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Ganduje to borrow N15bn to fund free education policy

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Nasir Yusuf

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has sought the approval of the Kano state House of Assembly to grant him permission to borrow a sum of N15 billon from Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank) to fund his free education policy.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Speaker of the Assembly, Abdulazeez Garba-Gafasa, on Monday read a letter sent by Mr Ganduje seeking for the lawmakers’ consent to secure the loan.

He said the 44 local government areas in the state can access the loan if approved.

According to the letter, the decision to access the loan was to enable the local governments to ensure the success of the state government’s free and compulsory education policy.

He said if the loan is approved, each of the 44 local governments will receive N340 million aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the free and compulsory education policy across the state.

The letter, according to the speaker, said the loan would be repaid within a period of 30 months with 15 percent interest rate.

Mr Garba-Gafasa added that the loan will be deducted from the local governments’ monthly federal allocations.

KANO FOCUS reports that shortly after reading the letter, the Speaker presented it to the house committee on local governments.

The committee will be supervised by the Deputy Majority Leader of the house Kabiru Hassan-Dashi.

The lawmakers also unanimously agreed on a 2-day dateline for the committee to present its report on the request before the assembly.

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NIN-SIM Linkage: Telcoms collect 47.8m NINS – NCC

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Telecommunication Companies have so far collected 47.8 million NINs at an average of three to four SIMs per subscriber.

The Director Public Affairs at Nigerian Communications Commission Ikechukwu Adinde announced this in a statement sent to Kano Focus on Tuesday.

This according to him means many millions will be linked up before the deadline in February 2021.

He said at the end of a review meeting on January 18, the Technical Implementation Committee under the Ministerial Task Force has reported significant progress in the ongoing NIN-SIM linkage exercise.

Reacting to the report, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, expressed satisfaction with this commendable achievement.

He expressed the Federal Government’s appreciation for the commitment demonstrated by all stakeholders and citizens and urged them to submit their NINs before 9th February, 2021 deadline.

The Minister urged the technical team to fast-track the processes so that the project is delivered soonest.

The Technical Committee drew attention to the App developed by Federal Government which allows subscribers to link up to a maximum of seven (7) SIMs to their NIN.

The Minister concluded by reminding Nigerians to secure and protect their NINs, urging subscribers to desist from selling their NINs or allowing others to use their NINs for registration. “For any action committed with the SIM, good or bad, it will be officially traced and attached to the NIN owner,” the Minister warned.

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Jealousy: Wife stabs husband’s girlfriend to death

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state police command has arrested a twenty year old Suwaiba Shuaibu, of Gimawa village, Doguwa local government area of Kano State for allegedly killing a proposed wife of her husband.

Kano Focus reports that police said the suspect confessed she had called the victim on phone, deceived and lured her to an uncompleted building in their neighborhood where she used a sharp knife to stab her on her neck, chest and other parts of her body.

She told police that she killed the victim out of jealousy, because her husband proposed to marry her.

Police investigation revealed that the deceased and the husband of the suspect have been in proposed relationship for over six years and their wedding ceremony was scheduled to hold on January 9, 2021.

Wedding invitation of the deceased and suspect’s husband

A statement issued on Tuesday by police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Haruna recalled that on January 2 this year one Kabiru Jafaru, of Gimawa village, Doguwa local government of Kano state, that the body of his 17-year old daughter, Aisha Kabir, who got missing on January 1 was found in an uncompleted building in their neighborhood.

The complainant said the victim was suspected to have been stabbed on her neck by her killer.

“Upon receiving the Complaint, the scene was visited and the body was evacuated to Tudun Wada General Hospital for examination by a Medical Doctor.

“The Commissioner of Police Kano State Command, *CP Habu A. Sani, psc* further raised and instructed a Team of Detectives, led by Divisional Police Officer Doguwa, CSP Bala Shuaibu, to arrest the culprit(s).

“The Team immediately swung into action and apprehended one Suwaiba Shuaibu, 20 years old, of the same address with the complainant, who is a second wife to one Shahrehu Alhaji Ali, also of the same address.

“As directed by the Commissioner of Police, *CP Habu A Sani, psc,* the case has been transferred to the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Homicide Section, for discrete investigation. The Suspect will be charged to court at the completion of investigation,” the statement said.

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Kano bans viewing, event centres, directs civil servants to stay at home

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has announced the imposition of a fresh ban on the activities of viewing and event centres across the state following increasing COVID-19 cases.

The state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, who made the revelation in a statement issued on Tuesday.

He said the measure was part of decision at a stakeholders meeting held at the Government House, Kano on Monday.

He said that all civil servants in the state have also been directed to stay at home pending further instruction.

Mr Garba, however, explained that workers on essential services such as the healthcare service providers, fire service, water board, teaching staff, security guards and the media are exempted from the ban.

The commissioner reaffirmed government’s commitment to working with relevant stakeholders that included the Ulama to ensuring compliance with the COVID-19 Protocols.

He also warned that security agents who were part of the stakeholders meeting would not hesitate to take stern measures to ensure compliance with the directive.

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