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3 Kano journalists receive national awards



Three journalists from Kano state have received national awards for excelling intheir profession.

KANO TODAY reports that the three journalists are Abdulaziz Abdulaziz of the PREMIUM TIMES, Nasiru Salisu Zango of FREEDOM and DALA Radio stations in Kano, as well as Jaafar Jaafar of the DAILY NIGERIAN.

Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, an associate editor at PREMIUM TIMES won the Wole Soyinka award for investigative journalist of the year (online category) as well as investigative reporter of the year award.

 Mr Abdulaziz won the award with a series of six reports which exposed the NYSC certificate forgery by the former finance minister, Kemi Adeosun.

 The series led eventually to the resignation of the British born minister who held office with a fake NYSC exemption certificate.

Mr Abdulaziz, a Bayero University Kano graduate of English hails from Fagge local government area of Kano worked for the Leadership and Blueprint newspapers before joining PREMIUM TIMES.

Nasiru Salisu Zango, manager operations of DALA FM and presenter of FREEDOM FM’s popular Inda Ranka program receives an integrity award from the Youth Alive Foundation.

Mr Zango won the award for championing advocacy journalism and for his crusade against bribery and corruption in Kano.

The journalist, who is also a correspondent for DEUTSCHE WELLE Hausa service hails from Kano municipal local government and is a graduate of Mass Communications from Bayero University Kano.

Jaafar Jaafar, the Publisher/Editor-in-chief of DAILY NIGERIAN online newspaper also receives an Integrity award from the Youth Alive Foundation.

Mr Jaafar won the award for publishing a series of video clips exposing Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje stuffing dollars alleged to be bribes into his pocket.

The publisher has testified before the Kano state House of Assembly and has been sued by the governor for alleged defamation.

Jaafar Jaafar who hails from Fagge local government is a graduate of Mass Communications from Bayero University Kano.

He worked as a reporter with the DAILY TRUST newspaper and served as spokesperson to former Kano state governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso before establishing the DAILY NIGERIAN.

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TCN creates Kano transmission region



Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy



Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II



Deposed Emir Sanusi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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