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Pay hazard allowance to health workers, journalists – NLC chair tells Kano Govt

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Kano NLC Chairman Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir

Mukhtar Yahaya Usman

The chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress Kano council Kabiru Ado Minjibir has called on Kano state government to introduce hazard allowance to health workers and journalists practicing amidst COVID-19.

Kano Focus reports that Minjibir made the appeal during the inauguration of newly elected executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Kano state council.

He said this became necessary because they are in forefront in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

New Executives of NUJ Kano state council

Government Solicits for cordial relationship with journalists

In his address the commissioner of Information Muhammad Garba appealed for sustained cordial relationship between journalists and Kano state government’.

Mr Garba who was represented by the chief press secretary to Kano state governor Abba Anwar said the good working relationship being enjoyed between journalists and government has led to a peaceful coexistence the state.

NUJ members at the swearing in ceremony

He assured to pass the request made by NLC chairman on hazard allowance to Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Benefits of Late NUJ Chairman AbdulJalal Haruna

In his remarks the veteran journalist Bello Sani Galadanchi has appealed to National executives of NUJ to facilitate the release of death benefits of late AbdulJalal Haruna who died three and half years ago.

Galadanchi, who is the former state chairman of the union commended the intervention of Commissioner of Information Muhammad Garba and many other veteran journalists in supporting the family of late AbdulJalal and other deceased members of pen profession.

NUJ members at the inauguration

He said demanding the payment does not mean a direct confrontation with state government, but rather seeking a succor to the family of late journalists.

Journalism salary enhancement scheme

Also another former state chairman of the union Abdulkadir Ahmad Kwakwatawa appealed to NUJ to commence advocating for a special salary scheme for practicing journalists.

He said if properly implemented, the salary scheme would address the challenge of yellow journalism and brown envelope syndrome.

Mr Kwakwatawa also appealed to new executives to develop an effective strategy to address the menace of quacks in the profession.

He said if Lagos and Kaduna state can address the intrusion of quack journalists, he sees no reason why Kano should not follow suit.

The new leadership pledge to consolidate on past achievements

In his acceptance speech, the reelected chairmen of Kano state council of Nigeria Union of Journalists Abbas Ibrahim pledged to consolidate on the past achievements recorded in the past tenure.

Comrade Abbas Ibrahim taking the oath of office

Other executives inaugurated are Abbas Habib Abbas (Vice Chairman), Abba Murtala (Secretary), Nura Shehu Bakinruwa (Assistant Secretary), Sunusi Abdullahi Kofar Na’isa (Treasurer), Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim (Financial Secretary) and Mustapha Gambo (Auditor).

Financial Secretary of the council Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

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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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Nasiru Yusuf

 

 

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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Nasiru Yusuf

 

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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