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Triumph newspaper appoints acting editor

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Muhammad-Hamisu-Abdullahi

Nasiru Yusuf

The management of the Kano state owned Triumph newspaper has approved the appointment of Muhammad Hamisu Abdullahi as Acting Editor.

A statement issued to Kano Focus on Friday said the appointment followed the death of the former editor, Musa Ahmad Tijjani on Saturday April 25, 2020 after a brief illness.

Born in 1968, Mr Abdullahi attended Bayero University Kano, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications in 1995.

He did his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) between 1995 and 1996 at St. Joseph Comprehensive Secondary School, Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State.

He taught various subjects including English Language, Home Economics, and Social Studies and later became the Principal of the college, till he successfully finished the one-year mandatory service in 1996.

A Seasoned Journalist

After returning home in 1996, he joined the Triumph Publishing Company Limited, Kano as a freelancer in the Editorial Department.

A year later, in 1997, he was employed as a sub-editor before becoming business columnist/editor, and took charge of reporting, writing and editing stories of events from the business world.

Between 2000 and 2001, he was on the Political Desk as a sub-editor, where he edited stories and other articles appearing in the political pages.

He was posted to features section as a sub-editor again between 2001 and 2003.

In 2003, he became the features editor.

Within the period of 2004 and 2005, he was taken to News Desk as Assistant News Editor.

Between 2005 and 2007, he was reposted to features section as editor.

From the year 2007 to 2012, he was taken to Sunday section to be the Assistant Editor of Sunday Triumph (a broad sheet).

He was appointed as Assistant Editor The Triumph (Daily) in 2012 to assist in the editing of some specific pages in the paper to include news and features.

Broadcast Experience

After the closure of Triumph Publishing Company in 2012, he was redeployed to Abubakar Rimi Television on October 31 of that year as Chief Information Officer, where he was posted to the Department of News and Current Affairs.

Between 2012 and 2015, he picked up part time lecturing at the Department of Arts and Humanities, Kano State Polytechnic, where he taught various courses on Mass Communication and supervised a number of students’ research projects.

In 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Director, News and Current Affairs of the Abubakar Rimi Television, a position he held up to the year 2017.

He served as Duty Editor on some days and producer/presenter of ‘Waiwayen Taskar Labaran Mako‘, a news analysis and reviews of major stories published by various media organisations.

Back to the Triumph

After reopening of Triumph Publishing Company Limited by the Ganduje administration, he was redeployed to the company on October 27, 2017 as Deputy Director/Deputy Editor of The Triumph, a position he held until his appointment as acting editor of the paper, following the demise of the former editor, Musa Ahmad Tijjani.

He attended many conferences, workshops and seminars within and outside the country, to include ‘Conference on Afro-Arab Solidarity,’ Khartoum, Republic of The Sudan, November 2010 – organised by International University of Africa, Khartoum, held at Burj El-Fateh Hotel, Khartoum.

Another is ‘Analogue to Digital Migration Workshop for Northern Broadcast Media’ May 31 to June 2, 2016 – organised by Moving Image Limited, Kano and supported by Pinnacle Communications Limited held at Manpower Development Centre, Dutse, Jigawa State.

He was also part of ‘Ogun-Kano Learning Exchange on Better Business Environment,’ November 12 to 14, 2018 organized by Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture in collaboration with Kano State Government and supported by Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL-DFID).

He also attended ‘Agricultural Seeds Media Dialogue,’ May 31, 2018- organised again by the PERL-DFID in collaboration with National Agricultural Seeds Council held at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.

He was the recipient of many awards including Best Sub-Editor Merit Award by NUJ Triumph Chapel in 2002 and Best Writer of the Year 2003 by NUJ Kano State Council.

He was a member, Editorial Board (Triumph)  2001 to 2004; member, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) 1997 to date; and member, Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), 2018 to date.

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Kano domesticate social protection policy

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Abdullahi Ganduje

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has approved the domestication of National social protection policy in the state.

Kano Focus reports that the Social Protection Policy is designed to show the commitment of the Government to the effective mobilisation and efficient utilisation of state resources to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

The state Commissioner of planning and budget Nura Muhammad Dankadai revealed this on Friday at a one day interactive session with with journalists and civil society organizations.

Alhaji Nura Muhammad Dankadai

Mr Dankadai said governor Ganduje approved the domestication of the policy on Thursday.

According to him when domesticated the policy will provide legal framework for school feeding programme, ante natal and post natal care, addressing gender based violence and protecting people living with disabilities.

On the meeting with journalists, Mr Dankadai said it was aimed at intimating them with on the state government’s projects and received some inputs for possible submission to the government.

The commissioner uses the opportunity to appeal to civil society organizations and journalists to sensitise people on the current economic challenges which made it difficult for the state to pay workers salary for the month of March.

In their separate contributions Akibu Hamisu, I. G Maryam and Wali Ado Rano advised Kano state government on the need to address multiple taxation, grant local government financial autonomy and holding periodic interactive session with CSOs and journalists.

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AKTH honours NCC Boss UG Danbatta

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Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, being presented with an appreciation award by Prof. Abdulrahman Sheshe, Chief Medical Director, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, during the courtesy visit.

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The management of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital has visited the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communication Commission Umar Garba Danbatta.

Kano Focus reports that during the visit the AKTH team also presented an award to Danbatta as an expression of the hospital’s appreciation for the enormous contributions of the EVC and the Commission to the development of health institutions over the years in the country.

Speaking during the visit, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of AKTH, Abdulrahman Sheshe, who led the delegation on the courtesy call, said, “the objective of our being here today is to appreciate your contribution in person and as EVC of NCC to the growth and development of the teaching hospital.”

According to Sheshe, through the support and donations from Kano people like the EVC and institutions like NCC, the hospital has increased its bed capacity from 250 to 700, as well as performing 57 successful transplant surgeries.

“You have also made enormous contributions in this regard and that has helped us to get new dialysis machines through your assistance and these machines are being put to use, aside from other state-of-the-art equipment already in place,” he said while appreciating the EVC.

The CMD, however, sought NCC’s support in the area of a Health Information Management System (HIMS) and digital capacity for staff.

Responding, however, Danbatta thanked the hospital management for the visit and the award, noting that the Commission supports federal institutions with necessary ICT equipment across the country and is ready to assist AKTH in this regard.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

“As a Commission, we are working to bridge the infrastructure divide, which is an element of the entire digital ecosystem. We do this via a lot of ongoing regulatory initiatives. And, through our training arm, Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), we provide digital literacy to critical sectors of the economy, including the health sector, we also intervene through our Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme,” he said.

According to Danbatta, digital divide can be bridged by making computers available and ICT services accessible to people and key sectors of the economy.

Danbatta (middle) flanked by top management committee of AKTH and NCC staff during the courtesy visit

“Infrastructure that can host this massive flow of information and knowledge is broadband infrastructure and this is top-most in the agenda of the Commission. Indeed, ICT is transforming every sector of the economy and the earlier we embrace the vast opportunity brought by ICT the better,” the EVC pointed out.

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Police arrest bandit who abduct his uncle for one million Naira ransom

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Abubakar Musa displaying the two AK-47 ripples

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Police in Kano said they have arrested a 27 year old Abubukar Musa who confessed to have abducted his uncle and received one million Naira ransom.

Kano Focus reports that the police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Kiyawa announced this in a video clip sent to journalists on Sunday.

He said the suspect was arrested with two AK 47 ripple suspected to be used for kidnapping and banditry.

Mr Kiyawa said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is among the bandits terrorizing some parts of Kano, Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state and some Northern states.

Mr Musa an indigine of Rurum village in Tudun Wada local government Kano state recalled how in the past abducted his uncle and collected one million Naira ransom before he release him.

The suspect also told police that he borrowed the guns found under his possession from Muhammadu Bakanoma in Zamfara state to confront another bandit called Malam at Birnin Gwari whom he accused with abducting his wife and daughter.

“I am a cattle rustler. I once abducted my uncle Alhaji Haruna and my cousin Bappan Jauro six years ago. These are the only two persons I have ever abducted. I abducted him (Alhaji Haruna) because his two children (Medi and Bappan Jauro) have kidnapped my younger sister Hafsat.

” I released him after receiving one million Naira ransom. We are now living with him (Alhaji Haruna( in the same compound,” Mr Musa said.

Mr Kiyawa said investigation is ongoing and will issue a statement when completed.

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