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Kano approves free health care for 553 people living with HIV



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State government has approved enrolment of 553 people living with HIV/AIDS to access free health care services through basic health care provision fund for the attainment of Universal healthcare coverage in the state.

Kano Focus reports that the executive secretary of the state contributory healthcare management Agency Halima Muhammad Mijinyawa disclosed this at a courtesy visit to her counterpart of the Agency for the Control of AIDS, Sabitu Shanono on Monday.

Mrs Mijinyawa said she was in the Agency to inform him the resolution for the selection of eligible beneficiaries and criteria for enrollment.

She explained that the Basic health provision fund is a federal government intervention that falls under the equity program of contributory health care scheme aimed at providing free health care service to the pregnant women, children under five, elderly, poorest of the poor and people with disabilities.

In his remarks, the Director-General of the State Agency for the control of AIDS, Sabitu Shanono expressed satisfaction with integration of people living with HIV/AIDS into the program.

He applauded the Agency for the gesture and pleaded for more slots of HIV/AIDS patient into the program.

The Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF) is a key component of the National Health Act (NHA) that ensures basic minimum health package for Nigerians. It is derived from a minimum of one per cent (1%) of the federal government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).

The act was passed into law in 2014 as part of actions towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Nigeria. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means ensuring that people get access to quality healthcare without suffering financial hardships.

Kano state is expected to flag-off the enrollment of beneficiaries this December.

International partners such as UK funded Lafiya programme are supporting the implementation of the programme in Kano state.

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Organisation trains youth leaders on peace, mediation



Aminu Abdullahi




A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Youth Action for Peace, says it has trained youth leaders in Kano on peace and conflict mediation to promote peaceful co-existence.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Lead Trainer, Barrister Comfort Usman, said that the training was organised in collaboration with MacArthur and Ford foundation and was aimed at training youth leaders on how to prevent conflicts.

According to her, the training is to increase the capacity of young peace builders to be able to mediate and promote peace in Kano and the country as a whole.

Usman, who emphasised the role of youths in nation building, said that with the training, youth leaders would be equipped with skills of mediation and conflict resolution.

“Youths are agents of peace, if properly trained, they will lead peace efforts successfully,” she explained.

Barrister Usman said that the training was strategically placed on dates close to general elections.

She urged youths to be agents of peace rather than destruction.

Cross Section of Participants

The lead trainer called on youths to shun violence and be their brothers keepers.

Earlier, the coordinator, Youth Peace Security Network, Kano, Barrister Nura Ahmad, said the exercise would go a long way to teach young people what conflict was all about and how they could live together as one.

He urged the participants to pass down the knowledge to young persons in their communities.

Cross Section of Participants

Ahmad also called on Nigerian youths to shun any form of violence and all manners of electoral malpractices in the 2023 General Elections and beyond.

A participant, Aisha Abubakar, said the training had helped her to understand the importance of peace and how to be a peace mediator.

Presentation of certificates to Participants

Another participant, Ismail Auwal, said knowledge gained from the training would help them to mediate or handle crisis when the need arose.

He also called for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

Barrister Comfort Usman

KANO FOCUS reports that after the training, Kano Youth Mediators Network was inaugurated.

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Late Emir of Dutse: An embodiment of national unity – NRO



Aminu Abdullahi

The Northern Reform Organisation (NRO) says the late Emir of Dutse, Dr Nuhu Muhammad Sanusi led the Dutse Emirate Council for 30 years exhibiting the attributes of selflessness, accommodation and peace throughout his domain. 

KANO FOCUS reports that the NRO Director of Publicity, Malam Mahmud Adnan Audi made these declarations in a condolence message to the Dutse Emirate Council, the government and people of Jigawa State following the demise of the respected monarch yesterday.

Adnan said the monarch also treated indigenes of other states in the Jigawa State Capital as sons and daughters of the state.

He noted that the late Chancellor of the Sokoto State University also provided good counsel to the successive regimes in the state resulting in the effective maintenance of peace and the provision of infrastructure.

Adnan prayed Allah  to forgive the monarch’s infractions and provide him a space in Aljannah.

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ACF Kano mourns Prof. I. H Umar, Emir of Dutse



Aminu Abdullahi

Kano State chapter of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has expressed deep regret over the passing on of three Kano and Jigawa states prominent citizens.

KANO FOCUS reports that the deceased are former Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Prof. Ibrahim Halliru Umar, Emir of Dutse, Dr. Nuhu Muhammad Sanusi and former Special Assistant to the Governor of Jigawa State, Malam Kawu Adamu Aliyu.

A Statement signed by Kano ACF Publicity Secretary, Malam Bello Sani Galadanci, and made available to KANO FOCUS on Wednesday, indicated that the Forum is in mourning mood as Jigawa and Kano lose prominent figures.

According to the Statement: “The Arewa Consultative Forum is in mourning mood again.

“The ACF  expressed deep sympathy following the death of the Emir of Dutse, Dr Nuhu Muhammad Sanusi,  the former Vice- Chancellor of the Bayero University, Professor Emeritus Ibrahim Halliru Umar, and a former Special Assistant to the Governor of Jigawa State, Mallam Kawu Adamu Aliyu.

“Reacting to their demise, a member of the ACF Board of Trustees, Retired Brigadier- General Halliru Akilu recalled the exemplary leadership offered by the late Emir, who he said  always rendered selfless services and stood by his community at all times.

“He noted that the late Chancellor of the Sokoto State University led a life full of many accomplishments including active roles in the protection and promotion of a green environment.

“On Professor Umar, the ACF leader acknowledged his tremendous contribution to the growth and development of the Bayero University and the Federal University of Technology, Minna where he served as Vice Chancellor and Sole Administrator respectively.

“He observed that being the pioneer Director- General of the Nigerian Energy Commission, the late scholar laid its solid  foundation creditably. Between 200-2001, late Professor Ibrahim Umar served as Council member, and later elected Chairman, Board of Directors of the International Atomic Energy Agency of the UN.

“General Akilu was also saddened by the demise of Mallam Kawu Adamu, describing him as a member of the society with visible hands in community development.

“He prayed that Allah in His mercy would grant them a place in aljannah, and their families the fortitude to bear the loss.”

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