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FG’s CCT Beneficiaries Raise Alarm over Extortion by Traditional Rulers

FG, CCT Beneficiaries, Raise Alarm, Extortion, Traditional Rulers

The beneficiaries of federal government Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme on Thursday raised alarm over what they described as extortion by community leaders.

The victims spoke at a meeting organized by The Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education, CHRICED titled Conditional Cash Transfer Redress Mechanism held at Chilla Luxury suites in Kano.

They alleged that they were compelled to pay between N500 and N1000 each from their monthly CCT allowance of N5000 to some corrupt ward and village heads in some parts of the state.

A woman leader who spoke under the condition of anonymity said “to be honest, initially I was afraid to speak out at this meeting, but with what is happening here today, I feel I should speak out.

“As a woman leader, I normally collect monies from the beneficiaries and proceed to hand over the monies to traditional heads in my area in Gwarzo local government.”

Also a CCT payment monitoring exercise conducted by CHRICED led by Huraira Isiyaku revealed that most of the beneficiaries alleged that they were intimidated to remit parts of their monies for onward transfer to community leaders in their domain.

Huraira stated that investigations conducted by her in Mallamawa community in Gwarzo local government area revealed how community leaders were illicitly benefiting from the federal government initiative at the expense of the targeted benefactors.

Kano state CCT Grievance Redress Officer, (SGRO) Halima Mohammed confirmed that several complaints bordering on extortion of CCT beneficiaries have been severally lodged against community leaders in the state.

She stated that those leaders, when queried over the allegation, have continued to explain that “the proceeds been remitted to them by CCT beneficiaries was in respect the agreement they had reached with the beneficiaries before they were enlisted into the programme.”

The head, Kano State Cash Transfer Unit (SCTU), Aisha Sani Gezawa cautioned that the era of extorting the beneficiaries of the CCT project were numbered.

According to her, beneficiaries of the federal government initiative have continually complained of been victimized by their community leaders.

She warned that mechanism have been erected to address the ongoing abnormally surrounding the project, stressing that any staff caught in the act of extortion would be severely penalized.

She decried that a vast number of the beneficiaries were extorted by their community leaders, while others were extorted by their husbands, explaining that some husbands deny their wives the right to properly utilize the monies transfer to them to improve their household economy and hygiene.

Over 2000 Women Benefit from CS-SUNN House Gardening Project

Over 2000 Women, Benefit, CS-SUNN, House Gardening

Over 2000 women in Kano have been tutored by Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) on the tricks of  house gardening  and usage of  immediate available  food items to boost nutritional values.

The secretary, CS-SUNN Kano state chapter, Ahmad Tijjani Yau, disclosed that in the past nine months, food demonstration were conducted at major primary health  facilities in the state.

According to him, pregnant mothers were empowered with  depth  knowledge on nutrition, adding that sanitation and hygiene were part of the knowledge that were impacted  on the participants during the period under review.

Yau who spoke on Tuesday during a food demonstration held at an Ante Natal Clinic held at Gwagwarwa Primary Health Care Centre said that community nutrition  education  sessions were  also conducted  during Post Ante Natal Clinic(PNC) sessions across the state.

He disclosed that  town hall meetings  were also conducted in communities located  in Nassarawa, Fagge, Kano Municipal and Gezawa local government areas..

Kano Deputy Governor Not under Investigation, Says PCACC

Kano deputy governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, misappropriation, ministry of agriculture, funds, PCACC chairman, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado
Kano State deputy governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna

Kano State deputy governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, is not under investigation in the alleged misappropriation of funds committed by some staff of the state ministry of agriculture.

The deputy governor doubles as the commissioner of agriculture in Kano State.

Nigerian Sketch reported the chairman of Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, as saying that his commission’s investigations into the alleged offences, which he said bordered on the diversion of some funds, does not involve the deputy governor and he actually facilitated and gave all the needed support to the investigators.

Muhuyi said in a press release he signed and issued on Tuesday that the alleged offences “contradict Section 26 of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission Law 2008 (as amended) and a recovery of N7, 150, 000.00 has so far being made.”

He said it would be misleading and discouraging to bring the deputy governor into the matter other than as a helper of the commission’s work.

“If anyone mentioned the deputy governor in this matter, it would be bad for our job because that would mean that we may not be getting the necessary supports we so much need in instances like this. He gave all the necessary documents to our investigators and allowed them access to all the staff the wanted without any delay.

“We should be appreciative of such supports and encourage other heads of ministries and departments to emulate his openness. We know what we go through any time we are investigating government agencies like this one”, Muhuyi explained.

He said further in his press release that “For clarity of doubt, the investigation was initiated with full consent, support and cooperation of His Excellency the Deputy Governor.

“Therefore the Commission urges the public to disregard any false information suggesting that the Deputy Governor is under investigation”, he concluded.

The PCACC chairman was obviously reacting to reports in some quotas that the deputy governor, some directors and head of departments in the state ministry of agriculture were been investigated in connection to some alleged misappropriation of funds running into tens of millions of naira.

NBA President Olumide Akpata Storms Kano Thursday

NBA President, Olumide Akpata, Storms Kano
Olumide Akpata

The president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata is expected to storm Kano City on Thursday, as he is scheduled to meet with members of the association in the state.

Details of the purpose of the meeting remains scanty as of the time this story was published, but the secretary of the Kano branch of the NBA, Haruna Saleh Zakariyya sent a general invitation to members of Kano and Ungogo branch, saying the president wil hold what he called “a consultative meeting” with members on Thursday by 2:30pm at the NBA Kano secretariat situated at No. 2, Guda Abdullahi Road, Farm Centre, Kano.

Nigerian Sketch reports tha Mr Akpata would be going to Kano for the first time since he was elected president of the NBA earlier in the year.

Court of Appeal Returns Kano Lawmaker Sacked by Election Tribunal

Appeal Court, Returns, Kano Lawmaker, Sacked by Election Tribunal, Magagi Dahiru Zarewa, APC, PDP, Magagi Dahiru Zarewa, Ma'ruf Momammed Yakasai, Ibrahim Garba Waru

The Kano division of the Court of Appeal on Monday returned Magagi Dahiru Zarewa of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as winner of the state House of Assembly rerun election to the Rogo constituency.

The APC regained its seat at the state assembly, as the Court of Appeal set aside the judgement of the Election Tribunal, saying the lawmaker was validly elected.

Nigerian Sketch reports that the Tribunal had earlier on July 24, 2020 upturned his victory at polls, basing its judgment on its conviction that he did not comply with the requirement of the law that demanded that he resigns from his position as the managing director of Kano Drugs and Consumables Supply Agency 30 days before the rerun election. It said he did not give adequate notice as the law requires.

Based on the principles laid down in the case of Marafa, he was adjudged not to have qualified for the election, and therefore all the votes cast for APC were declared wasted.

Jibril Isa Falgore of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was therefore declared winner and returned as elected by the Election Tribunal.

Ma’ruf Muhammad Yakasai, who spoke on behalf of the appellant’s legal team said they filed a notice of appeal at the Kano division of the Court of Appeal, consequent upon which the court agreed that the appellant validly resigned in accordance with the law, “and the court set aside the verdict of the Tribunal and returned the seat to him.”

Yakasai said the Court of Appeal judgement was sound as expected.

Counsel to the respondents, Ibrahim Garba Waru, was not available to comment on the judgement as of the time this story was published.


PCACC Gets New Secretary, as Chairman Pledges Better Workers’ Condition


The Chairman Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCAC), Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado has pledged to enhance the welfare of the staff of the commission in order to strengthen its activities.

He made the pledge on Monday at a send forth meeting for the commission’s outgoing Secretary/Legal Adviser, Barr Rabi Ibrahim Waya and Director Anti-Corruption, Barr Mahmoud Balarabe who were appointed Acting State Director Legal Drafting, and Acting Director Public Prosecution respectively.

A statement signed by the commission’s Director Special Assignment, Usman Bello, quoted the chairman to have said the staff of the commission were the least paid among Anti-Corruption bodies in the country, and that he is committed to raising their standard of payment to meet that of their peers elsewhere.

The chairman appreciated the tremendous support of the outgoing staff in taking the commission to its current status in the country.

He said as pioneer management staff, they have displayed commitment and professionalism in undertaking their assignment which strengthened the activities of the commission.

Meanwhile, he announced the appointment of Barr Salisu M. Tahir as the new Secretary/Legal Adviser of the commission.

Earlier in their separate remarks, Barr Rabi Ibrahim Waya and Barr Mahoud Balarabe extolled the leadership virtues of the chairman  whom they described as a team leader.

They noted that  Muhuyi raised the commission’s status as a force to reckon with, as the only sub-national anti-corruption body in the country.

Nollywood/Kannywood Star, Ali Nuhu, Signs New Football Deal

Nollywood, Kannywood Star, Ali Nuhu, New Football Deal
Ali Nuhu

Nigeria movie maestro, Ali Nuhu has signed a new football deal as an influencer of the Spanish league brand, La Liga.

The actor in a chat with journalists at a La Liga fans meeting held in Kano last Sunday   had declined disclosing  how much the deal was worth. He said “I can only tell you that there is a deal.

“Many did not know about it, I guess because of COVID-19, I can not disclose how much, but everything is not all about money”, Nuhu said.

He said the new deal contracts him to influence the La Liga brand, noting that he is expected to travel to Spain to further strengthen the relationship.

Nuhu said the deal has provided him with the platform to further nurture and empower northern youths through football.

He added that his relationship with the La Liga is a new development, saying he would deploy his status as a brand influencer to boost the connection between La Liga and football fans using all available platforms.

Nuhu further said that his ambition is to foster unity amongst football fans across board.


Kano Now Has New Nutrition Policy, Action Plan, Says PS Balarabe

Kano, New, Nutrition Policy, Action Plan
Question of malnourished children has been a worrisome issue in Nigeria and most parts of Africa

The chairman, Kano State Committee For Food and Nutrition and Permanent Secretary, Kano State Ministry of Planning and Budget, Balarabe Karaye, in an exclusive interview with Judicial Sketch‘s Abdulgafar Oladimeji, spoke on the new nutrition policy and action plan for the state.


What is the current state of nutrition in Kano state?

We have come so far.  The issue of nutrition policy did not come to us overnight, we have been  working hard for so long to arrive this far.  CS- SUNN came to Kano and took it upon themselves  to train our  officers through various  workshops, meetings and   what have you. Even myself who is about one year old  on this table , I was part of the team that went to Lagos. We were in Kaduna serially, all to come up with a policy and multi sectoral plan of action. We have covered a lot with CS-SUN.

You know nutrition now  is not just a health issue, it is now a developmental issue, because it cuts across the issue of stunting and wasting and the issue of stunting and wasting of children in Kano  is so serious.

The policy and Multi Sectoral Action Plan was drafted and it was taken first to the executive governor of Kano state,  who studied it and directed us  to make a case before the state executive council. We thank God, a memo was drafted and forwarded to the state executive council, where the council deliberated extensively and gave approval.

So where are you now, in pursuing the action plan?

Nutrition is fully approved in Kano state.  When we held our meetings in Kaduna, we deliberated extensively on the issue on the way forward, the state executive council has approved  the action plan, a committee was formed purposely on  the way forward. That committee as we are talking has  been  given the mandate  and they should  to give back their  report to the council on the way forward.

I have forwarded the  communiqué  we issued in Zaria  to the committee to guide them in their work. Now they are working on it and I gave them our nutrition focal person to work with them too.

Who is heading this special committee?

The committee is chaired by the permanent secretary,  special duties in the office of the Secretary to the state Government(SSG). Also serving  on the committee are the  representatives from the ministry of agriculture, health and women affairs.

What role did CS-SUN play in helping to achieve the nutrition policy and action plan in Kano state?

CS-SUN played a critical role, technically and financially in coming up with our nutrition policy and Multi Sectoral Action Plan. Their contribution is immeasurable, like I said earlier, they convened meetings, they trained our staff. As far as I know without  their technical support, this may not come to limelight.

Does it all now end with the promulgation of the policy?

The next line of action in our relationship with CS-SUN is that after everything is completed, CS-SUN has undertook to publish copies of the policy as many as possible  to be distributed  to the general public and the media for sensitization.

What is so special about the sectoral plan of action?

The multi-sectoral plan covers the major part of our economy, where the interest of nutrition is fully covered, CS-SUN made us to know more about nutrition, they supported us in the issue of budgeting, to see to it that the interest of nutrition interest is fully captured in the budget.

What are the long term benefits of the policy and plan to the people of Kano?

The long term benefit is far-reaching because nutrition is all about development, a well fed child and adult are more productive citizens, in all areas of human endeavors, in stunted children their brain and development stages are hindered because their organs are wasted, when the child is fully established to be stunted, the child will lose a lot  of advantages in his life time, because the  affected child will not develop intellectually , physically and otherwise.

What does the future hold for your relationship with CS-SUN?

It is work in progress. When you reach a stage, another window then opens. I know they have the technical experience that is where we need them most, in addition to the  financial support they normally extend to us. We will expect them to continue to  give us technical and  financial support  as we have received both from them over the years.

Your parting words here.

On behalf of the executive governor of Kano State, we extend our gratitude  to CS –SUN for giving us  all the necessary support to come up with nutrition policy and a comprehensive multi-sectoral action plan. In fact, I am proud of this achievement, particularly that it happened during my tenure.

Ganduje Orders Reopening of Technical Schools

Ganduje, Orders Reopening, Technical Schools

Kano state government has ordered the immediate reopening of technical colleges to pave way for exit students to sit for the 2020/2021 NABTEB exams, the state commissioner for education, Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru has stated.

The commissioner in a statement forwarded to Judicial Sketch disclosed that the directive reopening the schools was contained in a memo forwarded to the state governor,  Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Kiru further revealed that the state government, aside reopening the schools, has also approved that over N16 million to be expended on the procurement of PPE’s and the feeding of students in the schools, alongside their upkeep.

KSFA Hails La Liga/Arewa Radio Partnership

KSFA, La Liga/Arewa Radio, Partnership

Kano State Football Association (KSFA) would continue to embrace and support  brand  initiatives that  would promote the development of the game, chairman of the association, Sharif Rabiu Inuwa Ahlan has averred.

Ahlan said the role of brand promotion in football is critical in the development of the game.

He added the state FA accords serious attention to the adoption of brand policies that are geared towards grassroots football development.

The NFF member, in his remarks at the La Liga fans Northern zone meeting held at in Kano Sunday evening commended the organizers of the august meeting.

He further commended the Spanish league operators, La Liga, for their collaboration with a Kano-based private fm station, Arewa Radio, describing the La liga broadcast and fans partnership initiative as wonderful.

He urged La Liga and Arewa Radio, to maximize the partnership, stressing that such would enhance the development of the game in Northern Nigeria.

In his remarks, the head of sports desk, Cool/Wazobia/Arewa FM, Babs Sherif Abdallah said “Kano is the home of La Liga. This is the starting point. More benefits will come to La Liga fans in Kano and Northern Nigeria.