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Kano – Kaduna Roads Projects slow-pace and worrisome, Says Federal lawmaker.



Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The efforts of spreading democratic dividends, more especially of good tar- roads, particularly enjoyed by the people of Rano, Bunkure and Kibiya federal constituencies, seems to fall in misfortune over the growing concern of multiple roads accidents occurring within the axis of Kwanar-Karfi to Rano uncompleted road project.

The development, which prompted Chairman, house committee on pension, and representative of Rano, Bunkure, Kibiya federal constituency in federal house of rep. Hon. Kabiru Alhassan Rurum said frantic efforts is underway to address the issue in averting further motor-accidents claiming lives and causing injuries to the roads users in his constituency.

Rurum, made the assurance on late Friday, through a phone-in reation in an Express radio Traffic Safety programme “A Kula Da Hanya”.

” It was tragic and heartbreaking for the non-completion of the road project, which is long overdue” he added.

Adding that the situation, had gone to the extent of causing hardship to the motorists attending the roads, which leads to the consequent loss of lives due to the tragic accidents.

With regard to the snail-paced of Kano – Abuja roads projects, he added that being a member of federal house committee of works and transport, previously, we invited the minister and Julius Berger, the firm conducting the road project, hinting them on the predicaments encountering by the automobiles on daily basis.

” the trend of the project is quite worrying, and create deepening sense of unease to the affected passers-by as well as the populace of the area, he complained.

While commenting on the time-frame of the projects completion, he added that despite the fact, that the work is executing in phase to phase basis, but by all indications the company saddled with the task is physically overburdened to meet the time-frame to get the job accomplished.

The erstwhile Kano Speaker, said he assured that the project was not bound to get shortfall of funds that would impedes the firm effort towards speedy project-execution.

Hon. Kabiru emphasized that the mode of payment to contractors is step-by-step after issuing certificate of the completed work.

“But at the moment can’t tell how much of the outstanding funds to settle the companies, but we remind them to do the needful to complete to roads projects to relieve the motorists from the predicaments resulted in utilizing Kano – Kaduna roads” said at last.

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Childbirth spacing not meant to deflate population growth, says TCI.



Adamu Aminu, Kano.

Driven by the needs to enlightening the general public towards understanding the advantages of childbirth spacing for sustainable socio-economic development.

The Challenge Initiative, Nigeria in collaboration with Development Communication Network, ( DevComm ) organised 3-day training of media personnel, social media influencers and MDA’s officials on Media Advocacy for Childbirth spacing held in Kano.

While highlighting, the purpose of the training, state coordinator of The Challenges Initiative TCI Musa Abdullahi Sufi said the sole objective of the gathering is to come together with various media and understand the basic concept of family planning and childbirth spacing.

” The media being at the forefront and also have a vital role to play towards enlightening the general public on the advantages of childbirth spacing, and to promote where the government is performing and also the areas which need improvement in providing good health care service,” he said.

Sufi also stressed that the key areas which media should be focused, as part of the advocacy are to make people clearly understand that family planning and childbirth spacing, not meant to reduce population growth.

” Actually, we are engaging religious and community leaders to inform the public about the importance of the concepts, which would impact tremendously in clearing the myths and misconception tenaciously attached to it” Sufi added.

During the 3-day training, which commenced Wednesday to Friday, media personnel would be taught the family planning method and understand the cultural and religious context and also how to handle peculiar scenarios while reporting with regard to cultural and religious challenges.

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Kano Bans Begging, To Take Erring Parent to Court.



Adamu Aminu, Kano.

In an effort to fully consolidate the free and compulsory primary and secondary schools education, with the clear integration of the Almajiri system to the policy and by way of addressing the lingering problem of the social menace of begging, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state bans begging in the state.

He made this known during the launching of Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and Distribution of Offer of Appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers, held at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, Tuesday.

Lamenting on the ugly situation of the social misnomer he said “This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with it integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation. Which suggests that, English and Arithmetic must be included in the Almajiri schools curriculum.”

This, according to him would go a long in giving those kids other type of education, “….while they will continue acquiring their study of the Holy Qur’an, they would at the same time learn English and Arithmetic, that will give them an opportunity to continue with their studies to secondary schools and beyond,” he explains.

A total number of 7,500 newly recruited teacher volunteers under the BESDA programme are employed and were given letters of appointment, “…they will be posted to Islamiyyah and Almajiri schools, so that our Almajiri schools would be fully integrated under our new policy of education,” he explains.

Governor warned that henceforth any Almajiri teacher with such pupils under Almajiri school arrangement must accept the new approach put in place by the state government, explaining that, “If you think you cannot accept that then you leave the state!

When beggars are caught, the governor added, it is not only that beggar is caught, but his parents and/or guardians. Such parents or guardians according to the governor would be taken to court for disrespecting our laws.

At the occasion 7,500 offers were distributed to the newly recruited teachers who hold National Certificate of Education (NCE), who came from all the 44 local governments of the state.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, commended the effort of the state government in the education sector, adding that what the state is doing under the new policy is exemplary. He was represented by a Director from the Ministry Mrs Liman.

In his remarks the State Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Danlami Hayyo reveals that, apart from construction of new classes and renovation of many, they were able to produce 16, 327 3-Seater chairs for the schools.

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Ex-Speaker, Kano House of Assembly in EFCC Net



By Adamu Aminu, Kano.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has grilled the current Minority Leader and former speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, Isiyaku Ali Danja over alleged abuse of office and misappropriation of monies meant for constituency projects.

The Minority Leader was grilled at the commission’s Kano Zonal Office on Monday

A reliably confirmed source told FWM on Monday evening that the Lawmaker’s dilemma began after the Commission received a petition that monies meant for payment of tax liabilities to Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) by Kano State Government were allegedly diverted and misappropriated from the sub-treasury account of the State.

The source said in the course of the investigation, various skeptical payments were traced to multiple beneficiaries including some made to Allad Drilling Limited, a company belonging to the suspect and whose accounts he is the sole signatory.

 It was also discovered that these monies were withdrawn in cash by the suspect on several occasions. Interestingly he is the one to certify that the jobs were done before any payments are made.

EFCC said the investigation is still ongoing to discover the beneficiaries of the other suspicious outflows from the sub-treasury account which is believed to be over N1,500,000,000 (One Billion, Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only).

”He would be charged to court on completion of the investigation,” according to EFCC.

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