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Malam Ladi–Kano village grumbles over lack of water, clinic

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Sabon Garin Malam Ladi, is a small farming community in Minjibir local government area of Kano state that has been living without portable water for decades.

Kano Focus, which visited the community recently, discovered that residents and animals drink from a single dirty pond that is located at the centre of the village.

It was observed that the residents also use the same pond water to clean themselves after toilet, bath and do laundry.

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As a result of this, the villagers often find themselves struggling with various infections and sicknesses, which are made worse by lack of a health facility, where they can seek treatment.

The residents told our correspondent that, most of the time, they had to transport patients to a hospital in Minjibir town several kilometers from the village, adding that many had died before they could reach the hospital.

Other problems besetting Malam Ladi are lack of electricity and insufficient classroom blocks, a situation that compels pupils to take lessons in open air under the trees.

A resident Murtala Lawal, told Kano Focus said nobody in the village is happy to receive relatives or other guests from the city because they don’t even have good drinking water to give them.

“If we received a guest in our village, the main problem we are facing is that, we don’t know what kind of water we would give them to quench their thirst.

“As you can see, the water from this pond is the one we use to cook our food, give our animals, and our guests. You can see that people are fetching the water while children are swimming in it,” he said.

Another resident, Kande Ali, said despite efforts of the community in raising alarm, the challenges they face still persist.

“Last year we complaint to the government about the water problem but they did take any action, our children get sick almost all the time and they can’t even get treated here until we transport them to Minjibir town, despite the bad road and distance,” she said.

“The only benefit we get from the government is the polio vaccine, we get that regularly” Kande added.

On his part, Alhassan Isa, the ward head of Malam Ladi village told Kano Focus that despite several complaints to authorities, the situation in the community remains unchanged.

When contacted, Nasiru Gabra Kunya, chairman of Minjibir local government council told Kano Focus that he had sent technicians to fix the broken-down boreholes in the village so people can access portable water.

He said the local government is planning to build a health care facility in a neighbouring village so that residents of Malam Ladi can access healthcare easily.

Mr Kunya also promised to improve the quality of schools in the village and provide instructional materials.

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Opinion: Kano’s shoddy border closure: A personal experience

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By Rauf Musa

I took a very important trip to Kano on Saturday, April 4, 2020 and in the course of this trip I observed some anomalies in the way security and health officials implement the movement restriction directive issued by the Kano state government, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Despite all the media hype Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje created last week, when he was captured on video turning back a truckload of travelers coming into Kano, the state remains largely insecure and porous.

It seems that Kariya village, about 75 kilometers to the entry point to Kano state, is the only point where travelers coming from Kaduna axis are stopped for checks, just before Kwanar Dangora.

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On that particular spot are personnel of the police, Civil defence, Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) and some health workers. The place was very chaotic and disorganized.

Even though these agents are doing their best to do their jobs, nothing suggests that travelers could not come into Kano.

Drivers of commercial vehicles simply drop their passengers before reaching the check point, where motorcycle riders are readily waiting to pick them and cross the checkpoint with them.

Thereafter, the travelers would simply rejoin their respective vehicles and proceed with their trip right into the heart of the city, with brazen impunity.

At the checkpoint, I noticed only ONE health worker, who appeared to be overwhelmed and confused as he tried to check the body temperature of a horde of travelers.

As for drivers of trailers and articulated vehicles, they pass freely without undergoing any checks!  These vehicles mostly carry non-essential items such as building materials.

The entire scene depicts total derailment from what was intended to be achieved.

From that village, travelers continue their movement freely into Kano without any other checkpoint. It was business as usual.

Even though, to this moment, there was no recorded outbreak of the COVID-19 in our dear state, but there is absence of vigorous campaign in the media on the looming danger in our horizon.

Our people need rigorous sensitisation and awareness on COVID 19 pandemic, at least on basic precautions.

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NCC alerts Nigerians on fake website advertising fraudulent internet claims

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has caution telecoms consumers on the fraudulent message being spread on the internet by a fraudulent website.

A statement issued by the Deputy Manager Online Media and Special Publication, NCC, Kunle Azeez said the fake website (https://covid-19-fg-grant.blogspot.com/?=1) is asking Nigerian citizens to apply for a free internet bundle ostensibly being given by the Nigerian government in collaboration with NCC.

“Nigerian government, in collaboration with NCC, is offering all Nigerian citizens up to 20GB of data to stay at home and get up-to-date information in a bid to counter the spread of COVID-19. All Nigeria citizens are entitled to free Internet connection to stay at home safely and enjoy the Internet in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19. The free Internet package is available to everyone starting from Friday, 27th March, 2020,” the deceptive website claims in its message.

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“The website suspiciously asks Nigerians to apply for the free Internet by clicking a web link, which automatically takes them to a webpage with a dialogue box where they are expected to fill in their bio data and other demographics.

The NCC stated that neither the Nigerian government nor the Commission has issued such a message to Nigerian citizens.

The Commission strongly advised Nigerians and all telecom consumers to beware of this fraudulent, false and spurious claim. The general public should discountenance the falsehood which has gained traction by the rise in tempo of its circulation.

The NCC cautioned that the message should be disregarded in its entirety as the said website is a sham and a total deception to dupe Nigerians of their hard-earned money, and to harness personal data for fraudulent purposes.

Consistent with the consumer-centric policy of NCC, the Commission wishes to sensitise Nigerians to the antics of cyber criminals, who will want to take advantage of this challenging period of a rampaging pandemic, and the stay-at-home directive of the government to scam telecom consumers and the general public.

The NCC, therefore, uses this opportunity to reiterate its commitment towards deepening access to telecoms services and its dedication to strengthening the protective measures it has instituted to safeguard the rights of over 128 million internet users across mobile networks in Nigeria.

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No licence has been issued for 5G in Nigeria – Pantami

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami says the federal government has not granted the fifth generation (5G) license to any telecoms operators in Nigeria.

In a statement sent to KANO FOCUS on Saturday, Mr Pantami said no license has been issued for the deployment of 5G in the country.

The minister noted that as chairman of the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), the council has not deliberated on or released any bulk frequency spectrum for the deployment of 5G.

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He recalled that a 3-month study trial has commenced on the 25th of November, 2019 in order to critically review and study the health and security implications of deploying 5G in Nigeria.

“As part of the study trial process, I directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that a team of experts, security agencies and other stakeholders fully participate in the trial process and my office also invited these agencies to participate in the trial; and the trial process has been concluded and the study and reporting process is currently ongoing.

“His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, places a premium on the welfare, health and security of Nigerians. As such, our desire for technological advancement will never be at the expense of the health and welfare of our citizens,” he assured.

Mr Pantami revealed that he has directed the NCC to engage citizens on any questions or concerns they may have regarding 5G, as government will not act on the speculations only, but rather we will take an informed decision on 5G after due consultation with experts and the public.

The minister assured Nigerians that government will always take the welfare, health and security of the public into account while considering the deployment of any technology.

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