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Kano 2019: Kwankwaso is afraid of Shekarau – Ganduje campaign



By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The senator representing Kano Central, Mr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is not recontesting in 2019 because he is afraid of losing to former governor Mr Ibrahim Shekarau, says the Ganduje campaign team.

Mr Muhammadu Garba, chairman publicity committee of the Ganduje gubernatorial campaign told journalists on Sunday at Karaye local governor that Kwankwaso is “a spent force who is no longer relevant politically”.

Mr Garba, who is also Kano state commissioner of information said Mr Kwankwaso “saw the writing on the wall and tactically withdrew”.

“You can recall how Shekarau dealt with him in 2003 and 2007 when he defeated him as a sitting governor and also defeated his preferred governorship candidate in the 2007 governorship elections.

“Kwankwaso’s utterances in recent times depicts that of a defeatist who is aware that he has lost touch with the realities in Kano politics.

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

“The depletion of his Kwankwasiyya Movement and the gale of defection by former chieftains of the Movement to our great party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) is also a pointer to the fact the former governor and his governorship candidate has already lost out even before the election.

“You are also aware that even the remnants of the Kwankwasiyya Movement who pretend to be with him are not committed to ensuring that his in-law and political godson, who he singlehandedly made the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, against the wish of the party stakeholders, smell victory at the end of the day.

“As I speak with you, we are still receiving decampees from the Kwankwasiyya and the PDP, an indication that victory is sure for His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.”

Mr Garba added that, “the modest achievements of governor Ganduje have also intimidated Kwankwaso and his group so much that they are finding it very difficult to sell their governorship candidate.”

He therefore advised Mr Kwankwaso and the PDP to, “swallow their pride and accept defeat because the good people of Kano state have seen the light.



Kano closes hospital where a doctor performs multiple surgery alone



Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano State Private Health Institutions Management Agency (PHIMA) has shut down Green-olives Hospital, Gadon kaya, Gwale local government area.

KANO FOCUS reports that the hospital was indicted for professional misconduct and poor service.

A statement issued by the spokesperson of the agency Abba Dalha said the agency has received a petition that the facility has recorded two death cases in the last six months.

After thorough investigation, the agency found that, the hospital do not undertake proper investigation nor issue consent form to patients before conducting a surgery.

According to the statement the surgeon is found to be to be doing the task of anaesthetic nurse, peri operative nurse and assistant surgeon which is grossly unethical.

The statement added that the surgeon is not inclined to any speciality of surgery as one of the recorded death case was a Paediatric surgery to three year old child, while the second death was Obstetrics and gynecology surgery.

The Agency threatened to deal with the culprit in accordance with it’s   guidelines and appealed to people to report quacks and professional misconduct for appropriate action.

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Kano Govt establishes School of Post Basic Ophthalmic Nursing



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has approved the establishment of School of Post Basic Ophthalmic Nursing at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital,Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje announced this on Tuesday while declaring open the 34th annual National Scientific Delegate Conference and Free Eye Care Services organised by the Nigeria Ophthalmic Nurses Association held at the Coronation Hall, Government House Kano.

Ganduje represented by his Deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said that the move is in recognition of the significance of eye care services for human development.

Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna

The governor reiterate his administration’s commitment towards revamping the health sector in the state.

According to the Governor “Our administration has been according priority attention to health care delivery because the growth and development of any nation are tied to sound health…and to make this effort actualized we allocated 15% of the 2021 budget to health sector in line with the Abuja declaration and are envisaging higher in the next fiscal year”.

On the theme of the conference: “Exploring Global Advancement And Innovation In Ophthalmic Nursing”…The Governor while describing it as apt said he feels it resonated from the desire to review the performance of the noble profession of ophthalmic nursing in order to enhance maximum efficiency and productivity.

He however while wishing the association successful deliberations during the conference, assured them of his administration’s continued support and cooperation.

In their separate remarks the National President of the Nigeria Ophthalmic Nurses Association and his Kano state counterpart Stephen Lamiya and Saleh Iliyasu Dan Hassan respectively said the occasion is the culmination of an enormous collective effort of various stakeholders from local, state and national level of ophthalmic nurses and ophthalmologist which began in November 2020.

They further said considering the fact that the eye is a fragile and sensitive organ of the body which deserves delicate and cautious handling, they are aligning with the chosen theme of this year’s world sight day “Love Your Eyes” and therefore called on all ophthalmic nurses to rededicate their services to the profession and the country.

Others who spoke during the occasion include the Commissioner Of Health Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, the Chief Medical Director of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Abdurrahman Sheshe and Ado Shehu Ringim from Maryam Abacha American University.

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Ganduje seeks Assembly’s approval to borrow N20bn





Nasiru Yusuf

The governor of Kano state Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has sent a letter to House of assembly seeking for approval to access 18.7 billion loan from the federal government to cushion the effects of COVID-19.

KANO FOCUS reports that the speaker of the assembly, Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari read the letter on the floor of the house.

According to the letter, the state government is seeking the approval of the house to enable it access the funds which many states have been granted access to by their state house of assemblies.

He said,the federal government had approved the disbursement of over 18 billion Naira to all the 36 states as bail out funds.

The governor has also sent another letter to the House seeking for approval to secure a loan of over two billion naira for the procurement of 100 BRT buses.

The letter pointed out that earlier the Kano state government had paid five hundred million naira as deposit and wish to secure a loan for the completion of payment to expedite the delivery of the vehicles which will go a long way in curtailing transportation problems in the state.

After extensive and exhaustive deliberations, the house has granted the approval.

In a related development the house had received a letter from the office of the secretary to the state government, notifying the house of the swearing in of the chairman and members of the assembly service commission and the reappointment and elevation of the clerk and deputy clerk to the post of head of legislative services and permanent secretary respectively as well as other directors at the Kano state house of assembly.

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