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Agency Seeks KannyWood Assistance In Ending HIV/AIDS Stigma

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Kano State Agency for Control of AIDS sensitized Kannywood Stakeholders on the portrayal of HIV/AIDS issues in films production to end stigma and discrimination among people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Director-General of The Agency Dr Sabitu Y. Shu’aibu Shanono Said the Agency observe the efforts by the Kannywood Industry for producing films that educate the public about the pandemic of HIV/AIDS, And there is a need for the Agency to update their knowledge to meet the current trend of fighting the virus globally.

Dr Sabitu Shanono said the rate of HIV/AIDS has reduced by 80% and the target is to stop the new infection and concentrate on the treatment of the infected people.

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He Solicits the support of Kannywood stakeholders to assist the Agency in educating the public using the new knowledge they acquired in the seminar.

Speaking at the Occasion the Executive Secretary, Kano State Censorship Board, Alhaji Isma’il Na’Abba Afakallah, commended KSACA for organising the sensitization and urged the participants to portray the knowledge in practice.

Also speaking Professor Abdullah Uba Adamu from Faculty of Communication Bayero University Kano and the Former Vice-Chancellor National Open University of Nigeria, suggest that the Agency should support the production of a short film that carries the message and use in social media such as Youtube, WhatsApp, Facebook to adequately inform the public and equally suggest the use of writers and singers to succeed in the campaign, against HIV/AIDS.

The event held in Kani has in attendance reputable people from Kannywood Industry and presentation from Dr Ashir Tukur Inuwa of Mass Communication and Dr Usman Bashir of Community Medicine all from Bayero University.

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Military Airstrikes Kill Bandits’ Warlord ‘Abdulkareem Boss ‘Others in Katsina

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After months of evading security forces, a notorious armed bandit, Alhaji Abdulkareem Lawal, and 27 others have been eliminated by aggressive bombardments of the Nigerian military airstrikes in Katsina State, on Saturday evening.

Abdulkareem Lawal, who is popularly called Abdulkareem Boss, by his criminal colleagues, PRNigeria gathered, was a high-valued target on the radar of the Nigerian Military and other security agencies for a while.

The precision airstrikes came barely a week after the Service Chiefs, at the last National Security Council meeting, reassured President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians that there would be a change in strategy and momentum in the fight against insurgency and terrorism and the Chief of the Air Staff’s directive to Nigerian Air Force (NAF) operational and air component commanders to ‘show no mercy’ in decimating terrorists and insurgents in the country.

The wanted criminal was based in the Marina area of Safana Local Government Area, and was responsible for several terrorist attacks, animal rustling and kidnappings.

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Boss was known to regularly invite terrorist groups from other areas and regions to join him in attacks on targets.

Specifically, he was part of the terrorist group that carried out attacks that eventually led to the death of the Nigerian Police Area Commander of Dutsin Ma on 5 July, 2022.

Confirming the killing of Abdulkareem Boss to, an intelligence military officer, said that the terror kingpin was neutralized in a precision strike alongside 27 of his foot soldiers, at Rugu Forest.

In a related development, similar bombardments were also conducted on terrorists’ hideouts around Abuja, it was reliably gathered.

According to credible intelligence, threats within Abuja was being orchestrated by terrorists from their hideouts within Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara States.

“In view of this, NAF aircraft under Operation Whirl Punch were dispatched to undertake intensive air interdiction operation to degrade/neutralize the terrorists within their identified hideouts in Giwa, Birnin Gwari, Kajuru and Chikun LGA in Kaduna State and Kusasu, Kwaki and Kukere LGA in Niger State.

“So far, the identified locations hit by NAF aircraft include Jan Birni, Kusasu, Kauwuri, Kwaki, Ukambo Hill within the Kwiambana Forest as well as Alhaji Chorki Location.

“These locations have been attacked decisively and were struck in successive passes until they went into flames, some casualties who were spotted to be struggling to scamper for safety were effectively mopped up,” a military air commander added.

The operations were aimed at forestalling them from further planning to cause mayhem within Kaduna and Niger States as well as surroundings around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Whan contacted, the Spokesperson of the Nigerian Airforce Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet said that the successes of the air strikes underscore indefectible commitment of the military to ridding the entire Northern region as well as the FCT of terrorism in collaboration with other security agencies and restoring peace and sanity.

He added that “Operational commanders have also been told to sustain the momentum and ensure they minimize, to the barest minimum, the freedom of movement of terrorists and insurgents.”

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Kano contributed 2 point 5 billion naira for the completion of Dala Inland Dry Port-Gawuna

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Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna acting Governor with the minister of transportation

 

 

Kano State Government says it has contributed about two point five billion naira for the construction of access roads,perimeter fencing,electricity and other social amenities to the Dala Inland Dry Port project in order to ensure its speedy completion.

Kano State Acting Governor Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna who disclosed this on friday when Minister of Transportation Alh.Mu’azu Jaji Sambo paid a familiarisation visit to Dry Port’s Office at Zawaciki in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the State also said that the State Government made sure that the project becomes a reality through provision of enabling environment because it would lead to economic development not only for Kano and its neighbouring States but also for Niger,Cameroon and Chad Republics.

Gawuna while reading the speech of the Governor further said Kano is the commercial and investment nerve Centre of Northern Nigeria and the largest non oil and gas economy in the country with a GDP of approximately twelve billion US dollars making it potentially viable for investors therefore the project is meant for harnessing the resource potentials of the State towards improving the livelihood of the teeming populace. Adding that this becomes necessary given the fact that the crude oil revenue on which the country depends has tremendously dropped.

” Dala Inland Dry Port was initiated to act as a catalyst to improve trade flows,boost Inland trading and revitalise export of agricultural products leading to multi product economy he said”.

In his address the Minister of Transportation, Engr.Jaji Sambo while declaring the Dala Inland Dry Port as Port of Origin and Destination said Kano with sizeable number of textiles,agro allied and several manufacturing industries not only suited but most qualified for an Inland dry port.

According to him the Inland Dry Port was conceived as part of the Federal Government’s port reform programme designed to decongest the sea ports while also taking shipping and port services closer to importers and exporters in the hinterland,however Dala Inland Dry Port that started many years ago has now come fruition.

The Minister therefore called on the Business Community and Investors to take full advantage of facility for the import and export of their cargoes.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Dala Inland Dry Port, Alh.Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro explained that the board resolved from the inception to develop a facility that would function as an efficient digital and regulatory compliant port that would minimise contact between cargo and man.

He added that the position of Dala Inland Dry Port is unique and that caused its introduction in the linkage made by the Federal Government in the standard gauge railway line to link Maradi in Niger Republic through the port from Lagos.

“At the moment, the narrow gauge railway line is fully connected the port and tested. It can provide the services required from Lagos to Kano and the second leg to destinations in Niger Republic can be completed by road he said”.

In a statement issued to newsmen by Hassan Musa Fagge acting governor’s CPS said Babawuro commended the Federal Government and Kano State Governor Dr.Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for their support towards making the project a reality.

 

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Rising Cost Of Cooking Gas Forced Dealers To Close Shop

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Rising Cost of cooking gas and other expenses has forced some gas dealers and sellers to close shop in some strategic areas of Kano.

 

Our correspondent who went round the city on Thursday and late Wednesday has learnt that some dealers and sellers of the commodity have close shop and buyers were stranded looking for alternative.

No reason was laid by the dealers for not selling the gas in some parts of the state.

The areas visited by our correspondent include Bilkaka Gas company and Pyramid Gas located around Tsamiya Babba in Gezawa local government and Eastern bye pass in Nassarawa local government.

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Also some small shops where households use to buy the gas have also closed for almost two days.

When contacted for comment an executive member of Gas dealers association in Kano Nuhu Haruna told our correspondent that the close of Business by Gas dealers may be associated with loss being incurred by the sellers.

According to Nuhu Haruna they mostly buy the 50 Kg Gas cylinder at 30 thousand and with transportation cost it reaches the point of Sale at 35 to 36 thousand and they also sale at the same price with no profit.

Nuhu Haruna added that since Gas is a commodity without any subsidy like petroleum the dealers are loosing seriously instead of gaining profit and as a result of that they don’t want to inflict another hardship on the buyers.

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