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KDSG establishes 5 policy councils to fast track service delivery

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The Kaduna State Government has established five Policy Implementation Councils to ensure better coordination and effective delivery of public services and development in the state.

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i said in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, that the move was to fast tract the delivery of people-centred governance.

El-Rufa’i explained that the policy councils, structured around the administration’s priority areas were designed to encourage government agencies to work together in conceiving policies and executing projects and programmes.

He named the councils approved by the state Executive Council as Human Capital Development, to be chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe and Procurement Monitoring, also to be chaired by the deputy governor.

Others are Economic Development Council, to be chaired by Senior Adviser-Counsellor to the Governor, Mr Jimi Lawal and Infrastructure Development Council, to be chaired by Chief of Staff to the Governor, Muhammad Abdullahi.

The fifth council, Institutional Development, is to be chaired by Mr. Balarabe Lawal, the Secretary to the State Government.

He said that the councils were designed to help overcome operational hurdles and encourage collaboration among key Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs).

According to him, the step will reduce waste of resources and improve effectiveness in the implementation of state  government policies.

“They are charged with following up and ensuring implementation of all decisions from the state executive council and other decisions as approved by the governor.

“They will also ensure that proper frameworks exist for community engagement to enhance sustainability of government projects and programmes in the five key areas of focus,“ the governor said.

He explained that Human Development Council, which meets every Monday would be responsible for the coordination of a holistic approach of improving human capital.

El-Rufai added that the council was also tasked with providing quality healthcare, education social development, nutrition and skills among others.

The governor also said that the Economic Development Council would meet every Tuesday and focus on growing the economic base, attracting domestic and foreign investments, boosting revenues and promoting job creation in the state.

He also explained that Infrastructure Development Council  would meet on Wednesdays and would  focus on reducing the physical infrastructural deficit in all parts of the state.

It would also work to ensure that planned infrastructure expansion meets quality and timelines.

“Procurement Monitoring Council, which meets on Thursdays is charged with ensuring adherence to procurement procedures across the state, donor-funded and debt-financed projects.

“The council is also responsible for giving “no objection” for amounts beyond N100 million or any other threshold set in the procurement guidelines as approved by the Kaduna State Executive Council from time to time.

“While Institutional Development Council is charged with ensuring the strengthening of the capacity of the state public service and coordinate critical institutional reforms that advance the governance agenda of the state.

“The council, which meets on Fridays, will also ensure the recruitment, training, assessment, discipline and continuous verification of the human resources in the state,“El-Rufai said.

The Governor said that members of the councils have since began meeting weekly to review proposals, memoranda and governance issues as well as make decisions on MDAs proposals.

He said that the councils would report to the state Executive Council from time to time for ratification of decisions.

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Edited By Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu Ahmed

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Community leader lauds FG, KDSG for remembering the poor, vulnerable

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A community leader in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna, Malam Haruna Ango, has commended both the State and Federal Governments for caring for the poor and vulnerable.

Ango, Ward Head of Rumada Community, gave the commendation during a community engagement by a Community-Based Targeting Team on Saturday in Kafanchan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ‘targeting team’ is a National Social Safety-Nets (NNST) programme under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

The team is undergoing training on the processes involved in the identification and capturing of the poor and vulnerable households into the state and national social register.

The training involves desk officers of NNST at the local government level, officers of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and community development officers in Jema’a LGA.

Ango said that the poor and vulnerable people in the community were poverty striking and as such, they needed all the support they can get.

According to him, generating the data of the poor and vulnerable households (PVHHs) is a laudable step toward reaching out to poor and vulnerable.

He commended the Federal and State Governments for initiating the social register for the poor and vulnerable households.

“This is a sure way of reaching out to the poor and vulnerable assistance to enhance their quality of life,’’ Ango said.

He thanked the federal and Kaduna state governments for empowering the community to identity real people that needed interventions.

Also speaking, the youth leader in the community, Mr Aliyu Musa, thanked the governments for realising the need for a data of households that needed supports to get out of abject poverty.

Musa pledged the support of the youths towards achieving purpose of the project in Rumada community.

On his part, the Head of Cripples in Jema’a Emirate, Mr Mohammed Sabo, lauded the initiative.

Sabo appealed to the governments to ensure that people with disabilities are not left out.

According to him, people with disabilities are often forgotten and excluded from government interventions.

NAN reports that the Kaduna State Government had on Thursday, began a three-day training on community-based targeting processes.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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KDSG praises troops for neutralising bandits in 4 LGAs

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Kaduna State Government has commended the Nigeria military for mounting successful operations against bandits in Chikun, Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of the state.

In a statement, issued on Sunday in Kaduna, Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the government noted with joy that the airforce operation, on Thursday and Friday, was successful.

The commissioner said that the state government had been briefed that the operation successfully neutralised many bandits in Chikun LGA of the state while working on other targets.

He, however, regretted that during the operation against the bandits, munitions aimed at the criminals partly damaged a church building in Kabarasha Village in Chikuk LGA.

No civilian casualty was recorded in the incident, he stated.

The commissioner said that Gov. Nasir El-Rufai has directed his ministry to assess the situation and present a report so that the damage to the church could be repaired.

Aruwan said that the ministry is engaging critical stakeholders on the matter and will soon present a progress report to the governor.

He noted that the overall success of the joint military operation will help boost the confidence of farmers to till their land and avert the peril of food insecurity.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that combined military teams of Operation Thunder Strike, Operation Whirl Punch and Nigerian Air Force’s Operation Gama Aiki, comprising units from the Nigeria Air Force and the Nigeria Army, are presently carrying out joint operations against armed bandits in the state.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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TV, radio teaching: KDSG introduces sign language interpreters to ensure inclusion

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The Kaduna State Government has introduced sign language interpreters in its Television and Radio teaching programmes to ensure inclusion of hearing-impaired pupils and students in the state’s e-learning initiative.

A correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria who monitored the content production, on Saturday at Rimi College, Kaduna, reports that a sign language interpreter was attached to every teacher.

NAN reports  that the government had on April 6, began a television and radio teaching programme for students to learn during the lockdown occasioned by Coronavirus  Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The programme was initially focused on final year secondary school students and primary one pupils.

However, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, recently announced the expansion in the coverage and scope of the programme to reach many students and pupils.

The state Universal Basic Education Board also announced in its twitter handle, @KadunaSubeb that the TV and Radio teaching programmes had been expanded to cover all the primary school classes.

The board said that content production had started in core subjects of English, mathematics, basic science, social studies for primary four to primary six pupils.

It added that for primary one to primary three pupils, the programme would apply Jolly Phonics (teaching technique using sounds, dancing and gestures), reading and numeracy, basic science and civic education.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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COVID-19: KDSG decries unabating interstate travel

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The Kaduna State Government has decried violation of the prohibition of interstate journeys, saying that the violations have raised the number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

A statement issued on Friday in Kaduna by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, said that most of the recent cases of COVID-19 in the state had travel history.

According to him, the illegal travels have increased the danger of community transmission, as infections have “now been recorded in some mainly rural local governments on the borders of the state.”

“The Standing Committee on COVID-19 appeals for vigilance and active involvement of all citizens in the effort to avert this peril.”

He said that the state COVID-19 taskforce has confirmed seven new cases on Thursday, as such the “State now has 82 active cases, having discharged 10 patients and recorded one fatality.

“The latest cases include four persons with travel history outside the state, a senior citizen who received many visitors at home and two persons in the police barracks who are contacts of one of the policemen who tested positive.”

According to Adekeye, positive Covid-19 test results have been recorded from Giwa, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Makarfi, Soba and Zaria local government areas.

The governor’s spokesman said that the sacrifices being made by most residents “are being jeopardised by the actions of persons who violate the quarantine orders, and the misconduct of some law enforcement officers that have facilitated and indulged this grossly irresponsible pattern of interstate travel.

“The state government continues to engage the leadership of the concerned agencies on these dangerous lapses, given its consistent support for the security agencies posted to the state.”

The Special Adviser pointed out that Kaduna state’s health system could be easily overwhelmed if community transmission occurs, as the situation in neighbouring states had shown.

He said that government was compelled to block many of the entry points and deploy its senior officials to personally man the borders.

“The Standing Committee appeals to the vast majority of law abiding citizens to continue to expose and report persons engaged in interstate travel or who sneak into their communities.

“All citizens should please consistently exercise the personal responsibility and compliance with health protocols that have been outlined to help beat COVID-19,’’ he added./

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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COVID-19 KDSG to pay daily allowance to frontline health workers

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The Kaduna State Government says it has concluded plans to offer daily allowance to health workers in the frontline of containing the novel Coronavirus in the state.

The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, said in a statement issued to newsmen on Saturday in Kaduna, that Occupational Safety Incentive had been approved for health workers by the state government.

She also said that the government had injected additional funds to raise the insurance claims payable to health workers in case of  death, infection or disability.

“The Occupational Safety Incentive, which takes effect from April 2020, is structured to enhance the pay of frontline health workers by adding three categories of compensation as follows:

 “High risk staff to receive a compensation of N15,000 per day;

Medium risk staff to receive N10,000 per day and  Low risk staff to receive N5,000 per day.

“This Occupational Safety Initiative would benefit frontline health workers. Together with insurance premiums, the incentives are payable from April 2020.

“The insurance package includes, death benefit of N5 million, disability benefit of N2.5 million and Covid-19 infection cover of N100,000 daily for 10 days.

“This package has been enhanced from the initial set of benefits kindly donated by Leadway Assurance.

KDSG is paying additional premiums to increase the assured sum for death and disability to the amounts stated above.”

She said the government had also approved a monthly incentive of 10 per cent of net pay for other health workers in public hospitals and primary health centres.

“The Kaduna State Government wishes to acknowledge and commend its health workers for their dedication and professionalism in the efforts to contain and manage Covid-19.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai has also paid personal tribute to the medical professionals from the Ministry of Health, Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital and Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospitals who successfully treated him when he was infected by Covid-19.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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KDSG salutes workers, says sacrifice, solidarity needed in difficult times

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Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has praised the resilience of the state workforce and residents amidst negative impact of Covid-19 pandemic on conditions of work and living.

This is contained in a statement to mark Workers Day, issued on Friday in Kaduna by Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communications.

The governor pledged to strengthen the public service, raise the capacity of employees and reward them appropriately.

“The 2020 May Day is being marked in circumstances that are most unusual for all categories of workers, be they in the public sector, the organised private sector and the vast informal sector.

“In this moment of emergency, KDSG acknowledges with gratitude the hard work and dedication of our health workers and medical professionals in containing Covid-19 in the state.

“The responsibility to protect the vast majority of residents from the danger of widespread community transmission of Covid-19 has compelled the extension of the Quarantine Orders in the state.

“Government has asked a team of senior officials to begin planning for a post– lockdown scenario.

KDSG is convinced that there is no tension between public safety and economic vitality, rather both should be conceived as supportive of each other.

“That is why the lockdown has only been partial, to allow the operations of the most essential sectors,’’ he said.

El-Rufa’i noted that since the imposition of the Quarantine Orders on March 26, KDSG permitted the food and agriculture value chain to function along with essential manufacturing and logistics businesses.

“As soon as the epidemiological evidence suggests that infection rates have dropped, the state wishes to be ready to permit more economic actors to safely reopen their firms and businesses.

“Before we get to that point, present conditions require that people with an income undertake acts of sacrifice and solidarity to support those whose livelihoods are challenged by the lockdown.”

The governor called for understanding of everyone, especially workers in the public sector, of the imperative of sacrifice and solidarity in this moment of emergency.

“Just as it demonstrated by swiftly implementing the new national minimum wage and increased the minimum pension received by retirees on the defined benefits scheme, the government remains committed to strengthening the public service, raising the capacity of its employees and improving their reward.

KDSG appeals to citizens to uphold hope that together we can defeat Covid- 19, return to some degree of normalcy and commemorate May Day and other landmark dates with greater optimism.

“This requires disciplined and consistent exercise of personal responsibility, regular hand washing with soap and water, wearing of face masks when outside the home, observance of social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings,” he added.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Convid-19: NGO commends KDSG for distributing child spacing commodities

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Family Health Advocates in Nigeria Initiative (FHANI), on Tuesday commended Kaduna State Government for distributing Child Birth Spacing (CBS) commodities to healthcare facilities in the state.

Chairman of the organisation, Bala Tijjani, gave the commendation in a statement in Kaduna.

He said that the action demonstrated the state government’s commitment to ensuring better reproductive health for residents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The fear exercised by residents and partners over reproductive health of families, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic period will now be addressed.

“The shortage of CBS commodities already experienced in the state will drop drastically.

“We also commend the state government for keeping the Primary Healthcare Centres open for residents to access antenatal care and immunisation services among others,” he said.

Tijjani called on the Federal Government to ensure timely supply of needed CBS commodities to citizens, in order to reduce maternal deaths in the country.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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KDSG confirms 5 new Covid-19 cases

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The Kaduna State Ministry of Health has confirmed five new cases of Covid-19 in the state, thus bringing the total of confirmed cases in the state to nine.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Amina Baloni, said on Monday that the new cases were among the Almajiri recently repatriated from Kano.

Baloni said that contacts of the new cases were being traced so that they could be monitored and tested if they meet the case definition.

“The new patients have been moved to the Infectious Diseases Control Centre, the state’s premier isolation centre.

“Our medical professionals are treating them with the same high standards and we wish all our nine active cases speedy recovery,’’ she said.

The commissioner said testing capacity had improved in the state, as two laboratories, one each in Kaduna and Zaria, have been accr
Edited By: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to conduct Covid- (NAN)19 tests.

The commissioner reminded the general public of the importance of hand washing, personal hygiene, social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings for their protection from Covid-19.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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COVID-19: KDSG discharges one patient from IDC

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Kaduna State Ministry of Health, on Wednesday, said it has discharged a coronavirus patient after successful treatment.

Dr Amina Baloni, the State Commissioner for Health, said in a statement the patient has recovered from coronavirus for which he had early tested positive.

“I am pleased to share the good news that a COVID-19 patient has been discharged from the Infectious Disease Centre (IDC).

“Following treatment at the isolation centre, the patient has recovered.

“This has been confirmed by two consecutive negative results, the second of which came on Tuesday, April 14,’’ Baloni said.

She said the state government was looking forward to the recovery and discharge of the other five patients.

“The ministry wishes to acknowledge the dedicated contributions of our teams that are contributing to our collective COVID-19 efforts.

“We also wish to pay tribute to the medical professionals at the Infectious Disease Centre for the successful management of these patients.

“The ministry wishes to remind residents of Kaduna State that it is safer and cheaper to observe preventive measures than to treat COVID-19.

“Citizens must wash their hands regularly with soap and water and observe social distancing.

“They are also advised to avoid large gatherings and stay at home, except it is absolutely necessary to go out.

“Wherever they are, they should also practise respiratory hygiene,’’ the commissioner said.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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