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Teachers need advanced training to meet ICT challenges

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Binta Bala Umar, permanent secretary of the Kano state Ministry for Higher Education has called for the appreciation of teachers, saying they deserve respect for their “immense contribution to human development”.

Mrs Umar disclosed this during a public lecture to commemorate the International Teachers Day held on Saturday in Kano.

She said the emergence of information and communication technology (ICT) has changed the way knowledge is acquired because it transcends boundaries and gives learners the ease to access knowledge at their convenience.

She added that there is need for alerting teachers on the existing changes in education by giving them adequate training on ICT integration in teaching and learning process.

She noted that teachers deserve to be remembered not only once in a year but on a daily basis.

“This is because teachers are like light houses that guide the ship of pupils and students to the shores of life,” she said.

In his remarks, Vice Chancellor of Yusuf Maitama Sule University (YUMSUK)  Professor Mustapha Ahmad Isah, said teaching is the most important driver of learning, thus it is very essential to train teachers so they can impart quality knowledge and evaluate learning while also responding to the challenges of learners.

He explained that teachers’ training, recruitment, retention status and working conditions are issues of concern around the world, saying in Africa 70 per cent of countries face a severe shortage of qualitative education.

On his part, Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, said the emergence of new media has altered the learning process by creating paradigm of knowledge rather than education.

Mr Adamu said the task before teachers is to determine when to collectively rise against education as program paradigm, and start becoming catalysts for acquisition of knowledge by learners so that the society can be a knowledge-driven economy.

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Kano High Court acquits 2 suspected armed robbers detained for 13 years

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Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano State High Court has disçharged and acquitted two suspected armed robbers accused of killing their victim, Bako Zangina, an offense punishable by death.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Suleman Namalam held that though the court has no doubt that the accused are criminals having been convicted previously, the prosecution has failed to estabilish the ingredient of the offence beyond reasonable doubt in the instant case.

The accused Isyaku Umar otherwise known as ‘Small’ and Ibrahim Suleiman were arraigned in court on three counts charges of conspiracy,attempted armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death.

The two accused have been in custody since October 2007 for the alleged killing of Bako Zangina.

The court held that while the prosecution established the death of the victim, it failed to establish three ingredients of offense linking the identity of the accused to the crime thereby creating doubt.

The trial judge held that failure of the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt left the court with no option than to discharge and acquitt the two accused.

The two accused persons have been in detention for over 13 years and have previously been tried and convicted for armed robbery.

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Kano wins national award in the fight against TB, leprosy

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program has won the twin National Tuberculosis and Leprosy awards for the year 2020.

Kano Focus reports that, the awards were announced by the Nigeria National TB, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control program during the Annual Review meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital.

Kano get the award as the state with highest consistent quarterly TB case notification for 2020 and the highest TB testing laboratory using GeneXpert Machine.

This is the first time the state have won such National TB and Leprosy Awards.

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FG signs US$1.959bn Kano-Maradi railway project

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Nasiru Yusuf

The federal government has on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mota-Engil Group for the construction of US$1.959 billion Kano-Maradi Standard gauge railway line.

Kano Focus reports that the Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi signed on behalf of the federal government while the Managing Director, Mota- Engil, Antonio Gvoea signed on behalf of the contracting firm.

The new railway corridor which is to be located in northern Nigeria will run through Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states and through Niger Republic territory as far as Maradi.

Other cities to benefit directly from the passage of the rail route are Danbatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya.

A statement signed by Eric Ojiekwe, Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation noted that the 283.750-kilometre rail line besides developing freight and passenger transport, “will be integrated with road transport to make a great contribution to the local economy as well as an important development in the social sector.”

The project duration is for 36 months and the contract type is Engineering, Procurement and Construction.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Magdalene Ajani; Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh; Managing Director, Mota-Engil Group, Antonio Gvoea; Head of Legal, Mota- Engil Group, Cameron Beverley; Magajin Garin Kano, Muhammad Wada; Director, Mota-Engil Group, Kola Abdulkarim; Vice President, Mota-Engil Group, Mohammed Abdul-Razaq; Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman among other personalities.

Mota-Engil is a Portuguese conglomerate with diverse interest in construction, transportation, public works, port operations, waste, water and logistics with presence in 23 countries spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America.

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