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BUK joins SSANU national protest

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By Nura Garba

The Bayero University, Kano Chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has joined other chapters in the country to protest against the federal government’s continuous refusal to honour the agreement it signed with the non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities.

Members of the senior staff took to the streets within the university’s New Campus chanting different slogans with placards in their hands bearing different slogans such as Ngige Must Go; Why this Delay; Pay Our Earned Allowances Now; Enough is Enough and several other inscriptions.

The members in their large number went to the Vice Chancellor, Muhammad Yahuza Bello and registered their grievances after which they presented a letter containing the need to honour the said agreement for onward presentation to the Minister of Education.

Chairman of the Union, Haruna Aliyu, told the Vice Chancellor and the management staff of the university that they were forced to embark on a three-day national protest as demanded by the National Executive Council of the union for government’s failure to honour the agreement it signed with the union.

“Part of our demands is that we had a three-month indefinite strike for disproportionate payment of earned allowances in March last year and the government promised to pay N8 billion to our members within five weeks. Up till now, the government has not redeemed its pledge. Also, our members teaching in the staff schools have not been re-instated despite the Industrial Court’s judgement in our favour. If after this national strike the government fails to listen to us, then we will take the next line of action,” Haruna Aliyu said.

The Vice Chancellor, Yahuza Bello commended the union for a peaceful protest and added that the letter would be channelled to the Minister of Education through the National Universities Commission (NUC).

 

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Police rescued new born baby abducted at M A Wase hospital 

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Nasiru Yusuf

Police in Kano said they have rescued a one day old baby abducted at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that Abdullahi Kiyawa, a police spokesperson in Kano revealed this in a statement issued on Friday.

He said the baby was abducted by a couple Abubakar Sadiq and his wife Maryam Sadiq all of Rijiyar Zaki Quarters, Kano.

It was gathered that the couple were desperate to get a male child.

The statement recalled that on Wednesday one Rabi’u Muhammad of Gayawa quarters, Ungogo local government area reported that on the same day one of his newly-born male twin was found missing at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Nassarawa.

According to the statement the baby was taken from Muhammad’s sister in-law who was looking after the babies at the corridor of the Maternity ward while she was sleeping.

Kiyawa said upon receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Dikko, mobilised a team of detectives to rescue the baby and arrest the culprits.

“The team immediately stormed the scene and launched a search. The Hospital was sealed off and thoroughly combed, but the child could not be found immediately.

“Sustained efforts coupled with intelligence sharing led to the arrest of one Maryam Sadiq, ‘f’, 22 years old, and her husband one Abubakar Sadiq, ‘m’, 50 years old, all of Rijiyar Zaki Quarters, Kano.

Abubakar Sadik and Maryam Sadik

“The Child was recovered from them in their home.

“On preliminary investigation, Maryam confessed that the child was taken away from Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital Kano and that she carried out the act under the influence of her husband who has been longing a male child,” Kiyawa said.

The Police spokesperson said the new born baby has been re-united with his parents and the Commissioner of Police has ordered the transfer of the case to Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

He said suspects will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.

Mrs Sadik told journalists that her husband Mr Sadik was the masterminder of the abduction, the accusation he promptly denied.

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ASUU condemns DSS brutality against Prof Muhammad, threatens legal action

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Nasiru Yusuf

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Bayero University Kano (BUK) Branch has condemned alleged brutal and uncivilized assault on union’s Kano Zonal Coordinator, Abdulkadir Muhammad, by some operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

KANO FOCUS reports that a statement jointly signed by chairman and Secretary Haruna Musa and Yusuf Umar respectively described the attack as ”unfortunate, tragic, despicable and embarrassing.”

ASUU considered the attack as the highest form of gross violation of fundamental human rights and has exposed the lack of professionalism on the part of those who perpetrated the cowardly act saying “the attack was unfortunate, tragic, despicable and embarrassing to say the least.”

The statement recalled that “the incident happened on August 18, along the Eastern by-pass in Kano metropolis around 2 pm while Muhammad was driving when these DSS operatives, driving on a high speed and harassing commuters with siren, unprovokedly singled out and stopped him, damaged his car and assaulted him repeatedly.”

“Alas, DSS operatives are notorious for crass violation of fundamental rights of innocent Nigerians through torture and assaults.

“We recall that sometime in 2012, they invaded ASUU-BUK Secretariat at Old Campus and assaulted our then ASUU Kano-Zone Coordinator and Immediate Past Branch Chairperson in their attempt to abduct him.”

ASUU therefore urged the Department of State Services to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book in order to stop the anarchy, torture and harassment of innocent Nigerians.

The Union said it is ready to deploy all the available legal and legitimate instruments to ensure that justice is done on the matter.

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YOSPIS Inaugurates youth reference group

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The Executive Director of Youth Society for the Prevention of Infectious Disease and Social Vices (YOSPIS) Zainab Nasir Ahmad has inaugurated eleven member youth reference group.

KANO FOCUS reports that the group was to revive the activities of YOSPIS and support the implementation of it’s work plan.

Speaking at the occasion Miss Ahmad said the members were selected based on track of their records in humanitarian services.

Zainab Naseer Ahmad

She recalled that ” over the years YOSPIS has consistently responded to the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS, adolescent health, social wellbeing of young people, sexual and reproductive health problems as well as increasing awareness to reduce child morbidity and high mortality rates in Nigeria.

“YOSPIS has earned a formidable reputation in the provision of just, prompt, transparent and efficient research and service delivery to it’s clients in line with community mobilisation/awareness campaign, taking them along on individual and group capacity building to better their stand in their respective communities.”

Miss Ahmad revealed that YOSPIS is working with Kano state ministries of health, environment and education on areas of reproductive health, meanstrual hygiene, tree planting and girl child education.

Earlier in a welcome address the representative of Community Health and Research Initiative CHR, Salisu Musa described the event as historic.

Salisu Musa

Highlights of the event include motivational talk on volunteering by Musa Abdullahi Sufi.

Musa Abdullahi Sufi.

The members Inaugurated are Hannatu Sulaiman Abba, Nura Ahmad Muhammad, Muhammad Dahiru Lawal and Abdulbaki Muhammad.

Others are Khafilu Muhammad Haruna, Hajara Salisu Bako, Khadija Lawal and Mubarak Baba.

The remaining are Bello Shehu Maude, Muhammad Salisu Abdullahi and Rukayya Shuwa.

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