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We are losing billions to border closure– Textile traders

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

A group, Arewa Youth Traders Association of Nigeria has claimed that its members, who are mainly dealing in textile are “losing billions” as a result of the continued closure of Nigeria’s land borders.

President of the association Abubakar Kabir Babawo disclosed this on Wednesday during a stakeholders’ meeting to find solutions to the border shutdown.

KANO FOCUS reports that on August 19 the Nigerian government had closed its land borders to check smuggling of food items especially rice as well as weapons into the country.

The operation code-named ‘Ex-Swift Response’ is being jointly conducted by the Nigeria customs, immigration, police and military personnel.

Mr Babawo urged President Muhammadu Buhari to consider re-opening the borders for legitimate trade to ease the “gradual economic suffocation in the country.”

He said the association, disturbed by the plight of traders, went on a fact-finding mission in northern markets and discovered that “traders are at risk of losing billions in their business.”

He added that “it is unfortunate that some people are misleading the president by advising him to engage in blanket closure of the official borders that have all government security agencies fully in charge of checkmating unwanted imported goods into the country.”

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Court convicts ponzi scheme operator in Kano, orders return of N110m to victims

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Federal High Court Kano presided over by Lewis Allagoa has convicted one Maryam Abu Shinga on one count amended charge of retention of proceeds of crime. She was also ordered to pay the sum of N110, 000,000 in restitution to victims

Kano Focus reports that the convict was said to have lured her victims into a phony gold mining investment where she represented that the investor stands to earn 300% profit.

She claimed that when an investor invests N500, 000, such investor could earn one million five hundred thousand Naira as returns on investment over a period of four weeks.

Investigation, however, revealed that the convict was never into gold mining or any such investment. It was also discovered that even though Shinga was able to pay some early investors with funds taken from later investors, she allegedly diverted three hundred and ninety-four million, five hundred and forty-one thousand, nine Hundred and ten Naira belonging to other investors.

Upon arraignment, Shinga pleaded ‘not guilty’ thereby setting the stage for trial.

During the trial which commenced on January 23, 2020, the prosecution called five witnesses and tendered several documents in evidence. However, before the prosecution could close its case, the convict opted for a plea bargain.

In his judgment, Allagoa accepted the terms of a plea bargain agreement, convicted and sentenced the defendant to restitute the complainants in the sum of N110, 000,000.

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Ganduje approves recruitment of 500 doctors, pharmacists, other health professionals

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Nasiru Yusuf

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has approved the recruitment of over 500 medical doctors, pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists, laboratory technicians and other allied health professionals.

Kano Focus reports that the state commissioner for health, Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, announced this on Tuesday at the presentation of certificates to 103 medical doctors who were sponsored by the state government to undergone medicine training in Sudanese universities.

The medical doctors graduated from Al-Ahfad University for Women, El-Razi University, Omdurman Islamic University and Sudan International University.

Mr Tsanyawa added that, “In his effort to see to continued progress of the health sector, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has directed us to go round to all the 484 Wards in the state and asses the state of being of their health facilities.”

The commissioner said that, governor Ganduje also gave another approval for the employment of 1,500 other sets of health care workers, who would be posted to 484 health care facilities.

In his remarks, Mr Ganduje said that the occasion was another graduation ceremony, as he was presenting certificates to the graduates.

“Our population feels safe, especially for the fact that most of you who graduated from Sudan Universities are female. These means a lot, as far as our culture and religion are concerned. Women will feel more comfortable to be treated in hospital by their female folks.”

“We are not done with you till when we give you your appointment letters,” Mr Ganduje said.

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Aminu Kano hospital conducts first obesity operation

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Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano has conducted the first laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy popularly known as Obesity Operation to a 60 old man with a weight of 156 Kilogram.

Kano Focus reports that this was contained in a statement issued by the spokesperson of the hospital Hauwa Abdullahi on Tuesday.

The statement quoted the Consultant surgeon in the department of Surgery Usman Bello saying that a sixty year old patient presented to the specialty clinic of the hospital with multiple health problems such as hypertension, diabetes and background treated ischemic heart disease.

Mr Bello said upon evaluation a team of doctors from the four different specialties resolved that the patient need to undergo the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy to get rid of his medical condition.

According to him the patient lost 35 kilogram of his weight at the end of the surgery and 65 Kilogram at the point of discharge from the hospital.

He added that the patient weight will gradually stabilize without taking any sliming tablet.

The Hospital according to Mr Bello is the only tertiary hospital in Nigeria to have started this operation.

He called on people especially those with obesity to come over for the surgery, in order to live a healthy life.

Similarly, a team of doctors and health professionals from Medicine , Dietitics and Surgery departments will also conduct a virtual lecture to create awareness on the consequences of Obesity  as part of their contribution to the World Obesity Day on Thursday March 4th.

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