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Kano Polytechnic land encroachment: Murdering the giant asleep

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Kano State Polytechnic

Kabir Dalha Kabir and Salihu Sule Khalid

It is no longer news that the Kano State government is hell bent on confiscating the Kano State Polytechnic land that is meant for extension of the numerous programs that the Institution is accredited for as well as new ones.

The land in question is a fenced bounded land within the polytechnic boundary and is now the only available land for extension for the institution that lacks various infrastructure like staff offices, students classrooms, lecture theatres, laboratories, workshops, sport complex, etc.

The land is bounded by the School of General Studies from the West, by KSP staff houses and Central Administration from the North, by AKSCIL and School of Management Studies from the East and by the fence erected by KSP from the South, showing that the land is fully bounded by institutional facilities, so I wonder how can residential buildings survive?

It is really sad to also understand that some people within us are involved in this dastardly act.

Residential Plots

It is also rumored that the land is believed to be already allocated to some few important personalities within and outside the state for personal use or political patronage.

The plan of the land according to some reports is containing 108 of plots of GRA sizes.

It is also rumored that the plots are already on sale, ranging from N8,000,000.00-N13,000,000.00 per plot.

Even though there are some strong evidences of the existence of this unfortunate encroachment we will still call it a rumor for now.

I am of the opinion that those people behind this evil plan are not lovers of the people and the government of Kano State.

I am saying this because anybody that will promote the encroachment of such a land in a time when the Kano state government is giving free education at the Primary and Secondary school levels is not a patriotic citizen of our state.

Public versus Personal Interests

Why should the only available KSP land for expansion be grabbed for residential or personal interest?

There is nowhere in the world were personal interest overrides a public interest.

Whenever these two interests collided, the public interest is always considered above the personal one.

This is so anywhere.

The encroached KSP land is of utmost public interest that is reserved for extension and expansion of the institution.

If for any reason it is to be utilized, then it should never be for personal conversion as it is being speculated now.

Since the policy of free education of this government stopped at the secondary school level, then what the tertiary institutions need is  infrastructural development through building more classrooms, lecture theatres, staff offices, recreational facilities and so on for their reserved lands, but not conversion to personal use by the  few.

Construction not Compensation

I think Kano State Polytechnic being one of the oldest in the country needs more land for expansion not compensation.

The information I received on Friday is that the Kano State government has proposed a compensation for the possible confiscated land.

That 65.73 hectares of virgin land in Bagadawa (a place after Dawanau,  along Bichi road)  is being dangled to the Kano State Polytechnic community as a compensation.

But the problem is what Kano State Polytechnic need now is not compensation for an already reserved fenced land, but rather infrastructural development on that same land.

If for all these years, Kano State government could not be able to build a single classroom for the institution, even though there is available land to do that, and also the Management of KSP could not do that because they don’t have the funds to, then how does the government thinks a virgin 65-hectare land can be developed in even 10 year period for a conducive learning atmosphere?

Is the government saying residential houses will now be built in the midst of these institutions that bounded the contentious KSP land? Is that arrangement right?

What Legacy?

Are we now saying the only legacy that the Kano State government will leave to KSP community is the allocation of their reserved land to private individuals?

I believe Kano State Polytechnic has great potential if well harnessed.

The Kano State Polytechnic has five schools under its watch.

It is running more than 60 accredited programs with more than 20 now in their final assessment stage.

If this institution is not helped with infrastructure and more land, then I think the little it has must be left to it.

This is the third or fourth time that KSP land is being forcefully confiscated.

While some states are busy giving more land to their public institutions, ours is here confiscating the little that is left.

This is so sad indeed.

We must tell ourselves the home truth that no matter what anybody thinks, this government’s decision is fatally wrong; as such it must be looked at with open hearts.

It is not in the best interest of the people of Kano state and it will fatally injure the educational system of the state.

It will also make nonsense of the free educational policy of the Government.

You are murdering the polytechnic in particular and education in general.

May almighty Allah save us from us, amin ya rabbi.

Kabir Dalha Kabir and Salihu Sule Khalid  are staff members of the Kano State Polytechnic.

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Ganduje employs 920 health workers

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By Nazifi Dawud

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has presented employment letters to a total of 920 health workers as part of efforts to improve and strengthen healthcare service delivery in Kano state.

The governor issued the letters to the new employees on Friday at Coronation Hall, Government House.

Speaking at the event, Mr Ganduje assured that his administration would ensure that all primary healthcare services are integrated.

“This will ensure quality control and effective management of the system,” he said according to a statement by Abba Anwar, his chief press secretary.

“The wisdom behind the One Roof arrangement is to have optimum utilisation of our staff, with all sense of belonging and seriousness. With this, we can be so sure of harmonious synergy and effective management of both staff and resources.

“We are always interested in having stronger institutions for our health care delivery system. At all levels, from primary to secondary and tertiary levels,” he added.

The governor also directed the state Commissioner for Health Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa to conceive a process that would enable hardworking staff to be recognized and rewarded.

“Let’s get best performing doctor, best performing pharmacist, best performing nurse, best performing laboratory technician and all other areas in the health sector. We need to evolve a process of rewarding commitment and hard work,” he said.

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BUK increases students fees, introduce others

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Bayero University Kano (BUK) has increased hostel and administrative fees for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

KANO FOCUS reports that the university senate approved the increase in its 378th meeting as reported in the BUK official bulletin.

The university registrar, Amina Umar Abdullahi stated that hostel fees for Nigerian postgraduate students has been increased from N12,150 to N25,150.

Mrs Abdullahi said international postgraduate students will pay N80,000 in the 2019/2020 session instead of N60,000.

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Also undergraduate students will pay N20,090 hostel fee  instead of the previous N12,090, while a bed space without mattress will now cost N12,090 instead of the former N7,090.

In addition, the university has doubled the acceptance fee for all undergraduate courses from N5,000 to N10,000.

Mrs Abdullahi added that the re-issuance of statement of result now costs N1,000 as against the former N500.

The registrar also announced the introduction of new administrative charges.

According to her, Certificate of English Proficiency, re-issuance of admission letters, and correction of names on the admission letter now attract charges of N1,000 each.

She added that reprinting of Course Registration Forms (CRFs) or evidence of payment of registration fees will now cost N500 each.

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The BUK senate has also introduced the payment of additional N3,000 for Pharmaceutical Science students and N20,000 for M.Sc. Architecture students.

Other charges approved by the senate include N5,000 per session for B.Sc. and B.Sc.(Ed) Geography in the School of Continuing Education as well as N10,000 for field trip for Level 500 students of both courses.

The registrar added that the BUK senate has also increased membership fees of all students associations from N200 to N300 which will now be collected centrally with effect from the 2019/2020 session.

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Kano doctor emerges best staff at Nigeria’s primary healthcare agency

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By Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano-born medical doctor, Laila Umar Ibrahim has emerged as the 2018 best performing staff at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

The “best performing staff” award tagged ‘Professor Shehu Umar’, was introduced by the NPHCDA as a way of rewarding staff who exhibit “extraordinary commitment and selfless service.”

Commending the awardee at a special ceremony held at Emir’s Palace, Kano on Thursday, Executive Director of the agency Faisal Shuaib described Mrs Ibrahim as “a strong staff who excelled in working with government institutions and development partners to improve service delivery in primary health care.”

Mr Shuaib, a medical doctor, said the award was conceived to appreciate the selfless contribution of the agency’s staff towards attainment of the NPHCDA mandate.

He added that Mrs Ibrahim played a significant role in the newly established National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre (NEMCHIC).

In his remarks Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II described Mrs Ibrahim as a perfect example of success in his campaign for girl-child education.

Mr Sanusi said he hoped Mrs Ibrahim’s success would encourage other parents to allow their female children to receive good education while husbands would also allow their wives to participate in public service.

The monarch also thanked the agency for initiating the award and called on others to follow suit.

On his part, the awardee’s father, Umar Ibrahim thanked the management of NPHCDA for recognizing and rewarding his daughter’s effort.

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