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Learning Passport: UNICEF donates 1,430 tablets to 65 schools in Kano 



Nasiru Yusuf

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with AIRTEL Nigeria has donated 1430 tablets,100 projectors,100 routers and 100 telephone lines to some selected schools in Kano.

KANO FOCUS reports that the UNICEF Chief of field office in Kano, Mr Rahma Rihood Farah said it has an ambitious goal of reaching 1.5 million Nigeria Learning Passport (NLP) users at the end of 2024.

Rahma Rihood Farah who spoke in Kano while handing over materials to support the learning passport initiative said that Nigeria Learning Passport (NLP) now has 142,000 active users across 18 states in Nigeria.

Farah who was represented by the senior education specialist, UNICEF Kano field office, Mr Michel Banda revealed that the target of NLP users for Kano State by December 2023 was 75,000 and reach up to 150,000 users by the end of 2024.

UNICEF however lamented that Nigeria Learning Passport (NLP) a platform by pupils, teachers and young people in Kano remained extremely low, as only less than 1% (1,280) of the targets for Kano, has been attained in the last six months.

The chief of field office highlighted that UNICEF is working with the federal and states governments, to bring the NLP to more children and young people in states, where it is already launched and active, and in new states across the country, with an ambitious goal of reaching 1.5 million users at the end of 2024.

He said “UNICEF is glad to be part of a solution to learning challenges that face many children today. Through partnerships with Airtel, UNICEF today is glad to witness the handover of these materials which will be enablers to accessing learning beyond the traditional classroom.”

Farah disclosed that “NLP supplements what you learn in class, and can be used to do research and do homework”.

In his remarks, the chairman state universal basic education board (SUBEB) Kano, Dr. Danlami Hayyo who was also represented by the Director of Salaries and Validation, Alhaji Naziru Adamu Wali, reaffirmed SUBEB’s dedication in supporting policies aimed at moving education forward.

He noted that 1430 tabs,100 projectors,100 routers and 100 telephone lines were donated by UNICEF, AIRTEL,microsoft and others, to some selected schools.

In a speech earlier, the NLP team lead, Naziru Surajo, noted that, the Nigeria learning passport (NLP), scheme had promoted the training of teachers, and targets the role of students and teachers, for the past one year.

Speaking on behalf of benefitting schools, the head teacher of Kurna special primary school, Malam Salisu Abidu, described the donation as a major catalyst to uplifting the standard of education in the state.

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



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




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



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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