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10,000 indigent students apply for Kano State scholarship  – Official

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Kano, Sep 7, 2020 Alhaji Abubakar Zakari, Executive Secretary, Kano State Scholarship Board, says over 10,000 students have applied for the 2020 scholarship scheme in the state.

Zakari made this known on Monday in Kano during a visit by the graduating students of the Al Mansoura University, Egypt. 

He said that the Board had made provision for over 40,000 slots to enable eligible students to apply through its portal., adding that the Board on Sept. 1 began online registration for the prospectus applicants.

The secretary disclosed that the state government had approved upward review of allowances for the students of the state studying in various of institutions of higher learning in the country.

“The state government had earmarked over N250 million to settle the outstanding tuition fees and other clearance fees for our students that graduated from Al Mansoura University.

“The state government sponsored some students to the university but the tuition and clearance fees were not paid.

“The school decided to returned the students back home, however, following the intervention of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, they were able to complete their programmes,” he said.

Zakari noted that the students graduated from the university since 2018, unfortunately they could not collect their certificates due to the non payment of the fees.

 He added that the Board had initiated payment process to the university to enable it issue certificates to  the affected students.

In a remark, Muhammad Yusuf, the President, Kano State Student Union, Al Masoura University chapter, lauded the gesture,  adding that it would go a long way to improve the wellbeing of the students towards achieving academic excellence.

The union also presented letter of commendation to the secretary for his support to its members.

Edited Benson Iziama

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Gov. Ganduje urges Muslims to pray for peace, stability

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on Muslims to continue to pray for peace and stability in Kano and the country at large.


Ganduje made the call at the closing of the Annual Zikir and Prayers for National Unity organised by the Majalisul Shura Litaraqa Al-Tijjaniyya at Kano Emir’s Palace.

Hassan Fagge, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor,  Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna, stated this in a statement in Kano on Saturday.

Represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna, the governor said that it was only through prayers and total submission to Almighty Allah that the current challenges in the country can be addressed.

He said: “the Annual Zikr plays a vital role in bringing peace and stability as well as seeking Allah’s intervention in addressing problems facing the state and the nation.

“As we are all aware, there are a lot of issues bedevilling the country like the prevailing case of Corona Virus, but by God’s will, here in Kano, we have less record.

“Compared to other states, we have lower record, which can be attributed to the daily prayers and Zikr offered by the good people of Kano.

“Acquiring Islamic knowledge and putting it into practice is what the religion teaches; it also serves as solutions to some societal problems facing the Muslims,” Ganduje was quoted as saying.

He maintained that Tijjaniyya Followers were for long identified as the peace loving people, who sacrifice themselves in acquiring knowledge and promoting teaching of the Prophet and his companions as guided by Sheik Ahamadu Tijjani.

While acknowledging the contributions made by the leaders of Tijjaniyya movement towards islamic propagation in Africa and the world at large, Ganduje implored the followers to continue to pray for the state and love each other as Muslim brothers.

The governor further extended his best wishes to the organisers of the annual Zikir and assured them of his administration continue support and cooperation towards promoting Islam.

The Emir of Kano,  Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero said the annual Zikir and Prayers was organised to draw closer all the Tijjaniyya Followers and pray for the Nation’s unity, stability and progress.

Bayero explained that the Annual Zikr reminds all the followers the good works of their leaders like Shehu Usman Danfodio, who spent their live towards propagating the movement not only in Africa but in the whole world.

He encouraged the members to seek for more knowledge to serve as ladder that would allow them to know the religion of Islam and the Tijjaniyya doctrine.

Earlier, the Acting Chairman of the movement, Khalifa Shehu Maihula, urged the members to follow the step and good life style of Sheik Ahmadu Tijjani, who devoted his time in propagating the teaching of Islam and love of the Prophet.

The Annual Zikr was attended by the Former Kano State Deputy Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, members of the Kano State executive council, senior government officials and some Islamic scholars.

Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

 

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COVID-19: NCDC announces 221 new cases, total infections rise to 56,956

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 221 new infections  of Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) in the country.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday.

According to it, the new cases are confirmed from 18 states in the country.

The new infections brought the total number of confirmed cases to 56,956 in Nigeria.

The public health agency said that Lagos had 59, the highest number of cases, followed by Abia with 46 cases and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 22.

Among others were; Rivers, 11,  Bauchi, 7,  Benue, Ekiti and Imo,  6 each, Kaduna, Kwara and Ondo, 4 each,  Ogun and Osun, 3 each,  Bayelsa, Edo and Kano, 1 each.

The NCDC said that 213  COVID-19 patients were successfully treated and had been discharged across the country, bringing the number of treated cases to 48,305.

According to it, those discharged on Friday include 100 community recoveries managed in Oyo State in line with new case management guidelines.

The health agency sadly recorded one more death, which brought the national death toll to 1,094.

It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

The NCDC urged Nigerians not to ignore any symptoms, adding that a sudden loss of taste/smell, cough or fever might be COVID-19 .

“Please dial *258*258# for the COVID-19 self-assessment tool if you suspect that you or a loved one may have been exposed to COVID-19,” it said.

It cautioned that the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 was higher when people did not wear face mask in public places.

“Wear your face mask properly at all times. Adhere to all non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19,” it urged Nigerians.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as the people of Edo State prepared to vote their preferred candidates at the governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19, NCDC urged all to observe the COVID-19 guidelines recently released.

It noted that relevant stakeholders must take actions that would reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the election.

“Ensure there is hand hygiene and temperature checks at the campaign ground, polling stations; providing additional polling stations or booths to ensure physical distancing, with clearly marked floors to enforce spacing on queues.

”Mandating the use of face mask for everyone, regular cleaning of polling stations, tables and other surfaces highly essential because those are the areas that are easy to contract the virus.

”Multiply hand-washing points or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, while staff at the polling units should practice hand hygiene frequently,.” 

 

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Erdogan says saddened by Sarraj’s decision to step down

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that it was sad to hear about the resignation of Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA).


On Wednesday evening, Sarraj announced his intention to step down and transfer his powers to a new executive authority by the end of October.

He has led the GNA since March 31, 2016.

“Sarraj’s resignation announcement saddened us.

“This week our delegation may hold talks with the Libyan side.

“(Head of Libyan National Army Khalifa) Haftar is losing, and we are looking forward to a positive development of events,” Erdogan told reporters.

The confrontation in Libya continues between the GNA, which controls Tripoli and territories in the west of the country, and the Libyan National Army (LNA),.

The LNA is under the command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, which cooperates with the parliament sitting in the east — in Tobruk.

The GNA is supported by Turkey and Qatar, and the LNA is backed by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

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Source: NAN

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Kano Fire Service saves 74 lives in 2 weeks

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The Kano State Fire Service on Friday said it had saved 74 lives from fire incidents in different parts of the state within the last two weeks.


Alhaji Saidu Muhammed, the Public Relations Officer of the Service, said this in a statement in Kano.

Muhammed said eight lives were lost during the period.

According to him, the service received 15 fire calls, 11 false alarms and 51 rescue calls in the past two weeks.

“The calls emanated from victims and witnesses of collapsed buildings, road crashes and fire disasters,’’ he said.

Muhammed advised residents to be cautious when using electrical appliances.

He warned them against storing petrol and other inflammable substances in shops and homes.

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