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Academic advocates subsidizing sanitary pads



Hadiza Gadanya

Nasiru Yusuf

A lecturer at Federal College of Education (FCE), Kano, Hadiza Gadanya has advocated for subsidizing sanitary pads in Nigeria.

KANO FOCUS reports that Gadanya made the appeal on Wednesday at a town hall meeting on Alternative funding for girl child Education Initiatives, organized by Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) in Kano.

Gadanya observed that, the success stories recorded in subsidizing family planning commodity should be extended to sanitary pads as part of strategy of promoting personal hygiene among women of reproductive age.

The academic has also called for abolishing qualifying examination administer to secondary school students a year before taking final examination.

She noted that many girl students of poor background who fàiled the examination, finds it difficult to complete secondary school.

Another lecturer with the department of Adult Education and Community Development, Bayero University Kano, Auwal Halilu, identified cultural norms, poverty, health and sanitation as some of the major challenges to girl child education.

In a paper titled “Overview of Girl Child Education in Kano State: Prospects and challenges” Dr. Halilu attributed emerging barriers such as insecurity and COVID-19 to the low turn out of girls in schools.


He pointed out that introducing laws that protects the girl child, quality healthcare, providing opportunities for female school drop outs and employing qualified teachers would go a long way in boosting girl child education.

“Key stakeholders include schools, students, teachers, international and local development partners, Government at all levels, communities have a major role to play in promoting girl child education,” he said.

In his remarks, the state team leader of (PERL), Isa Surajo charged government to map out policies and programs that will improve enrolment, retention, completion and transition of girl child education.

State Team Leader PERL Isa Surajo

According to the team leader, research indicates that, government has no adequate resources to cater for the girl child due to the high number of females in the state.

Surajo noted that, the programme is targeted towards improving girl child education, good governance and learning outcomes in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

He maintained that, the alternative funding for girl education Initiatives would focus attention on supporting government, citizens and evidence based advocacy programs to upgrade girl child education.

The team leader decried the rising number of out of school children especially females, stressing the need for communities to work together with relevant stakeholders to increase girl child enrolment, retention, completion and transition to achieve the desired objectives.

“There are a lot of resources in our communities that can be used to upgrade girl child education. PERL will continue to support and collaborate with partners to improve governance and learning outcomes.

Similarly while presenting a paper titled, “Trend Analysis on Education Budget: Implication for Girls Education” the coordinator of Kano budget working group, Comrade Safiyanu Lawal Bichi, explained that girl child education goes beyond getting girls to school but rather ensuring that girls learn and feel safe while in school and gave the opportunity to complete all levels of education.

Safiyanu Lawal Bichi

He said available figures indicated that Nigeria has over 10.5 million out of school children with over three million of the total number in Kano.

He called on CSOs and citizens to follow up and advocate for the implementation of projects which would strengthen and support girl education in Kano state.

According to him “It is also about ensuring that girls learn and feel safe while in school, and have the opportunity to complete all levels of education, acquiring the knowledge and skills to compete in the labour market.”


The town hall meeting in Alternative funding for girl education initiatives was attended by academics, journalists, students, CSOs, representative of labour unions faith and community based organisations.

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Rikicin APC :Ba za mu karbi hukuncin kotu ba-Ganduje




Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Gwamatin Kano ta ce ba za ta amince da hukuncin da wata kotu a Abuja ta yi ba da ya rushe zaben shugabancin jam’iyyar APC da tsagin gwamnati ya gudanar.

KANO FOCUS ta ruwaito kwamishinan shari’a na jihar Kano Barisster Musa Abdullahi Lawal ne ya sanar da hakan ga manema labarai ranar Talata.

Kwamishinan ya ce lauyoyin gwamnati sun fara nazaratar hukuncin tare da daukar matakin da ya da ce.

Ya ce sunyi mamakin hukuncin kuma ba za su karbe shi ba, a cewarsa lokacin da aka gudanar da zabukan a matakan mazabu babu wadanda suka yi nasu daban.

A don haka ya ce basu ga dalilin da yasa aka rushe shugabanci Abdullahi Abbas ba.

Barista Lawan yace za su duba yadda aka yi masu karar suka sami sakamakon zabukan da aka gudanar har suka gabatarwa kotu, da ta amince dasu.

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Court declares banishment of Emir Sanusi ll illegal, orders Kano state to apologise, pay him N10m



Aminu Abdullahi

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, ordered Kano state government to tender an apology to the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi ll, in two national dailies.

KANO FOCUS reports that the court, in a judgement that was delivered by Justice Anwuli Chikere, held that Sanusi’s forceful banishment from Kano after his dethronement, was illegal, unconstitutional and in gross violation of his fundamental human rights.

Consequently, it awarded damages against Kano state, in favour of the deposed Emir, to the tune of N10million.

It will be recalled that Sanusi was deposed as Emir by the Kano State government on March 9, 2020, after he was accused of disloyalty and insubordination.

Though the deposed Emir was initially banished to Loko village in Nasarawa State after his dethronement, later, he was forcefully moved to Awe town, where he was confined until March 13, 2020, when the court ordered that he should be granted his freedom.

Sanusi, who had since accepted his fate as the will of God, however approached the court to query the legality of his confinement in Nasarawa state.

In the suit he predicated on section 34, 35, 40, 41 and 46 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, the former Emir, among other things, prayed the court to restore his rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria, (apart from Kano State).

Cited as Respondents in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020, were the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the State Security Service, Attorney General of Kano State and the Attorney General of the Federation.

While adopting his final brief of argument, Sanusi’s lawyer, Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, told the court that his client was not before it to challenge his dethronement.

Mahmoud said his client was in court over the gross violation of his fundamental rights in relation to the harsh way he was treated after he was deposed by the Kano state government.

He said: “My lord, this is not a chieftaincy matter. The Applicant is not before this court to challenge the Respondents’ actions with regards to his removal as Emir of Kano, but the way he was bundled to Abuja and banished to a remote location.”

Mahmoud decried that notwithstanding the status of his client is the society, he was subjected to such degrading treatment.

He argued that it was clear from the way the former Emir was treated, that his rights were grossly violated, a situation that led him to seek the intervention of the court.

He prayed the court to grant all the reliefs his client sought in the suit, among which included the declaration of his confinement in Nasarawa state as illegal.

However, all the Respondents, through their respective lawyers, urged the court to dismiss the suit for want of jurisdiction.

Counsel to the IGP, Victor Okoye, further challenged the competence of the suit, noting that the instrument conveying Sanusi’s banishment was authored and endorsed by an official of the Kano State Government.

He therefore argued that the Applicant ought to have filed the case before a Kano state high court.

Likewise, counsel to the DG of the DSS, Godwin Agbadua, urged the court to strike out the suit on the grounds that the alleged rights violation occurred in Kano, stressing that there is a Federal High Court in Kano, before which Sanusi could seek redress.

On his part, the Attorney General of Kano State who was represented by Musa Mohammed, also challenged the jurisdiction of the court in Abuja to entertain the case.

He urged the court to dismiss the suit in its entirety for want of jurisdiction and competence.

Meanwhile, reacting to the judgement, the Kano State AG, through the lawyer that represented him in court on Tuesday, Abdulsallam Salleh, said they would study it properly and decide on the next line of action.

“We will look at the judgement critically and consult with our client (Kano state government) on whether we will appeal against it on not”, Salleh told newsmen.

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Yanzu-yanzu-Kotu ta rushe shugabancin Abdullahi Abbas



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

Wata kotun tarayya dake Abuja ta rushe zaben shugabancin jam’iyya APC da tsagin gwamnan Kano Abdullahi Ganduje ya gudanar.

KANO FOCUS ta ruwaito mai shari’a Hamza Mua’zu ne ne ya rushe zaben a zaman kotu na yau  Talata.

Haka kuma mai shari’ar ya tabbatar da zaben da tsagin tshohon gwamnan Kano Ibrahim shekarau ya gudanar.

A cewar mai shari’ar zaben na bangaren Shekarau ya samu sanya hannun mutum 7 daga cikin wadanda uwar jam’iyyar ta turo jihar Kano domin gudanar da zaben.

Cikin abinda tsagin Shekarau ya gabatar, gaban kotun shi ne tsagin na gwamna Ganduje bai gudanar da zaben matakin kanan nan hukumomi da mazabu ba.

Idan za a iya tunawa a watan da ya gabata ne aka gudanar da zaben shugabancin jam’iyya APC a jihohin kasar nan ciki har da nan Kano.

Sai dai a nan Kano an samu rashin hadin kai tsakanin mambobin jam’iyyar.

Hakan ta sanya gwamna Ganduje ya gudanar da zaben tare da wadanda ke goya masa baya a wani wuri daban.

Yayin da Malam Ibrahim shekarau ya gudanar da nasa zaben da a wani wurin daban

Haka zalika tsagin na gwaman Ganduje ya zabi Abdullahi Abbas  a matsayin shugaba, ya yin da tsagin Ibrahim Shekarau ya zabi Ahmad Haruna Zago a matsayin shugaba.

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