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NCC begins review of telecoms license structure

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has initiated the process for the review of existing licensing structure in the Nigerian telecommunications industry. 

KANO FOCUS reports that an important step towards achieving this was taken recently by the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta when he inaugurated an in-house Standing Committee to carry out the task.

In a statement sent to KANO FOCUS by commission’s spokesperson Ikechukwu Adinde, Danbatta, while inaugurating the Committee, said the need for the review of the existing license structure was informed by the wide range of technological advances, convergence of technologies and services which have characterized the global telecoms space over the years, and which impact is increasingly being experienced in Nigeria.

According to him, the current license structure is almost 20 years old, hence the need for an urgent review of the existing license pattern to reflect new licensing trends in line with international standards while providing opportunities for improved revenue for government.

“Therefore, it is evidently clear that this Standing Committee, drawn up from competent hands in various departments of the Commission, is perfectly suited and capable of addressing the enormous task of reviewing the existing license structure of  telecom licensees in Nigeria,” he said.

While noting that the work of the Standing Committee will be carried out in phases, Danbatta said effective delivery of the Committee’s task will help the Commission to institute a process, which will culminate in the review of the terms and conditions of the various license categories.

These, he said, will include licensing fee, as well as identification of the limitations of the various license categories, with a view to clearly determining licenses that should be phased out or amended.

Specifically, Danbatta outlined Management’s seven-point deliverables from the Committee to include a comprehensive review/report on existing licenses; report and recommendations on consultative fora; and report on recommended new license undertakings.

Others include a report on recommended amendment to license fees and durations; a report on benchmarking of license with similar jurisdictions, a report on the impact of certain licenses on other license holders.

The Committee is also expected to recommend solutions as well as the develop updated regulatory framework for new and amended licenses as the case may be; and a final report on the project with all recommendations.

Also speaking during the inauguration of the Committee, the Director, Licensing and Authorisation, NCC and Chairman of the Committee, Mohammad Babajika, assured the Commission’s Management of the Committee’s resolve to deliver on the terms of their assignment.

At the end of the Committee’s assignment, and following due consultations with industry stakeholders, the Commission envisages a new draft framework for new and amended licenses.

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Kano closes hospital where a doctor performs multiple surgery alone

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The Kano State Private Health Institutions Management Agency (PHIMA) has shut down Green-olives Hospital, Gadon kaya, Gwale local government area.

KANO FOCUS reports that the hospital was indicted for professional misconduct and poor service.

A statement issued by the spokesperson of the agency Abba Dalha said the agency has received a petition that the facility has recorded two death cases in the last six months.

After thorough investigation, the agency found that, the hospital do not undertake proper investigation nor issue consent form to patients before conducting a surgery.

According to the statement the surgeon is found to be to be doing the task of anaesthetic nurse, peri operative nurse and assistant surgeon which is grossly unethical.

The statement added that the surgeon is not inclined to any speciality of surgery as one of the recorded death case was a Paediatric surgery to three year old child, while the second death was Obstetrics and gynecology surgery.

The Agency threatened to deal with the culprit in accordance with it’s   guidelines and appealed to people to report quacks and professional misconduct for appropriate action.

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Kano Govt establishes School of Post Basic Ophthalmic Nursing

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Kano state government has approved the establishment of School of Post Basic Ophthalmic Nursing at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital,Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje announced this on Tuesday while declaring open the 34th annual National Scientific Delegate Conference and Free Eye Care Services organised by the Nigeria Ophthalmic Nurses Association held at the Coronation Hall, Government House Kano.

Ganduje represented by his Deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said that the move is in recognition of the significance of eye care services for human development.

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The governor reiterate his administration’s commitment towards revamping the health sector in the state.

According to the Governor “Our administration has been according priority attention to health care delivery because the growth and development of any nation are tied to sound health…and to make this effort actualized we allocated 15% of the 2021 budget to health sector in line with the Abuja declaration and are envisaging higher in the next fiscal year”.

On the theme of the conference: “Exploring Global Advancement And Innovation In Ophthalmic Nursing”…The Governor while describing it as apt said he feels it resonated from the desire to review the performance of the noble profession of ophthalmic nursing in order to enhance maximum efficiency and productivity.

He however while wishing the association successful deliberations during the conference, assured them of his administration’s continued support and cooperation.

In their separate remarks the National President of the Nigeria Ophthalmic Nurses Association and his Kano state counterpart Stephen Lamiya and Saleh Iliyasu Dan Hassan respectively said the occasion is the culmination of an enormous collective effort of various stakeholders from local, state and national level of ophthalmic nurses and ophthalmologist which began in November 2020.

They further said considering the fact that the eye is a fragile and sensitive organ of the body which deserves delicate and cautious handling, they are aligning with the chosen theme of this year’s world sight day “Love Your Eyes” and therefore called on all ophthalmic nurses to rededicate their services to the profession and the country.

Others who spoke during the occasion include the Commissioner Of Health Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, the Chief Medical Director of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Abdurrahman Sheshe and Ado Shehu Ringim from Maryam Abacha American University.

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Ganduje seeks Assembly’s approval to borrow N20bn

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The governor of Kano state Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has sent a letter to House of assembly seeking for approval to access 18.7 billion loan from the federal government to cushion the effects of COVID-19.

KANO FOCUS reports that the speaker of the assembly, Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari read the letter on the floor of the house.

According to the letter, the state government is seeking the approval of the house to enable it access the funds which many states have been granted access to by their state house of assemblies.

He said,the federal government had approved the disbursement of over 18 billion Naira to all the 36 states as bail out funds.

The governor has also sent another letter to the House seeking for approval to secure a loan of over two billion naira for the procurement of 100 BRT buses.

The letter pointed out that earlier the Kano state government had paid five hundred million naira as deposit and wish to secure a loan for the completion of payment to expedite the delivery of the vehicles which will go a long way in curtailing transportation problems in the state.

After extensive and exhaustive deliberations, the house has granted the approval.

In a related development the house had received a letter from the office of the secretary to the state government, notifying the house of the swearing in of the chairman and members of the assembly service commission and the reappointment and elevation of the clerk and deputy clerk to the post of head of legislative services and permanent secretary respectively as well as other directors at the Kano state house of assembly.

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