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Katsina agency employs ‘spot and fix’ to halt open defecation

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The Katsina State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), says it is deploying a ‘spot and fix’ mechanism toward ending open defecation in the state.

The agency’s Executive Director, Mr Aminu Dayyabu, stated this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja.

Dayyabu said the agency saw the need to address immediate causes of open defecation in communities in the state and this had led to reduction in the practice.

He expressed optimism that a large number of Local Government Areas (LGAs) would soon be declared Open Defecation-Free (ODF), adding that the state had domesticated the roadmap toward ending open defecation.

“What we do is to identify an issue with the communities, examine the likely cause and fix it immediately; if it is lack of toilet, we provide it and solve the problem of open defecation.’’

Dayyabu said that the state was benefiting from the UNICEF supported Sanitation Hygiene and Water in Nigeria (SHAWN) Project since 2010.

He said that there were large investments from stakeholders to see that the LGAs were open defecation free.

“We have really worked very hard, the state and local governments, and relevant stakeholders have really invested heavily to see that Katsina state achieves a significant level of ODF LGAs.

“Just last year (2019), we were able to develop and domesticate the roadmap to see that Katsina state is certified as ODF in the next five years.

“The government is very mindful of the challenge of open defecation in the state that is why the present government has taken it very seriously to build the capacity of the local governments.

“The RUWASSA staff and even the community, the governor is an advocate of seeing that the state moves to the next level in scaling up sanitation delivery,’’ he said.

According to him, the state government is worried about open defecation practice, hence strengthening efforts in building the capacity of members of staff of LGAs, RUWASSA and communities for overall adherence to hygiene promotion at all times.

The executive director said that engaging in open defecation and living in unhygienic environment was responsible for most of the water and environment-related diseases.

He urged the people to desist from those acts.

Dayyabu said that stopping defecation in open environment would further assist to prevent outbreak of diarrhoea and cholera, which account for high rate of child mortality in the state.

According to UNICEF, poor access to improved water and sanitation in Nigeria remains a major contributing factor to high morbidity and mortality rates among children under five.

The use of contaminated drinking water and poor sanitary conditions result in increased vulnerability to water-borne diseases, including diarrhoea which leads to deaths of more than 70,000 children under five annually.

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Defence HQ says airstrikes kill 400 bandits in Katsina, Zamfara

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The Defence Headquarters says the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji has neutralised no fewer than 400 armed bandits in multiple air strikes in Katsina and Zamfara.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement released on Sunday in Abuja said the operations were in continuation of the offensive to rid the country of bandits and other criminal elements.

Enenche said that close to 200 bandits were killed in multiple air strikes conducted at Ibrahim Mai’Bai’s Camp in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina and Kurmin Kura in Zurmi in Zamfara on May 22 and May 23.

He said the air strikes were executed, following confirmation that the two locations were being used as hideouts for some bandit leaders while also serving as collection points for rustled cattle.

According to him, the air component, employing Nigerian Air Force ground attack aircraft and helicopter gunships, engaged the two locations in multiple passes, destroying makeshift structures in the camps as well as killing the bandit leaders and their fighters.

“Human Intelligence sources later confirmed that close to 200 armed bandits were killed in the air strikes at the target locations.

“The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) commends the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute toward eradicating all armed bandits.

“The CAS has also directed that additional assets be deployed to cover Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi States to frustrate any attempt of the bandits to relocate to adjoining states,” he said.

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Military kills 135 bandits in air raids in Katsina, Zamfara

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The Defence Headquarters says the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji, has decimated several camps and killed 135 armed bandits in massive air raids at several locations in Katsina and Zamfara States between May 20 and May 22.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Saturday, said the air raid was part of the renewed offensive to rid the North-West of armed bandits and other criminal elements.

Enenche explained that the air strikes were undertaken sequel to credible intelligence reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that led to the identification of the camps.

The camps, according to him, include Abu Radde Camps 1 and 2, and Dunya in Jibia and DanMusa Local Government Areas of Katsina State as well as Hassan Tagwaye’s Camp; Alhaji Auta’s Camp and Maikomi in Birnin Magaji and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara.

He said the air interdiction missions were undertaken by the attack aircraft to the locations in multiple bombing runs, adding that some were executed simultaneously.

“At the Abu Radde Camps on 20 May 2020, a set of huts housing one of the notorious bandit leaders was taken out by air strikes with scores of the bandits killed and few seen fleeing with gunshot wounds towards the Dumburum Forest.

“Similar air raids were executed at Hassan Tagwaye’s and Alhaji Auta’s Camps as well as at Maikomi with equally devastating effects.

HUMINT reports later confirmed that no fewer than 135 bandits were neutralised by the series of air strikes at the various locations.

“The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) commends the team for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute, in order to achieve the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff to restore normalcy to all parts of Nigeria,” he said.

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We will clear bandits in Katsina, North-West — Air Chief

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The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force would soon clear bandits in Katsina State and the North-West region.

Sadique stated this when 60 additional Airmen and Officers were deployed on Thursday to Katsina for Special “Operation Harbin Daji” in Batsari and Jibiya areas and other flash spots in the state.

The Air Officer Commanding Special Operation, Bauchi Command, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Charles Ohwo, represented the Chief of Air Staff during the deployment.

Sadique said that the Air Force would soon rid Katsina State and the entire North West geo-political zone of banditry and other crimes.

He charged the air men and officers deployed for the operations to remain committed in the operation in accordance with the Air Force Core Values.

“I implore you to inject more fighting techniques which you have learnt to bear with your assignment with a view to bringing the bandits to their kneels.

“I am very sure, with the help of God, we will succeed. There’ll soon be no hiding place for the bandits in Katsina and the entire North West Geo-Political Zone,” he assured.

Sadique thanked Gov Aminu Masari for his support and cooperation to the Air Force and the Special Operations unit in the state.

He said barely 48 hours after their  deployment to the state, the operation had started yielding positive results.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari recently gave the nation’s Armed Forces marching order to rid the state of criminals.

The order came following growing activities of bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and armed robbers in parts of the state.

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KEDCO donates N2m, other items to Katsina

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Mr Vijaykwunae Sonnawane,  Chief Operating Officer, Kano State Electricity Supply Company (KEDCO) says the company has donated food items to Katsina State Government as palliatives for distribution to the vulnerable.

Sonnawane while handing over the items to Governor Aminu Masari in Katsina on Friday, said  the gesture was part of the organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

He explained that the palliatives included, 100 bags of rice, 100 jerricans of vegetable Oil for cooking and N2 million cash donation.

The chief operating officer said that  KEDCO would continue to live up to its responsibilities to improve the lives of the masses.

Gov. Masari while receiving the donation, thanked the organisation for the gesture and urged it  to continue to  improve its services for the interest of the common people.

He pledged that the his administration would continue to partner with the company in providing good governance to citizens.

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Lawmaker disburses cash to constituents in Katsina for Eid-el-Fitr celebration

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Mustapha Rabe, representing Mai’adua Constituency in Katsina State House of Assembly, has commenced the disbursement of N4.8 million to people in his constituency for Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

Mustapha (APC) told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday that the gesture, which also included 300 bags of rice, was to assist orphans and the less privileged in Mai’adua.

He said that each of the 500 beneficiaries, which cut across the 10 wards, would get N5,000 each, while the remaining money would be shared by APC stakeholders in the constituency.

He urged the people to celebrate with modesty and ensure they practice proper hygiene and social distancing during the celebration.

He enjoined the people to use Eid-el-Fitr to offer special prayers to Almighty Allah to overpower the COVID-19 pandemic in Katsina, Nigeria and the world at large.

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COVID-19: Katsina Govt. establishes 160-bed capacity isolation centre

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The Katsina State Government has established a 160-bed capacity isolation centre to enhance treatment of people infected with Coronavirus.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that it was an IDPs camp that was converted into COVID-19 isolation centre.

Gov. Aminu Masari and other government officials inspected facilities at the centre on Wednesday in Katsina.

The government officials with the governor were: the Commissioner for Health, Dr Yakubu Nuhu Danja and the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Kabir Mustapha.

Others included:  the General Manager, Katsina State Health Services Management Board, Dr Abduljalil Umar Abdullahi and the Commissioner for information, Alhaji Abdulkarim Sirika, who is also the state’s  Chairman, Enlightenment Committee, COVID-19.

The governor expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done by the contractor.

In his remarks, the commissioner for health, Danja, thanked the state government for the project and assured the governor that the centre would be used for the purpose it was established.

He said the centre had capacity to accommodate 160 COVID-19 patients for treatment in the state.

Danja said the centre would assist to contain spread of the disease among people in the state.

He revealed that the confirmed cases in the state was 281 as at Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

According to him, 51 patients have been treated and discharged, while 13 persons died of the virus in the state.

Also speaking, the general manager, state hospital services management board, Abdullahi, said that health workers had been trained on the proper ways of treating patients identified with the disease.

He urged people to continue to adhere strictly to the guidelines given by health experts in the fight against the disease.

Abdullahi stressed the need for regular hand washing with soap and water, use of face masks, hand sanitisers and observing physical/social distancing, among others by citizens.

NAN reports that the government also is also using the Federal Medical Centre and General Amadi Rimi Specialists Hospital, all in Katsina, as temporary isolation centres.

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Senate commends Buhari over military action against banditry in Katsina

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The Senate on Tuesday at plenary commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent directive to launch a military offensive against bandits in Katsina State.

The commendation came against the backdrop of a motion considered on the need to integrate adjoining states of Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto.

The motion was sponsored by Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC – Niger North).

The lawmaker, in his motion, recalled that Senate had on
May 12 considered two separate motions on the need for the Federal Government to immediately address the growing spate of banditry in Niger and Katsina States, respectively.

Abdullahi said the upper chamber was aware through a Presidential Spokesman that Buhari had authorised the commencement of a major military operation to sweep bandits and kidnappers out of Katsina state.

He said it was a major proactive measures by Special Forces to replace the reactive strikes against the camps of these bandits and criminals.

According to him, criminalities by these armed bandits and kidnappers are carried out mostly under the cover of the contagious forests reserves and areas stretching from Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger States with pockets of safe havens in Kebbi and Sokoto states.

He expressed concern that a major offensive in Katsina State alone was likely to make the armed bandits and kidnappers seek safer haven in Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger states.

He said the states which hosts the Zurmi and Kamuku forests among others, would further compound the plight of hapless and poor communities along the forest corridors.

“It was the earlier massive operations in Zamfara and Kaduna states that led the armed bandits to seek safe haven elsewhere, thus moving into Katsina and Niger States respectively; and some others pushing their luck to some parts of Sokoto and Kebbi States.

The Senate in its resolutions, accordingly appealed to President Buhari to expand the scope of the operations to include Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger and Sokoto States and any other surrounding areas.

It also appealed for an expansion of the operations to states that the armed bandits may want to seek safe haven following the massive operation.

The upper chamber also called on the Military formations and the Nigerian Police to increase their surveillance operation to track movements by these armed bandits to prevent them from accessing any safe haven.

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Buhari orders military operations to sweep bandits, kidnappers out of Katsina

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President Muhammadu Buhari has authorised the commencement of a major military operation to sweep bandits and kidnappers out of Katsina State.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

He said: ”A major proactive operation by Special Forces, which details are being kept secret, is now in progress to replace the reactive strikes against insurgent camps.

”To give a full effect to the exercise, a planning team is already in the state selecting targets and making preparations for the execution of the “unprecedented” operation.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, who has been measured in issuing official statements on the oncoming exercise, briefed the President on the plan he intends to flag off shortly.”

The presidential aide also quoted President Buhari to have expressed sadness over the recent attacks in the state, and extended his condolences to the families of those killed as well as prayed for the recovery of the injured.

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Katsina state govt relaxes lockdown order

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Gov Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Saturday gave a directive for the relaxation of the lockdown order imposed across the state.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Mustapha Inuwa, announced this in a statement on Saturday in Katsina.

He however said the relaxation of the lockdown order would be effective between Monday and Sunday May 24.

“The relaxation of the lockdown order is to be observed within local government areas (LGAs), while the ban on movements across LGAs remain in force,” Inuwa said.

The SSG also said the governor had directed the Katsina and Daura Emirate Councils to ensure that District and Village Heads stayed in their domain to observe the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitr.

He further said the governor has observed that two-thirds of the COVID-19 cases in the state fell within Katsina, the state capital.

“The residents of the area are therefore warned to strictly observe and adhere to all protocols given by health/security officials, such as wearing face masks, social distancing, regular washing of hands and use of hand-sanitising liquid.

“Old people and persons with health challenges are also advised to avoid crowded places,” Inuwa said.

He explained that the decision to relax the lockdown order was reached during the regular review meeting with religious leaders and other stakeholders.

The SSG added that the decision was taken in the best interest of people of the state.

“The governor thank the people of the state for the understanding, support and cooperation so far exhibited since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Also, he has once again appealed to the general public to remain law-abiding and continue to pray to God to help halt the spread of the dreaded disease,” he said.

Inuwa said the governor also appreciated the efforts of the frontline health workers who have been assisting the state in the fight against the pandemic.

He said the governor urged security agents to continue to do more in safeguarding the health, lives and property of people of the state.

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Military eliminates 27 bandits along Katsina/Zamfara border – DHQ

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The Air Component of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’ has eliminated 27 bandits and destroyed some of their dwellings, along the Nahuta-Doumborou Corridor on the border between Katsina and Zamfara States.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Enenche said the operation was executed on Thursday, following  credible intelligence reports that revealed that notorious bandits were harboured in a cluster of huts in the area.

He added that the air component dispatched a Nigerian Air Force attack helicopter as well as a ground attack aircraft to engage the location.

According to him, overhead the target area, several of the bandits were seen along with a large number of rustled cattle.

“The attack aircraft took turns in engaging the area, neutralising some of the bandits while few escaped with injuries.

“Human Intelligence (HUMINT) sources later confirmed that no fewer than 27 bandits were neutralised as a result of the attack.

“The armed forces of Nigeria wishes to thank all Nigerians for their support and encourages the general public to continue providing useful information that will  facilitate its operations to restore peace and security to all affected parts of the country,” he said.

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COVID-19: Katsina State Govt reduces 2020 Budget

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Katsina State Government has reviewed its 2020 budget from N244billion to N213billion due to the fall in price of crude oil and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Gov. Aminu Masari disclosed this when he received the reversed budget from the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Farouk Jobe at the Government House, Katsina on Thursday.

The governor, who signed the reversed budget, said that the Members of the state House of Assembly had deliberated before passing the bill.

“The House also decided to review the budget in view of the issue of COVID-19 pandemic, which had affected the state economically, socially and spiritually.

“In view of this, the members deliberated and passed the bill, which slashed the 2020 appropriation budget from N244 billion to N213 billion representing a difference of N31 billion.

“The budget was reviewed based on the oil benchmark of 30 dollars per barrel as against the pre-review benchmark of 57 dollars per barrel,” he said.

Masari urged stakeholders to redouble their effort in the fight against COVID-19 with a view to curbing the spread among communities in the state.

Earlier, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Tasiu Maigari said that the house passed the bill for reversed budget in less than two weeks.

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Senate criticises killings in Niger, Katsina

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Senators on Tuesday bemoaned the unending killings in some communities in Niger and Katsina by bandits.

The Senate, therefore, called on security agencies to rise up to the disturbing challenge by setting up permanent military bases in the affected areas.

The resolution was sequel to separate motions moved by senators Sani Musa (APC-Niger), and Mandiya Bello (APC– Katsina).

Musa had lead the debate on the motion entitled: “Urgent Need for the Federal Government to take drastic actions to bring an end to the act of banditry and kidnapping in Niger East Senatorial District”.

He said the act had become a daily incidence in Niger, Katsina , Kebbi, Kaduna and Zamfara.

According to him, dastardly acts of the bandits were inflicted on residents of affected communities in Niger recently with loss of precious lives and property.

“On the 22nd of April this year, bandits struck communities of Madaka, Bakacin, Hatsi, Tunga Bako, Uregi, Ushsma, Sambuga, Ufaka and Pangu Gari Maguga in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger.

“Some members of the communities including nine vigilantes were killed, some were kidnapped and valuables carted away,” he said.

Sen. Mandiya in his own motion on similar banditry in Katsina, said concerned communities were becoming desperate and may resort to self-help which would eventually lead to state of anarchy.

Contributing, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi (APC Niger North), said the issue of insecurity in the country had been over debated at both Chambers of the National Assembly with attendant resolutions passed.

“What is required now from the security agencies is action and nothing more.

“There is need for them to wake up by confronting the mindless criminals frontally,” he said.

However, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in his remarks , said the security agencies were overwhelmed due to inadequate number of personnel and equipment.

“The Security agencies have not at any time shirked their responsibilities of ensuring security for all and sundry in the country .

“With the inadequate personnel and equipment, they are no doubt, overwhelmed by the spate of crimes and criminalities across the country.

“They are, however, expected to redouble their efforts in getting bandits, kidnappers and other criminals out of their various hide outs,” he said.

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COVID-19: FG disburses over N1bn financial support to vulnerable in Katsina

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The Federal Government has disbursed over N1 billion financial support to the vulnerable in Katsina State for the COVID-19 through the Social Investment Porogramme (SIP).

The state Coordinator of SIP, Alhaji Aliyu Girka, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Katsina on Tuesday.

He stated that over 153,000 vulnerable people had benefitted from the Federal Government assistance through the SIP.

According to him, another set of 173,000 vulnerable and the neediest were registered in 12 local government areas of the state.

The coordinator listed the local governments as Rimi, Danmusa, Kaita Mani, Baure, Ingawa, Bindawa Bakori, Musawa, Kankia Kankara and Dandume.

Girka said that the exercise would be carried out with the support of traditional institutions in the respective areas.

He appealed to people to give necessary support and cooperation in order  for the programme to achieve the desired objectives.

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Lockdown: Katsina Senator distributes food items to constituents

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Sen. Kabir Barkiya (APC-Katsina) has distributed food items to members of his constituency to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Barkiya, represented by Alhaji Abdullahi Birchi, his legislative aide, distributed the items to the beneficiaries on Wednesday in Katsina.
He urged the people to abide by safety instructions given by the health and government officials to prevent the spread of the virus.
The senator also urged other wealthy individuals in the society to emulate the gesture by making similar donations to the people.
He advised governments at all levels to strive hard to ensure that Nigeria became free from COVID-19.
“It is only when we stay at home that the pandemic can be controlled as it can be easily spread among the people,” he said.
Barkiya warned that COVID-19 was real and that the only way out was for people to take precautionary measures against it spread.
“I will appeal to our people to respect all the guidelines issued by relevant authorities as COVID19 is not a respecter of anyone.
“No matter how highly placed you are, you should do as we have been directed to do,’’ he said.
He pray to Almighty Allah to save Nigeria from the pandemic.
The items distributed included 100 bags of rice, cooking oil, brocade and wrappers.

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COVID-19: Katsina Govt. locks down Malumfashi LGA as cases rise to 75 

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Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has directed the lockdown of Malumfashi Local Government Area by 7 a.m. as from May 7.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, made this knpwn in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday in Katsina.

He said that the lockdown followed receipt of some results from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which confirmed that some persons tested positive to COVID-19 in the area.

Inuwa said that the order was also in line with the decision already taken by the state government and other stakeholders to shutdown any local government area where COVID-19 cases were established.

He, therefore, warned people of the area to stay at home as security agents would be deployed to ensure total compliance in order to curtail the spread of the pandemic.

Inuwa said that the COVID-19 committee would identify some pharmaceuticals, grains and essential commodities stores in the area that would provide skeletal services to the needy.

According to him, the decision is taken in the best interest of people of Malumfashi local government area and humanity at large.

The SSG urged people of the state to strictly adhere to the guidelines of health experts against the spread of the Novel COVID-19 virus.

He also urged them to continue to pray to Almighty Allah to bring an end to the pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government has so far shutdown 10 out of the 34 local government areas in the state due to the pandemic.

The affected LGAs are Katsina; Batagarawa; Daura; Dutsinma; Safana; Mani; Jibia; Kankia; Musawa; and Malumfashi.

The state has about 75 cases of COVID-19 with six persons discharged while five persons had died from the disease.

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COVID-19: Katsina Govt. shuts down Emir of Daura’s palace

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The Katsina State Government has shut down the palace of the Emir of Daura as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Aminu Masari, who made the disclosure in Katsina while giving update on the COVID-19 situation in the state, said there was no ulterior  motive to the decision to quarantine the palace.

“Palace is a place where people visit all the time, we take this decision to contain spread of Coronavirus.

“Reports reaching me reveal that people in rural areas don’t obey the order, people gather during marriages, naming ceremonies, burials and other social gatherings.

“I have directed the Emirs of Katsina and Daura to deal decisively with anyone violating the order,” he said.

The governor explained that there have been some COVID-19 positive cases from the palace, while samples of 89 people had been taken from the palace for screening by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Masari urged people of the state to continue to adhere strictly to the advice of health experts like social distancing, use of face masks and sanitiser, as well as frequent washing of hands with running water.

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Gov. Masari expresses fears over communities spread of COVID-19 in Katsina

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Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Monday expressed fears over the spread of Coronavirus across many communities in the state.

Masari, while briefing newsmen in Katsina, said he was worried over the influx of people coming to the state from “high risk places” to rejoin with their people.

The governor explained that 24 cases of Coronavirus were recorded in the state last week, 23 of which were from Katsina Local Government, with only one from Daura.

Masari disclosed that the state so far had recorded 75 cases of people living with COVID-19.

According to him, six patients were discharged and four died after tested positive.

He added that 14 medical staffs died in various health facilities that treated patients with different ailments, not related to COVID-19 during the period under review.

Masari pledged that the state government would provide necessary protective and working facilities for the health workers against any infection.

He charged the monitoring and implementation committee, and the media to intensify efforts in enlightening people on the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

The governor also urged the Federal Government to establish laboratory for testing in view of the increasing number of cases in the state.

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COVID-19: 6 patients discharged from isolation centre in Katsina — Official

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The Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, Dr Bello Suleiman, on Wednesday disclosed that six out of the 14 COVID-19 patients in Katsina State have been discharged after they tested negative twice.

Suleiman, speaking in Katsina, also revealed  that a two-and a half-year-old child was among the discharged patients.

He noted that the feat was achieved after 19 days of treatment of the Coronavirus.

According to him, all the discharged patients were from Daura Local Government Area of the state, where the first index case was recorded.

He said that the remaining eight patients were being treated at the facility and responding well to the treatment.

Suleiman expressed the hope that five other stable patients could soon test negative for the second time and be discharged from the centre.

The medical director commended various stakeholders that contributed to the successful discharge of the patients.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government identified FMC, General Amadi Rimi Specialists Hospital and IDPs Camp, all in Katsina, as isolation centres for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

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Gov Masari confirms 9 new cases of COVID-19 in Katsina

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Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Masari made this known while briefing newsmen on Sunday in Katsina.

“We sent samples of 287 suspected persons to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) for screening.

“From the sample, nine tested positive for COVID-19. Four of the confirmed cases from Daura, four from Katsina and one from in Dutsinma local government areas of the state.

“The nine persons had direct contact with the index cases in Daura, Katsina and Dutsinma.

“We still have 16 samples in the laboratory waiting for transportation to the National laboratory of the NCDC, Abuja for screening.

“Another 20 samples will be taken again for screening because they were first taken to the Kano centre which was shutdown for the time being,” he said.

The governor said that the state now has 30 cases with one death.

He disclosed that the patients were on admission at the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina.

“We are now waiting for the second screening for seven others to be conducted in the next two days before they are discharged,” he said.

He urged the people to continue to abide by the advice given by health experts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“People should keep social distancing, frequent washing of their hands with soap and running water, using sanitisers, covering their nose and mouth with mask, among others.

“I have also mobilised and directed the law enforcement agencies to enforce the lockdown to stop the spread of the virus in the state,” he said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Katsina State Elders Forum, others eulogise Abba Kyari

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Katsina Elders Forum has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said the elders expressed their feelings via a letter of condolence.

The letter was signed by Alhaji Ahmadu Kurfi, Chaiman and Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed, Secretary General of the Forum.

They said: ”No doubt, the death is a great loss not only to the family of Malam Abba Kyari but to the whole nation in view of the vacuum the death of Malam Kyari has created in the presidency especially his altruism in leadership and prudent management of resources.

”We pray Allah (SWT) forgive his shortcomings and admit him in Aljanna Firdaus. May Allah give the family the fortitude to bear this great loss. ”

According to the presidential aide, President Buhari also received commiserations from the Managing Director, Bank of Industry, Mr Olukayode Pitan and former President of ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development, Bashir Mamman Ifo.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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