Kano Govt proposes N500m to establish Public Service Institute
By Abbas Bamalli
Kano, Dec. 17, 2018 (NNN) The Kano State Government says it will establish a Public Service Institute for the constant training of its workers.
The state Head of Service, Alhaji Muhammad Auwal-Naiya, made this known to newsmen shortly after appearing before the House of Assembly Committee on Civil Service on Monday in Kano.
Auwal-Naiya appeared before the committee to defend the proposed 2019 budget for his office.
He said the aim of establishing the institute was to uplift the state public service to global standard.
“The institute is designed mainly for training and re-training of the government personnel in line with best standard and equipping them with modern techniques of executing public service,” he said.
He explained that Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje had proposed N500 million for the project in the 2019 budget estimate recently presented before the Assembly.
According to him, an estimated sum of N144 million will be expended for the construction of ICT centre and other facilities.
Auwal-Naiya said the construction of the institute would be done by the government in collaboration with a company which would provide the necessary equipment and facilities.
He also said the ICT Centre would be named after the state governor. (NNN)
Edited by Chidi Opara/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
COVID-19: NGO distributes face masks to cleaners, security guards in Kano
A Kano based Non-Governmental Organisations, Community Health Research (CHR), has distributed over 1,000 face masks to messengers, cleaners, security guards and food vendors in Government offices in Kano State.
Distributing the face mask to the beneficiaries on Tuesday, Hajiya Rabi Mustapha, one of the AMMKaS officials, an NGO under the CHR, said the donation was a collective effort of various humanitarian organisations in Kano.
According to her, the distribution of the face masks was to ensure that the beneficiaries protect themselves from COVID-19, so as to halt the transmission of the virus.
Mustapha added that the NGOs have also distributed face mask to water vendors, market women, vegetable, meat and fruit sellers across the state.
“We hope to reach more people wherever they are doing their businesses and enlighten them on the disease and preventive measures.”
“The main objective is to raise awareness, prevent and control COVID-19 spread in the state.
“We are also discouraging issues related to stigma and discrimination towards discharged COVID-19 patients, and enlightening people to differentiate between fake and genuine information on COVID-19,” she said.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen commended the effort of the group, calling on individuals and other organisations to emulate the gesture.
Kano State Fire Service saves 73 lives, N704m goods in 1 month
Alhaji Saidu Muhammed, the Service Public Relations Officer, made the disclosure in a statement in Kano.
He disclosed that 17 deaths were recorded and property worth N85.5 million were destroyed by fire during the period.
Muhammed said that the service received 50 rescue calls and 17 false alarms from residents.
He attributed the incidents to road accidents, open water, well, and the use of inferior electrical materials.
Others were use of boiling rings, poor handling of electrical appliances, cooking gas and fireplaces.
Muhammed enjoined parents to warn their children from going to the local swimming ponds to avoid jeorpardising their lives.
He advised the general public to handle fire with care to avoid inferno.
COVID -19: Youth group inaugurates e-clinic in Kano
Dr Khalid Umar, Head of the Project, launched the e-clinic at the Centre for Infectious Disease and Research, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, on Monday.
He said the initiative was carried out in collaboration with the teaching hospital and Private Health Instructions Management Agency of the state government.
He said the aim of the project was to carter for outpatients in the state thereby reducing their risk of contracting COVID-19.
According to Umar, the e-clinic operates through a 24/7 toll-free line that enables residents to consult highly trained and experienced physicians via voice or video call during and after the pandemic.
The director, Center for Infectious Disease and Research, Prof. Isa Abubakar, said the e-clinic would reduce the number of people who visited hospitals as a way of curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
“Patients can now consult a physician at the comfort of their homes with a voice or video, which is toll free.
Abubakar commended the eight NGOs for the initiative.
He identified the NGOs that formed the alliance as the Arewa Young Entrepreneurs Initiative, Minds in Making, Orphans and Women Support Group, and Teens Development Initiative.
Kano conducts 4,735 COVID-19 samples test
“A total of 4,735 samples of COVID-19 were tested in Kano State.”
It disclosed that three new confirmed cases of the virus were confirmed, 40 patients discharged and two deaths recorded in the state as at May 31.
Accordingly, the state recorded a total of 954 confirmed coronavirus cases of which 669 were active, 240 discharged and 45 deaths.
The ministry urged residents of the state to observe safety protocols, personal hygiene and use of face mask, hand washing as well as social distancing to stem further spread of the pandemic.
It also called for prayers for a quick end to the pandemic.
Kano Govt adopts measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 in worship centres
The Kano State Government says it has put in place measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in worship centres across the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabiru Getso, said this in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry Mr Abbas Habib on Saturday in Kano.
“To prevent the spread of coronavirus during Friday and Sunday prayers in the state, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje has provided more facemasks and sanitation facilities to additional 430 worship centres across the state,” he said.
The Commissioner, however, called on the Imams and Pastors to continue to cooperate with the government, in its bid to educate residents on preventive measures against the coronavirus desease.
“Coronavirus is real and government will not condone inciting sermons that will throw people into doubting the disease,” he said.
Getso said the government had deployed 5,513 Sanitation Vanguards, Hisba Corps and other religious guards for distribution of facemasks and other sanitation facilities to Mosques and Churches to ensure compliance with the developed guidelines during the prayers and church services.
He said that about 430,000 facemasks, 3,000 detol soaps and 500 bottles of hand sanitisers have been distributed to Mosques and Churches.
The state government had on May 17, allowed the resumption of Friday prayers and Church services in the state.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Kano Electricity Company warns customers against illegal reconnection
The Management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has warned customers against engaging quacks to reconnect their electricity when disconnected by the company’s technical staff.
He said that it had become a recurring trend for some customers who default in payment to reconnect electricity illegally when cut off.
The spokesman said the company would no longer tolerate such acts from anyone, and had set up a monitoring team to curb the practice.
“We wish to state that such a criminal offence would, henceforth, be treated in line with the provisions made by law.
“Aside from the economic loss, it also endangers the lives and properties of our customers and staff,” he said.
He appealed to customers to cultivate the habit of paying up their electricity bills as and when due.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Kano farmers hail FG’s agricultural transformation programme
Farmers in Kano state have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the introduction of Anchor Borrower’s Programme (ABP), aimed at transforming agriculture towards self sufficiency in food production in the country.
A cross section of the farmers interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria , on Friday in Kano disclosed this, saying that the progarmme had assisted in enhancing agricultural value chain in the country.
Alhaji Aminu Isa, a rice farmer, said that the Federal Government under the stewardship of Buhari adopted proactive measures to enhance farmers access to agricultural financing and extension services to encourage productivity.
Isa said that the farmer support services initiated by the Buhari administration had mobilised participation in agriculture and galvanised drive to achieve self sufficiency in food production.
“The Buhari administration has encouraged many people to go back to the farm through the ABP scheme.
“It addressed the problem of fertiliser scarcity, provides job opportunities to the teaming unemployed youths, reduced poverty and enhanced wealth creation in the society.
“The programme builds farmers’ capacity, enhance entrepreneurial skill for value addition and create market for the produce.
“We are indeed grateful to the president for his support to farmers,” Isa said.
NAN reports also that over 40, 000 rice farmers and 26, 000 cotton growers are participating in the ABP programme in Kano State.
An entrepreneur, Alhaji Mahdi Tahir, added that the Buhari administration had initiated viable programmes aimed at encouraging growth of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.
Tahir noted that the feat achieved by the administration in the development of cottage industries would accelerate sustainable social and economic development of rural communities.
Mr Muhammad Abdulsalam, a resident, who corroborated earlier opinion, added that the administration had executed viable programmes to transform the power sector; education, health and road network in the country.
“The president has shown greater commitment to reinvigorate the power, education and health sectors. He ensured the completion of ongoing road projects and initiated new ones to enhance transportation services.
“He has also performed creditable well in the fight against corruption as well as promoting transparency, accountability and good governance,” he said.
Also, Mrs Bilkisu Ahmed, a women activist, said the administration had been able to record significant successes in the counter insurgency campaign in spite of numerous security challenges facing the country.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has tackled the insurgency, decimated Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast, and restored the morale of the military by re-organising and equipping them.
“Further more; the APC led government under his stewardship rescued thousands of people under the insurgents’ captivity as well as secured the released of some abducted Dapchi and Chibok school girls,’’ she added.
The ABP is a critical component of the federal government agriculture transformation agenda designed to encourage rice and crop productions as well as processing to achieve self sufficiency.
It is also aimed at enhancing farmers’ access to fertiliser, seeds, inputs, value addition and create market for the produce.
The programme is being implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in partnership with Bank of Agriculture (BOA) and designated agricultural input dealers otherwise called “prime anchors”.
Palliative: Kano Govt begins second phase distribution of food items
Kano State Government had begun the second phase distribution of food items to 50,000 households, to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Gav. Abdullahi Ganduje, who inaugurated the distribution exercise on Thursday in Kano, said the gesture was aimed at ameliorating the suffering of the masses.
Ganduje said that the state government had adopted proactive measures to ensure equitable distribution of the relief items to the targeted vulnerable persons.
He explained that the distribution exercise targeted orphans, widows, physically-challenged persons and inmates of correctional centers, among others.
The governor described the first phase of the exercise which also targeted 50, 000 households as “successful.”
Ganduje lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for allocating 139 trucks of assorted food items to the state.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the state’s COVID-19 Fund Rising Committee, Prof Yahuza Bello, said that the beneficiaries were selected carefully in each of the over 400 wards in the state.
Bello said the items would be distributed to the targeted persons to ensure that the aim of the gesture is achieved.
Meanwhile, Gov. Ganduje inaugurated a sample collection center at Middle Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano metropolis.
Ganduje said the gesture was to enhance access to sample collection centre and ease difficulties being experienced by the people in travelling long distances for the coronavirus test.
He noted that his administration does not tag the residents of Sabon Gari area as non indigenes, because everybody is an instrument for the development of the state.
On his part, Rev. Adeola Adeyemo, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state, commended the governor for not attaching religious sentiment or tribalism in the execution of government policies and programmes. (NAN)
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Rabiu Sani Ali (NAN)
Lockdown: Kano tomato farmers seek pest control measures, access to market
Some tomato farmers in Kano have advocated for pest control measures to accelerate cultivation of tomato and other perishable produce in the state.
They also advocated for easing of the restriction on movement to provide access to the market for the produce.
A cross section of the farmers made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kano.
Maikudi Ibrahim, a tomato grower in Jaba-Gama area of Kano, said that cultivation was becoming more difficult due to pest infestation of tomato plants.
Ibrahim lamented that pests were more prevalent during rainy season and exposed them to losses, the trend he described as discouraging.
“I have been practicing tomato farming for many years. I have experienced this kind of pest destruction in the past years.
“The arrival of the rain also affects the plants as many plantations wilted to the rain.
“We call for the governments’ intervention to boost cultivation and halt farmers jettisoning tomato cultivation for other crops because of pest invasion,’’ he said.
Another farmer, Mr Bautre Musa said that many people in the area engaged in tomato and perishable produce cultivation in view of its lucrative nature.
Musa said that most farmers lost their investments to the pests due to the lack modern technologies to control it.
“We no longer get good returns due to low market occasioned by the COVID-19 lockdown.
“It is desirable to review the lockdown measures to enhance farmers’ access to the market.
“We also call on the government to assist farmers with chemical and irrigation facilities to encourage productivity,” he said.
Alhaji Muhammad Bello, the Chairman of farmers’ association in the area, said tomato and other perishable produce cultivated by farmers were being transported to other parts of the country.
“Pest control is imperative to sustain tomato cultivation which provided means of livelihood to our people.
“It is because of the mass cultivation that a tomato processing plant by the Dangote Group and other companies came to the state.
“This is a proof of our contribution to the national food security,” he said.
NAN reports also that prices of tomato and other perishable produce had indicated significant increase due to low supply from the farms.
A basket of tomato is now sold at 4, 000 as against its old price of N3, 000 before the rainfall.
Similarly, a small size bag of pepper is sold at N7, 000 and onions N8, 000 as against its previous prices of N5, 500 and N4, 000, respectively.
A bunch of green leaf is also sold at N900 as against N300.
Abubakar Ali, a trader, attributed the hikes to decrease in the supply of the produce.
Ali, however, expressed hope that prices would go down when supply improved.
“Tomato and pepper are being supplied to the market from Kazaure in Jagawa and Katsina States.
“We are anticipating improvement in supply in the next coming weeks from the farms in Kano.”
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)
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