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Kaduna to commence 2020 budget preparation in June – Official

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Kaduna to commence 2020 budget preparation in June – Official

Kaduna State Government will commence the preparation of its 2020 budget in June, the Director Development Aid Coordination in the state Planning and Budget Commission, Malam Salisu Lawal, has said.


Lawal made this known on Wednesday at the ongoing five-day meeting to finalise the costing and development of result framework for Kaduna Multi-Sectoral Strategic Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition, holding in Zaria.

He said that the call circular for the 2020 budget would be released soon, and urged the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) working around nutrition to include nutrition activities within their budget allocation.

According to him, this will allow the state government to create the needed budget lines for nutrition specific and sensitive interventions across relevant MDAs.

“The state government is doing all it can to improve the provision of funds needed for nutrition intervention with a view to curb the scourge of malnutrition in the state.

“The 2020 budget, therefore, provides an opportunity for relevant MDAs to come up with nutrition specific and sensitive activities that will be captured in the budget for funding.

“I urge you to take this opportunity and do the needful, and we shall be there during the budget defense before the budget and estimate committee to ensure that the activities are approved for implementation.”

The director explained that the Kaduna State Multi-Sectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition provides the framework for addressing the problems of food and nutrition in the state.

“The plan will lay a strong foundation for a multi-sectoral approach towards improving the food and nutrition status of women and children in the state.

“This is because, winning the war against malnutrition requires a strong collaboration with development partners, the academia, media, private sector and all relevant stakeholders.

“The plan, is therefore, expected to serve as a road map for coordinated implementation of nutrition intervention by the state government and nutrition stakeholders across relevant MDAs and sectors for maximum impact.

“This step which is supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund marks another milestone in our journey towards curbing the scourge of malnutrition in our dear state to save our children from preventable death,” he added.

Also speaking, Dr Zainab Mohammed-Idris, Project Manager, Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan called on participants to make realistic budget activities for implementation in the plan in view of general shortage of funds around the country.

She added that with numerous competing demands from all sectors of the economy, it was apt to create activities that are realistic and can be funded.

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Buhari greets retired AVM Shekari at 80

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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)

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NDA screening test to hold Aug. 15 – Registrar

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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

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WAEC: KDSG directs schools to open Aug. 10

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The Kaduna State Government has directed secondary schools to open from Aug. 10 to enable SSS 3 students write their Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE).


The state Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, said in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, that the directive was in compliance with the Federal Ministry of Education resolution for schools to open on Aug. 4.

This, according to Makarfi, is to enable final year students to write their West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO) and other certificate examinations.

“Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i has approved Monday, Aug.10 as the resumption date for the SSS 3 students that are expected to begin their WAEC examination slated for Aug. 17.

“Therefore, the Ministry of Education is directing all school principals to arrange to receive SSS 3 boarding students on Aug. 9 and day students on Aug. 10.

“All administrators of public and private schools are to note that the one-week period commencing from today is to allow for necessary preparations and arrangements to meet COVID-19 guidelines for the opening of schools.

“Principals are to ensure compliance to agreed guidelines, which include reduced hours of work/revision to four hours per shift, social distancing in classes, laboratories, libraries and hostels,’’ he said.

He added that there should also be consistency in temperature monitoring and handing over of any suspected case of COVID-19 to health authorities.

He warned that no school should open before Aug. 10, except for boarding schools, where students are expected to arrive on Aug. 9.

The commissioner further directed private secondary schools in the state to report their readiness to open to the schools’ Quality Assurance Authority.

He said that private schools should report, using the appropriate checklist and obtain a written ‘no objection to open’, on clean bill of health.

He also asked that head of higher institutions and principals of secondary schools should report to the relevant department in the ministry.

He called on parents to ensure proper arrangement for safe transportation of their children to and from schools.

“To make the environment safe and conducive for academic activity, the government is doing everything possible to decontaminate and disinfect public schools, including higher institutions and provide hand washing facilities.

“We will also arrange for temperature monitoring of both staff and students, provision of face masks to staff and students, as well as hand sanitisers.

“However, parents are advised to equip their children with extra face masks and small 100ml hand sanitisers for use during their transportation to and from schools,’’ he added.

Makarfi said that appropriate dates for other examinations would be announced in due course, including school opening for the rest of the classes including SSS1, SSS2, JSS 1 to 3 and primary schools.

He encouraged schools to continue the e-learning programme using Google class, Zoom, radio and television and other online platforms until normalcy returned.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 304 fresh infections; death toll hits 888

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Nigeria reported 304 new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the death toll jumps to 888.


Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made this known on its official twitter handle on Sunday.

Data from the NCDC  showed that the 304 new cases were spread across 14 states, and the FCT.

The centre noted that five deaths were recorded in the country.

It added that till date, the country recorded 43,841 confirmed cases, 20,308 discharged and 888 deaths in 36 states and the FCT.

It showed that the  304 new cases were reported from 15 states, namely Lagos (81), FCT (39), Abia (31), Kaduna (24), Rivers (23), Plateau (16), Cross River (13), Ebonyi (12), Ondo (12) Ekiti (11), Edo (11), Benue (10), Nasarawa (10), Ogun (6) and Gombe (5).

The health agency noted that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, would continue to coordinate the COVID-19 national response activities across the country.

It  said that if anyone tested positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms, he or she should stay at home and keep away from other people.

The NCDC said that Nigerians risk of  the virus would be higher if they were less  than six feet from people at a crowded public place or if they freely share equipment and not  practice social distancing and other habits to stay healthy.

 

Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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