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Kano slashes workers’ salary




Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has slashed the May salary of its workers in what appeared to be the impact of COVID-19 on state civil servants.

Kano Focus reports that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had earlier announced a 50% slash in the salaries of political appointees in the state.

Civil servants were however caught unawares as they received the slashed salaries while making preparations for Eid-el-Fitr observances.

Kano Focus notes that the deductions range from 10% to 23% of the civil servants’ net salaries.

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A level 10 counsel in the state ministry of justice said about N20,000.00  has been deducted from her May salary.

Also a level 12 civil servant working in one of the state owned media houses said she received N59,638.24 on Wednesday instead of N68, 273.36 showing a cut of N8,635.12.

According to her the salary scale appeared to be that of N18,000.00  minimum wage scale not the N30,000.00 minimum wage scale currently operational in the state.

Teachers and health workers too

Also level 7 classroom teacher in one of public schools told Kano Focus that she received N34, 589.92 instead of N45,121.99 as her May Salary.

She lamented that the salary has really affected her Eid preparation.

Another level 9 teacher also said N10,000.00 has been deducted from his salary.

The story is also the same to academic staff in state owned tertiary institutions and ministry of health.

A lecturer at Sa’adatu Rimi said she observed a shortage of N7,000.00  in her salary while a level 13 medical laboratory scientist in Hospitals Management Board said N16,000.00 has been deducted from her May salary.

When contacted, Kano state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)  Kabiru Ado Minjibir told Kano Focus that, the union was not involved in the salary deduction, and they will soon call an emergency meeting for the next line of action.

The spokesperson of Governor Ganduje, Salihu Tanko Yakasai and that of state head of service Bintu Nuhu Yakasai have not responded to Kano Focus’ call on the matter.

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TCN creates Kano transmission region



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



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



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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