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Kano this morning: Tuesday 18.12.18

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By Mukhtar Yahaya Usman

Top Story: Hisbah disrupts ‘Lesbian Marriage’ in Kano

The Kano state Hisbah Command has arrested 11 women in Sabon Gari area of Fagge local government on Monday for allegedly organizing a lesbian marriage, a charge which the suspects have denied.

Officer in charge of the operation Nasiru Ibrahim said the Hisbah Command received intelligence report that Safiyya Yobe was about to get married to Fatima Gezawa at the event.

Nasiru Ibrahim said the Hisbah Command raided the event and arrested 11 women including the alleged ‘groom’ and ‘bride’.

However, one of the suspects Fati Jaririyar Zuciya said they organized the party in honor of the appointment of Fatima Gezawa as deputy chairlady of their dance club while the alleged ‘groom’ Safiyya Yobe is the chairlady of the club.

KANO TODAY recalls that in April 2007, there was a similar a case in Kano when a woman called ‘Aunty Maiduguri’ was alleged to have wedded four wives when she organized a party to raise money for a sex worker who was getting married to a man.

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Teachers’ recruitment: Women protest in Gwale – Hundreds of women in Gwale local government have protested the alleged reallocation of their offers of employment as classroom teachers to other candidates favored by the council authorities.

KANO TODAY recalls that the Kano state government has recently recruited 1,239 female teachers across the 44 local governments of the state.

After the public launching of the recruitment exercise at the government house where a few candidates received their offers, the others were instructed to collect theirs at their respective local government secretariats.

The protesting women in Gwale are alleging that the chairman Community Re-orientation Committee (CRC) Sani Jibril Danzara connived with others to replace the names of the successful candidates with others who had not participated in the recruitment exercise.

Sani Danzara admitted that not all the women who were presented before the governor received offers of employment but denied that they were replaced by others.

He explained that the number of offers of employment granted to Gwale local government by the state government was less than the number of successful candidates.

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Potassium Bromate: Court closes bakery – A Kano magistrate court has ordered the closure of a bakery, Sadiq Bread in Jajira, Dala local government and the burning of 796 loaves of bread made with Potassium Bromate.

Potassium bromate is used to strengthen the dough and allow it to rise higher. It also gives the finished bread an appealing white color. But it has been banned by NAFDAC because it can lead to cancer.

Sarkin Tsaftar Kano, Ja’afar Ahmad Gwarzo made the arrest following a tip from residents of the Jajira community.

Ja’afar Gwarzo said the magistrate Hadiza Rabi’u Bello summoned the bakery owner but he refused to appear before the court.

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Electricity supply returns to Sharada Small Scale Industries – The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has resumed the supply of electricity to Sharada Small Scale Industries following a power cut lasting more than a fortnight.

Kano Today recalls that the small-scale industrialists had earlier resisted attempts by KEDCO to install meters in their factories preferring a flat monthly payment as estimated billing.

The company however decided to cut its electricity supply alleging that it has been losing about N80million monthly in the area due to unpaid bills.

Following the intervention of Kano state commissioner of commerce, Ahmad Rabiu the small-scale industrialists have now agreed to getting their electricity consumption metered.

KEDCO spokesman, Mohammed Kandi said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has mandated all distribution companies to meter customers in their networks.

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Rabiu Kwankwaso

Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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NCC moves to address poor network service at densely populated Kano markets – Prof Danbatta.

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Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

Nasiru Yusuf

 

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Umar Garba Danbatta says the commission will address the poor network at Kantin Kwari, Sabongari Singer and Kurmi markets.

KANO FOCUS reports that Danbatta announced revealed this while responding to complaint raised by a participant at a two day stakeholders consultative meeting tagged ‘talk to the regulator’ organised by Nigerian Communications Commission in Kano.

The complainer noted that that there is poor telecommunications service in Kantin Kwari, Sabongari, Singer and Kurmi markets in Kano metropolitan area.

Danbatta responded that the commission will deploy investigative team to determine the nature of the problem and proffer solution.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

“We have the capacity to monitor the performance of MNOs, that is the most important thing. Because of this valid observation by our stakeholder, we are going to direct our searchlight in those areas where we think the quality of service needs to improve.

“And if it is necessary, we will send the investigative team what is the nature of the quality of service in such places with a view to improve the quality of the service,” Danbatta said.

The Executive Vice Chairman explained that the commission considers stakeholder feedback “as a critical component of our forward – looking regulatory model.”

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta with senior management staff of NCC

“Hence, the overarching objective of this forum is to get direct feedback from our licensees on how we, as a regulator, are meeting your expectations, and on areas where we can improve our regulatory service, particularly those that have to do with licensing.

“We also intend to use this forum to seek your support for the several initiatives that the commission has carefully developed in our quest to enhance market opportunities for all our licensees.”

Danbatta added that the commission will focus it’s energies for the next five years on five strategic pillars.

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The pillars according to him include “organisational renewal for operational efficiency and regulatory excellence.

“Facilitate the provision of infrastructure for a digital economy which fosters national development.

“Improve quality service (QoS) for enhanced consumer quality of experience (QoE).

“Promote fair competition, inclusive growth, increased investment and innovative services as well facilitate strategic collaboration and partnership.”

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He disclosed that the federal government has articulated a number of critical policy objectives for the sector such as those articulated in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025), the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Registration among others.

He added that the instruments require the full and unalloyed commitment of all stakeholders to ensure their successful implementation, and the meeting in Kano would provide a veritable channel for licensees’ buy-in.

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In his address the Director of Licensing and Authorisation Department, Mohammed Babajika, said the commission is further liberalising the telecoms industry by finalising the framework for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) and is currently reviewing existing regulations.

“The Commission is also finalising the Information Memorandum (IM) for 5G deployment, emerging trends like Internet of Things (loT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Over The Top (OTT) Services and Big Data Analytics, all aimed at initiating strategies to improve service delivery that is accessible and affordable.

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