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Alive and Thrive launches nutrition campaign in Kano



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCIN) sponsored by Alive and Thrive is thriving in Kano despite the sociocultural and religious challenges involved.

KANO FOCUS reports that the MIYCIN campaign aims to promote new norms around feeding practices among mothers and families, cultivate a better understanding of nutrition-related behavior, and improve nutrition outcomes in children within the first 1000 days of birth.

As a community-based project aimed at preventing undernutrition and malnutrition among pregnant women, infants, and children, the focus of the activities is preventive and not treatment. This involves mobilization, advocacy, enlightenment, training, and capacity building.

Some of the CBOs involved in the project in Kano, include, Grassroot Health and Empowerment Foundation (GHEF), Society for Women and Teenage Children (SWATCH), and Africa Institute for Development Professionals (iDevPro Africa), which are funded by Alive and Thrive Foundation describe the progress of the project despite the challenges involved.

The Alive and Thrive project is a global initiative, that is targeted at saving lives, preventing illness, and ensuring the healthy growth of mothers and children now has an expanded scope to include maternal and adolescent nutrition, and using agriculture and social protection programs as delivery mechanisms for maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) by engaging three CBOs in Kano to spread the program ideas across some selected local communities.

Speaking with newsmen on Wednesday the Chief Executive Officer of GHEF, Audu Tela said they Counsel pregnant women to change their attitude towards nutrition with sponsorship and grants from Alive and Thrive. Alive and Thrive are working to scale programs that improve maternal, infant, young child, and adolescent nutrition.

Rahmat Shehu Garba, Executive Director of SWATCH, said they signed an MoU with the sponsors last November to work in four Local Government Areas of Wudil, Takai Ajingi, and the Municipal where we introduce the MIYCIN project to the communities.

“We are so far into advocacy visits to the selected LGAs in Kano south, where we are enlightening women, community leaders, and health workers on exclusive breastfeeding and other nutritional values.”

She said although they are facing challenges with some of the target participants, through the project they are enlightening people to accept and practice the process and that they are gradually gaining acceptance.

For IDev-Pro-African Institute (African Institute of International Development Professionals), another partnering CBO, the call is for government and community leaders to support Alive and Thrive for the sustainable achievement of the project.

Speaking through the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the MIYCN project, Abdulmajid Auwal, said they are currently raising awareness among the target communities to embrace locally available resources that will enhance nutritional values.

“In this hardship moment, meat is expensive, so part of our work is to raise awareness among people that there are other locally available foods that will enhance nutrition. Like beans, moringa, and so on,” he said.

Some of the challenges they identified include getting access to members of the communities due to sociocultural barriers.

Where such occurs, the groups pay advocacy visits to community and religious leaders, to enlighten them on the need for women to breastfeed their children intermittently especially in the first six months after birth.

Breastfeeding the child during this period enhances better growth of the child’s brain and body. It provides the needed cholesterol for the development of the child.

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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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