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ASUU strike: Kano NLC joins nationwide protest

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The Kano state council of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has joined the nationwide protest in support of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

KANO FOCUS reports that the rally took off from Mundubawa round about to Kano state government house where they presented a letter to governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for onward submission to President Muhammad Buhari.

The Kano state chairman of the council Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir, said the protest was in compliance with the directive from the National Headquarters of the union to compel the government to do the needful.

Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir addressing the gathering 

He commended Ganduje for not joining some of his colleagues in no work no pay resolution against university lecturers.

“We really appreciate the state government under your able leadership, the people’s governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, for your magnanimous approach in not stopping the salary of the lecturers of the state universities.

Mammoth crowd of NLC members during the protest

“This shows you are an education-friendly governor,” Comrade Minjibir said.

Responding, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje assured the Nigeria Labour Congress that the Nigeria Governors Forum would do everything possible to ensure an amicable resolution to the lingering crisis between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje saluting NLC members

The governor, who lamented the prolonged crisis, said the NGF would prevail on the Federal Government in the area of advice so as to resolve the crisis with a view to saving the entire system from total collapse.

“We will prevail on the Federal Government in the area of advice because the crisis must be resolved to save the system.

Mammoth crowd of NLC members during the rally

“This crisis must be resolved to help save the system. We don’t want system collapse in this country at all,” Ganguje said.

He noted that the striking university lecturers “are in the strike action to save the system from collapsing.”

While lamenting the plight of students across the country for being idle all this while, he revealed that, “Myself and my colleagues from all the 36 states, irrespective of our party differences, are concerned about the prolonged strike action and we will put our heads together to bring an end to the crisis.”

Mammoth crowd of NLC members during the protest

The governor commended the labour members, students and others who participated in the protest for exhibiting maturity and high sense of responsibility in conducting the protest peacefully.

Ganduje also promised to forward the letter he received from the labour leaders to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, for onward submission to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd).

Among those who took part in the peaceful protest were ASUU members, Nigeria Union of Journalists student bodies, civil society groups, youth organisations and human right activists, among others.

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Demolition: Kano govt appeals N30bn compensation judgement

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Demolition at Abubakar Rimi Market

Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

 

The Kano State Government has appealed a Federal High Court judgement that ordered it to pay N30 billion as compensation to some traders for the demolition of their shops.

KANO FOCUS reports that a Federal High Court sitting in Kano and presided over by Justice Simon Anogede, had, while delivering judgement in the case filed by the Traders Association, said what the government did was barbaric and unconstitutional.

The court however awarded N30 billion as compensation to the traders, instead of the N250 billion they demanded from the government.

However, the Kano State government says it has appealed the judgement, which it described as miscarriage of justice.

Barrister Haruna Isa Dederi, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, explained that the court was not right in awarding judgement to the Traders Association because the Land Use Act is clear on the position of lands in every state.

He insisted that the court lacked the jurisdiction to even listen to the case because government is the sole owner of land, according to the Land Use Act.

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ACReSAL plans to increase city parks to 50 in Kano, laments indiscriminate felling of trees

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Dr Dahiru Muhammad Hashim

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The Kano Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL), has said that it will increase city parks to 50 in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Project Coordinator Dr Dahiru Muhammad Hashim made this known while addressing newsmen on Thursday in Kano.

He said the project is planning to recover and restore lost landscapes arising from natural causes and human activities.

”We are committed to addressing the environmental challenges that affect the state such as climate change, drylands, erosion and flooding, land degradation, and issues that affect the livelihood of communities which is mainly agriculture.

”The ACReSAL project is anchored on four broad components that speak essentially to the demand of the poor whose livelihoods have been distressed,” he said.

Hashim also said that the ACReSAL project has drilled solar-powered boreholes and established tree nurseries in some local government areas of the state.

He said that the intervention would boost agriculture and improve the standard of living of the people while the tree nurseries would help to combat desertification and soil erosion.

He expressed the commitment of the state in improving and protecting the Kano environment with priority and attention to the sector on issues of biodiversity conservation and restoration of degraded lands.

“ACReSAL plans to undertake Erosion control work in Rarin, Dawakin Tofa and Bulbula/Gayawa, Nassarawa, and Ungogo Local government areas.

“Construction of water conservation structure and provision of minor irrigation facilities in ‘Yartiti, Shanono, and construction of water conservation structure and provision of minor irrigation facilities in Fajewa, Takai Local government area.

“Establishment of 100ha individual farmer orchards and Woodlot plantations, 200ha of woodlot in communal forests and institutional plantings.

“440ha farmer-managed natural regeneration of indigenous tree species on individual farmlands and communal forests and promotion of climate-smart agriculture through FLID and CRF among others,” he said

KANO FOCUS reports that the World Bank’s 700 million dollar ACReSAL project is being implemented in collaboration with the federal government and the 19 northern states and the FCT was recently officially launched in Bauchi by Gov. Bala Mohammed, thus becoming the first among the participating states to unveil the project implementation.

The ACreSAL project is embarked on by the Federal Government to build community resilience as well as improve the sustainable productivity of its natural resources in Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba, Niger, Kwara, and Kaduna.

These northern states including the FCT, the federal government said are faced by rapid desert encroachment ranging from severe to moderate and marginal.

Other incentives of the project are the strengthening of the environment for integrated climate-resilient landscape management, fighting issues surrounding desertification, drought, landscape degradation, and deprivation at community levels as well as resuscitating the sectors of agriculture, environment, and water resources.

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Kano NIPR conducts AGM, Public Lecture

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The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations NIPR Kano Chapter has set to elect new leadership of the institution in Kano during its annual general meeting

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued by Mahmud Ibrahim Kwari the instituted’s Kano branch chairman publicity sub-committee on Friday.

Mr Kwari said during the AGM a public lecture will be presented on the importance of Artificial intelligence (AI)

The event will be held today (Friday) the 29th of September, 2023 at the Tahir Guest Palace Kano.
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The theme of the event is “Artificial Intelligence and Spin-Doctoring in Public Relations Practice in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges”

The lecture will be presented by Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Faculty of Communications, Bayero University.

Also, the l public relations expert and the publisher of PRNigeria Malam Yushau Shuaibu will discuss the paper.

The Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero who chaired the contact and mobilization sub-committee of the event will be the royal father at the occasion.

Similarly, Former Kano state Governor, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau will chair the Occasion while the president of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations Mr. Ike Neliaku, and the immediate past president of the Institute, Malam Mukhtar Zubair Siraj are expected to be in attendance.

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