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Sokoto Govt. partners foreign firms to construct 150 houses for IDP’s

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Sokoto Govt. partners foreign firms to construct 150 houses for IDP’s

Sokoto State Government is partnering Qatar Charity and Future Leaders Foundation, to construct 150 houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, has said.


Tambuwal said on Tuesday during the foundation laying ceremony of 50 cluster houses, as part of the project in Gandi village of Rabah Local Government Area.

Tambuwal, represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Manniru Dan’iya, lauded the charity organisation for assisting the IDPs whom he said had been in distress since 2018 due to insecurity in the area.

He said government had made all the arrangements to compensate the land owners where the houses would be built in Gandi town.

He said all relevant agencies were mobilised to work round the clock for the speedy completion of the project.

The governor said the government was ready to join hands with any legally recognized NGO whose aim and objective is to assist humanity in all possible ways.

He thanked the Sultanate Council, under the leadership of Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, for his fatherly role, wisdom and encouragement, that made the programme to succeed.

Earlier, Sultan Abubakar said Qatar Charity and Future Leaders Foundation were popular entities with track records of assisting Muslims all over the world.

He expressed appreciation over the project which he described as a magnificent modern city with a permanent settlement away from the IDPs places ravaged by banditry and insecurity.

He said the Sultanate Council was ready to join hands with any humanitarian organisation working towards alleviating the sufferings of Muslim communities.

Speaking on behalf of Qatar Charity and Future Leaders, Shiekh El’shamy Nohshiali, said the two charity organizations agreed to support Sokoto State Government through Zakkat and Waqf Commission, to help Muslims in distress.

Nohshiali described Sokoto as centre of Islamic knowledge and propagation as instituted by renowned scholar, Shiek Usmanu Danfodio.

He said the firms intervention was to support the propagation of Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new IDPs city in Gandi would comprise three clusters of 50 houses each, mosques, school, market and hospital.

Edited By: Chidi Opara/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Bandit attack: Katsina IDPs appreciate Buhari for relief items

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Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camped at the Batsari Model Primary School, in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, has expressed their appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for the relief items sent to them due to bandit attack on the community.


They also commended the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq for the intervention.

The six trucks loads of assorted items include; rice, beans, maize, beverages, powdered milk, sugar, seasoning, tin tomatoes, blankets, nylon

mats, foam mattresses, vegetable oil, salt, detergents, bathing soap, women and children clothing.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also presented five cows to the IDPs as gifts for the Eid el-Kabir celebration.

Mr Kabiru Umar, Camp Manager, Batsari Model Primary School IDPs Camp, expressed their appreciation to the president and the minister for their kind gesture.

“I want to extend our appreciation toPresident Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sa’adiya Umar Farouq, for assisting us with these materials for our IDPs.

“The state and local governments have been assisting us too but with these materials from the president, I know that we will feed well now,” he said.

An IDP and a nursing mother, Hafsat Musa, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria , appreciated the president and the minister for the materials sent to them.

Mr Ibrahim Khalil, Chief Administration Officer, North-West Zonal Office, NEMA, who distributed the items on behalf of the Director General, NEMA, retired AVM Muhammadu Muhammed, said that Buhari directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to expedite action and activate NEMA to provide succour to the IDPs.

“I am here on behalf of the Federal Government to sympathise with you as a result of very sad happenings of armed bandits attack in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State which has resulted in the displacement of many of you in Batsari Model Primary School IDP camp.

“It is sad, because, it came a few days to the Eid el-Kabir celebration when our people were already in festive mood in preparation for the great Islamic religious obligation.

“We are fully aware, that, some of you are traumatised and have lost properties, including households materials, food and livestock.

“It is on this note that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sa’adiya Umar Farouq, to expedite action and activate the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide succour to the affected persons,” he said.

Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)

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COVID-19: NGO donates protective equipment to hospitals in Kogi

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An NGO, Centre for Integrated Health Programmes (CIHP), has donated


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals across the 21 local government areas of Kogi as measures

against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Akpa Patrick, the State Programme Director of CIHP, handed over

the PPEs to Dr Usman Zakari, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Kogi Hospitals Management Board (KHMB) in Lokoja.

According to him, CIHP is a United States-funded NGO, through the Centre for Disease Control Atlanta, which has been supporting

the provision of comprehensive high-quality, family focused services to patients, including adults and children.

Patrick said “we are currently in about four states in Nigeria, including Kogi.

“We have been on ground since 2007, supporting the state to cater for the treatment, care and support people living with

.”

He noted that the NGO had earlier donated PPEs such as overall wears, spraying machines to hospitals and isolation centres

in April, saying “this was the second tranche of the donation.

“We did the first donation in April and we are donating the second tranche today in our bid to prevent infections among

healthcare workers, especially those at the frontline in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is no more history, it has become a new normal with us and across the world.”

The CIHP programme director noted that aside supporting the primary, secondary and tertiary public healthcare facilities,

the NGO had also been supporting private and faith-based hospitals in Kogi.

He added that “we are hoping that as soon as these PPEs are exhausted, we will supply more to hospitals.”

The KHMB chief medical director commended the NGO for the gesture, saying ”everywhere in the world, healthcare

workers are those in the frontline in the fight against the deadly virus.”

He said CIHP had been supporting hospitals in Kogi with logistics, medical equipment and everything around ,

tuberculosis and sometimes malaria.

‘He added that CIHP brought many PPEs to hospitals in Kogi for frontline health workers; they have donated before, and they are donating again.

“The management of KHMB is receiving the equipment on behalf of the state government for onward distribution to hospitals across

the 21 local government areas.”

Items donated included hand gloves, N-95 respirators, surgical face masks, hand sanitisers, and sodium hypochloride used as disinfectants.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)

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Senator calls for deployment of more policemen to areas under bandits attacks

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Sen. Ibrahim Gobir, Chairman, Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, has urged the Federal Government to deploy more policemen to areas under bandits attacks in the country.


Gobir made the call  when the members of Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), Sokoto State chapter paid him a Sallah homage at his resident in Sokoto on Tuesday.

The lawmaker said that deployment of more security personnel would give residents of such areas more courage and confidence to resume normal activities.

“The issues of banditry and kidnapping are challenges that involve the whole society which requires very urgent intervention.

“It is very unfortunate that things are getting out of hand, because some years back if somebody said such things would happen it would be very difficult to agree.

“Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah), so far so good, as security agencies have succeeded a lot toward restoring peace in some affected areas of the country.

“Things are actively becoming under control in most of the areas, as such we appeal for more commitment to enhance the success.

“This could be achieved by ensuring more police personnel are deployed to the effected areas to give more courage to the people in order to return back to their normal activities,” he said.

Gobir further said that there was no reason for any government to consider negotiations with bandits  as an alternative to ending banditry in the country.

“I don’t believe in negotiation with bandits. There is no reason to go on negotiation with criminals that killed and destabilised the living standard of innocent citizens in this country.

“So, government should continue to fight such elements to the end. They have made a lot of damage to  the society, instigate fear and trauma in the people of the effected areas,” he added.

Earlier, Vice-Chairman of the Chapel, Malam Ismail Umar, expressed appreciation to the senator for  granting them  audience, assuring him of their commitment towards restoring peace and unity among the people of the state.

Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Gov Tambuwal frees 17 inmates in Sokoto

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Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has granted pardon to 17 inmates in the Sokoto Central Custodial centre.


Malam Muhammad Bello, the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media And Public Affairs disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

Bello said the gesture was part of government’s thrust as encapsulated in its committee on prerogative of mercy protocols.

He said three inmates out of the 17 were serving terms for federal offences while the remaining were held for state offences.

He added that the state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Suleiman Usman, SAN, facilitated the processes.

“The pardon takes cognisance of the executive powers vested in the governor to offer mercy to inmates by the 1999 Constitution as amended.

” The gesture is also aimed at enabling the ex-prisoners to reunite with their family members and become decent citizens.

” It was also intended to decongest the prison and protect the inmates from being affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. ” Bello said.

He called on the  pardoned inmates to shun vices and engage in viable ventures that would uplift their living standards.

He said: “This exercise is carried out on a routine basis to deserving inmates in order to offer mercy to them.”

He said the Attorney General also presented N50,000 cash assistance to each of the pardoned inmates from the state government during the exercise.

Bello noted that the cash is to enable them set up useful ventures as they start new life out of prison.

The governor’s spokesman explained that the state Controller of Correctional Service, Mr Sama Tsafe, who was represented by the Deputy Controller in charge of the Prison, Mallam Idris Muhammad, thanked the state government for its continued support and encouragement to the prison.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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