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Kaduna: Wives of LG chairmen express commitment to end malnutrition

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Wives of  chairmen of 23 local government areas ( LGAs) of Kaduna state have made commitment to support the ongoing fight against malnutrition in their respective areas.

They made the commitment in a communiqué made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Sunday.

The wives said in the communiqué they all signed that they would do whatever possible, within their reach and ability, to ensure that “nutrition is given the prominence it deserves.“

“We, the wives of the local government chairmen of Kaduna state, having recognised the seriousness of malnutrition in our communities, agreed to support our husbands and the state government to end the scourge.

“We will equally advocate to our husbands on the need to take nutrition activities seriously, to check the prevalence of malnutrition and its implications on the lives of our children.

“We also pledge to, as a matter of urgency, facilitate the mobilisation of resources for nutrition interventions and carry out sensitisation campaigns in our respective local government areas.

“We will assist in facilitating the tracking of funds allocated for nutrition interventions in our local government areas to ensure that the funds are released on time and used appropriately for maximum impact,“ they said.

The wives also agreed to own nutrition programmes and be actively involved in nutrition related activities in their respective local government areas.

“This we will do by facilitating the formation of functional Local Government Food and Nutrition Committee, establishment of Community Infant and Young Child Feeding and participate in biannual Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week.”

NAN reports that the state government had on Thursday, mobilised the wives of the council chairmen to assist in resource mobilsation for nutrition intervention at local government level.

The Permanent Secretary, Planning and Budget Commission, in the state, Mahmoud Yamusa said  that the meeting was supported by UNICEF, adding that the measure was necessary to bridge the funding gap for nutrition intervention in the state.

Yamusa, who was represented by Director Budget, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, said that more than N315 million had been allocated in the 2019 budget for nutrition interventions in the 23 LGAs.

He, however, said that the allocated funds would not be enough, considering the high number of malnourished children in the state.

The state Nutrition Officer, Hajiya Hauwa Usman, had noted that malnutrition indices in the state remained a public concern.

Usman disclosed that 111,183 children, less than five years in the state were cutely malnourished, adding that 63,333 of them had access to treatment, leaving 47,840.

She also said that so far, only 11 out of the 23 LGAs were implementing Community Management of Acute Malnutrition.

“Even at that, the coverage in the 11 LGAs was 50 per cent, as the programme covered only five out of the 10 wards in each of the 11 the LGAs.

“This shows the need to scale up the CMAM programme in all the 23 LGAs of the state to reach out to the remaining 47,840 acutely malnourished children without access to treatment.

“But to do that, we need resources and all the support we can get,” she said.

Edited by Dada Ahmed

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Kaduna lawmaker distributes 2,400 bags of fertilizer to constituents

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Mr Amos Magaji, member representing Zango Kataf/Jaba Federal Constituency, Kaduna State, on Saturday in Zonkwa, flagged off the distribution of 2,400 bags of assorted fertilizer to farmers in Zango Kataf Local Government Area.

Speaking during the flag-off, Magaji said the distribution of the fertilizer to farmers in his constituents was part of effort to tackle food insecurity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have to provide these fertilizers to our local farmers as a way of mitigating the impact of food insecurity in the region.

“My constituency is an agrarian one, hence the need to support my people with fertilizers, and this gesture is in line with my philosophy of eradicating poverty and hunger in my constituency.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled the economy, there is need for our people to take agriculture more seriously as a source of livelihood,” he said.

Magaji announced plans to provide farmers in the area  with irrigation inputs for them to  engage in dry season farming immediately after the 2020 wet season.

He urged government to ensure that fertiliser is sold to farmers at subsidized rate to enable them increase production.

In his remarks, District Head of Madakiya, David Kantiok, commended the federal lawmaker for the gesture.

Kantiok said the provision  of the fertilizer was timely and would go a long way in helping farmers in the area.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fertilizer would be distributed across the 21 wards that made up the constituency.


Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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CAS inaugurate 200-bed girls hotels, married officers quarters in Kaduna

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The Cheif of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, on Saturday inaugurated newly constructed 200-bed girls hostels at Nigerian Air Force Comprehensive Secondary School in Kaduna.

Abubakar also inaugurated renovated two blocks of three bedroom apartments for married officers at the NAF Base.

The News Agency of Nigerian report that the newly  200 capacity bed girls hostels was named after, Group Captain Jummai Musa (Rtd), a one time Commandant of the School.

The Chief of Air Staff was represented by Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command, AVM Musa Muhktar.

 “In the last five years of this administration, we have continued to provide befitting accommodation and other welfare services for the wellbeing of our personnel and young Nigerians in our schools.

“This is in pursuit of one of our key drivers of  human capacity development through robust and result oriented training for enhanced professional performance.

“Bearing this in mind, the two projects inaugurated is a gesture aimed at enhancing qualitative education and service delivery.

“I am optimistic that these projects if properly put to use, will greatly ameliorate the accommodation deficiencies in the school and the Base.

 “This will in turn, stimulate the school’s administration to focus on their tasks of ensuring qualitative secondary education and contribute more significantly to the development of future leaders,” the COS said.

He urged officers and men to rededicate themselves in adding value to make the service more relevant and efficient in addressing the current and future security challenges in the country .

According to him, the pressure experienced on admission in recent times into NAF schools was due to the excellent performances and discipline of the students.

“Our teachers’ commitment and professional conduct has given NAF schools good name and lessons for others to emulate.

“I have no doubt that the gesture shall encourage hard work towards nation building and better tomorrow,” he said.

Abubakar said as members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the NAF is determined to do more for the nation.

“Much as we have sacrificed, let us be propelled by the support and goodwill of all Nigerians to the Nigerian Air Force, to do more for our nation.

” Our loyalty and service to the nation must always be our motivation.

“As we inaugurate these projects, I urge you all, especially the students to make the best use of this new accommodation by having a sense of care and maintenance culture,” the Air Chief said.

He said that the service shall continue to embark on laudable projects that would ensure the comfort and betterment of personnel and students.

“This would further revitalise your professional competence and ensure quality service delivery.

“In the next few weeks, we shall reconvene here to inaugurate additional new block of seven classrooms and the newly renovated School Hall.

“I  therefore urge all of you to remain disciplined and committed to your jobs and studies as that is the only way to pay the system back,” Abubakar said.

The Chief of Air Staff appreciated the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his unrelenting support to the Nigerian Air Force.


Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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NGO empowers 23,817 young girls, women in Kaduna

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A Kaduna-based Non-Governmental Organisation, Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI), said on Saturday that it had empowered 23,817 young boys, girls, and women in the last 12 years.

The Programme Officer of the NGO, Ms Grace Isah, made this known in a statement in Kaduna, as part of activities to celebrate 12 years of service to humanity.

Isah explained that with the support of partners, committed staff and mentors, EWEI had been delivering multi-sectoral interventions for the empowerment of girls and women.

Over the last 12 years we have watched with humility and thankfulness the 23,817 lives we have been able to touch positively, and this has kept us going.

“We have learned from our mistakes and successes over the years and we will continue to support women and girls access opportunities and resources they need to improve their wellbeing,” she said.

She said that the young girls, boys, and women were empowered under the NGOs various programmes and projects designed to impact positively on their lives.

She explained that EWEI’s Civic Education and Participation for Women Project (CEPWOP) addresses the under-representation of women and excluded groups in the political space.

Through CEPWOP, we are giving voice to women and girls and encouraging them to participate in governance.

Also, EWEI’s Educational Subsidy Programme (ESP) was designed to support girl child education, while the Economic Empowerment Partnership (EEP) programme builds the capacity of women and girls.

EEP assists economically disadvantaged women and out-of-school girls to source for micro-credit facilities as part of effort to help them out of poverty,” she said.

The programme officer added that EWEI also engaged young women and female professionals from Nigeria and around the world via its online chart platform for horizontal learning, networking, exchange, and mentorship.

She further said that the NGO, through its Getting Involved (GI) programme, was supporting and equipping youth to raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals in their communities.

Similarly, since 2011, EWEI’s Know and Say No programme, had been raising awareness and strengthening institutional capacities to address gender-based violence (GBV).

“Our Safe Spaces project (OSS) equally supports women and girl survivors of gender-based violence by providing access to psychosocial support systems and economic empowerment opportunities to facilitate normalisation of their lives,” Isah said.

The officer said that EWEI would continue to encourage girls and women to harness their abilities and take more active roles in decision making and policy formation.

This, she said, would ensure that their voices were heard and taken seriously, following the hardship caused by insecurity, gender-based violence and poverty, as well as the uncertainty created by Coronavirus pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that EWEI was established in 2008 by Ms Safiya Ibn-Garba, to empower young girls and women through multi-sectoral interventions.


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COVID-19: NGO takes sensitization campaign to market, community, women leaders in Kaduna

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An NGO, Second Chance Humanitarian Aid Foundation, on Friday organised a one day seminar on COVID-19 preventive measures for market, community and women leaders in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Speaking at the event, Mrs Ladi Bala, founder of the foundation, said that the organisation considered it necessary to complement government efforts in creating awareness on coronavirus at the grassroots.

The founder, who was represented by Banta Bala, Project Coordinator of the Foundation, said people at grassroots needed much sensitisation because of their vulnerability, and creating such awareness would further give them  a sense of belonging.

“The rural dwellers need to be well informed on measures to avoid contracting and transmitting the virus.

“The government is doing her best but the bulk of the responsibility is on the people to do the needful, as such, we considered it needful to contribute our token in the fight against COVID-19,” she said.

Mr Peter Ibrahim, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Kaduna State Deputy Governor, harped on the need for behavioral change on the part of members of the public in the face of the pandemic.

“As much as the State Government is considering easing of the lockdown, people’s attitude especially in observing social distancing was a major challenge.

“I commend the organisers of the event, as it is part of government’s plans to engage critical stakeholders including, traditional and religious leaders, market groups and associations, amongst others in combating COVID-19,” he added.

Ibrahim urged participants to leverage on the lessons learnt at the seminar to further educate other members of the community.

Also speaking, Mr Sunday Tabishi, the Council Secretary, Kaura Local Government, commended the initiative, which according to him, was timely.

Tabishi urged the people to exercise more patience as the government was doing all within its power to bring succor to the people, particularly those at the grassroots.

Earlier, Mr Isaac Auta, a member  of the foundation, who spoke on Personal Hygiene, told participants to ensure regular washing of their hands, use of face masks and observe social distancing.

He said although there had not been any reported case of COVID-19 in the area, residents needed to observe the necessary precautionary measures, bearing in mind that the virus was real.

Malam Musa Buga, Head of Manchok market and Mrs Mageret Musa, Head of Women in the market, in their separate responses appreciated the NGO for the sensitisation, noting that it gave them a sense of belonging.

They assured the foundation of judicious use of the items they received and promised to enlighten others on lessons learnt at the seminar.

NAN reports that the seminar tagged, “COVID-19 Intervention Project”, saw presentation of 1,000 face masks as well as 10 hand washing basins to be placed at the Local Government Secretariat and the market place.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Police arrest curfew violators conveying 91 passengers, 24 goats, 14 motorcycles in Kaduna

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The Nigeria Police Force, Kaduna State Command, has arrested curfew violators conveying 91 passengers, 24 goats and 14 motorcycles in Kaduna.

The command’s spokesman, ASP Mohammed Jalige, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Kaduna.

According to Jalige, officers, on Thursday at about 11:15pm, intercepted a white Iveco Truck with Reg. No. DDM 167 AX, driven by one Abdulrazak Idris Malumfashi, along Western Byepass, Rigasa axis, Kaduna.

The truck, he said, heading to Lagos from Zaria, belonged to Sauki Fish Company Limited, Katsina.

He explained that the driver of the truck violated the restriction order on interstate non-essential movement by concealing 91 passengers, 24 goats, 14 motorcycles and 30 bags containing different items.

He, however, said that the passengers were being investigated and offenders would be prosecuted in accordance with Kaduna State Quarantine Act.

Jalige said the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, has warned the general public to desist from violating the restriction of movement imposed by the Kaduna State Government.

He added: “the police are always on the thorough watch of every moving vehicle into and out of Kaduna state with a view to ensuring compliance.”


Edited By: Moses Solanke/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Kaduna Govt consults stakeholders on steps to reopen economy

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Kaduna State Government has urged people to wait for the guidelines to ease the lockdown of different segments of the society and economy in the state.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, made the plea in a statement on Thursday in Kaduna.

Balarabe said publication of the guidelines would soon be out, adding that it would be followed by ‘’a formal announcement on the re-opening of permitted sectors’’.

She recalled that the state government had last week extended the Quarantine Orders by additional two weeks during which stakeholders would be consulted on the conditions for a safe re-opening of the state.

“Further to that commitment, the state government has initiated consultations with traditional rulers, business community, market and transport unions, proprietors of private schools and religious leaders.

“This was aimed to discuss the protocols for re-opening more segments of the society and the economy.

“Clear protocols and guidelines for the reopening of approved sectors will be published before the current Quarantine Order expires on Tuesday, June 9, 2020,” the deputy governor said.

According to her, this will spell out what is required and the measures to be taken in the economic and social sectors that will be reopened.

“The markets, places of worship, schools and other facilities whose operations were prohibited under the Quarantine Orders, will remain shut until the approved protocols are announced next week.

“Citizens should note that congregational worship is not yet permitted.

“Religious leaders are aware of this fact, and we expect everyone to live up to their obligations and avoid needless, and illegal activity,’’ she added.

Balarabe, who is also the Chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, said that government had consulted widely with stakeholders who have pledged to assist the state government’s efforts in reopening of the state.

Thank God we have responsible leaders who understand the dangers and challenges of COVID-19, and are prepared to help the state and society to achieve navigate safely,” she said.

According to her, the recommendations and suggestions that have emerged from the consultations will help to strengthen the re-opening strategy.

“The draft guidelines and discussion documents shared with the stakeholders will be improved with inputs received,’’ she said.

Balarabe said it was only prudent to allow the sacrifices that had been made to be followed, to achieve the desired results.

She commended the citizens for their perseverance through hardship occasioned by the enforcement of the lockdown period.

The deputy governor noted that the burning desires of the state government to save life against COVID-19 neccecitated the adoption of stringent preventive measures announced back in March 2020.

The chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19 recalled that the state government strategy to curb the spread of the virus was aimed at protecting lives and the economy.

“That is why the lockdown has from inception been partial to allow for essential services and the operation of some economic sectors.

In April, we also tasked a committee of senior officials to plan post-lockdown scenarios for the state.

“The report of this committee has since been discussed by the state task force on COVID-19 and published,’’ she added.


Edited By: Angela Okisor/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Kaduna draws modalities on safe reopening of state

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Kaduna State Government says its working out modalities on safe reopening of the state.

The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Jafaru Sani, said this shortly after a closed door meeting with traditional rulers chaired by Gov. Nasir El-Rafa’i in Kaduna.

He said the meeting was aimed at receiving first hand information on the state government’s response so far on the fight against COVID-19.

According to the commissioner, other issues discussed at the meeting were on strategies on re-opening the state.

Speaking on behalf of the traditional  leaders, the Emir of Birnin Gwari, Zubairu Mai Gwari, assured that the economy would soon be reopened in the state.

 “In the next few days after the state government goes through all the recommendations given, it will come out with means of easing life for residents,” he said.

The Emir appreciated government’s efforts at combating the pandemic and   plans being  put forward to ease some of the problems people were facing.


Edited By: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Kaduna Electric urges public to disregard energy allocation on social media

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The management of Kaduna Electric has called on the general public to disregard the content of a publication making the rounds on social media about its Kaduna purported energy allocation schedule.

Mr Abdulaziz Abdullahi, Head Corporate Affairs of the company, made this known on Thursday in a statement posted on the company’s official Twitter handle.

He said that the publication was not authorised by the management of Kaduna Electric and its contents did not reflect the company’s energy allocation schedule to its franchise states.

“All investigation has been launched to ascertain the source of the publication and appropriate disciplinary measures shall be meted to any staff found responsible for such misconduct.

Kaduna Electric remains committed to providing adequate power supply to all its franchise states which comprise Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara at all times especially at this difficult time occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.


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Lockdown: NSCDC in Kaduna arrest 21 suspects in hotels

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kaduna Command, said it  arrested 21 suspects in hotels at about 1:00 am of Thursday in Kaduna metropolis for violating the lockdown order over COVID-19 pandemic.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASC Orndiir Terzungwe made the disclosure at a press briefing on Thursday in Kaduna.

Terzungwe said the command was worried by complaints of inadequate compliance with lockdown down order by Kaduna State government which was still in force.

He explained that the command carried out raid of some hotels within the metropolis, resulting to the arrest of 21 suspects for violation of the order.

According to him, the choice of the location for the raid was informed by complaints of crimes in the areas in spite of measures by security agencies.

“Credible intelligence survey reveals that Millennium city and Kigo Road are among hubs of illegalities which the command has resolved to take drastic actions in reversing the ugly trend.

“The lockdown order which is still in place requires all bars,  clubs, schools and worship centres to remain shut until further directives,” he said.

Terzungwe said on completion of investigations,  all the suspects will be charged to court for violation of the lockdown.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that to control the COVID- 19 pandemic, Kaduna State Government had locked down the state,  but created a three days window on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for residents to restock essentials.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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