Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has disbursed N540 million interest free loans to 2, 600 civil servants across several cadres in the state Civil Service, under the second phase of the State Vehicle Loan Scheme.
Similarly, the governor launched start-up kits worth millions of Naira to 550 youths who were trained to acquire several skills by the state government, in conjunction with the Industrial Training Fund, under the National Industrial Skills Development Programme.
Speaking during the occasion, which was attended by participants of the National Defense College Geo-Strategic Study Course 26, at the Kano Government House, Governor Ganduje said the loan “would be a continuous exercise, as the funds would be circulating as a sort of revolving scheme, so that all interested workers would benefit in short period of time”.
He stated that although the loan may not be sufficient for the beneficiaries to buy vehicles like cars, it would reduce their burden at this time when resourcefulness for self-sustenance has become indispensable.
Dr. Ganduje said his administration would remain workers-friendly, stressing that his administration has gone far not only in paying their entitlements but has also excelled in creating avenues for the improvement of their well being.
On the skills acquisition programme, he stated that his government has implemented various youth development and empowerment programmes stressing that “it would continue to do more in that direction so that opportunities would be create  for our teeming youths and women to be productive and self-reliant”.
Also speaking, the Director-General the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Sir Joseph N. Ari praised Governor Ganduje or his foresight, appealing to his government to sponsor additional trainees for the on-going skills development programme of his organization, and to provide them with starter packs at the end of their training.
He charged the artisans to reciprocate the gesture by being committed and dedicated to their chosen trades and crafts, stressing that his organization would remain resolute in delivering its mandate of providing, promoting and encouraging acquisition of skills among Nigerians.
The State Head of Civil Service, Muhammad Auwal Na’iya, said Kano has been up to date in the payment of salaries and providing more conducive working environment for workers, urging them to reciprocate the gesture by remaining dedicated to their duties.
In his goodwill remark, the state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Alh. Kabiru Ado Minjibir thanked the state government for devoting N4 billion out of the Paris Club refund for settlement of workers gratuity in the state, stressing that the government’s decision to effect the long overdue promotion of primary school teachers was also a major milestone.
Salihu Tanko Yakasai
DG Media and Communications,
Government House, Kano.


Secret Reporters

All hell was let loose on Wednesday when one of the Policemen attached to the Kogi State Governor; Mr Yahaya Bello went gaga and descended on one of the journalists, Mr Wale Odunsi who is Deputy Editor of Daily Post for daring to ask for direction.

According to Wale “when I got there, I called the Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Joel Odaudu Minister that I was on my way to the Government House.

“I got there and walked towards the gate. As I approached the gate directly opposite entrance of the governor’s wife office entrance, one of the protocol officials wearing White native charged towards me.

“In an unruly manner, he queried why I was trying to barge into the premises. So I asked ‘Oga, you didn’t have to shout at me like that. I was only looking for whom to ask for direction’.

“Apparently infuriated by my guts, he dragged and pushed me away. Within seconds, a mobile policeman got up and slapped me. He used abusive words and warned me to move away. But I kept asking what I did to warrant the treatment.

“At this point, the protocol officer and two mobile policemen were taking turns to hit me on the chest while pushing me backwards; one slapped me the second time.

“I calmly walked some meters away and told and called Joel, the governor’s aide. As soon as he came, the security officials cornered him and were trying to change the story.

“I hurriedly strolled to where they were and insisted to know why I was assaulted. By this time, one of the policemen I believe is superior and another man wearing a blue safari suit and white T-shirt warned me to leave the area of face the consequences.

“The policeman’s eyes were red as if thirsty for blood. He kept screaming that he will punish with me mercilessly. So I called his name out, Iliya Ali: I told him to his face that I will report the incident to appropriate authority.

“On hearing that I called his name, he reached for his holster and attempted to bring out his gun. He said: ‘I will show you if na your mama, your papa or your any person you wan report me to give me name’.

“He also asked the Governor’s aide to leave the scene so he can deal with me. All the while, he was trying to bring out his gun while the governor’s aide was asking him calm down.

“I sensed he might make real his threat so I stopped another okada and left the scene. I spoke to the Force spokesman, who sent Kogi CP’s number. I tried to reach him but it wasn’t successful, so I sent him sms.

“I have left the state already before my time is cut short”.

The Governor who invited them for the summit were N20 million was set aside to bribe them and cause them to stop reporting the evils in the state kept mum over the issue, while bloggers and other reporters invited kept quiet and refused to report the near killing of a colleague for fear of missing out on the N20 million largess which was exclusively reported by Secret Reporters.




Secret Reporters

As the media crisis facing the Governor of Kogi State, Mr Yahaya Bello rages on, he has made move through his Chief of Staff, Mr Edward Onoja to buy off some of the online news platform, Secret Reporters has authoritatively learnt.

We gathered that Onoja in conjunction with the Special Assistant on New Media reached out to some Lagos based online news publishers to save them from the embarrassing media report the state is constantly facing.

To perfect this plan, the publishers were invited to Lokoja on Tuesday for a meeting with Bello on Wednesday. On their arrival, they were lodged in a hotel which has been paid for, for two days.

According to our source, over fifty online publishers were invited with twelve of them turning down the invitation, while the rest gladly took the offer.

After the briefing by the Governor, they will each be given a misery sum of N200,000 as ‘Thanks for coming’, a parlance used for brown envelope journalists.

Some of the invited Publishers who spoke to us on condition of anonymity and spirit of media comradeship revealed that they are attending the event to hear the usual lies Bello and Onoja will tell, but vowed to go ahead to publish the truth irrespective of the money they will be given.

The event was initially billed for July but was cancelled, as Bello was said to be out of the country.