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Digital identity program will enhance security in Nigeria–Shamsuddeen



By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

A former minister of national planning Dr Shamsudden Usman has said the most critical element to peace, security and development in Nigeria is to deploy energies and resources by completing national identity management program.

Kano Focus reports that Dr Usman disclosed this at a 1st 2nd and 3rd Combined Convocation Lecture of Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano with a theme: ‘The Significance of Security, Rule of Law and Ethics to Nigeria’s sustainable development’ held on Friday in Kano.

Dr Usman said Nigeria’s current digital identity is quite weak and uncoordinated with only about 38% of Nigerian having any form of identity.

He said currently 13 federal and 3 or more states agencies are involved in ID services in Nigeria, with significant overlapping and at higher cost.

“If given necessary commitment and resources, we can provide a unique, digital identity for every Nigeria in the last three plus years of the Buhari Administration” he said.

“Digital identification is a critical necessity for security, the effective implementation of government plans, the conduct of elections and political activities, governance at lower tiers of government as well as general conduct of business”.

“National digital identity is so critical that the funding has to be found from whatever sources, in addition to taking the necessary steps to eliminate the duplication,” he added.

Mr Usman also said reforms and reorientation of the security agencies is another element to be considered while building a good road map to Nigeria’s prosperity.

He said so much has been said about the issue of security agencies often appearing to be working in an uncoordinated manner, with serious allegation of corruption made against them.

“Clearly these institutions working efficiently and consciously in a coordinated manner, is a ‘sine qua non’ for achieving peace and security in Nigeria”

“Economist have often cited the difficult but critical choice, or trade-off is between guns and butter. In Nigeria’s case may be one should say the trade-off between guns and rice, guns and education and health services,” the former minister said.


TCN creates Kano transmission region



Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy



Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II



Deposed Emir Sanusi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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