Disinfection of 26 bird markets in Lagos kicks off Jan. 6 – Official



The Lagos State Government will begin a week-long post-festive disinfection and decontamination of 26 major live bird markets in the state on Jan. 6.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Gbolahan Lawal, made this known in Lagos on Sunday.

Lawal said in a statement that the exercise was a follow-up to the pre-festive state-wide disinfection and decontamination of major live bird markets across the state.

He said that the exercise was aimed at preventing the spread of avian influenza and other zoonotic diseases particularly since there was an increased demand for live birds during the festive period.

The commissioner noted that live bird markets were potential sources of the avian influenza and other zoonotic diseases.

He listed the markets where the exercise would take place as live bird markets in Mushin, Oshodi, Bolade, Olaleye, Bariga, Ketu, Mile 12; Tejuosho, Oyingbo, Jankara, Lagos Island, Pelewura, Lagos Island and Ajah.

“Others are, Oja Oba market, Agege; Abattoir 1 & 2 market, Agege; Isale Oja market, Agege; Idera New Garage market, Agege; Alayabiagba market; Alaba Suuru live bird market; Agboju market and Ojo Cantonment market.

“Alaba Rago market; Okokomaiko market; Ejina market Ikorodu; Sabo market, Ikorodu; and Odogunyan market,” he said.

Lawal, however, appealed for the cooperation of members of the Live Bird Marketers Association of Nigeria and all other stakeholders in order to ensure the success of the exercise.

Edited by: Abigael Joshua/Adeleye Ajayi


Kano State Govt. conducts 8,273 COVID-19 samples test



Kano State Government says it has conducted 8, 273 coronavirus (COVID-19) samples test
since the outbreak of the pandemic in the state in April.

The Kano State Ministry of Health disclosed this via its official Twitter handle @KNSMOH on Tuesday.

It noted that “a total of 8,273 samples of COVID-19 were tested in Kano State.”

It disclosed that 21 new confirmed cases of the virus were recorded and 32 patients discharged in the state as at Monday, June 15.

Accordingly, the state had so far recorded a total of 1,158 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which, 450 were active cases, 658 discharged and 50 deaths.

The ministry urged residents of the state to observe safety protocols, personal hygiene, and use face mask, hand washing, as well as social distancing to
stem further spread of the pandemic.

It also provided toll free numbers: 0909 399 5333; 0909 399 5444, 0800 268 4356.  

Edited By: HadizaMohammed-Aliyu (NAN)






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Youths stage peaceful protest over security challenges in Katsina State



Hundreds of youths in Katsina State, on Tuesday staged peaceful protest over the increasing rate of banditry, kidnappings and other security challenges in the state.

The protest was organised under the auspices of National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protest was monitored by the Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba,who also addressed the protestors.

The youths had planned to converge on the Katsina Emir’s Palace, but their plan was scuttled by security agents, who blocked all roads leading to the palace.

The protestors, however, passed through Kofar-Durbi to GRA carrying placards with different inscriptions like: “stop the bloodshed”, “do the needful before they finish us” and “banditry and kidnapping are our monsters” among others.

The security agents also blocked all roads leading to the Government House to prevent the youth from getting there.

The state Chairman of NYCN, Katsina State, Lukman Umar-Kankia, said that the state, which was known for peace, is now facing mounting security challenges, including banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling, among others.

“Bandits operate with brazen impunity, their audacity is appalling. In broad daylight, they sack villages and annihilate the people.

“They rustle animals, raze markets and reduce houses to rubble; they defoliate farms and pillage resources.

“They rape women and abduct men and demand a ransom their relations couldn’t afford,” he said.

He therefore urged the Federal and state governments to intensify efforts in protecting peoples lives and property.

“The government should employ more police for the affected areas, proffer stiffer punishment for anyone found aiding bandits and kidnappers,” he said.

Addressing the youths, the police commissioner, assured them that the government and security agents were doing their best to overcome the security challenges in the state.

“We are aware that we have challenges, these challenges were built up over 30 years, yet some Nigerians want these problems that have been accumulated over 30 years to be solved within a period of months.

“We are determined more than ever before to ensure that these problems are solved, and that is why we have joint security operations to bring the situation under control,” he said.

Buba admonished the youths not to be misguided, and thanked them for conducting themselves in a matured manner.

“Thank God it is a peaceful protest, there was no any violence and when I talked to them, they listened.”

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
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UN chief condemns terrorist attacks in Nigeria’s Borno State




UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday strongly condemned Saturday’s terrorist attacks in Monguno and Nganzai local government areas in Nigeria’s Borno State, which killed dozens of civilians, injured several others, and damaged a major humanitarian facility.

The secretary-general conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims, the people and government of Nigeria and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. He reiterated the need to protect civilians and humanitarian personnel, assets and facilities at all times in accordance with international humanitarian law, said Farhan Haq, Guterres’ deputy spokesman, in a statement.

The secretary-general reaffirmed the United Nations’ continued solidarity with the government and people of Nigeria in their efforts to fight terrorism and violent extremism, said the statement.

Saturday’s attacks were carried out by suspected Boko Haram militants. The terrorist group has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, and has extended its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

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Kano State Assembly passes eight bills, 57 motions – Speaker



Alhaji Abdulazeez Gafasa, Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, says it has passed eight bills during the first legislative year of the 9th Assembly.

Gafasa disclosed this at a news conference on Monday in Kano.

He listed the bills to include the Kano State 1991 Amendment Bill; Kano State Appropriation Amendment Bill, Kano State College of Nursing and Midwifery Bill 2019, and the Kano State Persons with Disability Amendment Bill 2019.

Others were Kano State Appropriation Bill 2019, and Kano State Education Development Support Bill 2019; the Kano State Emirate Council Amendment Bill 2020, and Kano State Audit Commission Bill 2019.

The speaker noted that seven bills pending before the House were under considerations, adding that the bills included the Kano State Drugs and Substance Abuse Management Bill 2019 and the Kano State Public Procurement Bill 2019.

Others were Kano State Public Finance Management Bill 2019; Kano State Revenue Administration Amendment Law 2019, Kano State Land Use Charge Amendment Law 2019, Kano State Free Compulsory Basic and Universal Education Bill 2019 and Kano State Entrepreneur and Skill Acquisition Center Bill 2019.

Gafasa added that the House also passed 57 motions within the year under review.

He explained that 35 of the motions were on infrastructure; 10 for health and five motions each for education and other sectors while two others on petitions.

“During the 9th legislative year, we conducted a public hearing on the 2020 appropriation bill, the screening and confirmation of commissioners and members of the State Executive Council (SEC).

“We also approved the 44 local government councils budget estimates for 2020; we approved the 2012 audited account report, approval of the N50 billion loan requested by the state government and so many other things,” Gafasa said.

Edited By: Razak Owolabi (NAN)
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