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NYSC DG tasks corps members to join crusade against corruption

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Director General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Shuaibu Ibrahim, has urged corps members nationwide to use their service period to sensitize their host communities on the hazards and negative impact of corruption in the society.

Mr Ibrahim stated this on Friday in Kano during a joint walk organised by the NYSC in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Kano State Anti-Corruption Agency.

According to him, if the corps members sensitise the public in their host communities, especially in the rural areas it will contribute towards the fight against corruption.

“We have no fewer than 350,000 serving corps members nationwide, if each of them can sensitise their host communities, tell them what corruption is all about, many people will get to understand better and also shun it.

“Therefore, we are calling on the general public to shun any act of bribery and corruption as it affects our society negatively and tarnishes the image of the country,” he said.

According to him, the walk which took place across all the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has witnessed large participation of corps members, labour unions, civil society organisations and other respective unions.

Mr Ibrahim explained that the walk was to sensitise the public on the dangers of corruption in the society while charging Nigerians to work hard to earn legitimately.

Mr Ibrahim Magu, the the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, in his speech urged all and sundry to also join the fight against corruption for a better society.

Magu’s speech was read by the Head of Kano Zonal Office of the EFCC, Mr Akinyene Ezima.

According to him, the objectives of the walk among others is to sensitise and mobilise youths across the country to reject the evils of corrupt practices.

“(The walk) is also to encourage the youth to be anti-corruption advocates and ambassadors, as well as enlisting them to partner with the EFCC by providing information and actionable intelligence on fraudsters in their localities

“The new perspective we are exploring is the awakening and mobilisation of youths in our nation to the task of exposing, confronting and tackling the scourge of corruption,” Mr Ezima said.

Also in his remarks, the Chairman, Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Agency, Muhuyi Magaji commended the NYSC DG for leading the walk in Kano.

According to him, such gesture will encourage the youths in the state to have more confidence in supporting the fight against corruption.

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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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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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