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Coca-cola drags Pop-cola to court over trademarks

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The Coca-cola company has dragged Mamuda Beverages Nigeria limited manufacturers of Pop-cola to Federal High Court, Kano over trademark.

KANO FOCUS reports that Pop-cola was launched in June this year by Mamuda Beverages Nigeria limited.

A copy of motion exparte obtained by KANO FOCUS shows that the coca-cola is accusing Mamuda Beverages companies of using a ‘RIBBON device’ trade mark that is near identical to it’s ‘dynamic ribbon device’ trade marks as well as depicting it’s Pop cola product in a script that mimics and causing the mark to be confusingly similar to coca-cola trademark.

According to the motion “the defendant (Mamuda Beverages Nigeria limited) is distributing and advertising it’s Pop cola products in get up that consists exclusively of a combination of all of the elements that comprise the applicant’s famous coca-cola trade dress.

“The dependant’s use of the trade marks ‘Ribbon device’ and ‘Pop-cola’ in special script amounts to an infringement of applicant’s right of exclusivity of use of the marks ‘coca-cola’ script and ‘dynamic ribbon device’ and is liable to create confusion to the general public, foreign and international, as to the likelihood of an association between the applicant and the dependant.

The coca-cola claimed that it is the proprietor of tarde mark ‘coca-cola (script)’ and ‘dynamic ribbon device’ both in Nigeria and worldwide, adding that the marks have been registered by the company in numerous countries across the world including in Nigeria.

It therefore seeks an order of interim injunction “restraining the dependant, it’s employees or agents from using, affixing or displaying on any beverage product, vehicle, stationery, advertisement, putting to commercial use in any manner or form for the purpose of commercial benefit or otherwise, the ‘ribbon device’ and the special script in which the ‘pop-cola’ has been depicted on its advertising materials that is similar to ‘coca-cola (script)’ and ‘dynamic ribbon device’ trade mark pending the determination and hearing of motion on notice.

However, when the matter was called on Tuesday for hearing counsel to Coca-cola filed a further affidavit and additional documents.

Counsel to the defendant, George Ogunyomi urged the Honourable Court to hold that it would not be just for the matter to proceed without allowing time for the defendant to respond the said further affidavit just filed by the plaintiff.

The trial judge Muhammad Nasir-Yunusa adjourned the matter to December 11, for further hearing.

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Dangote food Intervention impactful in Nasarawa, Adamawa, others

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The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) has received a torrent of accolades as it continued to distribute bags of rice to poor and vulnerable Nigerians in Nasarawa and Adamawa States.

KANO FOCUS reports that Emir of Tunga in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Shaibu, said: “The Aliko Dangote Foundation is not only a gift to Nasarawa State, but to all Nigerians.

The Emir said the ADF’s National Food Intervention Programme is supporting the government to cushion the impact of economic hardship being experienced in the country.

The Foundation had recently donated a total of 30,000 bags of 10kg rice to Nasarawa State.

The Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Dr. Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe, had announced the donation, noting that each LGAs of the State were allocated 2,000 bags apart from Karu and Lafia who were allocated 2,500 bags each.

The Deputy Governor commended Alhaji Aliko Dangote, describing him as the Father of Charity in Nigeria.

The beneficiaries of the rice programme said the intervention would ease hardship in their families.

Following the National Flag-off events in Kano and Lagos in March, the Foundation initiated the distribution of one million bags of rice throughout all the local government areas in Nigeria.

In her comments at the event, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the ADF, Zouera Youssoufou, said the Foundation was also distributing 10,000 iftar meals, during Ramadan in Kano municipality.

She said in addition to the Foundation’s daily bread relief programme, it is producing and distributing over 32,000 family-size loaves of bread across Kano and Lagos States every day since 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Foundation has spent about N15bn on food intervention programme across Nigeria.

An executive member of the Tunga Development Association (TUDA), Muhammad Nasiru Tunga, said the food support from Dangote Foundation was very impactful and supportive.

Another youth leader Mr. Paul Adunia, JP, said the support will go a long way to providing scour to the host communities of the Nasarawa Sugar Company Limited.

The District Head of Tunga Ibrahim Galadima described Alhaji Aliko Dangote as God’s gift, praying God to continue to support him.

In the same vein, Adamawa State has received its share of One Million 10Kg Rice being distributed by Aliko Dangote Foundation Nationwide.

Thirty-Five thousand beneficiaries, mostly vulnerable and disadvantaged persons have benefited from the support meant to curb hunger due to the current economic situation in the country.

Chief Operating Officer of the Dangote Sugar Refinery Numan, Adamawa State, Abdullahi Bello Dan Musa said the distribution took place successfully across the zones and the exercise is almost completed, while the distribution of the commodity was ongoing in Taraba State.

He disclosed that the Foundation partnered community leaders in Adamawa to ensure that the commodity gets to the intended beneficiaries.

It would be recalled that the Foundation had distributed thousands of bags of rice to beneficiaries and vulnerable Nigerians in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with at least 48 charity organizations and orphanages involved in the process.

About 20 States have been covered so far.

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Gov Yusuf arrives United States for Northern Governor’s Symposium

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Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf has arrived United States of America for a high powered symposium organized by United States Institute of Peace.

KANO FOCUS reports that the three day conference being attended by Governors of Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto, Kebbi, Jigawa,and Plateau states, was designed to address insecurity in Northern Nigeria and better option to mitigate the challenge.

This was contained in a statement issued by Director General, Media and Publicity ,Government House Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Wednesday.

According to the statement the intensive executive engagement will enable the Governors of some of the trouble state deep understanding on the dynamics of security threat, it’s socioeconomic dimensions, and near-term opportunities to drive stability in Northern Nigeria.

The US Institute of Peace would also broaden knowledge on strengthening conflict prevention in the region, through a non-violent strategies for engaging the armed groups as alternative for conflect resolution.

The strategic engagement being anchored under the tutelage of Dr. Joseph Sany, Vice President, Africa Center for US Institute of Peace, will also focus on policy coordination and management of peace and stability in Nigeria.

The symposium which ends 25th April, 2024 is part of the ongoing efforts of the northern Governors especially those from northwest to set a regional development agenda.

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Kano Govt declares state of emergency on education

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Kano state government is to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.

KANO FOCUS reports that the state commissioner of education Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa stated this monday at three days workshop for the Development of the sector’s annual Operational Plan for education held in Kaduna.

Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa

The commissioner further said that on May the 6th this year, the governor of Kano State Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, will pronounce the declaration of a state of emergency in the education sector.

Doguwa said that with this intended declaration, education shall henceforth take a lead, as first line charge item in government priorities .

The commissioner revealed that the state will launch an admission drive in two weeks time, at the five emirates where they will advocate with Emirs, District, Village and Ward Heads to improve pupils enrollment in primary schools.

Doguwa hinted that the state government has granted approval to several requests submitted by the ministry of education.

Alhaji Sulaiman Mukhtar Ishaq, Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa and Dr Kabiru Hamisu Kura

To this end the commissioner explains that the state government will soon commence mass renovation of schools, purchase instructional materials for onward distribution to schools.

If implemented, the commissioner said the Kano state will be a pace setter in the education subsector for other states to follow as it had done decades ago.

It will be recalled that Kano state government is the Pioneer state to introduce Universal Basic Education, science and technical schools as well as the Agency for mass Education policies, which were finally replicated in several states of the Federation.

Doguwa tasks Teachers on professional conduct

The commissioner has appealed to teachers under the employment of Kano state government to take up their job with utmost seriousness it deserved.

Doguwa lamented how many teachers used to attend schools with improper dress that depicted them as the most vulnerable or underpaid employees.

A cross section of participants at the event

He noted that despite earning less remuneration, private school teachers appear to dress decently and are committed to their schedule of duties.

Kano Assembly increases education budget with N3.7bn in 2024 appropriation

In his remarks the chairman of Kano state House of assembly Committee on Education Alhaji Sulaiman Mukhtar Ishaq (Madobi Constituency) said the House has increased the budget of Kano state education subsection with over N3.6bn.

Alhaji Sulaiman Mukhtar Ishaq

With this intervention, the member said Kano is rated as the state with the highest appropriation in the education subsector in Northern Nigeria.

PLANE procures instructional materials for Kano pupils

In his presentation, the State Team Lead Partnership for Learning for All in Nigeria (PLANE) Alhaji Umar Lawan

Alhaji Umar Lawan

pledged to support the realisation of the commissioner’s 14 point education reform agenda in the ministry.

He also assured the support of the PLANE whenever Kano declares a state of emergency in education.

Hajiya Sadiya Adamu and Umma Muhammad Rakana

The STL recalled that about a month ago, PLANE supported a strategic dialogue where commissioner of education, members of Kano state House of Assembly and other stakeholders developed 3 policies for implementation

Lawan hinted that PLANE is supporting the Kano government to conduct an education recovery conference, adding that a committee has since been constituted in that regard.

A cross section of participants at the event

According to Lawan PLANE has procures large consignment of instructional materials for onward distribution to primary school pupils in the state.

Why we organise the AOP

In his presentation the Director planning, research and statistics in the state ministry of education, who doubles as Co-chair Kano State Accountability on Education (K-SAFE) Alhaji Munzali Mustapha said the event was to track the implementation of the 2023 2AOP and support the populating of the 2024 AOP for education sector.

Alhaji Munzali Mustapha

Others objectives of the meeting according to him include building the capacity of the sector planning teams on the preparation and utilisation of the AOP in implementing the annual budget and achieving the expected outcomes.

Malam Nasiru Abdullahi Kwalli

The event featured presentation of goodwill messages from Project Coordinators of AGILE and IDEAS Malam Nasiru Abdullahi Kwalli and Malam Sani Wada Bello respectively as well as secretary of Kano State Accountability in Education (K-SAFE) Dr Kabiru Hamisu Kura.

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