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NCC Management and Bayero University staff

Nasiru Yusuf

 

 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has hosted another edition of Campus Conversation (CC), at the weekend in Bayero University, Kano (BUK), where officials of the Commission engaged in intensive enlightenment of students of the varsity on their rights and privileges as telecoms consumers.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Campus Conversation is a sub-programme of the Telecom Conversations (TCs), a modified consumer information and education outreach programme in the purview of NCC’s Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB).

It consists of six sub-programmes, all conceived to target different categories of telecom consumers in order to empower them with the right information they require to make informed decisions.

Addressing a large gathering of students during the CC recently, the Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, NCC, Efosa Idehen, said the Conversation at BUK is the fourth edition in a series, organized to enlighten the student segment of telecom consumers about their rights, privileges and obligations to enhance quality of experience in respect of telecom services.

Represented by the Head, Consumer Policy Development and Monitoring, Hafsat Lawal, Idehen said the objective of the CC is to ensure that telecom consumers on university campuses are adequately informed and educated on their rights and privileges.

Head, Consumer Policy Development and Monitoring, Hafsat Lawal, Idehen

Additionally, Idehen said, through the Conversation, students as telecoms consumers are able to acquire knowledge to make informed decisions and be able to protect themselves from unwholesome practices by service providers.

The Director Consumer Affairs outlined numerous channels the NCC had emplaced for aggrieved consumers to seek redress.

These channels include the NCC Consumer Portal through which consumers can lodge complaints and also learn about consumer-centric activities of the Commission.

Other initiatives include the NCC 622 toll-free number, a second-level complaint mechanism for telecoms consumers to escalate complaints earlier lodged with their service providers which have not been addressed satisfactorily.

The Director also mentioned NCC’s corporate social media handles on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, as well as through correspondence via the NCC official email address (ncc@ncc.gov.ng).

Idehen told the students to take advantage of all the NCC channels of communication to get redress in terms of resolution of their telecom service-related complaints.

Also speaking at the event, NCC’s Director, New Media and Information Security, Alhassan Haru, emphasised the importance of cyber awareness and vigilance.

He said as NCC works with all stakeholders to enhance accessibility to the Internet for more people, cyber criminals are also on the prowl to defraud unsuspecting users of the Internet.

Thus, Haru said, “We constantly encourage the youths, especially students in universities, who are the largest individual users of the Internet to use Internet for legitimate activities and more importantly to be conscious of cyber criminals.

So, at NCC, we also ensure that we educate you in order to ensure a safe cyberspace space experience for all Nigerians.”

Earlier in her welcome address, the Head, Consumer Information and Education at NCC, Mistura Aruna, said the Commission had put in place a number of consumer-centric initiatives that CAB has been mandated to take to all shades of stakeholders.

She added that this mandate is in line with the NCC’s Strategic Management Plan (SMP) and other policy documents of the Federal Government, all of which have been streamlined in the Commission’s Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) 2021-2025 with emphasis and focus on strengthening consumer protection and empowerment.

The students, who participated at the event, enthusiastically engaged in the conversation process, asking questions to seek more clarification on telecom service-related services.

Cross section of students at the event

The Commission also distributed Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials to the students so they can easily reference for effective and rewarding engagement with their service providers and the Commission.

Besides Campus Conversation, other types of the Telecom Conversations are: Telecom Public Sphere, Market Conversation, Professionals’ Dialogue, Village Square Dialogue, and the NYSC Sensitization.

A statement sent to KANO FOCUS by NCCs spokesperson Director Public Affairs Ikechukwu Adinde said the conversation had earlier taken place at the University of Abuja, University of Benin, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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ASUU threatens to embark on strike over financial mismanagement in KUST Wudil

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Kano University of Science and Technology (ASUU-KUST), Wudil has expressed serious dismay and sorrow over the financial management style of the authority of KUST, Wudil, which is largely characterized by embezzlement and bogus expenditure.

KANO FOCUS reports that ASUU alleged that over the years the registration fees collected from the students were squandered and misapplied.

A statement sent to KANO FOCUS by chairman ASUU KUST Wudil, Muhammad Sani Gaya jointly signed by his secretary Murtala Muhammad the union is vehemently against the use of any component of registration fees to offset a loan facility amounting to N 200 Million with 10% interest utilized in procuring eight (8) exotic vehicles for the former Pro-Chancellor, A.B Mahmoud SAN and Principal officers of the university.

The statement observed that “The procurement violated section 16 subsection (1), section 24, section 25 and section 42 of the Public Procurement Act 2007 and Kano State Appropriation Law 2019.

“The students who went for SIWES in 2020/2021 session were not given Log book for daily record of the experiences gained, despite collecting N 500 for the Log book and N 3000 for SIWES/TP in the registration fees.

“Students pay N3000 as internet service charges; however, the internet service has become history in the university. There is also inadequate supply of pharmaceutical drugs and other medical facilities despite collecting fees from the students. The students are made to enroll into non-functional health insurance scheme.”

According to ASUU Salary arrears of Staff ranging from one to three months, were not paid and their pension contributions for the said period were deducted.

ASUU alleged that misappropriation and misapplication of funds has become a norm of the university authority.

“To this effect, the university authority has diverted over N 352 Million of staff pension contributions in gross violation of section 11 subsection 3 (b) and 70(2) of the pension reform Act 2014 and section 7(2) of Kano state pension and gratuity Law.

“Furthermore, the taxes deducted from the staff salaries have not been fully remitted to Kano Internal Revenue Service (KIRS).

“It became so embarrassing that the KIRS had to drag the university to Tax Appeal Tribunal in Kaduna after what they described as the nonchalance of the university authority to respond to the KIRS correspondences on the unremitted tax deductions. This singular action has already tarnished the good image of the University as a corporate entity.

“The union is strongly calling on the university authority to immediately address the aforementioned issues to avoid industrial dispute.”

The KUST management reacts

However, a statement sent to KANO FOCUS later in the day by the university’s spokesperson Sa’idu Abdullahi Nayaya dismissed the allegations as false, saying that the University did not violate any provision of the Procurement act or Financial Regulations.

According to the statement, all account books of the University are kept clean and up-to-date and there is no any iota of financial embezzlement.

The statement added that all outstanding issues requiring Government attention are receiving attention from the Government.

it observed that all issues raised are the same issues submitted to the Visitation Panel that have just concluded its assignment, noting that issues raised were stale as they have been addressed and explained for over five (5) years.

“The Management of the University stands firm in its resolve and commitment to keep ensuring a peaceful and conducive atmosphere for academic and administrative activities in order to see to the realization of the objectives of the founding fathers of the University.

“The Management, once again solicits the understanding, cooperation and support from all people in ensuring that KUST is taken to the next level.

“The Management, once again solicits the understanding, cooperation and support from all people in ensuring that KUST is taken to the next level,” the statement concluded.

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Armed Forces hospital Kano gets new pediatric surgical theatre

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pediatric surgical theatre to Armed Forces Specialist Hospital, Kano.

Nasiru Yusuf

A Non Governmental Organisation Smile Train has donated a pediatric surgical theatre to Armed Forces Specialist Hospital, Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the facility was commissioned by Emir of Dutse, Nuhu Muhammad Sanusi.

Speaking at the occasion the chief of Defence staff Lucky Irabor applauded the initiative.

Irabor, represented by Ginikanwa Nwosu said the Nigerian Armed Forces will continue to collaborate with relevant agencies in providing quality pediatric treatment to children as part of it corporate social responsibility.

Nwosu, a Major General in Nigerian army said the surgical theatre will help in solving cleft challenge in children.

According to him the centre is accessible to all Nigerians.

pediatric surgical theatre, Armed Forces Specialist Hospital, Kano.

“The paediatric surgical centre is not only beneficial to the Nigerian Army, it is beneficial to every citizens especially children from every part of the country with the deformity known as cleft. It is basically for them. Because the Armed Forces specialist Hospital, Kano is also open for the treatment of the general public.

“It is heartening to see this high level of collaboration to bring succour not just to members of Armed Forces and their family but the general public,” Nwosu said.

While donating the equipment, regional director of VP Smile Train and Africa Nkeiruka Obi said their aim is to ensure every child enjoys free access to cleft surgery.

pediatric surgical theatre, Armed Forces Specialist Hospital, Kano.

“This is in line with our mission to ensure that every child or every adult one with cleft in every part of the world is giving access to free and comprehensive cleft care. So that they are able to live healthy and productive life,” Mrs Obi said.

pediatric surgical theatre, Armed Forces Specialist Hospital, Kano.

The chairman of Grassroots smile initiative Adetokunbo Adebola said the facility now gets pediatric operating suit, recovery room fully equipped with 3D cone beam cephalometric x-ray machine and royal dental clinic.

This according to him, is to strengthen comprehensive healthcare services in the hospital.

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Court fixes March 17 for hearing of Yunusa Yellow’s appeal

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Yunusa Yellow

Nasiru Yusuf

The Court of Appeal, Portharcourt Division has fixed March 17, for hearing of the substantive appeal.

KANO FOCUS reports that one of the counsel to Yunusa Dahiru (Yellow), Sunusi Musa announced this in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Other counsels to Yunusa Yellow present at the court include Huwaila Muhammad, Abdul Muhammad Rafindadi and Kayode Olaosebikan.

The Trial

The case of Yunusa and Ese generated a lot of reactions in 2015 when it was first reported.

Yunusa was arrested and arraigned at the Federal High Court, Yenagoa in 2016 in the suit number FHC/YNG/17c/2016 on a five-count charge of criminal abduction, illicit sex, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge of a minor.

Part of the charges against Yunusa read: “That you, Yunusa Dahiru, a male, resident in Opolo-Eipie area of Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, conspired with the duo of Dankano Mohammed and Mallam Alhassan, between August, 2015 and February, 2016, to commit an offence of abduction and thereby committed offence punishable under section 27(a) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.”

In May 2020 the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, sentenced Yunusa, to 26 years imprisonment for child trafficking and sexual exploitation of Ese Oruru.

Ese was reportedly abducted by Yellow in Bayelsa in 2015, taken to Kano State where she was allegedly forcefully married and impregnated by Dahiru.

While delivering judgement Justice Jane Inyang, held that Yunusa was not guilty of count one which bothered on abduction.

The judge, however, found him guilty of child trafficking, illicit sex, sexual exploitation and unlawful carnal knowledge.

He was jailed five years in count two (Child trafficking), seven years in count three (illicit sex), seven years in count four (Sexual exploitation) and seven years in count five (Unlawful carnal knowledge).

The judge, however, held that the sentences should run consecutively, which means the convict will spend a maximum of 26 years in jail.

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