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Bauchi NBA chairman hails early budget presentation, urges timely implementation

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Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Bauchi State chapter, Barr. Mohammed Maidoki, has hailed the early presentation of 2020 budget, saying it was a sign of good things to come.

He told Nigeria News Agency in Bauchi on Wednesday that the development would enable a thorough work to be done and the budget passed in earnest.

“I am very happy because the budget presentation was very timely and if quickly implemented, would impact positively on the people of Nigeria.

“My only fear is that, budgets had been presented over the years but there had always been delays in its implementation.

“I am therefore urging the president and his cabinet to put everything in place to see that they implemented the budget in good time,” he said.

In his reaction, a lecturer with the Department of Public Administration, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Dr Jaafar Ibrahim, noted that enough fund was not allocated to the Education sector.

He said what was budgeted for the National Assembly was almost thrice the amount earmarked to revamp the Education sector.

“If you look at the budget proposal, the National Assembly is having about N125bn,while a critical sector like the Education is having only about N48bn.

“This is to tell you that what they are giving the National Assembly is almost  tripling what we need to revamp our educational system.

“It is worrisome looking at the level of our education in this country today and the government, despite all the policies,  had not been able to match the education system with the type of resources needed to change things around,” he said.

The lecturer also expressed dissatisfaction  with the amount allocated to the North East Development Commission (NEDC) in the budget, saying the region with most security challenges should have been given proper attention. (NAN)

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NAF trains 94 Special Forces, 35 personnel in RTC Bauchi – Air Chief

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Katsina, 25, May 2020 The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal (AM) Sadique Abubakar said that 94 Special Forces (SF) and 35 personnel had been trained at the Air Force Regimental Training Centre (RTC) Annex, Bauchi.

Abubakar said this over Eid el-Fitr lunch with troops of the Air Component, “Operation Hadarin Daji” at the 213 forward operation base in Katsina on Monday.

He explained that the gesture was in line with his vision to build capacity for the service with a view to tackling the present security challenges as well as the emerging ones in the country.

“In the past four and the half years, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken giant strides by inducting new platforms and reactivating grounded ones.

“The service has also trained many pilots, engineers, technicians, more especially the Regiment Specialty and SF personnel,” he said.

The Air Chief said that he was happy to be in Katsina to wine and dine with the troops on the occasion of Eid el Fitr in the mission area.

Abubakar said that the gesture had become the tradition since he assumed office as Air Chief in order to further strengthen the affinity and oneness in the NAF family.

He charged officers and men of the service to take responsibility against COVID-19,  advising that face masks should be worn at all times while personnel should maintain physical distancing at public gatherings.

The Air Chief thanked Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari and the people of the state for their support to NAF since the establishment of the 213 Forward Operating Base in the state.

In a remark, Wing Commander Bashir Abubakar, the Commander of the base, thanked the chief of air staff, the state’s governor, and people of the state for their tremendous support to the unit and troops deployed to fight bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, and armed robbers in the area.

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COVID-19: Bauchi Govt. spends N1,500 per meal on patient – official

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Bauchi State Primary HealthCare Development Agency (PHCDA) says the state government spends N1,500 per single meal for COVID-19 patients on admission in the state.

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman of the agency,  disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi on Sunday.

Mohammed, who is also the Chairman, contact tracing Committee on COVID-19 in the state, said the state governor, Bala Mohammad gave the directives in order to ensure that all the COVID-19 patients in the state were well fed.

He said the idea was to make sure that they feel more at home and avoid a replica protest or revolt by COVID-19 patients in some other states.

“It was the state governor that ordered us that we should put N1,500 per single meal in a day.

“That is, N1,500  meal during breakfast, the same amount for lunch as well as dinner because he doesn’t want anybody in isolation to suffer or complain so that we won’t have any riot like in some other states.

“This brings the total amount of money on meal per day to N4,500 on a single patient,”  Mohammed said.

Recounting phone conversations with some members of the public, the PHCDA boss said, having heard about the sumptuous treatment received by COVID-19 patients, some people were calling to be taken to an isolation centre even though they were hale and hearty.

“Recently, three people called me and they were asking that they wanted to be admitted in isolation centre.

“One of them was from Giade Local Government Area of the state and because we recently discharged a lot of people from that area, obviously they had given them information on how they were taken care of.

“All these people were pleading with me to come and pick them up and take them to an isolation centre, they said they wanted to enjoy the chicken, eggs, fried potatoes and all the goodies our patients are having while in isolation,” he said.

Mohammed further urged the people of the state to always adhere to all the preventive measures as advised by the government and health experts in order to contain spread of the virus.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state, as at Saturday, May 24, had recorded 232 confirmed cases of COVID-19; 164 had been discharged so far, five deaths, with 63 active cases. .

 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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Sallah: Wife of Bauchi governor distribute clothing materials to less privileged persons

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Wife of Bauchi State Governor, Dr Aisha Mohammed, has donated clothing materials to 300 People With Disabilities (PWDs), Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Women groups in Bauchi state.

Speaking while presenting the items, Mohammed said gesture was to enable the beneficiaries celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr like other citizens, and also cushion the hardship occasioned by measures put in place to check the spread of coronavirus.

“Beneficiaries are vulnerable members of the society, hence the need to improve on their well-being.

“The intention is for  the PWD, IDPs and other women groups to  have  a sense of belonging in the society during the Eid-el-fitr celebrations,” she said.

Mohammed said that women groups  cut across every strata, and therefore stressed the need for the items to reach them.

She admonished people of the state,particularly women, to  abide by the guidelines of  the state government on containing spread of COVID– 19.

She said that womenfolk should not be overwhelmed with activities during the celebration and should  avoid violating recommended WHO practices on how to stay safe.

In her remarks on behalf of the  beneficiaries,   Mrs Shafa’u Ladan, Chairperson, National Council for Women Society (NCWS) in the sttate, commended the governor’s wife for extending  Sallah gifts to the less privileged in the society.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma (NAN)

 

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COVID-19: Agency lauds Bauchi Govt. for paying allowances of health workers

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Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) has commended Gov. Bala Mohammed for releasing N12.7 million for the payment of allowances of frontline health workers in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman of the agency disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Bauchi on Saturday.

Mohammed said the money was a motivation to the workers, whom the state government recognised in the struggle against the dreaded disease.

“Couple of days ago, Bauchi State Government paid about N12.7 million for allowances of all the healthcare workers working to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“This is because the state government recognises and appreciates the impact the health workers are playing in the fight against the virus.

“It is very important that we should inform the public that the state government is doing its own part and we, the health workers, we do our part in the fight against the spread of the virus in the state,” Mohammed said.

The BASPHCDA boss also disclosed that out of the 27 frontline health workers that contracted COVID-19 in the line of duty, 24 had tested negative and had been discharged.

“Three of them are now on admission and hopefully they will also be discharged soon,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state, as of Friday, recorded a total 230 confirmed cases of COVID-19; 156 had been discharged, five deaths, with 69 active cases.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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Police arrest kidnap gang leader, 3 others in Bauchi

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The Police Command in Bauchi has arrested a 19-year-old suspected leader of a kidnap gang, Mohammed Jibrin alias Al-amin, with three others for kidnapping a 15-year-ol school boy.

Mr Philip Maku, the Commissioner of Police in the state, disclosed this while parading the suspects on Thursday in Bauchi.

He said the gang of four kidnappers were arrested for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and culpable homicide.

Maku said that the leader of suspects, Jibrin, was arrested with three other members of his gang after reportedly demanding N10 million from their victim.

“Last month, one Dr Sulaiman Auwal of Ibrahim Bako, behind AYM Shafa filling station, Bauchi, reported that he received a phone call from an unknown person, saying they had kidnapped his son.

“One Abubakar Sadiq Suleiman, 19, demanded the sum of N10 million as ransom.

“Upon receipt of the report, the police detectives from the Anti-kidnapping Unit swung into action and arrested the suspects,” he said.

The police boss said that the gang leader, Jibrin, confessed that on April 4, 2020, he and one Abdulrahman Sulaiman, 29, criminally conspired, killed and buried their victim, Abubakar Sadiq Suleiman, in their compound.

“They used part of the ransom paid through his account to buy Mercedes E320 4matic at the cost of N1, 650, 000.
He added that they also bought i-phone at the cost of N156, 000.

The police boss also said that in a separate operation, the team arrested three other suspects in connection with the case of kidnapping and culpable homicide.

He assured that all the suspects would be charged to court after investigation.

Maku, however, enjoined members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspected persons to the police without delayed.

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COVID 19: Bauchi NGO provides hand-washing facilities in places of worship

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A Non Government  Organization ((NGO) ,Al-Muhibbah Foundation on Thursday distributed handwashing facilities to over 70 places of  worship in Bauchi metropolis to fight against the novel COVID-19.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the gesture is coming few days after the lifting of the ban placed on congregational prayers by the State Government.

The foundation also distributed clothes to over 80 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in the state,as well as  wheelchairs and drugs to various maternity clinics to support pregnant women and sick children.

NAN reports that other items distributed included odour control scents,liquid hand wash, sanitizers, disinfectants and water dispensers.

Speaking during the occasion, First lady of Bauchi state,Dr Aisha Mohammed, said that the gesture was to ensure that as congregational prayer resumed, Muslims and Christians complied with guidelines on hand-washing in their places of worship.

She cautioned parents on the need to monitor the activities of their children while celebrating Eid-el-fitr, especially with regards social distancing.

In her remarks, the chairperson,Women Wing of Christian Women Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN),Mrs Jamimah Jauro, prayed for the continues success of the Foundation and urged them to maintain the tempo in helping the needy in the society.

 

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COVID-19: NYSC member donates allowance to Bauchi

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Andara Daniel, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member from Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State, has donated his April allowance to Bauchi State Palliative Committee on COVID-19.

Daniel, who made the donation in Bauchi on Wednesday during COVID-19 update, said although the amount was meagre, he made the donation out of sheer selflessness to his fatherland.

The young corps member, who got redeployed from Ondo State to Bauchi, said he wished the gesture would serve as a good example that would motivate people earning millions of naira from the government to do the same.

“When a situation like this confronts our nation, we corps members who have sworn to serve our nation selflessly and diligently see it as a responsibility or duty to put hands together with the government.

“We must join hands with the government in order to put an end to such a situation.

“I know what I’m donating is small and it cannot be used to fight the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“However, it serves as a show of selflessness to my dear fatherland and it is also an example to those collecting hundreds of thousands and millions from the government to also do the same,” Daniel said.

He said that if other people could be inspired by the gesture, it would go a long way in fighting COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

“A wise man said, little by little an ocean is formed; if other people can see this act as an example and do the same, it will go a long way in fighting the scourge of COVID-19,” Daniel said.

Reacting, Gov. Bala Mohammad said he was impressed by the corps member’s selflessness and bravery, urging other citizens to  emulate his act of patriotism.

 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

 

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CONVID-19: Bauchi Emir cancels Sallah durbar

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The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwan Sulaiman, has canceled the annual  durbar  by royal horsemen, popularly known as “hawan daushe”, held a day after Eid-el-fitr (Sallah) in Bauchi.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the  horse parade is a tourism event organised by most the Emirs in the North, which  attracts thousands of people during the sallah festivities.

Sulaiman said at the stakeholders’ meeting with the State government on Wednesday  in Bauchi that the cancellation of the event was necessitated by the global Coronavirus pandemic.

He said the world was faced with the dreaded coronavirus disesase which had caused    untold  hardship to the people.

“We will do everything possible to see that we stop the spread of the virus in our society.

“Therefore, the annual “ daushe” horse parade is cancelled to ensure adherence to social distancing and discourage all forms of social gathering in the state,” he said.

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COVID-19: Bauchi Govt. suspends lockdown, lifts ban on religious gathering

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COVID-19: Bauchi Govt. suspends lockdown, lifts ban on religious gathering
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Bauchi, May, 2020 Gov. Bala Mohammad of Bauchi state on Wednesday announced the suspension of the partial and total lockdown order initiated to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus in the state.

Mohammad, who made this known innBauchi while giving update on COVID-19 situation in the state, said all religious activities could commence, but with strict adherence to all the preventive measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

“On behalf of the stakeholders and the government of Bauchi state, I wish to convey to you that the partial lockdown imposed on the state is relaxed.

“The relaxation will enable the people of Bauchi to attend their places of worship like the private worship, the Eid ground and the Churches.

“But in doing that, they shall continue to practice social and physical distancing, as well as  all medical measures including washing of hands with soap and using of face masks.

“The total lockdown imposed in Azare, the headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area, Giade and Zaki, is also relaxed from Thursday morning,” he said.

The governor also said that the state government did not impose the lockdown to punish anybody, but wanted things to be calm and to contain the virus as soon as possible.

“We did not enforce the lockdown because we wanted to punish anybody, but we wanted this thing to calm down and it has calmed down,” he said.

Mohammad further said that people were free to go about their normal businesses, but must exercise all the underlined preventive measures.

He noted that in spite of the relaxation, palliatives would continue to be provided to the people, adding that all local governments would be treated on equal basis.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/ (NAN)

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COVID-19: Bauchi records 2 deaths, total now 5

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The Bauchi State government said on Monday that two new death cases of Coronavirus  (COVID-19) had been recorded, bringing the number of deaths in the State to five.

 

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BASPHCDA) disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi.

 

Mohammed, who did not disclose the identity of the dead, said nine patients were also discharged, bringing the total number of discharged cases in the state to 112.

 

“Yes! We have just discharged nine patients, this brings the total number of discharged cases in the state to one hundred and twelve (112).

 

“We have have also recorded two new death cases, this brings the total number of death recorded so far in the state to five,” he said.

 

The PHCDA boss, who is also the Chairman, Contact Tracing Committee on COVID-19 in the state, said they wasted no time by treating any positive patient brought in for treatments, hence the mass recovery of patients in the state.

 

“We are not waiting like other states, we swing into action by treating any positive patient immediately they are admitted.

 

“We give them drugs that are on trial and they are recovering, the only thing is that people are still having denial in their minds.

 

“People should wake up to the reality that COVID-19 is real and should come for testing whenever they are having any of the signs as outlined by health experts,” said Mohammed.

 

NAN reports that Bauchi state has so far recorded 224 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 112 discharged, five death and 107 active cases.

 

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Bauchi Govt. to conduct LGAs election soon – Gov. Mohammad

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Gov. Bala Mohammad of Bauchi State has  reiterated plans by the state to conduct Local Government Areas (LGAs) election soon.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the governor, while interacting with journalists in the wake of his victory at the Supreme Court on January 21, pledged to conduct council poll in June, 2020.

NAN also recalls that Mr Dahiru Tata, Chairman, Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC), on April 4, suspended the  local government area election in the state.

The  chairman said the election, which was suspended indefinitely with the approval of the state government, was as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.

However, the governor disclosed plans to conduct LGA election in Bauchi during the swearing in of Four LGAs Caretaker Committee Chairmen on Sunday.

The newly sworn in Chairmen included: Alhaji Abbas Waziri (Darazo LGA), Alhaji Garba Bara (Kirfi LGA), Mr Salisu Nasaru (Ningi LGA)  and Daniel Danjuma (Tafawa Balewa LGA).

The governor said all arrangements to conduct the election had been concluded.

“I want to reiterate that we are going to hold elections very soon.

“This will be done as soon as it is feasible because we have concluded all the arrangements to do that.

“That is the only way we can show and deepen democracy in Nigeria as we know caretaker system is not democratic and is unconstitutional, but we have to fill in the vacuum,” Mohammad said.

The governor further advised the newly sworn in caretaker chairmen to be up and doing and deliver beyond expectations.

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Lockdown: NGO tasks Bauchi Govt on monitoring gender-based violence

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A Bauchi-based non-governmental organisation, Attah Sisters Helping Hands Foundation (ASHHF), has called on the state government and partners, to intensify monitoring of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the state.

Executive Director of the Foundation, Mrs Comfort Attah, made the call on Sunday in Bauchi during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .

She said as the coronavirus disease continued to spread and the authorities responded with social and health control measures, reports of sexual and gender-based violence had not abated in the state.

“Victims of domestic violence, most often women, face a double threat: a deadly virus outside and an abuser at home,” she said.

She said there was need for government to improve protection and services for survivors, by strengthening enabling laws. 

“There is also the need to address the root causes of violence by challenging social norms and behaviours, as well as tackling the wider gender inequalities,” Attah said.

She said that with families confined to their homes in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, there werenfears of surge in domestic violence.

“The lockdown is creating fertile ground for gender inequalities to be exposed at their worst.

“We have handled many cases of sexual violence against women in Bauchi.

“Nearly half of the cases treated are  women who have experienced intimate-partner domestic violence,” she said.

Attah explained that some violence within the pandemic period included rape cases involving pregnant women, keeping a girl under lock and influence of drug for six days, as well as brutality on women.

“Our NGO, with the support of ActionAid and Government of Canada, are following up the case at the police station to make sure the right thing is done.

“We have provided medical care and social support for traumatized victims,” she said.

She added that they would provide legal service through a pro bono lawyer, and that they were waiting for courts to resume normal sitting.

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Eid-El Fitri: Gov. Mohammed orders payment of Bauchi workers’ salaries

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Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, on Sunday, approved the payment of salaries of civil servants and allowances of pensioners in the state, ahead of this year’s Eid-el Fitri celebrations.
This was contained in a statement issued by Mr Muktar Gidado, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Media, and made available to newsmen in Bauchi.
Gidado said that the directive was to enable workers and pensioners in the state enjoy the celebrations, adding that the salaries would be paid on or before May 20.
“Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has approved the payment of May 2020 salaries of civil servants in the state, ahead of the Eid-el Fitri celebrations.
“Already, the state Accountant-General has been directed to ensure that the salaries are paid on or before May 20.
“This development is to enable workers, including the pensioners, to enjoy Eid-el Fitri celebrations,” Gidado said.
He assured the civil servants of the Mohammed-led administration’s commitment to the prompt payment of their salaries, in addition to other reforms being introduced to enhance effective service delivery in the state.
He also quoted the governor as appealing to the civil servants and the entire people of the state to ensure total compliance with the safety guidelines by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) against COVID-19.

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COVID-19: Denial, one of our greatest challenges – Bauchi doctor

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Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BASPHCDA) has identified denial by patients, as one of the greatest challenges facing health workers, who are tracing and treating people with coronavirus in the state.

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman of the agency, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi on Sunday.

Mohammed, who is also the Chairman, Contact Tracing Committee on COVID-19 in the state, said many people still believed that COVID-19 “is a fiction’’.

He added that some believed it was a way of getting money for the government.

Mohammed recounted to NAN, how one of the three confirmed cases recorded on Friday, May 15 rejected the result and declined to follow the health workers, who went to evacuate him to an isolation centre, insisting he wasn’t positive.

He said that in such a situation, security agents were usually engaged to compel the patient and escort him or her to an isolation centre for treatment.

“One of the things giving us problems in the course of tracing, testing and treating COVID-19 patients, is denial.

“We have some people, who say there is nothing like coronavirus in this world; it’s a lie and it’s just a way of getting money.

“As such, they reject all the necessary protocols put in place to contain the spread of the virus like washing of hands with soap, water and hand sanitiser or making use of face masks as well as maintaining social and physical distancing.

“We had three confirmed cases on the May 15.

“Out of this number, one of them here in Bauchi insisted, he was not positive and he would not come for admission.

“In Azare, we have another group who insisted that nobody is going to test them and their father is one of the three COVID-19 death cases recorded in the state.

“We have informed the chairman, state Task Force on COVID-19, Sen. Baba Tela, who is also the deputy governor of Bauchi State.

“We have also informed the Police, and soon, they will all be tested and the one, who tested positive will also be evacuated to an isolation centre,’’ Mohammed said.

He called on all media practitioners in the state to keep enlightening the people and make them more aware of COVID-19.

When people are well informed, they will start making decisions and the denial would be a thing of the past, he said.

Mohammed revealed that loss of the senses of smell and taste is a cogent sign of a suspected case of the coronavirus disease.

He, therefore, called on the people to support the fight against the deadly virus by adhering to all the preventive measures as advised by the government and health experts.

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NAF graduate 126 Special Force, Combat Search Rescue Personnel in Bauchi

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Friday  graduated 126 Special Force and Combat Search and Rescue Personnel in Bauchi.

The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar at the combined graduation ceremony in Bauchi, said the graduates comprised of Special Force and Combat Search Rescue Personnel for safe conduct of air operations.

He said the use of Special Forces operatives by Armed Forces around the world dated back to the First World War when the Royal Naval Air Service used armoured cars to rescue drowned air crew.

”Since then, air forces around the world have deployed well trained Special Forces to provide situational awareness for air crew with a view to reducing collateral damage and enhancing the safe conduct of air operations,” he said

According to him, in realising the capability gap in Special Forces and Combat Search and Rescue operations, the Nigerian Air Force established the Special Operations Command with its headquarters in Bauchi and Quick Response Groups.

”We have Wings in Gusau, Owerri, Ipetu-Ijesa, Katsina, Birnin-Gwari, Agatu, Nguroge and Doma, as well as the Combat Search and Rescue Group in Kerang, Plateau State,” he said

Abubakar explained that the NAF trained over 1,060 personnel both overseas and locally in its bid to generate special operations forces and CSAR teams to man the units.

”Hence, international training partners were engaged to train our personnel so as to stimulate and sustain Special Forces training in the Nigerian Air Force,” he said   

He commended the graduates for being worthy to become members of the Panthers and CSAR operators of the NAF.

”You are graduating at a time when the nation is in dire need of your skills to give impetus to operations being conducted to restore normalcy in restive parts of the country.

“Your job will not be an easy one as you will be required to operate in hostile environments to ensure that the NAF achieves its objectives,” he said.

The CAS urged the graduates to imbibe the attributes of honesty, courage, perseverance and adaptability expected of them.

He also implored them to always remember the core values of integrity, service and excellence when deployed, as these would ensure success.

Earlier, the Air Officer Commanding  (AOC) Ground Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Idi Amin, said the combined graduation of the Special Forces Course 6/2020 and Combat Search and Rescue Course 2/2020, had successfully completed rigorous training at the entre.

”Although the Combat Search and Rescue course have earlier had other training sessions in Ipetu-Ijesa and RTC Kaduna, they only underwent the concluding part of their training in Bauchi,” he said.

Amin explained that the curriculum of the Special Force course entailed intensive training in shooting skills, unarmed combat, navigation, field tactics, communications, endurance and combat swimming, amongst other areas.

He added that the trainees were also taught to operate the RGD 5 grenade, PKM gun and the RPG 7 launcher, which were recently acquired by the present administration of the NAF.

AVM Amin reiterated that trainees underwent a month long practical and theoretical combat medic course, in addition to other advanced SF modules.

He pointed out that out of the 275 personnel screened for SF 6/2020, only 117 were inaugurated to start the course,

”While 94 personnel comprising 5 officers, 89 airmen and airwomen are graduating today, it is indicating a success rate of about 50 per cent.

”Similarly, 35 personnel comprising 5 officers and 30 airmen were initially nominated for the CSAR course and only 32 students completed the requirements to be CSAR operators,” he explained.

The AOC reiterated that  only the fittest trainees equipped with the right attitude were able to complete the course to qualify as Special Operation Forces also known as Panthers and CSAR operators of the Nigerian Air Force.

Amin commended CAS Abubakar for convening the course in addition to the tremendous strides in the NAF operations and infrastructural development of all the NAF Bases.

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COVID-19: Bauchi discharges 40 patients so far, says Commissioner

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The Bauchi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, says 40 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have so far recovered and been  discharged in the state.

Maigoro disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Bauchi on Friday.

He said that the patients were discharged after they tested negative to COVID-19 following the series of treatments and medications administered on them.

“We have so far discharged forty (40) people who have recovered from the novel Coronavirus in the state.

“Initially, we discharged thirty one (31), but when another result came in yesterday night from Jos, Plateau state, we got additional nine (9) who came out negative.

“These bring the total number of recovered and discharged patients  to forty. This is the situation report for now,” Maigoro said.

The Commissioner, who told NAN that the turnaround time for COVID-19 test result had improved, assured the people that health workers would continue to put in their best to ensure more recoveries from the virus in the state.

He said: “We are getting results everyday and they are coming in very fast now.

“We are doing our best to ensure that more people recover from this disease, but we can only pray to God to crown our efforts.

“I want to appeal to our people to remain calm and observe all the preventive measures as advised by government and medical experts.”

NAN reports that Bauchi state has so far recorded 207 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 40 discharged and three death.

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COVID-19 lockdown: NGO distributes palliatives to vulnerable women in Bauchi

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A Bauchi-based NGO otherwise known as Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI) has distributed food items to vulnerable and less privileged people in three local government areas of the state.

Speaking during the distribution of the items in Bauchi on Thursday, the Executive Director FAWOYDI Hajiya Maryam Garba, said the gesture was to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown on the vulnerable.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items distributed included rice, maize spaghetti, cooking oil and soaps among others.

She said the funds were provided for women leadership training in the communities by Action Aid and Global Affairs Canada.

“But with the ravaging pandemic that led to lockdown, a gesture like this at this critical time, is necessary to be there for the poor and the needy,” Garba said.

According to her, there is a need to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the real people who cannot afford to feed because of the lockdown order.

She said the palliatives would get to pregnant women, lactating mothers; elderly women and disabled women in the communities of Alkaleri, Bauchi and Giade Local Government Areas.

She added that most of the people lacked the funds to cater for their basic needs.

“So realising all this, we are touched and moved to even do more in order to be able to see that they are taken care of,” she added.

She urged the women to respect the protocol of the coronavirus such as social distance, regular hand washing, use of face masks and staying at home order.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Ladi Zumunta expressed their appreciation to the NGO for the gesture.

“We are very happy with what they have done for us and our community today. God will bless them for their assistance and give them more,” she said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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COVID-19: NGO tasks Bauchi Govt on regular disinfection of isolation centres

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The  Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), an NGO has urged Bauchi government to disinfect isolation centres in the state regularly to check the spread of other infectious diseases.

Malam Isah Garba, acting  Programme Coordinator of CITAD made the call in a statement issued on Wednesday in Bauchi.  

He decried the poor hygienic condition of the isolation centres and stressed the need for the state government to take urgent action in order to prevent spread of other diseases.

“They should as well provide the necessary materials that will prevent other infections to patients in the isolation centres,” he said.

Garba also urged the state government to collaborate with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to get Personal Protection Equipments (PPEs) for health workers in the state.

“The state should do more to enlighten both patients and the general public as even patients are unable to understand why they are being held,” Garba said.

He urged the state government to  engage in massive testing and contact tracing in all the local governments areas.

The programme coordinator also emphasised the need for improved relationship between the patients and the health workers in the Isolation Centres.

Garba said that for the total lockdown directive to be effective, there was  need for inclusive and transparent palliative distribution.

He commended the government for interfacing with the traders and artisans which led to the reduction of prices of some food stuff in the market.

He, however, said that CITAD was ready to partner the state government and other stakeholders in the fight against the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Chairman, sub- contact tracing and mobilisation committee of the State COVID-19 Task Force, said that all isolation centres in the state were disinfected regularly.

He said: “The disinfections take place regularly because of the influx of patients and workers.

“We always make sure that disinfection is usually preceded by cleaning of the isolation centres across the state.”

He, however, appreciated the NGO for their concern and gave assurance of constant monitoring of the facilities to ensure optimum hygiene.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)


 

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COVID-19: NDE in Bauchi produces 20,000 face masks

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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Bauchi State has started the production of 20,000 face masks as a contribution towards curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state.

Mr Nasir Argungu, the Director-General of the NDE, said on Wednesday in Bauchi that the masks would be distributed free of charge.

He said that the mask production was a collaboration between NDE and the Future Assured Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation, founded by Hajiya Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“One of the ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is the use of face mask.

“That is why the NDE and Future Assured Initiative came together to provide face masks for people free of charge.

“We all know that the NDE has trainers in various trades.

“This will not only keep them busy, but there is also going to be an incentive for producing the face masks,’’ Argungu said.

The NDE boss, who was represented by Mr Lawan Yaya, Bauchi State Coordinator of NDE, said that five states had also keyed into the production

Each state is expected to produce 20,000 face masks.

The states Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa and Kano.

Argungu advised the NDE trainees, to put in their best in order to learn new inventions towards the production of the masks.

“If not because of this pandemic, nobody was thinking of sewing this kind of face masks.

“But with this coronavirus disease, it is now a thriving business to produce face masks,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Mrs Halima Muhammed, who spoke on behalf of the trainers engaged for the production of the face masks, promised that the trainers would put in their best and ensure that the production of flawless masks.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Number of CBS programme clients in Bauchi State decline over fear of COVID-19 infection

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The Officer in-charge of Ningi Maternity Primary Healthcare Center (PHC), Mrs Laura Mohammed, says the number of clients accessing Child Birth Spacing (CBS) programme has declined for fear of COVID-19 infection.

Mohammed made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria at Ningi, Ningi Local Government Area of Bauch State on Tuesday.

“Before the pandemic, we recorded over 100 CBS clients monthly and no fewer than 14 clients weekly.

“At present, we attend to four or at most five clients a week because they are afraid of contracting coronavirus.

“We have devised a means of communicating to our clients the outcome of unplanned pregnancies which occur by missing out prescribed doses,” she said.

Mohammed said that the management of the primary healthcare center had engaged in a radio programme on CBS to sensitise the clients.

PHC staff are essential workers and they operate daily; this is another piece of information that we have packaged in our programme.

“We have introduced social distancing and also hand washing facilities in the maternity; those that still attend do observe this practice to prevent the spread of COVID 19,” she said.

Mohammed however disclosed that some of the oral contraceptives and injectable commodities for CBS were not in stock.

“We have requested for supply of CBS commodities but still we don’t have some of the oral contraceptives and injectables,” she said.

Also, the Chairperson, Ward Development  Committee (WDC) in the area, Hajiya Mamu Danlami, has said that house-to-house mobilisation had begun to ensure that CBS clients completed their doses.

“The pandemic period is an opportunity for couples to bond; we have commenced house to house mobilisation for clients to complete their doses,” she said.

Meanwhile, Jummai Ibrahim, a CBS client in Ningi, told NAN that at 41, she was at the risk age for an unplanned pregnancy, and added that accessing the services as at when due was paramount.

She said that with CBS, health of a mother and the baby was guaranteed during and after nursing.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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