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Kano Assembly probes water scarcity




Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano State House of Assembly has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the causes of inadequate water supply in the State.

Kano Focus reports that the Assembly established the committee on Tuesday following a motion presented by four lawmakers over the shortage of water supply in their constituencies.

The lawmakers include; Abubakar Danladi, (APC Gaya), Nuhu Achika, (APC Wudil), Abdul Madari, (APC Warawa) and Mu’azzam El-yakub (APC Dawakin Kudu) Constituencies.

Presenting the motion, Abubakar Danladi said the inadequate supply of water in the areas is causing hardship in the affected communities.

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Mr Danladi said residents of the affected areas have to walk 2-3 kilometers to fetch water, which may not even be hygienic.

“The Wudil water treatment plant that supplies the affected areas with portable drinking water is no longer functioning well due to lack of modern equipment or other reasons.

“Therefore, we are appealing to the state government to ensure the provision of modern machines to enable the plant provide us with potable water”, he said.

It could be recalled that the Assembly had earlier urged the executive branch to intervene and ensure adequate water supply in the eight Kano metropolitan local government areas.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Lawal Husaini (PDP- Dala).

Mr Lawal said the shortage of potable water has seriously affected the people of Dala, Gwale, Nasarawa, Tarauni, Ungoggo and Kumbotso local government areas of the state.

Following the complaints, the assembly set up the ad-hoc committee comprising the standing committee on water resources and that of the local governments.

The committee headed by the Deputy Chief Whip Hayatu Musa, member (APC Kura/Garin Malam), is given two weeks to present its report.



Kano schools reopen after 5 months closure



Kano Female Students

Nasiru Yusuf

Schools in Kano have reopened on Monday after five months closure due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Kano Focus recalls that the state government has on March 19 directed the closure of public and private schools as part of measures against the spread of COVID-19.

However, on Monday August 3 the government approved the reopening of schools for senior secondary schools students.

The Commissioner of Education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru announced that the opening is to allow SS III students to write their final examinations.

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Kano Focus observed how many students on Monday defied early morning downpour to attend classes, which could be perceived as a clear indication of their commitment to go back to school.

Speaking while on inspection tour to Government Girls Secondary School Shekara and First Lady’s College Mariri, Kano state commissioner of education Muhammad Sanusi Kiru said he was happy that the school authorities followed the approved guidelines in preparation for the forthcoming WAEC examinations.

Mr Kiru urged the students to use the PPEs provided for them and maintain social distancing.

He also advised them to be serious in their examinations so as to have good results worthy of pride by their parents and the state.

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Blasphemy: Kano court sentences singer to death



Protesters at Sharif's house

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Kano Upper Shari’a Court sitting at Hausawa Filin Hockey has sentenced a 22-year old man to death by hanging for blaspheming against Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Kano Focus reports that Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani gave the verdict on Monday after finding Yahaya Aminu Sharif guilty as charged.

Sharif, a resident of Sharifai in Kano metropolis was accused of committing blasphemy against the prophet in a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March 2020.

Following the incidence, protestors burnt down the singer’s family home and led a procession to the Kano Hisbah Command’s headquarters.

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The court has also sentenced one Umar Farouq of Sharada area of Kano metropolis to 10 years imprisonment for making derogatory statements concerning the Almighty Allah in a public argument.

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Rain, hailstones destroy N40 million crops in Bagwai LG



Rain damaged farm

Nasiru Yusuf

Heavy rain and hailstones have destroyed crops worth over N40million in Bagwai local government, according to the council vice chairman Aminu Ibrahim Gogori.

Kano Focus reports that the heavy downpour on Monday night destroyed maize, onion, sesame, millet, and cotton crops.

Mr Gogori said the affected areas are Gadanya, Gadanya Gabas, Jobe, Tsauwa, Tsattawa and Galawa.

He pointed out that over 445 farmers were affected by the disaster.

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He said the council is assessing the exact cost of the damage in order to forward it to appropriate authorities for necessary action.

In their separate remarks the village head of Gadanya Shuaibu Abubakar and his counterpart of Jobe village Abdullahi Lawal called on federal and state governments to come to their rescue.

When contacted, the Executive Secretary Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Sale Aliyu Jili described the incident as devastating.

Mr Jili appealed to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and corporate organizations to assist the victims.

He pledged that SEMA will do its best to assist disaster victims  in Kano state.

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