Katsina govt, NGO train 107 nurses, midwives

Katsina state government in collaboration with Women for Health (W4H), a United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) supported programme have so far  trained 107 nurses and midwives since 2012. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of a set of nurses and midwives  Governor Masari said his administration will continue to support the partnership as it addresses shortage of female health workers at rural areas.

He urged the graduating students to be ready to make the sacrifice by serving in the remotest villages and communities who are the most desirous of their  services. 

He also appealed to parents and husbands to support them in executing their new role  noting that only this will improve the living conditions of the rural populace. He said, the continuous neglect of the rural areas is responsible for so many social vices. Masari said that government is ready to continue to support the program and engage the graduates who are ready to serve in rural communities. In his remarks, the chairman of the partnership, Suleiman Saulawa, said the main thrust of the program is to reduce infant and maternal mortality which is prevalent in the northern states. He said, the program was introduced to specifically assist girls living in rural areas to study  medical related courses. So far, he said, since 2012  a total of 502 students were admitted into the scheme. He said 268 of them were admitted into various medical institutions with 107 graduating    and 52 of them  already employed by the government. He called on government to employ the remaining 48 to boost the health care delivery of the state. In her remarks, the National Programme Manager, Women for Health, the executing partners of the program, Dr Fatima Adamu, said the programme was designed and implemented in Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara and Yobe states.

Sanwo-Olu forms WAZOBIA cabinet, appoints Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba as commissioners


The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has transmitted the second  list of his cabinet nominees to the Lagos State House of Assembly for confirmation, nominating a Hausa man, Kabiru Ahmed and an Igbo man, Joe Igbekwe as commissioners.

Lagos is dominated by Yoruba, one of the three major tribes in Nigeria called WAZOBIA.

A statement by Mr Sanwo-Olu’s spokesman, Gboyega Akosile, on Tuesday said the list contained 13 names.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on July 14, Mr Sanwo-Olu had  transmitted a list of 25 nominees for Commissioners and Special Advisers to the state House of Assembly for confirmation.

The assembly had since screened the names of the nominees on the first list.

Mr Akosile said the names on the current  list include: Oladele Ajayi, Oluwatoyin Fayinka, Yetunde Arobieke, Olanrewaju Sanusi, Joe Igbokwe, Bonu Solomon Saanu, Kabir Ahmed and Lola Akande.

Others are: Anofi Elegushi, Solape Hammond, Moruf Akinderu Fatai, Shulamite Olufunke Adebolu and Tokunbo Wahab.

According to Mr Akoshile, the second list contains the  names of accomplished politicians and technocrats who understand the current needs of the state and  developmental agenda of the governor.

He said that the selection process was rigorous, because of the need to constitute the best team that would serve Lagos in line with the Sanwo-Olu administration’s vision of delivering a city-state that would rank among the top most liveable cities in the world.

Bature: The Sokoto Boy Who Set A New Record At NDA


Bature practically swept all the awards on offer during the Passing out Parade at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. He was so outstanding his statue was unveiled to perpetuate the memory of his sheer brilliance, focus, hard work and exceptional life of discipline.

According to military sources, by having his life size statue erected at the NDA (a relatively new tradition in the academy), he joins other exceptional cadets before him in the military Hall of Fame.

But he surpasses them all still: 2nd Lieutenant Ahmed Buhari Bature has set a record that will be difficult to match, much less beaten.

22-year-old Bature, from Sokoto State, is described by officers at the NDA as charismatic, hardworking and highly disciplined.

When a child does well, the whole village celebrates him. An elated spokesman to Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State announced on Twitter and Facebook: “He won every accolade on offer. A statue was errected in his honor.”

Bature joined the academy in 2012 to study for a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Computer Science. Through his consistent, sheer brilliance and discipline, he was said to have become a prep winger within a short time.

This means he was training other cadets who joined the academy for short service.

It is said that his going to England for further training at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst had to be deferred because he had become so valuable at training and mentoring other cadets.

He not only emerged the best in his department; in the final year of his training at the academy, he emerged as the Academy Cadet Adjutant (ACA).

The ACA, according to military sources, is the most senior/powerful cadet, and more or less the de facto administrator of his set in the academy. He oversees all the affairs of his (cadet) set and liaises with the military authorities in the academy on their behalf.

He is respected (indeed, feared) by his set and exercises vicarious authority on behalf of the military leadership in areas of discipline, welfare, training, drills and so on.

Photo News: Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje organised an investment meeting with the visiting President of Guinea Conakry


His Excellency Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR organised an Investment Meeting between the visiting President of Guinea Conakry His Excellency Professor Alpha Conde and his delegation that included 3 ministers and other top Government officials from Guinea, and the Business Community in Kano State led by Dangote Group of Companies represented by Dr Mansur and Dantata Group of Companies represented by Alhaji Tajuddeen Dantata and host of other major business men and women in Kano state.

The aim of the meeting was to explore investment opportunities both in Guinea Conakry and Kano. Some key areas of investment have been identified by both sides and a follow up meeting to Guinea Conakry by Kano Delegation led by the Director General of KAN-INVEST is expected soon.

The meeting brought to an end, the 2day visit by the President Of Guinea Conakry to Kano State, who expressed his delight at the reception accorded to him and his entourage by the State Government.

Salihu Tanko Yakasai



The Nigerian Army has inducted and operationalised four newly acquired Mine Resistant Anti Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs) in the North East theatre of operation to enhance fire power and protection of troops fighting Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) Terrorists.

Recall that the Nigerian Army in partnership with Proforce Nigeria Limited, – an indigenous Armour Vehicle Manufacturing Company based in Ode-Remo in Ogun State had delivered the first ever Nigerian Army – Proforce locally manufactured MRAPs, four of which were inaugurated on August 1, 2019 by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja.

Speaking at the event, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai represented by the Chief of Training and Operations (Army) Maj Gen EO Udoh said the induction of the MRAPs would boost the operational capability and protection of the troops to decisively prosecute the ongoing counter insurgency operations.

He reminded the troops that equipment alone without strong will and determination by men cannot win wars, he therefore charged them to remain resolute in the discharge of their duties and strengthen their commitment to end the war against terrorism soon

While appreciating the efforts of the Special Forces in the fight against terrorism, especially the recapture of Baga by the Special Forces, he assured them of Nigerian Army’s continued support to specialised training as well as improved welfare to enhance the effectiveness of the Special Forces.

Earlier, the Commander Nigerian Army Special Forces Command, Maj. Gen. Mhounday Gadzama Ali, said the provision of the MRAPs and other equipment by the COAS will spur the Command in their dogged struggles to wipe out the remnants of Boko Haram and ISWAP Terrorists soon.

As part of the concern the leadership of the Army has for the troops, the representative of the COAS delivered the COAS goodwill message and had lunch with the troops after inspecting an ongoing renovation work in the camp.

Acting Director Army Public Relations
13 August 2019

Why we went into kidnapping, robbery, by Katsina bandits’ leader


From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina

A bandits leader in Katsina State, Alhaji Idris Miyaye has disclosed that it was injustice meted on Fulani herdsmen that pushed them into banditry.
Miyayi made the disclosure while speaking with our correspondent aside a meeting held between the bandits and communities in Dandume and Sabuwa local government areas of Katsina State.
The leader particularly decried the detention of two of their leaders, Alhaji Ibrahim Nakutama and Alhaji Lawal Baldu who according to him have been unjustifiably detained for close to three years.

My humble self and Alhaji Iris Miyaye during a peace meeting with bandits at Dankolo Village in Sabuwa local government of Katsina state.

He stressed that any peace initiative without the release of these two leaders was bound to fail, adding that their release would cement the ongoing peace initiatives in the area.
Similarly, Miyaye further disclosed that they also have countless of relatives in detention across several prisons in the state, alleging that most of them were detained for up to eight years without trial.
Also in an interview, one of the bandit’s commander in the area,
Alhaji Shehu, narrated to our correspondent how some persons connived with security agents to allegedly collect N300,000. from him after framing his brother of robbery.
Alhaji Yahaya another bandit’s leader lamented on how they were robbed of 380 cows and 300 Sheep allegedly by a committee on farmers/Fulani clash in according to him connivance with some security agents.

Hawan Daushe: 11 district heads defy Ganduje, obey Sanusi


Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Eleven district heads in Kano state have defied a directive by the state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to attend Hawan Daushe durbar at their newly created emirates.

KANO TODAY recalls that Mr Ganduje’s directive was issued in response to an earlier order by Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II inviting District Heads from all 44 local governments in Kano to attend the Hawan Daushe in Kano city.

A statement issued by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the governor on his Facebook page urged the district heads to shun Emir Sanusi’s invitation.

Mr Anwar said only district heads under the jurisdiction of the Kano Emirate should attend the Hawan Daushe at Kano, while district heads in the four new emirates created by the Ganduje administration should attend the durbar at their respective emirate capitals.

However 11 district heads whose territories fall under the new emirates participated in the Kano Hawan Daushe on Monday.

These include Madakin Kano Yusuf Nabahani of Dawakin Tofa, Dan Amar Aliyu Harizimi Umar of Doguwa, Dokaji Muhammadu Aliyu of Garko, Makama Sarki Ibrahim of Wudil, Sarkin Fulanin Ja’idinawa Buhari Muhammad of Garun Malam, and Barde Idris Bayero of Bichi.

Others are Sarkin Bai Mukhtar Adnan of Danbatta, Yarima Lamido Abubakar of Takai, Dan Isa Kabiru Hashim of Warawa, Dan Madami Ibrahim Hamza Bayero of Kiru, and Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta Bello Abubakar of Gabasawa.

Running Battle

The district heads’ defiance is in continuation of the running battle between Mr Ganduje and Emir Sanusi II.

The Ganduje administration is accusing the Emir of supporting its political opponents, an allegation he has always denied.

Mr Ganduje had attempted deposing the Emir but some influential citizens persuaded him to give up.

However, in May 2019, Mr Ganduje divided the Kano Emirate into five territories and appointed four first class emirs to lead the new emirates.

34 local government areas were excised from the Kano Emirate leaving only Kano Municipal, Dala, Tarauni, Nassarawa, Fagge, Dala, Kumbotso, Ungoggo, Dawakin Kudu and Minjibir under the jurisdiction of Emir Sanusi II.

Emir of Rano, Tafida Abubakar also heads 10 local governments – Rano, Bunkure, Kibiya, Takai, Sumaila, Kura, Doguwa, Tudun Wada, Kiru, and Bebeji.

Bichi Emirate headed by Emir Aminu Ado Bayero has nine local governments – Bichi, Bagwai, Shanono, Tsanyawa, Kunchi, Makoda, Danbatta, Dawakin Tofa, and Tofa.

Gaya Emirate under Emir Ibrahim Abdulkadir comprises of eight local governments – Gaya, Ajingi, Albasu, Wudil, Garko, Warawa, Gezawa, and Gabasawa.

Karaye Emirate led by Emir Ibrahim Abubakar II has seven local governments – Karaye, Rogo, Gwarzo, Kabo, Rimin Gado, Madobi, and Garun Malan.

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Family Time: President Buhari being dressed by his children Yusuf, Hanan and Amina ahead of Salah homage in Daura on 12th Aug 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari drops Ita Enang as National Assembly aide, picks replacement


President Muhammadu Buhari has dropped Ita Enang as his aide on National Assembly Matters (Senate), THE LINKS NEWS has learnt.

Mr Enang, a former senator from Akwa Ibom state, was appointed a special adviser to Mr Buhari during the president’s first term.

He has continued to act in that capacity in Mr Buhari’s second term, even when his appointment, like that of several other aides, has not been renewed.

A source close to the Presidency told THE LINKS NEWS , Sunday evening, that President Buhari has dropped Mr Enang as his aide on National Assembly Matters.

The president has picked Omoworare Babajide, a former senator from Osun state, as Mr Enang’s replacement, the source said.

The belief in the Presidency is that Mr Enang did not perform well in managing the relationship between President Buhari and senators in the eighth Senate, despite being a former senator himself, THE LINKS NEWS learnt.