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Sheikh Abdulwahab calls FG, ASUU to end university strike

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Nasiru Yusuf

A prominent Islamic Scholar in Kano State, Sheikh Abdulwahab Abdallah has appealed to the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to find a lasting solution for the ongoing ASUU strike.

The Islamic Scholar made the call during a Town Hall meeting tagged ‘Struggle: In Defense of Nigerian Public Universities’ held on Saturday in Kano.

According to him, there is the need for the urgent reopening of the Universities because the seven months strike has generated a lot of security challenges.

He added that the long strike has pushed soany students into committing different crimes, especially robbery and girls roaming the streets across the country.

Sheikh Abdulwahab also want the Federal Government to look into the demands of the lecturers so that the students can returned to classes and continue their studies.

He also appealed to the National Assembly to intervene on the issue so that the strike should come to an end, saying it is mostly affecting the children of the mercies.

In his remarks, the Kano Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Mahmud Lawal said the meeting was to engage the public and create better awareness on why they are on strike.

“We think there is the need we engage the communites where the Universities are located so that they should appreciate the reasons for the strike as it affects their children also.

“The meeting was also to hear their views on the strike and their suggestions on how to resolve the problem between us and the Federal Government.” He said.

He further explained that on many occasions, the Union has softened its demands for the betterment of the education sector.

According to him, “on different occasions we had agreements with the government, but many of them were not respected by the government.”

Speaking during the meeting, Sani Garba, President Students Union, Bayero University Kano (BUK) Chapter said students are tired of the strike.

He appealed to the Federal Government, ASUU, National Assembly and all stakeholders to do everything possible so that they can go back to school.

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TCN creates Kano transmission region

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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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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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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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