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Sports / World Cup 2010
« on: June 09, 2010, 05:00:17 PM »
Yeah. The big event is around the corner. Starting Friday, football's greatest show, and the world's biggest single-sport event, would kick off for the very first time in African soil. I must say that I have  never seen a world cup where so many start players were "sacked" by injuries at the last minute. It is sad, really. Any footballer's ultimate dream is to play in the world cup, and prepares hard for years and prays for it. Then to lose out this way at the last moment is unfortunate. This list includes Rio Ferdinand, Robben, Drogba, Mikel, Pirlo, Ballack, Essien, Cardozo, Nani, etc. Lets hope, for the good of the game, that the likes of Drogba and Robben, who have a little of hope getting better, overcome thier injuries.

So, the favourites? Personally, I feel it won't go beyond the usual favs - Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Italy. This is not discounting England and France, as they also have the pedigree to go all the way.
For Nigeria, I just hope we don't get disgraced. But football being what it is, the lads might just put up a fight and do a decent job.

So, here's for a memorable and exciting World Cup. Lets go 2010 8)

General Board / Carnage on our Roads - Daily!!
« on: March 12, 2010, 05:16:25 PM »
Some days ago, a bus was ambushed by armed robbers along the Lagos-Benin Expressway. The passengers were robbed and raped, those that had nothing to give were asked to lie down on the road face down and the driver, on gun point, was commanded by the robbers to drive the bus over them!!!! I have seen the pictures. Pieces of humans on the road, mashed like potatoes. It is too gory to be posted here, otherwise I'd have posted it. Now, what kind of a country are we living in? what kind of a people are we? What type of a human being would line-up human beings on the road and ordered a vehicle to be run over them? Are we so far gone in this country that our humanity have so evaporated, leaving not an atom of it in our hearts?

Where is the salvation for the Nigerian common man? Where's it gonna come from? The IG was reported by the Daily Trust to have stated that the Nigerian Police cannot stop armed robbery.That the police do not have the type of sophisticated weapons the robbers operate with. In his words, "We do not have enough communication cadgets to track our operations and monitor the roads, vehicles for patrol is not enough, and even where we have the vehicles, what about fuelling because there have been times that those vehicle cannot go out because of lack of fuel". Coming from the IG himself, this is like a surrender, and telling nigerians that everyone is on his own!!

On Tuesday, a trailer belonging to the Dangote Transport, loaded with about 600 bags of cement, veered off the road and crushed 70 people in Lokoja. The usual noises were made by govt officials and life goes on. Till the next one happen. That's Nigeria. The rate at which people die on our raods on a daily basis is alarming. Only an unserious country like nigeria would something like this be happening, and nothing drastic is done to arrest the situation.

We live on. And pray. That's apparently the only thing left for the common man to do.

Announcements / Aikin Hajji
« on: October 19, 2009, 05:56:28 PM »
Brothers and Sisters, this is to inform you that I will Insha Allah travel to Saudia to perform this year's Hajj. So I'm soliciting for everyone's prayers and well wishes.


Kano Forum / GSM Village
« on: August 20, 2009, 04:51:06 PM »
The state Governor has just commisioned the first GSM market in northern nigeria, located at Farm Centre, Kano. It was built under a public-private partnership arrangement and consisted of 72 standard shops, 60 modern sheds, 2 master sheds, 2 restaurants, a mosque and a parking lot. The MD of KNUPDA stated that some individuals with plots flanking the market had indicated interest to partner with the govt to expand it in the future.

Though not a gigantic project (it was built with a 'modest' sum of N59million), I welcome it happily. At least ti would help to decongest Post Office road, which was turned into a jungle of a sort by the GSM operators. That is aside providing the people with condusive business atmosphere. I believe more of such are needed.

Sports / Kano Pillars make history!!
« on: May 27, 2008, 02:51:03 PM »
Na wa for una >:( ::) We win league, but all you guys are talking about is european football. Oya, make una join hand to congratulate Pillars for making history as the first northern team to win the Nigerian Premier League. ;D An event I witnessed in person. Even though I suffer small for the stadium, as I dey inside the stadium since 1.00pm, I wouldn't have missed it.

chit-chat / Good Things That Make Us Happy!!
« on: December 17, 2007, 05:03:10 PM »
I know, I know. We have the "how you feeling thread". This could have been put there. But I have a feeling that thread had been inundated with worries, and report when we are sick/ill. So, has anything GOOD happened to you lately? Engaged? Getting (or just) married? Bought a new car? Ka kara mata *ahem*. You don pass exam? Or whatever sweet.

Anyway, I just have to post this. Forget all my excuses above.

So here goes, GTTMUH: I have just been promoted 8) ;D ;D ;D If you know what it means in my place of work, you'd understand my excitement and why a separate thread. :) It is also part of the reason I was away from the forum. Y'now, promotional exam, interview, the anxiety, prayers in the night etc etc ;D. So lets the congratulations begin. And the gifts, please ;D

Kano Forum / Water, Power in Kano
« on: October 18, 2007, 09:34:58 AM »
From the Daily Trust Newspapers

Yar’Adua to commission Kano water works Dec
Written by Hassan A. Karofi, Kano     
Thursday, 18 October 2007 

President Umar Musa Yar’adua is to commission the multi- billion naira Kano-Tamburawa water works, the state government has said.

The commissioning is expected to end years of perennial water shortage in the city as the new water works is expected to pump over 150 million litres of water daily to the over two million residents.

In an interview with news-men on the commissioning, Sule Ya’u Sule, the Director of Press Affairs to Governor Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, said it is expected to take place on December 6.

He announced that over 95% of the total work on the water project is already completed as what remains is the administrative building of the state water board, which is expected to relocate to the Tamburawa site. Over N5.6bn is to be spent on the water project.

‘Currently, the state depends on the 200 million litre capacity Chalawa water project and the daily need of the people living within the city is 400 million.

This explains why we are facing a shortage of 200 million litres daily, but the new water treatment plant will provide over 150 million litres thereby reducing the shortage by about 95%".

"Right now, all the necessary parts of the project have been completed, like the water processing unit, water tanks section, segmentation section and reservoir. All these are completed," he said.

Sule Ya’u Sule said the President would also lay the foundation of the N15bn ultra modern market in the eastern by-pass which is expected to help decongest the busy Abubakar Rimi and Singer markets.

He said the N15bn market has over 5000 shops, thousands of warehouses, a hospital, a fire service station, banks, a police station, parking space for over 5000 trucks and many more and is expected to be completed within 18 months from the day the president lays the foundation.

KNSG gets FG approval to build hydro power plant

Written by Hassan A. Karofi, Kano     
Thursday, 18 October 2007

The federal government has approved the utilization of the Challawan Goje and Tiga Dams for construction of a hydro power station in Kano State, Governor Ibrahim Shekarau announced.

A statement signed by his Director of Press Affairs, Sule Ya’u Sule, said according to the governor, the permission will ensure the establishment of an independent hydro power station by the state government in the next few years.

He said the decision was reached during a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Abba Sayyadi Ruma, Tuesday in Abuja.

According to the statement, the hydro power stations which will be situated in Challawan Goje and Tiga will provide 100 mega watts of electricity to the state.

‘The two dams will provide 100 megawatts to the state and these megawatts will be solely directed to the industrial section of the city to serve as alternative source of energy so that our industries could be revived’, the statement said.

The statement also explained that the state needed 400 megawatts as its requirement and the 100 megawatts that would be generated will also be complimented with other sources from PHCN and other sources to be exploited.

Already, the government said the Islamic Development Bank has paid for the feasibility studies of the independent power project.


I believe these are the type of projects we need. They are long overdue. I only hope they see the light of day. Governor Shekarau is known for his people-oriented programmes, but is also notorious for slow execution of projects. My fear is if the projects are not completed during his tenure (i.e the unltra-modern market), another governor might come and put a stop to it.

chit-chat / End Of Year Awards
« on: December 05, 2006, 12:30:56 PM »
OK here goes. I hope ppl won't suspect any hidden agenda here, cos there ain't any. The awards are in categories. Note that the funniest post is not restricted to jokes, while the best come back refers to a particularly appropriate/catchy/funniest response to a post bay a particular poster. So ladies & gentlemen, go down memory lane and start voting :wink:  :D

Funniest Post  

Best Thread

Funniest Poster

Most Annoying Posts (er)

Best Newcomer

Best Come Back

Overall Best Poster

« on: February 16, 2006, 03:21:24 PM »
The Hisbah Board was banned by the Federal Govt, stating that it creation was contrary to the provision of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. Events took a disturbing turn when the Information Minister, childishly and recklessly according to reports, publicly declared that the Hisbah is a Terrorist Organization sponsored from abroad, with its roots traced to the Hezbollah of Lebanon. :cry:  :shock: The KNSG has since taken the FG to court.  Now...,

1. What was the Fed. Govt doing when states first muted the idea of
    creating Hisbah since 1999, by not stoping them if it really believed
    in the unconstitutionality of the whole thing.

2. Why must 'terrorism' be associated with any muslim/islamic activity
   the   moment it becomes unpalatable to the western world?

3. If Hisbah is really unconstitutional, how come the states, replete with  
    State Attorney General, Comm. for Justice etc etc are not aware of it

4. With the apparent inability of the Fed. Govt. to protect lives/properties
     and adequately maintain law and order, isn't it time outfits like Hisbah
    are given a trial, provided they will be utilised justly for the overall
    good of the societies that opt for it?

5.  What is the connection between the Hisbah ban and the open
      hostility shown on the Hisbah by Kwankwaso/PDP?

6.  Isn't it irresponsible of the Information Minister to make such wild
     and highly sensitive accusation that may likely offend muslims?

chit-chat / Make Me Laugh!
« on: May 04, 2005, 04:02:01 PM »
Right. Shouldn't we liven the place a bit? A bit of humour now and then would be welcomed, so if you have a good joke, let's share in the laughter :D
Let's kick-off:

The Gender War

A teacher was explaining to her class that in French, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. "House" for instance, is feminine: "la maison". "Pencil," however, is masculine: "le crayon".

A student asked, "What gender is 'computer'?". Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether
"computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that "computer" should definitely be of the feminine gender, "la computer", because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine, "le computer"), because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

chit-chat / Word Association
« on: April 20, 2005, 04:52:49 PM »
Okay, here's a new game. It goes like this:

I say a word and someone reply with a related word. Example:

Me;-       Star
Someone;-  Moon
Another;-  Bright
Somebody;- Light
Another;-  Nepa!

...and so on.

Here goes...


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