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KUST VC commends Ganduje over new name of varsity



KUST Wudil

Nasiru Yusuf

The Vice-Chancellor of Kano University of Science of Technology (KUST)  Wudil,  Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa

has described the renaming of the institution after business mogul and the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote,  as a welcome development. 

KANO FOCUS reports that Kano state Executive Council recently renamed KUST as Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology (ADUST).

Kano state Executive Council had acted on the recommendation of a Visitation Panel to the University set-up by the Visitor and Executive Governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

According  to a Statement by the Deputy Registrar (Information and Public Relations) of the institution,  Alhaji  Sa’idu Abdullahi Nayaya, Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa, described the name change as apt, appropriate and timely.

The Statement made available to journalists in Kano on Tuesday further stated that, “Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa on behalf of the Council Management, Senate, Staff, Students and entire University Community welcomes the New name of the University: Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology Wudil (ADUST).”

The Statement further stated that, “Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa paid glowing tributes to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Members of Kano State Executive Council for this wonderful development. He also appreciated the support from Kano State Commissioner for Higher Education Honourable Dr. Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure and her Ministry.

“The Vice-Chancellor also passed enccomiums on the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council Professor Zubairu Iliyasu and his Council for the selfless service they always perform for the progress of the University. He also appreciated individuals and co-operate organization who show love and support his University.Professor Shehu highly thanked the Kano State Government for recognizing worth and appreciating excellence in Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the University’s Chancellor, a great Captain of Industry and philanthropist who touches many lives everyday.

“As for the University, Aliko Dangote has brought many interventions for its progress. These include building hostels of 500 bed spaces each for male and female students, sponsoring the University’s Maiden Retreat in Kaduna, Provision of 660KVA standby Generators, stepping down the 33KVA line into the Campus, ongoing recruitment of 15 Professors, paying their salaries and wages for four years and construction of 15 luxury houses as their official residences, bringing more linkages and affiliations with institutions and Corporate Bodies, both within and outside Nigeria to the University.

 “Facilitating the design and production of an aggressive agricultural masterplan by the university in the field of Rice, Fisheries, Palm oil, Tomatoes and Sugarcane productions to benefit over a Million Farmers, giving automatic employment to First Class graduates of the University, sinking an Industrial Borehole in the University Campus to checkmate and improve water supply for a 30,000 population, providing N100M for landscaping the Campus and production of Masteplan.”

The Vice Chancellor also  congratulated the Chancellor  Aliko Dangote for the immortalization and prayed that, “may it spur him to continue to love and hold the University very dearly and on the part of the University, assured him that all stakeholders will remain loyal, obedient and committed for its progress.”

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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.

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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.

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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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