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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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20 Kano LGs prone to flooding




Nasiru Yusuf

Twenty local government areas in Kano state face high risk of flooding in 2020 according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Kano Focus report that the Coordinator NEMA Kano Territorial Office Sanusi Ado revealed this at a stakeholders meeting on flood awareness campaign and implication of 2020 seasonal rainfall prediction held on Wednesday in Kano.

“Those local government areas predicted to be affected by the flood include; Tarauni, Garun Malam, Rimin Gado, Gaya, Gezawa, Gwale, Shanono and Gabasawa.

“Other areas are Gwarzo, Ungoggo, Warawa, Dawakin Kudu, Dambatta, Bebeji, Kano, Wudil, Kura, Nasarawa, Kano Municipal and Kumbotso local government areas.” He said.

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Mr Ado said according to NIMET, such can threaten agriculture, water resources, health, transport and infrastructure sectors in the state.

He recalled that in 2012, unprecedented flooding led to the displacement of thousands of people, deaths and loss of millions of naira.

He however linked the increased flood risks in urban areas to blocked drainages.

“The recently reported incidence of destroyed bridges in Rimin Gado and Tofa Local Government Areas, led to so many displacements of vulnerable persons resulted from absence and blockage of drainages.

“We therefore urged relevant authorities to pay more attention to waste management in Nigeria.

“Putting in place a holistic waste management would be highly helpful in addressing frequent flooding incidents.

“These should also be backed by laws in respective states that deter people from indiscriminate waste disposal.” He said.

He also called on citizens to take proactive measures to reduce the risks of flooding.

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Rape: Kano court sentences 70 year old rapist to death by stoning



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

An Upper shari’a court sitting at Kofar Kudu in Kano metropolis has sentenced one Mati Audu to death by stoning after he was found guilty of defiling a 12 year old girl.

Kano Focus reports that the presiding judge, Abdullahi Sani Sarki Yola gave the verdict on Wednesday.

Mr Audu who is a resident of Falsa of Tsanyawa local government confessed to his crime before the judge willingly.

The Judge according to the Islamic teaching gave him chance at three different court sittings to reverse his confession in order to save him from the punishment.

But the old rapist insisted that he defiled the minor, and was willing to accept his punishment.


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774,000 jobs: Applicants accuse Kano committee chair of favoritism



Sabiu Kabuga

Applicants for the Federal Government Extended Special Work Program in Kano state have accused the selection committee chairman, Mukhtar Dauda Mukhtar of illegally sharing the forms to his acquaintances at Bayero University Kano (BUK).

Mr Mukhtar, a professor of Microbiology teaches at the university.

Kano Focus reports that some applicants besieged the Microbiology Department of BUK on Wednesday where they alleged that the committee chairman was giving out the forms to his friends and cronies.

They however met a notice placed on the departmental board dated 11th August, 2020, directing applicants to collect the forms at their respective local government areas.

Some of the applicants told Kano Focus that they were at the department to try their luck as they got wind that the forms were being shared by the selection committee chairman.

An intending applicant who pleads anonymity told Kano Focus that he got the form from his elder brother who is a staff of BUK.

“I run a business here at BUK Old Site, it was Prof. MD Mukhtar who gave me the form with his own hands and many people got the forms here in BUK”, another applicant said.

“We have some people that are working here in BUK. They are the ones who alerted us that we should come here becauses the forms were being shared”, says Abdullahi Aminu who is an intending applicant

“We want politicians and the selection committee chairman to be just because we heard that they are only sharing the forms to their cronies,” another job seeker Ahmad Abubakar begged.

Mr Mukhtar did not respond to several phone calls from Kano Focus to address the allegations.

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