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KUST postpones increment of tuition, hostel charges as ASUU condemns hike



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil (KUST) has postponed the implementation of its new tuition and accommodation charges, following an outcry by the varsity’s branch of the  Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

KANO FOCUS reports that the deferment of the fees hike came just a day after the increment was announced.

On Wednesday, the KUST had announced that returning Kano state students would pay N30,800 for registration instead of N21,500 while fresh students were to pay N33,500 as against the N23,200 they used to pay.

Also, the university said non-native and foreign students are to pay N44,800 and N96,000 as tuition fees respectively.

As for students’ accommodation, the university had raised the charges from 5,090 to N10,090.00 per session, according to a statement by Sa’idu Abdullahi Nayaya, the varsity’s deputy registrar, information and public relations.

But in another statement on Thursday, Mr Nayaya said the implementation of the new charges would take effect from 2020/2021 academic session instead of 2019/2020.

Mr Nayaya, stated that the decision was reached at the 94th meeting of the University Senate, held on Thursday, following an intervention by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, “who pledged to support the University with the shortfall for 2019/2020 Academic Session.”

Meanwhile the KUST Vice Chancellor, Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa, announced 8 March 2020 as the resumption date for the new academic session.

Professor Musa urged both new and returning students to face their studies with “all seriousness”.

Tuition, hostel fees hike “highly insensitive”–ASUU

However, ASUU- KUST chapter condemned the increase in students’ registration and accommodation fees, describing the action as “insensitive.”

In a statement, the branch chairperson of the union,  Comrade Muhammad Sani Gaya said the hike is “highly insensitive looking at the difficult economic situation in the country.”

Mr Gaya added that the fees increment undermines the Kano state policy on free and compulsory education.

“For the avoidance of doubt the Union categorically reiterates its earlier resolution at its Congress held on Thursday, 16th January, 2020 and its press release of Thursday, 30th January, 2020 of total rejection of this dangerous venture due to the unreliability of the data used by the management to arrive at the reviewed charges,” he said.

‘Hidden charges’

The ASUU-KUST chairperson further added that the services rendered from the funds generated from the registration fees paid by the students were unjustifiable.

Mr Gaya also alleged that “stakeholders and the general public may also wish to note that the university authority wittingly concealed the actual amount to be paid by the students (there are hidden charges).”

“The actual amount to be paid as indicated in the Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 press release signed by one Sa’idu Abdullahi Nayaya does not in any way correspond with what was approved to be paid.

“For instance, a fresh Geography student (an indigene of Kano State) is to pay N33, 700 (university charges), N5,000 field course, N10,090 (hostel charges), N2,000 (field course local charges), N200 (SGS charges), N500 (entrepreneurship charges) totaling N51,490.

“Couple with the lack of accountability, this is coming at a time of extravagant and bogus expenditure by the university management.

“Since the re-introduction of registration fees by the university in 2015/2016 session there was never a year when audited report was presented before the council in violation of Section 31 of the university law,” the ASUU-KUST said.

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BREAKING: Kano Gov. Yusuf raids warehouse holding diverted maize palliatives



Kano state governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has raided a warehouse where over 1,000 bags of maize were distributed by the state government as palliatives were diverted and hoarded.

Kano Focus learned that the governor busted the warehouse, located at the Sharadaan industrial area of Kano City on Saturday.

The governor, was visibly angry after seeing how the 10kg bags of maize meant for poor people were emptied and the maize grains re-bagged in larger unmarked bags, apparently to be sold in the open markets.

It could be recalled that over 200,000 bags of food items had been distributed by Mr Yusuf, a few months ago to vulnerable people to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal by the federal government.

It is understood that Governor Yusuf vowed to uncover and punish the persons behind the diversion and hoarding of the relief materials.

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Gov. Yusuf flag-off settlement of death benefits, gratutity to Kano pensioners




….. Set aside Six Billion for Six 6,000 Beneficiaries

Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim


In fullfilment of one of the campaign promises as contained in his blueprint, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state has Saturday flagged-off the first tranche of settlement of death benefits to deceased civil servants and gratuity of pensioners to about six thousand (6,000) beneficiaries who exited from the civil service and deceased workers between 2016 and 2019 totalling billion naira at an elaborate occasion that was held at Coronation Hall Government House.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf said the payment was possible despite meagre resources, inherited empty treasury and competing developmental projects as the government had blocked leakages of public funds siphoning and more viable projects for people of the state.

A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa quoted Yusuf saying his administration was highly concerned with the plight of pensioners especially those at the lower level as they are the end receipients of the economic hardship occasion by the removal of fuel Subsidy in the country.

The Governor added that to ensure the continuation of the settlement of the backlog, 10 billion naira was propose in the state next year’s budget for more inclusion of gratuity and death benefits of bereaved families of deceaseds civil servants to enjoy their legitimate entitlements.

He made a clarion call to the receivers of the funds, to make judicious use of what they collected and invest wisely in lawful businesses for more incomes to cater for their day to day needs and other necessities of life.

In his submission, the deputy governor and Commissioner for local governments and Chieftaincy affairs, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam Gwarzo appreciated the selection of beneficiaries with not more than 3 million at the state level, 1.5 million at local governments levels all within grade level 1-6.

The Executive Chairman of Kano State Pension Trustees Fund, Alhaji Habu Muhammad Fagge, said the commencement of liquidating the backlog and ensure prompt payment of gratuity and death benefits was a clear indication of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf’s zeal to better the lives of pensioners and provide succur to the families of deceased civil servants.


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World AIDS Day: 46,732 persons living with HIV in Kano – official



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano state government has announced that out of the 138,430 tested for HIV, 4,728 have been found to be positive from January 2023 to date.

KANO FOCUS reports that with this figure, it indicates that a total of 46,732 persons are living with the disease and receiving treatment in the state.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran, made this known on Friday while delivering a speech at the commemoration of this year’s World AIDS Day in Kano.

He, however, disclosed that the state has improved its strategies to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS by successfully conducting tests for 95 percent of all pregnant women during their first ANC visit, out of which only 0.04 percent are found positive.

He stated, “We have tested a total of 138,430 people for HIV and found 4,728 positive and have successfully initiated new 4,140 HIV-infected persons on ART from January 2023 to date.”

He noted that “Currently, the state has 46,732 people living with HIV receiving treatment.

“We have improved our strategies to halt mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS by successfully conducting HIV testing for 95 percent of all pregnant women during their first ANC visit, out of which only 0.04 percent turned HIV positive,” the Commissioner stated.

Dr. Ladan further explained efforts by the state in managing the situation where he said, for the first time, the state has achieved a state HIV budget target of 3 percent, N2 billion, of the total health budget in the proposed budget submitted to the Kano state Assembly.

The event themed “Let Communities Lead” was in collaboration with the USAID in Kano as well as other partners.

He said that the state government appreciated the support of partners like USAID, LHSS, NEPWHAN, and KanSLAM for their advocacy engagements towards achieving the KSACA’s budget.

Earlier, the Director-General of the State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA), Dr. Usman Bashir, said SACA has brought on board 600 persons living with AIDS to benefit from the free healthcare service package introduced by the state government.

Dr. Bashir then hinted that “Most of the beneficiaries are children of those who died of HIV, as well as those children living with the disease.”

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