discovered that these monies were withdrawn in cash by the suspect on several occasions. Interestingly he is the one to certify that the jobs were done before any payments are made.

EFCC said the investigation is still ongoing to discover the beneficiaries of the other suspicious outflows from the sub-treasury account which is believed to be over N1,500,000,000 (One Billion, Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only).

”He would be charged to court on completion of the investigation,” according to EFCC.

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