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Kano spends N425m on COVID-19 palliatives

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Nasiru Gawuna

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government says it has spent N425 million to ease the hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kano Focus reports that the state deputy governor, Nasiru Gawuna said this on Tuesday while launching the 3rd phase of the palliative distribution program at Farm Centre, Tarauni local government.

Mr Gawuna who is the Chairman Kano State Taskforce Committee on Covid-19 said over 300,000 households are expected to benefit from the palliatives with 1,050 households targeted in the 3rd phase.

“Kano State Government has to commitN140 million at this phase in order to achieve what we are doing today.” He said.

Mr Gawuna added that Kano State is winning the war against covid-19.

He explained that out of the 223 samples submitted by Kano state on the 31st of July, only 6 came out as positive while the samples sent on 1st, 2nd and 3rd August 2020 of 50, 340 and 317 people respectively all came out to be negative.

The chairman of the palliatives distribution committee, Muhammad Yahuza Bello said 100,000 households benefitted from the 1st and 2nd rounds of the exercise.

He said 28kg bags of Maize, 27,000 cartons of spaghetti, 40,000 gallons of cooking oil among others, would be distributed in the 3rd round of the  exercise,.

He added that the 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds would come up soon.

In a related development, Mr Gawuna had on Tuesday received food items under the COVID-19 palliative programme from the Private Sector Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID) at Kumbotso local government.

He thanked CACOVID and recalled that “this is not the first palliative support by the coalition as Abubakar Imam Urology Isolation Centre was renovated and equipped by this group”.

In his address, CACOVID representative, Abdulkadir Sidi explained that the CACOVID food palliative program is an attempt by the Private Sector Coalition to support the state government’s effort in providing relief to the Nigerian populace toward cushioning the hardship caused by the Corona virus.

Items donated by the Coalition according to Sidi, include rice, semolina, masa flour, sugar, noodles, macaroni and salt among others.

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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Nasiru Yusuf

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has carved out a new Kano transmission region from the old Kaduna Region. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the newly established unit brings the number of TCN regional centres to 10.

The TCN believes the step will improve commercial activities in the state.

A statement issued by TCN General manager of Public Affairs Ndidi Mbah explained that the creation of the Kano Transmission Region became necessary owing to the rapid economic and industrial development being witnessed within Kano State and its environs, as well as the gradual implementation of TCN’s strategic ‘Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP),’ which has enabled the transmission company to complete some ongoing projects and increase the number of substations within that axis.

He said the  Kano Transmission Region had, under its supervision, one sub-regional office and several work centers, all housing 13 transmission substations (TS), including the Kumbotso TS, Dan Agundi TS, Dakata TS, Tamburawa TS, Kwanar Dangora TS, Wudil TS, Kankia TS, Katsina TS, Daura TS, Dutse TS, Hadejia TS, Azare TS, and Gagarawa TS.

The new Kano region currently according to the statement has ongoing transmission substation projects which when completed would further increase bulk transmission capacity in the new region.

The new Kano Transmission Region, the company said, would deepen operational efficiency within the region and enable its engineers to readily access and resolve technical issues within the new region.

Mbah explained that prior to the creation of the new Kano Region, major decisions had to be referred to Kaduna Region for directives, and the supply of materials was sometimes delayed due to logistic issues from Kaduna.

Mbah noted that the proximity of the new region would radically reduce downtime and eliminate time lost when materials had to be conveyed from the Kaduna Region.

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DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Department of State Services have arrested another blasphemous singer, Ahmad Abdul, whose song was perceived to create chaos in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Singer Ahmad Abdul was detained by the DSS because his free movement may likely cause violence reaction from Kano residents.

While in detention, Mr Abdul tender apology to entire Muslims, Kano state government and Islamic Scholars.

He told DSS operatives that he never thought that the song has violated Islamic teachings.

Commenting while witnessing the bail condition granted to Mr Abdul at the DSS Headquarters, Kano, the Executive Secretary of the Kano state Censorship Board Ismaila Naaba Afakallah recalled that he had received hundreds of petitions against the song from concerned citizens.

Afakallah said having realized the gravity of the song’s blasphemy, he reported the singer to DSS who swung into action and arrested him at a Hotel where he was hiding for days.

Mr Abdul Father, Abdullahi Isa thanked the DSS for their timely response on the matter which saved possible outbreak of law and order.

Also in August last year, An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state has found one Yahaya Sharif-Aminu guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp.

However, the appellate division of the High Court of Kano State had on January 21 quashed the death sentence passed on Mr Sharif-Aminu and freed him.

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I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

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Deposed Emir Sanusi

Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The deposed Emir of Kano Malam Muhammadu Sunusi II says he is not interested in contesting for the presidency of Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Sunusi revealed this at a Tijjnaniyya zikir held in Abuja on Thursday.

Muhammadu Sanusi said his current position as Tijjaniyya Khalifa in Nigeria is superior to the presidency.

The deposed Emir however said he is ready to help those he believe in their competence to win elections without his participation in politics.

“If we trust a candidate is out to serve the people, we will come out and help them.

“That is not joining politics but a civic duty to the nation and its citizens” Mr. Sanusi said.

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