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Confusion as Kano gov’t fails to reveal essential services exempted from lockdown

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Nazifi Dawud

Residents in Kano state have been enveloped in confusion and uncertainty as the Kano state government failed to reveal essential services and businesses that are expected to be exempted from the 7-day lockdown due to take effect in less than four hours across the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had on Tuesday declared a lockdown across the state, shutting down markets and banning all public gatherings as part of measures to prevent spread of the COVID-19– a deadly respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

Currently, the state has recorded a total of 21 cases of the COVID-19 including one death.

Our correspondent reports that residents across the state have engaged in unprecedented panic buying of supplies including food items, drugs and other essential commodities ahead of the restriction, which is expected to be enforced from 10pm on Thursday.

However, despite the confusion, the state government has not clarified which services and businesses could operate in the state during the lockdown period.

Many professionals and business people including medical and health workers, journalists, electricity workers, grocery store owners, food factory operators, pharmacists, petrol station workers and gas refillers and others have all been left in the dark by the government’s failure to release any list.

The state Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba did not answer several phone calls and a text message sent to him seeking comments on the issue.

Also, Abba Anwar, chief press secretary to Governor Ganduje did not respond to phone calls requesting comments.

On his part, Hassan Musa Fagge, a spokesman to Nasiru Gawuna, the state’s Deputy Governor and chairman of the Kano State Task Force Committee on COVID-19, said they were awaiting a list on the essential services exempted from the lockdown.

He promised to share the list with KANO FOCUS as soon as it was made available but up to the time of filing this report, the list has not been released.

 

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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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