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NCC moves to address poor network service at densely populated Kano markets – Prof Danbatta.

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Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

Nasiru Yusuf

 

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Umar Garba Danbatta says the commission will address the poor network at Kantin Kwari, Sabongari Singer and Kurmi markets.

KANO FOCUS reports that Danbatta announced revealed this while responding to complaint raised by a participant at a two day stakeholders consultative meeting tagged ‘talk to the regulator’ organised by Nigerian Communications Commission in Kano.

The complainer noted that that there is poor telecommunications service in Kantin Kwari, Sabongari, Singer and Kurmi markets in Kano metropolitan area.

Danbatta responded that the commission will deploy investigative team to determine the nature of the problem and proffer solution.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

“We have the capacity to monitor the performance of MNOs, that is the most important thing. Because of this valid observation by our stakeholder, we are going to direct our searchlight in those areas where we think the quality of service needs to improve.

“And if it is necessary, we will send the investigative team what is the nature of the quality of service in such places with a view to improve the quality of the service,” Danbatta said.

The Executive Vice Chairman explained that the commission considers stakeholder feedback “as a critical component of our forward – looking regulatory model.”

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta with senior management staff of NCC

“Hence, the overarching objective of this forum is to get direct feedback from our licensees on how we, as a regulator, are meeting your expectations, and on areas where we can improve our regulatory service, particularly those that have to do with licensing.

“We also intend to use this forum to seek your support for the several initiatives that the commission has carefully developed in our quest to enhance market opportunities for all our licensees.”

Danbatta added that the commission will focus it’s energies for the next five years on five strategic pillars.

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The pillars according to him include “organisational renewal for operational efficiency and regulatory excellence.

“Facilitate the provision of infrastructure for a digital economy which fosters national development.

“Improve quality service (QoS) for enhanced consumer quality of experience (QoE).

“Promote fair competition, inclusive growth, increased investment and innovative services as well facilitate strategic collaboration and partnership.”

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He disclosed that the federal government has articulated a number of critical policy objectives for the sector such as those articulated in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025), the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Registration among others.

He added that the instruments require the full and unalloyed commitment of all stakeholders to ensure their successful implementation, and the meeting in Kano would provide a veritable channel for licensees’ buy-in.

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In his address the Director of Licensing and Authorisation Department, Mohammed Babajika, said the commission is further liberalising the telecoms industry by finalising the framework for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) and is currently reviewing existing regulations.

“The Commission is also finalising the Information Memorandum (IM) for 5G deployment, emerging trends like Internet of Things (loT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Over The Top (OTT) Services and Big Data Analytics, all aimed at initiating strategies to improve service delivery that is accessible and affordable.

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Emir of Kano tasks philanthropists on girls education

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Nasiru Yusuf 

The Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has called on philanthropists and wealthy individuals to set up a scholarship fo girls education in the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Emir made the call while receiving members of the Girl Education Partnership (GEP) with support from the Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL) at the Kano Emirate Council.

The emir who was represented by Madakin Kano, Alhaji Yusuf Nabahani Cigari maintained that the Kano emirate council has been at the forefront of promoting girls’ education through District and Ward heads to penetrate people at the grass-root level.

Alhaji Yusuf Nabahani Cigari

He pointed out that the emirate had sponsored female students in some selected local government areas through secondary and tertiary institutions.

The Emir reiterated the emirate’s commitment to ensure enrollment retention transition and completion of girls’ education.

The monarch used the medium to called on the governments to sustain long-term education policies to uplift the standard of girls’ education.

According to the Emir, policies should have a long-term plan to enable proper implementation and evaluation to achieve the desired objectives.

Earlier in a remark, the leader of the delegation and co-chair of the Girls Education Partnership (GEP), Hajiya Mairo Bello said the partnership is working tirelessly to uplift the standard of girls’ education.

She noted that the partnership was established to brainstorm and proffer lasting solutions to problems bedeviling girl child education.

A member of GEP, and a lecturer with the Department of Adult Education and Community Development, Dr Auwal Halilu said the coalition had organized a town hall meeting in Rogo, Kunchi and Warawa local government areas of the state.

He described poverty, insecurity, lack of potable drinking water, drug abuse, and inadequate funding, as some of the major setbacks to girls’ education.

The girl’s education partnership with support from Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL), had visited Rano, Karaye and Kano emirate council to advocate for the cooperation of the Emirs in educating the public on how to support and upgrade girls education to global standards.

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INEC recognises Muhammad Abacha as PDP governorship candidate in Kano 

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Nasiru Yusuf 

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has put to rest controversy over who the Commission recognises as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State between Muhammad Abacha and Sadiq Wali.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Commission’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kano, Risqua Shehu, told journalists, Thursday that as far as they are concerned, the elections conducted by Shehu Sagagi is the authentic elections.

Shehu said, “as at the time the PDP Primary was conducted, Shehu Sagagi was the one recognized by the law as the State Chairman of the party in Kano and is also the only election that we sent our observers”.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, who was responding to questions as to who they recognized as the authentic candidate of the party while briefing the media, said, “although the primary is purely party affair, as far as we are concerned, the elections conducted by Shehu Sagagi was the one we recognised”.

He said some party stalwarts came from Abuja that they were sent from the PDP headquarters to conduct primary elections into the gubernatorial seat of the State, but they came without a location of where the elections would hold.

“But later Shehu Sagagi, the state-recognized PDP Chairman by law as at that time, came with the same letter from the party headquarters and with locations and we sent our observers who monitored their elections”.

“And later in the day another team of observers claiming they came from the party headquarters came and asked us to send our team of observers to witness their primary elections but we declined because we told them we are acting on what the law says”.

Abacha and Wali had emerged winners of two parallel PDP primaries in Kano, with each of them claiming to be the authentic candidate of the party in the state.

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UK Govt to spend 6.2 million pounds on mutual accountability framework in Kano – FCDO Nasiru Yusuf 

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The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, FCDO, Development Director Dr.Chris Pycroft has said the UK Government this year(2022) will spend Six point two million pounds on Health, Education and Core Governance through the Mutual Accountability Framework in Kano State.

Kano Focus reports that Dr. Pycroft  stated this on Wednesday during the 2nd Mutual Accountability Framework Strategic Dialogue meeting between Kano State Government and the UK Foreign   Commonwealth and Development Office held at Government House, Kano.

According to him good progress has been recorded in mutual accountability framework because in 2021 FCDO committed five point five million pounds in support of Kano development ambitions.

Dr.Pycroft also explained that the Mutual Accountability Framework and Strategic Dialogue are a clear statement of the United Kingdom’s commitment and support to the government and people of Kano State.

On his part while declaring the occasion open, Kano State Governor Dr.Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who was represented by his deputy Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said the aim of the meeting is to review the commitment of the 1st Kano Mutual Accountability Framework which was signed last year to ascertain the journey so far with regard to implementation of key activities.

“The Kano Mutual Accountability Framework sets out the reform initiatives the Kano State Government introduced and the support FCDO will provide to drive overall growth and development of Kano State”.

“The revised Kano Mutual Accountability Framework will continue to monitor concrete reforms that will support good governance,improvement in economic recovery,investment and also reduce poverty through human capital development particularly on health,education and social protection the Governor said”.

He further assured the UK-FCDO and other development partners that Kano State Government is fully committed towards the success of the Kano Mutual Accountability Framework.

During the occasion, the Governor launched State policy documents on Development Plan, Social Protection, Food and Nutrition and Multi Sectoral Plan of Action.

Highlights of the event include signing the Mutual Accountability Framework Document by the FCDO Director Dr.Pycroft and Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna.

In attendance during the event were Commissioners, Chairman Technical Committee on Kano Mutual Accountability Framework Alh.Rabi’u Suleiman Bichi, Representatives of Traditional Institutions, Permanent Secretaries, Development Partners and Civil Society Organisations.

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