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ActionAid Nigeria holds Youth summit in Kano 

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The ActionAid Nigeria has organised a one day youth summit in Kano in as part of this year’s international youth day celebration.

KANO FOCUS reports that the summit was attended by over one thousand youth from nooks and crannies of the state.

Dignitaries at the occasion

Addressing the participants the Country Director, ActionAid, Nigeria Mrs. Ene Obi has called on youths in the country to concentrate on the indices of nation building by shunning negative tendencies that would jeopardize their future at the present critical stage. adding that building peace is panacea for national development.

Mrs. Ene Obi

Mrs Obi said it is evident that the youth of the present generation  can help realize the noble goal even in the face of many challenges including poverty, conflicts, injustice, marginalization and unemployment.

According to her, in Kano State today, unemployment rate in the second quarter of 2022 stands at 59.43% while the level of illiteracy according to UNESCO is at 52.32%  lamenting that the grim statistics is worrisome.

Cross section of dignitaries

She said “I encourage you to make informed non-violent interventions to change the narrative about young people that promotes positivism, bringing about success stories, giant strides, unmatched  synergy towards unity, and development of sound democratic values “

“I charge you people to actively participate in peace building, informed and conflict sensitive commentary on  national issues as I call on the government to be proactive in tackling security challenges in the country” she added.

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“I would like  to appeal to Nigerians to desist from fake news by taking the advantage of of the fact that information could easily be verified through various channels. endeavour to investigate the source of any news item. more so, this is not the time to make jokes out of sensitive issues as  they usually instigates fake news and promote violence” she stressed.

Speaking earlier, the Executive Director, Disputes Resolutions and Development Initiative, formerly known as Democratic Action Group(DAG) Dr. Mustapha Muhammad Yahaya stressed the need for youth to be conscious of the implication of joining the forces of retrogression at the time they are expected to  contribute their widow’s mite in building peace and creating the avenue for the country to progress and move forward.

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370 bag PhD, 180 first class as BUK holds 38th convocation

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The Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK), Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, has said that during the 38th convocation of the BUK commencing Tuesday over 11,284 students will graduate, while 180 students will be graduating with First Class Honours.

KANO FOCUS reports that 370 postgraduate students are graduating with PhDs and 3,770 are going out with Masters degrees.

This was just as the university would award honorary doctorate degrees to the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, to complement their efforts in supporting their community and the nation at large.

Professor Abbas, disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists on the preparations for the forthcoming convocation.

Management staff of Bayero University Kano

According to him,” This year the university is introducing a stager’s convocation, aimed at ensuring that every student feels the impact of his graduation.

He maintained that this year the university is graduating a total of 11,284 students, which would cut across different faculties and departments.

He, however, disclosed that the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, would deliver a lecture with the title ” The Role of the Private Sector in Building a Sustainable Economy in Nigeria.”

He further disclosed that “the convocation would commence with 6 faculties: Agriculture 307, Art and Islamic Studies, Education, Law, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and that this year’s convocation would be done with a pampered”.

Speaking further, Prof. Abbas hinted that the university currently has 379 professors teaching at BUK, with 18 faculties and 16 research centres.

BUK is now ranked 5th in Nigeria based on a ranking body based in the UK. It ranked fifth after Covenant University, the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, and Ekiti, all based in the South West. So, by this, BUK is leading in 5 other regions: South East, South-South, North West, North East and North Central

According to him, the BuK had a breakthrough in research on the sex of date seed, which has increased the farming capacity of the date in Jigawa State from 45 per cent to almost 80 per cent.

The BUK also recorded another giant stride in a breakthrough in the E-Motive at the Centre of Excellence, Africa Centre of Excellence—Population and Policies, ACE-PAP. It saved 60 per cent of maternal mortality.“

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NPFL: Kano Pillars beats Sunshine Stars 5-1

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Kano Pillars Football Club on Sunday thrashed Sunshine Stars of Akure 5-1 in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League match.

KANO FOCUS reports that the match day 21 which was played at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar-Mata, Kano, was watched by a large crowd.

Mustapha Ibrahim scored a brace with goals in the 48th and 52nd minutes, while Rabiu Ali, Auwalu Malam and Umar Shehu scored a goal each in the encounter.

The visitors scored a consolation goal in the 82nd through a penalty.

Speaking after the match, Chief Coach of Kano Pillars, Audu Maikaba, commended his players for what he described as an excellent performance.

“You know every match comes with its challenges, and we always take it as it comes. Today’s encounter was interesting and our boys played well and thank God we won the game,” said Mr Maikaba.

He assured that the team would perform better in its subsequent matches.

The coach explained that the team had put modalities on ground to win its upcoming away match against Katsina United.

On his part, Assistant Coach of Sunshine Stars, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, said his team tried their best but lost to a good side.

“It is unfortunate that we lost the match but that’s football, you win some you lose some. We are going to work hard to cover up our lapses in our next encounter,” he said.

Kano Pillars now have 36 points from 21 matches, occupying third position on the table.

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EFCC arrests 11 suspects accused of selling new Naira notes in Kano

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Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 11 suspects for their alleged involvement in the sale of new naira notes for commercial purposes.

KANO FOCUS reports that the suspects were arrested on Monday, February 19, following fruitful intelligence that un-masked a syndicate of fraudsters operating along Lagos Street, adjacent to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kano.

A statement published on EFCC Facebook said the syndicate allegedly specialized in selling naira notes.

It added that five members of the syndicate were arrested with new naira notes being sold to the public. Six bankers who were alleged to be selling the naira notes to the sellers on commission were also arrested.

The statement noted that the suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon conclusion of the investigation.

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