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1,700 out of 2,300 prison inmates in Kano are awaiting trial

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By Mukhtar Yahya Usman

A Chief Legal officer of the Kano Prison, Barrister Aliyu Muhammed has said 1,700 out of a total of 2,300 inmates at the Kano Central Prison, Kurmawa are still awaiting trial.

Mr Muhammad revealed this on Wednesday during a coordinating meeting with stakeholders in the justice sector, organized by a Non-governmental Organization, Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA).

He added that over 600 among the inmates have been convicted for various offences.

The legal practitioner said the reason for the high number of awaiting trial suspects in prison is because most of the them were remanded in the correctional centre over minor offences, which could be solved through community services.

In her remarks, the Kano Coordinator of PRAWA Barrister Kaltume Muhammed, narrated a situation where an 85-year-old man was held in prison for two years over a bailable offence.

She revealed that the octogenarian remanded at the correctional center as a result of a N400,000 debt.

She noted that, the reason behind organizing the event, was to enlighten the public about their rights.

The participants at the event, who were drawn from the media, security agencies, government and non-governmental organizations, unanimously agreed to make efforts to enlighten the general public on issues in the justice sector.

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Danbatta, others endorse book on telecoms law, regulations

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta was among eminent personalities that have endorsed a new book on Nigeria’ telecommunications industry’s legal and regulatory ecosystem.

Kano Focus reports that the book titled, “Nigerian Telecommunications Law and Regulation”, which is co-authored by Quasim Odunmbaku, a telecoms regulatory professional at the NCC and Rotimi Akapo, a lawyer, who specialises in Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) practice, is written in 18 chapters and over 600 pages.

Nigerian Telecommunications Law and Regulation

Speaking at the virtual public presentation of the book on Thursday, Danbatta, who was the chairman and lead presenter at the event, said that law and regulation are two critical pillars, which influence the speed and impact of innovation in the telecoms sector.

“As important as these two factors are, they typically lag behind technology – it, therefore, behoves on all legal and regulatory practitioners in the sector to keep abreast of developments so that knowledge gaps do not stifle innovation and/or deny consumers of the optimum value,” he said.

Represented by the Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management at NCC, Adeleke Adwolu, the EVC acknowledged that there is a noticeable paucity of well-researched books and reference materials on the legal and regulatory regime governing the telecommunications and indeed the ICT sector in Nigeria.

“I am, therefore, delighted that the authors of “Nigerian Telecommunications Law and Regulation” have taken up the challenge and have produced a comprehensive reference material which touches on practically every aspect of the subject.”

The official public presentation of the book was done by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, who, who incidentally was a former ECSM at NCC, and had worked closely with one of the authors. Dare described the book as “a compendium that will greatly enrich the level knowledge needed to enhance telecoms growth.”

Reviewer of the book,  Mohammed Suleh-Yusuf, after an insightful review of the book, said, “The book is highly useful to practitioners and lay readers alike. It serves as a window into what shapes the industry and ensures readers are familiar at surface, to the basic rules and norms that influence the industry.”

Other telecoms stakeholders have overwhelmingly endorsed the book, describing it as a good reference material and comprehensive guide, reference material and source-book on the policy, legal and regulatory framework governing the Nigerian telecommunications sector, which, many stakeholders said, will fill a critical contemporary knowledge gap for legal practitioners, investors and the academia.

According to the Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Operations, Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), Akinwale Goodluck, “As an industry practitioner, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and recommend it very strongly for everyone with an interest in the Industry. It also provides invaluable insight for other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to learn from the Nigeria experience.”

Immediate past President, Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Olusola Teniola, and incumbent ATCON President, Ike Nnamani, aligned in their views, saying the authors have challenged the industry by putting together an encyclopaedia behind the growth of the Telecommunications industry from the perspective of legal, regulatory, economic, social and technological impacts.

In his comment, Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, said “the book carefully dissects the policies, rules, regulations and industry best practices which makes the Nigerian telecommunications industry the success story that it is today, despite numerous challenges.”

Other stakeholders, who rated the book very high both in contents and relevance to industry practitioners include Chairman, Section of Business Law, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ayuli Jemide; Director, Legal & Regulatory Affairs/Company Secretary, Airtel Networks Limited, Shola Adeyemi; Principal Partner and Head, ICT Law & Regulation, Sceptre Law, Lagos, Otu Etuk;  Abiola Sanni of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, among others.

The stakeholders were in accord that the book, which sets out with great clarity and in the greatest detail the history, current status and how to navigate the policies and regulation of the Nigerian telecommunications sector in the real world, is a must-read for regulators, investors, scholars and industry practitioners.

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KAROTA succumb to Tricyclists’ protest, accepts POS payment

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The Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) has succumb to protesting tricyclists and agreed to accept payment of one hundred Naira tax via POS or mobile banking.

Kano Focus reports that the tricyclists have earlier agreed to pay the one hundred Naira tax daily, but protested against making payments via REMITA platform.

The tricyclists requested for cash payment, mobile banking or via POS, a request KAROTA leadership rejected outrightly.

However, at a negotiation facilitated by Kano state leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Kano Civil Society Forum Ibrahim Waiya, KAROTA agreed to accept payment via POS mobile transfer after initial payment through REMITA.

A copy of the resolutions reached by leadership of tricyclists and Managing Director of KAROTA Bappa Babba Dan’agundi on Tuesday in the presence of NLC chairman Kabiru Ado Minjibir and that of  directed all tricycle operators to call off their protest and resume operation.

The resolutions obtained by Kano Focus reads in part “After extensive and fruitful deliberations which lasted for over two hours. The following resolutions were reached.

“That all tricycle riders in the state are to pay a token of N 100 daily as provided by the Kano state revenue administration law, schedule 2 item 9 congestion charges amendment law 2017.

“That the first payment of N100 should be through REMITA to enable data capture in Kano state Board of Internal Revenue/KAROTA which should be done within two weeks effective from today 23 February, 2021, after which KAROTA will commence enforcement and the server shutdown, so that nobody will access it to enable control.

“That the subsequent payment of N100 daily tax should follow by the tricycle operators which can be done through their Android phones or P. O. S (Point of Sale) with an option of daily, monthly, quarterly or annual payment at the cafe (which is not compulsory).

“That the hire purchase owners will assist the tricycle riders in the provision of additional REMITA points to enable members to make payment with ease.

“That the leadership of organised labour and Kano Civil Society Forum will continue to engage the leadership of tricycle riders/owners association in the state for smooth conduct of their business through public enlightenment, awareness activities and training on professional conduct to ensure peaceful coexistence in the state and hitch business atmosphere.

“That a joint Press briefing should be conducted at KAROTA office and emergency meeting of all units of tricycle association should be summon immediately to enable striking riders go back to their business and suspend the strike.

“That all tricycle riders in the state should write their number boldly at the back of each tricycle for easy identification and security purposes.”

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Pay hazard allowance to health workers, journalists – NLC chair tells Kano Govt

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Kano NLC Chairman Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir

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The chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress Kano council Kabiru Ado Minjibir has called on Kano state government to introduce hazard allowance to health workers and journalists practicing amidst COVID-19.

Kano Focus reports that Minjibir made the appeal during the inauguration of newly elected executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Kano state council.

He said this became necessary because they are in forefront in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

New Executives of NUJ Kano state council

Government Solicits for cordial relationship with journalists

In his address the commissioner of Information Muhammad Garba appealed for sustained cordial relationship between journalists and Kano state government’.

Mr Garba who was represented by the chief press secretary to Kano state governor Abba Anwar said the good working relationship being enjoyed between journalists and government has led to a peaceful coexistence the state.

NUJ members at the swearing in ceremony

He assured to pass the request made by NLC chairman on hazard allowance to Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Benefits of Late NUJ Chairman AbdulJalal Haruna

In his remarks the veteran journalist Bello Sani Galadanchi has appealed to National executives of NUJ to facilitate the release of death benefits of late AbdulJalal Haruna who died three and half years ago.

Galadanchi, who is the former state chairman of the union commended the intervention of Commissioner of Information Muhammad Garba and many other veteran journalists in supporting the family of late AbdulJalal and other deceased members of pen profession.

NUJ members at the inauguration

He said demanding the payment does not mean a direct confrontation with state government, but rather seeking a succor to the family of late journalists.

Journalism salary enhancement scheme

Also another former state chairman of the union Abdulkadir Ahmad Kwakwatawa appealed to NUJ to commence advocating for a special salary scheme for practicing journalists.

He said if properly implemented, the salary scheme would address the challenge of yellow journalism and brown envelope syndrome.

Mr Kwakwatawa also appealed to new executives to develop an effective strategy to address the menace of quacks in the profession.

He said if Lagos and Kaduna state can address the intrusion of quack journalists, he sees no reason why Kano should not follow suit.

The new leadership pledge to consolidate on past achievements

In his acceptance speech, the reelected chairmen of Kano state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists Abbas Ibrahim pledged to consolidate on the past achievements recorded in the past tenure.

Comrade Abbas Ibrahim taking the oath of office

Other executives inaugurated are Abbas Habib Abbas (Vice Chairman), Abba Murtala (Secretary), Nura Shehu Bakinruwa (Assistant Secretary), Sunusi Abdullahi Kofar Na’isa (Treasurer), Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim (Financial Secretary) and Mustapha Gambo (Auditor).

Financial Secretary of the council Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

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