The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami has directed the new Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Adeolu Akande to purge the industry of improperly-registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards.
Dr Pantami also charged the NCC to develop regulations on the number of SIM cards an individual or organisation can have at any particular time, as well as ensure seamless integration of SIM data with the national database of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Dr Pantami said this on Thursday during the swearing-in ceremony for Mr Akande, who is representing the South West zone, as the chairman of NCC Board of Commissioners, and Chief Uche Onwude, the commissioner representing the South-East zone.
The event took place at the Minister’s office in Abuja.
Mr Pantami gave the new chairman a marching order to hit the ground running by providing necessary direction for effective regulation of the telecoms industry in Nigeria.
He said: “The NCC board must hit the ground running. There is no time for celebrations now and no time for honeymoon. We would congratulate the NCC board after you must have completed your tenure with resounding successes and achievements that have positive impact on Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, Mr Akande, who spoke after taking his oath of office, assured of his readiness to work with other members of the Board and Management team of the Commission to exceed expectation in providing quality directions for effective regulation of the nation’s telecommunications industry.
Mr Akande, who had served as chairman of the board of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) before his present appointment, said there is no doubt that the NCC, as the nation’s telecom regulator, has a major role to play in the development of the Nigerian economy, especially in the area of effective regulation that can bring efficiency across sectors.
He said: “We want to thank everybody who has been with us since our nomination by the President in the last two months. There is no doubt that NCC has a major role to play in our national life at this time, especially in the area of security.
“For instance, many people on the street believe that security of lives and property will be bolstered once the NCC is able to properly address issues connected to Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) registration because we would have helped to resolve a critical percentage of our security issue significantly.
“I know our minister is someone, who normally sets high expectations and standards. I have worked with him at NITDA and I know he is somebody who normally expects the best from his team. To this end, I give you the commitment of the board and management of the NCC to work together to meet and exceed expectations”.
Who is Professor Adeolu Akande?
Mr Akande is a professor of political science and notable scholar of media and politics. He was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as Chairman of the NCC Board on December 23, 2019.
He was subsequently confirmed on February 5, 2020 by the Senate, the upper chamber of Nigeria’s federal bicameral legislature.
With the swearing-in of Akande and Onwude, the NCC now has a fully-constituted board of commissioners as stipulated in the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003, and all the six geopolitical zones are represented on the Board.
While giving the Vote of Thanks, Prof. Umar, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, expressed the Commission’s gratitude to the Minister for his continuous support to the Commission and requested the minister to kindly convey the Commission’s appreciation to the President for “ensuring that we now have the full complement of the NCC board members.”
Bashir Ahmad, loses APC primary
President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on new media, Bashir Ahmad, failed to secure the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) ticket to contest the House of Representative seat for Gaya/Ajingi/Albasu Federal Constituency, Kano.
KANI FOCUS reports that Ahmad was defeated by the incumbent member, Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya, with 109 to 16 votes as announced by the returning officer of the election Faizu Alfindiki.
In his acceptance speech Gaya assured to sustain the good representation of the constituency in the lower chamber.
Ahmad had earlier written on his Facebook page that he left the venue of the primary to protect his supporters because thugs were intimidating them.
“As an aspirant, I left the venue of the primary election for Gaya, Ajingi and Albasu Federal Constituency, because of the security of our majority delegates, if want to compete with the best, thugs shouldn’t be part of any election,” Mr Ahmad wrote.
Meanwhile, Umar Ganduje, son of the governor of Kano State Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, won the APC ticket to contest the seat of Dawakin Tofa/Tofa/Rimingado Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
Mr Ganduje emerged as the consensus candidate following the withdrawal of his opponent, Junaidu Yakubu, after a reconciliation meeting arranged by the senator representing Kano North, Barau Jibrin, and the House of Representatives member representing Bichi Federal Constituency, Abubakar Bichi, just before the primary election.
Also, the immediate past commissioner of rural and community development of the state, Musa Ilyasu Kwankwaso, won the ticket of the APC to contest Kura/Madobi/Garun Malam federal constituency.
Mr Kwankwaso polled 150 votes to beat his main opponent, Hama Aware, who scored 6 votes during a primary election conducted at Islamic Centre, Kura Local Government Area.
Another former commissioner of education, Sunusi Kiru, also won the APC’s ticket for Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency.
A copy of the election result signed by Musa Sumaila and Muhammad Arewa, chairman and secretary of the primary election committee, showed that Mr Kiru scored 140 votes to beat incumbent member Ali Yako who scored three votes. Bashir Bello had two votes.
Ulama Forum describes Anambra killing as barbaric, seeks life compensation
The Ulama Forum in Nigeria has described the recent killing of a pregnant woman Harira and her four children in Isulo, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State as a barbaric.
KANO FOCUS reports the Forum also appealed to Muslims in Northern Nigeria and other places to resist the temptation of any unlawful reprisal.
The Forum made the appeal on Friday in a statement jointly signed by Aminu Inuwa Muhammad and Sa’id Ahmad Dukawa chairman and secretary respectively.
“The Forum is deeply saddened by the satanic and terrorist activities of the illegal and outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), the most recent of which is the unprovoked cold blooded murder of a law abiding pregnant woman, her four innocent children and six other northerners in Isulo, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday, 22nd May, 2022.
“We now have reason to lend our weight to the voices objecting to the release of the IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The latest crime of the group he leads, in murdering Harira, her children and six others for no reason than their being Muslims of Northern Nigeria extraction, must be added to the list of his unrepentant crimes until the full wrath of the law is brought down on him,” statement said.
To this end, the Forum called on the Anambra state government to apologise to Muslim community, pay full life compensation to the relatives of the deceased and take measures to stop the barbaric and terrorist acts.
It also called on the federal government and the security agencies to demonstrate that they are capable of protecting the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens irrespective of where they decide to reside in Nigeria, just as sanctioned by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments.
“We are in such a state of grief and mental hardship inflicted upon us by IPOB that we need to say no more!!!
“We are watching to see whether there are responsive and responsible governments in Anambra state in particular and other states in the east where such unprovoked acts of barbarism and terrorism are being perpetrated over the years. May justice and peace prevail in Nigeria. Ameen,” the statement concluded.
It will be recall that some gunmen believe to be members of proscribed Indeginous People of Biafra (IPOB) have killed a pregnant woman and her four children in Anambra state.
Below is the list of clerics who signed the statement
1) Malam Aminu Inuwa Muhammad (Chairman) Kano
2) Prof. Mansur Ibrahim mni Sokoto
3) Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar Kano
4) Dr. Sa’id Ahmad Dukawa Kano
5) Dr. Abubakar Muhamad Sani B/Kudu Jigawa
6) Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu Kaduna
7) Prof. Muhammad Babangida Muhammad Kano
8) Prof. Salisu Shehu Bauchi
9) Prof. Ahmad Bello Dogarawa Kaduna
10) Mal. Ahmad Bello Abu Maimoona Katsina
11) Dr. Muhammad Alhaji Abubakar Borno
12) Malam Muhammad Lawal Maidoki, Sadaukin Sokoto Sokoto
13) Malam Aminu Aliyu Gusau Zamfara
14) Mal. Shehu Muhammad Maishanu Zamfara
15) Prof. Muhammad Amin Al-Amin Katsina
16) Barr. Ibrahim Muhammad Attahir Gombe
17) Dr. Salisu Ismail Jigawa
18) Dr. Abubakar Sa’idu Gombe
19) Engr. Ahmad Y. M. Jumba Bauchi
20) Amir Abdullahi Abubakar Lamido Gombe
21) Dr. Ibrahim Adam Omar Disina Bauchi
22) Prof. Ahmad Murtala Kano
23) Prof. Usman M. Shuaibu Zunnurain Katsina
24) Engr. Basheer Adamu Aliyu (Secretary) Kano
2,289 delegates vote Gawuna as APC governorship candidate in Kano, Sha’aban kicks
Kano state Deputy governor Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has won All Progressive Congress APC governorship primary election.
KANO FOCUS reports that Gawuna defeated his opponent Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada to emerge winner of the Primary election held in the late hours of thursday at the Sani Abacha Sports Complex, Kofar Mata, Kano.
Declaring the result, the Chairman of the governorship primary election committee Tijjani Yahaya Kaura said Gawuna polled 2,289 votes while Sha’aban scored 30 votes.
He added that about 2,420 delegates participated in the exercise with 2,339 total votes cast, while 20 votes were declared invalid.
He declared that “I Sen.Tijjani Yahaya Kaura, Chairman of Kano APC Governorship Primary Election Committee on behalf of the National working committee of our party hereby announced that result for this election have been collated and counted accordingly. I hereby certified that Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner.
“He is therefore the standard flag bearer of the APC in the Gubernatorial election that will take place in 2023 in Kano State he said”.
In his acceptance speech, Gawuna thanked Allah for the victory and expressed appreciation to his boss Abdullahi Ganduje, the party leaders and delegates.
While appealing to all party members to join hands and work hard towards the success and victory of the APC during the general elections, he commended them for conducting themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner during the primary election.
On his part, Governor of Kano state Abdullahi Ganduje commended the election committee for a thorough and transparent exercise.
However, Sharada has kicked against the process, saying it was manipulated to scheme him out. He said he wrote complaint to Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and other security agencies.
The primary election was supervised by the representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Police and Department of State Security.
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