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Half of Kano people prone to Cholera – FG

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Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

Twenty seven out of the 44 local government areas in Kano state have recorded cases of Cholera as of June 2019, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reports.

The NCDC said the result of its survey shows that Kano state has the highest number of local government areas that are prone to the outbreak of cholera in Nigeria.

The Centre was established in 2011 to enhance Nigeria’s preparedness and response to epidemics through prevention, detection, and control of communicable diseases.

Its core mandate is to detect, investigate, prevent and control diseases of national and international public health importance.

According to the NCDC survey 16 states have at least one local government that is considered a cholera ‘hotspot’.

Top of the list is Kano followed by Kebbi, Sokoto, Borno, Zamfara, and Kaduna states.

The 27 Kano state local government areas include Fagge, Madobi, Dawakin Kudu, Kura, Ungoggo, Garun Malam, Kumbotso and Gezawa in Kano central district.

Others are Gwarzo, Karaye, Shanono, Bagwai, Kabo, Rimin Gado, Tofa, Bichi, Dawakin Tofa, in Kano North.

The rest are Wudil, Gaya, Tudun Wada, Rano, Bebeji, Bunkure, Kibiya, Doguwa,  Rogo, and Kiru in Kano South.

Why Kano?

A medical geographer, Dr. Uba Lawal told KANO TODAY that Kano state is more prone to Cholera due to poor sanitation and hygiene.

“Open defecation, washing hands without soap, and the dense population of Kano makes it easy for the Cholera bacteria to be ingested into the human body,” he said.

Dr Lawal adds that the solution lies with the provision of potable water in both urban and rural areas.

Other measures include persistent public campaign about washing hands with soap, and proper management of human defecation.

 

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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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

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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

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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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