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NITDA DG, Kashifu Inuwa Bags ICT Personality of the Year Award 2021

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The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi has been honoured with the “ICT Personality of the Year Award 2021.”

KANO FOCUS reports Abdullahi was honoured on Friday by the Network of Advocates for Digital Reporting (NADIR) at the end of a 3-day workshop on “Digital Journalism, Media Ethics and Responsible Reporting” at PRNigeria Centre Kano State.

The Cordinator of NADIR, Dahiru Lawal described Kashifu as a focused advocate of digital literacy and inclusions towards economic prosperity of Nigeria.

Lawan, an award-winning fact-checking specialist pointed out that under Kashifu’s watch, NITDA has achieved significant impact through the launch of programmes such as the Nigeria Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Startup Policy (NDIESP), NITDA Digital Innovation Entrepreneurship Centre, and the state-of-the-art Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) among others.

In the citation, NADIR coordinator said: “NITDA has supported the establishment several IT hubs, innovation and incubation parks, IT community centres and IT capacity-building centres in higher institutions of learning, as well as in unserved and under-served communities across the country.

“In addition, the agency organized capacity building and entrepreneurship training  programmes for thousands of artisans, Women,  IT centres managers across the country. It also organized innovation contests such as Future-Hack, where participants receive funding and mentorship to develop marketable products and services.

“NITDA programmes have created employment for thousands of youth by supported hundreds of start-ups, IT hubs and ecosystem through Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision (NIIEV). It also created Virtual Startup Clinic, for young people to meet with mentors, successful entrepreneurs, investors, industry specialists, business consultants and hub operators.

“The National Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) and Massive Online Open Courses initiatives are two flagship projects of NITDA to transform the critical sectors of agricultural and tertiary education, as well as delivery of digital skills and literacy to Nigerians with distributions computers in promoting digital literacy. Through the clearance of IT projects of MDAs, NITDA has continued to save billions of Naira for the economy.

Meanwhile, the Digital Journalism workshop organised by Image Merchants Promotion Ltd (IMPR) in conjunction Penlight Centre for investigative Journalism was supported by NITDA and Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy.

IMPR is the Publishers of PRNigeria, Economic Confidential, Tech Digest, Politics Digest and other titles.

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Land racketteering: Emir of Gaya sacks village head of Gudduba

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Gaya Emirate council has terminated the appointment of village head of Gudduba, Ajingi Local Government Mallam Usman Muhammad Lawan with immediate effect.

KANO FOCUS reports that the spokesperson of the Emirate, Aminu Ahmad Rano announced this in a statement issued on Wednesday.

He said after a thorough verification the village head was found guilty in engaging in land racketeering.

To this end the District Head of Gaya Alhaji Wada Aliyu (Madakin Gaya) has been directed to send a representative to oversee the affairs of the village.

The Emir noted that the Emirate will no longer tolerate indiscipline or any act that will tarnish the image of the Emirate.

The monarch directed all traditional rulers and tittle holders to justified the confidence reposed on them.

It will be recalled that the Emir of Karaye Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar ll had earlier suspended Village head of Yango town in Rimingado local government area for similar offence.

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Four Kano Assembly members dump NNPP for APC

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Member of the Kano state House of Assembly representing Rabi’u Kwankwaso’s constituency, Madobi, Kabiru Isma’il has decamped from the New Nigerian People Party (NNPP) to the ruling All  Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba revealed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.

He said that member representing Dawakin Kudu local government, Mu’azzam El-Yakub has also dumped Kwankwaso’s NNPP for the APC.

Both Messrs Isma’il and El-Yakub failed to secure the tickets of NNPP to represent their respective constituencies in 2023 general election.

It will be recalled that some National and State Assembly members who failed to secure the tickets of their party have defected to either APC or NNPP.

Prominent among them is former speaker of Kano state House of Assembly and member representing Rano/Kibiya/Bunkure federal constituency in House of Representatives Kabiru Alhassan Rurum who defected from APC to NNPP.

Others are state legislature representing Bagwai/Shanono, Isa Ali rejoined the APC days after decamping to the NNPP and member representing Dambatta state constituency, Murtala Kore who also renounced his membership of the NNPP to remain in the APC.

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Kano explosion: Ganduje gives N15m to deceased’s families, injured, school

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The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Monday donated about sixteen million naira to the bereaved families of the people killed in last Tuesday’s explosion in the Sabon Gari area of the town.

KANO FOCUS reports that Governor Ganduje announced this on Monday while receiving President Muhammad Buhari who was in Kano for the Annual Air Force Day Celebration.

Ganduje said the state government has given N9 million to the affected families, N2 to those injured some of who are at the Greenfield Specialist Hospital and the Armed Forces Specialist Hospital, N1 million to those who are mildly injured.

He said the donation was a gesture aimed to give some succour to the families of the bereaved.

“More so, there are properties close to the scene that are affected that include two buildings that are damaged, they were given N2 million, and the Winners Academy Nursery/Primary School that were given N1 million.

“As soon as the incident occurred, the state government took immediate action to save those affected and protect the affected area as well.

“Nine people died in the gas cylinder explosion and eleven others were injured,” he said.

The governor said he sympathised with the bereaved families.

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