Mr Peter Averik, Chairman of Jema’a Local Government Area, has enjoined Muslim Faithful in the area to always embrace peace as they marked this year’s Eid-el-kabir celebration.
Averik made the appeal during a Sallah homage to the Emir of Jema’a, Alhaji Muhammadu Isa Muhammadu at his palace in Kafanchan.
He called on the people in the area to be accommodative and tolerant of one another, irrespective of religious or ethnic affiliations
He lamented the recent attack on Zikpak community on July 24 and urged people to respect the curfew imposed by government to avert a further breakdown of law and order in the local government.
Averik commended the Royal Father for the unwavering support accorded the council since it came on board two years ago.
In his remark, Isa-Muhammadu assured the chairman of his Emirate’s support towards peace building initiatives in the area.
Isa-Muhammadu regretted the insecurity in Southern Kaduna, adding that it was unfortunate that the crisis bedeviling the region was being coated with religious colouration.
“Almost every issue around here is given a religious colouration. This is most unfortunate.
“I call on people in the area to shun all tendencies that could lead to a breach of the peace,” he added.
According to him, the cost of peace was far much less than the cost of violence as no meaningful development could take place without peace.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
FG to resume Digital Switch Over roll out – Lai Mohammed
The Federal Government says it will “very soon’ resume the roll out of Digital Switch Over (DSO) – a transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting – across the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this on Tuesday in Lagos at a ceremony to unveil the new amendment to the 6th Edition of the Broadcasting Code.
Fielding questions from stakeholders at the ceremony, the minister said the DSO suffered some set back which led to a hold after it was launched in six states.
He reiterated the commitment of the government to spread the massive benefits of digital television to the people, stressing that it was the fastest way to create jobs.
The minister assured the stakeholders that they would hear from the government on the resumption of the DSO roll out in the coming weeks.
Mohammed also told the stakeholders that government had been implementing policies and programmes to reposition the creative industry.
He said one of the major recommendations of the Post COVID-19 Initiative Committee on the Creative Industry chaired by ace comedian, Ali Baba was a restructure of the industry.
The minister reassured that the government would soon set up a committee on the implementation of the recommendations to move the industry forward.
The Minister also reiterated government’s commitment to assist the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria in securing the N10 billion Nigeria Media Intervention Fund from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria records 288 new cases, total now 44,129, with 896 deaths
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Monday.
The agency said that eight new deaths were reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 896 across the country.
The NCDC said that the new infections were recorded in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and 13 states.
It stated that Lagos topped the list with 88 new cases, while the FCT reported 25 fresh infections.
Among others were Kwara, 33, Osun, 27, Enugu, 25, Abia, 20, Kaduna, 17, Plateau and Rivers, 13 each, Delta, 10, and Gombe, 8.
The agency stressed that states with fewer cases include Ogun, 4, Oyo, 3, Katsina, 1 and Bauchi, 1.
According to it, till date, 44,129 cases have been confirmed, 20,663 cases discharged and 896 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Meanwhile, the health agency added that washing of hands frequently with soap under running water was one of the best ways to stop the transmission of diseases like COVID-19 from person to person or after touching contaminated surfaces.
“#TakeResponsibility to keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy.
“This election period, #TakeResponsibility by adhering to guidelines to protect ourselves and loved ones from COVID-19, including Physical distancing, Use of hand sanitisers and Use of face mask,” it advised.
“In Nigeria, use of hydroxychloroquine is only limited to clinical trials.
“Please #TakeResponsibility and avoid self-medication,” it stressed.
The agency warned that a high percentage of those infected with COVID-19 did not show any symptom of the disease.
“So, to protect yourself and everyone around you, wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently and follow all guidelines from the NCDC website,” it said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (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)
NDA screening test to hold Aug. 15 – Registrar
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) says the screening test for all its candidates will hold on Aug. 15 at designated centres across the country, starting from 7:00 am.
The NDA Registrar, Brig.-Gen. Ayoola Aboaba, announced this in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday.
“This is to bring to the attention of candidates that the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) screening test will now hold on Aug. 15 at designated centres by 7:00 am. prompt.
“All candidates are expected to come with their acknowledgment card, NDA screening test admission card, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration slip and two postcard size (3.5 x 5 inches) photographs.
According to him, each candidate is to write his/her JAMB registration number, full names, state of origin, chosen course, name of test centre and signature at the back of the photograph.
“All candidates are to wear their facemasks and face shields, as any candidate without these protective equipment will not be allowed to write the test.
“Please note for strict compliance,” Aboaba said in the statement.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq