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COVID 19: Why FG gives Lagos N10bn, ignores Kano’s N15b request

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Femi Adesina

Nasiru Yusuf

The special advisor to President Muhammad Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina said  the federal government assisted Lagos state with N10 billion to fight against COVID-19 due to the commitment  it exhibited.

Mr Adesina was responding to a question on why federal government released 10 billion Naira grant to Lagos state to increase its capacity to respond to COVID-19 outbreak and ignored Kano state despite governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s appeal of 15 billion Naira support to fight the pandemic.

Mr Adesina gave the justification on Thursday in an interview with WAZOBIA radio monitored by Kano Focus.

“It is what the federal government saw, and say, ah! This state needs help, and then it helped Lagos state.

“Any other state that is also doing its work and is not complaining, and is not saying bring money, bring money, bring money,  federal government will do all that necessary to do to assist.

” Technical support is very very important, very very important. Lagos state got technical support before it got financial support. Manpower support is very good. Facility support, very good.

“And then, when it comes to financial support, the federal government will always do whatever is necessary to support.” He said.

It could be recalled that, at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, the federal government has released 10billion Naira grant to Lagos state to increase its capacity to respond to the COVID19 outbreak.

The government has also released the the sum of 5 billion Naira special intervention fund to NCDC to equip, expand and provide personnel to its facilities and laboratories across the country.

However, the federal government is yet to respond to Kano state’s request for N15 billion intervention despite an endorsement by the House of Representatives.

Where is Osinbajo?

Responding on why Osinbajo is no longer visible in piloting federal government programmes especially those constitutionally assigned to his office, Mr Adesina said the vice is in the news everyday “he is doing this and doing that.”

“He heads the economic sustainability committee. They hold meeting. They hold meeting. And these news are on television. Even though no be meeting they used to be before. It is what they call virtual meeting. There is the one they hold by video and all that because of COVID-19. Vice president is there. He is doing his work.

“You know where all this started from. There is one person they said he is based in Kano na him start the story say, vice President no well o, Femi Adesina no well o. We never see the two of them for some time.

“Nothing is wrong with us. By the glory of God, Vice President is hale and hearty. He is doing his work. Femi Adesina is the one talking to you now. God has protected us, He is protecting us. And we will continue to serve our motherland, Nigeria.

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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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Deposed Emir Sanusi

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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