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Why Kano examination results are delayed – Commissioner

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Alhaji Muhammad Sunuusi Sa'idu Kiru

Nasiru Yusuf

The Kano state commissioner for education Muhammad Sunusi Sa’idu Kiru has attributed the delay of releasing the result of state examination to increasing number of candidates.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kiru revealed this during a one-day public policy dialogue on Education and contemporary security challenges in Nigeria, organized by PERL-ECP, in kano.

He noted that Kano Education Resource Department (KERD) is overwhelmed with with planning and administering common entrance and qualifying examinations to the detriment of it’s core mandate of curriculum development.

The commissioner added that he has since wrote to Kano state government requesting for the establishment of Kano state examination agency to manage all internal examinations.

Set up a girl child education unit

Kiru also said the government had established a girl child education unit to cater for the girl child in terms of education.

He said Kano state was committed to the provision of free and compulsory education through the provision of additional schools, learning materials, payment of examination fees among others.

The commissioner explained that Kano state government had established two additional girls secondary schools within the state metropolis. Saying that over 100 girls schools would be established across the 44 local governments.

The commissioner pointed out that the state government had taken adequate proactive security measures to protect the lives of students including the closure of boarding schools and conversion of some boarding schools to day.

“Government has paid 100% examination fees for girls,and has established additional girls boarding schools with adequate learning materials and infrastructures to cater for their health and we’ll being,” Kiru said.

Kano set up education trust fund

Also speaking the executive chairman, policy strategy, implementation and evaluation directorate, government house Kano, Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi, said Kano state government has established an education trust fund and promotion committee to strengthen the educational system.

Engr. Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi and other panelists

Bichi who also served as the chairman of the public dialogue explained that one per cent of the profit from contracts were dedicated to the education trust fund (ETF) to provide learning materials.

According to him, members of the education promotion committee (EPC) are saddled with the responsibilities of sourcing for intervention on education from philanthropists and wealthy individuals.

He said, the directorate had created a data base that collates records of educated youths in the state to reduce unemployment.

The executive chairman reaffirmed the state government’s readiness to partner with relevant stakeholders to improve the standard of education in the state.

“Kano state government sponsored large percentage of it’s indigenes to further their education. Education promotion committee (EPC) were given intervention funds to go round the local governments to find out their problems and seek assistance on the provision of learning materials and infrastructures,” he said.

Why PERL organise the Public Policy Dialogue

Earlier in a remark, the state team leader of Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL), Isa Surajo, said the public policy dialogue was organized to pave way for meaningful discussions on the effects of insecurity on the educational system.

Malam Isa Surajo

He noted that at the end of the dialogue, stakeholders would proffer lasting solutions to girl child education and ensure a safe and protective learning environment that would increase access, attendance, reduce truancy, enhance retention and completion.

Surajo charged the government at all levels to improve service delivery through mapping out policies and programs and inclusive realistic budget that would go a long way in developing the society.

“There should always be a voice,policies and laws to guide citizens demand.We encourage inclusive realistic budget,public procurement especially in health and education,” he said.

Kano allocates 30% of it’s budget to education

In their separate remarks the Kano state commissioner of planning and budget, Nura Muhammad Dankadai and the Executive Secretary of the state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Danlami Hayyu said the state government had allocated over 30% of it’s total budget to education.

Alhaji Nura Muhammad Dankadai and other panelists

They pointed out that Kano has 3.8 million children enrolled in primary schools,out of which over 2 million are girls.

He said the Board has commenced the building of additional block of class rooms to accommodate the large number of pupils.

Participants

KANO FOCUS reports that the public policy dialogue on education and contemporary security challenges in Nigeria:Themed ‘ Implication of Insecurity in the development of Education sector in kano’ witnessed a large turn out of government officials, traditional rulers, development partners, heads of educational institutions and all relevant stakeholders in the education sector.

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KSACA sensitises Kannywood on combating HIV/AIDS through film

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Members of Kannywood

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA), has organised a one-day sensitization seminar on Sunday, to empower Kannywood stakeholders on portraying issues on HIV/AIDS in film production.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Director General of the Agency, Sabitu Shu’aibu Shanono, tasked film makers on research before embarking on health related films.

He explained that Kannywood film makers have a key role to play in advocacy, as they have a large audience in the community.

Shanono charged them to contribute their portion to see the end of the disease, thus the need to make proper presentation of the disease.

According to him, “Gone are the days when People Living with the disease die easily as still presented in our Kannywood movies.”

He advised them to seek clarification on vital issues from the agency before embarking on films related to HIV/AIDS.

The DG however, stressed the readiness of the agency on building a cordial relationship with the industry, and providing vital information to film producers.

Also speaking, the Executive Seretary, Kano Censorship Board, smail Na’abba Afakallahu, commended the agency for the sensitisation.

He highlighted the role of film makers in sensitization on key issues especially health.

Afakallah called for collaboration between the industry and the agency, to send the right information to the populace.

In his remarks, the President, Motion Pictures Assocition of Nigeria (MOPPAN), Kabiru Maikaba, seeks for continuous support from such agencies.

He emphasised the need of enlightening Kannywood industry with the right information to feed their audience.

Maikaba pledged the support of his association, in contributing to end the disease, as they did in other areas.

A famous Hausa writer and the first female film producer, Hajiya Balaraba Ramat while speaking, recalled some controversies sorrounding marrying people living with HIV/AIDS.

“But today, we have seen a change in that trend because people with the virus have been successfully married and even have children,” she said.

She tasked the agency on continuous sensitization as the industry was always ready for corrections and education, in an entertaining manner.

Ado Ahmad, a renown Kannywood writer, highlighted some of the contributions giving by Hausa writer in creating awareness on early years of HIV/AIDS in Kano.

He said that the Hausa literature industry and Kannywood had contributed a lot to information dissemination.

KANO FOCUS reports that the event featured presentation from Abdallah Uba Adamu and Ashru Tukur Inuwa from faculty of Communication, Bayero University, Kano.

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Emir Bayero, Ganduje hail Dangote at Kano Trade Fair 

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Dangote Industries Limited weekend buoyed its catalog of approval rating with the commendation of Kano Emir Aminu Ado Bayero.

KANO FOCUS reports that Emir Bayero, who visited the Dangote pavilion and was visibly elated by the company’s participation, had in his entourage Council members of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA), as well as other traditional rulers in the state.

The Emir also commended the Kano Government, KACCIMA and other participating companies in the ongoing 42nd Kano International Trade Fair that closes on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

Emir Bayero said his accolade is timely given the challenges businesses face around the world.

According to him: “ We have visited the Trade Fair, and we are happy with development so far despite the economic situation around the world. May Allah support our effort.”

A statement from the Dangote Group said the company has slated Friday, December 10, 2021, for its Special Day.

The Emir’s visit came soon after the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje visited the company’s pavilion and spoke glowingly of Dangote Group’s President Aliko Dangote.

The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Commerce and Industry Ibrahim Mukhtar said the contribution of Mr. Dangote to Kano and indeed Nigeria, in the areas of industrialization and job creation, cannot be quantified.

Speaking earlier, during a visit to the Dangote pavilion, Ugandan Envoy to Nigeria, Ambassador Nelson Ocheger, described Mr. Dangote as an ‘African jewel’ and an institution, whose indirect support to African political leaders in the areas of job creation and industrialization are impacting positively on peace and stability on the continent.

President of Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture(KACCIMA), Dalhatu Abubakar, described as apt the theme for this year’s 42nd Trade Fair, which is: Consolidating the Challenges of Covid-19 pandemic to opportunities growth and development of micro, small and medium enterprises in Nigeria.

Deputy President and Chairman of Trade Fair Committee Uba Tanko Mijinyawa said the Dangote Group has been a partner all through, even as he extolled its charity works through the Aliko Dangote Foundation(ADF).

Speaking to newsmen earlier, the Director-General of the KACCIMA Mustapha M. Aliyu commended the Dangote Group for the partnership and sponsorship of the Trade Fair.

He described the relations between the duo as mutual and supportive.

“We appreciate his efforts and support to the socio-economic growth of Africa,”  the Director-General added.

A statement from the Dangote Group said companies participating under the Dangote Industries Limited are: Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, NASCON, and Dangote Fertiliser.

Dangote Group urged participants who seek to do business with any of the company’s subsidiaries, to avail themselves of such opportunities through Special Desks at its pavilion.

It described Kano State as one of its biggest markets in the country, adding that it has historically been a major trade route not only in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole.

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Alleged economic sabotage: DSS arrest chairman Kano Consumer Protection Council

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Gen. Idris Bello Dambazau (rtd)

Aminu Abdullahi

The Department of State Security DSS, has arrested the Chairman of Kano State Consumer Protection Council, Idiris Bello Dambazau over allegations of economic Sabotage.

KANO FOCUS reports that a source close to the operatives, said the State Security accused Dambazau of unilateral closure of seven filling stations without following due process.

The source added that all enteritis to make Dambazau open the filling stations fall on deep ears, despite the fact that he was undertaking an illegal assignment which is beyond the power of Consumer Protection Council.

“The Security view Gen. Dambazau actions as nothing but economics Sabotage and attempt to create fuel scarcity in Kano where there was none,” the source said.

The DSS source who doesn’t want his name in print, explained that section 48 of the Nigeria constitution clearly stated that, any government ministry, department or agency exercising any power or function or taking any action which may have direct impact on midstreams or downstream petroleum operations shall consult with the authority.

This according to the section is prior to issuing any regulations, guidelines, enforcement order or directives, which the source emphasized Mr Dambazau did not followed.

The DSS explained further that even after consulting with the relevant authority, the authority shall review the recommendations of the government ministry, department or agency and communicate decisions accordingly before taking further action.

Dambazau, a retired army brigadier general was appointed chairman of the council by governor Abdullahi Ganduje few months ago.

He had earlier shut down textile shops at Kantin Kwari market for shortchanging consumers.

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