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Gov Ganduje Approves Resignation Of Seven Commissioners

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has approved the resignation of seven commissioners in his cabinet after they tendered their letters of resignation.

Governor Ganduje on Saturday night issued an ultimatum to political appointees with the intention to contest in the 2023 general elections, mandating them to submit their resignation on or before April 18, 2022, in line with section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act, as amended 2022.

Although, there are insinuations that the governor rejected the resignation of his Chief of Staff, Ali Makoda, Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Sanusi Saidu Kiru, Commissioner for Health, Dr Ibrahim Tsanyawa, and Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Nura Muhammad Dankade.

Also, recently, the resignation of the Managing Director, Kano Road Traffic Agency, Baffa Babba Dan’agundi was rejected by the governor in a notification he sent, indicating that he wanted to pursue his political career.

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar, on Tuesday, listed the commissioners to include: the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Nasir Gawuna; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Murtala Garo; and the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Ibrahim Abubakar Karaye.

It said others were: the Commissioner for Housing and Transport, Mahmud Muhammad Santsi; the Commissioner for Special Duties, Muntari Ishaq Yakasai; the Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, Musa Kwankwaso; and the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Kabiru Ado Lakwaya.

‘’The Governor thanks them for their tremendous contributions towards the development of the state and wishes them well in all future endeavours.

”In this respect, the Permanent Secretaries of the affected ministries should take charge immediately.

‘’However, the Chief of Staff and all other Commissioners are directed to continue carrying out their duties in their respective ministries,” the statement said.

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Provide Details To Enable Us Rescue Your Father — IPOB Tells Nollywood Actor, Odoputa

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The Indigenous People of Biafra says it is willing to help in efforts to rescue Kenneth Odoputa, father of Nigerian Nollywood actor, Uche Odoputa who was kidnapped some weeks ago.

Uche had, in an Instagram post on Monday, cried out for help to secure the release of his father from the abductors.



The Nollywood actor, who also shared a picture of his father, had also solicited prayers from his colleagues and fans for the safety and release of his father.

“Friends please join me in praying for my father’s safe return from the hands of kidnappers that took him over two weeks now. Mr. Kenneth Odoputa,” Uche’s post read.

Reacting, IPOB through its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said the group was willing to support rescue efforts to connect Uche back to his father.

Powerful, in a text to SaharaReporters, said Uche should endeavour to contact the group and give details of the location of the kidnap incident, the date it happened and other necessary details so as to fast-track the rescue mission.

He said, “Please find out who this is and tell him to provide evidence of the incident, picture of his father, the village where this happened and the date. If you know him, let him know about this, please. We are willing to step in.”

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Buhari Signs New Health Insurance Bill Into Law, Ends Old Scheme, NHIS

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed the new National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022 into law.

Announcing this on his verified Twitter handle, Buhari said that the new law was part of his government’s efforts to achieve universal health coverage for Nigerians.



“As part of our healthcare reforms, I have signed into law the recently passed National Health Insurance Authority Bill 2022, which repeals the National Health Insurance Scheme Act. We will ensure the full implementation of the new Act, to provide coverage for all Nigerians,” Buhari said.

Buhari noted that the new health insurance law will repeal the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Act of 2004.

According to him, the new law will work in line with state governments health insurance schemes by empowering them (state governments) to accredit primary and secondary healthcare facilities and ensure the enrollment of Nigerians in the scheme.

Note that the chairman of Nigeria’s Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, had, since the bill was passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, repeatedly advocated for Mr. President to sign the bill into law.

Oloriegbe, representing Kwara Central Senatorial District in the red chamber, had maintained that parts of the content of the new bill made health insurance mandatory for all Nigerians.

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