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Nigerian tertiary institutions not ICT-friendly for disabled persons–CITAD



Mukhtar Yayha Usman

A research by Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has revealed that in Nigerian institutions students with disabilities have challenges with accessing and using the internet as many of the institutions do not have special provision for appropriate interface tools.

Kano Focus reports that the director of the center Yunusa Ya’u Zakariyya revealed this while presenting CITAD’s research findings with the title: ‘State of Digital Disability Inclusion Compliance for Learning and Research in Tertiary Institutions in the North West of Nigeria’ held on Saturday in Kano.

Mr Ya’u said the research findings show that only three institutions in northern Nigeria–Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education and Federal College of Education Technical Bichi–have special libraries for students with disabilities.

He said institutions are not able to accurately capture data about students living with disability, which is shows the carefree attitude of the institutions’ administrations about how they regard disability.

The study also revealed that there is low awareness among both administration and academic staff on the ICT needs of students with disabilities

“Almost all of the policies of tertiary institutions in northern Nigeria do not make provision for people living with disability and therefore assume the provision will apply equally to all regardless of differentials in ability.

“Websites and admission/registration portals of these institutions are not disability compliant.

“Blind prospective students and the deaf they have to get personal assistants to fill the forms for them.

“Digital non-inclusion affects different students with special needs differently,” Mr Ya’u said.

This, he said, means that students living with disabilities are left to use conventional libraries with the expectation that facilities in the libraries can be used by physically challenged persons.

He said registration  websites are not accessible to either those with vision impairment or those with hearing impairment, making it impossible for them to register directly by themselves.

He noted that disabled students have to be assisted and that assistance is not provided by the institutions hence the students have to make their personal arrangement.

The research, therefore recommended that “all institutions of higher learning should have a disability policy much in the same line that gender policy was promoted to protect students living with disabilities from discrimination and abuse.”

“Also all ICT policies of the institutions should be reviewed to incorporate the needs of students (and staff) living with disabilities such that they can have access to and use ICTs as tools for academic work.

“Websites of institutions of higher learning should be disability friendly and compliant by making providing for content to be accessible for students with vision and hearing impairment,” the study further recommended.

“Institutions should not derail the ambition of people living with disabilities by denying them the courses they are interested (a discrimination). Rather they should seek for innovative ways to cater for the needs of different disabilities,” it added.

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Kano refutes trending story on women driving ban



Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has described as fallacious a trending story on social media platforms on a purported plan to officially disallow women regardless of any faith from getting behind the wheel.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba who made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday, said government had at no time contemplate on the matter.

He said the story, which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.

“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,’’ it added.

Mr Garba pointed out that if at all there was such plan, the state government does not have to be involved in any secretive meeting to decide on a critical issue that has to do its teeming populace.

The commissioner stated further that even Saudi Arabia which for decades had laws that sanctioned women from driving has, after all, lifted the ban in 2018.

He said it was interesting that some of the scholars quoted to have supported the alleged ban have already dissociated themselves from the story.

Clerics denied the story

Earlie on Wednesday, some clerics alleged to have floated the ban Salisu Shehu, Abdallah Gadonkaya and Sani Rijiyar Lemo have all refuted the story.

In a text message sent to KANO FOCUS Shehu described the story as ‘completely false and mischief.’

“It is completely false. It is a mischief. I think some wicked people are desperate about causing unnecessary confusion, controversies and disaffection among Kano Scholars,” he said.

Rijiyar Lemo alleged that the story was concocted by Shiites who were not happy with the outcome of clerics debate with controversial Kano preacher Abduljabbar Kabara.

“Our attention has been drawn to a fake news in circulation, claiming that some ulama in Kano, including my humble self, have tabled a plan to stop women from driving in the state.

“This story, in all certainty, was hatched and being peddled by some Shi’ite elements, who are not happy with the outcome of AbdulJabbar’s saga.

“You are urged to discard this false story. May the Almighty protect us from the evils of our enemies,” Rijiyar Lemo said.

Gadonkaya, on a Facebook post described the story as ‘fake news’.

“I, Abdullah Usman Umar Gadon Kaya strongly say that this is a fake news. I don’t have any hands in it. It’s the act of enemies who want to  crack peace in our dear state (Kano) and Nigeria at large,” Gadonkaya said.

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Abduljabbar Kabara: Lawyers demand audiovisual evidence as government amends charges



Aminu Abdullahi

Lawyers defending Kano cleric Abduljabbar Kabara over blasphemy and incitement charges have urged the court to compel the prosecution to present audiovisual and documentary evidence.

KANO FOCUS recalls that Mr Kabara has been arraigned before an Upper Sharia Court at Kofar Kudu, Kano City presided by Ibrahim Sarki Yola.

Mr. Kabara’s lead counsel Sale Muhammad Bakaro entered the plea at the resumed sitting of the court on Wednesday morning.

He petitioned the court to compel the prosecution to present its evidence in the next sitting.

Abduljabbar accuses Ganduje of linking him with Boko Haram, Maitatsine

Meanwhile prosecuting counsel Aisha Muhammad pleaded for an adjournment to enable the Kano state government to amend the charges presented in the First Information Report.

The presiding judge Mr Yola adjourned the trial to August 18, 2021.

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Ganduje presents appointment letters to 56 doctors, health workers



Nasiru Yusuf


Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has on Tuesday presented appointment letters to fifty six medical doctors and other health workers deployed to the State Primary Health Care Management Board.

KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje made the presentation on Tuesday at Primary Health Care investment summit 2021, held at Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano.

Ganduje said the move is part of his administration’s commitment to improve health care delivery in the state.

 “The state government has set up a committee under the leadership of the Chairman Governing Board of the State Primary Health Care Management Board, the Madakin Gaya and District Head of Ajingi, and representatives from the office of the Secretary to State Government, Ministry of Health, Ministry for Local Governments.

“Others are representatives from the five Emirates in the state. With the Secretariat at the State Primary Health Care Management Board.”

“The committee would be updating the government and the people of Kano state on regular basis, on the achievements and success recorded.

“In order for us to achieve the desired goals, we must collaborate with development partners, government organisations and community. So all all hands must be on deck to also address the long term systematic health care system for the full implementation of the minimum service package,” Ganduje said.

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