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70% of Northerners are willing to accept COVID-19 vaccine – report



Prof. AbdurRazak Garba Habib

Nasiru Yusuf

A survey conducted on COVID-19 in Northern Nigeria indicated that almost 70% of respondents were willing to accept the vaccine.

Kano Focus reports that the cochairman of Kano state Task Force on COVID-19 AbdurRazaq Garba Habib revealed this at a one day symposium on the vaccine organised by Islamic Forum of Nigeria for Imam of Juma’a mosques.

The research titled ‘Knowledge, attitude and practice survey of COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Nigeria’ was jointly conducted by Mr Habib, Maryam AbdurRazaq Habib, Faruk Muhammad Dayyab and Garba Iliyasu.

Mr Habib, a professor of infectious and tropical diseases at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital/Bayero University Kano, said 39% of respondents were willing to pay for the vaccine if not publicly funded.

The medical doctor dismissed the myth alleging that the vaccines may modify human DNA.

Imam of Juma’a mosques

He noted that so far reported safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines have exceeded one expectation.

“The COVID vaccine will reduce the chance of suffering from serious complications of COVID.

“No vaccine is 100% effective, so everyone should continue to take the recommended precautions to avoid infection,” Mr Habib said.

Imams of Juma’a mosques

Emir of Kano endorse COVID-19 vaccines

In his address the Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero has admonished people to accept COVID-19 vaccines.

The royal father represented by Dan Amar of Kano Aliyu Harazimi Umar said it is part of Emirate’s tradition to consult cleric on matters of national importance like COVID-19 with a view to getting Islamic position.

Alhaji Aliyu Harazimi Umar (Dan Amar)

The monarch urged Imams to use their pulpits in sensitising the public on how best to accept the vaccines.

He racalled with nostalgia how people in the past refused to take poliomyelitis vaccine to the extent that Saudi Authorities mandated administering the vaccines to every Nigerians who went for Hajj or Umrah.

Islamic perspective on vaccines 

Also speaking the chief Imam of Alfurqan Juma’a mosque Bashir Aliyu Umar said Islam recommended vaccination against any disease.

Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar (Chief Imam of Alfurqan Juma’a mosque)

He cited prophetic traditions which recommends taking seven prices of Ajwa dates daily as shield against diseases.

The Imam noted that taking vaccines endorsed by health experts is permissible in Islam.

Earlier the Executive Secretary of the Forum Salisu Shehu said the lecture was organised to clear misconception attributed to COVID-19 vaccine and raise public awareness regarding the importance of the highly anticipated vaccine in Kano state.

Prof. Salisu Shehu (Executive Secretary, Islamic Forum of Nigeria)

Shehu, a deputy secretary general of Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs said as the country awaits COVID-19 vaccine there is need to ensure comprehensive communication efforts to manage public expectations and counter vaccine doubtfulness.

Prof. Salisu Shehu, Alhaji Wada Aliyu Gaya (Sarkin Yakin Kano) and Prof. Muhammad Sani Zahraddeen (Chief Imam of Kano)

Others who spoke at the occasion include Chief Imam of Kano Muhammad Sani Zahraddeen, vice Chairman of the Forum M.T Bello, Director, Centre of infectious diseases Bayero University Kano, Isa Abubakar, Bashir Adamu Aliyu,   among others.

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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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Hisba za ta tilastawa ma’aurata shiga makarantar nazarin zamantakewar aure a Kano



Hukumar Hisbah ta ce za ta bude makarantar koyon zamantakewar aure a Jihar Kano cikin , a watan Nuwambar wannan shekara.

KANO FOCUS ta ruwaito babban kwamandan hukumar, Muhammad Haruna Sani Ibn Sina ne ya bayyana hakan a zantawarsa da gidan rediyon Freedom.

Ibn Sina ya ce, a matakin farko zabi ne ga wanda ke da sha’awar shiga, amma a nan gaba za su yi kokarin ganin an mayar da shi doka ga duk mai son yin aure a Kano.

“Kaso 75 daga cikin korafin da mu ke karba kan matsalolin aure ne, wannan ne ya sanya muka samar da makarantar don ba da horo.

“Matsalar yawaitar mutuwar aure a kullum karuwa take musamman a Kano, don haka makarantar za ta samar da hanyoyin dabarun koyar da ilimin zamantakewar aure,” cewar Ibn Sina.

Kazalika, kwamandan ya kara da cewa za su shigar da kudiri gaban majalisar dokokin Jihar don tilasta wa ma’aurata shiga makarantar.

Ibn Sina, ya kuma kara da cewa horaswar ba iya mata za ta tsaya ba, har da maza za a basu damar shiga don samun daidaito da raguwar matsalolin.

Matsalar aure a Jihar Kano na ci gaba da zama babbar kalubale musamman kan yadda Hisbah ke fama wajen warware su.

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Kano Govt offers employment to blind volunteer teacher




Nasiru Yusuf

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has offered a teaching job to a blind person, Dahuru Abdulhamid Idris, who has been teaching voluntarily.

KANO FOCUS reports Ganduje has directed that Mr Idris to be deployed to Tudun Maliki Special Education School.

“You are a role model, whose visual impairment does not stand as a stumbling block for your development.

“You are taking the right step in your life. The Kano state government is giving you automatic employment of teaching. And I have directed the state Commissioner of Education to post you to Tudun Maliki Special Education School.” He said

It will be recalled that Daily Trust Newspaper did a comprehensive report of the Blind person and his Contributions to his Community despite his disability.

The report attracted a lot of comments and Sympathy from different people.

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