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Opinion: Kano’s shoddy border closure: A personal experience

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By Rauf Musa

I took a very important trip to Kano on Saturday, April 4, 2020 and in the course of this trip I observed some anomalies in the way security and health officials implement the movement restriction directive issued by the Kano state government, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Despite all the media hype Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje created last week, when he was captured on video turning back a truckload of travelers coming into Kano, the state remains largely insecure and porous.

It seems that Kariya village, about 75 kilometers to the entry point to Kano state, is the only point where travelers coming from Kaduna axis are stopped for checks, just before Kwanar Dangora.

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On that particular spot are personnel of the police, Civil defence, Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) and some health workers. The place was very chaotic and disorganized.

Even though these agents are doing their best to do their jobs, nothing suggests that travelers could not come into Kano.

Drivers of commercial vehicles simply drop their passengers before reaching the check point, where motorcycle riders are readily waiting to pick them and cross the checkpoint with them.

Thereafter, the travelers would simply rejoin their respective vehicles and proceed with their trip right into the heart of the city, with brazen impunity.

At the checkpoint, I noticed only ONE health worker, who appeared to be overwhelmed and confused as he tried to check the body temperature of a horde of travelers.

As for drivers of trailers and articulated vehicles, they pass freely without undergoing any checks!  These vehicles mostly carry non-essential items such as building materials.

The entire scene depicts total derailment from what was intended to be achieved.

From that village, travelers continue their movement freely into Kano without any other checkpoint. It was business as usual.

Even though, to this moment, there was no recorded outbreak of the COVID-19 in our dear state, but there is absence of vigorous campaign in the media on the looming danger in our horizon.

Our people need rigorous sensitisation and awareness on COVID 19 pandemic, at least on basic precautions.

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Buhari reappoints Dambatta as EVC NCC

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Pantami and Dambatta

Nasiru Yusuf

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Umar Garba Danbatta as the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

A statement issued by Uwa Suleiman, spokesperson to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Ali Pantami , on Friday said Danbatta’s reappointment was based on the minister’s recommendation in line with the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.

Mr Pantami directed Dambatta to improve on the overall performance of the NCC.

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He urged to ensure the full implementation of all Federal Government policies regarding the Commission.

The Minister also enjoined him to ensure that the interests of telecommunication consumers, Nigerians and investors are adequately protected.

Who is Professor Umar Garba Dambatta?

NCC EVC Umar Danbatta

Born in Danbatta Local Government Council of Kano State, Prof. Danbatta obtained his BEng, MSc degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) UK.

He has served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Bayero University Kano (BUK) for 28 years, where he taught courses in telecommunications engineering and electronics and held academic positions of Dean and Head of Department at different times.

His main administrative responsibilities, in the university, included Deputy and Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Administrator of the Works Department and later, Director of the Centre for Information Technology (CIT).

He was also a member of over 60 University committees and task forces, including numerous stints as Chairman.

Outside the university, he has served on over 20 committees, prominent among which was his Chairmanship of the Implementation Committee of Kano State University of Science & Technology, after which he became its pioneer Deputy and Acting Vice-Chancellor when it took off in 2001.

Prof. Danbatta has supervised more than 60 PhD, MEng and BEng projects in diverse areas of telecommunications and has also served as external  examiner  to  seven universities  and  polytechnics  and  is  an  assessor,  technical  reviewer and editorial member to eight research journals.

He has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports.

He is also the author of a six-chapter, 167-page book titled Elements of Static Engineering Electromagnetics.

He is a recipient of 18 distinguished awards and certificates of honor.

Prof. Danbatta has served two terms of five years as a member of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and is also a COREN registered engineer and member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).

He  was  the  Vice  President  of  the  Digital  Bridge  Institute (DBI),International Centre for Advanced Communications Studies, which was established in the year 2004 by the NCC to build capacity for the Nigerian/African telecom industry in the diverse areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

While at DBI he has developed expertise in the following major areas of ICT implementation, policy and regulation:

Regulation of the telecommunications sector of the Nigerian economy;

Competition, interconnection and price regulations in a developing economy;

Issues concerning authorization of telecommunications services in a developing economy;

Strategies for ensuring universal access and service to telecommunications services;

Strategies towards effective spectrum management in a developing economy;

Issues on institutional and legal framework for effective regulation of telecommunications services; and

New and emerging technologies and impact on regulation of the telecommunications sector of a developing economy.

Until his first appointment as the EVC, Prof. Danbatta, served as a member of the Implementation Committee of the Northwest University Kano, as well as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil.

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Ganduje apologizes to Kano residents at Bayero’s memorial prayer

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Ganduje at Bayero Memorial Prayer

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

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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Ado Bayero

Nasiru Yusuf

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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