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Kano releases N1 billion for girls’ education related projects – GEP

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The Kano State Government has so far released more than N1.02 billion for girls’ education related projects in its 2022 budget.

KANO FOCUS reports that Hajiya Mairo Bello, the Co-chair, Girl Education Partnership, an NGO, made this known in Kano on Saturday, at the dissemination of the Kano State 2022 girl education budget performance with citizens and relevant stakeholders.

The dissemination was supported by Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), a governance programme of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Bello explained that while N868.6 million was released for girls’ specific budget lines, N155.5 million were released for both boys and girls related education projects.

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She said that of the N868.6 million, N32.9 million was for feeding, N116.6 million for transitional examination, N177.6 million for National Examination Council, and N90 million for National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies examination.

Others, she said, included N12 million for the State Agency for Mass Education, while N132 million was released for renovations of girls’ secondary schools.

She added that N12.5 million was also released for repairs of shuttle buses for transportation of girls to school, under the state’s Girl Education Project.

She particularly commended the state government for the release of 12.5 million for the repair of 20 shuttle buses for the transportation of girls to schools within the metropolitan towns of the state.

She explained that the development was the result of consistent advocacy to government agencies by citizens groups to push for increased investment on girls’ education.

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“This is a milestone for us, because the shuttle buses will support in transporting girls from poor households to school at no cost.

“This will significantly increase girls’ access to education by removing transportation and distance barriers.

“It also provides security as a safety measure by taking the girls from their homes to school and returning them back to their houses safely.

“This, in the long run, will increase girls’ school enrolment, retention, transition, and completion,” she said.

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She said that an analysis of the 2021 budget supported by PERL, shows that only three per cent of the total state budget was specific to girls’ interventions.

This, she said, prompted the citizens group to conduct series of advocacies to relevant government agencies to increase budgetary allocation for specific girls’ education interventions.

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According to her, the advocacy yielded significant results with the creation of budget lines for girls’ education projects in the state.

Bello said that one of the budget lines was N20 million for the purchase of 10 shuttle buses for Girl Education within eight metropolitan local government areas and repair of 20 grounded vehicles for the girl education pppproject.

“Another budget line was N20 million for the construction of and rehabilitation of toilets for children and students with special needs in girls’ schools across the three Senatorial Zones in the state.

“A total of N50 million was also allocated to enhance inclusive education for girls with disabilities across the state and N120 million for the recruitment of female teachers for basic and secondary schools.

“Similarly, N15 million was allocated for the construction of blocks of classrooms, provision of furniture, instructional materials, and supply of buses for girls in primary and secondary schools,” she said.

She explained that of all the allocations amounting to N225 million, N12.5 million had been released for repair of shuttle buses.

She also said that a memo for the release of N100 million for the recruitment of female teachers and N19.6 million for the renovation of toilet facilities in girls’ schools were being processed for releases.

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Earlier, Hajiya Hajara Suleiman, PERL State Partnership Facilitator in the state, said that the objective of the meeting was to provide an overview and update on the girl education budget.

She added that the meeting was also organised to disseminate findings from the relevant ministries, departments and agencies with girl specific education projects.

“The meeting was also organised to identify possible ways for further engagement with stakeholders that will facilitate budget releases and implementation of girls’ education projects,” Suleiman said.

In his remarks, Special Adviser to Kano state governor on free and compulsory education and co-chair girls education partnership (GEP), Dr. Kabiru Shehu commended the effort of citizens on the consistent advocacies they embarked on to ensure funds allocated in the MDAs responsible for the implementation of Girl Education are released.

He noted that, over one hundred and ninety million naira additional support  funds  were provided by the state to sponsor female students SSCE examination.

Also speaking the state chairman of State Based Management Committee (SBMC) Tijjani Haladu Baraya, pointed out that as part of efforts to uplift the standard of education, Kano state government had set up a committee to oversee the  renovation of 22 schools across the state.

He pointed out  that, the ongoing project, under Kano state urban planning  development authority (KNUPDA) gave special consideration to four girls secondary schools.

A member of GEP and Kano state Coodinator CSACEFA, Dr. Auwal Halilu said citizens analysed  the releases of the 2022 budget.

He highlighted that, findings revealed more insights on how to improve girls education in Kano.

In his presentation titled ‘Girls education and releases for 2022 budget’ Comrade Safiyanu Lawan Bichi of Kano budget working group and member GEP, brought to light that ministry for local government, SUBEB and  Agency for Mass Education have releases on girls education.

He also urged the partnership to use the session to set out committees that will follow up releases and track implementation from other MDAs that are responsible for the delivery of Girl Education projects.

The event tagged: Dissemination of 2022 budget performance with citizens and relevant stakeholders, supported by PERL- ECP brought together traditional rulers, government officials, civil society organizations, journalists, women groups, PWD, members of GEP and other relevant stakeholders in the Educational Sector.

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EFCC Kano zonal office secures 340 convictions in 2022 – official

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The Kano zonal office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured 340 conviction and loses only three cases in 2022.

KANO FOCUS reports that commission’s Deputy Director of Legal and Prosecution, Aisha Habib announced this on Thursday at Financial Crime Reporting Workshop organised for some selected journalists in Kano.

Aisha Habib

While giving the breakdown of both civil and criminal convictions achieved by the Kano Zone Mrs Habib said they have had 160 criminal convictions losing only two and 180 civil convictions losing only one in Kano State. She added that this put the conviction rates at over 90 per cent.

The EFCC counsel also listed a series of challenges that stalled financial crimes prosecutions amongst which are unwarranted frivolous acts of defendant counsels, constant cases adjournment and elevation or transfer of judges.

She said one of the difficulties they face while prosecuting financial crime is also unavailing of the identity of individuals behind some criminal transactions.

Mrs Habib hinted that although Section 6 of the Commission’s laws empowered them to investigate and prosecute persons suspected to be holding illegal money and properties, it is, however, highly difficult to get the original person behind illicit transactions.

Speaking, the commission’s chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa declared that the EFCC recorded 3, 440 convictions on financial and cyber crimes across the country from January to November 2022.

The chairman, who was represented by the Kano Zonal Commander, Farouk Dogondaji, also stated that the commission will work to ensure the enforcement of the Electoral Act as the 2023 general elections approach.

Farouk Dogondaji

“In terms of prosecution of cases in court, I am glad to inform you that, between January and November 25, this year, EFCC recorded 3440 convictions. The potentials for improvement are good as more ongoing cases are concluded in the remaining four weeks of the year.

“Remarkable as this feat is, we are not resting on our oars. We believe there is still a lot to be done which is the reason why we are actively seeking the support of all stakeholders, including the media,” he stated.

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He also said: “On our part, we are working in close collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and other stakeholders to preserve the integrity of the electoral process. We will ensure that the Electoral Act is fully enforced and those who seek to influence voters through financial inducement are brought to justice.”

He described journalists as critical allies who are at the workshop to improve their capacity to be able to help in the fight against cyber and financial crimes in the country.

Wilson Uwjaren

Others who spoke at the occasion include the commission’s spokesperson Wilson Uwjaren and Dele Oyewale.

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Huawei names Computer Lab after Umar Garba Danbatta

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Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta commissioning the Lab

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A computer lab, constructed by Huawei Technologies and commissioned at the weekend to serve the community of Koguna Town of Makoda Local Government of Kano State, has been named “Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Computer Lab”.

 

KANO FOCUS reports that Director, Public Relations of Huawei Nigeria, Lola Fafore, said at the commissioning, which was witnessed by the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and the District Head of Makoda, Alhaji Labaran Abdullahi, that the project was among the company’s contribution to Nigeria as part of its corporate social responsibility. Fafore assured that Huawei will continue to promote digital inclusion, primarily through the provision of access to technology.

“Huawei has been operating in Nigeria for over 22 years now and we can say that Nigeria is a great country filled with many great talents and potential. We love the Nigerian people and are happy to always give back through Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives such as this,”

“Huawei is therefore constantly making more effort in terms of connectivity, applications, and skills transfer to promote digital inclusion for all. This is in line with Huawei’s mission to bring digital services to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected intelligent world. As part of our contribution to this great nation, we believe in making technology accessible to all. Technology should not be for the few, but for everyone,” she said.

In appreciation of naming the centre after him and donating to the community, Danbatta commended Huawei Nigeria Limited. He also thanked the company for the central role it has played in the development of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria.

“This computer laboratory was built through a huge donation by Huawei. And Huawei is a household name in Nigeria. They provide and manage services for major telecommunications companies in Nigeria. They are dominant in that sector. I can’t imagine the state of telecoms in Nigeria without the invaluable role that Huawei is playing in the country,” Danbatta said.

Traditional ruler of Makoda who doubles as Barayan Bichi, poured encomiums on the donors and the NCC boss, whose philanthropic disposition attracted the gesture to the community.

He said Danabatta has been making invaluable contributions to the development of our communities, the state, and the nation at large. The community leader stated that Danbatta has implemented many philanthropic and people-oriented projects in his Danbatta community in addition to his strides in driving the development of ICT adoption and usage, through numerous initiatives as the country’s Chief Telecoms Regulator.

Those who attended the commissioning ceremony include, the Vice Chairman of Makoda Local Government, Alhaji Yusif Bala, the Director of Human Capital and Administration of NCC, Barrister Usman Malah, the Chief of Staff to the EVC, Malam Hafiz Shehu, and the Controller, NCC Zonal Office in Kano, Malam Shuaibu Swade among others.

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AIDS Day: Kano’s HIV prevalence drops to 0.5% – Report

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Kano state government said it is winning the fight against HIV in all parts of the state as prevalence rate has come down to 0.5 percent from the previous figure of 2.5 percent.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Commissioner for Health Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa stated this during a press briefing on the commemoration of the 2022 World AIDS Day.

He said the state government has invested hugely in the aspect of enlightening the public on HIV especially by knowing their status.

“At this juncture I wish to inform that the most recent survey conducted in all the states of the Federation (NAIIS), the prevalence rate for Kano has come down to 0.5 percent from the previous figure of 2.5 percent.

“Currently in Kano there are over 38,000 people living with HIV who are currently placed on treatment , 83% of which have attained virological suppression across our 43 comprehensive sites, with about 84% pregnant women attending ANC being counseled,tested and have received their results from over 600 PMTCT testing sites in the state,” Dr Tsanyawa said.

The Commissioner maintained that the achievements was as a result of the efforts and dedication of the state government through the Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA).

Dr. Tsanyawa maintained that the present administration in Kano has placed highest priority on saving the lives of women and children through the provision of essential health service both at primary and secondary care levels.

He said this year’s theme of the world HIV day is”Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to end HIV”, adding that it was in line with the state government policy for free HIV/AIDS test in all its hospitals.

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