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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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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

Emir Muhammad Sanusi ll

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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