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NCC Board visits BUK, pledges increased collaboration with universities

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NCC EVC Umar Danbatta

Nasiru Yusuf

The Board of Commissioners of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has paid a courtesy visit to Bayero University Kano with a pledge to increase collaboration with higher institutions of learning across the country.

Kano Focus reports that the chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the  NCC, Adeolu Akande, pledged to partner with institutions of higher learning in order to transform Nigeria into a full knowledge-based economy.

According to Akande, who praised the university for producing Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, the NCC superintends a sector that is knowledge -driven and therefore, would not be able to achieve its mandate without strengthening collaboration with citadels of knowledge like BUK  and other higher institutions of learning to produce the knowledge base needed to support the growth of the telecoms sector.

“The NCC is superintending a sector that is knowledge-driven. In the absence of the citadels of learning, one could only imagine what would have become of the communications industry.

“So, if we come to Kano, we need to come to the prime centre of learning in Kano and other universities across the state,” he said.

Thanking the university further for “contributing” Danbatta to the industry,  Akande said the sector, which NCC regulates, has also benefited immensely from the knowledge being imparted by the university.

He said the BUK has produced a good ambassador, excellent professional and a man with administrative acumen and superb human relations in Prof. Danbatta.

“Hence, the Board of NCC decided to visit Bayero University with the EVC, who is a ‘home boy’ and to show our appreciation for the services of the EVC, an outstanding product of the university, has been rendering to the nation at the NCC.

“We are here also to show that we work together and our coming to Bayero University would be an expression of appreciation of Danbatta’s good work at the NCC,” he said.

 

 

In his remarks, Danbatta said all the achievements “we have recorded as NCC can be attributed to the team spirit and cooperation between the Management and Board of NCC even as we are poised to achieve more,” adding that “Our profound prayer is that we leave the NCC better than we met it.”

Appreciating the university’s management for hosting the NCC’s despite a short notice, Mr Danbatta used the opportunity to also congratulate Sagir Abbas for his appointment as the 11th Vice Chancellor (VC) of the university.

While expressing delight to receive the NCC Board, Mr Abbas noted that the school management cancelled all engagements to receive the board in order to show the university’s high regards for Mr Danbatta, whose name, he said, cannot be omitted in the history of Bayero University.

“Prof. Danbatta has served the university diligently, as lecturer, as head of department, as Dean, as director and he was also a former VC in Kano University of Science and Technology, but wherever he goes, you find him relating to his base.

“So, we hold him in very high esteem and we are always happy to see him and his team discharging the national assignment his is saddled with and Bayero University is proud to be associated with him. We have no doubt that the Board and Management of NCC will enjoy him more as he begins his second term in office,” he said.

According to the Vice Chancellor, the university has received many donations of computers, iPads and other interventions such as professorial endowments from NCC, all of which, he said, have had positive impacts on the university’s academic programmes.

Mr Sagir, however, appealed for more digital assistance by the Commission in supporting the university more in the area of its ongoing restructuring to fully accommodate virtual learning into its system in view of the current reality globally where ICT is mediating the interaction.

Kano Focus reports that the visit by NCC Board members to Bayero University, Kano (BUK) is part of activities lined up for the 2020 NCC Board retreat held in Kano State.

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Kano gets UK, FG health intervention ‘Lafiya Programme’

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Nasiru Yusuf

The United Kingdom Government, in collaboration with the Federal Government has launched a programme worth £235m to strengthen the health systems of Kano and four other Northern states in eight years.

Kano Focus reports that the programme, tagged ‘Lafiya programme’, is aimed at saving lives, reducing suffering and improving economic prospects for the poor and most vulnerable in Nigeria.

Speaking during the launch of the programme at the British High Commission in Abuja, Director of Development at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, Christopher Pycroft, said the programme was geared towards strengthening the health systems with particular focus on infant and maternal mortality as well as ensuring people had access to modern contraception.

The Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the partnership was a welcome development as Nigeria did not have the capacity and resources to do it alone.

The other states penciled for the programme were Kaduna, Jigawa, Borno and Yobe.

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Police arrest son, mother with 49 parcels of Indian helm

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Nasiru Yusuf

Police in Kano has arrested a 21 year old Kabiru Mahmud with 49 parcels of Indian helm popularly known as ‘wiwi’.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Mahmud was arrested at Danbure while taking the substance from his family home at Gadonkaya quarters to a hiding place at Danbare, an outskirt of Kano metropolis.

The police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Kiyawa said the command has received an intelligent report of a young man with some sacks believed to be Indian helm.

“Immediately after, the Commissioner of police Habu A. Sani mobilized operation Puff Adder under O/C Anti Daba Bashir Muhammad Gwadabe to arrest the suspect,” Mr Kiyawa said.

According to him police has also arrested Mr Mahmud’s uncle and his mother who directed the suspect to move the substance from her matrimonial home at Gadonkaya quarters to Danbare.

The suspect, Mr Mahmud told police that on the fateful day, his mother called and informed him that police has arrested his father with Indian helm, and he should come back and get rid of some exhibits kept in the home in anticipation of police arrival for investigation.

Mr Mahmud who admitted he is taking the Indian helms, told police that his father was in Indian helm business for about twenty years.

“I called my friend at Danbare that I will bring the substance to his residence. My uncle called a tricycle rider, we uploaded the substance and moved it to Danbare. Upon our arrival, the operatives of Anti Daba arrested all of us,” Mr Mahmud told police.

Mr Kiyawa added that the Commissioner of Police has directed the case to be transfer to state CID for further investigation, and find out the source of the substance and how it was smuggled to Kano.

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Hisbah arrest constabulary accused of defiling a teenager

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Kano Hisbah Guards

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano Hisbah corps have arrested a constabulary, Basiru at Rumawa area, Ungogo Local government area for alleged sexual abused.

Kano Focus gathered that Basiru’s accomplice, one Jamilu has flee as he is now at large.

An official of the Hisbah who spoke under condition of anonymity, said Basiru and Jamilu occupied an apartment at Rumawa area of the state where they carry out their illicit conduct.

He said community members in Rumawa raised alarm about the activities of Basiru and his accomplice leading to his (Basiru’s) arrest and a teenage female victim (name withheld), whose relative were earlier searching for her whereabout.

A guardian of the victim, Usman Ahmad said his daughter suddenly disappear and was later found in the custody of the constabulary.

“They (Basiru and Jamilu) built the house in Rumawa area and use it for sexual exploitation of underage girls and other victims.

“My daughter always go missing and spent days before she returned back home. This time around she went missing for two days and was later found in the apartment of the constabulary.

“Basiru was arrested and the other, Jamilu whom is the owner of the house and now at large,” Ahmad however said.

Meanwhile, it was however gathered that the matter has been transferred to police divisional office in the neighborhood for further investigation.

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