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NCC Boss, Danbatta, to Deliver Fountain University’s Convocation Lecture

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Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

Nasiru Yusuf

 

Apparently spurred by the vision, objectives and successes of policies, programmes and projects instituted by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to bridge the digital divide and encourage the youth to harness derivable benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the authority of the Fountain University, Osogbo (FUO), Osun State, has picked the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, to deliver 10th and 11th Convocation Lecture of the university.

KANO FOCUS reports that the combined Convocation Lecture, titled: “Empowering the Nigeria Youth Through Information and Communication Technology” will take place on January 13, 2022 at NASFAT Eti-Osa Lecture Theatre in the university.

Eminent personalities from government, industry and the academia are expected at the event scheduled at the heart of the week-long convocation ceremony.

Since his appointment in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari as the EVC/Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Prof. Danbatta has worked with the Board, Management and staff of the Commission to sustain and improve on accomplishing Commission’s mandates and associated vision focused on digital literacy and enhancing the capacity of young people, students, their teachers and institutions to be active players in the emergent digital economy.

One way in which this vision has been given concrete expression is in the diligent execution of the NCC’s School Support Programmes, which include Digital Access Programme (DAP), Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI), Wireless Cloud and Computer-Based Test projects.

All these are infrastructural projects that involve construction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) laboratory, supply of computers, connectivity project and construction of special computer-based test centres to enhance capacity of examination bodies to organise computer-based examinations with ease.

While these projects and programmes have benefited students, teachers and lecturers in arming them with modern techniques of knowledge acquisition and enabling the use of web-based resources to improve learning and teaching, other infrastructure projects and capacity-enabling programmes such as University Campus Connectivity (UniCC) project, Base Transceiver Station project, Backbone Transmission Infrastructure (BTRAIN), Digital Nigeria Centre, E-Accessibility, among others, are also being implemented by the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), an arm of the Commission.

The NCC, through Prof. Danbatta leadership, has continued to sponsor young innovative Nigerians to participate in ICT-focused competitions both nationally and globally, sponsor tech-startups to develop applications that address specific national concerns in the areas of health and security.

The Commission also collaborates with the academia to facilitate concrete linkage in research and development, innovation, technological incubation for national development with particular focus on harnessing the creative energy of the young people in the country, as evident in the annual national essay competition targeting young people who receive prizes annually.

Over the years, Danbatta has delivered high-profile academic and non-academic lectures at different tertiary institutions, national institutes and for professional bodies at the national and international levels, the imports of which have continued to reshape thinking on how best digital infrastructure can be maximally deployed and harnessed for overall development of the nation’s economy.

The Fountain University’s Convocation Lecture provides another opportunity for Danbatta to share his thoughts in this regard by intellectualising the discourse on how the foregoing and future plans of the Commission can help to situate the Nigerian youths to a point where they would play greater role in the emerging competitive global economy, relying on ICT resources.

Danbatta, a professor of Telecommunication Engineering, has taught in the university for over three decades, serving concurrently as an administrator and researcher.

In those years, he had supervised over 60 students in bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

He is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Nigerian Academy of Engineering (FAEng.), Renewable and Alternative Energy Society (FRAES) and Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FNIEEE).

He has published several articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He is the author of a book on Elements of Static Engineering Electromagnetics.

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

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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.

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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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