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On Citing Naval Base in Kano



By Aminu Dahiru

Notwithstanding the hate elicited debates and criticisms that followed the approval of establishing a naval base in Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is consolidating on his community policing gains.

The community policing project was first launched in Karaye Local Government Area in 2019 as part of the Ganduje administration’s effort to engage traditional rulers and incorporate them into the state’s security committee.

The choice of Karaye as the starting point was strategic being it close to Katsina State, which is one of the northwest states ravaged by devilish bandits who have continued to terrorize the residents.

Security of lives and property is the primary responsibility of every government. And Governor Ganduje is walking the talk.

Being an experienced administrator, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje knows that no development will be achieved on a shaky foundation of insecurity.

How it began

Everyone may wish to be a leader, but not everyone is blessed with the intellect to correctly do the summation of leadership.

Governor Ganduje has done his homework well and Kano State is enjoying the fruit of this hard labour. Isn’t Kano one of the most peaceful states in the country?

The governor first requested for the establishment of a naval base in the state when he visited the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, a son of the soil, at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja in June this year.

He then pledged to provide befitting infrastructure facilities in the state for good working environment for naval personnel. 100 hectares of land was allocated for the project.

What Governor Ganduje is saying here indirectly, in his usual style of speak little but act more, is that leaders should learn to practicalized ideas; this is where Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje stands out.

As a follow-up, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo was in Kano for a three-day visit – first at Bayero University, where he delivered a lecture; then to a courtesy visit to the governor; and on a sightseeing tour around the state.

You cannot invest so hugely on infrastructural development as the Ganduje administration has done and sleep with your two eyes closed; the issue of security arises.

Apart from the gigantic flyovers that crisscross the commercial centre, making it a reference point in infrastructural development, other huge investments have been put in place to cater for the need of Kano teeming youth. The multi-billion skills acquisition centre is one of such investments.

The Nigerian Navy was taking a strategic decision to decongest its presence in Lagos area by expanding to other locations other than Lagos, Calabar, Warri and Port Harcourt.

It has established the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College in Owerrinta, Abia State, Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology in Kachia, Kaduna as well as the School of Health Sciences in Offa, Kwara state.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje took advantage of this moved and he hit the iron, as they say, when it was hot and red.

Like Cancer Centre Like the proposed Kano Naval Base

Kano’s multi-billion cancer centre is at finishing state. What remains now are the finishing touches. But how many us know about the genesis of this huge investment in the health sector?

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje borrowed the idea of establishing a state-of-the-art cancer centre in Kano when he visited Melborn, Australia some years back. Upon his return to Kano the governor requested from then contractors nothing less than what he saw there. ‘Let replicate what I saw in Melborn here in kano,’ he told them and so it is being done.

This idea of siting a naval base in Kano, which is a coastal area must have been informed by what is obtainable in Portsmouth, Clyde and Davenport in the UK and and Maryland, Connecticut in the United States.

In advanced country in the world navy operate everywhere as long as there are facilities to aid their operations. And Governor Ganduje has vowed to match words with action. So he is doing.

The blueprint

Do you know the blueprint? During his acceptance speech, days after he was declared the winner of the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje promised to run an inclusive government.

What this means is this: ‘let every son of the soil, regardless of his or her political party affiliation, come forward and contribute his quota to the grand design of making Kano State work again’.

This is an ideal Uban Abba cherishes and pledged to implement. Part of the pledges was the security of life and property. Alhamdulillah Kano is one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria today.

Now Kano is becoming a tourists’ attraction. Do your business, market your product, live here if you want or leave in peace, Governor Ganduje is making Kano proud.

Then came ‘The Most Security Compliant Governor Award’

It was at The Nigerian Defence College Hall, kaduna when the Nigerian who-is-who gathered to celebrate the people’s governor being honoured with ‘The Most Security Compliant Governor Award’.

One of the reasons given by the organizers, Myproject Institute of Security and Strategic Studies, for conferring the award on the governor was that “The internal security setting in Kano has attained greater height sequel the proactive response of the governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his team of security advisors.”

Another is the Best Public Service Award Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) awarded the governor for his outstanding performance in areas spanning from health, security, infrastructure, education, etc.

The secret is that be a servant first, then a leader.

Aminu Dahiru
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27th September, 2021

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The heat is on, the daggers are drawn




By Adamu Aminu.

Sequel to the petition lodged in by the seven Kano, APC stakeholders led by Senator Malam Ibrahim Shekarau [Kano North] to the national headquarters to investigates the state party on what they termed as leadership failure to carry all the divergent interests along.

As contained in the 7-man undersigned petition letter sent to the national headquarter, the embattled stakeholders cried out in a foul manner of what they called empirical, underhanded, ingenuity of marginalization from all party affairs.

The stance taken by the stakeholders [breakaway members] has brewed resentments and nailed them to the cross of party outrage, to the extent of branding them with a new sobriquet as “Banza literally Bakwai” literally means as “7 inglorious bastards”

Well, this kind of political tug-of-war isn’t peculiar to the Nigerian model of politics.

A politics in Nigerian usage is publicly known not only as a game of numbers where those the majority emerges victorious, but also a game of survival, rivalry, mistrust, backstabbing, seeking for supremacy and craving for power at any cost.

This at a swords points rivalry within or among the opposition parties usually emanates as the clock commences ticking fast to the days of general elections.

The time when the incumbent power holders blindly scrambles for seamless relevance to keep one’s afloat within the fortress of power, in fear of being dumped, mired deeply under the dustbin of political irrelevancy.

While the aspiring ones will be striving to grasp the mandate at any cost – for a reason – to get a sense of bonafide citizenship within the ranks of frontline beneficiaries.

Therefore, since the party Congress is closely around the corner, the daggers are brought out of their sheath, the demarcated line is drawn.

Some questions need to be asked as follows;

a. What is the status of the embattled members who lodged in pa petition to the APC national headquarter?

b. What’s their political future if they didn’t or not allow to partake in the state party Congress?

c. What are the measures taken by the party national headquarters towards reconciliation of the breakaway members and the Kano state APC?

d. If none of the above questions was affirmative, what would be the future of APC in Kano in the forthcoming general elections?

Does it mean the two Senators and couples of the house of representatives members haves or haven’t a role to play in the bid for APC in Kano emerge successfully in the 2023 elections?

Whatever the case may be, time always came along with fair judgement.

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Muhammad Usman: The Change Maker




My name is Muhammad Usman, I am 17 years old and lives in Kano State. I am a Child Right Advocate, Poet, Youngest Humanitarian, Researcher,Sidra Bangladesh Ambassador in Nigeria.
My passion to humanity is driven by the menaces that Almajiri children/ Orphans encounter in life such as lack of access to education, health amenities and social welfare.

I remember when I was 12years old I always used to ask my parents about almajiri children and street children who live in my community. Some of them were my age mates while some are below my age. I always think of there future and the hardship they may encounter in their life.

I have started thinking of the ways through which I will contribute to the betterment of Almajiri children/street orphans.

In 2019 I have organized an enlightenment program with the title “Almajiri Is Also A Child” the program is aim at sensitizing people about the important of helping almajiri child and ways through which we can aid in reforming the system.

In my effort to contribute and motivate young people like me I also introduce an initiative in my school which actualized through working of enlightening and inspiring students.

Moreover, i was able to impact lives especially Almajiri children through feeding projects and education programmes. My program title “Almajiri Iftar Food”
was among the huge program that impacts 500+ almajiri’s here in Kano state.

In 28/3/2020 I realized that I can’t make change along or impact the lives of less fortunate I have to partner with some young people that have the zeal to contribute to this goal. So, I form a charity organization
called “Young Developers Foundation” this is a charity foundation that aid in helping and reviving the lives of Almajiris and Street Orphans.we are eligible to lunch a lot of projects which include: Orphans Skill Acquisition Program, Recap On Your Future Skills and many more projects.

Lack of support from some of some of my family relatives.
Misunderstanding From Close Friends: some of my classmates and close friends are misunderstanding my aim in serving humanity. most of them believe that I just want to get fame on media and be proud of.
These and many more are some challenges that I faced in humanitarian work but one thing that always inspired me is my parents support me 100%.

Social Media Manager @ World Voice International.
Campus Ambassador @ IMUN (4weeks internship).
Certificate Of Completion On Employee Stress And Wellbeing online course by UK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT.
Certificate On Media Journalism By Reuters.
Certificate Of Appreciation By Sidra Bangladesh.
Ambassadorship From Sidra Bangladesh.
Certicate On Critical Thinking By Educlick.
Certificate Of Completion On Business Innovation From Jobber man.
Critical Thinking Skills
Leadership Skill
Presentation Skill
Being in activism field has made me sharpen and broading my knowledge in different field.
When I feel like giving up I used to tell my mind this quote ” I can do spirit” it always ginger my mind.

I praise on my efforts, i believe that what I am doing people who are 20 years older than me can’t push themselves to do. i inconvenience myself and the several “enjoyments” youths of my age should validly be embracing.
I have amazing plan’s that I think when used will accelerate a progress to the development of my nation but sometimes when I came up of those ideas I get discouraged because the authorities that are capable of implementing such stuffs did not respond to me. just recently I have this idea of creating a software which will enhance the smooth running of many business ventures in Kano state but I wasn’t giving the right opportunity to build up the idea.

In a nutshell, this how I run my life and this is level of success that I have gotten.

Protecting the right of children and humanitarian work is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

©Muhammad Usman

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Roses tinted promises, hard-hitting realities




By Adamu Aminu.

The time crept so past. What’s is done, has been done. Six years out of eight is enough for the discerning to make a fair judgement.

Those who have confidence in the leadership capabilities of the present crop of leaders have many reasons to rejoiced.

While those who felt disappointed by how the polity is moulded and shapes to the likes of a few have many justifications to cry and writhing.

To the few, running an affluent living on the power corridor have every reason to think, perhaps in a self-deceptive mode, they are the luckiest and the national resources is their patrimony.

In the polity where national resources are scoops deeply by few with Caterpillar shovel and give superficially to the malnourished populace with a teaspoon.

While the majority, the sidelined, the downtrodden and the masses wallowing in penury and tribulations, which attested that commoners were not less than subservient to the dominance of the few.

Some of the key promises made by the gap-toothed leader during the last campaign to the victory include insecurity, unemployment, economic recovery, inflation and fighting corruption from stem to stern, among others.

The question is which one among the aforementioned challenges brought down to its knees within these years?

Down to the state level, most of the pledges and promises made during electioneering campaigns, are seemingly sugar-coated and merely lips-serviced.

Despite all the proclamation of resuscitation of education and health care system, none of them patronizing public schools or hospitals within their states.

Wards enrollment in foreign universities and also going for health tourism to cure even for a mild infection is what’s all about.

Where are the promises being made to improve education and healthcare that will cater for all and sundry?

Of course, the return of President Buhari in 2015 sends jittery down the spine of political pirates, which is reminiscent of his hardline brand of governance in a short-lived 20-month of his military administration.

Which indicated the Messiah has returned to salvage the nation – as he was previously seen and thought like a Tiger, feared for his nigritude in past.

But now seen as a scarecrow – frightening from afar, but harmless at the close range, just for his timidity and indolence when it comes to stamped his hammer at the appropriate time for the misdeeds.

Despite the foregoing, President Buhari still holds the trophy for being a man with integrity and transparency, who is universally known for not upholding the tenets of thievery from the public coffers.

With all the pledges he made to fight corruption in all its ramifications, but his party has glaringly become a haven for those who are overtly ambitious to elevate their self-worth.

This happens at a time, the common man is grappling to survive in a nation sandwiched between economic depressions fuelled by a deluge of debts, currency devaluation, unemployment, hyperinflation and insecurities.

Inarguably, the pledges made to deal with the scorching waves of terrorism and other forms of insecurity were at the top of the scale of preference during the electioneering campaign.

Even though the attacks were relatively subdued, but later catapulted to armed banditry in Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna states respectively.

This has turned out to be carnage In the affected states in which dozens of people are massacre, hundreds fleeing their homestead almost daily.

While in the Southeast heightening fears resulted from security breaches from militias in were treated with a pinch of laxity.

What would be the hopes of the people from the arm-bandits riddle states, with regards to the promises to safeguards their lives and properties?

At the time, when a high-profile, glitz and glamour wedding of first Son and Bichi Princess took place in Kano, without considering to make the event low-key to mourned the innocent souls massacre by bandits.

What does that portray in the minds of the surviving victims who will think that this happened under the government of their dreamt Messiah? promises to protect their lives and properties?

And apart from that, even to revamp the economy as vigorously pledged with punching-fisted in the air during the campaign is now appears to be a mirage.

People should forget and look ahead. What wasn’t achievable in six years, can’t be achieved in less than a couple of years to come.

To be truthful, the hard-hitting reality is the majority of Nigerians are in severe poverty due to a malnourished, ailing economy.

Anyway, all that’s done has been done. Thanking God for what one’s have is the viable option, and is much better than groaning for what one’s longing for.

But, People are fed up with the brim of penury.

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