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Torture: Kano to check operations of ‘gidan mari’ rehab centres

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By Nazifi Dawud

The Kano state government has vowed to look into the operations of youth rehabilitation centres, also known as ‘gidan mari’ in the state in order to check potential torture, maltreatment and abuse of inmates.

This was revealed by Hadiza Mustapha Namadi, spokesperson of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in a statement sent to Kano Focus on Wednesday.

The statement reported the permanent secretary of the ministry, Auwalu Umar Sanda as saying that there is need to check the operations of ‘mari’ rehab centres in the state, after the disturbing allegations of abuse that beset similar centres in Kaduna and Katsina states.

Mr Sanda, who made the comments while receiving leaders of the Network of ‘Yan Mari Rehabilitation Schools in the state, expressed “commitment to ensuring that the activities of mari rehabilitation centres in the state are fine tuned to operate within the dictate of the law.”

The permanent secretary “observed with dismay the unfolding allegation of mistreatment of deviant youth at an informal rehabilitation center popularly known as ‘gidan mari’ in a neighboring state stressing that the in action was dehumanizing and unbearable.”

“He expressed the ministry’s determination to work in concert with relevant stakeholders in the state to come up with a robust operational guidelines for registration and monitoring affairs of informal rehabilitation centers and care- givers outfit in the state,” the statement read.

Mr Sanda also “warned all operators of informal rehabilitation centers to desist from any anti-social act capable of maltreating the clients”.

“He also advised parents and guardians against taking the wards to any rehabilitation center with a bad record of human abuse.”

In his remarks, chairman of the Network of Yan Mari Rehabilitation Schools Mallam Ibrahim Alhajiji said they visited the ministry to update the permanent secretary on their activities and “to solicit with a continued synergy with the state government on overall operations of the rehabilitation schools in the state.”

Mr Alhajiji also assured the ministry of support to operate better rehab centres in the state.

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Ahmed Musa signs short deal with Kano Pillars

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Nasiru Yusuf

National captain Ahmed Musa is considering a proposition to play some matches for his former club in Nigeria, Kano Pillars, in a move hoped to boost the local league and maintain his personal fitness. 

Kano Focus reports that the 28-year-old, who is a free agent since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in October, had received offers from England, Russia and Turkey.

But as he mulls over his next European destination in the summer, the winger received a proposition from the governor of Kano, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Shehu Dikko, chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) for a short stint in Nigeria.

“After speaking with the governor and chairman of the LMC I am considering to play some games for Kano pillars,” the former Leicester City player told BBC Sport Africa.

“Anything that improves the image of Nigerian football is something that I strive to embark on and Kano Pillars holds a special place in my heart.

“It’s the team that helped me become the professional footballer I am today, so this is more than just football but a very strong bond,” Mr Musa said.

According to BBC a deal to bring Musa in has already been finalised.

Musa, who has built a training and fitness facilities in Kano to help grass roots football, scored 18 goals for Kano Pillars to finish as top scorer in the 2009/10 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

His desire to help promote the image of the domestic league on social media is what the LMC, which runs the NPFL, is hoping to benefit from this season.

Musa made his 96th appearance for Nigeria in their 3-0 win over Lesotho in Lagos in the Super Eagles final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

After Vincent Enyeama (101) and Joseph Yobo (100), Musa is Nigeria’s third most capped player in history, having played 96 matches since his debut aged just 17 in 2010.

He helped the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and played for them in the past two World Cups

Musa scored twice for Nigeria at the 2014 and 2018 Fifa World Cup tournaments to become the country’s top World Cup goalscorer.

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Kano destroys expired products worth over N90m

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Nasiru Yusuf

 

The Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board has destroyed expired products worth N98 Million Naira.

Kano Focus reports that the items were apprehended at various market in the state.

Speaking shortly after the destruction, the Executive Secretary of the Board represented by the Director Environmental and Public Health Usman Rabiu Sadiq explained that, the exercise was aim at protecting public health against using hazardous products that may hamper their health especially during Ramadan fasting.

The Director stated that, the exercise was conducted after obtaining a court order granting the Board permission to destroy the products.

He called on people to be extra vigilant on consumables especially during Ramadan.

Kano Focus reports that the items destroyed include, drugs, baking powder, minerals and other exotics drinks.

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Kwankwaso left over N50bn liability for LGs 5km projects – Kano Govt

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government said the administration of former Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso left a liability of N54, 408, 259, 638.05 billion for the five kilometre road projects across the 44 local government areas of the state.

Kano Focus reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba dropped the hint on Sunday while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the state Executive Council Meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.

He said the council received the report of the Technical Committee to assess the 5 km road projects all of which were awarded by the previous administration under the defunct Ministry of Land and Physical Planning with the state Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) as supervising agency.

Mr Garba said the committee visited 39 local governments where its detailed report indicated awarded contract sum for the projects, present site conditions, value of executed works, amount certified and amount released for the projects.

The commissioner pointed out that 5km projects in three local governments were revoked and rewarded due to non-performance in Warawa, Ungogo and Dawakin Tofa, while some portions of the projects in Tsanyawa and Bichi along Kano-Katsina road were released to the federal ministry of works and housing based on request from the federal government.

He said other three projects in Rimin Gado, Karaye and Bunkure local government that fall within main arterial highway were expunged from the main project and re-awarded separately for execution, while metropolitan local governments of Dala, Nassarawa, Gwale, Municipal and Tarauni were allotted various projects within the municipality as 5km projects.

Mr Garba pointed out that the council has approved the release of N607, 124, 663.47 million for the rehabilitation of Rimin Gado-Sabon Fegi-Jilli-Gulu road in Rimin Gado local government.

The commissioner stated that approval has also been given by the council for the conversion of the existing School of Post Basic Midwifery Gezawa to the status of School of Nursing Gezawa to broaden the platform for training of more qualified midwives in order to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in the state.

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