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IntegratE project trains 950 private health providers in Kano



Dayyabu Mahmud Yusuf

Nasiru Yusuf

The newly launched IntegratE 2 project has set to train 950 private health providers in Kano by 2026.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Regional Programme Manager of IntegratE 2, Dayyabu Mahmud Yusuf revealed this on Thursday while presenting an overview of the proj­ect.

He said the targeted beneficiaries are Community Pharmacists and Proprietary Patent Medicine Vendors (PPMVs).

He said they needed support from the stake­holders for the programme to succeed, saying that they were collaborating with the state government towards ensuring an enabling environment for the project.

Yusuf explained that the project started as a four-year programme in Lagos and Kaduna States, adding that currently they were authorized to undertake such services in other states.

According to him, under the project, which is core-sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gate Foun­dation, concentrates on core care of provision of hygiene, they are now working in 11 states of the federation to include, Kano, Nasarawa, Gombe and Enugu among others.

In his address the the state Commissioner of Health, Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa thanked the Society for Family Health for its intervention to­wards supporting the state in this direction.

The commissioner represent­ed by the Director Pharmaceutical Ser­vices of the ministry, Ghali Sule described the initiative as timely as it would go a long way in improving and having positive impact on family planning in the state.

Pharmacist Ghali Sule

Tsanyawa appreciated the Phar­macists Council of Nigeria for its support, conveying the approval of the implemen­tation of the programme in the state.

On his part, the Project Director of In­tegratE in the country, Emeka Okafor, expressed appreciation the state government for provision of enabling environment for health services to thrive in the state.

Pharmacist Emeka Okafor

Okafor emphasized that the need for the citizens to demand for quality service.

“The citizens should be made to understand the need to begin to demand for such quality ser­vices from such service providers.

“Even the beneficiaries should be aware of services they are provided with,” he said.

Okafor described IntegratE as a concept that targeted community pharmacists Proprietary Patent Medicine Vendors (PPMVs) that have the ca­pacity to provide wide range of services primary health care services.

He said they were working in conjunction with Pharmacists Council of Nigeria in pursuing their objectives.

He said that they have since put in a structure for proper supervision under the project.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Secretary of the state Private Health Institution Management Agency, Usman Tijjani Aliyu, who doubled as the chairman of the occasion, de­scribed the initiative as a very good intervention aimed at empowering pharmacist and medicine vendors.

Dr. Usman Tijjani Aliyu

He reiterated that such intervention from the organization would go a long way in enhancing healthcare in the country.

Aliyu noted that the beneficiaries would receive training on some key problems militating against the society, health wise, expressing delight that they would now be equipped with knowledge on how to manage simple cases and refer others to hospitals.

Among the dignitaries that attended the meet­ing included the chairman of the state House of Assembly Committee on Health, Musa Ali Kachako, the member representing Rogo Con­stituency in the Assembly, Magaji Dahiru Zarewa, chairman of Kano Emirate Health committee Bashir Muhammad Dankadai (Dankadan Kano) and the District Head of Kiru in Karaye Emirate, Alhaji Garba Alhaji.

Musa Ali Kachako and Dr. Bashir Muhammad Dankadai (Dankadan Kano)

The event was brought to an end with the sign­ing of the family planning waivers in the state.

Cross section of participants

The state Commissioner of Health, Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, represent­ed by the Director Pharmaceutical Ser­vices of the ministry, Ghali Sule, performed the signing of the waivers at the end of the meeting.

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Dangote Refinery imports additional 11m barrels of US crude oil due to domestic supply shortage



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim



Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals has issued a tender for an additional 11 million barrels of US crude oil over the next six months due to Nigerian crude oil producers’ inability to meet its feedstock requirements.

KANO FOCUS reports that the 650,000 barrels per day refinery has already received 9 million barrels of West Texas Intermediate crude from the US since the beginning of 2024 to offset unreliable domestic supplies. The new tender, closing on July 21, aims to procure two million barrels per month of WTI Midland crude for the world’s largest single-train facility located in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, for the next six months starting in August.

In a tender reported by Bloomberg, Dangote Refinery purchased five million barrels of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Midland crude for delivery in the upcoming months of August and September. Additionally, the company initiated a tender process to acquire an additional six million barrels of American crude for September.

This reliance on US crude highlights Nigeria’s challenges in meeting its own refining needs, attributed to issues such as crude theft, aging infrastructure, and underinvestment, which have led to a decline in production. In April, Nigeria’s daily output was only 1.45 million barrels, well below its capacity of 2.6 million barrels per day. The country recorded an estimated 30 million barrels underproduction in the first four months of 2024.

Dangote Refinery, crucial to Nigeria’s goal of becoming a net exporter of petroleum products, has found it necessary to import crude to sustain operations amidst insufficient domestic supply.

President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, stated during the Africa CEO Forum 2024 that the refinery will need to continue importing crude as production scales up and alternative supply contracts are sought.

“It also makes economic sense for us to tender for crude. If we could source 100 percent Nigerian crude, then fine, but we can’t wait,” said Dangote.

Commenting on the challenge with sourcing crude locally, Dangote added, “there is a bit of a problem for us to source the entire volume of crude that we’re looking for domestically because we need different types and mixes. Unless crude production improves – which we pray and hope for – we need to go elsewhere.”

The refinery took in more than 41 million barrels of feedstock in the first half of the year as it completed test runs and gradually increased processing rates, tanker-tracking data show. Of that, about a quarter has been American supply.

According to CAS, the refinery took delivery of 11 WTI cargoes, or 9 million barrels, between February and May, contrasting with around 18 million barrels of Nigerian crude deliveries.

Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), NNPC has struggled to meet its 300,000 barrels per day obligation to the refinery due to operational constraints.

International financial analytics corporation, S&P Global, recently described the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals company as capable of resolving Nigeria’s foreign exchange (forex) issue and its huge pressure on the local Naira currency, while also catalysing the country’s economic development.

S&P Global, headquartered in Manhattan, New York City, disclosed this during an onsite visit to the refinery as part of its sovereign credit ratings assessment of Nigeria. The team from the international rating agency were accompanied by officials from the Federal Ministry of Finance.

S&P noted that the refinery would bolster Nigeria’s oil sector and, more importantly, also have a positive impact on its growing economy.

Currently operating at 350,000 barrels per day capacity, Vice President of Oil and Gas at Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), Devakumar Edwin, recently disclosed that the refinery would scale up to at least 500,000 barrels per day capacity by July/August, commencing the refining of petrol and ultra-low sulphur diesel.

He noted that the refinery, designed to process a wide range of crudes including various African and Middle Eastern crudes, as well as US Light Oil, conforms to Euro V specifications. In addition, it is designed to comply with US EPA, European Union (EU) emission norms, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) emission/effluent norms, and the African Refiners and Distribution Association (ARDA) standards.

While noting that most refineries were built by foreign companies, he said it is a thing of pride that a Nigerian company designed and built the world’s largest single-train refinery complex while acting directly as its own Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor. The refinery which also incorporates a self-sufficient marine facility capable of handling the world’s largest vessels, can meet 100% of Nigeria’s requirement of all liquid products (Gasoline, Diesel, Kerosene & Aviation Jet) and have surplus of each of these products for export.


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UNICEF Commends Governor Yusuf for Education Prioritization in Kano State



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

In a gesture of appreciation, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has praised Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State for his steadfast commitment to enhancing the education sector within Kano.

During a cordial meeting at the Kano Government House on Thursday, the Country Director, Mrs. Christain Munduate, extolled the enduring partnership between UNICEF and Kano State, advocating for its reinforcement to yield greater mutual benefits and collaborative opportunities.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Governor’s spokesperson Mr. Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa and made available to journalists in Kano.

Mrs. Munduate reiterated UNICEF’s unwavering support for the state in both the Health and Education sectors, emphasizing the imperative for Kano State to fulfill its counterpart funding obligations for the Malnutrition project.

In response, Governor Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf called for increased support and goodwill from UNICEF and other donor agencies, highlighting Education and Health as pivotal realms necessitating additional assistance due to their fundamental importance in societal progress.

Governor Yusuf pinpointed Malnutrition and poliomyelitis as pressing health concerns, particularly affecting children and other vulnerable demographics.

Detailing the notable achievements in the education sector under his administration, Governor Yusuf underscored his government’s dedication to providing essential infrastructure, educational resources, modern classrooms, teacher training programs, and fostering an enriching environment conducive to learning.

Furthermore, in the realm of healthcare, Governor Yusuf emphasized the state’s endeavors to ensure complimentary medical services for women and children, overhauling of hospitals, and furnishing healthcare facilities with requisite equipment.

Assuring the visiting delegation, Governor Yusuf expressed the State’s commitment to doubling the counterpart funding contribution compared to Jigawa State for combating the pressing issue of Malnutrition.

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NiMet predicts morning thunderstorms in Kano on Friday



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted morning thunderstorms on Friday over parts of Kano State.

KANO FOCUS reports that NiMet’s weather outlook released on Thursday in Abuja envisaged thunderstorms over parts of Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna, Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe and Bauchi States on Sunday.

The agency anticipated thunderstorms over parts of Katsina State, Zamfara, Sokoto State and Kebbi.

The agency urged the public to take adequate precautions as strong winds may precede the rains in areas where thunderstorms are likely to occur.

NiMet advised Airline operators to get updated weather reports and forecasts from NiMet for effective planning in their operations.

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