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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.

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UNICEF applauds Kano State for enacting Child Protection Law, calls for effective implementation



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim 

United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) has commended the Government and citizens of Kano State for the recent enactment of the Child Protection Law, signed into law by former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

KANO FOCUS reports that the commendation was contained in a statement issued by Samuel Kaalu UNICEF spokesperson in Kano.

The statement quoted Mr. Rahama R.M. Farah, Chief of UNICEF Field Office Kano, saying “The Kano State Child Protection Law is a remarkable achievement that benefits the children and people of Kano. It establishes a legal framework to ensure the protection of children’s rights within the state.

“Now that the law has been established, it is crucial to allocate the necessary resources and establish mechanisms for its effective implementation. We urge the new administration in Kano State to take this vital step and provide adequate resources to ensure the comprehensive enforcement of the law.

Mr. Farah added that with the enactment of this law, Kano State joins other states that have successfully incorporated the Nigeria Child Rights Act, originally enacted by the National Assembly in 2003, into their legal frameworks.

He said “It is important to note that this Act is derived from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), of which Nigeria is a signatory. Extensive consultations were conducted with key stakeholders, including faith-based and community leaders, during the development of the bill.

“This collaborative effort ensured that the law reflects the values and aspirations of the people of Kano.”


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APC condemns Kano demolition exercise



Aminu Abdullahi






The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has implored the victims of the recent demolition exercise embarked upon by the Kano State government to seek legal redress while describing the action of the new NNPP administration as barbaric and unacceptable.


KANO FOCUS reports that the Ag. State Chairman of the opposition party, Shehu Maiagari made the condemnation while Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday at the NUJ Press Centre, Kano.

The politician condemned the spate of demolition of business interests and property across the state by the Governor, Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf.

“The action of the state government has brought unnecessary chaos, rampant vandalism, daylight robbery and grabbing of property belonging to innocent members of the Kano society” he lamented.

The opposition party insisted that the demolition has destroyed the means of livelihood of the people of the state while lamenting that it has equally tarnished the reputation of the state as a safe commercial centre for secured business investment.

The APC appealed to security agencies in the state to step up action and restore the people’s confidence in light of the shock they had experienced while imploring parents and guardians to caution their children against being used as agents of destruction by the state government.

“We assure the good people of the state of our prayers and support in this trying period; we also implore those affected directly or indirectly, to seek redress in the court of law,” they stated.

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Kano Governor Appoints Habu Fagge as Pension Boss



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State Governor Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the appointment of Alhaji Habu Muhammad Fagge  as Executive Chairman, Kano State Pension Board Trustee.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appointment takes effect immediately as the governor directed for handing over and taking over within  24 hours.

A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa said Alhaji Habu Fagge, a holder of Bsc Finance from Abraham Lincoln University, served two terms as Executive Chairman of Kano Internal Revenue Services.

The statement added that the new appointee had served Kano State as director finance, director planning, research and statistics and director other taxes.

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