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Buhari Birthday

Hassan Muhammad Auwal

First of all, I congratulate you on celebrating your 77th birthday. May ALLAH prosper you with long and blessed days. Ameen.

Baba, as one of your loyal supporters I would like to share with you my suggestions and views.

Indeed, there are so many challenges during your first tenure in government that many Nigerians feel the country will never change.

Therefore, I have 10 points that I would like to offer as a contribution to the development, sustainability and prosperity of our country, Nigeria.

Mr. President, I recommend that you should look at the judicial system of this country, because there are still some judges and lawyers who do not have the country at heart.

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Their ambition is to accumulate wealth through corrupt politicians who are before the courts for looting public funds.

This should be considered in order to provide lasting justice to any Nigerian.

Modern security measures

As you have been trying to increase the salaries of police officers in the past, it is good to make sure that they are paid on time, and that you do not allow some of their superiors to deposit the money into banks in order to gain interest before releasing the salaries.

This will reduce the amount of bribes some of them take from the people of this country, and failure to pay them on time, will discourage them from doing their job safely and quietly.

I am sure every Nigerian, especially the northerners, knows that there have been improvement in security after you became president.

However, Mr. President, the era of using security personnel in identifying the insurgents has passed, the world is now moving on to modern and sophisticated  security apparatus, such as cameras that are mounted on the roads and space shuttle surveillance to monitor what is happening nationwide and even in the wild.

We all know that you are a nationalist, you do not take side in governing the affairs of this country but Baba, you should look at the Northern Territory as from 2003 until your 2019 general election it gave you lots of votes.

The region needs to be revitalized economically and educationally.

The people of this country have been long complaining that there are some CABALS in your government who have no any official roles in the government, but have prevented anything from running smoothly in your government.

Hassan Auwal Muhammad

Hassan Auwal Muhammad in a handshake with President Buhari

They enrich themselves at the expense of other citizens and only those who they wish are given appointments without regard to merit.

If this allegation is true Baba, do not hesitate to use your broom and sweep them away from your government and concentrate on working in the interests of the people who voted for you!

I once wrote to you about the corruption allegation in the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) which led to the removal of the Chairman of the commission.

What you did was right Baba, but the community is still struggling with the annual Hajj fees, which is why many people could not afford to continue attending the annual Hajj Program.

I would like you to recommend a few reliable, trustworthy people to oversee the planning of the Hajj project in this country!

Education is the key

In spite of the information contained in my previous letter, no country can survive, develop and succeed without a knowledgeable population.

Baba! There should be an emergency in education sector to move the country from an education-based society to a knowledge-based society.

The damage to this sector in Nigeria is beyond the imagination of any person, and serious measures must be taken in restoring the educational values of this country.

Many of the education secretaries, head teachers and their wives own private schools, so they will never allow the public schools to flourish and develop because it will cost them.

There should be an investigation and all those caught up in the act should be locked up.

Also, in the development of public schools across the country, your government should be able to provide them with the right equipment, and pay their salaries in due course.

The problem of jobs in Nigeria cannot be fixed when many of our industries are not working let alone creating jobs for the masses.

If you do that, Baba, you will probably wonder how education would develop in such a short time in this country.

Mr. President, I advise you to look at how the security system and the people of this country are at the country’s airports.

Indeed, the case of Zainab, a woman of Kano state, has been a long-standing problem.

Research has shown that many Nigerians have been killed on suspicion of traveling with planted drugs in their luggage which they had no idea on how they got to the luggage.

As we have gone through a severe economic downturn in this country, and I have previously suggested that a committee of economists who are non-biased be formed, to act as a guide for the country’s economic growth and development.

As suggested in my last letter to you, the matter has now become history.

Forming the committee will enable us to join the list of the world’s top industrial nations sooner or later.

This should also be maintained, Baba.

The problem of jobs in Nigeria cannot be fixed when many of our industries are not working let alone creating jobs for the masses. Baba, as you are working day and night to build a power plant in Mambila, Taraba State, we need to develop some other electricity stations to meet the needs of Nigerians and the industrial sector.

By so doing, the government can convince the owners of all companies to reopen them in order to produce and consume our locally made products, otherwise the government should take over from them or loan them if they have no capital now for their resurrection.

That is the only way our young people with many degrees that are unemployed can get jobs, and it will reduce the level of corruption in this country, because the number of our companies will work and no one will wait for government to give them jobs.

This will help boost the country’s economy rapidly.

I wish you a joyful birthday celebration.

Hassan Auwalu Muhammad, a student of journalism at Bayero University Kano, Department of Mass Communication can be reached at Hassilat@gmail.com

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Kano records 1,114 cases of gender based violence in 2019

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano state sexual referral centre, Waraka, has recorded 1,114 sexual and gender based violence in 2019, according to the state’s chief judge Nura Sagir.

Justice Sagir revealed this on Monday during the public sitting of the special investigation panel on sexual and gender based violence organised by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for North West geo-political zone, held in Kano.

The chief judge, represented by Maryam Sabo, said the judiciary has treated 194 sexual and gender based cases in 2019.

He also assured speedy trial and severe punishment for perpetrators of sexual violence to serve as deterrent to others.

According to him, all hands must be on deck to address menace of sexual and gender based violence.

In his address, the Executive Secretary of National Human Right Commission, Tony Ojukwu, said the panel was constituted to hear complaints and investigate alleged violation of human rights by individuals, security agencies and other law enforcement agencies.

Other mandate of the panel according to him is to identify victims of violation and abuse and make recommendations for further action including prosecution, disciplinary proceedings and damages.

Mr Ojukwu recalled that, the panel was constituted as a result of complaint received, where armed security personnel led by Abuja Environmental Protection Board under the auspices of the FCT Joint Task Force raided night clubs and the streets of Abuja.

He observed that, although about 71 women accused of prostitution were arrested in the raids, no men were arrested for committing similar offence.

The Executive Secretary noted that, members of the panel were carefully selected to represent diverse interests of the society. They include academics, gender experts, civil society and professional groups.

“So far the panel has received 114 complaints and memo across 6 geopolitical zones, with South East accounting for the highest number of 35, representing 30% of the total complaints received. North Central accounts for 19; North West has twelve; South South has 26; South West 15 and North East 4.

“The commission has completed its sitting in Abuja, Lagos and Owerri, and has recorded success stories already where victims of SGBV and other members of the public who submitted memorandum and complaints were heard in close chambers,” Mr Ojukwu said.

He noted that, the essence of the public sitting is to check the scourge of sexual and gender based violence in Nigeria and provide opportunities for fair hearing to both complainants and alleged violators of human rights.

Also speaking the executive chairman of Kano state Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission (PCACC) Muhyi Rimingado said over 30 percent of over 7,000 cases treated the Commission, were human rights related.

He noted that human rights abuses is so alarming in public and private institutions more especially sexual and gender based violence.

The Kano state ombudsman said many victims of sexual abuses are suffering in silence due to stigmatization and cultural values.

The public sitting continued in private after the opening ceremony.

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Pantami tasks NCC to get rid of ‘improperly-registered’ SIM cards

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami has directed the new Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Adeolu Akande to purge the industry of improperly-registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards.

Dr Pantami also charged the NCC to develop regulations on the number of SIM cards an individual or organisation can have at any particular time, as well as ensure seamless integration of SIM data with the national database of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Dr Pantami said this on Thursday during the swearing-in ceremony for Mr Akande, who is representing the South West zone, as the chairman of NCC Board of Commissioners, and Chief Uche Onwude, the commissioner representing the South-East zone.

The event took place at the Minister’s office in Abuja.

Mr Pantami gave the new chairman a marching order to hit the ground running by providing necessary direction for effective regulation of the telecoms industry in Nigeria.

He said: “The NCC board must hit the ground running. There is no time for celebrations now and no time for honeymoon. We would congratulate the NCC board after you must have completed your tenure with resounding successes and achievements that have positive impact on Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, Mr Akande, who spoke after taking his oath of office, assured of his readiness to work with other members of the Board and Management team of the Commission to exceed expectation in providing quality directions for effective regulation of the nation’s telecommunications industry.

Mr Akande, who had served as chairman of the board of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) before his present appointment, said there is no doubt that the NCC, as the nation’s telecom regulator, has a major role to play in the development of the Nigerian economy, especially in the area of effective regulation that can bring efficiency across sectors.

He said: “We want to thank everybody who has been with us since our nomination by the President in the last two months. There is no doubt that NCC has a major role to play in our national life at this time, especially in the area of security.

“For instance, many people on the street believe that security of lives and property will be bolstered once the NCC is able to properly address issues connected to Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) registration because we would have helped to resolve a critical percentage of our security issue significantly.

“I know our minister is someone, who normally sets high expectations and standards. I have worked with him at NITDA and I know he is somebody who normally expects the best from his team. To this end, I give you the commitment of the board and management of the NCC to work together to meet and exceed expectations”.

Who is Professor Adeolu Akande?

Mr Akande is a professor of political science and notable scholar of media and politics. He was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as Chairman of the NCC Board on December 23, 2019.

He was subsequently confirmed on February 5, 2020 by the Senate, the upper chamber of Nigeria’s federal bicameral legislature.

With the swearing-in of Akande and Onwude, the NCC now has a fully-constituted board of commissioners as stipulated in the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003, and all the six geopolitical zones are represented on the Board.

While giving the Vote of Thanks, Prof. Umar, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, expressed the Commission’s gratitude to the Minister for his continuous support to the Commission and requested the minister to kindly convey the Commission’s appreciation to the President for “ensuring that we now have the full complement of the NCC board members.”

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Woman, 4 girls die in pit while excavating sand in Kano

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By Abubakar Abdulkadir Dangambo.

A woman and four children died in Dauni village of Minjibir local government area of Kano state while excavating sand following the collapse of the tunnel from which they were conducting the activity.

KANO FOCUS reports that the accident occurred on Thursday.

Spokesperson of the Kano State Fire Service, Malam Sai’idu Mohammed, identified the victims as Sa’ida Lawwali, 32, Dije Shu’aibu, 8; Hadiza Shu’aibu, 12; Nana Idris, 12; and Wasila Nuhu, 13.

He added that a 5 -year old boy Ibrahim Shuaibu was rescued from the site with injuries along with other survivors.

Mr Mohammed said most of the survivors sustained serious injuries in the accident and are currently receiving treatment.

According to him, the accident occurred on Thursday at about 2.45 pm at Ramin Farar Kasa in the village when the victims were excavating white sand used for make-up powder.

“We received a distress call on Thursday afternoon from Dauni village through one Malam Danlami Murtala at about 02:45 pm that a heap of sand has trapped six people, who were digging sand.

“Upon receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our firemen and a fire engine to the scene of the incident. We made frantic efforts to rescue the victims but we were only able to successfully rescue the little boy of about four years old, who was found alive,” Mr Mohammed told reporters.

He said bodies of the victims have been handed over to the village head of Dauni, Alhaji Bello Rabi’u for burial.

A resident of the area, Zakari Ya’u Sanbauna said the victims usually visited the site to extract a particular variety of sand that is used to produce makeup powder for women.

“They usually take the sand to Kano city, they are very popular in the village, this is a sad incident for us because it has never happened before,” Mr Sanbauna added.

Another resident Abdulkadir Hassan, called on government to regulate sand excavation and mining activities in the area through training on safety standards.

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