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2023 Election: Group engages media on amplifying citizens charter of demand

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Nasiru Yusuf

Coalition of Civil Society Organizations, academics and media practitioners ‘Hasken Kano’ have tasked political programme presenters in radio and television stations on amplifying citizens charter of demand.

KANO FOCUS reports that the group gave the charge during a media engagement with political programme presenters, to discuss the content of Kano citizens charter of demand, held in Kano.

Delivering the opening remarks, the state partnership facilitator of Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn PERL/ECP, Alhaji Yunusa Hamza described media as watchdog of the society that can play a vital role in agenda setting during the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

Alhaji Yunusa Hamza

According to him, the presenters were engaged to own the process and make the charter a reference point to achieve the desired objectives.

He however, advocated for dedication and commitment of the media in enlightening and educating the public about the value of CCD to make it a reality.

In his presentation titled ‘ Hasken Kano: The journey so far’ a lecturer with the department of adult and community development who doubles as Kano state Coordinator of CSACEFA, Dr. Auwal Halilu noted that the need for good governance necessitated the development of the charter.

He maintained that, a coalition of over 60 citizens concerned groups came up with strategies to curtail developmental challenges in the state.

Dr. Halilu said the coalition also incorporated stakeholders including traditional institutions, religious groups, influencers as well as conventional and new media engagements.

Presenting the charter, Dr. Abdulsalam Kani from department of economics, Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education and executive director FIDAC explained that the charter focused attention on 9 critical sectors.

Dr. Abdulsalam Kani

He noted that the Kano citizens demands for candidates in 2023 general elections include education, health, agriculture, environment, commerce.

Nura Shehu Bakinruwa (Radio Kano)

Others are, resource mobilization, justice, digital economy, women affairs/PWDs.

Dr. Kani stressed that the coalition has strategised and came up with engagement plans on pre-election, post-election and post-inauguration to fulfil the needs and aspirations of the public.

Cross section of participants

Dr. Kani said the charter of demands will bring citizens more closer to the government.

Ibrahim Dan’uwa Rano (Freedom Radio)

The meeting tagged ‘engagement with media partners on citizens charter of demand as agenda setting for the 2023 general election to gubernatorial candidates’ supported by partnership to Engage Reform and learn (ECP), witnessed large turn out of political program presenters.

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Gov. Abba Kabir Urges Security Agencies to Quell Thuggery in Kano

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Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has beseeched security agencies operating within the state to promptly bring an end to Thuggery and other malevolent activities that are disrupting peace in specific areas of the Kano metropolis.

The Governor gives this directives at the commencement of the 15th weekly meeting of the Kano State Executive Council held at the Government House.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, on Saturday.

Governor Abba Kabir expressed disapproval of the recent upsurge in Thuggery and clashes involving Yan daba, affirming that the government will not passively observe while unscrupulous elements endanger the relative tranquility and harmony enjoyed by the law-abiding citizens of the state.

He reiterated that under his administration, the state government is diligently collaborating with relevant security agencies to ensure the safety and security of the populace and their possessions at all times.

Furthermore, Governor Abba Kabir cautioned Judges against the unwarranted release of thugs, emphasizing the threat they pose to the welfare of the state’s residents and stressing the importance of prompt and equitable dispensation of justice.

Alhaji Abba Kabir also instructed security agencies to strictly adhere to their mandated duty of safeguarding the lives and properties of the citizens they serve, warning against involvement in matters beyond their designated responsibilities.

He implored the populace in the state to continue with their lawful pursuits, assuring that the government will persevere in its commitment to ensuring their protection, and requested ongoing support and cooperation for the current administration.

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Emirate Tussle: Prof. Yadudu Faults Justice Liman’s Ruling, Says Judgement not Helpful For The Judicial Process

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Reacting to the ruling, renowned constitutional lawyer, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, told Daily Trust that the judge’s pronouncements were strange and baffling by approbating and reprobating in the same breath.

He said the development was not helpful for the judicial process, stressing that the judge assuming jurisdiction on the fundamental human rights aspect and refusing the same on the validity of the substance of the case–the Kano emirates law–has “muddled up the case, and it is very unbecoming of a judge who has now been elevated to the Court of Appeal”.

Professor Yadudu clarified that while he was not accusing the judge of any impropriety, the pronouncements were unbecoming. “How can you say the actions taken in pursuant of a law are set aside, and then say you are not delving into the validity of the said law?” he queried.
Prof. Yadudu said further that the judge had more or less held that he lacked jurisdiction on the issue by transferring the case to another judge, but still went ahead to set aside the governor’s actions.

He said that the ex-parte order should no longer be of any currency because it is being challenged at the Appeal Court, and the judge himself admitted knowledge of this by granting a stay of proceedings and also deciding not to grant an order to nullify the law.

“All these are avoidable. It is not helpful for the judicial process. It is strange and doesn’t speak well of the judge. The question of whether the governor’s actions came before and after the exparte order is a question of fact or evidence. It seems from the record that the order came after,” he said.

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Governing council: ASUU BUK rejects Gawuna’s appointment, favours Udoma’s return

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Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim

 

 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Bayero University Kano, BUK chapter during the weekend rejected the appointment of Kano top flight politician, Dr Nasiru Gawuna into the Governing Council of the second generation tertiary Institution.

 

KANO FOCUS reports that the Chairperson, Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj said that the process that led to the appointment of politicians into the Governing Council of the nation’s citadel of learning contravened the relevant laws that guided such appointment.

 

Addressing newsmen in its secretariat, Comrade Siraj explained that “I must admit that we are not happy over the decision of the federal government to appoint hard core politicians into the Governing Council.

 

Prof. Siraj stressed that “the criteria for such appointments is explicitly clear, as it favoured the appointment of technocrats, academic to the Council”.

 

The Chairperson maintained that the sack of former Council with a constitutional mandate of

4 years tenure, after one year in office was a rape on the rule of law.

 

He therefore called on the federal government to reinstate Senator Udo Udoma led Governing Council to complete their term in the interests of the rule of law

 

Siraj stressed that “the scenario is just like sacking an executive governor of a state after just one in office, and you went ahead to assume that all is normal, no, this is rape on the rule of law.”

 

Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, earlier had led (ASUU), Bayero University Kano branch, on a peaceful protest on Friday demanding the federal government to pay their entitlements and implement the 2009 ASUU/FG Agreement.

 

Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, said the action was in compliance with the directive by the national body to all its branches to organize protests within their campuses on account of the federal government’s failure to pay their entitlements.

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