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COVID-19: Kano orders schools to close for 30 days

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Nasiru Yusuf

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has directed the closure of public and private schools across the state as part of precautionary measures against the threat posed by the corona virus aka COVID-19.

The state Commissioner for Education, Sanusi Sa’idu-Kiru disclosed this on Thursday evening while briefing journalists on the closure.

He announced that the vacation would start from Monday, March 23rd, 2020 and last for 30 days.

Mr Sa’idu Kiru therefore directed parents to evacuate their wards from boarding schools before Sunday, March 22, 2019.

According to him the move was part of conscious effort to prevent children and their teachers from becoming more vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘’The closure is not intended to create panic but a preventive measure in the face of threat posed by the disease across the globe,’’ he said.

Mr Sa’idu-Kiru urged parents to encourage their children to remain at home and observe high standards of personal hygiene.

Earlier on Wednesday nine state governors in the northwest region have announced the closure of all schools for the next 30 days.

The governors, in a communiqué, read to newsmen by chairman of the Northern Governor’s Forum and Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari, said the decision became imperative to prevent the spread of Corona Virus COVID 19 disease across the Northwest.

Mr Masari said the governors will meet with examination boards to discuss the development.

They also advised the general public to avoid unnecessary gatherings, urging them as well to maintain good respiratory hygiene.

Also on Wednesday, the state commissioner of health Aminu Tsanyawa announced that three suspected cases of the coronavirus in Kano tested negative.

Mr Tsanyawa said following the report of the outbreak, Kano state government immediately swung into action to ensure that COVID-19 is prevented in Kano.

He said measures taken by the government to prevent outbreak of the disease include activation of Rapid Response team, and the reactivation of ‘Yar-Gaya Isolation centre in Dawakin Kudu local government area of the state.

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Kano High Court acquits 2 suspected armed robbers detained for 13 years

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Nasiru Yusuf

A Kano State High Court has disçharged and acquitted two suspected armed robbers accused of killing their victim, Bako Zangina, an offense punishable by death.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Suleman Namalam held that though the court has no doubt that the accused are criminals having been convicted previously, the prosecution has failed to estabilish the ingredient of the offence beyond reasonable doubt in the instant case.

The accused Isyaku Umar otherwise known as ‘Small’ and Ibrahim Suleiman were arraigned in court on three counts charges of conspiracy,attempted armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable by death.

The two accused have been in custody since October 2007 for the alleged killing of Bako Zangina.

The court held that while the prosecution established the death of the victim, it failed to establish three ingredients of offense linking the identity of the accused to the crime thereby creating doubt.

The trial judge held that failure of the prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt left the court with no option than to discharge and acquitt the two accused.

The two accused persons have been in detention for over 13 years and have previously been tried and convicted for armed robbery.

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Kano wins national award in the fight against TB, leprosy

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program has won the twin National Tuberculosis and Leprosy awards for the year 2020.

Kano Focus reports that, the awards were announced by the Nigeria National TB, Leprosy and Buruli Ulcer Control program during the Annual Review meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital.

Kano get the award as the state with highest consistent quarterly TB case notification for 2020 and the highest TB testing laboratory using GeneXpert Machine.

This is the first time the state have won such National TB and Leprosy Awards.

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FG signs US$1.959bn Kano-Maradi railway project

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The federal government has on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mota-Engil Group for the construction of US$1.959 billion Kano-Maradi Standard gauge railway line.

Kano Focus reports that the Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi signed on behalf of the federal government while the Managing Director, Mota- Engil, Antonio Gvoea signed on behalf of the contracting firm.

The new railway corridor which is to be located in northern Nigeria will run through Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states and through Niger Republic territory as far as Maradi.

Other cities to benefit directly from the passage of the rail route are Danbatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya.

A statement signed by Eric Ojiekwe, Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation noted that the 283.750-kilometre rail line besides developing freight and passenger transport, “will be integrated with road transport to make a great contribution to the local economy as well as an important development in the social sector.”

The project duration is for 36 months and the contract type is Engineering, Procurement and Construction.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Magdalene Ajani; Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh; Managing Director, Mota-Engil Group, Antonio Gvoea; Head of Legal, Mota- Engil Group, Cameron Beverley; Magajin Garin Kano, Muhammad Wada; Director, Mota-Engil Group, Kola Abdulkarim; Vice President, Mota-Engil Group, Mohammed Abdul-Razaq; Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman among other personalities.

Mota-Engil is a Portuguese conglomerate with diverse interest in construction, transportation, public works, port operations, waste, water and logistics with presence in 23 countries spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America.

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