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Emir of Kano advocates 50% of state appropriation to education



Nasiru Yusuf 


Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has advocated for allocating 50% of state appropriation to education sub-sector.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Emir made the appeal on Tuesday in Kano at the unveiling of charter demands developed by citizens under the auspices of Hasken Kano.

Represented by Alhaji Habib Bello Dankadai (Fagacin Kano) the emir The monarch lamented the poor state of education in Nigeria ranging from primary to university.

The monarch cited example with how Rwanda excelled among it’s African peers due to its commitment to education.

“Go to Rwanda, the teachers salary is far better than that of President,” the Emir said.

The Emir urged politicians to eschew politics of bitterness and violence.

He said that violence does not do anybody any good, but only causes destruction and retrogression.

Bayero also advised the PERL to use the media in enlightening people on the project.

In his address, PERL State Team Leader in charge of Kano and Jigawa states, Isa Surajo said that it is a non partisan platform expanding citizens’ influence in governance.

This, he stated was being done by setting agenda for the engagement of candidates.

“The document highlighted pre and post election engagement plans on education, health, agriculture and environment.

”Other areas are commerce, women and people with special needs, digital economy and justice, among others.

“It is meant to expand citizens’ influence around the governance processes to improve service delivery.

“The agenda setting is one of priorities in ensuring that the citizens are being supported and organised to prioritise their demands and develop charters.

“They will engage the candidates to show them their needs when elected into offices and how best they can meet these needs in governance,” he said.

Earlier, one of the advocates who developed the charter Dr Auwalu Halilu, said that about 60 associations took part in developing the document.

Dr Halilu said that the document comprised general and specific needs across the 44 local government areas of the state and suggestions on how to achieve them.

KANO FOCUS reports that on education, some of the problems highlighted included inadequate teaching and learning materials, high students’ population, inadequate teachers and structures, among others.

On health, the issues include deficit of personnel, non release of funds for health programmes as well as shortage of equipment, among others.

Similar problems were also identified in other sectors while solutions were proffered on how best they could be addressed by the political office holders after the election.

Some of the participants included representatives from the five emirate councils, associations, political parties’ representatives, civil society organisations, people with special needs and professional groups, among others.

KANO FOCUS  reports that the document, tagged “Hasken Jihar Kano Project”, was supported by the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) under the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

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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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