Fitilar Jama’ar Kano, a non-governmental organisation committed to identifying credible leaders to encourage them in their bid to provide quality leadership, wishes to congratulate the people of Kano on the successful completion of the Ramadan fasting which ushers in the Eidel-Fitr, a moment of devotion, sober reflection, love, sharing and sacrifice.
KANO FOCUS reports that the organisation calls on the people of Kano particularly, the youth, irrespective of political affiliation to celebrate Sallah peacefully devoid of rancour and acrimony, and ignore selfish politicians bent on using them to cause mayhem in our dear state.
The Executive Director of the organisation, Khalifa Mustapha Dankade, on behalf of Directors and entire coordinators of Fitilar Jihar Kano from the 44 Local Government Councils of Kano State is following with keen interest the political developments in the state where a champion of politics without bitterness and violence-free politicking, Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada has enjoyed the goodwill and solidarity of some patriotic groups and individuals from within and outside the state who came together to purchase an expression of interest and nomination forms for the youth ambassador, Member, representing Kano Municipal federal Constituency, Chairman, House Committee on National Security and Intelligence, and President General, Network of African Parliamentarians for Defence and Security Committees, Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada.
A statement sent to KANO FOCUS by the Director civic engagement of the organisation Mansur Kurugu said “going by Sharada’s track records and antecedents, rising from a journalist to PA to the President and Member of the House of Representatives coupled with the massive achievements he has made and the lives he has impacted within six years despite all the distractions and obstacles from the serving government of the state, we are optimistic that if he emerges the candidate of the APC in the Kano State governorship election, he will defeat all the contestants hands down and make Kano proud and great again.
“This gesture is as a result of his dogged determination and commitment towards fighting for the rights of the less privileged, empowerment through skill acquisition programmes, issuance of capital and provision of job opportunities at the federal level.
“Others are: healthcare support programs for the people, infrastructure and educational support programs for our children where 3 years ago, he sponsored about 100 children of the poor to study different courses at undergraduate level abroad.
Kurugu extended special thanks to the leadership of the beneficiaries of the N-Power programme, batch C from the 44 local governments of the state.
He recalled that “It was from the 24th April, 2022 that out of over 3,000 young men and women from the 44 Local Government Councils of Kano who benefited from Npower Program facilitated by Hon Sha’aban Sharada, under the auspices of ‘FitilarJama’ar Kano’ submitted their monetary contributions totalling ten million Naira (N10,000,000) where their leader, Malam Abba Garba said at least 2,000 of this number made a monthly contribution of 1,000 each which amounted to ten million Naira (N10,000,000), in appreciation of the gesture of the leader of Kano youths, Hon. Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada, who they said he assisted them to get enlisted in the N-Power programme that earns them approximately one hundred million Naira monthly combined.
“Similarly, on Monday, 25th April, 2022, the Kano Elders’ Forum in support of the candidacy of Hon. Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada under the leadership of Alhaji Sani A. Sani presented a cheque in the sum of seventeen million Naira as their contribution. Also, on this day, a group of young Kano entrepreneurs in support of the candidacy of Hon. Sharada led by Alhaji Ibrahim Dan Fulani gave their own contribution amounting to four point five million Naira (N4,500,000).
“On Tuesday, 26th April, 2022, the Sharada Youth Progressive Association, under the leadership of Alhaji Idris Ali Sharada submitted a cheque in the sum of six million four hundred thousand Naira (N6,400,000). Also, a number of persons who wouldn’t want their names mentioned sent their contributions totalling three million Naira (N3,000,000) which brings the total amount realized to fifty one million four hundred thousand Naira (N51,400,000) Being that the money required for the purchase of the form is complete.
“Fitilar Jama’ar Kano’ is announcing that it has stopped collecting cash or cheques; but the organization is open to your contributions to strengthen the candidacy of this determined leader of Kano youths through the following bank details:
Bank: Sterling Bank
Account Number: 0088656822
Account Name: FITILAR JAMA’AR KANO
“We shall continue to announce the names of individuals or organizations and amounts donated. while awaiting for him to be back from the Holy land, we have already purchased both expression of Interest and Nomination forms for this patriotic son of Kano for participation in the forthcoming state governorship in order to place the state on the pedestal of rapid growth and development.
“Hon. Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada is fully ready to implement his plan (Kano Vision 2040) for a modern Kano and justify the confidence reposed in him by the good people of the state.”
Gov Yusuf rejects tribunal judgement, heads to appeal court
Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim
The Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has vowed to appeal the judgement of the governorship election tribunal which nullified his election and declared the APC candidate, Nasiru Yusuf Gawauna as the winner.
KANO FOCUS reports that Yusuf made the declaration on Wednesday night, while making a broadcast to the people of the state.
He said his legal team had been directed to appeal the judgement at the court of appeal in order to reclaim the mandate given to him by the people of the State.
He, therefore, Called on the good people of the state to remain calm and continue to be law abiding as security agents have been directed to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizens.
“Let me assure you that the this government would continue to work for the development of the people of the state as the judgement will never dampen our spirit or discourage us from the good work we have started.” he said.
The Governor, who thanked the people of the state for their continued support and cooperation, urged them to go about with normal activities.
Kano records 5,800 cases of Diphtheria – UNICEF
Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Tuesday, said that Kano State has recorded 5,800 suspected cases of Diphtheria from January to date.
KANO FOCUS reports that the Head, UNICEF Field Office, Kano, Mr Rahama Mohammned-Farah, stated this in Kano during a one-day media orientation on Diphtheria outbreak.
The UN Agency said the cases were recorded in 39 local government areas of the state.
According to him, Kano State has the highest number of recorded cases in the country, adding that Diphtheria was a highly contagious and infectious disease that could cause death.
Mohammned-Farah stressed that proactive measures were necessary to stem the outbreak.
“Recently, we have seen a surge in the number of reported Diphtheria cases in Nigeria, and Nigeria is currently facing an outbreak that needs to be stopped and prevented.
“As of July, Diphtheria cases have been on the rise. As of last week, over 400 suspected cases with 11 deaths have been reported in Kano.
“Out of the 39 LGAs affected, eight are the most affected, including Ungogo with 2,651 cases; Dala 989, Fagge 943, Gwale 714, Kumbotso 713, Nasarawa 538, Kano Municipal 506 and Tarauni 269,” he said.
He said that 60.8 per cent of the suspected cases had been reported in children not vaccinated, which reinforced the critical need to address the issue of zero doses, especially in Kano State.
“UNICEF delivered 1.2 million vaccines to the Kano State Government in our continuing support to the government response to Diphtheria outbreak.
“Diphtheria outbreak is a threat to child survival, health and the wellbeing of children. UNICEF is collaborating with government and partners to respond to the emergency to save the lives of children affected.
“In Kano state, UNICEF supported Tetanus-Diphtheria reactive vaccination campaigns in February, April and August, vaccinating 23,200 children in round one.
“While 277,796 children vaccinated in round two and 29,500 others in round-3 of the exercise.
“We engaged 150 traditional leaders on Diphtheria outbreak and distribution of Diphtheria IEC materials, and deployed 1,500 VCMs to the worst affected LGAs to conduct house-to-house sensitisations and referral of suspected cases to health facilities.
“Media has a key role to play particularly in infection prevention, and risk communication and community engagement,” he said.
Also speaking, Dr Muhammad Nasir-Mahmoud, the Director-General, Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board, said the state government had adopted drastic measures to curtail spread of the disease.
“We are committed towards educating the public about what is happening and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has promised that Kano will be accorded priority in terms of vaccine distribution,” he said.
While describing the media as partners in the fight against Diphtheria, Nasir-Mahmoud urged them to support the campaign against the disease.
IPAC appeals to Kano governorship tribunal to be impartial
Mukhtar Yahya Usman
The Interparty Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has urged the judges of the Kano election petition tribunal court to discharge its duties with utmost integrity and impartiality.
KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued by the organization secretary Kano chapter Nuhu Idris on Tuesday.
IPAC also called upon the tribunal to consider each case diligently and ensure that all the parties involved are given equal opportunities to present their argument and evidence.
It could be recalled that the election tribunal has fixed Wednesday 20th September 2023 to deliver judgment on APC’s petition against Abba Kabir Yusuf.
A hearing notice issued by the Secretary of the election petition tribunal on Monday said the judgment would be delivered at 9.00 a.m., at the High Court of Miller Road in Kano.
Mr Idris said the organization has acknowledged the importance of the electoral process in a democratic society, where the voice and choice of the people are paramount.
He said the ongoing legal proceedings before the tribunal are a testament to the vibrancy of democracy and the resolve of citizens to seek redress through legal means.
“IPAC firmly believes that justice must not only be done but must also be seen to be done.
“We, Therefore, implore the tribunal to maintain transparency in its proceedings allowing the public and all concerned parties to have confidence in the outcome of the legal process, the statement said.
He added that it is essential that the tribunal’s decisions are guided by the rule of law and the facts presented, rather than any external influence.
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