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‘Why Nigerian doctors prefer working abroad’

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

A professor of Chemical Pathology Dr. Simeon Adelani Adebisi has identified frustration, poor income and the lack of good investment in the Nigerian health sector as some of the reasons Nigerian doctors leave the shores of the country to work abroad.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Adebisi a staff of Benue State University disclosed this on Friday at the 20th Abubakar Imam Memorial lecture organized by Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano (AKTH) as part of events to mark the 31st anniversary of the hospital.

Mr Adebisi said doctors working in public hospitals earn as little as N150,000 ($416) a month, with top salaries for consultants rising to a maximum of N800,000 a month, which he said is far below what they could earn in Western countries.

He said medical professionals are also frustrated due to lack of investment in the health sector, where paucity of equipment and frequent strikes prevent them from doing their job to the best of their abilities.

He added that, with the prospect of higher pay and modern facilities, Africa’s top doctors, stream overseas in search of greener pastures, learning new things and practicing in a better environment.

The professor added however, that African universities are no longer quiet places to teach and to conduct research like in the past, noting that the academic institutions hold promise of becoming highly complex and advanced.

Meanwhile the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of AKTH,  Aminu Zakari said in a bid to positively impact on suburban and rural communities in Kano, the hospital was able launch the rapid response initiative with the support of the federal ministry of health.

Mr Zakari a professor and consultant of pathology added that the hospital has conducted various surgical procedures including over 300 eye surgeries on patients in Kumbotso local government area of Kano state.

He also said AKTH had carried out medical outreach programs in Dawakin Kudu, Warawa, and Gaya local government areas of the state.

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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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