Connect with us

Headlines

High cost of living: Security agents disperse protesters in Kano

Published

on

Kano Protest

Nasiru Yusuf

Security agents comprising of police, SSS and NCDC have stopped activists in Kano  from staging a protest against the increase in the prices of fuel, electricity, and Value Added Tax in the country.

Kano Focus reports that the protest led by a civil society organization, Joint Action Forum, JAF, started as a rally in front of the premises of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ along Farm Center Road Tuesday morning amidst heavy security presence.

The leader of the group, Musa Bashir called on the federal government to reverse the price of fuel from N160:00 to the 2012 price of N86:00 and to also reverse the increase in rates of electricity and Value Added Tax.

“Immediate and unconditional reversal of the hike in petrol price from the current N160:00 to N86:50 price of 2012, and reversal of the increase in electricity tariffs and VAT.

Airport employees protest in Kano

Kano traders protest stalls demolition

“The government has the responsibility to make our refineries work and build new ones in order to ensure availability of petroleum products at cheaper and affordable prices.

“Re-engineering of the security apparatus to ensure organized crimes such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery are reduced to the barest minimum if not curtailed,” he appealed.

In a hot exchange of words between the protesters and the security agents, the security officers insisted that the protest would not hold lest they get joined by members of the public and disrupt peace in the city.

Although the security could not speak to newsmen on the matter, the protesters declared that the struggle just began and they called on the NUC and the TUC to stop dragging feet on the matter and rise and ensure that the agreed minimum wage of N30,000 is implemented.

Last Monday, the Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF), an umbrella body of over 180 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), has called on the federal government to reverse the recent increase in petrol and electricity prices.

The president of the forum, Ibrahim Waiya made the call while briefing journalists in Kano.

Mr Waiya said the Forum calls for “immediate reversals of the new price regimes for both electricity and the PMS.”

“Government should focus its energy on reducing cost of governance, blocking of leakages, and enhancing its revenue sources.

“In the event such issue came up, government should allow a participatory and all inclusive negotiation process.” He said.

Mr Waiya added that the KCSF is willing to partner with all stakeholders to ensure that the government reverses the price increase.

Mr Waiya described the price hike as anti-people and unacceptable when most Nigerians are struggling to survive after months of COVID-19 lockdown.

“We strongly believe that such increase will further worsen the already deteriorating living conditions of Nigerians.

“Hence, government should be looking at giving palliatives to its citizens to cushion the devastating effects of the global pandemic.” He said

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Headlines

TCN creates Kano transmission region

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Headlines

DSS arrests singer accuse of blasphemy

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Headlines

I’ll not run for President – Muhammadu Sanusi II

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Trending