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Katsina United gets new Chairman

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Katsina United gets new Chairman


Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina state has approved the appointment of Abdussamad Badamasi as the new Chairman of Katsina United Football Club.

This was contained in a statement signed by the acting Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Sports and Social Development, Alhaji Sirajo Gide, and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Katsina.

The statement said that the appointment takes immediate effect.

“By this appointment, you are to preside over the management of the club in line with the club’s framework and schedule, report and liaise with relevant supervising government institutions as appropriate,” it said.

The statement also wished the appointee a successful and hitch free tenure in office.

 

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NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy and thundery weather activities from Monday to Wednesday across the country.


NiMet`s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja predicted cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms over some parts of northern states.

The states are Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Sokoto, Taraba, Kebbi and Katsina.

According to the agency, the rest of the region will be under cloudy conditions during the time.

“Later in the day, cloudy skies with pockets of thunderstorms are anticipated over the region with the exception of Sokoto where cloudy condition is expected.

“Over the central region, cloudy skies with isolated rain showers are anticipated over Jos, Nasarawa, Makurdi, Niger and Abuja during the morning hours.

“As the day progresses, much cloudiness is expected to prevail over the region with prospects of thunderstorms over Benue, Abuja, Niger and Plateau States.’’

The agency predicted that southern coast and the inland would be cloudy with the exception of Ikom, Obudu, Calabar in Cross River and Eket in Akwa Ibom, where light rain showers were anticipated during the morning hours.

It further predicted that some southeast inland and coastal cities such as Enugu, Umuahia, Obudu, Uyo, Calabar, Eket, Port-Harcourt and Yenagoa are expected to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers later in the day.

The agency, however, envisaged cloudy skies over the inland and coastal areas of the Southwest.

According to NiMet, morning thunderstorms are likely over Katsina, Borno, Taraba and Katsina on Tuesday, while the rest of the northern region is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours.

“Places like Southern Borno, Bauchi, and Gombe will experience cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms in the evening while the rest of the region are expected to be cloudy.

“Cloudy skies with thunderstorms are expected over Niger axis, while other parts of the central cities will experience much cloudiness during the morning hours.

“Scattered thunderstorms are anticipated over Kaduna and Niger States in the afternoon with more prospects in the evening.

“Cloudy conditions are expected over inland and coast of the south during the morning and evening period.’’

NiMet forecast cloudy skies over the northern region with chances of thunderstorms over Borno, Gombe, and Adamawa during the morning hours of Wednesday.

It also predicted pockets of thunderstorms over Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi States.

“Cloudy skies are expected to prevail across the central region during the morning hours, while thunderstorms are expected over the high grounds of the central states during the afternoon and evening period.

“Cloudiness is expected to prevail over the inland and the coastal belt throughout the forecast period.’’

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Silas Nwoha (NAN)

 

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FG distributes relief materials, fetes IDPs in Katsina

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The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons in Katsina.


In addition to the relief materials, through NEMA, it  also provided five cows to celebrate Sallah with the IDPs in the camp.

The items were distributed at the Model Primary School in Batsari Local Government Area of the state on Sunday, where the IDPs were camped.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items donated include; 1000 bags of 12.5 kg rice, 1000 bags of 25 kg beans, 1000 bags of 12.5 kg maize, 50 cartons of Milo, 50 cartons of powdered milk, 50 bags of 50 kg Sugar, 167 cartons of seasoning, 83 cartons of tinned  tomatoes and 2, 000 pieces of blankets.

Others were,  2, 000 pieces of mats, 2, 000  pieces of foam mattresses, 100 kegs of 20 litres of vegetable oil, 50 bags of 20 kg salt, 50 cartons  of OMO detergents,  63 cartons  of bath soap, 3,500 pieces  of women’s clothing, 2,500 pieces of children’s clothing as well as five live cows.

AVM Muhammadu Mohammed (Rtd) Director General, NEMA, while inaugurating the relief distribution , in Katsina, said  the food and non food items were meant to provide succour to the people who were displaced due to bandit attacks.

Mohammed, who was represented by Mr Godwin Tepikor, Assistant Director,  Relief and Rehabilitation, NEMA, added that the items were sent to enable the displaced persons celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir happily.

“We are here with these items, as part of the federal government’s commitment to providing succour to persons affected by bandit attacks in this camp and also to slaughter these cows so that together, we can celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir with them,” he said.

He however, charged officials that would be in charge of the distribution, to do so with utmost transparency and fairness to all displaced persons.

Mr Kabiru Umar, Camp Manager, Model Primary School IDPs camp, Batsari, commended the federal government and assured that the food items would be judiciously used for the upkeep of the IDPs.

NAN reports that the camp which had no fewer than 3,600 IDPs presently, witnessed the birth of five newborn babies, comprising of four girls and a boy, while the celebration was ongoing.

A mother of one of the babies, Maryam Abubakar, appreciated the federal government for the donation.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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ECWA urges FG to end insecurity in Kaduna, Plateau, others

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The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has called on the Federal Government to end the killings in southern Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Taraba and Adamawa states.


It also urged government to end banditry and other forms of insecurity in Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, and other states in the northern part of the country.

ECWA made the call in a communique issued on Sunday at the end of its General Church Council (GCC) meeting held in Jos.

The communique was signed by Rev. Stephen Baba and Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, its President and General Secretary, respectively.

According to the communique, the council also decried the wanton destruction of farmlands and other property worth billions, urging government to rise to the occasion and end the scourge.

It advised government to intensify efforts in arresting the perpetrators and bringing them to book, insisting that such move would serve as deterrent to other criminals.

“Council views with serious concern the unabated attacks of armed men and bandits across the country, especially in the northern states.

“They have continued to destroy lives, farmlands and property of innocent citizens in southern Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Zamfara, Kogi, Adamawa, Katsina, Taraba and Niger states.

“We note with grief the several attacks on southern Kaduna communties, a stronghold of ECWA, where over 120 persons including infants and women have been killed, with scores injured and many displaced.

“Council, therefore, advocate for a stronger collaboration between the government, the security agencies and the entire populace for a more robust and rapid response for the protection of human lives and property,”it said.

The council also urged security agencies to improve on their response to distress calls, increase intelligence gathering and be proactive to nip imminent security challenges in the bud.

It frowned at the deplorable state of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the country and called on the government ensure the inhabitants are returned to their original homes.

It also urged the government to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu and other persons still in captivity, noting that such move would free their parents and loved one from serious trauma.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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COVID-19: FCT leads with 130 cases, as Nigeria records 386 new infections

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) led the pack on Saturday with 130 Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases as the country recorded 386 new infection in the country.


Data from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC ) showed that the cases were spread across 18 states and the FCT.

The NCDC said that FCT topped the list for the of states with higher daily cases of COVID-19 for the third time consecutively with 130, while Lagos, the epicentre of the virus, reported 65.

Other states with new cases were Ondo, 37, Osun, 29, Plateau, 23, Rivers, 15, Enugu, 14, Nasarawa, 12, Bayelsa, 11, Ebonyi, 11, Ekiti, 9, Oyo 8, Edo, 8, Abia, 6, Ogun, 3, Katsina, 3, Imo 1 and Adamawa 1.

The health agency said that Nigeria had now successfully treated 20,087 COVID-19 cases following the discharge of 522 additional patients in the last 24 hours.

The health agency noted that four more persons have died from the disease.

According to the NCDC, till date, a total of 43,537 cases of the virus have been confirmed, 20,087 cases discharged and 883 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The NCDC noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 would continue to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria conducted 145,454 tests in July and recorded 17,457 positive cases during the same period.

It said compared to June, the figures represented 95 per cent increase in testing numbers and 12 per cent increase in positive cases.

”It is good news that Nigeria significantly stepped up testing in July. The 95 per cent increase in testing in July compared to June only resulted in 12 per cent increase in positive cases.

”June, 74,580 tests, 15,532 positive cases. July, 145,454 tests, 17,457 positive cases. July also recorded one of the lowest monthly test positivity to date.

”July test positivity is 12 per cent . June test positivity is 21 per cent. May test positivity is 17 per cent. July also records 51 per cent of cumulative test in the country,” it said.

The Agency said that states that had made this possible by their daily increase in testing were, Kano, Plateau, Oyo, Lagos, FCT and Rivers States in July. (NAN)

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