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NCC surpases revenue  projection, post  N150bn spectrum fee  in 5 months

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has exceeded its N36 billion projected revenue from spectrum license fees for 2021, having recorded over N150 billion from this revenue source within the five months of the year.

KANO FOCUS reports that the figure represents over 400 per cent increase in revenue budget performance in respect of spectrum fees generated by the Commission between January 1 and May 31, 2021, reflecting significant contribution to the revenue drive of the Federal Government.

A statement issued on Sunday by commission’s Director Public Affairs Ikechukwu Adinde, said the N150 billion spectrum revenue achieved in the first half of the year has been remitted to the Federal Government in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003, which mandates the Commission to remit proceeds from spectrum resources wholly into the government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).

According to the statement the Commission, in its 2021 Budget which was considered and approved by both chambers of the National Assembly in December, 2020, projected a revenue of N36 billion from spectrum fee for the year 2021 but has remarkably surpassed this estimate.

It added that over the years, the NCC has put in place an effective regulatory regime which has significantly facilitated advancements in the nation’s telecoms industry, boosted Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and improved the operations of licensees as well as boosted Federal Government’s revenue generation.

Commenting on the revenue performance, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Umar Garba Danbatta, said that the impressive uptick in spectrum fee was the result of the favourable turn of events for the telecom sector, which at the time of preparing the estimates for the 2021 Budget of the Commission was not clear due to the ravaging impact of COVID-19 on the global economy.

Danbatta noted that the 10-year spectrum fees made by some of the major operators directly impacted the projected spectrum fee favourably, adding that the Commission believes that enthronement of effective regulation will continue to improve the general performance of the telecoms sector.

On October 28, 2020, Danbatta told members of House Committee on Telecommunications while on an oversight function to the Commission that the NCC had generated and remitted N344.71 billion to the Federal Government’s CRF in the last five years.

During the oversight visit, the Chairman of the Committee, Akeem Adeyemi, commended NCC’s Management for the feat and urged the Commission “to sustain its regime of effective regulation of the telecoms sector in a manner that would be more mutually beneficial to the industry stakeholders, including the consumers of the telecoms services, the operators and the Nigerian government.”

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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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Kano Govt establishes School of Post Basic Ophthalmic Nursing

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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.

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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

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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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