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COVID-19: 50,000 Kano households to receive palliatives



Prof Yahuza Bello

Mukhtar Yahaya Usman

Fifty thousand poor households will receive palliative support from the Kano state COVID-19 Fundraising Committee.

Kano Focus reports that the co-chair of the committee Yahuza Bello disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Freedom Radio Kano.

Mr Bello, a professor of Mathematics and Vice Chancellor Bayero University Kano (BUK) said the committee has so far raised N376, 674, 935.50 in cash.

Mr Bello said the committee has also received donations of about 15 types of foodstuff.

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“We have 3,338 small bags of rice, 3,542 cartons of pasta, 2,000 bags of Corn flour, 110 bags of beans, 10 bags of millet, 10 bags of corn, 10 bags of zobo, and several packets of tomato paste, biscuits, and drinks.” He said.

Mr Bello explained that the beneficiaries will be divided into two.

“30,000 beneficiaries will receive a bag of rice, a carton of pasta, and a gallon of vegetable oil each while 20,000 beneficiaries will receive a bag of corn flour, a carton of pasta, and a gallon of vegetable oil each.” He said.

He added that each of the beneficiaries will also receive some cash stipends to be determined by the Kano state government.

Mr Bello said traditional rulers, Imams and Hisbah officials would select four beneficiaries from each of the 11,242 polling units across Kano state.

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He however said that civil servants and wealthy individuals would not be selected among the beneficiaries.

Mr Bello lamented that the fundraising committee’s target was to raise enough to distribute to 300,000 beneficiaries but they are forced to restrict the number to 50,000 due to paucity of funds.

He therefore urged wealthy individuals to give donations to the committee in order to help more poor people in the state.

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Ganduje donates N3.6m to families of Doguwa flood victims



Nasiru Yusuf
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has paid condolence visit to the families of 18 Doguwa flood victims and donated the sum of two hundred thousand Naira to each of the victims family.
KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje prayed for the repose of the departed souls of those who died as a result of the heavy downpour.
“When the information of this sad tragedy reached us we were seriously shocked. May Allah Forgive the victims, who died as martyrs, being washed away by flood. May He give them the ultimate reward of Jannatul Fiddaus, ameen,” the governor prayed.
Families of the victims expressed appreciation to the governor and his entourage and prayed to God to guide him in steering the affairs of the state.
It will be recalled that on July 23, about 18 persons including six members of a family have perished in a ghastly car accident in Doguwa Local Government Area.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kano State, Zubairu Mato, said the accident occurred when a bridge linking Riruwai and Doguwa broke down as a result of the heavy downpour, and the driver wasn’t aware that the bridge had broken down.
He explained that the vehicle plunged into the water, killing all the 18 passengers on board including six members of same family.
The family members have been identified as Bashir Doguwa, Malami Gidan-Tanimu, Safiya Mukhtar, Shahida Bashir, Fatima Rabi’u, Uzairu Bashir, all of Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.
Doguwa and his family were on their way from Doguwa to First Lady Secondary School in Dambatta Local Government Area of the state to visit his daughter, Firdausi Bashir, who is among the students writing the ongoing NECO SSCE examinations.

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Kano records highest number of sickle cell patients in Nigeria



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state has the highest sickle cell patients in Nigeria, a consultant haematologist at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital said.

KANO FOCUS reports that Dalha Halliru Gwarzo disclosed this in an interview with Hospital’s newsletter as part of the 2021 World Sickle Cell day.

He added that Lagos is the second state with highest number of sickle cell cases in the country.

Mr Gwarzo said India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria constituted 90% of the sickle cell patients worldwide.

On the causes of sickle cell disease, Mr Gwarzo said it is a genetic inherited disease from parents who are either SS, or AS genotype as a result of genetic condition or mutation of abnormal form of red blood cell.

He advocated for compulsory screening of infants after birth and school children, pre-marital counseling/tests, subsidising cost of medication/treatment and mass sensitisation campaign on dangers of the disease.

Mr Gwarzo noted that, although there is no known cure for sickle cell disease, but developed countries are using a high technology for manipulation of the genetic cells by bone marrow and stem cells transplant, which cost about fifteen million Naira in countries like United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada.

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Kano missing children: Court convicts Paul Owne 104 Years



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State High Court has sentenced Paul Owne to 104 years without option of fine for abducting under five children and sold them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Owne was reported to have conspired with six others in committing the crime.

Delivering the judgement on Friday Justice Zuwaira Yusuf sentenced the convict after pleaded guilty to all his 38 count charge against him by Kano State Government.

The court upheld that the convict was found guilty in count 2, 8, 9, 2, 27 and 34 therefore convicted him to 7 years each without option of fine in addition with the sum of N100,000 fine.

Similarly, the court found Owne guilty in count 3, 5, 10, 11, 22, 28 and 38 head count he was sentenced to 7 years.

Mrs Yusuf said the action of Owne was in contravention of count 4, 12, 13, 29 and 38, she convicted him to 4 years on each count without option of fine.

She ordered that all the count shall run Consecutively.

The 5 other defendants who pleaded not guilty to all the charges read over to them namely: Ogbono, Emanuel Igwe, Loise Duru, Monica Oracha and Chinelo Ifedigwe.

Kano Focus reports that the Kano Police Command had rescued nine missing children and paraded six Igbo persons who have confessed to abducting the kids, renaming and forcefully converting them to Christianity before selling them in Onitsha, Anambra state.

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