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KanSLAM advocates allocation of 1% Kano IGR to Basic Health Care Fund

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KanSLAM Co Chair Maimuna Muhammad

Nasiru Yusuf

A coalition of Civil Society Organizations, Journalists and government officials, Kano State Led Accountability Mechanism (KanSLAM) has advocated the allocation of 1% of Internally Generated Revenue for Basic Health Care Provision Fund.

Kano Focus reports that the Co Chair of the group Maimuna Muhammad made the call on Thursday at a public hearing on the 2021 appropriation bill held at Kano state House of Assembly.

Mrs Muhammad also called for a speedy implementation of Basic Health Care Provision Fund through the allocation of 25% as counterpart fund in 2021 budget.

“The Basic Health Care Provision Fund is what goes to the community level at the grassroot level. We are talking about Basic Health Care at community level.

” We also want ensure human capital development in 2021. You will agree with me that, the level of human resources we have is dwindling. A lot of people are retiring, they are not being replaced either in health facilities or teaching.

“We want recruitment, training and retraining of personnel in health and education sectors which include nurses, doctors, CHEWs and teachers. Because without human capital development, all the structures we have on ground is going to be useless.

” We need allocation of funds for the Basic Health Care funds emergency medical treatment for oversight committee, so that they will be able to track and make sure that they provide all the services and also track resources,” Mrs Muhammad appealed.

The Co chair has also called for adequate provision of funds for emergencies such as COVID-19, Ebola and meningitis to reduce lost of lives.

Mrs Muhammad also appealed to the Assembly to ensure speedy implementation of disability law in the state.

“These are our brothers and sisters. All of us have one thing or the other. If we don’t have that law in place, we cannot target them, and they need assistance.

” Strengthening of the free and compulsory education policy. Not policy on paper, we need implementation. We are asking for that from Civil Society organizations,” The KanSLAM Co Chair appealed.

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Just in: Finance Minister suspends Accountant-general over alleged N80bn fraud

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, has suspended the embattled Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, from office over his alleged involvement in N80billion fraud being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

KANO FOCUS reports that Idris was arrested on Monday by the operatives of the anti-graft agency over alleged diversion of funds and money laundering activities to the tune of N80billion.

He was arrested after failing to honour invitations by the EFCC to respond to issues connected to the fraudulent acts.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, had said the commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF  raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.

He said the funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.

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Kano experiences heavy rainfall in next three days – NiMet

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The Nigeria’s meteorological agency, NiMet, has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall within the next three days in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that NiMet announced this in its weather advisory on Tuesday.

“As a result of the expected moderate to heavy rainfall in the next three days, there are chances of flash flooding of roads and low-lying settlements,” the agency said.

It added that “there could be disruption of traffic due to flooded or closed roads, reduction in visibility, likely damage to mud houses and possible disruption in flight operations.”

The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder, hence the falling of weak buildings and displacement of makeshift structures are likely, NiMet said.

Hence, it advised the public to exercise restraint, disconnect electrical appliances before, not during the storm, and avoid standing or parking cars under trees as much as possible.

NiMet urges emergency agencies to be prepared and keep monitoring to avoid low-level areas and fast-flowing runoff waters.

It also advised the public to be prepared for these events to avoid damage from rain-related hazards.

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VP Osinbajo visits scene of  Kano explosion

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has visited the scene of Kano explosive where he commiserated with the government and people of Kano state over the gas and explosion at Sabon Gari area of the state capital.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Vice president arrived at the scene of the explosion in company of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Osinbajo during the visit to the scene of the incident expressed shock that little school children were among those injured.

The Vice President who described the incident as devastating, sympathised with the victims and enjoined relevant authorities to take preventive measures against future occurrence.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and quick recovery of injured victims.

The Vice President and governor Ganduje were received and briefed by the Commissioner of Police Kano Command Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje thanked the vice president for the concern and pledged medical and financial support to victims of the explosion.

The Vice President was in Kano to meet APC delegates ahead of party’s primary elections.

At least nine people are confirmed to have died in an explosion in the Sabon Gari area of Kano state on Tuesday morning.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in a statement said nine corpses have been recovered from the scene of the explosion.

NEMA’s spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel, said the Director-General, Mustapha Habib, who visited the scene of the explosion, coordinated the rescue operations.

Mr Ezekiel said: “Nine dead bodies have been recovered so far from the rubbles of a collapsed building beside a primary school following explosions from a gas cylinder at Aba Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano.

“Director-General National Emergency Management Agency, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, was at the site of the incident and coordinated the rescue operations.

“He mobilised excavators being used for the rescue operations and said NEMA team will ensure complete removal of the rubbles to retrieve all trapped persons.

“Furthermore, the DG instructed the NEMA rescue team to remain at the site until the conclusion of the rescue and to work together with security agencies and other response organisations present at the location.

“NEMA is presently coordinating the rescue operations involving members, Nigerian Red Cross, military, the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Kano SEMA, the official statement said.

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