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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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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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Nasiru Yusuf

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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