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How clerics preach child spacing in Kano – Interfaith chair



Imam Hafiz Sani Abdullahi
Dr Hafiz Sani Abdullahi

Nasiru Yusuf

The chairman of Kano state Interfaith Forum Hafiz Sani Abdullahi said the group has preached child birth spacing to over one million persons in 2020.

Kano Focus reports that Abdullahi revealed this on Tuesday at the ongoing virtual 6th Nigeria Family Planning conference 2020.

The cleric who was represented by the secretary of the forum Tijjani Imam said over 340 religious leaders have been empowered with right information and messages on child birth spacing across the 44 local government areas.

According to him the members of interfaith forum have delivered sermons on child birth spacing in 420 mosques and 157 churches in Kano state.

“About 1.2m people have been reached with CBS messages through Jumaat prayers, tafsir, church and fellowships. Religious leaders have featured in over 20 live radio programmes.

“Over 100 publicly statements have been made by religious leaders on child birth spacing in Kano state,” the Imam said.

He however attributed low level of basic education as the major set back of embracing contraceptive among people of reproductive age in Kano.

The cleric added that other challenges include women’s fear of contraceptive side effects and stock out of commodities especially Long Acting Reversible Contraception LARC.

The Imam rounded of his presentation with a quotation of former Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi ll.

“Instead of having many children, why not have the ones you can cater for? These are the fundamental questions we should ask ourselves. Most of these children roaming about the streets will be adult in the next 20 years and they will be the ones recruited as political thugs by the politicians in the next 20 years, if we don’t take good care of them now.”

Nigeria’s Population Dynamics

In his presentation titled population growth and the challenges of human capital development, the chairman Association for the advancement of family planning (AAFP), Ejike Oji said the unemployment rate in Nigeria has skyrocketed from 2% in 1960 to 27% in 2020 due to population dynamics.

According to him the average fertility rate in Nigeria is 5.5 which is higher than the  2.5 of the world, with static contraceptive prevalent rate of 12% for almost a decade.

Mr Oji who is also the chairman Board of Trustees, Network of Reproductive Health Journalists Nigeria, observed that although 70% Nigeria’s population are below the age of 40, 45% under the age of 15, yet the country is the poverty capital of the world ranked 187 out of 189 countries in health care.

He said presently Nigeria has the highest infant mortality rate in the world.

How to reverse the horrible trends

Mr Oji advocated fertility reduction and massive investment in infrastructure and human capital development in healthcare sector as one of the most effective strategy of reversing the ugly trends.

Other strategies according to him include massive investment in formal and non formal education as well as policies that will ensure equity, fairness, justice and sense of security in the country.

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Kano closes hospital where a doctor performs multiple surgery alone



Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano State Private Health Institutions Management Agency (PHIMA) has shut down Green-olives Hospital, Gadon kaya, Gwale local government area.

KANO FOCUS reports that the hospital was indicted for professional misconduct and poor service.

A statement issued by the spokesperson of the agency Abba Dalha said the agency has received a petition that the facility has recorded two death cases in the last six months.

After thorough investigation, the agency found that, the hospital do not undertake proper investigation nor issue consent form to patients before conducting a surgery.

According to the statement the surgeon is found to be to be doing the task of anaesthetic nurse, peri operative nurse and assistant surgeon which is grossly unethical.

The statement added that the surgeon is not inclined to any speciality of surgery as one of the recorded death case was a Paediatric surgery to three year old child, while the second death was Obstetrics and gynecology surgery.

The Agency threatened to deal with the culprit in accordance with it’s   guidelines and appealed to people to report quacks and professional misconduct for appropriate action.

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Ganduje seeks Assembly’s approval to borrow N20bn





Nasiru Yusuf

The governor of Kano state Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has sent a letter to House of assembly seeking for approval to access 18.7 billion loan from the federal government to cushion the effects of COVID-19.

KANO FOCUS reports that the speaker of the assembly, Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari read the letter on the floor of the house.

According to the letter, the state government is seeking the approval of the house to enable it access the funds which many states have been granted access to by their state house of assemblies.

He said,the federal government had approved the disbursement of over 18 billion Naira to all the 36 states as bail out funds.

The governor has also sent another letter to the House seeking for approval to secure a loan of over two billion naira for the procurement of 100 BRT buses.

The letter pointed out that earlier the Kano state government had paid five hundred million naira as deposit and wish to secure a loan for the completion of payment to expedite the delivery of the vehicles which will go a long way in curtailing transportation problems in the state.

After extensive and exhaustive deliberations, the house has granted the approval.

In a related development the house had received a letter from the office of the secretary to the state government, notifying the house of the swearing in of the chairman and members of the assembly service commission and the reappointment and elevation of the clerk and deputy clerk to the post of head of legislative services and permanent secretary respectively as well as other directors at the Kano state house of assembly.

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Revenue sharing formula: Kano demands 1% allocation, increase for states and LGAs



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State government has demanded a one per cent special status in the Federal revenue  allocation formula.

KANO FOCUS reports that the demand was made in a memorandum presented by the Secretary to the  State Government and head of Kano state delegation, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, (Wazirin Gaya), during the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the review of the current vertical revenue allocation formula organized by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission in Kaduna on Monday.

Alhaji Alhaji noted that the demand is genuine, justifiable and in no way controversial considering the enormous responsibilities the state is currently shouldering due to high influx of people displaced or affected by insecurity in neighboring states including Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto and others.

He also highlighted the status of the state as the most populous in the country, its cosmopolitan and heterogeneous nature as “mini Nigeria”, as well as being the commercial hub for the north that attracts and accommodates people from all parts of the country and beyond, as other reasons for the demand.

The Secretary to the State Government therefore urged the federal government to positively consider the special status demand so as to support the development of Kano particularly in the areas of agriculture, trade and commerce and manufacturing as “it will translate into rapid development for the country generally.

“Our reasons are for the development of Nigeria as a whole”. He added.

The SSG further noted that the current revenue sharing formula is skewed largely in favour of the federal government to the detriment of states and local governments as the federating units, which he described as uneven, unfair and unjust.

He noted that the decision of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to review the current revenue sharing formula, in line with its statutory constitutional responsibilities,  is commendable as it is long overdue in view of the changing political, economic, social and ecological realities in the country.

Alhaji Usman Alhaji further noted that despite taking the lion’s share, the federal government could not effectively and adequately discharge most of its responsibilities in states, like ensuring security and provision of healthcare services which, he said, were left for the states to take care of.

” The insecurity and violence in the North can be link to the uneven distribution of the national wealth. …Some have too little while others have too much to spend. As federating units, no one should be left in dare need “, he added.

While noting that states spend more than the federal government on healthcare and other services in addition to huge expenditure for the police and DSS, he suggested that states should have larger share in the revenue allocation formula.

The SSG therefore, on behalf of Kano State Government, proposed a new sharing formula of 41 percent for Federal Government, 34 percent for states and 24 percent for local governments while the 13 percent derivation should be maintained.

The Kano State delegation to the North West Zonal public hearing comprise commissioners, Special Advisers, top civil servants, traditional leaders, representatives of CSOs, NGOs and students organizations.

Other states that presented memoranda at the occasion include Jigawa, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara.

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