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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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Police arrest ninety-six suspects in Kano over attempts to disrupt inauguration activities








Ninety- six suspects were arrested by the Nigeria Police in Kano following alleged attempts to disrupt peace in the state during Monday’s inauguration ceremony.


KANO FOCUS reports that State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, who disclosed this at a press conference held at the Command’s Bompai headquarters, Wednesday remarked that the arrest followed a series of crackdowns by his men.


He noted that the suspects, who were picked up differently across the state within the last one week included 56 suspected mobile phone robbers, 17 illicit drug related suspects, and 20 suspects who were arrested on account of attempts to commit violent crimes.


Items recovered from the suspects included five cartons of suspected Tramadol tablets, 83 sachets of suspected Diazepam and 371 pieces of rubber solution, including 12 parcels and 303 wraps of dried leaves.


Other recoveries from the suspects included 157 weapons, four locally made guns, one toy gun and 18 mobile phones as well as 34 ATMs .


He explained that preliminary investigations had led them to conclude that the suspects were saboteurs and sponsored criminals given that they were found with dangerous weapons and were also under the influence of drugs during their arrest


Usaini added that all the suspects would soon be charged to court even as he advised the members of the public to be law abiding.


He insisted that the Police would continue to match its words with actions until all the criminally minded persons in the state repented or decided to leave the state.



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Alleged $1.3 fraud: EFCC withdraws amended charges against Zaura



Aminu Abdullahi








The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sought the withdrawal of its amended charge against the Kano Central senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdulsalam Abdulkareem Zaura before the Federal high court sitting in Kano.


KANO FOCUS reports that prior to Wednesday’s retraction, EFCC at the last proceeding failed to produce prosecution witnesses to prove the criminal charges against the defendant, which necessitated another adjournment of the matter.


AA Zaura as fondly known is being held by the financial crime commission for alleged financial fraud in the sum of $1.3 million dollars in a prolong retrial involving a Kuwaiti nationale.

At the resumption of the matter before Justice Mohammad Nasir Yunusa on Wednesday, counsel to the EFCC, Aisha A.T Habeeb told the court the withdrawal of the application already served the defendant become pertinent to forestall possible delay in the case.


Although, Zaura through his counsel, Isyaka M. Dikko, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN had filed a motion on notice seeking the court’s convienent to struck out the amended charge for lacking in substance.


Earlier, Zaura informed the court of it’s pending motion on notice dated 12th April,2023 prayed for the court lordship order of stay of proceedings of the trial pending the hearing and determination of application on a related matter before the supreme court.


Zaura through his attorney, Dikko SAN contended that it would amount to double exercise for the lower court to continue with the matter presently pending before the apex court.


The senior lawyer told Justice Yunusa that application before the Supreme Court is challenging the Appeal court judgement that order the retrial after the defendant already discharged and acquitted.


In a counter argument, the prosecution counsel, Habeeb pledged for outright dismissal of the defendant application, insisted the motion was orchestrated to delay the trial.


Barrister Habeeb countered the defendant on the pending application before the supreme court, insisted the matter has already being decided by the apex court. The EFCC lawyer cited references of previous matters which disallowed criminal trial and allowed a concurrent proceeding.

In a swift response, Zaura’s lawyer Dikko SAN counter the objection of the prosecution, reaffirming that the application before the supreme court is rather pending and yet to be decided.


Even though, the EFCC stood her ground on the conviction that Supreme Court had already dismissed Zaura’s application, the prosecution was unable to furnish the court with prove of evidence when asked to do so.


In his ruling, Justice Yunusa ordered the parties to supply the court with necessary documents to back their claims. The case is adjourned to 13th July 2023 for ruling on the application.







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Abba Kabir Yusuf set up task force on phone snatching in Kano



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has set up a special joint taskforce to fight phone snatching and other street crimes in the urban and semi-urban areas of the state.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Governor, who spoke in Kiru Reformatory Centre, Monday, disclosed that “this taskforce comprises of teams from law enforcement agencies and mobile courts that would work together to clear our streets of these criminals and bring all of them to justice swiftly.”

He explained that “My first port of call after the inauguration, was the Kiru Reformatory School, which will be fully reopened soonest for the purpose of rehabilitating drug addicts.

“Due to the persistent cases of armed robbery (especially phone snatching), and other violent crimes being perpetrated on the streets of our State, we have formed a Special Joint Taskforce to fight phone snatching and other street crimes. This taskforce comprises of teams from law enforcement agencies and mobile courts that would work together to clear our streets of these criminals and bring all of them to justice swiftly.”

In a statement by ASN II Sadiq Muhammad Maigatari, Ag. PRO, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Kano Command, which was made available to newsmen, revealed that the governor and the commander engaged in fruitful discussions on how to effectively curtail the menace.

Maigatari stated that NDLEA Kano State Command is grateful for the governor’s support in his fight against drug abuse.

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