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UK, Kano signs mutual accountability framework document 

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Abdullahi Ganduje and Christopher Pycroft

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State has signed a Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) with the United Kingdom.

KANO FOCUS reports that the signing of the agreement on Thursday made the state, the third in the country as Jigawa State and Kaduna states had earlier done on 16 June and 30th June 2021, respectively.

The three states were picked by the United Kingdom for her mutual accountability approach.

The signing was done after the United Kingdom’s (UK) Development Director in Nigeria, Dr Christopher Pycroft, and representatives from the British High Commission held a Strategic Dialogue with the Kano State Government to discuss the Kano Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) between 11th and 12th August.

A statement on Thursday by the British High Commission in Nigeria signed by Policy and Communications Manager, Elva Lynch-Bathgate, said the UK and Kano State Government agreed Mutual Accountability Framework and held strategic dialogue focused on Health, Education, Social Protection, Good Governance, and Sustainable Economic Transformation.

The statement revealed that the Kano MAF, which was signed on 12th August by the UK and Kano State Government, is a policy document that provides the blueprint for the socio-economic development of Kano State, aligned with the overarching Kano State Development Plan (2020-2025).

The statement further said the framework formed the basis for the dialogue with both parties setting out their commitments and ways to hold each other mutually accountable to deliver on these.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje watching Primary school pupils

During the dialogue, technical sessions were held to identify constraints and opportunities and how best the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) can support the Kano State Government to address them and progress delivery of the mutual accountability framework.

The statement read that through this strengthened partnership, mutual commitments, dialogue, transparency, and accountability, greater impact will be achieved in supporting the Kano State Government’s own efforts.

At the strategic dialogue, the UK Development Director in Nigeria, based at the British High Commission, Christopher Pycroft said: “This Strategic Dialogue to discuss our mutual accountability commitments affords us all the opportunity to do more. Kano State faces many challenges on the road to sustainable development – but this Mutual Accountability Framework is a call to action.

Dr Abdullahi Ganduje and Dr Christopher Pycroft

“We can use this strategic dialogue to discuss what both sides can do differently to deliver more results for the people of the state and empower them to fulfil their potential.”

He noted that this dialogue represented the third of a series of high-level engagements between the UK and the state governments of Kano, Kaduna, and Jigawa, as earlier this year, the UK also signed Mutual Accountability Framework’s with Jigawa State and Kaduna State.

According to him, these partnerships will drive forward development and support long-term institutional reforms to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for citizens in the state. The strategic dialogues and accountability frameworks also deepen the existing strong relationships with partner states.

With the signing, both the FCDO and partner governments are accountable to the citizens to demonstrate how UK aid is supporting governments’ development agendas and policies.

The Kano MAF was signed at a primary school in Dawakin Tofa LGA, an initiative by the Kano State Governor, which is supported by UK aid, which demonstrates how the UK-Kano partnership is already delivering real impact on the ground.

Through the Kano Literacy and Maths Accelerator (KaLMA) project the school is supported to deliver with the Teaching at the Right Level approach (TaRL), which assesses children on foundational skills and groups them by learning level. Since 2019, through KaLMA over 36,000 primary school children have been supported to build foundational Hausa and English literacy and numeracy skills.

During school closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the KaLMA project pivoted to support the Kano State Government’s efforts to help children continue learning from home.

Governor Ganduje with Primary school pupils

With UK aid, support on home-based and remote learning, including radio broadcasts, has reached children across Kano with programmes in Hausa, English, and Maths.

During this visit, the Development Director, Dr Christopher Pycroft said: “Today I went with His Excellency Governor Ganduje to see how UK development assistance is supporting the Governor’s ambition to improve teaching and learning for Kano’s children.

Through our Strategic Dialogue and Mutual Accountability Framework which we signed today, we have further deepened the relationship between the UK and Kano state in support of the people of Kano.”

On his part, during the strategic dialogue, the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, stated that “There is no doubt the relationship between FCDO and the State is helping us to strengthen our institutions. For any sustainable development there must be strong institutions”, adding “We are partners in progress”.

Dr Danlami Hayyo, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje and Dr Christopher Pycroft

The statement said FCDO Nigeria has played a strong role over the past decade in the development and growth of Kano and will continue to partner with the state for a sustainable, empowered, and accountable development path for its people.

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Abinda ya hadani da lauyoyi na-Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara

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Aminu Abdullahi

Malamin Addinin musuluncin nan a nan Kano Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara ya bayyana abinda ya hadashi da lauyoyinsa har suka juya masa baya.

Malam Kabara ya ce lauyoyinsa sun bukaci ya basu N 1,500,000 domin su shirya taron manen labarai.

KANO FOCUS ta ruwaito malamin ya bayyana hakan ne lokacin da yake yiwa kotu bayani, a wani bagare na ci gaba da shari’ar da ake yi masa.

Ya ce sun nemi kudinne da zummar su yi taron manema labarai sununa yadda aka zalinceshi ko jama’a sa tausaya masa.

Ya kara da cewa kwanaki biyu kafin a yi zaman kotun baya lauyoyinsa sun samenshi a gidan kurkuku, suka ce masa za a koma kotu za kuma a ci gaba tuhumarsa.

“Sun sameni a gidan yari na Kurmawa, inda nake tsare, suka ce min dukkan tuhumar da ake yimin gadar zarece kawai.

“Sunce idan na amince da tuhumar to ba shakka na fada cikin tarkon da aka danamin.

“Suka kuma gayan tuni aka yankemin hukunci jira ake kawai na amsa a zartar da shi.” A cewarsa.

Na zama kurma

Sheikh Abduljabbar Kabara ya kara da cewa lauyoyin sun bukaci da ya kame bakinsa da zarar anje kotun kada ya ce uffan.

Ya ce sai dai ya tambayesu mai zai biyo baya idan ya kulle bakinsa ya ce ba zai yi Magana ba?

Inda ya ce sun gayamasa kar ya damu za su kula da al’amarin, shi dai kada ya yi Magana.

Haka kuma ya ce sun nemi ya basu N500,000 domin su shirya taron yan jaridar.

“Bayan sun gama wancan bayaninne kuma suka bukaci na basu dubu dari biyar su yi taron ‘yan jarida.

“Hakan ta sanya na basu N300,000, na kuma zo kotu na kame bakina kamar kurma”.

“Bayan na kame bakina ne kuma alkali ya ce a yi min gwajin kwakwalwa da na kunne, amma lauyoyin nan suka kasa cewa komai”, ya kara da cewa.

Wani jami’in gwamnati zai taimakeni

Abduljabbar Kabara ya ci gaba da gayawa kotu cewa, lauyoyin nasa sun hada shi da wani babba a gwamnati don ya taimaka masa.

Ko da dai ya ce ba zai fadi sunansa ba, amma ya yi masa wasu bayanai.

Dole na yarda inda ciwon hauka

Malamin ya ce mutumin da aka hada shi da shi ya gaya masa idan aka tabbatar da shi mahaukaci ne to rayuwarsa za ta tagayyara.

Sai dai ya gaya masa zai kuma shaki isakar ‘yanci, amma zai ci gaba da rayuwarsa a matsayin mahaukaci.

Don haka ya ce sun nemi ya basu milyan daya, don su kira taron manema labarai a karo na biyu su magance duk wani abu da zai batamasa suna.

“Sun nemi na basu N1,000,000 su yi taron manema labarai, don su karemin martabata da sunana.

“Amma sai sukace dole idan za a yi haka sai na yarda inada tabin kwakwalwa, sannan za su taimakamin a sakeni.

Za a kwace min mata

Haka zalika malamin ya ce lauyoyin sun yi yunkurin kwace masa mata.

A cewarsa bayan da aka bukaci a yi masa gwajin kwakwalwa lauyoyin sun yi kokarin kulla alaka da matarsa.

Ya ce al’amarin bai yi masa dadi ba, inda ya ce hakan cin zarafi ne.

Zarge-zargen ba gaskiya bane

Sai dai lauyoyin na sa sun musunta dukkanin zarigin da malamin ya yi musu.

Barrister Rabi’u Shu’aibu Abdullahi ne ya musanta zargi a wani bagare na mayar da martani ga kalaman na Sheikh Abduljabbar.

Ya ce idan Abduljabbar yana gani an yi masa ba dai-dai ba to akwai inda aka tsara ya kai karar lauyoyin.

Ya ce idan ya kai kara a nan ne lauya zai kare kansa kan duk wani zargi da aka yi masa,

Ko ya shigar da kara ko mu bi hakkin mu

Haka zalika Barrister Abdullahi ya ce sun baiwa malamin makwanni biyu ya shigar da karar neman hakkinsa kan zargin da yake yi musu.

Ya ce hukumar da aka tanada don kai karar lauya ba a boye mata dukkanin bayanai.

A don hakan nema ya ce sun bashi makwanni biyu ya kai karar ko kuma su su nemi nasu hakkin.

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Police rescued new born baby abducted at M A Wase hospital 

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Nasiru Yusuf

Police in Kano said they have rescued a one day old baby abducted at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that Abdullahi Kiyawa, a police spokesperson in Kano revealed this in a statement issued on Friday.

He said the baby was abducted by a couple Abubakar Sadiq and his wife Maryam Sadiq all of Rijiyar Zaki Quarters, Kano.

It was gathered that the couple were desperate to get a male child.

The statement recalled that on Wednesday one Rabi’u Muhammad of Gayawa quarters, Ungogo local government area reported that on the same day one of his newly-born male twin was found missing at Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, Nassarawa.

According to the statement the baby was taken from Muhammad’s sister in-law who was looking after the babies at the corridor of the Maternity ward while she was sleeping.

Kiyawa said upon receiving the report, the Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Dikko, mobilised a team of detectives to rescue the baby and arrest the culprits.

“The team immediately stormed the scene and launched a search. The Hospital was sealed off and thoroughly combed, but the child could not be found immediately.

“Sustained efforts coupled with intelligence sharing led to the arrest of one Maryam Sadiq, ‘f’, 22 years old, and her husband one Abubakar Sadiq, ‘m’, 50 years old, all of Rijiyar Zaki Quarters, Kano.

Abubakar Sadik and Maryam Sadik

“The Child was recovered from them in their home.

“On preliminary investigation, Maryam confessed that the child was taken away from Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital Kano and that she carried out the act under the influence of her husband who has been longing a male child,” Kiyawa said.

The Police spokesperson said the new born baby has been re-united with his parents and the Commissioner of Police has ordered the transfer of the case to Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.

He said suspects will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.

Mrs Sadik told journalists that her husband Mr Sadik was the masterminder of the abduction, the accusation he promptly denied.

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ASUU condemns DSS brutality against Prof Muhammad, threatens legal action

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Nasiru Yusuf

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Bayero University Kano (BUK) Branch has condemned alleged brutal and uncivilized assault on union’s Kano Zonal Coordinator, Abdulkadir Muhammad, by some operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

KANO FOCUS reports that a statement jointly signed by chairman and Secretary Haruna Musa and Yusuf Umar respectively described the attack as ”unfortunate, tragic, despicable and embarrassing.”

ASUU considered the attack as the highest form of gross violation of fundamental human rights and has exposed the lack of professionalism on the part of those who perpetrated the cowardly act saying “the attack was unfortunate, tragic, despicable and embarrassing to say the least.”

The statement recalled that “the incident happened on August 18, along the Eastern by-pass in Kano metropolis around 2 pm while Muhammad was driving when these DSS operatives, driving on a high speed and harassing commuters with siren, unprovokedly singled out and stopped him, damaged his car and assaulted him repeatedly.”

“Alas, DSS operatives are notorious for crass violation of fundamental rights of innocent Nigerians through torture and assaults.

“We recall that sometime in 2012, they invaded ASUU-BUK Secretariat at Old Campus and assaulted our then ASUU Kano-Zone Coordinator and Immediate Past Branch Chairperson in their attempt to abduct him.”

ASUU therefore urged the Department of State Services to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book in order to stop the anarchy, torture and harassment of innocent Nigerians.

The Union said it is ready to deploy all the available legal and legitimate instruments to ensure that justice is done on the matter.

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