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Auchi Polytechnic positioned to drive Nigeria’s technology growth —Rector.

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The Rector of Auchi Polytechnic, Dr Sanusi Jimah, says the institution has been positioned to lead other tertiary institutions as the pathfinder in technology innovations for the growth of the country.

Jimah said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Benin, the Edo capital.

According to him, the polytechnic was challenged  by the recent NUC sweeping indictment on higher institutions’ seeming poor performance on forward-looking research and development beneficial to the country.

He said that the school was now poised to live up to its billing as a pioneer technical institution and citadel of knowledge driven by zeal and quest for technological advancements.

” I must tell you that through research, the polytechnic has developed five avant-garde innovations.

“We have developed a solar farm house refrigerator for storage of vegetables and other perishable farm products.

” The  biogas facility is developed to generate power from waste; the fork lift furnace for improved welding capability; two feed mills for producing poultry feeds and the cocoa depodding machine for removing cocoa Pods.

“Though some are still in their experimental stages, but I can confirm that the feed  machine is fully operational  now on campus and we are considering going commercial with it.

“We no longer buy feeds for our poultry farm in Area 3,  as we now produce our own feeds.  We only buy concentrate and produce the feeds for our use.

“For now, we supply 45 crates of eggs daily from the farms  while we are looking for commercial farmers to collaborate with on the cocoa depodding machines to increase our internal revenue generation.

“So far, these innovations are alien to most higher institutions in Nigeria,” he said.

The Rector also spoke on efforts to enhance infrastructure, staff development, teaching and learning environment in the polytechnic.

“However, management needed to expand the infrastructure to cope with the growing students population because of their preference for Auchi Polytechnic.

” We recently commissioned studios, lecture theatres and laboratories in this regard.

“In all of these achievements at providing infrastructure and equipment,  we must commend TETfund for its dedication to improving the learning environment on our campuses.

“Its intervention projects have solved alot of our problems in all facets of the Polytechnic,” he said.

He added: “Because our students deserve the best in instructions, the Polytechnic has continued to enhance its staff development policy.

” Through the TETfund interventions, the Polytechnic in the past two years has sponsored staff to acquire higher degrees.

” I dare say that we have nearly 100 Phd holders in Auchi Polytechnic with 32 staff currently on masters degrees programs while others have gone on National and international workshops to be up to date with current international best practices in knowledge acquisition and impacting same to students.

” We are going to download these programs down the ladder to enable staff to move with the trend and remain relevant in the education system.”

According to him, the management has brought new lease of life to the institution with zero tolerance to all forms of negative vices.

“The Polytechnic has enhanced the standard of discipline in the last two years. I can report with some confidence that incidences of of money for marks, amorous gratification for grades and other unethical practices have been largely curbed.

“So in terms of academic rating, l am proud to say that Webometrics, an international rating agency of  tertiary institutions  worldwide, has rated Auchi Polytechnic the best in Nigeria.

” This is the outcome of ratings released in July last year. Until new ratings are done we remain the best,” Jimah said.
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Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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COVID-19: Bauchi deputy governor tests positive for virus

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Mr Baba Tela, the Deputy Governor of Bauchi state has tested positive to the novel Coronavirus, a statement issued by the state government revealed on Wednesday.

The statement, signed by  Mr Muktar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on media to the state governor, indicated that test by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the development.

According to Gidado, Tela , who is also the Chairman, State Task Force Committee on COVID-19, was tested after exhibiting noticeable symptoms of the virus, adding that all his primary contacts had been taken for screening.

“This is to inform the general public that His Excellency, Sen. Baba Tela, Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, was confirmed positive of Coronavirus.

“The confirmation was sequel to a test carried out on him by NCDC when he exhibited noticeable symptoms of the disease.

“He contracted the disease while discharging his onerous responsibility as Chairman of the the State Committee on COVID-19.

“Consequently, he has gone into self-isolation in Bauchi and health professionals are properly managing his situation.

“Similarly, samples of all his primary contacts have been taken by NCDC for tests and they are advised to remain in isolation pending the outcome of their results,” Gidado said.

The SSA further stressed that Gov. Bala Mohammad had sympathised with his deputy and solicited for prayers from all for his speedy recovery.

He said that the governor also called on the citizens to adhere strictly to the protocols against the dreaded virus to curtail its spread in the State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bauchi state, as at Tuesday, June 2, had recorded a total 241 cases of COVID-19, out of which 221 had been discharged while eight had died.

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COVID-19: Bauchi State begins testing in new molecular laboratory – Official

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Bauchi State Government says that formal testing and reporting of COVID-19 samples will henceforth be conducted in its Reference Molecular Laboratory as directed by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

The state Commissioner of Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Bauchi.

“I have received an email letter from NCDC directing Bauchi Reference Molecular Laboratory to start formal testing and reporting from Bauchi.

“We are going to do all our testing and reporting from the reference laboratory here in Bauchi as from June 2, 2020.

“Further delay will raise questions regarding the status of the laboratory because it was posted in the NCDC websites as the number 29th of the reference molecular laboratories in the country.

“Henceforth, no sample should be taken to Jos, Plateau State, until otherwise; the laboratory has come to stay.

“As such we must work as a team for the benefit of mankind and the good people of Bauchi state.

“I have forwarded to the Chairman of the state COVID-19 response team, request for payment of weekly allowances of all workers concerned with the laboratory from the professors down to the security men,” he said.

The commissioner said that the state would continue solving minor problems as well as proper maintenance of the laboratory.

NAN recalls that the COVID-19 testing laboratory was built and equipped by the state government with the support of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).


Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Additional 18,000 households to enjoy conditional cash transfer in Bauchi State – Official

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Mrs Amina Katagum, Special Adviser to the Bauchi State Governor on Social Investment Program(SIP), says additional 18,000 households will be enrolled under the Conditional Cash Transfer(CCT) programme in the state.

Katagum made the disclosure on Monday in Bauchi, while declaring open the training of 162 facilitators for the CCT enrollment.

Katagum said that 14 out of the 20 Local Government Areas((LGAs) in the state would benefit from the  exercise.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the benefitting LGAs are Alkaleri,Toro Tafawa Balewa,Gamawa, Zaki, Giade, Shira, Warji, Ganjuwa, Itas Gadau, Kirfi, Darazo, Dambam and Bogoro.

The CCT National office in collaboration with the Bauchi state government will train 162 facilitators to enroll the 18,000 additional households in 14 LGAs across the state.

“With the 18,000 additional beneficiaries, the state will now receive N412,990,000,” she said.

Katagum reminded the participants to adhere strictly to the safety guidelines of COVID 19 while carrying out the assignment for which they were being trained.

She urged the facilitators to demonstrate commitment during the exercise to avoid mistakes.

In his remarks, the National Enrollment Officer, CCT, Mr Shiqfu Shimang, said that the training  would enhance the capacity of the facilitators.

He said that each household would get a N5,000 monthly stipend under the programme.

Responding on behalf of trainees, Mr Ahmed Toro, called on the state government to provide them with motorcycles to enable them to carry out the exercise diligently and reach communities with difficult terrains.


Edited By: Benson Iziama/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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COVID-19: Group urges Bauchi govt. to increase allocation to agric sector

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A group of NGOs under the aegis of Bauchi State Public Financing in Agriculture Budget Committee has urged the state government to increase its allocation to agriculture due to the effects of COVID-19 to boost farming.

Mrs Tabawa Atiku, the chairperson of the committee, made the appeal at a news conference on Monday in Bauchi.

Atiku said in view of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, little allocation to the agricultural sector would not help farmers in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NGOs are: Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON), Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI), with the support Actionaid Nigeria.

Others are: Rahma Women Development Programme (RAHMA), Media, Women Empowerment Initiative Nigeria (WEIN), Bauchi State Network of Civil Society and Association of Small scale Agro Producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN).

Atiku said the N8.9 billion budgeted for agriculture by the state government, out of the total budget of N167 billion for 2020 was below the 10 per cent recommended by the Malabo Declaration of 2014.

She noted that the allocation for the agricultural sector was just 5.34 per cent, which was far less than the Malabo Declaration of 2014.

“We noticed the downward review of funding of inputs to farmers in the state and we are pleading with the government to reconsider it to assist more farmers in this farming season.

“We are also appealing to the government to make provisions for credit and loan schemes to assist farmers, if we must avert the looming food crisis occasioned by COVID-19,” she said.

Atiku solicited prompt release of the funds and involvement of smallholder women farmers and other key stakeholders in the budgeting process.

She urged the government to establish a local produce buying and transportation network for smallholder farmers to ensure food supply and income generation.

According to her, the partial lockdown has made it difficult for farmers to access markets to sell their produce,” she said.


Edited By: Joe Idika/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

 

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I am battling a gang-up, says Bauchi governor

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Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state on Saturday said  he was battling a gang-up by people he had worked with before clinching the governorship position.

Mohammed made the revelation in Bauchi during a chat with journalists as part of activities marking his first year anniversary in office.

”We are doing our best and we are not doing it to be praised; we are doing it because we have to do it so as to free resources.

“My commissioners are complaining but we have to make sacrifices because we are bogged down by a feeling of gratitude to God and the people of Bauchi for what they have done for me.

“I’m the most investigated and denigrated person but the people have faith in me. I’ve faced opposition; even now I’m suffering from a gang-up.

“A gang-up by even people that I have worked with to come to this level,” said Mohammed.

The governor further stressed that he had no ‘god-father’ and no liability on his head to service anybody.

Mohammed, who said he had no partisan consideration in discharging his duties, revealed that most of the projects embarked upon by his administration were kickstarted by N11 billion  recovered by EFCC and handed over to his government .

 

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Bauchi Gov. mourns ex-NNPC GMD, Baru

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Gov. Bala Mohammad of Bauchi State has condoled the people of the state over the death of a former Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Baru died late Friday night in Abuja and had since been buried according to Islamic rites.
The governor’s condolence message was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media, Mr Muktar Gidado, in Bauchi on Saturday.
He described Baru’s demise as a great loss, not only to Bauchi state and Nigeria, but the world at large.
“The entire people of Bauchi expressed shock over the death of Baru.
“He was a great and patriotic son of Bauchi State, who contributed immensely in exploring oil in the North-East zone of Nigeria.
“We will never forget his landmarks in building and renovation of schools in some parts of the state, in addition to the many empowerment programmes and projects he initiated,” he said.
Mohammed further stressed that the late NNPC boss was instrumental to the reforms that helped in making the oil sector in Nigeria more viable, particularly in ending the long queues hitherto, occasioned by fuel scarcity in the country.
“On behalf of my family and the good people of Bauchi state, I commiserate with Baru’s family and Nigeria for his demise. I pray for the repose of his soul and the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” the governor added.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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APC accuses Bauchi State Govt of starving Assembly of funds 

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) led Bauchi State Government of starving the State House Assembly of funds thereby hindering its operations.
Alhaji Sabo Mohammed the spokesman for the party in the state said this at a news briefing on Friday in Bauchi.
Mohammed said that the house had been financially strangulated by the executive.
“Why is the house financially strangulated against effective legislative functions and its leadership always under threat?
“The honourable house deserves every support to function effectively for the good for the state,” he said.
Mohammed also appealed to the lawmakers to block the ongoing attempt by the state government to privatise some public property in the state adding that the property were put in place by successive governments and patriotically sustained.
The PDP led administration is making efforts to hijack the property and we will not agree to that,” he said.
He also urged the lawmakers not to support the administration’s plan to secure 200 million dollars foreign loan.
“Although, already APC has instructed its lawyers to reach the courts to stop both corruption infested privatisation and loan issue,” he said.
Responding, the state PDP Chairman Alhaj Hamza Akuyam said the accusations were baseless and unfounded.
He said that 21 out of the 31 members of the house were from the APC.
“How can the executive manipulate things under this circumstance, it is not possible, ” he said.
Mohammed said the party was only acting on a script of other people to distract the lawmakers from doing their job effectively.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Bauchi Commissioner urges follow-up on Child Birth Spacing

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The Bauchi State  Commissioner for Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, has recommended  that follow-up appointments be introduced to all clients of Child Birth Spacing(CBS) units  to save the lives of mothers and babies due to unwanted pregnancies.

Maigoro stated this during a round table meeting with members of the Bauchi Public Health Media Network (BPHMN) and stakeholders  held in Bauchi on Friday.

He said that the follow-up would create a channel for feedback on the use of the various CBS commodities.

“Follow-up appointments to clients of CBS will monitor and generate  feedback.

“Some women using the long term method tend to forget to visit facilities for further healthcare,”he observed.

Maigoro said the state would also  engage men across the communities as Village Community Mobilizers (VCMs) to create demand on accessing CBS.

He acknowledged the effort of journalists reporting public health issues for developing messages through news bulleting and facilities to ensure that CBS and other healthcare services, were  provided and accessed.

Similarly, the Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency(BSPHDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed that out of the 1,108 primary healthcare centers in the state, over 600 provided CBS services.

He said that the agency would scale up male engagement  on mobilization across the state.

“We have male participating in CBS activities but will do more as heads of the families,”he said.

Mohammed commended the role of journalists in educating the Public on CBS, which is geared at saving the lives of mothers and babies. 

Earlier, the Bauchi State Focal Person, BPHMN, Ms Elizebeth Carr, said that the network was geared towards saving the lives of mothers and babies in Bauchi.

She said that CBS was key to women of reproductive age towards attaining healthy lifestyle.

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Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo (NAN)

 

 

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Bauchi Gov’s wife drums support for domesticating child’s right act

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The wife of the Bauchi State governor, Dr Aisha Mohammed, has called for the support of members of the House of Assembly (BAHA) and stakeholders on the domestication of child’s right act in the state.

The governor’s wife made this call while briefing newsmen to commemorate the International Children’s Day celebration in Bauchi on Thursday.

She said that every child has a right to basic education, healthcare and decent accommodation among others.

The governor’s wife noted that the child’s right act if domesticated, would take care of the high number of out of school children in the state.

According to her, parents must also strive hard to end all forms of social vices.

“As the future leaders, parents must ensure proper upbringing for better tomorrow.

“Under the office of the first lady, we have met with stakeholders and the intention is for our religious and community leaders to have a comprehensive knowledge of the content of the child right act document and advice.

“We will partner with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the media to embark on rigorous sensitisation on child rape and all forms of violence.

“As a mother, the child’s voice must be heard and welfare improved,” she said.

She advised youths to shun drug abuse and uphold the integrity and honour of their fatherland.

Speaking on early marriage, the governor’s wife suggested that parents should adopt the method of counselling couples before contracting marriages.

“Once we set the marriage institution right, it will take care of almost all problems in the society.

“Ignorance on marriage is the lead cause of domestic violence,” she said.

She congratulated the Nigerian children and prayed for their success as well as wished them luck in their endevours.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)

 

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