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NGE commences Biennial Convention in Kano



Nasiru Yusuf

The Nigerian Guild of Editors NGE, has commenced 2021 Biennial convention in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the convention themed “The Media in COVID-19 Era : Challenges and Opportunities,” was attended by media editors from different part of the country.

Speaking at the event, governor Abdullahi Ganduje described it as an opportunity to look into national development as it relates to media practice.

“It is very important at this time that we should use the media for the promotion of peace and stability and change the viewpoints that could alter public views and sentiment toward a more peaceful resolution of our multi-faceted current crises.”

“If and only if we as a nation are interested in peace and harmony, we must reject hate propaganda machinery. In the main, this is a time Editors should be conflict-sensitive about our nation.”

“Our brave, collective pursuit in uniting this nation, underscores the fact that for as long as we have a common purpose, we will find no obstacle big enough to stop us from marching on. The media and particularly our gatekeepers have a role to play in this regard,” Mr Ganduje said.

In his remarks the President of NGE Mustapha Isa, appreciated the presence of the governor at the event, acknowledging that, Kano has been transformed into a more modern city-state.

Also speaking the Vice Chancellor Federal University, Kashere, Umar Pate commended Ganduje’s effort in maintaining good working relationship with the media.

He explained in clearer terms now fake news affects media credibility and development. He called on media practitioners to stick to ethical standard and also follow suit in using technology, as it is obtained presently.

Present at the event were, former governor of Ogun state, Aremu Olusegun Osoba, Senior Special Assistant to the President of Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, former Presidents of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, former and serving Presidents of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, among many other captains of the media industry.

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Danbatta: Kidnappers release Igbo businessman



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Kidnappers have released the Igbo business man abducted last Friday in Danbatta local government, Kano state.

Kano Focus exclusively reports that Mr Emanuel Eze regained freedom after paying an undisclosed ransom.

Mr Eze’s neighbor Salisu Abubakar Kore told Kano Focus that he was contacted by the kidnappers to drive the businessman home on Thursday night.

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“I was called around 1:30am and directed to pick him up in Ringim, Jigawa state.

“When I reached Kanya Babba I was rerouted to Gidan Lage, Garki local government, Jigawa state where I picked him around 2:30am.

“We arrived Kore in Danbatta local government, Kano state by 5:30am but he instructed me to proceed to Kazaure, jigawa state where he reunited with his brothers.” Mr Kore said.

The Kano Police Command Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa has confirmed Mr Eze’s release.

Mr Kiyawa, a deputy superintendent of police said the command has received tips about the kidnaps whereabouts and is in the process of hunting them down.

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Federal govt to commence Kaduna-Kano rail line project in June



Nasiru Yusuf

The federal government said the extension of the Abuja-Kaduna rail line to Kano will begin by end of June.

KANO FOCUS reports that the minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, stated this during the official commissioning of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line project on Thursday in Lagos.

According to him, “we have about three or four projects. This month, we will start Kano-Kaduna and then we will also start Port Harcourt to Maiduguri which also is done by CCECC and then Kano-Maradi.”

“While we are celebrating that, we are not be happy that up until now, the China Exim bank is yet to approve the loan for Ibadan to Kano because we need to start that and complete it quickly because that is my fear.

“We are grateful that the Chinese government through the China Exim bank was able to give us the loan at a concessionary rate to construct from the seaport. We hope that we get money to be able to construct from Ibadan to Kano so that we can complete the track and make sure that business takes place.

“We got money from China Exim bank, we paid back. We did put pressure on CCECC and delivered on time. In terms of quality, what we have is of good.”

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Final year student dies in BUK hostel



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

A level 400 student in the department of Political Science Bayero University Kano (BUK) died in the Ramat Hall female students’ hostel on Tuesday morning.

Kano Focus reports that Mercy Sunday died of fever and vomiting.

One of her roommates who plead anonymity said Ms Sunday died in the early morning hours after foaming at the mouth.

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BUK Dean of Student Affairs, Shamsuddeen Umar said she died of natural causes.

“She was sick and attended the University clinic where she was taken care of before being discharged to her hostel.”

Dr Umar added that the illness returned on Monday night and she died before daybreak on Tuesday.

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