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NNPP raises alarm over Ganduje’s recruitment exercise, scholarship award



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The Kano state chapter of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) described the recent online recruitment drive by the state government as a mere propaganda with sole aim of grabbing information on the permanent voter’s cards of the unsuspecting Kano youth seeking employment.

KANO FOCUS reports that the party also blamed Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration for the collapse of the civil service in the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by chairman of the party Umar Haruna Doguwa.

Umar Haruna Doguwa

“I want challenge the state government today, if they are serious, staff recruitment is done by the office of the head of civil service and not by a committee. The current claim for recruitment is suspicious. We believe the government wants to capture sensitive information on the PVCs of the prospective applicants.

“Ganduje’s administration has been characterized with massive corruption, indiscipline, job racketeering, none payment of pension and gratuity, constant delay in payment of salaries and rampant deductions on the monthly payment of civil servants and pensioners, while the government had only paid scholarship once since its inceptions in 2015. The only payment was at the eve of 2019 general elections aimed at wooing voters,” Doguwa alleged.

The NNPP noted with total dismay and suspicion that a government which had since withdrawn from the implementation of thirty thousand (N30, 000) minimum wage that was backed by law and honourably accepted by the same administration with even more promises to the civil servants which were yet to be fulfilled, is now turning around with a fake claim of new employment.

“It is worthy to bring to the notice of Kano people, that thousands of civil servants have either retired or died in the service within the last seven years and three months of Ganduje’s administration who were supposed to have been replaced immediately for smooth running of the state administration in all critical sectors, but the government kept mum in an attempt to cripple the civil service.

“Historically, Kano state has one of the best civil service in the country, it is regrettable to see the service in a total collapse due to lack of commensurate benefit for hard work to the teaming civil servants, introduction of nepotism, job racketeering  and many more.

“It is pertinent therefore to state categorically that civil service reform at both state and local government levels would be one of the top priority areas to be accorded by the next administration of the NNPP in 2023 Insha Allah. Where hard work, commitment and sincerity would be rewarded through training, promotion and improved welfare of the civil servants.

“It is rather unfortunate, that the present administration has politicized every aspects of government operations including sensitive activities such as recruitment and payment of scholarship to Kano state students.

“We wish to caution all relevant stakeholders, including the electoral umpire that the NNPP as the major opposition party in the state will not condone inconclusive or any other form of electoral malpractice in 2023 general elections, which the general public believed is the main purpose of this exercise,” Doguwa threatened.

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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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