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UNICEF tasks journalists on promoting children’s cause

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Nasiru Yusuf and Aminu Abdullahi

The  United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, has tasked journalists in Kano to accord priority attention to children’s cause.

KANO FOCUS reports that UNICEF chief field officer in Kano Maulid Warfa made the appeal during a partnership and network strengthening meeting with Kano Media.

He said it is high time for journalists to restrategise on how to approach issues affecting children from Kano and Northwestern Nigeria.

According to him statistics shows that Kano is lagging far behind other states in the area of immunization, malnutrition, birth registration, infant and child mortality.

Mr Warfa observed that 178 out of 1,000 children in Kano died before they reach five years.

He noted that the children are dying not because of chronic illness but preventable diseases.

In her remarks the Director General of ARTV Sa’a Ibrahim charged journalists to exhibit professionalism in their reportage.

She described journalists as bridge between policy makers and people, hence the need to maintain credibility.

In her address the convener of the programme, Farida Umar Abdu  said the meeting was to sensitize the participants on UNICEF missions, mandate and current UNICEF priorities.

The meeting according to her was to discuss how UNICEF & the media in Kano atate can both strengthen their relationship in support of children’s issues in Kano and beyond as well as look at the the areas of media support and modalities identified and agreed upon.

Also speaking the UNICEF communication specialist Samuel Kaalu said UNICEF is operating in 190 countries advocating for the protection of children’s right.

Also speaking the social policy specialist of Unicef in Kano Ramatu Buda Aliyu said that about 55%per cent of the people in the state are living below poverty as revealed by the national bureau of statistics.

“It is a major concern that the poverty among young population in the state. The data showed that most of Kano people are living under 375 naira a day.

” The state level has to think more strategically and put the system to address the challenges,” she said.

She added that UNICEF partners journalists to improve well being of children.

“It is sad in 2018, 15℅ of the cases recorded in Kano state Hisbah Command were children sexual abuse.

“While 63℅ per cent of children don’t have a birth certificate,” Ms Aliyu said.

She said that in collaboration with journalists UNICEF would ensure that children have access to quality education, health care, information and other services.

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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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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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Revenue sharing formula: Kano demands 1% allocation, increase for states and LGAs

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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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