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Ganduje vows tougher measures after Kano records first COVID-19 case

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Nazifi Dawud

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has vowed to apply tougher measures to prevent spread of the coronavirus disease otherwise known as COVID-19 after Kano state recorded its first case of the killer bug.

KANO FOCUS reports that a private clinic, Prime Specialist Clinic, along Lamido Crescent, was sealed off by police, after a patient admitted at the facility, tested positive for the coronavirus–a deadly illness that attacks the respiratory system.

Mr Ganduje, who confirmed the emergence of the disease in Kano, described the index COVID-19 case as a retired civil servant and a former ambassador.

“A 75-year-old retiree and a former Ambassador who traveled to Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos and came back to Kano on 25th March, who was not feeling fine for the last few days and voluntarily invited our medical team, who took the sample alongside other 9 samples.

“After the sample is returned it found out that he is positive while other 9 are negative. It is confirmed today that we have a positive case of COVID-19 in Kano. He has no history of travelling abroad in the last 6 weeks. And also his medical report shows that he has heart problem. Which aggravated his case.

“He is currently at our Kwanar Dawaki Isolation Centre receiving all the necessary attention. Where we have all the necessary facilities. What we are doing now is we are tracing all his contacts. As samples were also taken from some of those who had contacts with him,” he said.

According to Mr Ganduje, all the samples so far obtained, have been taken to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), where a new COVID-19 test lab was commissioned by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday.

No longer business as usual

Mr Ganduje said the emergence of the COVID-19 in Kano means stricter measures must be introduced and enforced vigorously in order to ensure the virus did not spread “like wild fire” within the populace.

“Members of the public should know that, business is not as usual! Movement must be restricted!! Tricycle operators must take only one passenger,” he warned.

The governor also revealed that the government would engage Ulama and market leaders to come up with a plan to ensure de-congestion and promote social distancing rules.

“We must take measures that are absolutely necessary, however hard they appeared to be. It is better to bear with hard measures than to just go and die.

“It is therefore necessary for all to know that, social distancing and all other medical advices are absolutely necessary,” he said.

Adequate equipment for health workers

The governor also assured health workers in the state that the government has provided adequate medical and protective equipment to enable them tackle the infection effectively and safely.

“We have all the protective items for our front-line health workers. We are also looking at some special packages for our frontline health workers, doctors, nurses and lab technicians among others,” he said.

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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NCC moves to address poor network service at densely populated Kano markets – Prof Danbatta.

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Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

Nasiru Yusuf

 

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Umar Garba Danbatta says the commission will address the poor network at Kantin Kwari, Sabongari Singer and Kurmi markets.

KANO FOCUS reports that Danbatta announced revealed this while responding to complaint raised by a participant at a two day stakeholders consultative meeting tagged ‘talk to the regulator’ organised by Nigerian Communications Commission in Kano.

The complainer noted that that there is poor telecommunications service in Kantin Kwari, Sabongari, Singer and Kurmi markets in Kano metropolitan area.

Danbatta responded that the commission will deploy investigative team to determine the nature of the problem and proffer solution.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

“We have the capacity to monitor the performance of MNOs, that is the most important thing. Because of this valid observation by our stakeholder, we are going to direct our searchlight in those areas where we think the quality of service needs to improve.

“And if it is necessary, we will send the investigative team what is the nature of the quality of service in such places with a view to improve the quality of the service,” Danbatta said.

The Executive Vice Chairman explained that the commission considers stakeholder feedback “as a critical component of our forward – looking regulatory model.”

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta with senior management staff of NCC

“Hence, the overarching objective of this forum is to get direct feedback from our licensees on how we, as a regulator, are meeting your expectations, and on areas where we can improve our regulatory service, particularly those that have to do with licensing.

“We also intend to use this forum to seek your support for the several initiatives that the commission has carefully developed in our quest to enhance market opportunities for all our licensees.”

Danbatta added that the commission will focus it’s energies for the next five years on five strategic pillars.

Participants

The pillars according to him include “organisational renewal for operational efficiency and regulatory excellence.

“Facilitate the provision of infrastructure for a digital economy which fosters national development.

“Improve quality service (QoS) for enhanced consumer quality of experience (QoE).

“Promote fair competition, inclusive growth, increased investment and innovative services as well facilitate strategic collaboration and partnership.”

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He disclosed that the federal government has articulated a number of critical policy objectives for the sector such as those articulated in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025), the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Registration among others.

He added that the instruments require the full and unalloyed commitment of all stakeholders to ensure their successful implementation, and the meeting in Kano would provide a veritable channel for licensees’ buy-in.

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In his address the Director of Licensing and Authorisation Department, Mohammed Babajika, said the commission is further liberalising the telecoms industry by finalising the framework for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) and is currently reviewing existing regulations.

“The Commission is also finalising the Information Memorandum (IM) for 5G deployment, emerging trends like Internet of Things (loT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Over The Top (OTT) Services and Big Data Analytics, all aimed at initiating strategies to improve service delivery that is accessible and affordable.

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