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Malaria: Kano Government, partners distribute 8.8m mosquito nets in Kano



Mosquito nets

Nasiru Yusuf




The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), SFH, Chemonics have planned to distribute over 8.8 million treated nets procured with support from Global Fund 

KANO FOCUS reports that the gesture is part of a bid to achieve universal coverage of the Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) as well as to reduce the burden of malaria in the state in particular and the country at large.

Briefing journalists at a media parley in the state as part of activities to kick start the exercise, Dr. Ernest Nwokolo, Project Director Global Fund Malaria Project, Nigeria, SFH, described the media as important partners in achieving the objectives.

Journalists during the media parley

Dr. Nwokolo urged the media to help the state Ministry of Health to continue with the exercise, suggesting that as the mosquito could fly up to five kilometers, malaria control should be a community issue.

“That is why we are doing the campaign. In developed countries, like the United States, mosquitoes are flying there too, but they don’t carry the diseases,” Dr. Nwokolo said.

Journalists during the media parley

Earlier in her presentation on ‘Overview of ITNs Campaign Process in COVID-19,’ Mrs. Sesugh Deborah Oryiman, Demand Creation Representative of SFH, said they intended to embark on door-to-door campaign this year in order to create awareness on the disease as well distribute the nets to households.

She told the journalists more on the campaign process, which she highlighted that it involved macro-planning, which involves planning at national level down to local government areas; micro-planning, which is bottom top approach; implementation, where it involves training, orientation, community mobilization and transportation of the nets and post campaign activities.

On her part, the Demand Creation CTAT of SFH, Abimbola Oloruntogbe who made another presentation on: ‘Mass Campaign: Media Orientation,’ while outlining the situation in the country, said over 31 million estimated cases of the disease occur annually in the country.

Abimbola Oloruntogbe addressing journalists

Oloruntogbe said according to statistics, two out of four persons having malaria in the West African Sub-region, live in Nigeria, pointing out that malaria cases lead to low productivity, saying that the country nearly accounts for 110 million clinically diagnosed cases.

She said their expectation in the state was that every community should be aware of the nets distribution exercise, stating that they could only achieve the objective through the support of the media.

Journalists during the media parley

She highlighted on the benefits of sleeping under the net and how to use the net correctly among other things, explaining that the nets to be distributed are not adequate, but individuals could buy more to cover the rest of the family.

The exercise was started on October 16 and it is expected to last till December 8.

It would be recalled that in 2019, over eight million insecticide treated nets (ITNs) were distributed in the state.

However, evidence showed that after three years, the insecticide wears off and would no longer be able to kill the targeted vectors.

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Demolition: Kano govt appeals N30bn compensation judgement



Demolition at Abubakar Rimi Market

Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim



The Kano State Government has appealed a Federal High Court judgement that ordered it to pay N30 billion as compensation to some traders for the demolition of their shops.

KANO FOCUS reports that a Federal High Court sitting in Kano and presided over by Justice Simon Anogede, had, while delivering judgement in the case filed by the Traders Association, said what the government did was barbaric and unconstitutional.

The court however awarded N30 billion as compensation to the traders, instead of the N250 billion they demanded from the government.

However, the Kano State government says it has appealed the judgement, which it described as miscarriage of justice.

Barrister Haruna Isa Dederi, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, explained that the court was not right in awarding judgement to the Traders Association because the Land Use Act is clear on the position of lands in every state.

He insisted that the court lacked the jurisdiction to even listen to the case because government is the sole owner of land, according to the Land Use Act.

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ACReSAL plans to increase city parks to 50 in Kano, laments indiscriminate felling of trees



Dr Dahiru Muhammad Hashim

Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim





The Kano Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL), has said that it will increase city parks to 50 in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Project Coordinator Dr Dahiru Muhammad Hashim made this known while addressing newsmen on Thursday in Kano.

He said the project is planning to recover and restore lost landscapes arising from natural causes and human activities.

”We are committed to addressing the environmental challenges that affect the state such as climate change, drylands, erosion and flooding, land degradation, and issues that affect the livelihood of communities which is mainly agriculture.

”The ACReSAL project is anchored on four broad components that speak essentially to the demand of the poor whose livelihoods have been distressed,” he said.

Hashim also said that the ACReSAL project has drilled solar-powered boreholes and established tree nurseries in some local government areas of the state.

He said that the intervention would boost agriculture and improve the standard of living of the people while the tree nurseries would help to combat desertification and soil erosion.

He expressed the commitment of the state in improving and protecting the Kano environment with priority and attention to the sector on issues of biodiversity conservation and restoration of degraded lands.

“ACReSAL plans to undertake Erosion control work in Rarin, Dawakin Tofa and Bulbula/Gayawa, Nassarawa, and Ungogo Local government areas.

“Construction of water conservation structure and provision of minor irrigation facilities in ‘Yartiti, Shanono, and construction of water conservation structure and provision of minor irrigation facilities in Fajewa, Takai Local government area.

“Establishment of 100ha individual farmer orchards and Woodlot plantations, 200ha of woodlot in communal forests and institutional plantings.

“440ha farmer-managed natural regeneration of indigenous tree species on individual farmlands and communal forests and promotion of climate-smart agriculture through FLID and CRF among others,” he said

KANO FOCUS reports that the World Bank’s 700 million dollar ACReSAL project is being implemented in collaboration with the federal government and the 19 northern states and the FCT was recently officially launched in Bauchi by Gov. Bala Mohammed, thus becoming the first among the participating states to unveil the project implementation.

The ACreSAL project is embarked on by the Federal Government to build community resilience as well as improve the sustainable productivity of its natural resources in Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba, Niger, Kwara, and Kaduna.

These northern states including the FCT, the federal government said are faced by rapid desert encroachment ranging from severe to moderate and marginal.

Other incentives of the project are the strengthening of the environment for integrated climate-resilient landscape management, fighting issues surrounding desertification, drought, landscape degradation, and deprivation at community levels as well as resuscitating the sectors of agriculture, environment, and water resources.

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Kano NIPR conducts AGM, Public Lecture



The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations NIPR Kano Chapter has set to elect new leadership of the institution in Kano during its annual general meeting

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued by Mahmud Ibrahim Kwari the instituted’s Kano branch chairman publicity sub-committee on Friday.

Mr Kwari said during the AGM a public lecture will be presented on the importance of Artificial intelligence (AI)

The event will be held today (Friday) the 29th of September, 2023 at the Tahir Guest Palace Kano.
The theme of the event is “Artificial Intelligence and Spin-Doctoring in Public Relations Practice in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges”

The lecture will be presented by Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Faculty of Communications, Bayero University.

Also, the l public relations expert and the publisher of PRNigeria Malam Yushau Shuaibu will discuss the paper.

The Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero who chaired the contact and mobilization sub-committee of the event will be the royal father at the occasion.

Similarly, Former Kano state Governor, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau will chair the Occasion while the president of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations Mr. Ike Neliaku, and the immediate past president of the Institute, Malam Mukhtar Zubair Siraj are expected to be in attendance.

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