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Engineering body honours NCC for contribution to economic development

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The Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional bodies in the engineering field in the country, has presented an award to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in recognition and appreciation of its support of the activities of the academy towards enhancing economic development.

KANO FOCUS reports that the NAE is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation established for the purpose of promoting excellence in technological and engineering training and practice to ensure the technological growth and economic development in Nigeria.

In a statement sent to KANO FOCUS by the commission’s spokesperson Ikechukwu Adinde the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta received the recognition award at the 2021 Academy Technology Dinner/Lecture organised by NAE at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, which had the Minister of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, as Special Guest of Honour.

Danbatta is a Fellow of the Academy and has, since becoming the EVC of NCC in 2015, remarkably stepped up NCC’s engagements with the academia and other professional institutions in science and technology towards advancing the socio-economic development of Nigeria.

The EVC, who spoke with the media shortly after receiving the recognition, said NCC is delighted to have been recognised for the modest contribution to the activities of the Academy and to the advancement of the nation’s economic development.

“On behalf of the Board, Management and the entire staff of the Nigerian Communications Commission, I wish to express our appreciation to the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. We see this gesture as an acknowledgement of the little efforts we are making towards the progress of the NAE,” he said.

Danbatta also spoke about the various interventions the Commission has been making through its concerted initiatives such as the Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) for secondary schools and Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI) for tertiary education across Nigeria.

President of NAE, Engr. Alex Ogedengbe, further appreciated the Commission for its consistency in supporting the Academy, especially since the coming on board of Prof. Danbatta as the country’s Chief telecoms regulator.

He thanked the NCC Management for supporting the objectives of the NAE, which he said, are “To promote excellence in and the advancement of science, engineering, technology and innovation for the development of the economy and humanity.”

According to him, the NAE also facilitates dissemination and exchange of ideas among members and other similar bodies and establishments.

The event which was attended in strict compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, had Prof. Sam Adefila, as the Guest Speaker. Prof Adefila spoke on the technical theme of the annual lecture feature of the event: “H20, The Peculiar Features of Earth’s Most Abundant Compound.”

Fellows of the Academy are drawn from a broad spectrum of engineering discipline, occupation and geographical location and include very senior Nigerian and foreign engineering professionals, who have distinguished themselves in professional practice, business, academia and government.

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Ganduje salutes Kano clerics, pledges to pursue Abduljabbar’s trial

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said his administration would follow the case of AbdulJabbar Nasiru Kabara to its logical conclusion, emphasising that, “The struggle is for all of us.”

KANO FOCUS reports that Ganduje made this known when he paid Sallah visit to the leader of Qadiriyyah movement, Khalifa Qariballah Nasiru Kabara, at Qadiriyyah House, Kabara, Friday.

“We are very grateful that we are following the right steps on the situation now. And the state government will continue to monitor the situation very well. Up to its logical conclusion,” he said.

“We are equally commending you for what you did. The role you played. It is indeed amazing that, Islamic scholars played well during the debate. They displayed genuine Islamic knowledge.”

“There are those who think they are learned, but they do not work with what they claim they know. That is part of the reasons why we found ourselves in such kind of situation,” Mr Ganduje said.

The governor also pledged to give a helping hand to the completion of Sheikh Nasiru Kabara Islamic Centre, based in the federal capital territory, Abuja.

In his remarks, Khalifa Kabara praised the governor in the role he played in organising debate between Kano clerics and Abduljabbar Kabara.

 “We are all thumbing up for the great work done. May Allah reward you the most.

“We are most grateful also for your visit, which you made a yearly event. We are happy that His Excellency frequents also our other activities, from Tafsir during Ramadhan period, to our yearly Maukibi event, among others. We are grateful how His Excellency distinguishes himself with those things,” he concluded.

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Muhuyi Magaji risks 14 year jail term over false medical report

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The suspended chairman of Kano State Public Complaint and Anti Corruption Commission PCACC Muhuyi Magaji may get up to 14 years for presenting false medical report to Kano state House of Assembly.

KANO FOCUS reports that a private legal practitioner in Kano Abdulaziz Adamu Ahmad said the act of Mr Magaji amount to an offence known as ‘forgery’ as stated by section 362 of Penal Code of Northern Nigeria.

Mr Magaji has on July 14 presented a medical report to Kano state House Assembly adhoc committee constituted to investigate a petition against him from office of the Accountant General of the state.

The suspended chairman of PCACC through his counsel Usman Fari said he was undergoing a medical diagnosis at National Hospital, Abuja.

However, the Hospital in a letter dated July 19, 2021 and sent to clerk of Kano state House Assembly said there is no patient named ‘Muhuyi Magaji’ in their hospital record and no folder was opened in that name.

The letter written by the Director Clinical services in the Hospital, Aisha Umar said the name and signature of the doctor (Dr. Bayo) on the medical report do not belong to any staff of National Hospital, Abuja.

It therefore declare the medical report as ‘NOT authentic’.

The letter reads in part:

“Kindly refer to your letter with ref. No KNHA/CON/077 dated 16th July, 2021 on the above subject matter, in which you requested the hospital to verify the authenticity or otherwise of attached medical report/documents.

“Following your request on the above, and subsequent investigations, we wish to state the following findings:

“There is no patient named ‘Muhuyi Magaji’ in their hospital record and no folder was opened in that name.

“That by our records, the name and signature of the doctor (Dr. Bayo) on the medical report do not belong to any staff of National Hospital, Abuja.

“Laboratory investigation in the National Hospital are no longer manually written on paper, but electronically transmitted.

“In the light of the above Sir, the medical report/documents which you attached it’s photocopies are not authentic.

“On behalf of the Chief Medical Director, please accept our warm regards.

“Dr A. A Umar, Director, Clinical Services/CMAC on behalf of the Chief Medical Director.

Muhuyi Magaji risks 14 year jail term

Mr Ahmad argued that the embattled chairman of PCACC risks getting 14 year jail term for committing forgery.

According to Mr Ahmad the ingredients of that offence include presenting false document to public institution with the intention of misleading that institution to believe that said document is genuine and is from lawful authority.

Mr Ahmad added that section 364 of Penal Code stipulated a fourteen year jail term for such offence with imprisonment or both imprisonment and fine.

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He described Magaji’s act as “Illegal and embarrassing’ that shall not be sweep under the carpet.

The legal practitioner suggested that the matter should be forwarded to police for thorough investigation.

What law says on forgery

Section 362 (A) of penal code defined forgery as “A person is said to make a false document – who is dishonestly or fraudulently makes, signs, seals, or execute a document or part of a document or mark denoting the execution with the intention of causing it to be believed that such document or part of a document was made, signed, sealed or executed or at a time which he knows that it was not made, signed, sealed or executed.”

Also section 364 of the same penal code said “Whoever committs forgery shall be punished with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to fourteen years or with fine or with both.”

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FG tasks Kano traders, entrepreneurs to register their businesses

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The Federal Government has advised Kano traders and entrepreneurs to register their businesses to fulfill requirements that would enable them benefit  from the numerous incentives and soft loans of the Federal Government to grow their businesses.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Nasir Sani Gwarzo, gave the advice during a meeting with officials of  Kano Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA) in Kano.

Gwarzo restated the Federal Government’s commitment to provide enabling environment for businesses to flourish.

He also said that KACCIMA should enlighten its members on modern business strategies that would enable them compete with their counterparts.

According to him, such practices and successes will serve as a point of reference for foreign investors who are desirous of doing business in the country.

Earlier, the President of KACCIMA, Dalhatu Abubakar, thanked the Permanent Secretary for the visit, and solicited government’s support for its members.

Abubakar assured Gwarzo that the chamber would enlighten members on the importance of modernisation and registration of business.

He also enumerated the achievements of KACCIMA and commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in introducing various intervention programmes.

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