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Abba Kabir Yusuf appoints 14 Special Advisers, 44 Social Media Reporters



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has again approved the appointment of 14 additional Special Advisers on various fields of human endeavours.

KANO FOCUS recall that the State House of Assembly has granted the approval of 60 Special Advisers to the Governor, part of which 31 have been assigned portfolios.

The appointment was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Friday.

Dawakin Tofa said the appointees are directed to assume thier new responsibilities with immediate effect.

Below is the list of the new appointees:

1. Dr. Danyaro Ali Yakasai, Special Adviser, Policy and Social Development

2. Alh. Garba Aliyu Hungu, Special Adviser, Industries

3. Dr. Bashir Abdu Muzakkari Fagge, Special Adviser, Cyber Security

4. Hon. Ismail Shehu Gurjiya, Special Adviser, Grassroot Mobilisation

5. Hon. Nasiru Kunya, Special Adviser, Support Groups

6. Hon. Ali Yahuza Gano, Special Adviser, Metropolitan Affairs

7. Hajiya Habiba Mustapha Baura, Special Adviser, Domestic Affairs

8. Hajiya (Dr.) Fatima Abubakar Amneef, Special Adviser, Special Assignment (Women)

9. Hon. Yusuf Shehu Kibiya, Special Adviser, Community Policy

10. Hon. Ali Abdu Doguwa, Special Adviser, Political Strategy

11. Hajiya Aisha Muhammad Idris, Special Adviser Food Security

12. Hon. Shehu Aliyu Yammedi, Special Adviser, Lafiya Jari Programme

13. Comrade Nura Iro Ma’aji, Special Adviser, Students Matters

14. Dr. Abdulhadi Zubairu Chula, Special Adviser Enlightenment and Social Mobilisation.

In a related development the Governor has approved the appointment and subsequent deployment of 44 Social Media Activists to serve as Senior Special Reporters (SSRs) and Special Reporters (SRs) to various Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).

According to the governor, their appointment is to provide access to information on policies, programmes and activities of the present administration.

Those appointed are as follows:

1. Abba Zizu, Senior Special Reporter, Agriculture

2. Isma’il Alkassim, Special Reporter, Agriculture

3. Musa Garba (Jikan Oga), Senior Special Reporter, Budget and Planning

4. Bilal Musa Bakin Ruwa, Special Reporter , Budget and Planning

5. Auwal Dan-Ayagi, Senior Special Reporter, Commerce and Industry

6. Usman Abubakar Haske, Special Reporter , Commerce and Industry

7. Auwalu Yau Yusuf, Senior Special Reporter , Culture and Tourism

8. Kamal I.G Kawaji, Special Reporter , Culture and Tourism

9. Comrd Hayatu Tanimu, Senior Special Reporter , Education

10. Usman Ibrahim, Special Reporter , Education

11. Mahmud Ali Yakasai, Senior Special Reporter, Environment

12. Rahma Abdullahi, Special Reporter, Environment

13. Sani Umar, Senior Special Reporter , Finace

14. Abdulrahman Gama, Special Reporter, Finance

15. Aliyu Kwankwason Dorayi, Senior Special Reporter , Health

16. Zainab Muhammad, Special Reporter , Health

17. Nuhu Dambazau, Senior Special Reporter , Higher Education

18. Zainab Musa Aujara, Special Reporter , Higher Education

19. Yakubu Umar , Senior Special Reporter, Information

20. Ibrahim Yusha’u, Special Reporter , Information

21. Amir Abdullahi Kima, Senior Special Reporter , Justice

22. Mahmud Mahmud Dala, Special Reporter , Justice

23. Mustapha R. Mahmud, Senior Special Reporter , Land and Physical Planning

24. Nanu Kankarofi, Special Reporter , Land and Physical Planning

25. Khatimu Kul-Kul, Senior Special Reporter , Local Government

26. Aisha Auwal, Special Reporter , Local Government

27. Kamal Yakasai, Senior Special Reporter , Project Monitoring

28. Ibrahim M. Alliya, Special Reporter, Project Monitoring

29. Sunusi Ma’azu, Senior Special Reporter , Religious Affairs

30. Bashir Aliyu, Special Reporter , Religious Affairs

31. Shafa’atu Ahmad (Londonbe), Senior Special Reporter , Rural Development

32. Kabiru Nadabo Mai Rice, Special Reporter , Rural Development

33. Jameelat Meemi Koki, Senior Special Reporter, Special Duties

34. Muhammad Wasilu Kawo, Special Reporter , Special Duties

35. Nasiru Kassim Fulatan, Senior Special Reporter, Science and Technology

36. Kamila Muhammad Siba,
Special Reporter , Science and Technology

37. Ibrahim Rabi’u, Senior Special Reporter , Transportation

38. Yasir Ibrahim (Monday), Special Reporter, Transportation

39. Auwalu Sani Rogo, Senior Special Reporter, Water Resources

40. Abu Sufyan Doguwa, Special Reporter, Water Resources

41. Fauziyya Isyaku, Senior Special Reporter , Women Affairs

42. Nabeel Sunusi, Special Reporter , Women Affairs

43. Gambo Galadanci, Senior Special Reporter, Works and Housing

44. Khamis B. Ayagi, Special Reporter, Works and Housing

Dawakin Tofa said the appointees are directed to collect their letters of appointment and report to thier respective agencies of assignment immediately.

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Gov Yusuf rejects tribunal judgement, heads to appeal court



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




The Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has vowed to appeal the judgement of the governorship election tribunal which nullified his election and declared the APC candidate, Nasiru Yusuf Gawauna as the winner.

KANO FOCUS reports that Yusuf made the declaration on Wednesday night, while making a broadcast to the people of the state.

He said his legal team had been directed to appeal the judgement at the court of appeal in order to reclaim the mandate given to him by the people of the State.

He, therefore, Called on the good people of the state to remain calm and continue to be law abiding as security agents have been directed to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizens.

“Let me assure you that the this government would continue to work for the development of the people of the state as the judgement will never dampen our spirit or discourage us from the good work we have started.” he said.

The Governor, who thanked the people of the state for their continued support and cooperation, urged them to go about with normal activities.

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Kano records 5,800 cases of Diphtheria – UNICEF



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Tuesday, said that Kano State has recorded 5,800 suspected cases of Diphtheria from January to date.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Head, UNICEF Field Office, Kano, Mr Rahama Mohammned-Farah, stated this in Kano during a one-day media orientation on Diphtheria outbreak.

The UN Agency said the cases were recorded in 39 local government areas of the state.

According to him, Kano State has the highest number of recorded cases in the country, adding that Diphtheria was a highly contagious and infectious disease that could cause death.

Mohammned-Farah stressed that proactive measures were necessary to stem the outbreak.

“Recently, we have seen a surge in the number of reported Diphtheria cases in Nigeria, and Nigeria is currently facing an outbreak that needs to be stopped and prevented.

“As of July, Diphtheria cases have been on the rise. As of last week, over 400 suspected cases with 11 deaths have been reported in Kano.

“Out of the 39 LGAs affected, eight are the most affected, including Ungogo with 2,651 cases; Dala 989, Fagge 943, Gwale 714, Kumbotso 713, Nasarawa 538, Kano Municipal 506 and Tarauni 269,” he said.

He said that 60.8 per cent of the suspected cases had been reported in children not vaccinated, which reinforced the critical need to address the issue of zero doses, especially in Kano State.

“UNICEF delivered 1.2 million vaccines to the Kano State Government in our continuing support to the government response to Diphtheria outbreak.

“Diphtheria outbreak is a threat to child survival, health and the wellbeing of children. UNICEF is collaborating with government and partners to respond to the emergency to save the lives of children affected.

“In Kano state, UNICEF supported Tetanus-Diphtheria reactive vaccination campaigns in February, April and August, vaccinating 23,200 children in round one.

“While 277,796 children vaccinated in round two and 29,500 others in round-3 of the exercise.

“We engaged 150 traditional leaders on Diphtheria outbreak and distribution of Diphtheria IEC materials, and deployed 1,500 VCMs to the worst affected LGAs to conduct house-to-house sensitisations and referral of suspected cases to health facilities.

“Media has a key role to play particularly in infection prevention, and risk communication and community engagement,” he said.

Also speaking, Dr Muhammad Nasir-Mahmoud, the Director-General, Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board, said the state government had adopted drastic measures to curtail spread of the disease.

“We are committed towards educating the public about what is happening and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has promised that Kano will be accorded priority in terms of vaccine distribution,” he said.

While describing the media as partners in the fight against Diphtheria, Nasir-Mahmoud urged them to support the campaign against the disease.

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IPAC appeals to Kano governorship tribunal to be impartial



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Interparty Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has urged the judges of the Kano election petition tribunal court to discharge its duties with utmost integrity and impartiality.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued by the organization secretary Kano chapter Nuhu Idris on Tuesday.

IPAC also called upon the tribunal to consider each case diligently and ensure that all the parties involved are given equal opportunities to present their argument and evidence.

It could be recalled that the election tribunal has fixed Wednesday 20th September 2023 to deliver judgment on APC’s petition against Abba Kabir Yusuf.

A hearing notice issued by the Secretary of the election petition tribunal on Monday said the judgment would be delivered at 9.00 a.m., at the High Court of Miller Road in Kano.

Mr Idris said the organization has acknowledged the importance of the electoral process in a democratic society, where the voice and choice of the people are paramount.

He said the ongoing legal proceedings before the tribunal are a testament to the vibrancy of democracy and the resolve of citizens to seek redress through legal means.

“IPAC firmly believes that justice must not only be done but must also be seen to be done.

“We, Therefore, implore the tribunal to maintain transparency in its proceedings allowing the public and all concerned parties to have confidence in the outcome of the legal process, the statement said.

He added that it is essential that the tribunal’s decisions are guided by the rule of law and the facts presented, rather than any external influence.

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