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Badaru’s re-election, victory for Jigawa farmers– RIFAN

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Hadejia (Jigawa), March 11, 2019 The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in Jigawa on Monday described the re-election of Gov.Mohammed Badaru, the state and the candidate of All the Progressives Congress(APC)as “a victory for farmers”.

Badaru polled 810,933 votes to defeat his closest rival, Alhaji Aminu Ringim of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 288,356 votes in the governorship election in the state.

Chairman of RIFAN in the state Alhaji Adamu Maigoro told the News Agency of Nigeria in Hadejia that Badaru shared President Muhammadu Buhari’s philosophy of “harnessing our agricultural potential.“

According to him, effort of the president is aimed at reducing dependency on crude oil.

“The governor believes that if Jigawa utilises its agricultural potential, the state will no longer depend on monthly allocation from the Federal Government,” Maigoro said.

The chairman said the governor’s support for farmers, especially through the Cluster Programme, was immense.

“ Under this programme, the governor supported us with irrigation machines, herbicides, loans, fertiliser, improved rice and millet seeds, among others.

“Thousands of farmers were given these inputs and one hectare of land each; each beneficiary is expected to pay back after harvest at a subsidised rate.

“ We harvested more than 3 million tonnes of rice in Jigawa in 2018 as a result of this support.

 

“This is unprecedented and that is why we remain eternally grateful to the governor.”

Maigoro, however, appealed to the state government to expand the Cluster Programme to enable the farmers increase their productivity.

“I am appealing to the state government to expand the clusters support from 50 hectares to between 80 and 100 hectares in every council.

“If this is done, I assure you more farmers will come on board and our production capacity will increase, because more inputs will be provided.”

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COVID-19: Gov. Badaru urges urgent action before Jigawa is overwhelmed

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Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa says modeling experts project that with the best case scenario, Jigawa may have up to 800 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in this period.

Badaru made public the prediction on Wednesday, while addressing newsmen in Dutse.

He, however, said unless urgent action was taken, the state could record up to 20,000 cases if the epidemic spiraled out of control,

“You will agree with me that COVID-19 is now with us in Jigawa, the disease has spread to eight local governments out of 27.

“The state has a total number of 118 confirmed cases with two fatalities so far,” the governor said.

Badaru explained however, that out of the 118 confirmed cases, seven patients had been cured of the disease and discharged home.

He noted that out of the total number of confirmed cases, 63 were Almajiri pupils deported from Kano, representing 53 per cent.

“We are hopeful that with the efforts and the prayers we are putting to Almighty Allah, we should be below the mark of 800.

“We are currently at 14 per cent of that projection, and at 0.6 per cent of the worst scenario projection of 20,000,” Badaru said.

He said that the focus of his administration during this pandemic was to protect more people from getting infected, as well as to increase the chances of survival of infected persons.

The governor, however, said all the COVID-19 patients in the state were doing well, as the mode of treatment deployed by the state was yielding results.

“20 samples of the confirmed cases were taken yesterday to find out whether those patients have been satisfactorily treated and have turned negative. Such negative patients will be discharged from the facilities immediately in line with NCDC guidelines,” Badaru said.

He expressed his administration’s commitment to ensuring the safety of front line Health workers, who were risking their lives to win the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

“Aside training and supply of personnel protective equipment, isolation units have been established at our General Hospitals to ensure that all patients are attended to, and health workers have the necessary kits to attend to patients,” the governor said.

Badaru said government had approved the upward review of daily allowances of each health worker to up to N10,000, depending on their level and category.

He also disclosed that government had opened discussions with insurance companies on health and life insurance for the front line health workers.

“The major challenge the state is getting is the delay in getting results which impedes effective patient care.

“With the current national arrangement, the state has to send samples to Kano, Kaduna or Abuja.

“So this would no longer be the case as the state has decided to procure medical laboratory equipment and establish its own public health laboratory.”

Badaru said when established, the laboratory would have the capacity to test COVID-19 patients and diagnose other deadly diseases such as Lassa fever, Ebola and other impending epidemics.

Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Jigawa makes use of face mask mandatory in public places — Gov. Badaru

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Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa has made mandatory the use of facemask in public places across the state.
Badaru, who gave the directive in Dutse on Tuesday, said the gesture was to enhance the state’s response to the fight against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
He explained that the government has distributed over 20,000 masks and was working to provide more.
The governor added that use of re-washable clothing material could also serve as the mask.
“It has become necessary to introduce additional public safety measures that will enhance our response to this pandemic.
“Henceforth, use of face mask is mandatory in public places. While government had distributed over 20,000 masks, we will work to provide more as individuals also make their personal effort to buy,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Jigawa government had on April 16 directed that worshipers at Friday congressional prayers must wear facemasks and ensure two metre gap between one another to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Badaru gave the directive shortly after a meeting with traditional leaders and members of the state Council of Ulama in Dutse.

The meeting was held following the emergence of the COVID-19 in neighbouring Kano State.

“Seeing what is happening in Kano, we called our Emirs and Council of Ulama to review our strategies and see how best we can protect our people without causing too much hardship for them.

“The resolution is that for now, we will continue to observe Friday prayers, but with an agreement that we practice social distancing of at least two metres in our rows.

“It was also agreed that people will wear facemask or use their ‘Hiram’ (Turban) to cover their nose and mouth, and we will monitor compliance with the directive,” Badaru said.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Jigawa tests 600 repatriated Almajiri pupils for COVID-19 — Gov. Badaru

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Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa says samples of 600 Almajiri pupils  repatriated to the state are being tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Badaru said the 600 pupils were part of the over 1,000 Almajiri repatriated from Kano, Gombe, Nassarawa and Kaduna states.

He explained that all the repatriated pupils would be isolated for two-weeks and tested for the COVID-19 before being released to their respective communities.

“You’re aware that about 607 Almajiri were repatriated from Kano, 69 from Gombe and recently we’ve received additional 397 from Nassarawa and 41 from Kaduna.

“All will serve mandatory quarantine for two weeks and will be tested for COVID-19 before they’re eventually released to their communities.

“We’ve taken the samples of over 600 of them and they are currently being tested,” he said.

The governor added that the government had commenced the distribution of food items to Tsangaya schools in the state in order to feed the Almajiris.

According to him, the gesture is to prevent the pupils from going out to beg, as well as avoid transmission of the infection in the state.

“This feeding program will eventually cover all the local government areas of the state but it has been launched in Kazaure last week,” the governor said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Gov. Badaru condoles with Buhari, Nigerians over Abba Kyari’s passing

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Dutse, 18, 2020 Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, on Saturday condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire people of Nigeria over the passing of Malam Abba Kyari.

Until his death, Kyari was the Chief of Staff (COS) to the President.

In a statement he personally signed, Badaru described the late CSO as a man of “good character and great sense of responsibility, who has served the country in the best possible way.’’

He urged Nigerians to remain steadfast and not to panic as Kyari’s death should serve as motivation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic via adherence to government’s safeguard measures.

The governor prayed Allah to grant the deceased Jannatul Firdausi and give his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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COVID-19: Jigawa traditional leaders to participate in boundary surveillance – Gov. Badaru

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Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa has said traditional leaders would assist the government in surveillance of state boundaries with Bauchi, Kano and Katsina that had confirmed cases of the Coronavirus.

Badaru made this known after a meeting with traditional leaders and Members of the Council of Ulama (Islamic Clerics), on Thursday in Dutse.

“At the meeting, we agreed that the Emirs would instruct their subjects, district heads, village heads and ward heads to participate in protecting our borders.

“They will also participate in surveillance by giving us information about anyone that sneak into any part of the state from other places.

“Through the surveillance, we will be alerted whenever anyone sneaks into our state and our team will pick that person and quarantine him, weather he displays symptoms or not.

“Such person(s) will also be isolated in our centres for 14 days before they are released,”he said.

Badaru added that the presence of Police would be increased at the boundaries in order to ensure only people on essential duties come into the state.

He said  that even those on essential duties must be tested with thermometer before coming in to ensure they are okay.

“We have instructed the Attorney-General to set up mobile courts to try those defaulting the boundary closures ,” he said.

Badaru advised residents  to ensure total compliance with the boundaries in order to prevent Coronavirus spreading to the state.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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COVID-19: Expect palliative after total lockdown – Gov. Badaru

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Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa on Tuesday said the government was yet to provide palliative intervention to residents as the state was not yet in ‘total lockdown’.

Badaru, who spoke with newsmen in Dutse, said economic activities were still going on across the state, enabling residents to fend for themselves.

He, however, said the government was receiving donations from individuals, corporate bodies and  organisations.

He assured that the donations would be used as palliative should the state happen to go into ‘total lockdown’.

“As you are aware, Jigawa is not in total lockdown. Minor economic activities are going on.

“We only suspended major markets, because we cannot control them.

“We will wait and see if it necessitates complete lockdown, then we put some palliative intervention to the people of the state.

“We have donations from different individuals in case of total lockdown to support our people to stay at home,” the governor said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state had closed schools and land borders as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus to the state.

The government had also suspended all weekly markets across the 27 local government areas of the state, as well as limited the number of people during social gatherings, like funeral prayers, naming and wedding ceremonies.

Edited By: Moses Solanke (NAN)

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Gov. Badaru urges fervent prayers against spread of coronavirus

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Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, on Thursday urged residents to pray fervently against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to the state.

Badaru made the call after inspecting the state’s Isolation Centre in Dutse.

He also urged residents to comply with experts’ and government’s directives on what they should do in order not to contract the disease.

The governor said that prayers and compliance with experts’ directives would go a long way toward preventing the spread of the virus to the state.

“Even though Jigawa has zero status of the virus, there is the need for all of us to pray to Allah to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the state.

“For this, we call on everyone to fervently pray for the virus not to get to the state,” the governor said.

According to him, the state government is doing its best to prevent an outbreak in the state by taking precautionary measures.

Badaru said that some of the measures were the provision of a well-equipped 20-bed-capacity isolation centre with trained manpower and the setting up of a task force on COVID-19.

Another measure, he said, was the inauguration of local implementation committees in  the 27 local government areas of the state to implement the decisions of the task force at the grassroots.

“Also, disinfecting contact areas and scaling up public awareness, limiting public gatherings, border closure, and suspension of weekly markets are parts of the measures.

“These measures were taken in order to protect the public and to prevent the spread of the disease,” he said.

The governor further urged residents to exercise patience, assuring them that all the measures would be lifted once the situation improved.

“The measures were not taken to inconvenience people but to protect (them).

“So, we urge you to exercise more patience, as all these measure are temporary and will be lifted as soon as the situation improves,” the governor said.

According to him, in case of the outbreak of the virus in the state, the government will provide more isolation centres, as well as convert some of its properties to isolation centres.

He said the centres (10-bed-capacity), could be sited in Birnin Kudu Local Government Area and at the 20-bed-capacity Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital in Dutse.

“And if we become overwhelmed with the situation, we will convert Three Star Hotel in Dutse and the NYSC Camp to isolation centres (120-bed-capacity each),” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor later inspected some of the proposed isolation centres.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Emmanuel Yashim
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Gov. Badaru swears in new Head of Service, 12 PermSecs

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Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa, on Wednesday swore in Alhaji Hussaini Kila as the new Head of Service (HoS) of the state’s Civil Service.

Badaru also swore in 12 newly appointed Permanent Secretaries (PermSecs).

They are Alhaji Maigari Muhammad, Alhaji Sule Gwaram, Alhaji Ado Maigari, Alhaji Alhassan Marke, Muhammad Bello and Gambo Mallam.

Other PermSecs are; Lawan Buba, Tijjani Usman, Adamu Muhammad, Dr Salisu Mu’azu, Lawan Aliyu and Muhammad Muhammad.

Speaking at the occasion, the governor urged the appointees to work hard towards the development of the state.

“The price of hard work is harder work. So work hard to ensure the development of the state,’’ the governor said.

Responding on behalf of the appointees, the new HoS commended the governor for finding them worthy of service to the state.

“Civil service is a tool that facilitates government policies and programmes, therefore, the permanent secretaries and I will collaborate with other stakeholders to do our best for the state.

“We know you as workers friendly governor; you ensure constant payment of salary, pension and gratuity.

“So, we will give you our support to do more for the state,’’ Kila said.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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Gov. Badaru appoints 12 permanent secretaries

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Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa has approved the appointment of 12 Permanent Secretaries (PSs) to fill existing vacancies in the State Civil Service.

The State Head of the Civil Service (HoS) Alhaji Hussaini Kila, made this known in a statement in Dutse on Tuesday.

Kila said the appointees were Directors that were  elevated to positions of permanent secretaries.

He said the appointment of the new permanent secretaries was based on merit, competence and personal integrity.

The HoS added that the appointment was in line with principle of justice as each of the  three senatorial zones has equal representation from the nine permanent secretaries in the state civil service.

According to him, a date for the swearing in and assigning of portfolios to the new permanent secretaries will be announced in due course.

Kila listed the names of the appointees as Mr Adamu Dallah, Mr Maigari Muhammad, Malam Alhassan Marke, Malam Tijjani Usman and Malam Muhammad Muhammad.

Others include Dr Salisu Mu’azu, Mr Lawan Baba, Malam Ado Sadiq, Mr Muhammad Dutse, Mr Gambo Malam, Malam Umar Gwaram and Mr Lawan Aliyu.

He said the appointment will take effect from January 1, 2020.

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa
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