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2019 HAJJ: Stranded pilgrims, tour operators accuse NAHCON of sabotage

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

About 487 stranded pilgrims in Kano and their tour operators have accused the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) of sabotaging their bid to perform the Hajj, an allegation the commission has denied.

KANO TODAY reports that the pilgrims from various states of Nigeria have been waiting at the airport for about  10 days till Thursday afternoon when they learnt that their flight had been cancelled.

The pilgrims allege that Abdullahi Mukhtar, NAHCON chairman had advised Saudi authorities to cancel their approved flight accusing them of being illegal immigrants.

They also accuse Mr Mukhtar of imposing stringent financial conditions on the tour operators causing delays in their operations.

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In an interview with journalists on Thursday, a representative of the tour operators, Usman Hassan Darma accused NAHCON of sabotaging them due to its financial ties with Fly Nas – a Saudi Arabian airline.

Mr. Darma, vice president of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture (KACCIMA) lamented that tour operators have paid non-refundable fees to service operators in Saudi Arabia.

He therefore called on the federal government to come to their rescue and sanction the NAHCON chairman.

However, NAHCON has denied all the allegations.

Fatima Sanda Usara, spokesperson of the commission told KANO TODAY that NAHCON had offered to address any challenges facing licensed tour operators two weeks before they started airlifting pilgrims but none of them responded.

The spokesperson also denied that NAHCON had accused the stranded pilgrims of being illegal immigrants.

She therefore urged the stranded pilgrims to report the tour operators to the commission for compensation and disciplinary action.

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Ganduje presents appointment letters to 56 doctors, health workers

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Nasiru Yusuf

 

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has on Tuesday presented appointment letters to fifty six medical doctors and other health workers deployed to the State Primary Health Care Management Board.

KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje made the presentation on Tuesday at Primary Health Care investment summit 2021, held at Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano.

Ganduje said the move is part of his administration’s commitment to improve health care delivery in the state.

 “The state government has set up a committee under the leadership of the Chairman Governing Board of the State Primary Health Care Management Board, the Madakin Gaya and District Head of Ajingi, and representatives from the office of the Secretary to State Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry for Local Governments.

“Others are representatives from the five Emirates in the state. With the Secretariat at the State Primary Health Care Management Board.”

“The committee would be updating the government and the people of Kano state on regular basis, on the achievements and success recorded.

“In order for us to achieve the desired goals, we must collaborate with development partners, government organisations and community. So all all hands must be on deck to also address the long term systematic health care system for the full implementation of the minimum service package,” Ganduje said.

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Bayero visits NCC, commends Danbatta on nation’s digital transformation

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Dabatta, NCC staff and the visiting members of Kano State Judiciary.

Nasiru Yusuf

The Chief Registrar of Kano State High Court of Justice, Abdullahi Ado Bayero has commended the efforts of the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Umar Garba Danbatta in fast-tracking digital transformation of governance and other sectors of the economy.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Bayero made the commendation when he led a high-powered delegation of the Kano State Judiciary to a courtesy visit to the chief telecom regulator at the NCC Kano Zonal Office, in Kano, over the weekend.

He added that Judiciary, as a whole, has recognised the necessity and inevitability of digital justice system as well as full integration of ICT-based court system in the administration of justice.

He said this position is well entrenched in the National Judiciary Information Technology Policy (NJITP), 2021 and is consistent with the NCC’s objective and strategic intervention to advance ICT knowledge and training for various public institutions in Nigeria.

“It is in line with the above that the Kano State Judiciary is determined to explore all necessary avenues and opportunities to integrate ICT-based court systems as well as digitised justice delivery systems for efficient and effective administration of justice in the state and we request NCC’s intervention in this regard,” he said.

 

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta (Left) with  the Chief Registrar of Kano State High Court of Justice, Abdullahi Ado Bayero

Responding, Mr Danbatta restated Commission’s commitment to continue to strengthen collaboration with judicial institutions in Nigeria.

Danbatta said, while the Commission is doing everything within its regulatory mandate to enforce compliance among licensees as well as collaborating with stakeholders to protect telecom infrastructure, some individuals indulge in willful damage of telecom infrastructure, vandalism, telecoms facility theft, and fibre cuts, among other crimes.

He said these criminal acts conspire to degrade the quality of service (QoS) in the country, and since the NCC has no prosecutorial power, the need to strengthen collaboration with the judicial arm of the government at all levels has become expedient.

“NCC does not have prosecutorial power in criminal acts committed by the citizens and licensees which are inimical to the progress of the sector; and we appreciate the ways and manners such criminal cases are being dispensed by the judiciary. This is a testimony to the kind cooperation NCC has been enjoying from the judiciary,” he observed.

According to Danbatta, the Commission will never fold its arms while unscrupulous citizens cause havoc on telecommunications infrastructure since that affects  the quality of service innocent citizens enjoy.

“Therein lies the importance of the judiciary in the work that we have been assigned by the government to do. We very much appreciate this cooperation with the judiciary and we are committed to ensure that the cooperation grows stronger and stronger going forward,” he said.

According to him, the recently-concluded NCC Judges Workshop held in Abuja, was a very important initiative of the Commission to continuously collaborate with members of the judicial arm of government through updating them with the trends and regulatory dynamism of the sector with a view to improving their knowledge for effective dispensation of justice.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta (Left) with  the Chief Registrar of Kano State High Court of Justice, Abdullahi Ado Bayero

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Police launches investigation into Muhyi’s alleged forgery scandal

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Kano police command has on Monday launched investigation into Muhuyi Magaji’s alleged forgery scandal.

KANO FOCUS reports that the police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Haruna announced this in an audio clip sent to journalists on Monday.

He said the police have received a petition from Kano state House and Assembly and the office of Accountant General of the state accusing Muhuyi of presenting fake medical report to adhoc committee constituted to investigate the embattled chairman of the PCACC.

Kiyawa said Mr Magaji has on Monday honoured the police invitation over the alleged forgery case.

It could be recalled that the National Hospital Abuja  in a letter dated July 19, 2021 and sent to clerk of Kano state House Assembly said there is no patient named ‘Muhuyi Magaji’ in their hospital record and no folder was opened in that name.

The letter written by the Director Clinical services in the Hospital, Aisha Umar said the name and signature of the doctor (Dr. Bayo) on the medical report do not belong to any staff of National Hospital, Abuja.

It therefore declare the medical report as ‘NOT authentic’.

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