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Kebbi Govt mourns cleric dead at 117



Kebbi Government on Sunday mourned an Islamic cleric, Shaeikh Haliru Abdullahi, who died at the age of 117.

A statement by Abubakar Dakingari, chief press secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, said the cleric died on Thursday in Birinin Kebbi after an illness.

According to Dakingari, the governor has paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

He said the governor was received during the visit by the Speaker of the state House Assembly, Alhaji Samaila Kamba and one of the children of deceased, Alhaji Samaila Dankasa.

In his prayers, Gov. Bagudu reiterated that death was inevitable and prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul and urged Allah to forgive his shortcomings and make Aljanatu Firdaus his final home.

In response, on behalf of the family, Kamba thanked the governor for the condolence visit.

According to the statement, the deceased was the Sarkin Zabarmawan of Gwandu, who devoted his life to the promotion of peace and unity among the people of Nigeria, Niger and Benin Republic.

He left behind four wives, 28 children and 200 grand and great grand children.


Don’t accept gifts, food from passengers, Police Command in Kebbi warns



The Police Command in Kebbi on Friday warned commercial drivers against accepting gifts and food from passengers, to reduce incidences of vehicles snatching in the state.

DSP Nafi’u Abubakar, Command’s Public Relations Officer, gave the warning in Birnin Kebbi, saying that acceptance of such gifts could lead to their being dispossessed of their vehicles and other valuables.

The Kebbi Police Command wishes to call on commercial drivers, Keke Napep and motorcycle riders to be wary of the passengers they convey, who may be unnecessarily friendly, by giving them free gifts or food that might have been drugged.

“The drugging can make driver or rider to be drowsy or go into coma, which may easily lead to the dispossession of their vehicles and other valuables,” he said.

Edited By: Folorun Poroye/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Kebbi commences sales of subsidised livestock feeds



The Kebbi Government on Friday flagged-off the sales of livestock feeds at subsidised rate to farmers across the state.

Speaking at the flagg-off ceremony held at Bagudo, the wife of the State Governor, Hajiya A’isha Atiku-Bagudu, said the gesture was aimed at boosting livestock farming in the state.

She called on members of the Sales Committee, to ensure that the feeds were sold to the farmers at subsided rates as specified.

She said: ”Let me appreciate the commitment of His Excellency, Sen. Abubakar Atiku- Bagudu for supporting all categories of farmers in the state.

“I therefore urge the beneficiaries to ensure that they collect receipts while purchasing the items.

“I also want to assure the Fulani community of the issuance of the applied loan facility, to improve their businesses”.

Similarly, the governor’s wife doled out palliatives to Rugar Idowaje, a Fulani community in Bagudo Local Government Area, to cushion the hardship occasioned by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that items donated included; rice, wheat offal, clothes and groundnuts oil.

Earlier, the Commissioner, Animal Health Husbandry and Fisheries, Aminu Garba-Dandiga commended Gov. Atiku-Bagudu and his wife, Hajiya A’isha, for their commitment in  encouraging livestock farming across the state.

He observed that the state was endowed with all farming potentials, particularly livestock, which needed to be properly harnessed to boost the revenue base of the state.

The Commissioner stressed the need for residents to take advantage of such potentials, by judiciously utilising it with a view to reducing over-reliance on proceeds from oil revenue.

“I want to assure you that livestock is another source of income we can rely on, as it produces milk and meat for people’s consumption.

“The items procured by the State Government will be sold at subsidised prices as follows: wheat offal will go for N3,000,  cotton seed cake will be sold at N3,300, 10 kilogramme salt lick costs N4,360 and 5 kilologramme will be N1,680.

“I therefore call on the beneficiaries to utilise the programme in a proper way and I assure you that the programme will be continued,” he assured.

NAN reports that the occasion was attended by the Permanant Secretaries Ministries of Animal Health Husbandry and Fisheries; Education and Women Affairs.

Others in attendance were members of the State and Federal legislature, Chairman, Bagudo Local Government, and the State and National Chairmen of Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, among others.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Kebbi receives additional 83 repatriated ‘Almajiri’ from Kano 



The Kebbi State Government says it has received 83 additional Almajiri (Qu’anic education pupils) repatriated from Kano State.

The development was made known in a statement signed by Malam Yahaya Sarki, the Special Adviser to Gov. Atiku Bagudu on Media, in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday.

IA copy of the made available to the News Agency of Nigeria said the children were received by the Chairman of the state’s Task Force on COVID-19, and also Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Jafar Mohammed, and his members on behalf of Bagudu.

“The children hail from seven local government areas of Birnin Kebbi, Kalgo, Dandi, Argungu, Maiyama, Jega and Yauri, while one of them was a citizen of neighbouring Niger Republic.

“All the children were handed over to the Chairmen of their respective local governments, while the child from Niger Republic would be taken back to his country through the protocols laid down by the Federal Government,” the statement said.

“We laud the Kano State Government for earlier testing and isolating the children at the Isolation Centre in Kano.

“I am happy all the children had been declared coronavirus disease-free, as they had tested negative to it.

“They were, therefore, ready to be reunited with their families as well as the general society.

“Our top most priority now is the continuation of both their Qur’anic and Western education, but with their own biological parents.

“We pledge the state government’s commitment to fully protect all the fundamental human rights of the children,” the statement quoted the commissioner as saying.

NAN recalls that Gov. Atiku Bagudu had earlier personally received 61 Almajiri children repatriated to the state by the Kano government on 22 May.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: Kebbi Muslims observe Eid prayer inside Juma’at Mosques



For the first time, some Muslims in Kebbi, on Sunday observed the Eid-el-Fitr prayers inside the Emir’s Palace Juma’at Mosque in Birnin Kebbi.

This is in compliance with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking shortly after the prayer, Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammad Bashar-Iliyasu, urged Muslims to sustain the lessons learnt during the Ramadan period by refraining from sinful acts.

Bashar-Iliyasu, who is also the Chairman, Kebbi State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, advised his subjects to abide by government guidelines on ways of curbing the spread of COVID-19.

The monarch also charged the people to massively engage in agricultural activities as the rainy season had set in, so as to ensure bumper harvest.

In his Sallah message, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar-Yauri, felicitated with Muslims on successful completion of Ramadan fast.

The SSG, said shortly after the Eid prayer in Yauri that Muslims should use the occasion to pray for Allah’s intervention to bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic, and for peace and stability in the country.

Umar-Yauri admonished the people to maintain all the COVID-19 precautionary measures outlined by the health professionals and government, including personal hygiene, physical distancing, use of face mask and hand-washing, especially at public gatherings.

Also, the members representing Arewa/Dandi federal constituency, Alhaji Umar Abdullahi-Kamba joined other notable leaders to congratulate Nigerians, especially the Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and the celebration of the Eid-el-fitr.

He enjoined Muslims to sustain the lessons learnt during the holy month of Ramadan and live with the virtues in order to reap the full reward of their worship.

Abdullahi-Kamba urged people of the constituency to continue promoting peace, love and stability, and shun any divisive tendency that would threaten the oneness of the country.

He admonished them to adhere strictly to the established guidelines on social distancing, cleanliness and other measures put in place to avert Coronavirus as they celebrate the Eid with their family.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Kano repatriates 61 Almajiris to Kebbi



Gov. of Kebbi State, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, on Friday said the state has received 61 Almajiri children repatriated by the  Kano State Government.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the children were received in Birnin Kebbi at the IDP camp in Kalgo by Gov. Bagudu and various stakeholders in the state.

Bagudu said repatriation of the children to the state by the Kano State government was in line with the recent decision taken by the governors of the 19 northern states.

According to him, the children were earlier tested by the Kano government and duly declared COVID-19 free.

He said that those who had tested positive to the disease were left at Kano, receiving treatment while they would be repatriated afterwards.

Bagudu explained that the decision to repatriate such children to their various states of origin was unanimously taken by the governors.

“This decision was taken in the best interest of the children, as well as the educational development of the region.

“Education is the basic fundamental human right of these children and we will not tinker with it.

“These children are from Maiyama, Jega, Argungu, Dandi, Suru, Bagudo and Kalgo Local Government Areas of the state.

“They will be handed over to their respective local government chairmen, for them to be reunited with their various families for continuation of their education.

“Their proper identities will be ascertained and those whose proper identities cannot be immediately ascertained will be taken to the various government orphanages

“The state government will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that these children’s education are not toyed with,” he said.

Bagudu also announced that each of the children would be given a token amount of money as a start up base for the continuation of their  education.

“Our state will also soon conduct a census of all the Almajiri children across the state.

“This is with the view to reuniting those from the state with their various families and for the continuation of their education.

“Those from other states will be repatriated to their states of origin, while those from the neighboring countries will be repatriated to their countries through the Federal Government,” the governor said.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Alhaji Muhammadu Magawata-Aliero, said that the governor had expressed his utmost concern about their welfare up till the time the Almajiri arrived the state.

The Chairman of Task Force on COVID– -19, who is also the state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Jafar Muhammed, explained that before the 61 Almajiri were repatriated to the state, the Kano state government had ensured that they were tested.

“Their result turned out to be negative and certified COVID– -19 free,” the chairman added.

NAN reports that the children were  handed over to the local government chairmen of their respective areas for onward delivery to their parents. .

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitri: NGO distributes palliatives to ”Almajiri” pupils, less privileged in Kebbi



A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Almajiris Supportive Initiative of Nigeria (ASIN), has distributed palliative items and preventive materials against COVID-19 to less privileged people and Qur’anic education pupils (Almajirai) in Kebbi.

The Chairman of the organisation, Alhaji Shehu Umar, spoke with newsmen shortly after distributing the items in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday, ahead of Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items include: clothes, foodstuffs, sanitisers, face masks, gloves and cash.

Umar said that the gesture was to prevent the Almajirai and less privileged from wandering around in the course of searching for what to eat and wear during the festival.

“We just distributed foodstuffs, clothes, sanitisers, face masks and other protective items to the vulnerable people.

“The idea behind this gesture is to prevent them from going out for what to eat and wear during the festival.

“They can now stay at home and protect themselves against the novel COVID-19.

“We also taught them personal hygiene so that they can protect themselves against the virus,” he said.

Umar said that the beneficiaries comprised of the registered trainees of the NGO and vulnerable people as well persons living with disabilities that needed help.

“The beneficiaries are our trainees whom we are giving training on various vocational skills such as cosmetic, tailoring, vulcanising and automobile mechanics.

“We also went beyond that by identifying 202 persons living with the disabilities who really needed this gesture,” he said.

Umar commended the Wife of Kebbi Governor, Hajiya Aishatu Bagudu, state Ministry of Women Affairs, various permanent secretaries at the Federal Government and State levels for the assistance rendered to the organisation.

“Some of them don’t want their names mentioned because they believe they are doing it for the sake of Allah and humanity.

“We have many permanent secretaries who donated foodstuffs, clothes and protective items against COVID-19, but pleaded anonymity,” he said. .

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)




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COVID-19: Kebbi govt harps on collective efforts to combat pandemic



The Kebbi State Deputy Governor, Sama’ila Yombe, has advocated collective efforts of all Nigerians to curb the spread of COVID-19 across the country.

Abdullahi Yalmo, Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, in a statement on Thursday, said Yombe made the remark when he received the Union of Non-Indigenes Traditional Community on a courtesy visit to him in Birnin Kebbi.

Yombe, who is also the state coordinator, Task Force Committee on COVID-29, said the call became necessary in view of the fact that the virus had become pandemic not only in Nigeria but across the globe.

He commended the union for identifying with the state government to support the fight against the pandemic.

He urged the union to work towards enhancing the existing cordial relationship between the state government and the community of non-indigenes in the state.

The deputy governor underscored the importance of personal and environmental hygiene, saying that it would go a long way in eradicating coronavirus in the state.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, who is also the Eze Igbo I of Kebbi, Chief Eze Nwosu, said the non-indigenes in Kebbi State deemed it necessary to support the state government with the little they had in fighting the menace.

He appreciated the state government and the people of Kebbi for the understanding, peace and love shown to them.

Nwosu assured that they would continue to support the state government’s policies and programmes for the overall development of the state and the country at large.

The union donated 40 cartons of indomie, 40 constructed rubber buckets, 40 hand sanitisers, 200 face masks and some liquid soaps to the state task force team on COVID-19.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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Kebbi Govt distributes palliatives to 3,450 vulnerable groups in 21 LGAs



The Kebbi Government, on Wednesday said it had distributed palliatives to over 3,450 vulnerable groups in the 21 local government areas to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The Permanent Secretary,  Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Muhammad-Maikurata, made this known shortly after the distribution of the palliatives in Birnin Kebbi.

She said that the ministry was able to secure approval of the state government for the distribution of Palliatives to the vulnerable groups in the state.

“The ministry with mandate to improve the livelihood of individuals, families and communities at large was able to secure approval from the state government for the distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable groups across the 21 LGAs in the state.

“In view of the significant number of people affected by lockdown and restriction of movement, the intervention was aimed at providing relief materials and social support to vulnerable people in the state,” Muhammad-Maikurata said.

Accirding to her, the palliative items include rice, textile materials and cash.

She said that the palliatives were distributed directly to vulnerable people in their various local communities.

“In the intervention, over 160 vulnerable groups benefited in 20 LGAs, while 250 groups benefited in Birnin Kebbi LGA.

“The groups were highly excited and showed gratitude to the state government’s efforts in putting smile on their faces during this critical period of social and economic hardship due to COVID-19.

“We are also calling on the groups to use the palliatives judiciously to achieve the government aims in containing the spread of coronavirus,” Muhammad-Maikurata said.

The permanent secretary commended Gov. Atiku Bagudu for his leadership and governance, especially toward the improvement of individual’s livelihood in Kebbi.  .

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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COVID-19: Fidelity bank donates N5m to Kebbi Govt 



Fidelity Bank has donated N5 million to the Kebbi Government as part of its support in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Malam Yahaya Sarki, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi.

Sarki said the donation was in support of the provision of palliatives to vulnerable persons suffering hardship arising from COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Cheque for the amount was presented to the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad-Argungu, by the Regional Manager of the bank, Malam Salihu Jibrin, at the Government House on Tuesday.

“Jibrin also assured the state government that the bank would be an active partner in the fight against the novel Coronavirus disease by providing more possible assistance.

“Although the donation of N5 million by the bank could be described as a token, it would aid ongoing efforts by the state government in containing the COVID-19 scourge,” he said.

Sarki said the regional manager of the bank, however, announced that the money would be remitted into the state government’s account on May 20.

Responding, Muhammad-Argungu, thanked the bank for the gesture and promised judicious management of the fund.

“All donations received from various sources were handed over to the state Task Force on COVID-19 for proper management,” Muhammad-Argungu said.

He commended the Chairman of Task Force on COVID-19 and Commissioner for Health, Ja’afar Muhammed, and members of the team, for doing a marvelous job in curbing the spread of the virus in the state.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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