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COVID-19: Kano to provide palliatives to journalists in lockdown period

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The Kano state has pledged to support journalists with palliatives whenever a lockdown is declared in the state to tackle the spread of the coronavirus disease otherwise known as COVID-19.

KANO FOCUS reports that Muhammad Garba, the state’s Commissioner for Information said this on Monday, during a one-day training organised by the Kano Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) for journalists in the state on the coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I discussed with the governor (Abdullahi Umar Ganduje) on the need to consider the critical role the journalists play in times of disaster.

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“The state government is very much aware of the challenges journalists face in critical and disastrous times such as the​ ​ COVID-19 pandemic, so the government will do its best to guarantee  their safety during the trying time of the pandemic,” he said.

“There is need for government to see how it can support the media in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. Whatever support that is going to be given to other sectors, the media will surely be considered.

“We will work together with the media and see how we can overcome this pandemic which has caused serious harm to the entire world,” Mr Garba added.

The commissioner, who chaired the occassion, described journalists as very important professionals, whose services remained critical “in this unfortunate era of COVID-19.”

He however, tasked journalists to live above board and remain responsible while disseminating information concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

He pointed out that there was the need for journalists to be guided by the Code and Ethics of the noble profession at all times.

He described the workshop as very timely and needful and charged participants to tap from the knowledge of resource persons who were there to make presentations.

Similarly in her remark, Chairman of the Broadcasters Organisation of Nigeria (BON), Sa’a Ibrahim charged news managers to develop ways of engaging people on the necessary measures they are expected to take to prevent themselves from contracting the COVID-19.

Mrs Ibrahim, who is also the Director General, Kano State own Television, Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV) also called for more of such training.

Also, the General Manager of Vision FM Kano, Adamu Ladan highlighted some measures that will help participants to protect themselves from contracting the virus.

According to him, “Media professionals need to look back at past disasters and provide background information through research and draw lessons from other news rooms, governments and so forth to be able to learn from them.

“Media professionals need to be educated to be able to educate others, for that reason a high level of professionalism needs to be put in place for the desired goals to be achieved.” he said.

In his address, the NUJ chairman, Abbas Ibrahim said “there is no better time than now when the world is battling the coronavirus pandemic and Nigeria is not an exception.”

According to him, “the media needs to be equipped with the knowledge of how to shape reportage for the desired goals of disseminating reliable information to be achieved and do away with the spread of fake news in this trying times”.

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Ganduje apologizes to Kano residents at Bayero’s memorial prayer

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The Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has apologized to Kano residents over the difficulties they face due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje made the apology on Friday at a special prayer organized by the Kano Emirate Council to mark the sixth  anniversary of the death of late emir  Ado Bayero.

Mr Bayero, the 13th Fulani Emir of Kano died on June 06, 2014 having spent 51 years on the throne.

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Mr Ganduje urged Kano residents to bear with the lockdown imposed to check the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“This pandemic affects our religion, culture and even our economic and social development.

“We pray to Almighty Allah to wipe away this pandemic and see us through”. He said.

In his speech, the emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero urged his subjects to comply with the directives issued by the government and medical experts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

Mr Bayero thanked the state government for easing the lockdown and permitting the performance of congregational prayers.

The emir prayed for the soul of his late father and asked the Almighty Allah to grant the deceased residence in Paradise

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Supreme Court upholds late Bayero’s deposition of Aminu Babba

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The supreme court has on Friday affirmed Emir Ado Bayero’s decision of sacking Aminu Babba Dan’agundi as Sarkin Dawaki Maituta and District head of Gabasawa.

The judgment came six years after the death of the late monarch.

Kano Focus reports that Justice Mary Odili delivered the lead judgment based on the unanimous decision of the five justices of the Supreme Court.

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It could be recalled that, Emir Bayero had in 2003 dethroned Dan’agundi as District Head of Gabasawa and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta over alleged insubordination.

Mr Dan’agundi was accused of disobeying an order from the late emir, who invited him to appear before him.

However,  Dan’agundi dragged the late emir and Kano emirate council to a state high court for redress.

The high court judge, Sadi Mato ruled that Dan’agundi be reinstated and be paid all his entitlements.

However, the Kano Emirate Council appealed the judgment to the Court of Appeal, but the court also affirmed the verdict of the lower court.

The emirate council, again, filed an appeal at the Supreme Court challenging the judgment of the two lower courts.

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10 mourners killed in Dambatta traffic collision

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At least ten bus passengers and a motorcycle rider are feared dead in Dambatta town after their vehicles collided on Thursday morning.

Kano Focus reports that the incident occurred at Sha’iskawa, Dambatta  along Kazaure-Kano road at about 7:09 am.

An eye witness, Soja Maihoto Danbatta  said both vehicles caught fire and the passengers were burnt to death.

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“The motorcyclist who was carrying a jerry can of petrol crashed into the bus that was heading towards Kano.

“Both vehicles instantly caught fire.” He said.

Another eye witness Sulaiman (Holy Boy) Muhammad told Kano Focus that the passengers were from Zangon Daura, Katsina state on their way to a condolence visit in Minjibir, Kano state.

“The driver and one male passenger in the front seat jumped out of the bus while eight women and two children were burnt in the back seats.

“The motorcyclist was also burnt to death by the petrol.” He said.

Sa’idu Muhammad Ibrahim, a Principal Fire Superintendent and spokesperson Kano state fire service has confirmed the incident.

Mr Ibrahim said the fire workers had put out the fire and had taken the casualties to the Dambatta General Hospital.

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