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Emir tasks Karaye council on good governance

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Emir of Karaye Ibrahim Abubakar II has tasked the new administration of Karaye local government Council on good governance and accountability.

Kano Focus reports that the Emir made the remarks while receiving the new Chairman of Karaye local government Council Balarabe Isyaku Yusuf, Council’s Leader and local other councillors in his palace.

The Emir maintained that, good governance and accountability is the bedrock of any successful government and means of earning public trust.

The monarch thanked the chairman for the visit and assured Emirate’s support and guidance.

In his address the chairman of Karaye local government Council Balarabe Isyaku Yusuf said, the visit was to introduce the new leadership to the Emir and seeks his blessings.

Yusuf revealed that, the new administration would remain open for fatherly advice from the Emir.

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KAROTA succumb to Tricyclists’ protest, accepts POS payment

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The Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) has succumb to protesting tricyclists and agreed to accept payment of one hundred Naira tax via POS or mobile banking.

Kano Focus reports that the tricyclists have earlier agreed to pay the one hundred Naira tax daily, but protested against making payments via REMITA platform.

The tricyclists requested for cash payment, mobile banking or via POS, a request KAROTA leadership rejected outrightly.

However, at a negotiation facilitated by Kano state leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Kano Civil Society Forum Ibrahim Waiya, KAROTA agreed to accept payment via POS mobile transfer after initial payment through REMITA.

A copy of the resolutions reached by leadership of tricyclists and Managing Director of KAROTA Bappa Babba Dan’agundi on Tuesday in the presence of NLC chairman Kabiru Ado Minjibir and that of  directed all tricycle operators to call off their protest and resume operation.

The resolutions obtained by Kano Focus reads in part “After extensive and fruitful deliberations which lasted for over two hours. The following resolutions were reached.

“That all tricycle riders in the state are to pay a token of N 100 daily as provided by the Kano state revenue administration law, schedule 2 item 9 congestion charges amendment law 2017.

“That the first payment of N100 should be through REMITA to enable data capture in Kano state Board of Internal Revenue/KAROTA which should be done within two weeks effective from today 23 February, 2021, after which KAROTA will commence enforcement and the server shutdown, so that nobody will access it to enable control.

“That the subsequent payment of N100 daily tax should follow by the tricycle operators which can be done through their Android phones or P. O. S (Point of Sale) with an option of daily, monthly, quarterly or annual payment at the cafe (which is not compulsory).

“That the hire purchase owners will assist the tricycle riders in the provision of additional REMITA points to enable members to make payment with ease.

“That the leadership of organised labour and Kano Civil Society Forum will continue to engage the leadership of tricycle riders/owners association in the state for smooth conduct of their business through public enlightenment, awareness activities and training on professional conduct to ensure peaceful coexistence in the state and hitch business atmosphere.

“That a joint Press briefing should be conducted at KAROTA office and emergency meeting of all units of tricycle association should be summon immediately to enable striking riders go back to their business and suspend the strike.

“That all tricycle riders in the state should write their number boldly at the back of each tricycle for easy identification and security purposes.”

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Kano plans to revive public health lab

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Kano state government said plan is in pipeline to revive public health laboratory domiciled at Infectious Diseases Hospital.

The commissioner of health Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa announced this at a one day roundtable meeting on strengthening domestic financing for health security in Kano state.

The commissioner represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Amina Musa said the laboratory would complement five others managed by private organisations and National Centre for Diseases and Control NCDC in analysing COVID-19 samples in the state.

Mr Tsanyawa noted that the state government has attached priority attention to health security financing, hence the establishment of Kano State Contributory Healthcare Management Agency KSCHMA and Kano Health Trust Fund KHETFund among others.

In his address the representative of ministry of local government Garba Bello said each of the forty four local government councils in the state has earmarked not less than two million Naira for EPR in 2021 budget.

According to him this would go a long way in ensuring Emergency Preparedness Response at local government level.

In his welcome address the convener of the meeting Muhammad Shu’aib said the event was to appraise efforts towards increasing EPR financing in Kano State

According to him part of the meeting is to ensure the sustained increase in EPR budget allocation, releases and execution as well as raise the accountability bar for EPR financing in Kano State.

Mr Shu’aib who is the State Coordinator LISDEL and Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), added that “what we seek to do is to ensure that funding for EPR is increased, and we now have an approved budget for EPR in the state which is commendable.

“What we have done is to engage officials from the ministry of planning and budget, finance and others, to see that there is an ease in the accessibility of funds for EPR in Kano”.

According to him timely releases of funds for EPR will ensure implementation of activities as planned.

He observed that accessing releases is as important as creating a budget line in state appropriation.

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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

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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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