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NCC receives outstanding partnership award from ISACA

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been honoured with “Outstanding Partnership” award by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

The Association said it was satisfied with the support, collaboration and partnership with the NCC and the great strides the Commission has accomplished as the national regulatory authority for telecommunication in Nigeria.

Glory Idehen, President of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Chapter of ISACA, referenced activities of the Commission as the regulator of the telecoms, a sector that has enabled growth in other sectors of the economy.

Idehen said ISACA is particularly happy to be associated with NCC.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Dambatta, who was represented by Abraham Oshadami, Head Information Technology at NCC, thanked ISACA for the award.

Prof. Dambatta noted that as a leading public sector organisation regulating telecoms, NCC takes information technology governance as critical.

Accordingly, the EVC stated that it is just natural that NCC was able to relate warmly with ISACA which is also focused on information technology governance.

The EVC expressed gladness that some staff of the Commission are also members of ISACA and hope that the association will continue to encourage professional capacity building among the nation’s workforce.

The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) is an international not-for-profit professional body with over 200 chapters globally.

The Association is reputed for the development and use of information technology systems knowledge and practices to enhance efficiency in corporate governance structures.

NCC Reiterates Commitment to Knowledge-sharing with all Stakeholders

Meanwhile, the NCC has reaffirmed its commitment to the spread of knowledge because it is key to human capacity building which is necessary for reshaping patterns of growth and development.

Abigail Sholanke, Director, Corporate Planning, Strategy and Risk Management (CPRSM) at NCC stated this while receiving the students of Africa Community Secondary School, Asokoro, Abuja, who came on an educational visit to the Commission.

Sholanke, who was represented by Nwabuogo Chambers Okorie, a Senior Manager at CPRSM Department, urged the students to take advantage of the opportunity their school has offered them to learn diligently.

She affirmed that appropriate knowledge was the key driver in enhancing the patterns of growth and national development.

Okorie informed the students that the NCC’s  educational visit programme is designed to provide students with an opportunity to relate classroom teachings to real world situations, and also provide opportunities for them to participate in non-curriculum activities outside their normal school routine.

Chisom Ndukwe-Echetabu, a Manager in Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB) of the Commission and Edowaye Makanjuola, a Manager in Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), took the students through a learning curve on the activities of the Commission and activities of the Fund, as well as consumer protection awareness campaigns and cybercrime and cybersecurity.

The students visited the NCC Museum and a few other places at the Commission to enable them understand the evolution of telecommunication through the artefacts.

Through the presentations, the students were also educated on other aspects of the Commission’s operations.

The students, who were excited about the visit, also asked questions which were clarified by the staff of the Commission who made the presentations.

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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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