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People with disabilities will participate in future elections with ease–INEC

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Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is taking measures to allow persons with disabilities (PWDs) to vote during elections across the country.

KANO FOCUS reports that Residents Electoral Officer, Zamfara state Hajiya Asma’u Maikudi disclosed this at a one-day meeting on capturing dis-aggregated data of persons with disabilities in the country held on Tuesday in Kano.

She said the unavailability of dis-aggregated data of PWD’s in the country has limited the commission’s plan for inclusive and effective participation of PDWD’s in the electoral process.

Mrs Maikudi, who read a speech on behalf of the commission’s national commissioner and chairman outreach and partnership committee, Dr Adekunle Ladipo said data on the size, location type and gender of PWD’s is needed to provide the required service effectively.

She added that data on the literacy level amongst PWD’s is also needed.

“Those who are required brailed need to be educated on how to use, same before they can effectively use it in making their choices on Election Day.

“In August 2019, the commission organized a national strategy meeting to develop a strategy of collecting the dis-aggregated data of PWD’s across the country.

“The meeting developed a harmonized formant to be used to ensure uniformity in collection of the dis-aggregated data of PWD’s in the register of voters across the nation,” she said.

In a remark the deputy director civil society organization division of the INEC Lakunuya Dorothy Bello, said full participation of persons with disabilities in the electoral process is one of the underlining principals of the United Nations convention on the rights of persons with disabilities adopted in 2016.

She added that in line with this, the commission demonstrated commitments toward ensuring participation of peoples with disabilities in the electoral process.

However she noted that inclusion of PWD’s in the electoral process required accurate data, hence ensuring that relevant statistic and research data are made available to the policy makers.

“There is an urgent need to capture the dis-aggregated data of PDW’s across the country.

“This will assist the commission towards knowing the concentration of voters with disabilities, number, gender and type of assistive aid to procure and deploy.

“The database of eligible PWD’s dis-aggregated by type of disabilities and gender will help the commission in inclusive planning,” Mr Bello said.

On his part the executive director Center for Citizens with Disabilities David Anoyaele commended INEC for involving persons living with disabilities in electoral process.

He said “INEC is really building inclusive with the release of the PWD active participation in Electoral process document which has become a motivating factor and power for every disabled person.”

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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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Deposed Emir Sanusi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

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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