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Kano Explosion: Igbo leaders beg  residents to remain calm, shun rumor mongers



The scene


Igbo leaders  under the aegis of Igbo Community Association, ICA Kano, on Tuesday  has appealed  for restraints, in the aftermath of the explosion that rocked a residential building located at  Aba by  court road,in Sabon Gari axis of the ancient city of Kano.

The President General , ICA Kano, Donatus Nwugo in a chat with  our reporter  at the scene of the incident urged residents to remain calm in the face of daunting challenges  invoked  courtesy of the explosion.

According to him, relevant government agencies are vigilant and were on  top of the situation, while urging residents to go about their businesses with our fear.

In his words “ we are appealing to our people and all those conducting their  activities in the city of Kano to please go about their business in peace.

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“we ask them to shun fear, panic, or any moves that is targeted  to cause panic,  they should go about their activities with our fear.”

Nwugo reassured that traditional rulers, the ICA  in conjunction with all critical stakeholders  are working in a coordinated manner to ensure peace continue to reign across the ancient city.

He applaud the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for the prompt response that was given to the unfortunate incidence that occurred in Sabon Gari, in the early hours of Thursday.


“our traditional ruler , Igwe Boniface Ibekwe as usual  has risen to the challenge to make sure all that needs to be done has been done, we are working with all other traditional leader to make sure all  issues are addressed squarely .

He applaud security agencies and their egg heads, alongside emergency relief service providers for their sacrifices

“our security agencies were timely in their response  and were highly professional in how they handled the situation today at Aba road by Court road, they  should be commended.

“in all we must warmly thank Kano state government under the leadership of governor Abdullahi  Umar Ganduje, and his deputy, Naisru Gawuna, who strongly stood by us in our hard moments.

He further urged Ndi-Igbo to refute any form of incitement, rumor mongering,  fake news and nefarious attempts to spread cheap rumor and blackmail to usurp public peace ,stressing that security agencies will continue to furnish the populace with relevant information on developments surrounding  the explosion..

The Igbo community leader prayed that God will grant repose to the soul of those who loss their lives in the Thursday explosion and grant their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable  loss.


Coca-cola Donates Bio Medical Equipments Worth Over 720 Thousand Dollars To AKTH



Coca-cola top echelon


The Coca Cola company and its partner, Medshare, in collaboration with Federal Government, on Friday donated equipment worth N3 billion to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano under the Safe Birth Initiative (SBI).

The equipment and supplies were formally unveiled and handed over at a special event held at the Hospital in Kano.

At the handover ceremony, the Managing Director of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Alfred Olajide, said the initiative was aimed at improving maternal outcomes and reducing child mortality incidents and to support government initiative in reducing child and maternal mortality.

“The Safe Birth Initiative is a part of the company’s wellbeing Programme, to support the efforts of the government in reducing the alarming numbers of women and newborns who die from birth-related issues,” he explained.

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Olajide restated Coca Cola’s commitment to upholding the health and well-being of women as pillars of the society.

Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, Director Public Affairs and Sustainability, said that through the SBI, the company wanted to support the untiring efforts of hard-working doctors, midwives and nurses.

She said the health workers battled against great odds in public hospitals to manage life-threatening complications affecting mothers and the newborn.
”The issue of maternal mortality is very important to us. Globally, Coca-Cola has a commitment to women whom we consider pillars of the society and also pillars of our business in Africa, where they have always played a dominant role in our vast distribution and retail network,” she said.

The equipments

The equipments

She said the equipment donated included anaesthetic machines, baby Incubators, ICU beds, Ultrasound and Auto Clev, among others.

Onyemelukwe added that company, with it’s partner had trained over 20,000 women and youths across the state on series of transformative skills and knowledge programmes.

The company also presented certificates to biomedical engineers trained by the company in collaboration with Medshare International USA.

The biomedical Engineers trained by a senior Biomedical Engineer Ben Armstrong are 46 in number who will man the Biomedical Equipments.

Prof. Auwal Gajida, the Chairman Medical Advisory Council of the hospital, who pledged judicious use of the items, commended the company for the gesture.
He said that the gesture would go a long way in improving maternal outcomes and reducing child mortality incidents.

“I commend and thank the management of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited for these very wonderful initiative aimed at strengthening our capacity to address the issue of maternal and newborn mortality in Nigeria.
“We are here today, receiving loads of medical equipment worth $720,000,” Gajida added.

Alhaji Ado Kurawa, District Head of Tarauni who represented the Emir of Kano, commended the companies for their efforts in reducing child mortality incidents.

He urged other companies and corporate organizations to emulate coca-cola

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Power Outage :In 3 Month 100 Industries Shut Down In Kano




About one hundred industries have been shut down in Kano due to power outage in the past three month in Kano.

Kano is the industrial hub of Northern Nigeria since and before independence.

In an exclusive interview with President manufacturers association of Nigeria Kano Jigawa jurisdiction Sani Hussein said the closure of about 100 industries in three months was due to lack of power and rising cost of diesel.

On Job loss he told our correspondent that about 2000 personnel have lost their jobs due to the closure.

He said only industries that are producing essential commodities are up to the task and even some of them are operating at half capacity.

He said those that stop operating are always at loss because with the power outage and high cost of diesel even if they produce due to poverty there is no purchasing power among the teeming populace.

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Sani Hussein further urge the government to make gas cheaper and invest in its production so that the industries in the North can survive like their southern counterparts.

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Train Attack :Female Victim Led Lone Protest 





By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna.


A married woman who was among the recently released victims of the Kaduna Abuja train that spent over 70 days in captivity has commenced one -man protest with the aims of calling on government toward dedicating more commitment in releasing the rest of the 50 abducted passengers that are still in captivity at Nigeria Union of Journalists (N U J )Secretariat in Kaduna.


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The woman (maimuna)real name withheld says her husband is still in captivity for over 89 days in kaduna forest with the terrorists.


She said, She was among the recently released 10 victims of the kaduna Abuja train in the state.


According to her, there is need for government to intensify efforts towards dialogue with the terrorists and find ways of releasing the remaining 50 passengers that are still in captivity.


Maimuna says there are still children and old women and other people that are still in their Captivity facing persecution, challenges which include ecological conditions, cold, rain, and other dangerous .


She then urged government and other stake holders to help release the rest of the abductees.

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