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Prof. Pate Emerges VC Federal University Kashere




Danliti Ibrahim

A senior communications scholar and Dean Post graduate School Bayero University Kano , Professor Umaru Pate has been elected Vice Chancellor Federal Univerity Kashere Gombe State.

Professor Pate is holding the position of President Association of communications scholars and practitioners of Nigeria.

The University Don was the pioneer Dean faculty of communications Bayero University Kano.


BREAKING: Aisha Buhari withdraws case against critic, Aminu Mohammed



Left Aisha Buhari and Critic Aminu Muhammad


The first lady, Aisha Buhari, has bowed to widespread pressure and condemnation, withdrawing case against a final year student of the Federal University, Dutse, Aminu Mohammed.

Withdrawing the case against the accused on Friday, the prosecution counsel Fidelis Ogbobe said the first lady as the mother of the nation decided to withdraw the case, following the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

He relied on Section 108 subsection 2(a) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act to move the application for the withdrawal of the case.

Ruling on the matter, Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court commended Mrs Buhari for taking the “bold steps” to forgive the accused.

While issuing the release warrant of the student, the judge called on parents to always monitor their children to avoid recurrence.

CITAD Awards Prizes To The Winners Of Its Annual ICT Secondary Schools Students Competition in Kano State

Mr Muhammed, who was subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including severe beatings, had faced charges of defamation of the character of the First Lady of Nigeria over a tweet.

According to a police report, Mr Muhammed was arrested at Federal University Dutse on 18 November 2022 after Mrs Buhari instructed a team of police detectives to track him down.

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Jigawa under 5 child mortality drops by 37%-UNICEF




Ibrahim Muhammad

The United Nations Children Funds UNICEF said that the under-five child mortality rate has dropped by 37% in Jigawa state.

Chief of UNICEF, Kano Office Mr. Rahama Mohammed Farah stated this on Friday at the launching of the Multiple Indicator cluster survey MICS 6 results for 2021 held at Manpower Development Institute MDI, Dutse the state capital.

He said according to the 2021 MICs survey the under five child mortality rate in Jigawa state slightly dropped by 37% with174 death par 1000 birth against the MICs 2011 and 2016 with 275 and 192 death par 1000 birth respectively.

“from 2011 to 2021, It achieved the reduction of under 5 mortality by 37% which is a substantial progress that needs to be continued and sustained”

He said the state has the highest number of under 5 mortality compared to the other two states of the Kano Field Office – with 70 points more than the national average.

According to her, the outcome of the MICS 6 report is a source of concern as it shows the critical situation the children are living in and how they are also facing an uncertain future.

” Survey further shows that 73.9% of children in Jigawa are multi-dimensionally poor”

“This showed that children’s rights are not being fulfilled and are deprived of their basic rights for survival, protection, and development”

CITAD Awards Prizes To The Winners Of Its Annual ICT Secondary Schools Students Competition in Kano State

Mr. Mohammed, however, urged policymakers, community leaders, civil society organizations and relevant stakeholders to put more efforts to improve the current human development situation in the state

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CITAD Awards Prizes To The Winners Of Its Annual ICT Secondary Schools Students Competition in Kano State



The Prize Winners


By Ozumi Abdul

As its part of contributions to human development through digital technology, Centre For Information Technology And Development (CITAD) on Wednesday awards prizes to the winner of its annual ICT quiz competition for secondary school students in Kano state.

The competition which was held at the City Campus of Yusuf Maitama Sule University Auditorium, had 36 schools attended out the 50 schools that were invited.

Sani Bello of Science College Dawakin Kudu emerged victorious for the first place position, Government Girls Secondary School, Maryam Abacha scooped laurel for the second place position, while School for Arabic Studies Kano won the Third Place Position.

The winner of first position was awarded with the prize of a laptop computer, printer, wall clocked, and certificate, the second position got laptop, wall clock and certificate, while the third place winner was awarded with the prize of computer desktop, wall clock and Certificate.

While speaking, the CITAD Deputy Director, Mallam Ahmad Abdullahi Yakasai said the ICT quiz competition for secondary school students in Kano state is an annual event which his organization normally organises the competition to update the younger generation about the importance of ICT in the contemporary modern day society, while also adding that this year’s competition remains his organization’s 21st.

Yakasai noted that considering the high level of youth unemployment in the country today, ICT has become a great asset to the current generation, in the reduction of unemployment.

He said after the competition, CITAD expects schools with computers that not utilizing them to be motivated to put them into use, if they were hitherto not used, repair the ones that are technically faulty for proper utilization.

He added that his organization is prepared to assist in training their teachers in making use of the ICT facilities they have.

“This ICT competition is an annual event which we organize each and every year for secondary schools in Kano. This is the 21st anniversary.

“The purpose of this competition is to update the current generation about the importance of ICT considering the fact that more youths are unemployed. So ICT is an area where it does not require a specific profession, anybody can get into the area, any interested person can get into the ICT sector without segregation of being a male or female”, he said.

Also speaking is one of the participants, Firdaus Abass Aliyu, a student of Shekarau Government Girls Secondary School.

She said she highly elated to be a participant if such a high profile competition, promising she will utilize the opportunity in assisting and contributing to the development of her society.

She thanks CITAD for such a lofty opportunity, as well as imploring other NGOs to follow the foot step of CITAD in adding value to the society.

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