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Kaduna fire service records 221 fire incidents in 3 months

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Fire

Kaduna

,

April

.

8

, 2020

Mr Paul Aboi

, the Director, K

aduna

Fire Service,

said

the state

 recorded 221 fire incidents from January to March, 2020.

Aboi

made the disclosure

 in

an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Wedneday in

Kaduna.

According to him, 2

6

persons lost their lives w

hile 37

persons

were

injured from the incidents within the period

.

He gave the breakdown of the fire outbreaks as 84 in January,  February 95 while March witnessed 42 cases.

He said that investigation showed that most of the fire incidents occurred as a result of negligence and improper installation of electrical appliances.

“We realised that most of the buildings in the state had no fire safety certification, hence one of the reasons for the outbreak

s

”.

The director revealed that

the quick response of the fire service was able to save properties worth

N3b

from the

221

fire outbreaks.

“Our quick response to fire outbreak issue

s

is dependent on how fast the office is notified.

“People should get our emergency numbers and call us during fire outbreak

s

.

“It is safer to call us than drive all the way to the office, “he said.

He

advised residents to observe simple safety procedures to stem the tide of fire outbreaks in all parts of the state.

He called on the people to always switch off electrical appliances to save lives and property, and desist from plugging their chargeable lamps when not at home.

The Directo

r warned the

people against patronising unqualified  electricians when installing electrical appliances.

“When building, you need a certified electrician who will do a quality job to avoid fire incidents,” Aboi warned.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin and Isaac Ukpoju
(NAN)

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Group wants Kaduna govt. to ensure full implementation of child protection law

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The Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC) has called on the state government to ensure full implementation of its Child Welfare and Protection Law, 2016.

The Chairperson of the group, Ms Jessica Batholomew, made the call in a statement in Kaduna against the backdrop of Wednesday’s Children’s Day celebration.

Batholomew said that the state enacted the law to protect children from all forms of abuse as well as ensure their educational development among other needs.

She, however, noted that the law was being partially implemented since enactment in 2016, adding that full implementation of the law and other policies would ensure uninterrupted growth and development of the child.

According to her, the child protection law, policies and programmes  are crucial in building the needed human capital in the state.

“The various interventions to improve child health and nutrition and the due attention to protecting the interest of the child were quite commendable, ” she said.

She particularly commended the state for promoting free and compulsory education for every child in the state from primary to senior secondary school.

Batholomew equally lauded the bold step of the government to end the almajiri system of education by insisting that all such pupils in the state must acquire basic education alongside quranic education.

According to her, the decision to prosecute parents who enrol children in such exploitative and abusive education system will restore the children’s right to basic education.

The Almajiri education system requires a child to leave his parent at a very tender age and move with his quranic teacher from place to place.

“With no provision for feeding and care for the child, the almajiris are forced to roam the street, begging for alms to survive, thereby exposing them to all kinds of physical, health and psychological hazard.

“I am confident that the step taken by the government will surely restore their dignity and make them better citizens and live long to achieve their full potential,” she said.

The chairperson, however, urged the government to ensure full implementation of the law compelling parents and caregivers to send their children to school.

She further called on the state government to expand the radio and television teaching programme introduced to keep children learning while on lockdown at home due to COVID-19.

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COVID-19: Gov. El-Rufai extends Kaduna lockdown by 2 weeks

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Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai has extended the lockdown order in Kaduna State by another two weeks, the state Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe said in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that residents of the state have been on lockdown for the past 60 days and there were calls for ease down of the restrictions to allow poor residents contend with the challenges of zero income and food shortages.

The deputy governor, however, said the government expects residents to abide by the COVID-19 prevention protocol, otherwise any spike in the cases would force the government to tight restrictions.

The Kaduna State Government is conscious of the sacrifices that citizens have made and the many challenges that remain in keeping them safe from COVID-19.

“This is why the state government has adjusted and extended the Quarantine Orders by two weeks to empower citizens to more steadfastly carry forward the fight against COVID-19.

“Preservation of the relaxations in this extension requires that citizens demonstrate greater compliance with laid down health protocols, particularly the wearing of face masks outside the house, observance of physical distancing, regular hand washing with soap and water and the avoidance of large gatherings.

“Violation of these protocols will compel the government to reimpose restrictions.

“A spike in Covid-19 infections will also necessitate a tightening of restrictions,” she said.

Balarabe added that the lockdown-free days have been extended to cover three days with effect from June 1.

From Monday, 1st June 2020, the revised regulations will come into effect. They give citizens a three-day window every week to shop for food and other essentials.

“Until otherwise stated, the lockdown-free days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

“Temporary neighbourhood markets will continue to operate from 10am to 4pm on these three days, but citizens can move from 6am to 6pm on these lockdown-free days.

“Informal markets are not allowed and those flouting regulations by turning streets into markets are advised to stop.

“The adjusted orders also expand the ability of citizens to resume the pursuit of livelihoods in permitted sectors subject to compliance with health and safety protocols, including physical distancing.

“Private sector firms that meet these requirements will also operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“This window also allows vulcanisers, welders, mechanics and providers of similar services to operate on the same days.”

She however reiterated that the prohibition of interstate and intercity travel remained in force.

“Government officials and mobile courts will enforce this ban to prevent people from spreading the virus through non-essential movement.

“In addition, the night time curfew that has been enforced across the state still remains, from 6pm to 6am.

“Schools, places of worship and markets will remain closed under the adjusted orders.

“The relevant government officials and agencies will be engaging with religious leaders, transport unions, traditional institutions, market unions, school proprietors and other stakeholders as may be identified from time to time, to discuss the conditions and circumstances for a safe reopening of these sectors.”

The deputy governor said that restaurants would be allowed to open “strictly to offer takeaway services.”

“However, bars, sporting venues and event centres remain closed as are hotels that have not been specifically licensed as essential service providers during this period.”

According to her, Kaduna State has so far conducted 1,900 tests and recorded a total of 189 Covid-19 cases as at May 25.

She announced plans by the government to support low income, poor and vulnerable households and residents with some food in all the 23 local government areas “as soon as possible.”

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Kaduna Govt. will jail parents who enroll children into Almajiri system – El-Rufai

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Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State has warned that parents who enroll their children into the Almajiri education system stand the risk of prosecution and up to two years jail.

El-Rufa’i stated this in Kaduna on Monday when he visited some 200 Almajiri children repatriated from Nasarawa State and undergoing rehabilitation and optical screening at Government College, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna.

Almajiri are children enrolled to be taught Islamic knowledge under Islamic Clerics, but who loiter on the streets with bowls begging for alms and food.

The governor also said that any Islamic cleric who enrolls any child into the Almajiri system would also be prosecuted and jailed as well as fined N100,000 or N200,000 per child.

He said that all the Almajiri pupils repatriated from other states of the country were indigenes of the state adding that the government would give them all the opportunity they deserved to grow and develop.

El-Rufai expressed satisfaction with the ongoing transformation of the Almajiri pupils from hopelessness to hope and confidence.

According to him, the state has a responsibility to do whatever it can to give them hope and a better future.

“We will, therefore, continue to take delivery of every Almajiri pupil indigenous to Kaduna state for rehabilitation, treatment and enrollment into formal school nearest to where their parents live.

“We will continue to do this until we clear Kaduna state of the menace of Almajiri system, which is not education but the abuse of the privilege and future of a child.

“Our ultimate goal is for them to acquire formal education without depriving them of the opportunity to acquire Quranic education.

“They will continue their Quranic education but under the care of their parents and not under someone who does not know them or paid to look after them.”

He explained that the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development (MHSSD), along with UNICEF would closely monitor them and ensure that no child would leave his locality until he finished primary and junior secondary school.

The governor stressed that every child in Kaduna state must get 12-year free and compulsory primary and secondary school education.

“Those that cannot proceed to senior secondary school will have the opportunity to go to vocational school, also free.

“As such, no parent has any excuse for his child not to go to school,” El-Rufa’i said.

He thanked MHSSD and other state agencies for the commitment and passion for the welfare of the children.

He equally thanked AMA foundation and other NGOs and civil societies for supporting the government to provide the Almajiri pupils with the needed medical care, food, and clothing, among others.

The governor particularly appreciated UNICEF for supporting the state government in ensuring that all the repatriated children were well documented.

El-Rufa’i said that the care and support provided had restored the sense of dignity of the children.

Also speaking, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, Commissioner, MHSSD, said that the state had so far received more than 900 Almajiri pupils from Kano, Bauchi, Plateau and Nasarawa states.

Baba said that no fewer than 500 of them were rehabilitated, treated (those who tested positive to COVID-19) and reunited with their families.

She added some 400 others were still undergoing rehabilitation and would soon be reunited with their families.

On his part, Dr Zakari Adam, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, commended Kaduna state government for the efforts to ensure that all children go to school as against begging in the streets.

Adam reiterated UNICEF’s continued support to the state in all children-related issues such as child protection, education, and health among other areas, for uninterrupted growth and development of every child.

He stressed the need for all stakeholders, the government, civil society, parents, communities, religious and traditional leaders and the media to work together in ensuring that children acquired quality education.

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Eid-El-Fitri: Police to enforce total lockdown in Kaduna state

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The  Police Command in Kaduna State says it has intensified security coverage and enforcement of total lockdown during the Eid-el- Fitr celebration in the state.

The  command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige made the announcement in a statement issued on Saturday in Kaduna.

Jalige said that the command had drawn out elaborate operational strategies to ensure compliance of the total lockdown.

“This is in an order imposed by the state government to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and intensive security coverage to checkmate the activities of criminal elements during Eid period throughout the state.”

According to him the command has deployed both conventional and mobile policemen as well as undercover operatives to man and monitor key and vulnerable points with a view to ensure compliance with the lockdown and provide tight security across the state.

“The command once-again reassures the good people of Kaduna State of its readiness to promptly respond to distress calls and decisively deal with any person or group of persons who in any way attempts to violate the lockdown and social distancing orders during the festive period.

“The Command reiterates its call on the citizens of Kaduna State to promptly report any suspicious movement or object noticed in your area to the nearest security formation or call the following numbers: 07039675856, 0807591105.”

Jalige said that the  Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, urged the people of Kaduna state to adhere strictly to the preventive tips against COVID-19 while celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr.

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Eid-il-Fitri: Kaduna Christians salute Muslims after successful Ramadan

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State Chapter has congratulated Muslims for the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.

The Chairman, Kaduna State CAN, Rev John Hayab, in a statement on Saturday in Kaduna, prayed that the sacrifices made, the prayers offered and all the worship for the peace and progress of Kaduna State, Nigeria and mankind be acceptable.

He also prayed for God’s blessings and reward in abundance.

“This year’s Ramadan came at a very critical and trying moment for the entire world given the challenge and fear posed by the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“In spite of the trying situation, we are glad that you did not allow the prevailing challenge to rob you of the joy and blessings of this Holy month.

“Therefore, we hopefully look forward to greater and more fruitful days together as we work to defeat the virus as well as promote peace, unity, and harmonious coexistence in all our communities.

“Though we have been advised by medical experts and warned by states and national governments to stay at home so that we could prevent the spread of COVID 19, the ‘stay at home’ order should not be seen as a hindrance to a strong fraternity.

“We may be socially and physically distancing ourselves from one another but in our hearts and spirit, we are together, celebrating and rejoicing with all Muslims,” he said.

Hayab explained that, amidst the lockdown, CAN Kaduna State felicitates with all Muslims in the state and wish them a blessed and prosperous life after the Ramadan and Sallah.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Kaduna Electric promises improved power supply

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The Kaduna Electric,  has felicitated with its customers on the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations and restated commitment to uninterrupted power supply during the holidays.

The company’s Head of Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi made the disclosure in a statement, on Saturday in Kaduna.

Abdullahi said its offices in the franchise areas of Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States  would remain open during the Eid holidays to attend to customers’ complaints, reporting of faults and payment of bills.

He advised customers to take advantage of the online payment platforms on quick-teller, irecharge and buypower to buy electricity tokens and pay bills from the comfort of their homes.

“Links to the online platforms can also be accessed through its website at www.kadunaelectric.com

“Customers are urged to use the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations to rededicate themselves to building a better Nigeria by imbibing habits that promote peace and harmony in the country,”  he said.

Abdullahi urged consumers to shun meter bypass, tampering and other forms of energy theft as well as be vigilant against vandals who might  take advantage of the holidays to perpetrate their evil acts.

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Christian Cleric felicitates with Muslims on Eid-El-Fitr in Kaduna

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A Christian leaders in Kaduna State, Pastor Yohanna Buru, has congratulated and felicitated with the Muslims as they mark end of Ramadan fasting and celebrate Eid-el-fitr.

Buru, the general Overseer of Christ Evangelical and life Intervention Ministry, Sabon Tasha, in Kaduna, gave the commendation in an interview with journalists at his home in Kaduna.

The cleric also urged Muslim faithful to equally remember to donate and share their foods and other edible items and drinks to widows, prison inmates, destitute, IDPs kids/orphans and the poor masses that were currently in lockdown due to novel Coronavirus pandemic.

He called on wealthy individuals, politicians, government and Islamic organisations and council of Ulamas, JNI, to equally assist the poor Muslims with food and other items, so as to make the poor celebrate Sallah like other Muslims with joy and happiness.

Buru congratulated Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, Sheik Salihu Mai-Barota and all Nigerian Islamic scholars for the successful completion of this year’s Tafsir.

The cleric said that ijn spite of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Ramadan season recorded huge success in view of the encouraging participation by various Christian organisations during Iftar period.

According to the cleric, this has enhanced inter-faith activities with other religious faithful toward strengthening peaceful co-existence among different faith base organisations.

“We congratulate you on the successful completion of the 30 days of Ramadan, the prayers and fasting you offered which include some special night prayers for peace and unity in Nigeria.

“May the Almighty answer your prayers to keep us together in peace and harmony.

“Please pray to Almighty God to bring an end to the continuous spread of Coronavirus pandemic that is killing people on daily basis and crippling every sector of human development world-wide.

“We should remembered that Islam and Christianity teach us to forgive one another, we should also remember that we are from one family, Adam and Eve.

“We worship one God, we all believe in paradise and hell, we believe in the holy books which are Bible and Quran, as well as believe in the day of resurrection.

“Therefore, we must be our brothers keeper.

“I wish you all happy Sallah and may God bring an end to COVID-19,” he said.

Buru called on Muslim scholars to pray for God’s intervention in order to bring an end to insecurity challenges bedeviling peace and stability across the nation.

The cleric also called on Muslim and Christian preachers to pray for Nigeria military that are on peace mission across the globe.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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COVID-19: Don urges Kaduna Govt. to initiate robust intervention programme for SME

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A university don, Dr Elisha Auta, on Saturday, called on Kaduna State Government to initiate a robust intervention programme for micro and small businesses to keep them afloat during the Coronavirus pandemic period.

Auta, of the Economics Department, Kaduna State University, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.

He observed that businesses, almost everywhere in the state, were on hold, while others had shut down because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

He said that the owners of micro businesses and other smaller businesses, whose daily income came from their daily sales, were the worst hit.

“The little profit they make is what they use to feed their families and now that they are not running the businesses, they use the capital to feed their family.

“At the moment, most of them have spent  their principal and  have to start all over again, as such, they will need all the support they can get from the government.

“The Kaduna state government needs to understand these issues and initiative ways of supporting small businesses,” Auta said.

He further expressed concern that many small business owners had lost their shops to the state’s market development programme even before COVID-19 hit the state.

“Others have also been relocated to temporary markets as part of measures to curb the spread of the deadly virus, a development that further put their businesses at a disadvantage of low patronage.

“It is, therefore, necessary for the state to have an all-inclusive team working on COVID-19 response, including the organised private sector, to help the state understand what is happening in the businesses community,” he said.

The lecturer also advised the state government to emulate the Federal Government by providing fund  to support small and medium scale enterprises in the state.

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Group lauds Kaduna Gov’t over palliatives to 32,000 households

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The Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC) has commended Kaduna Government for the distribution of N352 million worth of food items to 32,000 vulnerable households in the state.

Chairperson of the coalition, Ms. Jessica Bartholomew, said in a statement in Kaduna on Saturday, that the measure would significantly reduce hunger among vulnerable households caused by the Coronavirus lockdown.

Bartholomew recalled that the state government had in April,  distributed N500 million worth of food items to low income households in nine Local Government Areas of the state to cushion the effects of the lockdown.

“And on Friday,  the government announced the commencement of the second round of the distribution to 32,000 vulnerable households in the remaining 14 LGAs. This is quite commendable.

“This do not only show the responsiveness of the government, but its resolve to ensure that the vulnerable population are  supported to improve their resilience to the current hardship and hunger,” she said.

She also commended the state government for addressing some of the concerns raised by the coalition, particularly the  involvement of party officials and other anomalies that characterised the distribution in the pilot LGAs.

She lauded  the government for providing detailed information on the exercise to help civil society organisations and the media to adequately monitor the distribution to ensure transparency and accountability.

According to her, disclosing what each benefiting vulnerable households is expected to receive, will prevent the committee members from indulging in sharp practices and short changing  the beneficiaries of their entitlements.

“The pilot distribution was marred by poor planning by the cluster committees, as the food items were either hijacked by politicians or shared among people not in need.

“People living with disabilities were largely schemed out of the process, while the distribution was not orderly in some locations, leading to complete disregard to social distancing.

“But we are glad that some of our recommendations are  considered in the second round of the exercise with steps taken to improve the process,” she said.

Bartholomew  commended the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Malam Balarabe Abbas, who doubled as Chairman of COVID-19 Relief Distribution Committee for  steps taken to make the process as transparent as possible.

“The SSG equally said that lessons learnt from the pilot exercise have been incorporated in the second phase of the exercise, so as to accommodate more of the target group. This is laudable,” she added.

She also called for collaboration  with the coalition in the spirit of Open Government Partnership (OGP) to complement government’s efforts  in all social protection interventions in the state.

She urged the state government to strengthen feedback and complaint mechanism for timely response to complaints by beneficiaries and concerns from civil society organisations.

The chairperson added that KADSPAC would monitor the exercise in all LGAs to ensure transparency and accountability as well as generate feedback on citizen’s satisfaction.

“We want to believe that the new approach will ensure that no one is left behind, especially the targeted poor and the vulnerable, including the socially excluded groups.

“These groups include the disabled, aged, people living with ,  mothers and children suffering from malnutrition among others,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls  that the SSG in a statement on Friday, explained that a package of food items per benefiting household cost N11, 000.

He added that the package comprised of 10 kilogramme (kg) of Rice or Spaghetti, 5.0 kg of beans, 10 kg of Semovita or cassava flakes (Garri) and a carton of noodles and  three litres of vegetable oil.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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