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Kano Focus trains 20 journalists on social media news gathering

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

KANO FOCUS, the leading online news platform in Kano has trained 20 broadcast journalists on how to use social media to obtain factual and reliable information that can be utilized to produce credible news content.

The workshop was conceived to address the pervasive circulation of false, inaccurate and questionable information–a trend that is commonly referred to as “fake news” on various social networking sites such as Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter among others.

The 1-day training session held on Monday at the Kano Office of the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) , where certificates were issued to the participants who were drawn from different media organizations.

The training is part of KANO FOCUS’s modest contribution to the restoration of sanity and responsibility in journalism practice in Kano state, especially on the use of social media platforms, which have become indispensable tools of news gathering.

The workshop in session

Speaking after the event, Editor-In-Chief of KANO FOCUS, Nazifi Dawud, urged the participants to utilize the skills they had acquired during the training to produce credible news content that members of the society can benefit from.

Mr Nazifi said fighting the scourge of fake news in Kano state has become necessary because the ugly trend is posing serious threats to the peace, security and development of the state.

“Practicing journalism means much more than owning a smart phone and an internet connection.

“It is disturbing that some people who have no journalistic training in any way would just grab their phones and start posting false and misleading information that causes confusion in the society,” he said.

“This is why we invited our colleagues to train them as part of our efforts to ensure sanity and responsibility in journalism profession in Kano state and Nigeria at large,” Mr Nazifi added.

Similarly, the Executive Director of CITAD, Dr Yunusa Zakari Yau, who hosted the workshop commended KANO FOCUS for the initiative, which he said would help in entrenching public trust in journalism practice in the state.

While encouraging the participants to utilize the skills they had learned, Mr Ya’u also pledged to collaborate with KANO FOCUS on ICT-related areas that will promote peace and development in the state.

He said there is a lot of opportunities in a cyber space that one can help in creating jobs and empowering members of the society.

In his remark,  chairman of Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) Kano Chapter, Comrade Abbas Ibrahim praised KANO FOCUS for organizing the training most especially at this time of spreading fake news on social Media.

Mr Abbas also revealed that the NUJ would soon unveil an ethics and disciplinary committee that would apply sanctions to any member of the union that breaches ethical standards through broadcasting, sharing or publishing false information.

He also urged participants to make sure they put what they have learnt into action so as to help sanitize the journalism profession.

On his part, Publisher/CEO of KANO FOCUS, Dr Maude Gwadabe thanked the participants and guests that graced the occasion including representatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) and PRAWA, a non-governmental organization that promotes peace, security and justice.

Journalists from Liberty TV, NTA Kano, Vision FM, Aminci Radio, Guaranty Fm, ARTV, Dala FM, Dabo Fm and Yali Express online radio stations participated in the workshop.

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Revenue sharing formula: Kano demands 1% allocation, increase for states and LGAs

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State government has demanded a one per cent special status in the Federal revenue  allocation formula.

KANO FOCUS reports that the demand was made in a memorandum presented by the Secretary to the  State Government and head of Kano state delegation, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, (Wazirin Gaya), during the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the review of the current vertical revenue allocation formula organized by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission in Kaduna on Monday.

Alhaji Alhaji noted that the demand is genuine, justifiable and in no way controversial considering the enormous responsibilities the state is currently shouldering due to high influx of people displaced or affected by insecurity in neighboring states including Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto and others.

He also highlighted the status of the state as the most populous in the country, its cosmopolitan and heterogeneous nature as “mini Nigeria”, as well as being the commercial hub for the north that attracts and accommodates people from all parts of the country and beyond, as other reasons for the demand.

The Secretary to the State Government therefore urged the federal government to positively consider the special status demand so as to support the development of Kano particularly in the areas of agriculture, trade and commerce and manufacturing as “it will translate into rapid development for the country generally.

“Our reasons are for the development of Nigeria as a whole”. He added.

The SSG further noted that the current revenue sharing formula is skewed largely in favour of the federal government to the detriment of states and local governments as the federating units, which he described as uneven, unfair and unjust.

He noted that the decision of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review the current revenue sharing formula, in line with its statutory constitutional responsibilities,  is commendable as it is long overdue in view of the changing political, economic, social and ecological realities in the country.

Alhaji Usman Alhaji further noted that despite taking the lion’s share, the federal government could not effectively and adequately discharge most of its responsibilities in states, like ensuring security and provision of healthcare services which, he said, were left for the states to take care of.

” The insecurity and violence in the North can be link to the uneven distribution of the national wealth. …Some have too little while others have too much to spend. As federating units, no one should be left in dare need “, he added.

While noting that states spend more than the federal government on healthcare and other services in addition to huge expenditure for the police and DSS, he suggested that states should have larger share in the revenue allocation formula.

The SSG therefore, on behalf of Kano State Government, proposed a new sharing formula of 41 percent for Federal Government, 34 percent for states and 24 percent for local governments while the 13 percent derivation should be maintained.

The Kano State delegation to the North West Zonal public hearing comprise commissioners, Special Advisers, top civil servants, traditional leaders, representatives of CSOs, NGOs and students organizations.

Other states that presented memoranda at the occasion include Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara.

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Hisba za ta tilastawa ma’aurata shiga makarantar nazarin zamantakewar aure a Kano

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Hukumar Hisbah ta ce za ta bude makarantar koyon zamantakewar aure a Jihar Kano cikin , a watan Nuwambar wannan shekara.

KANO FOCUS ta ruwaito babban kwamandan hukumar, Muhammad Haruna Sani Ibn Sina ne ya bayyana hakan a zantawarsa da gidan rediyon Freedom.

Ibn Sina ya ce, a matakin farko zabi ne ga wanda ke da sha’awar shiga, amma a nan gaba za su yi kokarin ganin an mayar da shi doka ga duk mai son yin aure a Kano.

“Kaso 75 daga cikin korafin da mu ke karba kan matsalolin aure ne, wannan ne ya sanya muka samar da makarantar don ba da horo.

“Matsalar yawaitar mutuwar aure a kullum karuwa take musamman a Kano, don haka makarantar za ta samar da hanyoyin dabarun koyar da ilimin zamantakewar aure,” cewar Ibn Sina.

Kazalika, kwamandan ya kara da cewa za su shigar da kudiri gaban majalisar dokokin Jihar don tilasta wa ma’aurata shiga makarantar.

Ibn Sina, ya kuma kara da cewa horaswar ba iya mata za ta tsaya ba, har da maza za a basu damar shiga don samun daidaito da raguwar matsalolin.

Matsalar aure a Jihar Kano na ci gaba da zama babbar kalubale musamman kan yadda Hisbah ke fama wajen warware su.

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Kano Govt offers employment to blind volunteer teacher

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Nasiru Yusuf

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has offered a teaching job to a blind person, Dahuru Abdulhamid Idris, who has been teaching voluntarily.

KANO FOCUS reports Ganduje has directed that Mr Idris to be deployed to Tudun Maliki Special Education School.

“You are a role model, whose visual impairment does not stand as a stumbling block for your development.

“You are taking the right step in your life. The Kano state government is giving you automatic employment of teaching. And I have directed the state Commissioner of Education to post you to Tudun Maliki Special Education School.” He said

It will be recalled that Daily Trust Newspaper did a comprehensive report of the Blind person and his Contributions to his Community despite his disability.

The report attracted a lot of comments and Sympathy from different people.

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