No fewer than 53 ‘Almajiri’ Schools in Katsina State have been identified for integration into basic education system project supported by the World Bank.
The World Bank Senior Education Specialist, Thanh Mai, made the disclosure when she paid a courtesy visit on Gov. Aminu Masari on Friday in Katsina.
She said that the schools would cover a total of 26,000 children for the programme in the state.
Mai urged the state government to send 1,000 teachers and facilitators to the centers as soon as the project is launched.
She said that the facilitators would assist the children to learn basic literacy and numeracy in the identified and designated centers.
According to her, there were about 40,000 children in the state who dropped out of schools that needed to be brought back to the system.
She assured that when the state government commence implementation of the project, World Bank will provide additional resources to the State.
“If the state can implement this, we will bring more resources in addition to the $6 million that you have earned,” she said.
The Education Specialist added that there is another project focussing on girl-child education.
Mai revealed that the project tagged “Adolescent Girls Project” will cover 10 million girls.
She said that under the project, the girls would be given many learning opportunities.
In his remarks, Gov Masari said that his administration had accorded top priority to education sector since inception because ‘it is education that will make the state great’.
He said expressed happiness over the number of ‘Almajiri’ Centers that had been identified for the project.
“We will do it because it is our responsibility, the system will be transformed in such a way that it will not have conflict with the basic education system,” he said.
Masari further said that the government would re-engage retired educationists as facilitators and teachers to contribute to the project.
He noted that illiteracy is the cause of criminal acts.
“Kidnappers, bandits and most of criminals are illiterate of both Western and Islamic education.
“And without education, there will be extreme poverty and it is what pushes people into criminal activities,” he said.
Edited by Tukur Muntari.
COVID-19: Nigeria records 288 new cases, total now 44,129, with 896 deaths
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Monday.
The agency said that eight new deaths were reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 896 across the country.
The NCDC said that the new infections were recorded in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and 13 states.
It stated that Lagos topped the list with 88 new cases, while the FCT reported 25 fresh infections.
Among others were Kwara, 33, Osun, 27, Enugu, 25, Abia, 20, Kaduna, 17, Plateau and Rivers, 13 each, Delta, 10, and Gombe, 8.
The agency stressed that states with fewer cases include Ogun, 4, Oyo, 3, Katsina, 1 and Bauchi, 1.
According to it, till date, 44,129 cases have been confirmed, 20,663 cases discharged and 896 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Meanwhile, the health agency added that washing of hands frequently with soap under running water was one of the best ways to stop the transmission of diseases like COVID-19 from person to person or after touching contaminated surfaces.
“#TakeResponsibility to keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy.
“This election period, #TakeResponsibility by adhering to guidelines to protect ourselves and loved ones from COVID-19, including Physical distancing, Use of hand sanitisers and Use of face mask,” it advised.
“In Nigeria, use of hydroxychloroquine is only limited to clinical trials.
“Please #TakeResponsibility and avoid self-medication,” it stressed.
The agency warned that a high percentage of those infected with COVID-19 did not show any symptom of the disease.
“So, to protect yourself and everyone around you, wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently and follow all guidelines from the NCDC website,” it said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
NiMet predicts cloudy, thundery weather activities Monday to Wednesday
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)
FG distributes relief materials, fetes IDPs in Katsina
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)
ECWA urges FG to end insecurity in Kaduna, Plateau, others
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.
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)