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Why Kano population may hit 50 million by 2050–expert

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Nasiru Yusuf

The population of Kano state may hit over 50 million people by 2050 due to high fertility rate and low practice of family planning in the state, an expert Habib Sadauki has warned.

Mr Sadauki, a consultant gynecologist, revealed this on Thursday during a consultative meeting on family planning organized by Development Research and Project Centre (dRPC).

He said currently, the use of modern contraceptive methods in the state stands at 5.8 percent, which is far below the national average.

The reproductive health expert recalled that family planning usage in Kano in 2013 was 1.3% but rose to 5.8% in 2018.

According to him two decades ago it was a taboo to discuss family planning in ministry of health, talk less of demanding for budgetary allocation.

Kano Focus reports that despite the shortage of contraceptive commodities and consumables in public hospitals, no budget was allocated to family planning in the 2020 Kano state appropriation law.

“Presently Kano has 5.8 fertility rate, which is above 5.3 national average. Based on this trend, the state population would be more than 50 million by 2050.

“The state government has anticipated the implication of this uncontrolled population growth and adopted free family planning services, national family planning costed implementation plan and integrated outreach,” Mr Sadauki said.

In a message sent to the conference, the director general of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Habu Gumel said the institute is collaborating with dRPC for advocacy to increase funding for family planning, routine immunization, ending child killer diseases and primary health care.

Mr Gumel,  a professor of political science revealed that at current population rate, Nigeria will be among four most populous countries in the world by 2050 with estimated population of 289 million.

He noted that failure to address this challenge will be detrimental to any kind of economic development of initiatives to improve living condition of the citizens.

The director general emphasized the need for continuous engagement and dialogue on how to manage Nigeria’s population growth for sustainable development.

“In 2019, NIPSS and development research and project centre with support from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation collaborated in the implementation of the NIPSS senior executive course 41, with theme: funding universal healthcare delivery in Nigeria. The report was well received by President Muhammad Buhari and his cabinet last November with a pledge to implement the recommendation.

“This year 2020, President Buhari has mandated the senior executive course 42 of the national institute to conduct a study on population growth and the challenges of human capital development in Nigeria.

“There is no doubt that population issues are related to so many other issues such as demography, economics, education, human capital, urbanization, gender, religion, politics, food and nutrition, health and human rights. How a nation manages its population no doubt determines the level of its development,” Mr Gumel observed.

In his address, Ubale Rano an official of dRPC, said the meeting was to brainstorm and discuss the key emerging issues related to the adequacy of family planning funding in Kano state and the implication of the new practice of states being granted approval to procure commodities apart from the consumables they used to purchase.

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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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

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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

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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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