The Kaduna State Government has named the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University (KASU), barely 24 hours after he was made the Vice Chairman of Kaduna State Investment and Promotion Agency (KADIPA).
The new appointment was contained in a statement signed by Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, yesterday in Kaduna.
He said that Sanusi II succeeds the pioneer Chancellor, the Chief of Moro’a, His Highness, Malam Tagwai Sambo, who was appointed to the role in 2005.
“In public life, His Highness has demonstrated a strong commitment to education,’’ he said.
Adekeye further said that “Kaduna State Government has no doubt that as Chancellor, His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi, would provide symbolic and substantive leadership in raising the profile of KASU as an emerging centre of learning on the national and global level.’’
The Special Adviser pointed out that the ”appointment of the new chancellor comes at an exciting moment for KASU which is transiting to a multi-campus structure with presence across the state.’’
The statement further said that Governor El-Rufai has conveyed the profound appreciation of the government to HRH Malam Tagwai Sambo, for the long years of distinguished service to KASU and the state.
According to the statement, “Nasir El-Rufai welcomes with gratitude the consent of Muhammadu Sanusi to serve as Chancellor of KASU and as Vice-Chairman of the board of KADIPA.
“The Kaduna State Government is grateful that Muhammadu Sanusi II continues to support and assist the realisation of the governance objectives of the Kaduna State Government,’’ it added.
Recall that the Kano State Government had on Tuesday, March 9, dethroned Sanusi for alleged “outright disregard for the state government and Kano Emirate’s traditional norms.”
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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