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Kano equips police with high-tech communication centre

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano state government has constructed a high-tech communication center at the state Police Command Headquarters in Bompai area in the city.

In a statement sent to Kano Focus, Ameen Yassar, head of media and publicity at the Kano Government House, said the project comprises “digital satellite equipment and sensor technology, among other infrastructure aimed at consolidating the security system in the state, which is the most populous in Nigeria.”

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje explained during his visit to the centre on Saturday, that the project aims to track criminals and deal with all forms of security challenges before they escalate.

“Security related decisions require correct and timely intelligence as well as detailed understand of the situation on the ground. That is why we must deploy ICT in security management”, he said.

“This facility will serve not only assist in tracking criminals in Kano but will also cover parts of Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna and Plateau states. This is in addition to another multi – million Naira equipment we provided to the state command of the DSS, which has been assisting us in tracking criminals in the state”, he added.

Mr Ganduje observed that the synergy among security agencies has yielded positive result, citing the rescue of Magajin Garin Daura and arrest of a number of top kidnappers as examples.

“Kano is now one of the most peaceful states in the country because of the level of coordination between security agencies and the level of cooperation given to them by the state,” Mr Ganduje said.

On his part, the acting Commissioner of Police, Kano Command, Mr. R. G. Ubani promised to effectively utlilize the center for improved security services in the state and beyond.

“This center is well equipped with modern facilities and it is helping us in conducting surveillance, successful search and rescue operations,” he said.

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Kano state to fully implement TSA by 2020

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Treasury Single Account

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has set January 2020 for full implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA).

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Zakari Sadiq Buda disclosed this on Monday at a workshop for Directors of Administration and General Services and Heads of Accounts in public institutions.

Mr Buda, who represented the finance commissioner, Shehu Na Allah Kura said the decision was part of the resolutions of the state executive council meeting of November 2017.

He said the state government has contracted Systems Specs to train civil servants on full implementation of the program.

In his remarks the state TSA program manager, Seth David Gana said the training would expose participants to operate the TSA software.

Mr Gana said TSA implementation would enhance transparency in governance as it enables governments to track its finances at any point.

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Only 35% of HIV positive people in Kano are on medication – SACA

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Director General of Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS, Sabitu Shanono  says only 35 % of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Kano are on medication.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr. Shanono, a medical doctor, revealed this on Monday when he paid an advocacy visit to Emir of Karaye Ibrahim Abubakar II at his palace.

Mr Shanono said the SACA will launch an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign at the newly created Karaye Emirate  next month.

The Director General said the campaign will complement the compulsory HIV test for pregnant women attending ante-natal clinics.

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He therefore solicited the support of the Karaye Emirate in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In his remarks the Emir of Karaye, Ibrahim Abubakar affirmed his readiness to provide royal support to ensure the fight against the disease records a huge success.

He also called on his subjects to attend the Heart to Heart centers in public hospitals to verify their HIV status.

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KAROTA to limit Adaidaita Sahu tricycles in Kano

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Bappa Babba Dan Agundi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) has announced plans to reduce the number of Adaidaita Sahu tricycles in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the KAROTA Managing Director Bappa Babba Dan Agundi disclosed this on Monday while defending the agency’s budget before the Kano state House of Assembly.

Mr Dan Agundi said KAROTA will introduce a new registration regime that will reduce the number of Adaidaita Sahu tricycles operating in Kano from the current 500,000 to a maximum of 200,000.

He also said that KAROTA will install security trackers on registered Adaidaita Sahu tricycles across the state.

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“The decision to commence the installation of the trackers on tricycles followed the state government’s decision to allow them to continue operating in the state.

“Therefore, it is necessary for us to embark on such installation, aimed at monitoring their operations across the state.” He said.

He added that the KAROTA aims to generate a revenue of N6,000,000,000.00 in 2020 via vehicle registration and fines on traffic offenders.

Mr Dan Agundi however said KAROTA will introduce community service as a punishment for traffic regulations offences as its main purpose is not revenue generation.

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