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AKTH donates microscopes to ARTV clinic



By Nasiru Yusuf

Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) has donated two sets of microscopes to the Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV) clinic in Kano state.

Presenting the microscopes, Assistant Director Information, Hauwa Muhammed, said the donation was in fulfilment of a promise made by the Professor Aminu Zakari, the hospitals Chief Medical Director, during a programme at the ARTV.

The donation was received by a representative of the ARTV Alhaji Abdulkadir Koguna, on behalf of the Director-General, Hajiya Sa’a Ibrahim.

The ARTV clinic was initially established to cater for the medical needs of the station’s members of staff and their families.

But shortly after its establishment, Mrs Ibrahim, saw the need to extend the services of the clinic to the general public as a way of appreciating their support over the years.

Records at the clinic’s registry showed that the clinic, which was established just over two years ago, has witnessed an influx of over 30,000 patients from neighbouring communities, according to Mrs Ibrahim.

She said, “I have noticed in some of the places of work that I visited that they have their clinics and that usually impresses me. But I have long forgotten about it until when I was sitting in my office and someone rushed in to tell me that a youth corps member who was serving here was in a serious state of stomach pain and needed medical attention.

“We rushed to her and met her crying and rolling on the floor, but unfortunately there wasn’t even a first-aid box in the premises at that time to help the girl. Then it suddenly occurred to me that we really needed to do something and that was when the idea of having something like a health facility came back to my mind and since then I was determined to provide something that would help the people working in the premises because ARTV is far away from any of the medical facilities in the city.”

The DG then set up a committee that would advise her on how to go about the idea, and they came up with the idea of the clinic, though initially the proposal was for a staff clinic that would cater for the company’s staff who run shifts. So, after the clinic was set up she felt that the company needed to give back to the community surrounding ARTV.

“The ARTV has been in existence for almost 36 years and the community surrounding the station should benefit from anything good that comes out of the company,” she added.

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Kano APC denies PDP claims of plot to change Appeal Court judges



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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano state has denied allegations by the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) of a plan to influence the choice of Court of Appeal judges who will preside over the Kano governorship election appeal.

KANO FOCUS recalls that the PDP made the allegation in a statement issued on Sunday in Kano.

Kano state commissioner for information Muhammad Garba characterized the PDP allegations as “blatant lies intended to blackmail the Appeal Court as it clearly indicated that the opposition party is jittery, confused and afraid of possible loss at the Court”.

Mr Garba, in a statement issued on Monday alleged that the PDP usually spread lies whenever it realizes that it was about to lose an election.

He said the APC and its candidate have confidence in the outcome of the Appeal Court judgment and they are not planning to disrupt the judicial process.

He added that the Kano state government will not allow the PDP to incite violence through misguided statements.


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PDP accuses APC, Ganduje of plotting to change Kano guber appeal judges




By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of plotting to change the judges that have been already assigned to preside over the Kano state Governorship Election Appeals Panel.

Kano Focus recalls that the PDP and its candidate in Kano Abba Yusuf have filed an appeal at the Kaduna Division of the Appeal Court, after their petition challenging the victory of Mr Ganduje, was dismissed by the Kano Election Tribunal led by Justice Halima Shamaki.

In a statement on Sunday, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP alleged that there are “plots to replace the judges with pliable ones, who have been compromised and briefed to alter justice and do the bidding of the APC and Governor Ganduje.”

“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that the sitting of the panel, which was moved from Monday, November 11 to Tuesday November 12, 2019 due to the public holiday on Monday, had been adjourned indefinitely.

“We have reports that this was due to pressure being mounted by the APC and agents of Governor Ganduje to alter the list of the judges.

“Our party has also been reliably informed that the indefinite adjournment was to enable the replacement of the already announced judges with pliable officials who will manipulate the judicial process in favour of the APC,” Mr Ologbondiyan said.

The opposition party also claimed that even before the commencement of the appeal hearing, supporters of Mr Ganduje have already started celebrating victory.

“Already, the supporters of Governor Ganduje are in jubilant mode, claiming that they have moved beyond the Court of Appeal, even when the panel is yet to commence sitting.

“Nigerians will recall that similar scenario played out during the composition of the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, when the initial judges were changed after which the judgment went in favour of Ganduje and the APC to the chagrin of the people.

“With the on-going plot by the APC, Ganduje’s supporters have been going about boasting that the Court of Appeal judges, that were already announced and expected the commence sitting on Tuesday, will be changed to suit the interest of the APC and Governor Ganduje,” the statement said.

“The PDP cautions that any change in the already listed judges could trigger tension and crisis in the state, given the demand of the people for justice.

“Our party therefore calls on the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, not to allow anybody to draw her into the arena by ensuring that the already constituted panel is not in anyway altered,” it added.

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Kano kidney patient, who sought N15m for transplant, dies



By Nasiru Yusuf

A kidney disease patient, Mahmud Aminu Daneji who sought N15 million medical assistance for transplant in India has died.

Mr Daneji popularly known as ” Mamuda Elder” died on Sunday at the age of 46 and left behind a wife and a son.

He died while seeking N15 million assistance to enable him travel to India for kidney transplant.

His funeral prayer is scheduled to take place on Monday morning at Layin Bata, Gadon Kaya quarters in Kano city.

In an interview recently, Mr Daneji had told Kano Focus that his two kidneys failed simultaneously in 2001 after he was struck by severe hypertension.

“I used to be a very healthy and productive man before hypertension struck me down. I was living my life happily when suddenly my blood pressure shot to over 220 in March 2001,” he had said.

In October 2006, Mr Daneji had a successful kidney transplant, which worked for four years before it also failed in 2010.

He had explained that since since 2001 he had undergone more than 1,473 dialysis sessions.

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