The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to five communities that were recently attacked by bandits in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The Director-General of the Agency, AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (Rtd), presented the items to the victims in Batsari on Friday.
Muhammed said that Garin Zaki, Yar Jiba, Salihawar Dakamna, Kukar Samu and Kurmiyal communities were attacked on Wednesday by bandits.
He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Agency to distribute 1000 bags of 12.5 kg of rice, 1000 bags of 25 kg beans, 1000 bags of 12.5 kg maize and 50 cartons of Milo.
Others include 50 cartons of powdered milk and 50 bags of 50 kg sugar to the victims to cushion the effect of the attack.
According to Muhammed, other items include 167 cartons of seasoning, 83 cartons of tin tomatoes, 2, 000 pieces of blankets, 2, 000 pieces of nylon mats and 2, 000 pieces of foam mattresses.
Also 100 jerrycans of 20 litres of vegetable oil, 3,500 pieces of women clothing and 2,500 pieces of children clothing, among others.
The DG said that the federal government noted with sadness that the incidence occurred few days to the Eid-el-Kabir celebration when the people were already in festive mood.
“Preliminary report on the sad incidence indicated that many of the affected persons have lost their belongings, including household items, food and livestock”
“It is on this note that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, to intimate the Agency to provide succor to the people of the five communities,” Muhammed said. NAN
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
NUC says 32 universities involved in research to tackle impacts of COVID-19
Rasheed, who was represented by Dr Suleiman Yusuf, Deputy Executive Secretary, Academics, made this known in Abuja on Tuesday at a news briefing on the contribution of the Nigerian University System toward mitigating the impact of COVID-19.
He noted that the research would be building up over the coming months.
According to him, the universities will not relent on their efforts until COVID-19 was consigned to history and lessons learned for tackling future national epidemics and global pandemics.
” As at June 22, not less than 32 universities are involved in different stages of research aimed at galvanising research toward the development of vaccines and non vaccines.
“Only few institutions have been able to utilise open and distance learning system to keep students engaged while the pandemic lasted and only few laboratories continued with research and development activities.
” Nonetheless, the few who engaged in research and innovation work have demonstrated the need for a well-funded and robustly organised national research and innovation system to catalyse the national
response,” he said.
Rasheed added that in the area of Genomic research, the African Centres of Excellence (ACE), particularly the Centre for the Genomics of Infectious Diseases at the Redeemer’s University, Ede was collaborating with the University of Cambridge for the development of vaccines.
He said that other ACEs in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Universities of Lagos, Benin, Port Harcourt and Jos, which served as national
testing and screening centres had proved that world-class research and development was possible in Nigeria.
He, therefore, added that the country’s university system could be readily effective and relevant to national development if research was valued and adequately funded and the institutions provided with resources to motivate researchers and innovators including students.
On the current efforts of herbal remedies, Rasheed said the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari on herbal and natural products development was acknowledged, following the great demonstration of enviable political leadership by the President of Madagascar.
“Furthermore, Nigeria needs to develop homegrown capabilities in the production and manufacture of the most basic medical and pharmaceutical products such as PPEs, WASH accessories, and ventilators.
” Limited developments are reported from the few ongoing research, but these give some hope that the NUC can provide the R&D base for responding to these needs and much needed structural reconfiguration of the economy.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)
KTSG to complete ongoing projects by 2022 – Gov Masari
Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Tuesday said that government had stopped the award of new projects and was focused on completing all ongoing projects by the end of 2022.
Masari made the disclosure in Katsina, while inaugurating a Projects Completion Committee.
“As we begin the second year of the second term of this administration, our aim is to make sure that we complete all ongoing projects by 2022.
“Except where it is absolutely necessary, we have even stopped embarking on new projects,” he said.
“These two concerns put pressure on our resources, on ourselves and on the entire citizens.
“The challenges have been enormous, but the situation is getting better on both fronts.
“We also have ongoing works that are critical to people in the rural communities, like rural feeder roads, rural electrification, among others. We shall also make them a priority,” he said.
He said that government would allocate some funds to the committee every month to enable it undertake the task of recommending projects to be completed at every stage.
The governor, who is the chairman of the committee, said that he deliberately decided to bring people from outside the service to ensure a fair consideration of projects that were critical to the lives and economy of the people.
He said that the committee would, among other things, identify and document ongoing projects, determine their status and the costs, and draw projects completion strategies to be broken down into small, medium and long terms.
774,000 Jobs: Committee dispatches 18,900 forms for distribution in Imo
The selection committee for the Federal Government’s Special Public Works (SPW) programme has dispatched 18,900 forms for onward distribution in Imo.
The state’s committee chairman, Mr Sylvester Obinna, handed over the forms to representatives of various sectors, at the flag off of the programme on Tuesday in Owerri.
Obinna lauded the President Muhammadu Buhari- led government for the initiative while urging the heads of sector to eschew nepotism and ensure the actualisation of the federal government’s target of job creation for Nigerians at the lowest social ladder.
The sectors include Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), academic institutions, peculiar interest groups, youth groups and market women.
The chairman also urged members of the committee to ensure that 200 slots out of 1000 slots for each LGA are reserved for graduates of higher learning.
He added that each sector representatives was expected to reach persons in all 27 LGAs of the state under their sector.
According to him, the programme was created for ad-hoc employment of Nigerians who are not gainfully employed for public works, so as to give them a means of livelihood and restore their faith in the country.
“The forms have been customized and embossed with some security features. Every Local Government Area has its own forms meant for the recruitment of Nigerians who are resident in that LGA irrespective of which part of the country they come from.
“Government will not tolerate gender, ethnic or religious bias. You must exercise caution in the execution of this assignment as you are under watch. Also, there should be 20 per cent graduate recruitment in all LGAs”, he said.
He however, warned that the forms are without charge, adding that any committee member found demanding charges from beneficiaries would be prosecuted accordingly.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Gombe State Govt. approves 230 hectares of land for Air Force operational base
Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State, has approved 230 hectares of land for the establishment of Air Force operational base in the state.
Yahaya made this disclosure in Gombe on Tuesday when he received a delegation from the Air Force on a courtesy call.
“The establishment of Air Force operational base is a welcome development. We have offered 230 hectares of land close to the airport for the project.
“The establishment of the base will boost security and solidify the relationship between the state and other security agencies,” he said.
“We hope you will utilise the land, come with all the benefits others got from the Air Force.
He said that the Air Force decision to establish operational base was laudable in view of the centrality of the state, sharing boundaries with states in the North East sub region.
According to him, the geographical location of Gombe gave it a security advantage in strategising for other states in the zone.
He said that the state had suffered some disadvantages in the fight against insurgency in North East, as it had to host displaced people, and this had stretched infrastructures and resources.
Mr Dauda Batari, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Ethical Orientation, also said that the citing of the operational base in Gombe would help to improve security.
Batari lauded the Chief of Air Staff, AM Sadique Abubakar for considering the state as a suitable location for operational base.
AVM Idi Lubo, the leader of the delegation as well as the representative of Abubakar acknowledged that Gombe was strategic, hence the location of the operational base there.
He said that he knew the role Gombe State played in the stability of the region, therefore, the Chief of Staff sought the governor’ s approval to establish the operational base.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)