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Kano Assembly reinstates 5 suspended lawmakers

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Kano House of Assembly

Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano state House of Assembly has on Tuesday reinstated five lawmakers suspended for opposing investigation of deposed Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II.

Kano Focus reports that the lawmakers participated in Tuesday’s plenary chaired by the speaker of the House Abdulazeez Garba Gafasa.

It could be recalled that the Assembly had on Monday March 3 suspended five members for six months for causing a rowdy session.

The Assembly had descended into chaos over the report of its committee that investigated allegations against Muhammad Sanusi II, who was later deposed by the state government as Emir of Kano.

Court reinstates suspended Kano legislators

Sanusi dethronement: Kano assembly suspends 5 lawmakers

The suspended members are Garba Yau Gwarmai (APC) Kunchi/Tsanyawa Constituency, Labaran Abdul Madari (APC)  Warawa Constituency, and Mohammed Bello (APC) Rimin Gado/Tofa Constituency.

The rest are Isyaku Ali Danja (PDP) Gezawa Constituency and Salisu Ahmed-Gwamgwazo (PDP) representing Kano Municipal Constituency.

“The five members were suspended for violating the rules of the house, especially Order IV Sub 4 a, b, d and e disrupted the sittings of the house and prevented proceedings from going on.

“They behaved violently and even attempted to snatch away the mace in a clear attempt to sabotage the sitting of the House,” the speaker said.

Three weeks later, the House suspended its plenary session on March 27, 2020 in compliance with COVID-19 protocol.

Court nullifies suspension

Also on June 3rd a Federal High Court sitting in Kano set aside the suspension of the five members.

The lawmakers in an originating summons urged the court to declare their suspension as a violation of Section 109 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

They said that the section stipulates and guarantee their tenure in office.

Mr Jimoh, Counsel to the lawmakers, said that the suspension contravenes article 13 of the African Charter on people’s and human rights and Section 109 of the Constitution.

The presiding Judge, Justice Allagoa agreed with the submission of the counsel to the lawmakers.

Mr Allagoa, in his judgment, said that the suspension was unconstitutional, null and void.

He also ordered the Speaker and the Kano State House of Assembly to pay salaries and allowances of the five suspended members.

House failed to reinstate members

However, when the House failed to reinstate the lawmakers, they went back to Federal High Court, Kano and obtained an order compelling the Assembly to reinstate them in compliance with the judgment.

Kano Focus reports that the court granted the order and issued a form 48 which directed the house to reinstate the members in line with the judgment delivered on June 3rd.

However, the Assembly through its counsel Ibrahim Aliyu on Thursday June 18 filed an application requesting the court to set aside the form 48 it issued directing the House to comply with judgment on reinstating the five lawmakers pending the hearing and determination of appeal filed in Court of Appeal, Kano division.

When the matter  was called on Monday March 29, counsel to the five lawmakers Nuraini Jimoh appealed to court to adjourn the matter to enable them prepare counter affidavit as they were served on Wednesday June 24.

The trial judge Justice Lewis Allagoa adjourned the matter to Monday July 6 for hearing the motion.

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Kano designates 509 health facilities for Administering COVID-19 vaccine

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Nasiru Yusuf

 

 

 

Kano state government has designated 509 health facilities for administering COVID-19 vaccine.

Kano Focus reports that the leader of the state Technical Response Team on COVID-19, Tijjani Hussaini disclosed this on Monday at a sensitisation meeting with security agencies held at Government House, Kano.

In a presentation, titled ‘COVID-19 Vaccine : Roll Out Plan in Kano State’ Mr Hussaini disclosed that “In Kano we have identified 509 health facilities, that will be use as COVID-19 vaccination centres.”

“We will use Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital and Dala Orthopedic Hospital.”

Mr Hussaini hinted that, there would be 4 phases for the proposed vaccination exercise in the state.

“The first phase will focus on frontline health workers, the second phase focuses on the remaining health workers and people above 50 years, the third phase will focus on people with underlying health issues and the fourth phase will focus on other target population.”

He also emphasized the need for people to register for COVID-19 vaccine online, so that federal government could allocate enough dose to the state.

In his address the Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the government decided to kicked-off the sensitisation campaign with the security agencies, being one of the categories of frontline population.

Mr Ganduje revealed that, “COVID-19 vaccine will follow the same pattern on how to reach the public, with what was obtained during Polio vaccine. We also need to follow the same pattern with that of our effort during the first wave of the COVID-19.”

“Our health workers are well trained for that. As they are recognized to be one of the best in the country. They performed wonderfully well before and during the first wave of the pandemic. They are still sustaining the tempo,” he assured.

“During this last lap of the fight against COVID-19, we win the fight again. In fact we are ready for this stage, the final stage.”

Mr Ganduje revealed that all categories of people would be involved in the sensitisation programmes designed to be implemented in phases.

He said the second category for the sensitisation meeting after security agencies, are health related professionals.

In a presentation titled “COVID-19 vaccine: facts, misconception and myths,” a Professor of Public Health, from Bayero University, Kano, Mukhtar Gandanya explained that the vaccine is not harmful and debunked all misconceptions surrounding its safety.

The sensitisation meeting was attended by Police, Army, Air force, Nigerian Civil Defense, Immigration Services, Correctional Centres, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Department of State Security, State Hisbah Board, among others.

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Women Day: Young lady from Kano develops Android app for reporting rape cases

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Sa'adat Aliyu

 

Nasiru Yusuf

A  Kano born young lady Saadat Aliyu has developed Android application ‘Helpio App’ for reporting sexual abuse.

Kano Focus reports that ‘Helpio App’ was launched on August 6, 2020 on play store.

Ms Aliyu who is the founder of shamrock innovations, a women and youth centric tech innovation hub in kano, said that any person can visit play store on android phone and install the app.

“You can go to Play store, search for it and install it. After Installation, you can sign up using email and password either in Hausa or English language.

“So far the Initiative for Support of victims of  Sexual abuse, Orphans and Less privileged (ISSOL) and Equity Destitute, Child Right and Welfare initiative (EDCRAWI) have signed up in the platform,” Ms Aliyu said.

She recalled that she started learning IT skills from her brother when she was in junior secondary school and subsequently became a self taught developer.

The young lady told Kano Focus that “My next project will be launched very soon and is fintech oriented.

“I want to continue making an impact on women and people’s lives by advocating and developing solutions,” Ms Aliyu said.

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Kano Anti corruption investigates refugee commission over alleged diversion of palliatives

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Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission says it will investigate alleged corrupt practices in the disbursement of relief materials by National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFR).

Kano Focus reports that the chairman of the commission Muhyi Magaji Rimin Gado revealed this while receiving the new Commissioner Independent Corrupt Practices and ther related offences Commission (ICPC ) in charge of Kano zone.

Mr Rimin Gado said PCACC will partner ICPC to investigate the alleged corrupt practices in the disbursement of relief materials.

He noted with dismay that some officials saddled with the responsibility of distributing the items to the needy, was accused of diverting it.

While congratulating the new Commissioner over his recent posting to Kano office of the ICPC, Mr Rimingado solicit for synergy between the two commissions towards checkmating corrupt practices in the state.

In his remarks, the state Commissioner of ICPC, Ibrahim Kagara, assured to work with PCACC in the fight against corruption.

Kagara, described corruption as a serious problem that required a concerted efforts of all stakeholders to tackle it decisively.

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