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Facebook partners NCC on digital infrastructure

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Top management staff of Facebook, a leading global social network platform, have sought partnership with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on deployment of digital infrastructure to strengthen connectivity.

Mr Ibrahima Ba, Network Investment Lead at Facebook Office in the United States, who led the Facebook delegation to NCC, stated that robust infrastructure is the bedrock of the massive connectivity that signposts Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.

He said without adequate and right type of infrastructure there can be no robust connectivity.

Mr Ba recalled that Facebook had successfully undertaken two connectivity projects in Edo and Ogun involving a total of 800 kilometers of fibre connecting institutions and operators towers.

He said considering the connectivity gap that still exists in the country, there is a great need for expansion of infrastructure to deepen penetration of services.

According to Ba, Nigeria is very important to Facebook for many reasons but particularly because it is Africa’s most populous country.

He emphasised that Facebook looks forward to seeing opportunities for partnerships manifest because such collaboration will result in kilometres of infrastructure expansion in fibre connectivity.

He advised the Commission to facilitate further liberalisation of partnership and collaboration processes with stakeholders.

Edoyemi Ogoh, Deputy Director Technical Standards and Network Integrity at NCC, who received the Facebook team, on behalf of the NCC Vice Chairman Professor Umar Dambatta, thanked them for the visit.

He commended the group for the model it has adopted in participating in the Nigerian market by partnering with licencees of the Commission, and assured the team of NCC’s irrevocable commitment to infrastructure expansion to enhance better connectivity.

He affirmed that NCC is aware of how central infrastructure is to the expansion of telecom services, and said that the realisation explained NCC’s adoption of the Open Access Model (OAM) and the licensing of infrastructure companies (Infracos) to cascade fibre to the hinterland of Nigeria.

Mr Ogoh also informed the guests that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent re-designation of NCC’s supervising ministry as Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy shows the federal government’s commitment to encouraging more citizens to embrace digital culture.

He declared that the Commission is central to these processes, and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has continued to also demonstrate his commitment to tackling bottlenecks to infrastructure expansion.

He cited the recent meetings between the Minister, the EVC and Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) which focused on streamlining and standardizing Right of Way (RoW) charges as eloquent testimony to Government’s commitment in this regard.

Mr Ogoh also stated that the Commission is finalising processes to institute the ‘Dig Once Policy’ that will encourage operators and other key players in infrastructure segment to have greater strategic collaboration in the laying of fibre especially in the context of the upcoming National Broadband Plan 2020-2025.

Mr Ba came to NCC with four of his colleagues – Erik Schmidt, Network Strategy Manager, Facebook Infrastructure; Adaora Ikenze, Head West Africa (Public Policy); Imran Abass, Partner Manager, Sub Sahara Africa; and Fargani Tambeayuk, Africa Public Policy Manager (Connectivity).

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Ulama Forum describes Anambra killing as barbaric, seeks life compensation

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The Ulama Forum in Nigeria has described the recent killing of a pregnant woman Harira and her four children in Isulo, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State as a barbaric.

KANO FOCUS reports the Forum also appealed to Muslims in Northern Nigeria and other places to resist the temptation of any unlawful reprisal.

The Forum made the appeal on Friday in a statement jointly signed by Aminu Inuwa Muhammad and Sa’id Ahmad Dukawa chairman and secretary respectively.

“The Forum is deeply saddened by the satanic and terrorist activities of the illegal and outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), the most recent of which is the unprovoked cold blooded murder of a law abiding pregnant woman, her four innocent children and six other northerners in Isulo, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday, 22nd May, 2022.

“We now have reason to lend our weight to the voices objecting to the release of the IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The latest crime of the group he leads, in murdering Harira, her children and six others for no reason than their being Muslims of Northern Nigeria extraction, must be added to the list of his unrepentant crimes until the full wrath of the law is brought down on him,” statement said.

To this end, the Forum called on the Anambra state government to apologise to Muslim community, pay full life compensation to the relatives of the deceased and take measures to stop the barbaric and terrorist acts.

It also called on the federal government and the security agencies to demonstrate that they are capable of protecting the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens irrespective of where they decide to reside in Nigeria, just as sanctioned by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments.

“We are in such a state of grief and mental hardship inflicted upon us by IPOB that we need to say no more!!!

“We are watching to see whether there are responsive and responsible governments in Anambra state in particular and other states in the east where such unprovoked acts of barbarism and terrorism are being perpetrated over the years. May justice and peace prevail in Nigeria. Ameen,” the statement concluded.

It will be recall that some gunmen believe to be members of proscribed Indeginous People of Biafra (IPOB) have killed a pregnant woman and her four children in Anambra state.

Below is the list of clerics who signed the statement

1) Malam Aminu Inuwa Muhammad (Chairman) Kano

2) Prof. Mansur Ibrahim mni  Sokoto

3) Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar   Kano

4) Dr. Sa’id Ahmad Dukawa Kano

5) Dr. Abubakar Muhamad Sani B/Kudu  Jigawa

6) Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu   Kaduna

7) Prof. Muhammad Babangida Muhammad Kano

8) Prof. Salisu Shehu  Bauchi

9) Prof. Ahmad Bello Dogarawa   Kaduna

10) Mal. Ahmad Bello Abu Maimoona   Katsina

11) Dr. Muhammad Alhaji Abubakar  Borno

12) Malam Muhammad Lawal Maidoki, Sadaukin Sokoto  Sokoto

13) Malam Aminu Aliyu Gusau  Zamfara

14) Mal. Shehu Muhammad Maishanu  Zamfara

15) Prof. Muhammad Amin Al-Amin  Katsina

16) Barr. Ibrahim Muhammad Attahir   Gombe

17) Dr. Salisu Ismail   Jigawa

18) Dr. Abubakar Sa’idu   Gombe

19) Engr. Ahmad Y. M. Jumba   Bauchi

20)  Amir Abdullahi Abubakar Lamido   Gombe

21) Dr. Ibrahim Adam Omar Disina  Bauchi

22) Prof. Ahmad Murtala   Kano

23) Prof. Usman M. Shuaibu Zunnurain  Katsina

24)  Engr. Basheer Adamu Aliyu   (Secretary) Kano

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2,289 delegates vote Gawuna as APC governorship candidate in Kano, Sha’aban kicks

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Kano state Deputy governor Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has won All Progressive Congress APC governorship primary election.

KANO FOCUS reports that Gawuna defeated his opponent Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada to emerge winner of the Primary election held in the late hours of thursday at the Sani Abacha Sports Complex, Kofar Mata, Kano.

Declaring the result, the Chairman of the governorship primary election committee Tijjani Yahaya Kaura said Gawuna polled 2,289 votes while Sha’aban scored 30 votes.

He added that about 2,420 delegates participated in the exercise with 2,339 total votes cast, while 20 votes were declared invalid.

He declared that “I Sen.Tijjani Yahaya Kaura, Chairman of Kano APC Governorship Primary Election Committee  on behalf of the National working committee of our party hereby announced that result for this election have been collated and counted accordingly. I hereby certified that Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner.

“He is therefore the standard flag bearer of the APC in the Gubernatorial election that will take place in 2023 in Kano State he said”.

In his acceptance speech, Gawuna thanked Allah for the victory and expressed appreciation to his boss Abdullahi Ganduje, the party leaders and delegates.

While appealing to all party members to join hands and work hard towards the success and victory of the APC during the general elections, he commended them for conducting themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner during the primary election.

On his part, Governor of Kano state Abdullahi Ganduje commended the election committee for a thorough and transparent exercise.

However, Sharada has kicked against the process, saying it was manipulated to scheme him out. He said he wrote complaint to Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and other security agencies.

The primary election was supervised by the representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Police and Department of State Security.

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Swarm of bees kills school pupil in Tofa local government area

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Swarm of bees has attacked and killed Ismail Hussaini (Halifa) at Yanoko Nomadic Primary school, Yanoko village, Tofa local government area of Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the incident happened on Thursday while pupils were talking lesson.

An uncle to the deceased Sunusi Bature Dawakintofa told KANO FOCUS that the attack happened while late Hussaini was in school and could not because of a broken limp due to sickle cell anaemia.

The village head of the town Habibu Bello (Sarkin Fulanin Yanoko) confirmed the incident, saying that late Hussaini was rushed to Tofa General Hospital where he died in the afternoon.

Nomadic education is a sub-component of the Nigerian formal educational system which aims to offer equal opportunities to all social groups, irrespective of ethnicity, geographical origin, gender, or social class.

Kano has 380 nomadic schools, making it second state with highest number of such schools after Bauchi.

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