Nazifi Dawud, publisher and Chief Executive Officer, CEO of DAILY FOCUS Newspaper, one of the pioneer online platforms in Kano state has opened up on why has withdrawn from merger/partnership with another Kano-based online paper, KANO TODAY.
PRIME TIME NEWS recalls that on September 12, 2019, Mr Dawud and Maude Rabiu Gwadabe, publisher of KANO TODAY, issued a joint statement announcing the merger/partnership of the two online news platforms to form “KANO FOCUS”.
However, less than a year with the partnership, reports surfaced that the two online platforms had parted ways.
In a statement signed by him and sent to PRIME TIME NEWS on Wednesday, Mr Dawud disclosed that the dissolution was effective from June 3, adding that the name “KANO FOCUS” ceases to exist.
Mr Dawud stated that he entered the merger with a conviction that it would “provide a credible and viable medium for investigative journalism on issues and events on Kano State”, but the journey started developing faults.
According to him, “less than three months into the 8-month partnership, problems started to creep in primarily due to wide and irreconcilable differences in personal and management principles.
“I was already exasperated with the whole union by May 2020, when suddenly, the main co-partner demanded the dissolution of the merger, a request I readily obliged,” the statement reads in parts.
He added that “This was followed by an agreement we all signed, effectively ending the partnership. Even though there are issues with regards to certain aspects of the collapsed partnership that are still being considered behind the scene, I am pleased to announce that DAILY FOCUS have WITHDRAWN from the merger/partnership with KANO TODAY.
“In view of this, I have fully reverted to my original platform DAILY FOCUS (www.dailyfocus.ng) and urge all our followers , customers and the general public to take note.
“I wish to also use this medium to declare that DAILY FOCUS along with its trademark, logo, slogan and mission statement, has fully resumed operations,” he said.