The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed 16 persons killed and property worth N40.6 million destroyed in various fire incidents in the past one month in the state.
The Service, however, said it saved 71 lives and property worth N120 million in 51 fire incidents recorded in June in the state.
Alhaji Saidu Muhammed, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Service, made the disclosure in a statement on Saturday in Kano.
Muhammed disclosed that the Service also received 50 rescue calls and 9 false alarms from the residents within the period under review.
He attributed the fire incidents to road accident; use of inferior electrical appliances as well as poor application of boiling ring, electrical appliances and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
Mohammed advised the residents of the state to exercise caution while handling electrical appliances to avoid fire incidents and urged parents to monitor their wards to discourage swimming in ponds and exposing themselves to hazards.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu (NAN)
Kano State Fire Service saves 98 lives, N52m properties in July
The Kano State Fire Service says it saved 98 lives and properties worth N52 million in 29 fire incidents across the state in the month of July.
The Fire Service Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Saidu Muhammad, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Kano.
Muhammad, however, said that 10 lives were lost during the period while properties worth N10 million were destroyed by fire.
He said the service responded to 63 rescue calls and 16 false alarms from residents during the month under review.
Mohammed identified careless handling of cooking gas, use of inferior electrical materials, misuse of boiling rings and improper wiring as major causes of fire incidents in the state.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Buhari greets retired AVM Shekari at 80
President Muhammadu Bihari has congratulated a prominent citizen of Kaduna State and one-time Military Administrator of the old Kano State, retired Air Vice Marshal Ishaya Shekari, on his attainment of 80th birthday.
The President’s congratulatory message was conveyed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday.
Buhari described Shekari as “a remarkable citizen and statesman’’ and thanked him for his many years of service to the nation.
The president prayed for his good health and increased support to his community and the nation.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
WAEC: Kano Govt. to fumigate 528 schools
Kano State Government says it will fumigate 528 public and private schools to make it safe for students writing their West African Examination Council (WAEC) in the state.
The government also fixed August 10 for the reopening of schools for the exit students in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Sa’id, made the disclosure at a news conference on Monday in Kano.
Sa’id disclosed that Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje had directed the Ministry of Environment to decontaminate the schools to make it safe for students and teachers as well as create conducive learning environment.
He said that the governor also directed the Ministry of Health to commence free distribution of face masks, sanitiser, hand-washing facilities and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the schools.
The commissioner added that the state government would also offered free COVID-19 test to students and teachers in public and private schools.
Sa’id explained that the 528 schools comprised of 199 public and 328 private institution are to go through fumigation.
The Commissioner noted that the one-week grace starting from Monday Aug. 3, was to enable principals and proprietors to make necessary preparations and evolve adequate measures against COVID-19 pandemic in schools.
“The Ministry of Education directed principals to make arrangements to received SS III boarding students on Aug. 9 while day students are to resume on Aug. 10.
“Accordingly, the ministry warned that no school is allowed to reopen before Aug. 10; principals are to ensure maximum compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
“They should reduce hours of work/revision to four-hours per shift; strict adherence to social distancing, in classes, laboratories, libraries and hostels.
“Consistency of temperature monitoring and provision of emergency isolation rooms for identified suspected cases before handing of the affected case to the health authorities.”
Sa’id said that proprietors of private schools were directed to report to the Kano State Private and Voluntary Institution Management Board, to obtain permission on clean bill of health.
While principals of public schools are to report to the Kano State Senior Secondary Schools Management Board for scrutiny and approval.
According to him, 11, 046 registered candidates are expected to sit for the WAEC examination in 528 designated centres in the state.
“The ministry is encouraging schools to continue the e-learning education programme using the Google classrooms, radio, televisions and other platforms until normalcy return to the academic environment,” he said.
While commending Gov. Ganduje for his support and commitment to the free compulsory education initiative, Sa’id thanked partners, stakeholders and development organisations for their supports.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Eid-el-Kabir: Kano records low turnout as workers resume duty
Government establishments and private offices in Kano metropolis on Monday recorded low turnout of workers following the resumption of work after the Eid-el-Kabir break.
A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who monitored the resumption of work in some of the government offices revealed that only few workers reported for duty after the two-day public holiday declared by the Federal Government to celebrate Sallah.
NAN reports that few workers resumed duty at the Audu Bako Secretariat, Gidan Murtala and the Federal Secretariat.
At Audu Bako secretariat, Malam Idi Sule said the holiday was enough for any civil servant to return to work on Monday.
Sule said he travelled to Kiru local government area and came back to resume duty.
At Gidan Murtala, Mrs Maimuna Ali, a civil servant, said she came back from Danbatta local government area with her family on Sunday and resumed work on Monday.
“The break was long enough for any activities, so people have no excuse not to resume duty today,’’ Ali said.
At the Federal Secretariat also, few people were seen discussing in groups.
NAN, however, reports that institutions such as Banks and Manufacturing companies witnessed large turnout of workers with customers forming long queues.
But it was observed that activities had yet to pick up fully in most of the markets within metropolis.
NAN reports that the Federal Government had declared July 30 and 31 as public holidays to enable Muslims to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)