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Kano tricycles: A boomerang of government’s bad policies.

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Abbas Yushau Yusuf

Governments in Nigeria are synonymous with lack of consistency in implementing policies for the welfare and wellbeing of the people, be they local, state, or federal these governments. When it comes to policy formulation and implementation governments are very passionate in organizing conferences and talk shows for the purpose of impressing the public that they are very serious in solving problems.

One of the sectors Kano is grappling with apart from healthcare and education is transportation. Kano is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. According to the 2006 population census, the state is the most populous with 9.5 million people. Instead of the city to boast of one of the best transportation systems in Nigeria, the transportation system in the state is one of the worst considering the nature and the population the state is blessed with.

The state has not prepared for a robust transportation system when new settlements are springing with ever increasing population. When Nigeria returned to democracy successive governments did not organize how the transportation system of the state will look like. Government should not shoulder all the responsibilities of how Kano people will be transported to their places of daily routine but it must be responsible for how the people will feel the best when going out from their houses in search of greener pastures every day.

In the late and early nineties the best transportation system for the state then consisted of buses popularly known in local parlance as KIYAKIYA.  These are set of ruptured buses carrying passengers in Kano from nooks and crannies of the state emanating from the central nexus at BATA.

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Taxis which were plying some roads in the state were then not enough to transport people to their destination. The taxi business started dying with the abandonment of the business by a particular ethnic group in the state, and it has not been revived by indigenous business men of the state. That made the people of Kano to only survive with KIYAKIYA absorbing the heat of the dying vehicle which may have led to the passengers developing hypertension. Moreover the bus conductors were rude youths who had not attended any school and were not trained to respect anybody.

Ban on Achaba

Later came the Okada riders who were riding motorcycles in the state. These folks known as Yan Achaba littered the streets of Kano in less than two decades. Instead of Okada riders to become solution to the state’s transportation crises, they became daily causes of fractured limbs; most accident and emergency units of state hospitals became hosts to Achaba crash victims. As the days go by motorcycle riders became a nuisance to Kano metropolis before they became a total abomination due to insurgency in the year 2012.

Motorcycles were used by insurgents to attack soft targets in the state. That forced Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso’s administration in January 2013 to offer cogent reasons for abandoning the trade and that led youths who are mostly jobless within the state to resort to another transportation business, which is tricycle known as Adaidaita Sahu.

People welcomed the ban on Achaba but government’s abrupt ending of the business did not provide a plan for the restoration of robust transportation business which all and sundry can patronize in Kano. Instead of graduating to the 21st century transportation business in the state, Kano graduated to another nuisance, leaving the whole lot of masses to suffer with the  alternatives of Adaidaita Sahu even though it has led to the provision of Job to teeming youth, some aged men in the state who cannot have a means of living.

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In the next few years Kano roads will be hard to occupy with the resurgence of Adaidaita Sahu every day. The government is not serious in regulating their activities not banning them, as there are sources that say the government of Kano is even mulling the idea of banning Tricycle operators, despite the fact that some are using it to perpetrate crime.

Now Adaidata Sahu are plying the metropolitan roads without government knowing their exact number making it easy to carry out crimes with them.

Adaidaita Sahu what is it? Is it not government negligence and failure to checkmate their activities?

Abbas Yushau’u Yusuf, a Kano-based journalist and public affairs commentator can be reached at abyushau2@gmail.com

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Ganduje employs 920 health workers

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By Nazifi Dawud

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has presented employment letters to a total of 920 health workers as part of efforts to improve and strengthen healthcare service delivery in Kano state.

The governor issued the letters to the new employees on Friday at Coronation Hall, Government House.

Speaking at the event, Mr Ganduje assured that his administration would ensure that all primary healthcare services are integrated.

“This will ensure quality control and effective management of the system,” he said according to a statement by Abba Anwar, his chief press secretary.

“The wisdom behind the One Roof arrangement is to have optimum utilisation of our staff, with all sense of belonging and seriousness. With this, we can be so sure of harmonious synergy and effective management of both staff and resources.

“We are always interested in having stronger institutions for our health care delivery system. At all levels, from primary to secondary and tertiary levels,” he added.

The governor also directed the state Commissioner for Health Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa to conceive a process that would enable hardworking staff to be recognized and rewarded.

“Let’s get best performing doctor, best performing pharmacist, best performing nurse, best performing laboratory technician and all other areas in the health sector. We need to evolve a process of rewarding commitment and hard work,” he said.

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BUK increases students fees, introduce others

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Bayero University Kano (BUK) has increased hostel and administrative fees for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

KANO FOCUS reports that the university senate approved the increase in its 378th meeting as reported in the BUK official bulletin.

The university registrar, Amina Umar Abdullahi stated that hostel fees for Nigerian postgraduate students has been increased from N12,150 to N25,150.

Mrs Abdullahi said international postgraduate students will pay N80,000 in the 2019/2020 session instead of N60,000.

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Also undergraduate students will pay N20,090 hostel fee  instead of the previous N12,090, while a bed space without mattress will now cost N12,090 instead of the former N7,090.

In addition, the university has doubled the acceptance fee for all undergraduate courses from N5,000 to N10,000.

Mrs Abdullahi added that the re-issuance of statement of result now costs N1,000 as against the former N500.

The registrar also announced the introduction of new administrative charges.

According to her, Certificate of English Proficiency, re-issuance of admission letters, and correction of names on the admission letter now attract charges of N1,000 each.

She added that reprinting of Course Registration Forms (CRFs) or evidence of payment of registration fees will now cost N500 each.

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The BUK senate has also introduced the payment of additional N3,000 for Pharmaceutical Science students and N20,000 for M.Sc. Architecture students.

Other charges approved by the senate include N5,000 per session for B.Sc. and B.Sc.(Ed) Geography in the School of Continuing Education as well as N10,000 for field trip for Level 500 students of both courses.

The registrar added that the BUK senate has also increased membership fees of all students associations from N200 to N300 which will now be collected centrally with effect from the 2019/2020 session.

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Kano doctor emerges best staff at Nigeria’s primary healthcare agency

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By Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano-born medical doctor, Laila Umar Ibrahim has emerged as the 2018 best performing staff at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

The “best performing staff” award tagged ‘Professor Shehu Umar’, was introduced by the NPHCDA as a way of rewarding staff who exhibit “extraordinary commitment and selfless service.”

Commending the awardee at a special ceremony held at Emir’s Palace, Kano on Thursday, Executive Director of the agency Faisal Shuaib described Mrs Ibrahim as “a strong staff who excelled in working with government institutions and development partners to improve service delivery in primary health care.”

Mr Shuaib, a medical doctor, said the award was conceived to appreciate the selfless contribution of the agency’s staff towards attainment of the NPHCDA mandate.

He added that Mrs Ibrahim played a significant role in the newly established National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre (NEMCHIC).

In his remarks Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II described Mrs Ibrahim as a perfect example of success in his campaign for girl-child education.

Mr Sanusi said he hoped Mrs Ibrahim’s success would encourage other parents to allow their female children to receive good education while husbands would also allow their wives to participate in public service.

The monarch also thanked the agency for initiating the award and called on others to follow suit.

On his part, the awardee’s father, Umar Ibrahim thanked the management of NPHCDA for recognizing and rewarding his daughter’s effort.

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