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COVID-19: Kano gov’t orders 5 emirates to organize prayers, despite closing schools to avoid gathering

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Nazifi Dawud

Despite closing public and private schools as part of measures to contain spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Kano state government has directed the five emirates in the state to mobilize Islamic scholars and people for prayers against the coronavirus infection.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Friday ordered the closure of all public and private schools as well as tertiary institutions in the state in compliance with the federal government’s directive for preventing the spread of the COVID-19.

Medical experts in Nigeria and across the world are discouraging large gatherings and recommending social distancing and isolation to curb the spread of the highly contagious and deadly coronavirus disease.

However, in a statement on Monday, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, secretary to the Kano state government (SSG) ordered the five emirs of Kano, Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya to mobilize Ulamas and citizens to pray against the COVID-19.

“Kano state government had directed their Highness Emirs of Bichi, Gaya, Kano, Karaye and Rano Emirates to mobilised (sic) Ulamas and people of their respective emirates to offer prayers to Allah S.W.T to protect the state and the citizens against the pandemic of coronavirus,” read the statement, signed by Uba Abdullahi, Press Secretary, Cabinet Office.

“The state government on its part had taken all the necessary proactive measures which includes establishment of a strong committee under ministry of health to enlighten, sensitize the public and take all the necessary actions to contain the spread, closure of both public and private schools, banning of public gathering among others.

“In the same vein the federal government has closed down all international flights through Malam Aminu Kano International Airport and all other airports in the country,” it added.

Mr Alhaji also explained that “the government is committed to ensure the well being of the people in the state and called on the people to always cooperate with government in this direction and as well appealed to people  to engage in prayers and always observe personal and environmental hygiene.”

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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