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Activist task CSOs, Journalists to advocate natural family planning

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Hajiya Maimuna Muhammad

Nasiru Yusuf

The Co-chair of Kano State Led Accountability Mechanism (KanSLAM) Maimuna Muhammad has tasked journalists and members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to counsel women to embrace natural family planning and other traditional methods as an alternative to lack of modem contraceptives.

Kano Focus reports that Mrs Muhammad gave the charge on Tuesday at a three day reproductive health/family planning quarterly review meeting and development of costed work plan organised by KanSLAM with the support of WISH in Kaduna state.

According to her, lack of family planning commodity in health facilities should not be an excuse that will drag CSOs and journalists from advocating contraceptive usage.

She observed that many women need information, hence the need for activists and journalists to counsel them on family planning without necessarily taking drugs.

Participants at the event

She cited examples with some natural methods including temperature method, safe period, withdrawal, herbs and other traditional ways of practicing family planning.

Mrs Muhammad also advised participants to mainstream family planning in all their activities, as according to her treating it as stand alone intervention will not lead to desired result.

“One thing about family planning is when you treat it as stand alone intervention, you cannot reach your target. We have to mainstream family planning into other activities. Whatever we are doing either in education, agriculture, economy, empowerment and poverty alleviation we should mainstream family planning into our activities,” Mrs Muhammad said.

Participants at the event

Also speaking, the evidence and accountability adviser of Womens’ Integration in Health Services (WISH) Nafisa Abdu said the meeting is to review performance of KanSLAM on reproductive health/family planning in 2020 and set reproductive health/family planning goals for the year 2021.

Other objectives of the meeting according to her is to identify activities to support reaching the goals and develop a costed work plan.

The meeting was attended by thirty participants drawns from CSOs, media Organisations and government.

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AIG orders investigation of Policeman seen voting in Kano APC Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone Abubakar Sadiq Bello has ordered the investigation of unprofessional conduct of a policeman caught on camera voting during state congress of All progressive Congress (APC) in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reportsthat in view of the unprofessional conduct of the policeman, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

A statement issued on Monday by Zonal Police Public Relations Officer Abubakar Zayyanu identified the police officer as Bashir Mohammed attached to the government house, Kano, from where he was deployed to work with the state Chairman of APC Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

Mr Zayyanu noted that if the inspector is found to have committed an offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

He further assured the general public that further development on the matter will be communicated.

The statement reads in part.

“The attention of the Inspector-General of Police Zone one Headquarters, Kano has been drawn to a trending picture on social media, of an inspector of police casting vote at the recently conducted Kano State congress of the APC along with his principal, the state party chairman, Abdullahi Abbas.

“The inspector of police has been identified as Bashir Mohammed of the Special Protection Unit, Base One, Kano. The inspector is attached to the government house, Kano from where he was deployed to work with the said Abdullahi Abbas as a security aide.

“In view of this seemingly unprofessional conduct of the inspector, the AIG has referred the matter to the Zonal X-Squad for investigation.

“If the inspector is found to have committed a disciplinary offence by this action, the appropriate disciplinary measure will be taken against him.

“Finally,  we want assure members of the public that further development on the matter will be communicated please.”

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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Rabiu Kwankwaso

Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Aminu Abdullahi

Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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