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General Board / Re: Shekarau's governance!
« on: July 01, 2009, 09:06:14 AM »
Thanks everybody for the different opinions. To Hussana i will say if what i said did not go down well with you, i personally apoligize unreservedly. You may be surprised that the person you think sounds judgemental and all-knowing is but a learner. Is true i have joined kanoonline just relatively recently, but i thought every comer has something to contribute, at least potentially. I will not say your reaction will send me away as a brother thinks, but it may limit what i contribute.

Iwill defintely not discuss personalities in the name of politics. Enough of that i hear on radio stations in kano. However, remember even such discussions go on every day on radio, we are where we are today. Meaning we have not progressed politically. I wonder if such will produce a different result on this forum.

Let keep on.

General Board / Re: Abacha's Son Set to Join PDP
« on: June 30, 2009, 03:01:39 PM »
This discussion has been very passionate and is becoming too personalized. Can we address WHAT wrongs were done, WHO did them, Why he/she/they did them and what lessons we can draw towards 2011? Is there any similarity between how that military government RULED and how the present democracy is RULING? Is there change in the actors? What encouragement can we offer younger Nigerians?

Can we please address these ISSUES and leave out, as much as possible, the persons?


General Board / Re: Shekarau's governance!
« on: June 30, 2009, 02:46:02 PM »
Please let Kanoonline rise above the ordinary. We should go beyond personalities. Kano needs issues discussed by people from all shades of political, religious and ethnic or whatever differences.

It is true I have seen, with my own eyes, similar scenes in South Africa, Washington, New York etc, but our concern is Kano. Local cleanliness translate into global cleanliness. We should not adress issues as Shekarau, Fashola, or whoever. That fuels sentiments. When discussions are sentimentalized, they loose focus and reason. Every individual has strengths and weaknesses. That is why we are human.

I am responding to you not from kano city or Nigeria, but somewhere on a duty tour outside the continent. I am sure many are reading this outside Nigeria. If we concentrate on trivialities, broad minds will keep off. Let us remain focussed.

Can we provide good insights for development to assist the government think of the things we want to see? Shekarau, as a person, can not see and hear everything about kano problems. We are the ambassadors. Let us hear and see for him/them and find creative ways of drawing their attention.

Thank you

Education / Re: Teachers 'lack skills awareness'
« on: March 31, 2009, 02:33:38 PM »

Come nearer home here. The following was reported by Nigerian Tribune on 07.10.2008:

IT was not a day of cheerful news for Northern Nigeria as it was declared on Monday to be the region with the highest number of children not attending school in the world.

It was at the occasion of the Northern Nigeria Economic and Investment Summit which kicked off in Abuja and the statistics was quoted from World Bank figures.

Minister of Finance, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman, who quoted the statistics while addressing the gathering of eminent Northerners at the summit, said the level of education of a people had direct correlation with their living standards.

He contended that going by the statistics, the North was far behind all of humanity when it comes to child education. “About two months ago, the Ministry of Finance organized a review session with our development partner like the World Bank and the bank’s representative gave a list of statistics that should shock all of us into action.

“Northern Nigeria remains, and represents the only place in the world that has the highest number of children that are not going to school,” he stated.

Usman, who blamed the problem on lack of commitment and efforts on the part of Northern leaders, charged experienced and educated retired Northerners to take up political leadership of their various states since, according to him, politics had been hijacked by hoodlums who have turned it to total warfare.

President Umaru Yar’Adua, in his speech read by the Minister of Commerce, Chief Charles Ugwu, noted that there was a worrisome and embarrassing level of poverty in most parts of Northern Nigeria.


Health Matters / Maternal Mortality and Culture
« on: July 01, 2005, 09:53:35 AM »
Dear Colleagues,

It disturbs me. This happened only yesterday, June 30, 2005.

I live outside kano now. I got a call from home that a lady in my neighbourhood that was pregnant had bee in labour for 4 days and the husband was yet to send her to the hospital. A good samaritan who lives near them called me because i knew i relate well with the husband.

I called the husband who told me that her condition was not the type for hospital. That she had "iska" for a long time and it is that delaying her delivery, and he was handling it traditionally. I asked him what her doctor said during her last antenatal visit. He said she never had any antenatal visit to any clinic!! I felt like crying. I took me a whole MTN recharge card to convince him to take her to a hospital. I told him i would call him back in 30 minutes.

I loaded another MTN card and called a doctor i know in kano. The doctor told me such cases are so rampant. He carefully explained to me how delayed labour can lead to anything including death. He agreed to proceed to his hospital (though it was late) to attend to that case if the husband could take her. I asked him to proceed to the hospital.

I called the husband back and asked him to take his wife to the hospital where a doctor was waiting for him. I gave him the doctor,s telephone number and name. I went back to bed.

In the morning i called the doctor to find out the condition of the lady. I was shocked to learn that the doctor stayed all night and the man did not appear at all. I called the man. He told me he was advised not to take her, instead a midwife was taken to his house to attend to the lady.

To cut the story short, the baby is lost, the mother can not stand on her feet, i learnt she has a thick watery substance dripping from her private part and she is still at home.

Is this how we kill our wives? is it in our culture? is it islamic? do we hate hospitals? what really is wrong? please help me understand this.


Haladu Mohammed

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