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NCC emergency communications centers process 1,500 COVID-19 related calls – Danbatta

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has received and processed 1,500 COVID-19 related calls through its Emergency Communications Centres (ECCs) in the peak of the pandemic in Nigeria.

Kano Focus reports that the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Umar Garba Danbatta, disclosed this during the commissioning of the ECC in Owerri, Imo State over the weekend by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami.

“During the total lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ECCs played a remarkable role by providing a platform for members of the public to seek lifesaving information or support and reporting COVID-19 related cases by dialing ‘112’ from any of the networks.

“I am happy to report to you that over 1,500 COVID-19-related calls were received and processed by the ECCs in the peak of the pandemic.” Mr Danbatta said.

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The EVC said the ECC is equipped with necessary Information Technology (IT) tools and personnel to serve as a one-stop shop for citizens to access help from any response agency.

He explained that the center is essentially aimed at enhancing the security of lives and property of the citizens.

Mr Danbatta said the response agencies include the Nigeria Police (NPF), the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Fire and Ambulance Services, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and all its affiliate State Emergency Management Agencies, among others.

He said the NCC has activated 19 ECCs out of the 37 it is planning to open across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Mr Danbatta said the currently operational ECCs are based in Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Ogun, Plateau, Enugu, Benue, Akwa-Ibom, Cross-River, Oyo, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Adamawa, Kogi, Anambra and Imo States and FCT.

“We have no doubt that, if put to maximum use, and kept functional at all times, the ECC facilities will serve to complement the State Government’s efforts at enhancing the security of lives and property of citizens,” Mr Danbatta said.

Speaking during the tour of the ECC facilities, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami thanked Imo state government for giving the necessary support to the NCC to facilitate successful implementation of the project.

He assured of President Buhari’s commitment to support more initiatives aimed at achieving his government’s agenda addressing security issues, improving the economy and curbing corruption.

Mr Pantami noted that the country’s economy will reap huge benefits from effective implementation of more Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-driven projects across the country.

The Executive Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, thanked the Minister and the NCC for the ECC initiative.

Mr Uzodimma said  the ECC has  enhanced security of lives and property in the state.

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Kano gets 3,148 new polling units

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expanded the polling units in Kano state from 8,074 to 11,222 to create easy access to polling units.

Kano Focus reports that the INEC chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu revealed this to journalists on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr Yakubu revealed that Kano Central has 1,978 more polling units while Kano South and Kano North have 658 and 513 respectively.

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The 10 local governments that have the highest number of additional polling units are Nassarawa 334, Kumbotso 220, Gwale 207, Tarauni 207, and Ungoggo 179.

Others are Dala 163, Fagge 163, Kano Municipal 160, Danbatta 94, and Dawakin Kudu 92.

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Nigerian Navy to establish desert warfare institute in Kano

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Chief of Naval Staff CNS Real Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, has agreed to move Desert Warfare Institute to Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was disclosed by, Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Navy, COR Ezekobe

when he led a delegation to governor Ganduje at his office, in Kano, Wednesday, to brief the governor about development so far.

He said “We are here to actualize the fruitful engagement we had when His Excellency visited us on the 3rd of June. He Chief of Naval Staff directed me to lead this team in actualising some of the promises made to you when you visited the Naval headquarters.”

“Our project standing on 12 hectares of land, is a multi-purpose project. We are moving our Desert Warfare of our Special unit to Kano Your Excellency. This unit is highly trained in both United States of America and Britain. And they are recognized to be of best performance.”

“This is where we will use for a garment industry and other things that will be of significant benefit to the society.”

“We would like to develop a Barack, so that when the need arises we can defend ourselves and also the state. That will definitely help in improving the security of the state in particular and the nation in general.”

He requested that, the Chief of Naval Staff would want to deliver a lecture on Maritime in either Bayero University, Kano, for people here up North to understand the activities of the Nigerian Navy in the national scheme of things.

Ezkobe, a rear admiral in Nigerian Navy, requested another piece of land on behalf of the Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for the establishment of hospital in the state.

“Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) is desirous of establishing a 200-bedded hospital in Kano. We also need to get a piece of land for this effort to see the light of the day,” he requested.

“Your Excellency we witnessed the tremendous development in your state. This is highly commendable Sir,” he concluded.

In his response, governor Ganduje appreciated the speed of the process for the visibility of the Nigerian Navy in the state, appreciating that, “We are so happy to have you here. I can see that the return match is so quick. This shows the level of seriousness from your part.”

“Your presence in Kano will definitely boost the morale of our youth in joining the Nigerian Navy. It will also improve our security of the state generally,” he stated.

“We are very much ready for all the requests you came with pertaining this and other projects for the development of the state. And for improving the security of our dear state. We are always ready.”

Concerning the Chief of Naval State Conference, Ganduje said the state would always be ready to see to the realisation of the proposed Conference, adding that, “For the Conference we will create an enabling environment for it to hold.”

“We will also facilitate for the proposed Maritime lecture by the Chief of Naval Staff in one of our universities. There is no doubt about this. Tell him he is always welcome.”

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EFCC asks Kano Internal Revenue Service to report tax evaders

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has urged the chairman of Kano State Internal Revenue Service KIRS, to report tax evaders to the commission as the Zonal office now have a full pledged tax fraud section.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Head of the Kano Zonal office of the commission, Mualledi Farouq Dogondaji stated this on Monday during a courtesy visit to KIRS in Kano.

“We are ready to continue to work together to put our economy back on track. Tax is what is used to pay our wages and salaries. That is why we are here to tell you that our doors are open. If you have tax evasion cases, do not hesitate to come to us. We now have a special section dealing with that,” he said.

In his response, the Chairman of Kano State Internal Revenue Service, Abdulrazak Datti Sani assured the EFCC of his agency’s cooperation in tackling tax evasion and other malpractices.

Chairman of KIRS Abdulrazak Datti Sani and Head of the Kano Zonal office of EFCC, Mualledi Farouq Dogondaji

He stated that, though KIRS has its enforcement unit, they would still require the intervention of the EFCC to be able to handle some cases.

He assured the EFCC that his officers will be working hand-in-hand with Commission to ensure compliance by companies and other government agencies in tax remittances.

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