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Kano government dismisses viral corona denial clips

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Abubakar Abdulkadir Dangambo

Kano state government has denied isolating people who are negative to COVID-19 as alleged in an audio clip and two viral videos.

Media Special Advisor to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Salihu Tanko Yakasai told Kano Focus on Tuesday that the producers of the clips have failed to understand the nature of Coronavirus.

Kano Focus reports that some three male COVID-19 patients at the Kwanar Dawaki isolation centre released audio and video clips claiming to be negative to COVID-19.

However Mr. Yakasai explained that people can test positive to coronavirus without being sick.

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“About 90% of COVID-19 patients in Nigeria are not ill. However if positive patients are allowed to roam free they may infect people with weaker immunity.” He said.

He added that Kano state government does not release COVID-19 test results until they are confirmed by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja.

Mr Yakasai explained that isolated patients are only given antibiotics and Vitamin C to boost their immunity as there is no cure for COVID-19 anywhere on earth.

He added that Kano state government will continue to enlighten residents about the nature of COVID-19 and will address a press conference on Wednesday to clear issues raised in the viral clips.

There is no COVID-19 in Kano

The videos show three male COVID-19 positive patients at the Kwanar Dawaki isolation centre claiming that there is no single case of Coronavirus in Kano.

The lead discussant in the video titled him the Ward Head of Corona House.

The men, walking about in a ward alleged that they were isolated under false premises to allow Kano state government to source funds.

“We are healthier than them.” One of the men alleged.

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They also complained about the type of food they are fed – fried yam – even though they showed some empty packs of takeaway food as well as bottles of drinks.

The men also lamented that the government is not providing them with GSM airtime or data bundles.

One of them said he would have left the centre if not because he was a policeman and his political godfather is in opposition to the Kano state government.

Pay us N5m or face exposure

In the eight minutes audio clip, one of the men recorded a conversation with another man outside the isolation centre.

He said the Special Advisor to Kano state governor on health services, Fauziyya Buba has been in constant touch.

“She asked what we are being served, the quality of the food and whether it was delivered on time.” He said.

He alleged that the government has budgeted N80,000 for the daily upkeep  of each patient but is spending much less than that.

He however acknowledged that they are being given chicken and chips, as well as rice.

Nevertheless he threatened to expose the alleged corruption in the system unless the government is willing to pay them some discharge money.

“Even if they pay us N5m each they will not be at a loss.” 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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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.

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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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