As part of measures to further improve security of lives and property in Kano state, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has requested more visible presence of the Nigeria Navy in the state.
Ganduje made the request Thursday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Real Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo.
The Governor said an improved presence of the Navy has become necessary in order for the people of the state to continue to enjoy the peace and tranquility that have been case since the beginning of his administration.
He requested that, “Though we are not in coastal area, which is the main reason why the Nigerian Navy are not visible there. But I am still requesting if there is any way possible Nigerian Navy can be visible in Kano. That could also help in strengthening security in the state.”
The Governor assured that, “Kano is ready to provide infrastructural facilities for your officers and men. If we can have establishment or formation from you. We will provide all the necessary facilities, including residential areas.”
To also indicate how impressive the state is, as a result of the good synergy between security agencies in the state, he said “We have full cooperation and support from all the security agencies. That is why we were able to send away criminals from Falgore forest many years back.”
And the forest, he emphasised has for long become a military training ground, adding that over 6,000 military personnel were trained in the facility just last month.
Responding to the Governor, the Chief of Naval Staff said that, “Nigerian Navy appreciates your effort in the security architecture in the state. Which is aimed at making Kano better for all.”
Adding that, “Of note, Kano is strategic. We also know that Falgore forest is one of the dangerous forests in the Northern part of the country. But your effort in flushing out all bad elements, shows clearly how you love your people.
He promised to set up a committee that would visit Kano to determine areas Kano state would provide assistance for the setting up of Naval formation in the state
He also told Ganduje, “Your Excellency, we are planning to hold Chief of Naval Staff Conference in Kano. This year. People from outside the country will also be there. This is going to be the first time in the state.
Meanwhile, Kano state government has accepted the proposal by Ahmadu Bello University on the development of cancer management training programmes for the various cancer specialists expected to work at the newly established Kano State Cancer Centre.
The state-of-the-art centre, located at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu in Kano metropolis, is currently under construction and When completed, would be the first of its kind in West Africa.
The state government also accepted another proposal by the Institution to coordinate international partnerships to train the different oncology sub-specialists of the centre in the United States.
Governor Ganduje approved the proposals when a management team from the University led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, paid him a courtesy call in Kano on Wednesday.
Governor Ganduje, who received the team at Africa House, described all the proposals put together by the University as a “basket of good things” for his state.
On the institution’s request for the one million dollars for the initial launch of the Cancer Drug Access Programme, the Governor explained that Kano Government was willing to spend any reasonable amount of money for the realization of the project.
The ABU cancer drug access and training programmes would be in conjunction with the African Access Initiative (AAI) and Bioventures for Global Health (BVGH).
The Governor was also delighted to receive an update from the University on collaboration between the State and the University for the establishment of 20 hectare pasture seed multiplication plot at Dudduru in Ajingi Local Government Area to enhance livestock productivity in the State.
The collaboration is through Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project (KSADP) and National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), Ahmadu Bello University.
The project also involves production of quality pasture seeds or vegetative materials suitable for improved livestock production.
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The rest were Prof. Sani Ibrahim of Department of Bioc Affairs Directorate, Malam Auwalu Umar, and Malam Faruk Muhammad, a cancer researcher with the University.