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

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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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Photo News: Emir Sanusi visits Sultan of Sokoto

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Aminu Abdullahi

The former Emir of Kano has on Monday paid a courtesy visit to Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll.

Kano Focus reports that the pictures of the visit were published on a Facebook page linked to former Emir named ‘Sanusi ll Dynasty’.

Though the reason of the visit was not stated, but the former Emir has paid similar visit to Lamido of Adamawa in his capacity as leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Nigeria.

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Kano to revive bilateral relationship with Pakistan

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Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State Government has expressed commitment to revive the long existing relationship with Pakistan.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje gave the assurance on monday while receiving the Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria Muhammad Tayyab Azam at the Government House.

Ganduje represented by his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said Kano endowed with lots of potentials is open for people to come and invest, particularly those from Pakistan.

“We are happy for showing commitment towards reviving the long relationship between us. I can remember the partnership we have in the engagement of Pakistani teachers in our schools which has yielded a lot today.”

“Even in the area of agricultural mechanization we have partnered with Pakistan especially in the supply of tractors to our farmers,therefore I feel if we continue to explore agriculture it will be beneficial to both Kano and Pakistan”.

The Governor also commended Pakistan for showing interest in reviving the bilateral relationship with Kano State.

In his remarks the Pakistani High Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab Azam described the visit to Kano as historic and important being the first state he visited since assuming office.

“I know the importance of Kano as hub of business in Nigeria, after Lagos Kano is next where there is business opportunity”.

“There was a time in Kano when most schools   have many Pakistani teachers..my aim is to bring back that relationship”.

He however pointed out that Kano and Pakistan have similarities in both values and culture therefore it is important to deepen the relationship so as to sustain the partnership in  the areas of health and agriculture as that will create opportunities for our people towards boosting the economy.

The High Commissioner was accompanied during the visit by Pakistani Consul General in Kano Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai.

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ACF revives Kano chapter

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Arewa Consultative Forum ( ACF) has resuscitated it Kano State chapter and nominated a 14- member Interim Executive Committee to run its affairs for the next six months.

Kano Focus reports that the Forum has mandated the new leadership to organise a general congress that may elect a new council.

A statement issued on Monday by the publicity secretary of the Forum Bello Sani Galadanchi reported that at the inaugural ceremony presided by a member of ACF Board of Trustees, Halliru Akilu, the non- partisan voluntary organization also nominated delegates to its National Executive Committee ( NEC) engagements.

Akilu, a retired Brigadier- General, tasked the new leadership to work in unity, and restore all ACF organs and activities for the betterment of our society.

He stressed that the ACF which is apolitical, believes in the unity of the country, but aspires to see the glory of the north restored, and the economic fortunes of the region tapped for the greater benefit of our people and the nation as a whole.

In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman of the ACF Interim Committee, NaShehu Hassan Abubakar thanked the congregation for finding him worthy of the enormous responsibility.

Abubakar, a retired Air Vice Marshall (AVM) assured the ACF National body and people of Kano State of his determination to steer the ship creditably, selflessly and in strict compliance with ACF desire to improve the lot of our people, as well as agitate for their rights.

Other committee members nominated at the ceremony include Aishatu Yakubu Maijama’a (Deputy Chairperson); Shehu Aliyu (Vice- Chairman); Muhammad Mustapha Yahaya (Secretary); Sani Bala Tela (Assistant Secretary); Rabia Hussein Adamu (Treasurer); and Mairo Bello (Assistant Treasurer).

Others   are Mahadi Sadiq Abubakar, (Financial Secretary);  Hafsat Namadi Bebeji (Assistant Financial Secretary); Bello Sani Galadanchi (Publicity Secretary); Tanimu Ibrahim Getso (Assistant  Publicity Secretary); Kabir Mukhtar (Legal Adviser); Muhammad Kabir Haruna (Assistant Legal Adviser); and Azimi Namadi Bebeji (Auditor).

The inaugural ceremony attracted Youth and Women wings of the ACF whose members were nominated into both the executive committee and the NEC.

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is apolitical and socio-cultural association of leaders in Northern Nigeria formed in 2000 to protect Northern interest in the political scene.

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