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Pantami applauds NCC’s role in telecoms regulatory standards

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, has commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for spearheading regional and global initiatives on telecoms networks standardisation within the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) community.

Dr Pantami gave the commendation while delivering his welcome address at 7th Study Group 13 (SG 13), ongoing Regional Workshop for Africa being hosted by the NCC at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

While addressing participants drawn from Nigeria and other African countries as well as officials of the ITU at the event, the minister said the NCC’s role in being at the forefront of driving digital revolution for Nigeria is well noted.

According to him, “I want to appreciate the efforts of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for representing the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE) to coordinate these activities of the SG 13 of ITU in Nigeria.

“The effort is highly commendable. With all sense of responsibility as the Minister of FMoCDE, I commend your consistency in handling the activities of ITU and other study groups of the FMoCDE. Your efforts are most appreciated”.

Commenting on the theme of the event, Dr Pantami said standards are critical to the inter-operability of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

He said the workshop is taking place at a time the Nigerian government, through the ministry, is making effort to reposition its focus and strategies on how to use new and emerging digital technologies to transform the socio-economic life and activities of the country.

Dr Pantami emphasised the need for Africa to position itself properly in order to be upbeat on the organising principles of developing appropriate standards for the future and next generation digital networks that support a digital economy ecosystem.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Prof. Umar Dambatta, Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), NCC, stated that discussions and solutions for future networks such as cloud computing, software defined networks and smart cities, cannot be understated.

“To achieve a resilient and robust future network, standards must be developed to accommodate the evolution of new and emerging technologies. The new frontier comes with great value and potentials for humanity and so, Nigeria and indeed, Africa cannot afford to be left behind,” Dambata explained.

Prof. Dambatta, while tasking participants to come up with far-reaching resolutions, said such “resolutions will hopefully play a pivotal role at the World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly (WTSA) coming up later in the year”.

He affirmed that all these developments will also play significant roles in achieving the new mandate for the digital economy.

The NCC Executive Vice Chairman therefore charged participants to drive collective interest and let such collective interest be their focal point of discussion, “so that we can have networks that can handle the peculiarities of our environment, as we drive towards development and integration of new and emerging technologies on our dear continent”.

On his part, the Chairman, ITU SG 13, Simeon Bagudu, said the Group was established in 2008 to mobilise effective participation of Africa in the area of ICT standardisation.

He enthused that the participation of Nigeria in the regional Group and in other ITU events and programmes has been ‘very remarkable.’

The ITU operates through its three sectors namely the Radiocommunications Sector (ITU-R), Standardisation Sector (ITU-T), and Development Sector (ITU-D).

The Standardisation Sector through its study groups and World Telecommunications Standardisation Assembly (WTSA) uses experts from around the world to prepare, deliberate and develop international standards known as ITU-Recommendations, which act as defining elements in the global infrastructure of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The work of Africa Regional Groups in each of the Study Groups of ITU-T, such as the SG 13, comes under the ITU-T Sector. The SG 13 was established in 2008 to bridge the standardisation gap among African countries.

The four-day programme, focused on the theme: ‘Standardisation of Future Networks Towards Building a Better Connected Africa’, has a dual structure: a workshop by the SG 13 for Africa which commenced from 2-4, February 2020; and another special meeting by the Group scheduled for 5-6, February, 2020.

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Emir Bayero reverses father, returns Dan Agundi to Emirate Council

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The Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero has approved the appointment of deposed Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta Aminu Babba Dan Agundi as Sarkin Dawaki Babba and member of Kano Emirate council.

Kano Focus reports that this is a reversal of the decision taken by the monarch’s late father, Emir Ado Bayero who deposed Mr Dan Agundi for insubordination.

Mr Dan Agundi’s new appointment is contained in a letter obtained by Kano Focus on Monday written to secretary to the state government Alhaji Usman Alhaji by deputy secretary of Kano Emirate council Sarki Waziri (Dan Rimin Kano).

The late Emir Bayero had in 2003 dethroned Dan Agundi as District Head of Gabasawa and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta over alleged insubordination.

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Mr Dan Agundi was accused of disobeying an order from the late emir, who invited him to appear before him.

Shortly after his dethronement, Mr Dan Agundi dragged the late emir and Kano emirate council to a state high court for redress.

The high court judge, Sadi Mato ruled that Dan Agundi be reinstated and be paid all his entitlements.

However, the Kano Emirate Council appealed the judgment but the Court of Appeal also affirmed the verdict of the lower court.

The Emirate Council under deposed Emir Sanusi II, filed an appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the judgments of the two lower courts.

On June 5, 2020 – six years after the death of late Ado Bayero – the Supreme Court affirmed Emir Ado Bayero’s decision of sacking Aminu Babba Dan’agundi as Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta and District head of Gabasawa.

Neither Emir Aminu Ado Bayero nor the Kano state Emirate Council has explained their reasons for returning Mr Dan Agundi as Council Member with the new title of Sarkin Dawaki Babba.

Meanwhile Emir Bayero has also appointed his elder brother deposed Chiroman Kano Sanusi Ado Bayero as Wamban Kano and member of Kano Emirate council.

Mr Sanusi Bayero was appointed Chiroman Kano by his father, former Emir Ado Bayero, and was believed to be his favored successor.

However, when he failed to secure the throne after his father’s death, Mr Sanusi Bayero exiled himself to Abuja and refused to pay homage to Emir Sanusi II in line with Kano Emirate tradition.

His action prompted Mr Sanusi to sack him and replace him with his younger brother the present Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero.

The new Wamban Kano has since paid homage to Emir Bayero which signaled his resumption to the Kano Emirate fold.

Kano state government is yet to approve the new appointments.

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College of Education donates house to staff who converted to Islam

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Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso through its Charity Trust Fund, SAR-TA’AWUN, has donated a 3- Bedroom flat at Wailari Na’ibawa to one of its staff Abubakar Miller.

Kano Focus reports that Abubakar Miller accepted Islam on Thursday July 2, 2020.

Provost of the college, Yahaya Isa Bunkure said the gift was to strengthen the Islamic brotherhood.

Mr Bunkure described Malam Abubakar as a hardworking and dedicated staff who has done a lot to the development of the College and urged him to maintain the tempo.

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The beneficiary, Abubakar Miller described the day as a memorable one which he will never forget.

He said he was overwhelmed by the love, care, and brotherhood shown to him.

Mr Miller pledged to be more dedicated to his duties and prayed to Allah to grant his mercy to the college community.

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Emir of Kano tasks TCN on electricity supply

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The Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero has tasked Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to improve electricity supply in Kano.

Kano Focus reports that the Emir gave the charge while receiving the management of the company on a courtesy visit to his palace.

Mr Bayero described electricity as vital towards the socioeconomic development of any society.

He appreciated the effort of the management in addressing the electricity shortage in the country.

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TCN Managing Director, Sule Ahmad Abdulaziz told the Emir that they were at the palace to intimate him on the installation of a new transformer in Bichi local government area.

It could be recalled that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Power recently authorized the installation of a 30 MVA, 132/133 KV Mobitra transformer at Bichi.

The civil works for installation of the transformer have already commenced and when completed, the transformer will be installed under the 132KV Kano/Kankia/Katsina Line 1 at Bichi town.

Mr Abdulaziz told the Emir that  other areas that will benefit from the work include Rimin Zakara, Jogana and Walalambe all in Kano state.

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