9-yr-old boy drowns in Kano

The spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) that the incident occurred at about 9:00 a.m.



By Bosede Olufunmi
Kano, Dec.17, 2018 (NNN) A nine-year-old boy at Kofar Kudu in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State, Haliru Abdullahi, on Monday drowned in an open well.

The spokesman of the Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) that the incident occurred at about 9:00 a.m.

He said the deceased was playing along with his friends close to the well when the sad incident happened.

“We received a distress call in the early hours of today (Monday) from a  ward head, Hamza Abdullahi, at about 9:00 am that a boy had fallen into a well.

“On receiving the information, we quickly sent our rescue team to the scene at about 9:40 am.

“Abdullahi was rescued unconscious and later confirmed dead.

“His corpse was handed over to the Ward Head, Hamza Abdullahi ” the spokesman said.

Mohammed advised parents, who have wells in their homes,  to raise their height and provide them with lids so as to prevent recurrence of such incidents. (NNN)
(Edited by Shittu Obassa/Mufutau Ojo)


Kano Water Board sets up digital supply control centre



Kano State Water Board says it has established a digital supply control centre, to enhance its operations and access to portable water in the state.

Dr Ahmad Garba, the Managing Director of the board, stated this in interview an with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Kano.

Garba said the centre equipped with computers and modern gadgets was designed to enhance surveillance, monitoring and maintenance of water plants as well as reticulation system.

He said that the center would also address leakages in the reticulation system, check wastage and facilitate rapid response to broken pipes.

The managing director noted that the centre was established with the support of the Africa France Development (AFD) progromme.

He added that the AFD was providing training to its personnel to ensure effective utilisation of the centre.

Garba said: “The state government is in collaboration with the AFD to redesign and rejuvenate water supply services in line with the international standard.

“The government is also in collaboration with the World Bank, under the Third Urban Water Reform programme, to reinvigorate water supply in the state.”

Garba added that the state government had initiated viable projects to fast-track upgrade and installation of new equipment at the various water treatment plants across the state to boost their production capacity.

He listed the projects to include installation of 11High Lift Pump Machines at Chalawa and Tamburawa water treatment plants, respectively.

He said other projects included the upgrade of water reticulation system in Kano metropolis and replacement of obsolete equipment in urban, semi-urban and regional water schemes.

The managing director said additional reservoirs would be constructed at Goron-Dutse and Bompai hills.

“Presently, we are supplying water to over 75 per cent of the people in the state as against the less than 30 per cent before the advent of Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s administration.

“We are now producing about one billion litres of water daily as against 250 million litres in the past four years.

“The feat is achieved through the unwavering commitment of the governor to boost our production capacity to 1.5 billion litres of water daily,” he said.

He said government would engage consultants to streamline review of the existing State Water Law, to modernise it in accordance with the international standard, to meet the needs of the growing population.

While commanding Ganduje for his support to the board, Garba urged the people to protect water facilities provided by the government in their communities.

Edited By: Ejike Obeta
Source: NAN
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ABU capable of transforming Nigeria’s economy through agriculture – Vice-Chancellor



Prof. Kabir Bala, Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, said the huge agricultural complex of the university could aggressively transform Nigeria’s economy by making the country a net exporter of agricultural products.

A statement issued on Tuesday by Auwalu Umar, Acting Director, Public Affairs Directorate of the university, said the vice-chancellor made the remarks during the field day for a newly established demonstration farm at Faculty of Agriculture.

The Vice-Chancellor said the complex had all it took to play such role, if relevant researches were conducted for good harvest.

He said apart from the fully fledged faculty of Agriculture, the university also had such specialised institutes with national mandate.

According to the vice-chancellor, the institutes are the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS) and National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI).

Bala also disclosed that arrangements were being put in place to establish an all-embracing research and innovation centre to encourage research effort in the university.

He added that agriculture was one of ABU’s strongest points as a citadel of learning.

He argued that if other developing nations could get high yield, what stopped Nigeria from achieving same feat given the availability of its fertile lands and resources.

The Vice-Chancellor also announced the intention of his administration to take over the University farms for commercial farming as a way of revenue generation for the University.

Bala who commended the Faculty of Agriculture as well as the specialised agric institutes for organising the field day, said Nigerians must design a solution to their peculiar problems through research and innovation.

The statement reported the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. Muktar Mahmud, as saying that the demonstration farm was established by the faculty in collaboration with East-West International, a vegetable research firm with headquarters in Thailand.

Mahmud said the collaboration saw the training of 136 extension workers from Kaduna and Kano, saying that the East-West International granted a 5,650 dollars scholarship to Nasiru Adda’u, an undergraduate student of the faculty.

Similarly, East-West Seed Manager, Mr David-Godfree Alechenu, said the company had different sections that included food processing, business and knowledge transfer; adding that the objective of the partnership was to empower farmers.

According to Achelenu, the company had trained over 10,000 farmers in Kaduna State in addition to training agro-dealers who served as link between farmers and the company.

Edited By: Cecilia Odey/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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COVID-19: NCDC says Nigeria not testing adequately



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has warned that though the country has recorded a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, it was not yet celebration time as Nigeria has not tested adequately and therefore risks a resurgence.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC, said this at a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

Ihekweazu said that the country recorded a 36 per cent decline nationally in August, compared to July, while the positivity ratio dropped from 20 per cent in June to 7 per cent in July.

“You might think that that is good news and we should be celebrating; unfortunately, we cannot celebrate this until we test sufficient numbers in every state in the country.

“One critical issue is the number of tests being done and yes the number of tests have actually declined, but another important indicator that we look at is the test positivity ratio nationally,’’ he said.

According to him, the only states that can confidently celebrate a decline in cases are Lagos and Kano, as well as the FCT, because they have tested high numbers, but the same cannot be said at the National level because some states are not testing.

He decried that the NCDC could not make any interpretation on the data in Taraba Adamawa, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara,  Jigawa and Yobe States.

“We do not have enough data coming out of these states to ascertain if we are improving or not or where exactly we are.

“So we have to work together, in summary; it is way too early to make any interpretation whether we are flattening the curve or not, some interpretation can be made in Lagos, FCT, because they are testing enough, but we can’t do this on a national level.’’

The NCDC boss noted that countries that seem to have seen a decline were seeing a resurgence of cases.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NCDC and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) have launched COVID-19 household Sero-prevalence surveys in selected states in Nigeria, to better understand the burden of the virus in the country.

The surveillance will be carried out in Gombe, Enugu, Nasarawa and Lagos States.

Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN
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NAF trains 435 specialists to man its platforms



The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, on Monday said that 435 specialits have been trained by the Nigerian Air Force to man its platforms.

The personnel were trained at the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna.

Abubakar disclosed this during the graduation ceremony of participants of Initial Officers and Basic Airmen/Airwomen Sundry Courses at AFIT, NAF base in Kaduna.

He said that it was time for the institution to reflect on how well it has delivered on its mandate while the students reflect on the enormity of the challenges that lie ahead in building a successful professional career in the NAF.

He noted that for over 40 years, AFIT has consistently trained officers and airmen/airwomen who have performed creditably in supporting NAF operations as specialists in aircraft and armament engineering.

Also in works and services, supply management, communication as well as Information and Communication Technology.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 435 students where trained on engineering, armament maintenance, logistics and procurement management.

Others include, electrical/electronics/radar/Information technology, aircraft maintenance, Air Frame and Power Plant Option and avionics.

NAN also reports that among the 435 graduating students, 75 are officers and 360 are airmen and airwomen.

Abubakar said the vision of the current NAF administration was anchored on human capacity development for enhanced professional performance.

“Ensuring NAF personnel have the requisite knowledge and skills to effectively support Nigerian Air Force operations which remains the prime focus of my administration

”For this year, despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, AFIT has successfully completed the training of 760 NAF personnel including the 435 students who are graduating today.

“In the area of pilots training, two officers including the first female fighter pilot have concluded their tactical training on the A-Jet aircraft.

“Only last week, we witnessed the graduation of 29 officers of Super Mushk Pcourse and 46 who have successfully completed their ab initio pilot training on the Supermushak and the DA-40 aircraft.

”Similarly, last Friday, 24 special forces personnel passed out as instructors at the RTC Annex in Bauchi and the unit also commenced the training of 219 SF personnel.

“Later in the week, we shall witness the graduation of four student pilots that have completed their Basic Fighter Training course in Kano.”

According to Abubakar, these courses that have been concluded successfully despite enormous challenges including the COVID–19 pandemic.

”It will no doubt have positive impact not only on our operations but will go a long way towards ensuring that the Service is positioned into a highly professional and disciplined force.”

He also noted that the technical and logistics management courses conducted by the Air Force Institute have helped tremendously to reduce dependence on foreign expatriates and save huge foreign exchange for the nation.

“The execution of air operations in theatres across Nigeria using solely Nigerian crews, engineers, technicians, and controllers is a testament of the success story of our capacity building initiative.

”I congratulate the students for their steadfastness, tenacity of purpose and grit to complete your course work.

”However, let me remind you that the initial and basic courses you have just completed is the beginning of your journey as professionals in the NAF.

“You still have a lot to learn particularly from your superiors in the field.

“It is my sincere expectation that as you go to the field, you will be good and worthy ambassador of AFIT as you join a long line of outstanding graduates of this prestigious citadel who through excellence, hard work and commitment have continue to contribute to the success of the Nigerian Air Force.”

Abubakar expressed NAF appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, for his continuous support.

“The invaluable support the NAF has enjoyed over the years has placed us in a position to tackle the challenges of insurgency and myriad of other forms of insecurity across the nation.

“We hereby reaffirm our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all Nigerians and indeed all the people who reside in our great country,” he said.

Earlier, the Commandant of AFIT, AVM Abdulganiyyu Olabisi, said that the basic courses were aimed at introducing the officers and men to their various trades in preparation for deployment to the field.

Olabisi said having recognized that the officers and men of the NAF can only give as good as they are equipped to, reiterated the need to train and re-train them to handle all the operational needs of the Nigerian Air Force.

This he said will deemphasize dependence on foreign nationals and non-military actors.

The Commandant appealed to NAF Headquarters to assist in the funding of the training initiatives.

NAN report that the Chief of Air Staff also inaugurated two block of hostels of 24 rooms each built by the Nigerian Airforce Investments Limited and handed to the AFIT.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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