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Kano State Vows to Sustain HIV/AIDS Funding Amid Partner Decrease”



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The Kano State Government (KNSG) has pledged to maintain its current level of funding for HIV/AIDS initiatives in the state. This commitment comes as the support from partner organizations gradually decreases, prompting the government to take ownership and ensure sustainability.

Dr. Usman Bashir, the Director General of the Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS, announced this during the closing of a two-day workshop organized by the Agency. The workshop received support from Solina International Development and Research (SCIDaR) and took place at Hotel Seventeen in Kaduna on Sunday.

Dr. Usman Bashir explained that the purpose of the workshop was to finalize and align the Agency’s Annual Operations Plans with those of its supporting partners. This alignment aims to strengthen HIV/AIDS activities in the upcoming year of 2024, minimizing duplication and the wastage of scarce resources by reallocating them to areas of greater need.

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Furthermore, he highlighted that the Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS (KSACA) is actively planning and preparing its team to implement activities independently as an implementing partner. This shift in approach is necessary as donor support is dwindling. The agency is also dedicated to enhancing the capacity of its staff to ensure long-term ownership and sustainability of HIV/AIDS programs.

Dr. Usman Bashir expressed his appreciation for all partners involved in the HIV response in the state. He acknowledged their participation in showcasing their Tentative Annual Operations Plans (AOP) during the workshop, which allowed for harmonization and input from stakeholders.

This engagement, a first of its kind for the agency, resulted in a comprehensive AOP with detailed costings, awaiting finalization in the State Budget. The Kano State Government remains committed to addressing the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS, ensuring that essential funding is sustained despite the decrease in partner support

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World Youth Skills Day: AHIP Urges Youth To Shun Drug Abuse Acquire Education & Skills




The executive director of ED Adolescent Health and Information Projects AHIP Hajiya Mairo Bello has called on youths to shun drug abuse and acquire Education and skills to make them self-reliant.

In a statement to commemorate World Youth Skills Day made available to newsmen in Kano.

She described drug peddling and abuse as major catalysts to societal vices and criminal activities among others.

Hajiya Mairo pointed out that, education and skills would empower youth, give them leadership opportunities increase their resilience and build their self confidence.

The executive director asserted that youths have a vital role to play and emphasizes the importance of developing the skills of youth in various fields to benefit society.

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“ Information technology (ICT), entrepreneurship and vocational training for youth is very important as the world is turning into a global village”

She maintained that, as a youth-focused non-governmental organization NGO AHIP trained thousands of youths in sports, vocational, and livelihood skills.

“We can be at peace if we think positively, build our skills life skills, soft skills, problem-solving skills, the ability to work in a team, a strong work ethic, analytical and quantitative

“Developing strong skills in communication, leadership, and productivity is essential for young people. The United Nations General Assembly designated July 15th as World Ysouth Skills Day in 2014 to recognize the importance of equipping youth with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship”

The theme for World Youth Skills Day 2024 is “Youth Skills for Peace and Development,” intending to promote peace and stability in Kano and Nigeria overall.

The statement also urges the government, philanthropists, and the private sector to prioritize youth by offering leadership opportunities and essential skills to address issues such as unemployment and drug abuse.

Hajiya Mairo Bello
Executive director AHIP

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Jubilation  as Tinubu Appoints Danagundi as DG of National Productivity Centre



Baffa Babba Dan Agundi


Jubilation erupts in Kano over the appointment of Baffa Babba Danagundi as the Director General of the National Productivity Centre by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Danagundi who heads the Directorate of All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council Support Groups in the North West is a highly experienced grassroots mobilizer and a dogged politician who was formerly the Managing Director of Kano Roads Traffic Agency KAROTA.

A member of the defunct ACN, he has served as Majority Leader and Chief Whip of the Kano State House of Assembly representing Kano Municipal Constituency between 2015 and 2019 where he exhibited high qualities of leadership.

He was a Senior Special Assistant to then-governor Ibrahim Shekarau on Youth Development and former Governor Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on Garment Industries.

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Baffa Babba Danagundi is a capacity personified, his good track record while serving KAROTA as its Managing Director was the reason why then-governor Ganduje appointed him as Acting Director General of Kano Consumer Protection Council.

His appointment saw the speedy redress of consumer complaints and end the unscrupulous exploitation of consumers. Danagundi championed consumer interests at an appropriate forums.

A close ally of Ganduje, he was the convener of the historic one million match in support of the presidential bid of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Kano, a gathering that has shocked political opponents in the state.

“This is an appointment too many, this is the best appointment from Kano by Mr President.

Of all the appointments made so far, this is the right one that will be impactful to the people.

Baffa is a result-oriented person, he has delivered in all the positions he held”. Said Nasiru Usman Naibawa, a former special adviser to Governor Ganduje on support groups.

On her part, a women leader Hajiya Aisha Adam hailed President Tinubu for appointing Danagundi into into his government.

“We are highly excited over this appointment, Danagundi has been carrying women along in party affairs.

He is supportive of women and this can be testimonial from the mobilisations and gatherings he has convened”. She said

Mr. Danagundi also bagged a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Bayero University, Kano

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Housing Corporation Collaborates With FCCPC On Advocacy



Governor Abba delivering his speech


The managing director, Kano state housing corporation Alh Abdullahi Rabiu, has assured the Kano office of the federal competition and consumer protection commission his maximum support and cooperation towards realising their set objectives.

The managing director,gave the assurance when the management team of the commission led by it’s head of kano office Alh Hassan Abdulhamid Hassan, paid an advocacy and sensitisation visit to the kano state housing corporation.

Alh Abdu Rabi’u, noted with appreciation,the zeal and enthusiasm of the federal competition and consumer protection commission here in Kano toward it’s advocacy drive campaign, and pledged that KSHC would support them in that direction.

He said, Kano state housing corporation is bedeviled with alot of challenges including the inability of its tenants to settle their outstanding fees, which resulted to the current financial hardships in the corporation.

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Alh Abdu Rabi’u, expressed hope that when the bilateral collaboration between the two organizations beefed up, Kano state housing corporation would have its financial tension at eased.

He however, commended the federal competition and consumer commission for their advocacy visit, and prayed to almighty Allah to guide them accordingly.

Earlier speaking, the leader of the team who is also the head of kano office of the commission Alh Hassan Abdulhamid Hassan, told the managing director, that they were at the corporation as part of their advocacy visit to various organisations to sensitise the staff of the corporation on the numerous task of the commission.

He noted with serious concern on the lack of awareness from teaming consumers on how best to protect themselves and fight for their rights on many goods and services rendering to them by individuals and corporate bodies.

In a statement released to newsmen by the Director public relations and enlightenment Muhammad Dahiru Idris said Alh Abdulhamid Hassan emphasized that Kano state Housing corporation has a great role to play towards ensuring successful sensitisation among its staff, and called for more collaborations between the corporation and the commission for realization of the desired goals.


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