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Kano govt, CSOs, media, partner to promote accountability in health sector

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KANSLAM

Nasiru Yusuf

A coalition of government officials, civil society organizations and journalists has set up Kano State Level Accountability Mechanism (KANSLAM) to promote accountability in the health sector.

Kano Focus reports that KANSLAM was unveiled on Wednesday at the end of a two day meeting organized by DFID/Lafiya Project.

One of the resource persons at the event, Musa Bello of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) said KANSLAM advocates are expected to ensure resources allocated to health sub sector are judiciously used.

“This concept originated from the WHO in 2010 when they realized that a lot of resources have been invested in healthcare system especially in the areas of women and children’s health and the result obtained is not comparable with the level of resources.

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“So they initiated a concept called ‘Accountability Mechanism’, and encouraged all member nations to establish accountability mechanisms at various level of governance.

“This accountability mechanism is a coalition of people that come together from various and relevant stakeholders – the media, ministry of health and other relevant ministries as well as the civil society organizations.

“They are expected to work together and identified issues related to health sector in the state and ensure accountability of resources allocated for the health sector and result obtained and impact of investment in health sector is quantifiable and can be compared to the level of investment.” Mr Bello said.

He observed that KANSLAM advocates are also expected to use the data generated in advocacy to the government for improved funding and services.

According to him, the program is implemented in five states of Jigawa, Yobe, Borno Zamfara, and Kano.

In her remarks, the Kano state accountability and advocacy coordinator Lafiya/DFID program Ummu Muhammad Rakana said the KANSLAM team was expanded to consolidate on the successes recorded in the previous programs.

Ms Rakana said the Lafiya/DFID program intervention has spurred Kano state to raise its budgetary allocation to the health sector from 6% to more than the 15% required by the Abuja declaration.

On bringing government officials, civil society organizations and journalists under one umbrella – KANSLAM, Mrs Rakana said “In the past we have seen instances whereby the CSOs are on their own, the media are on their own and the government is also on its own.

“So with the KANSLAM structure we have on ground and we are expanding, we are going to have three sub committees – the evidence subcommittee consisting mostly government officials, advocacy committee mostly CSOs and media subcommittee which comprises print, broadcast and digital journalists.

“We are hoping to ensure accountability and transparency in all that we do. We will all work together in synergy to push for key relevant health related policies that will be beneficial to entire Kano state as whole.” She said.

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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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