As N78.7m approved to improve child health outcome
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
KNSG constitutes technical c’ttee to review breach of media ethics
Kano State Executive Council has sanctioned the constitution of a ‘technical Committee’ to look into the issue of professional misconduct and abuse of privilege by media organisations and personnel in the state.
Kano State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammadu Garba, disclosed this during a press briefing on the outcome of the state Executive Council Meeting held at the ministry, on Saturday.
A memo was presented to the council by the secretary to the state government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, following a number of complaints lodged to his office.
The committee, which will be chaired by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammadu Garba, is to among other things, organize a stakeholder meeting comprising the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Film Censorship Board, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Information, proprietors of radio stations, security agencies, party chairmen, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), among others, to discuss the problem and proffer solutions.
He said: “The council is disturbed by professional misconduct and abuse of privileges by media personnel and organizations especially broadcasting media, where quite a number of professional misconducts are carried out.”
“Instead of those media organization to engage in what will further enhance development in the state they end up, though unnecessarily, attacking personalities without taking into consideration the broadcast codes or media ethics.”
“The governor has continued to maintain cordial relationship with media personnel and media orgainzations. In fact there has never been any case whereby a journalist is arrested or media organization closed, although we have glaring cases of professional misconduct and abuse of privileges.
However, the Executive Council has approved the release of the sum of N78, 701, 027.62 million as contribution of the state government for the implementation of the year 2019 Health Work Plan, just as it sanctioned a Community Policing Summit for the state.
The programme, which is a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dangote and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations to improve child health outcomes, is also intended to develop healthcare delivery services in the state.
The commissioner added that the multilateral MoU is being carried out by the state Ministry of Health, Hospitals Management Board, Drug and Medical Consumable Supply Agency as well as the state Primary Health Care Management Board.
In a separate development the council has approved the release of the sum of N58, 544, 000.00 million as counterpart funds on the activities of Hadejia Jama’are Komadugu Yobe Basin Trust Fund.
This is with a view to improving irrigational activities, hydro electricity and to make available access to drinking water.
The council, he added, has given authorization for the conduct of Summit on Community Policing to further consolidate on the giant strides taken by the Ganduje administration to protect lives and property of citizens which earns the state the status of the most peaceful state in the federation.
The commissioner hinted that a sweeping reform is underway at the State Pilgrims Welfare Board following and executive approval for the amendment of the edict establishing the board to streamline its activities.
Garba, who announced that a bill would be sent to the state House of Assembly to that effect, said the development followed the granting of license to the board by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to carry out Umrah (Lesser Hajj) services along with Hajj operations.
The amendment, he added, was also informed by the recent establishment of the propagation, education and enlightenment department, couple with the need to create that for legal services to ensure smooth operation of the board.
The council, he continued, has okayed the sum of N71, 100, 000.00 for the procurement of vehicles to conduct operations at Ruga Settlements and Grazing Reserves in the state.