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NCC, Danbatta bag fresh awards for broadband development

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Umar Danbatta has bagged “Broadband Oxygenator of the Year” award for his remarkable role and commitment to the development of broadband infrastructure to support the country’s digital economy drive.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Danbatta bagged the award at this year’s edition of the Nigeria Tech Innovation and Telecoms Awards (NTITA), 2020.

Regarded as the Oscars of Nigeria’s telecoms industry, the awards, powered by Instinctwave, Africa’s leading business-to-business event organizer in collaboration with the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) in Abuja at the weekend, saw the Commission and other industry stakeholders, including the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, carting away distinguished awards.

The NCC, as a corporate organisation received the “Outstanding Contribution to Driving Greater Broadband Penetration Award of the Year.

A statement sent to Kano Focus on Monday by the spokesman of NCC Ikechukwu Adinde said basic active internet subscription under Danbatta grew from 90 million to 143.7 million while active voice subscription increased from 151 million to 205.25 percent during the same period with teledensity also reaching 107.53 percent as at end of September, 2020.

The statement added that last five years have seen the number of licensed Infrastructure Companies (InfraCo) increasing from two in 2015 to six currently. The InfraCos are to deploy broadband infrastructure, on a wholesale basis in the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria.

According to the statement, the Commission is currently reviewing the framework for the licensing of InfraCo to ensure sustainable funding options for effective implementation of the proposed national fibre project towards increasing broadband penetration to 70 percent target, as set in the new national broadband plan by 2025.

It added that the ongoing review of the InfraCo framework is to cater for the delays in take-off, change in exchange rate, supply chain and other challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to InfraCo implementation.

NCC and Danbatta’s recognitions at the NTITA 2020 were also hinged on the increase in the contribution of the telecom sector the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 8.5 percent in 2015 to 14.30 percent as of the second quarter of 2020, translating to N2.272 trillion in financial value.

In the last five years, under Danbatta leadership, telecoms investment grew from around $38 billion to over $70 billion currently with appreciable remittances in spectrum fees and operating surplus by the NCC into the Federal Government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).

Increased e-commerce services, other digital services and more access to financial inclusion were also enabled through increased deployment of broadband infrastructure being promoted by the telecoms regulator through a number of regulatory initiatives.

Speaking on the significance of the NTITA, President of ATCON, Olusola Teniola, said: “Our thinking is that if we decide to ignore the contribution that our sector has made to the development of Nigeria by not recognizing the actors that made it possible, what we are saying invariably is that we are unappreciative of their concerted efforts in changing the story of our industry.”

He hoped that the awards would spur the Nigerian government to pay more attention to the sector and that state governments would continue to support the efforts of the industry to transform their various states into digital cities.

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Ulama Forum describes Anambra killing as barbaric, seeks life compensation

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The Ulama Forum in Nigeria has described the recent killing of a pregnant woman Harira and her four children in Isulo, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State as a barbaric.

KANO FOCUS reports the Forum also appealed to Muslims in Northern Nigeria and other places to resist the temptation of any unlawful reprisal.

The Forum made the appeal on Friday in a statement jointly signed by Aminu Inuwa Muhammad and Sa’id Ahmad Dukawa chairman and secretary respectively.

“The Forum is deeply saddened by the satanic and terrorist activities of the illegal and outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), the most recent of which is the unprovoked cold blooded murder of a law abiding pregnant woman, her four innocent children and six other northerners in Isulo, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday, 22nd May, 2022.

“We now have reason to lend our weight to the voices objecting to the release of the IPOB’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The latest crime of the group he leads, in murdering Harira, her children and six others for no reason than their being Muslims of Northern Nigeria extraction, must be added to the list of his unrepentant crimes until the full wrath of the law is brought down on him,” statement said.

To this end, the Forum called on the Anambra state government to apologise to Muslim community, pay full life compensation to the relatives of the deceased and take measures to stop the barbaric and terrorist acts.

It also called on the federal government and the security agencies to demonstrate that they are capable of protecting the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens irrespective of where they decide to reside in Nigeria, just as sanctioned by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments.

“We are in such a state of grief and mental hardship inflicted upon us by IPOB that we need to say no more!!!

“We are watching to see whether there are responsive and responsible governments in Anambra state in particular and other states in the east where such unprovoked acts of barbarism and terrorism are being perpetrated over the years. May justice and peace prevail in Nigeria. Ameen,” the statement concluded.

It will be recall that some gunmen believe to be members of proscribed Indeginous People of Biafra (IPOB) have killed a pregnant woman and her four children in Anambra state.

Below is the list of clerics who signed the statement

1) Malam Aminu Inuwa Muhammad (Chairman) Kano

2) Prof. Mansur Ibrahim mni  Sokoto

3) Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar   Kano

4) Dr. Sa’id Ahmad Dukawa Kano

5) Dr. Abubakar Muhamad Sani B/Kudu  Jigawa

6) Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu   Kaduna

7) Prof. Muhammad Babangida Muhammad Kano

8) Prof. Salisu Shehu  Bauchi

9) Prof. Ahmad Bello Dogarawa   Kaduna

10) Mal. Ahmad Bello Abu Maimoona   Katsina

11) Dr. Muhammad Alhaji Abubakar  Borno

12) Malam Muhammad Lawal Maidoki, Sadaukin Sokoto  Sokoto

13) Malam Aminu Aliyu Gusau  Zamfara

14) Mal. Shehu Muhammad Maishanu  Zamfara

15) Prof. Muhammad Amin Al-Amin  Katsina

16) Barr. Ibrahim Muhammad Attahir   Gombe

17) Dr. Salisu Ismail   Jigawa

18) Dr. Abubakar Sa’idu   Gombe

19) Engr. Ahmad Y. M. Jumba   Bauchi

20)  Amir Abdullahi Abubakar Lamido   Gombe

21) Dr. Ibrahim Adam Omar Disina  Bauchi

22) Prof. Ahmad Murtala   Kano

23) Prof. Usman M. Shuaibu Zunnurain  Katsina

24)  Engr. Basheer Adamu Aliyu   (Secretary) Kano

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2,289 delegates vote Gawuna as APC governorship candidate in Kano, Sha’aban kicks

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Kano state Deputy governor Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has won All Progressive Congress APC governorship primary election.

KANO FOCUS reports that Gawuna defeated his opponent Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada to emerge winner of the Primary election held in the late hours of thursday at the Sani Abacha Sports Complex, Kofar Mata, Kano.

Declaring the result, the Chairman of the governorship primary election committee Tijjani Yahaya Kaura said Gawuna polled 2,289 votes while Sha’aban scored 30 votes.

He added that about 2,420 delegates participated in the exercise with 2,339 total votes cast, while 20 votes were declared invalid.

He declared that “I Sen.Tijjani Yahaya Kaura, Chairman of Kano APC Governorship Primary Election Committee  on behalf of the National working committee of our party hereby announced that result for this election have been collated and counted accordingly. I hereby certified that Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner.

“He is therefore the standard flag bearer of the APC in the Gubernatorial election that will take place in 2023 in Kano State he said”.

In his acceptance speech, Gawuna thanked Allah for the victory and expressed appreciation to his boss Abdullahi Ganduje, the party leaders and delegates.

While appealing to all party members to join hands and work hard towards the success and victory of the APC during the general elections, he commended them for conducting themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner during the primary election.

On his part, Governor of Kano state Abdullahi Ganduje commended the election committee for a thorough and transparent exercise.

However, Sharada has kicked against the process, saying it was manipulated to scheme him out. He said he wrote complaint to Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and other security agencies.

The primary election was supervised by the representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Police and Department of State Security.

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Swarm of bees kills school pupil in Tofa local government area

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Swarm of bees has attacked and killed Ismail Hussaini (Halifa) at Yanoko Nomadic Primary school, Yanoko village, Tofa local government area of Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the incident happened on Thursday while pupils were talking lesson.

An uncle to the deceased Sunusi Bature Dawakintofa told KANO FOCUS that the attack happened while late Hussaini was in school and could not because of a broken limp due to sickle cell anaemia.

The village head of the town Habibu Bello (Sarkin Fulanin Yanoko) confirmed the incident, saying that late Hussaini was rushed to Tofa General Hospital where he died in the afternoon.

Nomadic education is a sub-component of the Nigerian formal educational system which aims to offer equal opportunities to all social groups, irrespective of ethnicity, geographical origin, gender, or social class.

Kano has 380 nomadic schools, making it second state with highest number of such schools after Bauchi.

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