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FG feeds 2.1 million primary 1 – 3 pupils in Kano



Education Commissioner Sanusi Kiru

 Nasiru Yusuf



Kano state commissioner of education Muhammad Sunusi Sa’idu Kiru said about 2.1 million primary 1-3 pupils are currently enjoying federal government’s school feeding.

KANO FOCUS reports that Mr Kiru disclosed this at the third stakeholders’ meeting with the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) 2021 held at the ministry on Saturday.

“Before, Kano had 1.2 million primary 1-3 pupils, but during our last annual school census the figure had increased to 2.1 million.

“I decided to constitute a committee to ensure that the new figure is validated and accepted by the Federal Government.

“The ministry has already sent delegates, including a consultant, on a validation of the new data to be submitted to the Federal Government,” he said.

Mr Kiru further explained that all the relevant stakeholders, including education secretary across the 44 local governments, Chairman, Community Promotion committee, Chairman SUBEB, among others, were involved in the conduct of the exercise.

He added that National Orientation Agency (NOA), National Population Commission, National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), UBEC and State Education boards for effective results would be involved in the next census exercise.

“I am very sure that after the exercise is conducted, Kano would have more than 2.1 million pupils, since it is a free and compulsory education.

“I know children are rational when they hear of the school feeding they would love to go to school and learn.

“Kano state has benefited a lot from the federal government and every month about N1.5 billion is allocated to the school feeding programme”, he said.

The commissioner also said that the number of vendors, who cooked for the pupils in schools, had increased from 9,511 to 12,258, due to increase in the number of children in the schools.

He said that they were being paid regularly and a monitoring team went round the primary schools in all the 44 local government areas to ensure that each vendor cooked the food on time.

In the same vein, the programme’s focal person, Baba Aminu Zubairu, disclosed that Kano had the highest number of pupils under the feeding programme, in spite of its suspension last year, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020.

Baba Amin Zubair

“All the relevant stakeholders involved should ensure they sensitise parents who take their wards to help them on the farm to take their education seriously”, he said.

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Kano closes hospital where a doctor performs multiple surgery alone



Nasiru Yusuf

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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Kano Govt establishes School of Post Basic Ophthalmic Nursing



Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has approved the establishment of School of Post Basic Ophthalmic Nursing at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital,Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje announced this on Tuesday while declaring open the 34th annual National Scientific Delegate Conference and Free Eye Care Services organised by the Nigeria Ophthalmic Nurses Association held at the Coronation Hall, Government House Kano.

Ganduje represented by his Deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said that the move is in recognition of the significance of eye care services for human development.

Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna

The governor reiterate his administration’s commitment towards revamping the health sector in the state.

According to the Governor “Our administration has been according priority attention to health care delivery because the growth and development of any nation are tied to sound health…and to make this effort actualized we allocated 15% of the 2021 budget to health sector in line with the Abuja declaration and are envisaging higher in the next fiscal year”.

On the theme of the conference: “Exploring Global Advancement And Innovation In Ophthalmic Nursing”…The Governor while describing it as apt said he feels it resonated from the desire to review the performance of the noble profession of ophthalmic nursing in order to enhance maximum efficiency and productivity.

He however while wishing the association successful deliberations during the conference, assured them of his administration’s continued support and cooperation.

In their separate remarks the National President of the Nigeria Ophthalmic Nurses Association and his Kano state counterpart Stephen Lamiya and Saleh Iliyasu Dan Hassan respectively said the occasion is the culmination of an enormous collective effort of various stakeholders from local, state and national level of ophthalmic nurses and ophthalmologist which began in November 2020.

They further said considering the fact that the eye is a fragile and sensitive organ of the body which deserves delicate and cautious handling, they are aligning with the chosen theme of this year’s world sight day “Love Your Eyes” and therefore called on all ophthalmic nurses to rededicate their services to the profession and the country.

Others who spoke during the occasion include the Commissioner Of Health Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, the Chief Medical Director of the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Abdurrahman Sheshe and Ado Shehu Ringim from Maryam Abacha American University.

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Ganduje seeks Assembly’s approval to borrow N20bn





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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