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Ganduje offers scholarship to children of visually impaired persons

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Mukhtar Saleh

Nasiru Yusuf

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has offered full scholarship to children of visually impaired persons from primary up to university level.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Ganduje revealed this on Monday during the 2021 Annual General Meeting and congregational prayers organized by Arewa Freedom of Blind held at State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

He urged visually impaired persons to complement government efforts by sending their wards to school to acquire education so as to become self reliant.

Ganduje said the government will look into developing a blueprint on skill acquisition to train and empower the persons and make them self reliant instead of providing them with jobs.

“I am happy that you throw your weight behind the government on ban of street begging. It is better to teach you how to catch fish than to give you fish.

“If you are given fish, when you finish eating the fish you will go back to beg. Therefore, acquiring skill acquisition is better than jobs. Because how many people can you provide jobs?

“We are directing the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to develop and design a blueprint for skill acquisition that best be inculcated in the blind that can help them become self-reliant.

“We have made education free in the state with exception with your children. Like you earlier appealed, we will also sponsor them to tertiary institution.

“But you must make sure you children go to school to become Doctors and Engineers among others.

“Plans are also on top gear to establish an agency to cater for the needs of persons living with disability.

“To that effect, a bill was sent before the state house of Assembly and we have approved it,” Governor Ganduje said.

In his address the president of Association of Blind Persons from 19 Northern states Mukhtar Saleh pleaded with Ganduje to provide them with jobs so they can quit street begging.

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Mr Saleh said each of the local government councils (44 in Kano) should give persons with disabilities five employment slots to take them away from the streets, noting that it is not their wish to be on the streets.

According to him, “we are not happy with begging. We use this opportunity to appeal to you to provide jobs for our people, at least five, in each of the 44 local government areas.

“There is also an allowance provided to our people in the local government areas which prevents our people from travelling to other parts of the country such as Lagos, Enugu and Anambra for street begging.

“We appealed that the allowance be reinstated. It helps our people in the home front.

“We also appeal that free education be extended our wards from primary to tertiary institution level. They should also be provided with free school uniform,” Saleh said.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Non-Governmental Organizations, Yar’dada Bichi, commended Governor Ganduje for his non-discrimination against persons living with disabilities.

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

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Nasiru Yusuf

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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Nasiru Yusuf

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.

Barr. Abdulaziz Adamu Ahmad

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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Dr Nasiru Sani Gwarzo

Nasiru Yusuf

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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