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UTME 2021: 60 visually impaired candidates write exams in Kano

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Nasiru Yusufo

About sixty visually impaired candidates have on Wednesday write 2021 University and Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, at School of Continuing Education, Bayero University, Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the university Yahuza Bello told journalists that the candidates were drawn from Jigawa, Katsina, Kano and Kaduna states.

Mr Bello who double as coordinator of the centre said Kano has been hosting candidates from all parts of Northern Nigeria, but this year the management of JAMB has approved decentralization of the centre.

According to him the newly created centres were sited at Bauchi, Yola, Birnin Kebbi and Jos.

Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello

Mr Bello announced that JAMB has provided free accomodations, feeding and transport to all candidates and their guide.

The examination body according to Bello has also donated free slate and stylus to all candidates for their personal use after the exams.

“Today in Kano we have about sixty candidates that are writing the examination from four states. Kano state Katsina state, Jigawa state and some from Northern Kaduna are writing their examination here.

“The group here in Kano have been meeting consistently in order to make all the necessary arrangements for the examination including the procurement of equipment that they are going to use. Including the slates, the stylus, typewriter and braille machine. We made them available for them. We are also giving them free slate and stylus,” he said.

He recalled that the examination was introduced by the Registrar of JAMB Ishaq Olayade in 2017 as an alternative to computer based test for visually impaired candidates.

“The registrar of JAMB who was new then, noted that there are a lot of candidates that are disadvantage particularly with the new method of computer based test introduced. The blind candidate cannot read computer screen. There is no way they can read the question paper and answer those questions. He brought this initiative to ensure these candidates have the opportunity to further their studies.

“We introduced this method of reading the questions for them, so that they can answer. Another group we later found that are not such special are the candidates that are in prison. They used to be under JAMB equal opportunity group. But found that if normal arrangement is made, those candidates can take their examination like any other candidates. JAMB have made arrangements for those that are in prison to take their examination together with normal candidates,” Mr Bello said.

The immediate past vice chancellor recalled that Bayero university has waived post UTME to all visually impaired candidates who scored 160 in JAMB examination.

This according to him this initiative has commenced yielding positive results as one visually impaired student from department of Islamic studies had recently  graduated with second class upper degree.

A candidate from Katsina state Abdussalam Abubakar told KANO FOCUS that he was provided with free accomodations and feeding.

He said he came along with ten of his classmates from Government College for the blind, Katsina.

Another candidate from Kaduna state Aliyu Muhammad said he has applied to study special education at University of Abuja.

He commended JAMB management for providing all writing equipment required by visually impaired candidates during the examination.

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Buhari’s son marries Kano princess on August 21

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Nasiru Yusuf

Yusuf Buhari, the son of President of Muhammad Buhari is set to marry the daughter of Emir of Bichi Zarah Nasiru Ado-Bayero on Friday August 21.

KANO FOCUS reports that the spokesperson of Bichi Emirate Lurwanu Idris Malikawa in a statement issued on Saturday said the Emir of Bichi Nasir Ado Bayero has Inaugurated one hundred and forty five man committee that would facilitate the smooth conduct of the Wedding Fatiha.

According to the statement the committee will also organised Emir of Bichi’s coronation as well as presentation of staff of office by governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It said the committee is to be chaired by District Head of Bagwai, Nura Shehu Ahmad (Madakin Bichi) with Abba Wada Waziri (Falakin Bichi) as secretary.

Inaugurating the committee the Emir said the committee members were selected based on merit.

The Emir represented by Nura Shehu Ahmad (Madakin Bichi ) charged them to used their wealthy experience for the success of the occasions.

He said the wedding Fatiha would be conducted on Friday August 20 while the coronation ceremony would hold on Saturday August 21 at Emir’s Palace Bichi.

Ahmad said members of the committee was divided into seven sub committees for the smooth running of their assignment.

He said the sub committees includes Finance, venue and protocol, transport and accommodation, Publicity, security, special prayer and Durbar committee.

All the sub committees are expected to submit their request to the main organizing  committee on or before end of July.

Yusuf, the only son of President Buhari met Zarah Ado Bayero, in the United Kingdom where they both had their undergraduate studies.

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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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