Kano State House of Assembly has urged the State Government to intervene and ensure adequate water supply at the Kano metropolis.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Alhaji Lawal Husaini (PDP- Dala) during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Abdulazeez Gafasa on Wednesday.
According to Lawal, the shortage of potable water has seriously affected the people of Dala, Gwale, Nasarawa, Tarauni, Ungoggo and Kumbotso Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
“Inadequate supply of potable water has pushed the people of the affected areas into a serious hardship, to an extent that they have to go far to fetch water.
“Apart from the distance they walk in search of the potable drinking water, the people use to spend hours on the queues before they are able to get the water.
“Therefore, on behalf of my other colleagues from the affected LGAs, I am calling on the State Government to as a matter urgency intervene on the matter,” he said.
Also contributing,Alhaji Umar Gama (PDP-Nasarawa) said in Dakata area, even boreholes cannot be dug due to the bad conditions of the land.
In his contribution,Mr Mudassir Ibrahim (PDP-Kumbotso) said that he received series of complaints from his constituents on the issue.
“In the Naibawa area, the water they get from time to time is not good for their health, therefore they appealed to the state government to look into the issue,” he said.
After a series of deliberations by the lawmakers, the house unanimously adopted the motion and called on the state government to intervene.
The house also screened and confirmed the appointment of Alhaji Idris Garba as a Commissioner, and member of the state Executive Council.
COVID-19: Nigeria reports 304 fresh infections; death toll hits 888
Nigeria reported 304 new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the death toll jumps to 888.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday.
The centre noted that five deaths were recorded in the country.
It added that till date, the country recorded 43,841 confirmed cases, 20,308 discharged and 888 deaths in 36 states and the FCT.
It showed that the 304 new cases were reported from 15 states, namely Lagos (81), FCT (39), Abia (31), Kaduna (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (16), Cross River (13), Ebonyi (12), Ondo (12) Ekiti (11), Edo (11), Benue (10), Nasarawa (10), Ogun (6) and Gombe (5).
The health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate the COVID-19 national response activities across the country.
The NCDC said that Nigerians risk of the virus would be higher if they were less than six feet from people at a crowded public place or if they freely share equipment and not practice social distancing and other habits to stay healthy.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities from Monday to Wednesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms over some parts of northern states.
The states are Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi and Katsina.
According to the agency, the rest of the region will be under cloudy conditions during the time.
“Later in the day, cloudy skies with pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region with the exception of Sokoto where cloudy condition is expected.
“Over the central region, cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are anticipated over Jos, Nasarawa, Makurdi, Niger and Abuja during the morning hours.
“As the day progresses, much cloudiness is expected to prevail over the region with prospects of thunderstorms over Benue, Abuja, Niger and Plateau States.’’
The agency predicted that southern coast and the inland would be cloudy with the exception of Ikom, Obudu, Calabar in Cross River and Eket in Akwa Ibom, where light rain showers were anticipated during the morning hours.
It further predicted that some southeast inland and coastal cities such as Enugu, Umuahia, Obudu, Uyo, Calabar, Eket, Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa are expected to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers later in the day.
The agency, however, envisaged cloudy skies over the inland and coastal areas of the Southwest.
According to NiMet, morning thunderstorms are likely over Katsina, Borno, Taraba and Katsina on Tuesday, while the rest of the northern region is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours.
“Places like Southern Borno, Bauchi, and Gombe will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the evening while the rest of the region are expected to be cloudy.
“Cloudy skies with thunderstorms are expected over Niger axis, while other parts of the central cities will experience much cloudiness during the morning hours.
“Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated over Kaduna and Niger States in the afternoon with more prospects in the evening.
“Cloudy conditions are expected over inland and coast of the south during the morning and evening period.’’
NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa during the morning hours of Wednesday.
It also predicted pockets of thunderstorms over Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi States.
“Cloudy skies are expected to prevail across the central region during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are expected over the high grounds of the central states during the afternoon and evening period.
“Cloudiness is expected to prevail over the inland and the coastal belt throughout the forecast period.’’
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
22-year-old man drowns in Kano
A 22-year-old, Yusuf Abdullahi, drowned while bathing in a pond at Danhassan, in Kura Local Government Area of Kano State.
Malam Saidu Mohammed, the Public Relations Officer, Kano State Fire Service, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Kano on Sunday.
According to him, the incident happened this afternoon.
“We received a distress call on Sunday afternoon from one Malam Sadi Ibrahim, at about 03:31p.m., that Abdullahi’s body was found floating in a pond.
“On receiving the information, we quickly sent our rescue team to the scene at about 03:42 p.m.
“He was brought out and handed over to the village head of Garin Kaya, Alhaji Aminu,” he said.
He said that the cause of the death was still under investigation.
Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Ikpeazu sacks Transport Commissioner, others
Abia Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has sacked his Transport Commissioner, Ekele Nwaohammuo, and the Transition Committee Chairman of Umuneochi Local Government Council, Mathew Ibe.
Ikpeazu also suspended Cherechi Nwogu, the Transition Committee Chairman of Aba South Local Government Area, and his Aba North counterpart, Chief Victor Ubani.
The sack was communicated through a news release signed by Chief of Staff to the governor, Dr Anthony Agbazuere, and made available to newsmen on Sunday.
Agbazuere further announced that the General Manager of Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMAAS), Bright Ikeokwu, was also suspended.
However, no explanation was given for the removal and suspension of these appointees.
The governor further approved the take over of the TC chairmanship positions of Aba North and Aba South LGAs by deputy chairmen of the local councils who were enjoined to work with their Heads of Service.
Ikpeazu instructed the deputy chairmen to immediately set up a taskforce to check environmental indiscipline and other vices within their councils.
The TIMASS was also asked to set up a task force to further check these excesses.
Ikpeazu also approved the appointment of Eze Chikamnayo as Transition Committee Chairman nominee for Umuneochi LGA to replace the sacked Matthew Ibe.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)