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Kano gov’t urged to allocate more funds to education

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano state government has been urged to increase budgetary allocation to education sector in other to make it more viable.

KANO FOCUS reports that the appeal was made on Friday at the maiden edition of the International Education Day in Kano.

An official of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Kano Field Office, Maulud Warfa has challenged parents to also prioritize the education of their children, as no country can attain socioeconomic development if a large number of its people are ignorant.

Mr Warfa said education is now recognised all over the world as a major pillar and a key to social development, adding that without education, the future of the young generation would be bleak.

According to him, “generally young people should be given responsibilities so that they would be part of decision-making process on issues that affect their future”.

“Our message to parents here, is that they should also invest in education and not just produce children that will only be on the streets but children that will take over responsibilities,” he said.

“Any state or country that ignores the young children and education simply leads the community and the entire country into failure”.

Earlier, the Coordinator of the Girls Education Project, Gep-3 in Kano State, Muktar Ado Jubril said for the world to achieve prosperity, all issues related to the girl-child must be given priority.

According to Ado Jubril, “girls are also members of the global planet and they are members of the communities, the world cannot achieve any target, if the girls are relegated to the background”.

Kano Focus reports that the event was organised by the Kano State Ministry of Education in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) through the support of the Department for International Development (DFID).

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Kano schools reopen after 5 months closure

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Kano Female Students

Nasiru Yusuf

Schools in Kano have reopened on Monday after five months closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Kano Focus recalls that the state government has on March 19 directed the closure of public and private schools as part of measures against the spread of COVID-19.

However, on Monday August 3 the government approved the reopening of schools for senior secondary schools students.

The Commissioner of Education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru announced that the opening is to allow SS III students to write their final examinations.

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Kano Focus observed how many students on Monday defied early morning downpour to attend classes, which could be perceived as a clear indication of their commitment to go back to school.

Speaking while on inspection tour to Government Girls Secondary School Shekara and First Lady’s College Mariri, Kano state commissioner of education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru said he was happy that the school authorities followed the approved guidelines in preparation for the forthcoming WAEC examinations.

Mr Kiru urged the students to use the PPEs provided for them and maintain social distancing.

He also advised them to be serious in their examinations so as to have good results worthy of pride by their parents and the state.

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Blasphemy: Kano court sentences singer to death

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Protesters at Sharif's house

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey has sentenced a 22-year old man to death by hanging for blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Kano Focus reports that Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani gave the verdict on Monday after finding Yahaya Aminu Sharif guilty as charged.

Sharif, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Following the incidence, protestors burnt down the singer’s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah Command’s headquarters.

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The court has also sentenced one Umar Farouq of Sharada area of Kano metropolis to 10 years imprisonment for making derogatory statements concerning the Almighty Allah in a public argument.

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Rain, hailstones destroy N40 million crops in Bagwai LG

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Nasiru Yusuf

Heavy rain and hailstones have destroyed crops worth over N40million in Bagwai local government, according to the council vice chairman Aminu Ibrahim Gogori.

Kano Focus reports that the heavy downpour on Monday night destroyed maize, onion, sesame, millet, and cotton crops.

Mr Gogori said the affected areas are Gadanya, Gadanya Gabas, Jobe, Tsauwa, Tsattawa and Galawa.

He pointed out that over 445 farmers were affected by the disaster.

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He said the council is assessing the exact cost of the damage in order to forward it to appropriate authorities for necessary action.

In their separate remarks the village head of Gadanya Shuaibu Abubakar and his counterpart of Jobe village Abdullahi Lawal called on federal and state governments to come to their rescue.

When contacted, the Executive Secretary Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Sale Aliyu Jili described the incident as devastating.

Mr Jili appealed to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and corporate organizations to assist the victims.

He pledged that SEMA will do its best to assist disaster victims  in Kano state.

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