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BUK introduces on-campus student job scheme




Nasiru Yusuf




Management of Bayero University has introduced on-Campus Students job scheme, the Vice Chancellor, Sagir Adamu Abbas, who disclosed this, said the new project will kick off from the current academic session.

KANO FOCUS reports that the university’s weekly bulletin published on Friday said the programme was launched on Monday, November 15, 2021 during the flagging off of this year’s Campus Fire Safety Week organized by the Federal Fire Service, Kano State Command which took place at the Convocation Arena at the New Campus.

The Vice Chancellor explained that under the project, students would be engaged to serve as cleaners and other menial jobs in the hostel and other academic areas of the university.

According to him a total of 250 students would be engaged for the scheme in the two semesters, pointing out that in the first semester 125 students would be recruited and the same number would serve in the second semester.

Abbas while giving further explanation on the concept noted that in addition to ensuring cleanliness of the university environment as well as providing security, the engaged students will be financially supported by getting stipends for the services rendered.

“The Management has concluded arrangement to provide job opportunity to students on campus. These opportunities will allow the participants to earn some token amount every month and payment will be made forth nightly or weekly. The programme will employ 125 students per semester and will last throughout the year,” said the Vice Chancellor.

He revealed that the on-Campus job scheme will utilize the students in the areas of picking litters waste, cutting grasses, and running errand on non-sensitive information documents as well as proving security watch in some places within the University campuses.

The scheme, which was the initiative of Abbas, saw Bayero University as the first institution to introduce it at least from this part of the country. Already, many students were enthusiastic to participate in the scheme.

He disclosed that, this exercise had been the norm in most of the developed nations and therefore, as part of the policy of finding solace to most of the problems facing the university, particularly, in view of the lean resources, it becomes imperative to devise a means of cutting cost against employment of full time employees,” he said.

Turning to the issue of students’ welfare, the Vice Chancellor reaffirmed the commitment of the Management to provide an enabling environment conducive for learning and teaching.

Already, he said the Management had acquired a 500KVA generator to be dedicated to student’s hostel alone with a view to improving electricity supply in the students’ hall of residences.’

Abbas, a professor of education urged the students to remain focused, law abiding and be good ambassadors of their parents so as to be responsible citizens upon graduation, noting that the Management would not take it lightly with anyone found wanting in character, saying degrees are being awarded based on twin principles of character and learning.

Highlight of the event was the presentation of an award of Ambassador of Fire Safety on the Vice Chancellor along with nine other prominent citizens in Kano State by the Command.

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Gov Yusuf rejects tribunal judgement, heads to appeal court



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




The Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has vowed to appeal the judgement of the governorship election tribunal which nullified his election and declared the APC candidate, Nasiru Yusuf Gawauna as the winner.

KANO FOCUS reports that Yusuf made the declaration on Wednesday night, while making a broadcast to the people of the state.

He said his legal team had been directed to appeal the judgement at the court of appeal in order to reclaim the mandate given to him by the people of the State.

He, therefore, Called on the good people of the state to remain calm and continue to be law abiding as security agents have been directed to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizens.

“Let me assure you that the this government would continue to work for the development of the people of the state as the judgement will never dampen our spirit or discourage us from the good work we have started.” he said.

The Governor, who thanked the people of the state for their continued support and cooperation, urged them to go about with normal activities.

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Kano records 5,800 cases of Diphtheria – UNICEF



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Tuesday, said that Kano State has recorded 5,800 suspected cases of Diphtheria from January to date.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Head, UNICEF Field Office, Kano, Mr Rahama Mohammned-Farah, stated this in Kano during a one-day media orientation on Diphtheria outbreak.

The UN Agency said the cases were recorded in 39 local government areas of the state.

According to him, Kano State has the highest number of recorded cases in the country, adding that Diphtheria was a highly contagious and infectious disease that could cause death.

Mohammned-Farah stressed that proactive measures were necessary to stem the outbreak.

“Recently, we have seen a surge in the number of reported Diphtheria cases in Nigeria, and Nigeria is currently facing an outbreak that needs to be stopped and prevented.

“As of July, Diphtheria cases have been on the rise. As of last week, over 400 suspected cases with 11 deaths have been reported in Kano.

“Out of the 39 LGAs affected, eight are the most affected, including Ungogo with 2,651 cases; Dala 989, Fagge 943, Gwale 714, Kumbotso 713, Nasarawa 538, Kano Municipal 506 and Tarauni 269,” he said.

He said that 60.8 per cent of the suspected cases had been reported in children not vaccinated, which reinforced the critical need to address the issue of zero doses, especially in Kano State.

“UNICEF delivered 1.2 million vaccines to the Kano State Government in our continuing support to the government response to Diphtheria outbreak.

“Diphtheria outbreak is a threat to child survival, health and the wellbeing of children. UNICEF is collaborating with government and partners to respond to the emergency to save the lives of children affected.

“In Kano state, UNICEF supported Tetanus-Diphtheria reactive vaccination campaigns in February, April and August, vaccinating 23,200 children in round one.

“While 277,796 children vaccinated in round two and 29,500 others in round-3 of the exercise.

“We engaged 150 traditional leaders on Diphtheria outbreak and distribution of Diphtheria IEC materials, and deployed 1,500 VCMs to the worst affected LGAs to conduct house-to-house sensitisations and referral of suspected cases to health facilities.

“Media has a key role to play particularly in infection prevention, and risk communication and community engagement,” he said.

Also speaking, Dr Muhammad Nasir-Mahmoud, the Director-General, Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board, said the state government had adopted drastic measures to curtail spread of the disease.

“We are committed towards educating the public about what is happening and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has promised that Kano will be accorded priority in terms of vaccine distribution,” he said.

While describing the media as partners in the fight against Diphtheria, Nasir-Mahmoud urged them to support the campaign against the disease.

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IPAC appeals to Kano governorship tribunal to be impartial



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Interparty Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has urged the judges of the Kano election petition tribunal court to discharge its duties with utmost integrity and impartiality.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued by the organization secretary Kano chapter Nuhu Idris on Tuesday.

IPAC also called upon the tribunal to consider each case diligently and ensure that all the parties involved are given equal opportunities to present their argument and evidence.

It could be recalled that the election tribunal has fixed Wednesday 20th September 2023 to deliver judgment on APC’s petition against Abba Kabir Yusuf.

A hearing notice issued by the Secretary of the election petition tribunal on Monday said the judgment would be delivered at 9.00 a.m., at the High Court of Miller Road in Kano.

Mr Idris said the organization has acknowledged the importance of the electoral process in a democratic society, where the voice and choice of the people are paramount.

He said the ongoing legal proceedings before the tribunal are a testament to the vibrancy of democracy and the resolve of citizens to seek redress through legal means.

“IPAC firmly believes that justice must not only be done but must also be seen to be done.

“We, Therefore, implore the tribunal to maintain transparency in its proceedings allowing the public and all concerned parties to have confidence in the outcome of the legal process, the statement said.

He added that it is essential that the tribunal’s decisions are guided by the rule of law and the facts presented, rather than any external influence.

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