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Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has reiterated his administration’s determination to stop beggars and almajiris from roaming the streets seeking for alms in the state.

Ganduje stated this while addressing the new House of Representatives’ Majority Leader, Alhaji Alhassan Ado Doguwa and the people of his constituency, who paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Kano on Sunday.

He said, “I holistically consider free and compulsory education as my major cardinal thrust considering the compelling need for me to take millions of kids out of school to access education.’

He said that the practice must stop as Islam frowned at begging as a means of livelihood.

“Begging under whatever guise is not legitimised in Islam and I am determined to stop it at all costs.

“All those that see begging as Islamic are ignorant of the Islamic law.

‘‘I have made it explicitly clear that my government is on course to introduce compulsory and free education at primary and secondary school levels in the state,’’ Ganduje said.

According to him, the state government conceived the idea of creating new additional emirates for the overall development of the areas affected in the face of the prevailing challenges.

“Those opposing the creation of the new emirates are only being myopic and inconsiderate because they have failed to see things beyond their noses.

“We have created the four new emirates not with the intention of offending or hurting anyone but to ensure even development,” Ganduje said.

He said his administration was a government of continuity and that he would leave no stone unturned in forging ahead with notable developmental projects left by his predecessors.

He gave assurance that he would complete all the abandoned five- kilometre road dual carriageways in all the headquarters of 44 local government areas of the state.

In his remarks, Alhaji Alhassan Ado-Doguwa said the people of Doguwa and Tudun-Wada Federal constituency were at the Government House to express their gratitude to Ganduje over the role he played in ensuring that he became House Majority leader.

“We are here to thank you for the pivotal role you played in realising my ambition of becoming the House majority leader of the lower chamber of the National Assembly,” he said.

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APC Strike a deal with PDP to support Femi gbaja.

The All Progressive People’s party (APC) in the house of representatives have offered the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers several positions in exchange of their support for Femi Gbajabiamila for Speakership.

This was made known by Abdulmumin Jibrin, director-general of the Femi Gbajabiamila /Ahmed Wase Campaign Organisation, in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Saturday.

APC strikes a deal with PDP to support femi gbaja  by offering PDP the chairmanship and deputy chairmanship of 60 committees and more.

Abdulmumin jubrin’s statement 

He said that PDP members have accepted the offer and are now working to make sure Gbajabiamila emerges.

“Before Femi’s endorsement by the party, the president, the governors and others, majority of us the lawmakers have agreed that he is the speaker that we want. It was after that decision that other endorsements came,” he said.

As it is today, he has massive supports across party lines. In 2015, the APC was just only guiding its votes because we believed then that we had the number to win the election. We didn’t bother about anything, but the PDP was concentrating on how to poach the APC members and that was how the election was won.

“But this time around the APC is more comfortable because we have more numbers with our 223. But even at that, our campaign is more aggressive towards poaching the PDP members than the aggression of the PDP members trying to poach our members.

“The reality of the matter is that the PDP has been split into two factions. We have been open in negotiating with both factions. We have sealed a deal with one of the factions and we are still talking with the other faction.

The reason for this action 

“We are only doing that as a safety net. We do not need the whole of the PDP members to win the election. In fact, we may not even need a vote from the PDP because we are guiding our 223 votes religiously

“If not that the party has been broken into two factions, it is what we would have offered to all of them, but since we have concluded with one faction, we have given them that offer and they have accepted it.

“ 60 of them has been selected and they are going to have 60 offices. It means that every one of them will have a particular position to hold in the next house.”

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The House of Representatives have thrown out the bill regarding paternity bill. According to reports, the House of Representatives voted to have a bill granting male workers in the country paternity leave.

The bill, if passed, would have given fathers in both the private and public sector the option to take paternity leave.

During its second reading on Thursday, Edward Pwajok, a lawmaker from Plateau State argued for the bill, stating that a father’s share poof parenting has increased. He said:

“As father’s share of parenting is on the increase, they experience similar challenges with women, such as their jobs and family duties clashing.

Making provision for maternity leave without provision for maternity leave is discriminatory against men.

Another lawmaker Nkem Uzoma-Abonta from Abia State, also said he was for the bill.

Most of the lawmakers, however, described it as unnecessary, with Kingsley Chinda from Rivers stating that it should be thrown out. He said; ‘What is the spirit behind the labour law? I think that this bill should be thrown out.’


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