Abuja, Feb. 13 The Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, Hajiya Ramatu Aliyu, says all surveillance informants within the communities and health facilities in FCT have been strengthened for the prevention of Lassa fever and coronavirus.
Aliyu said this at the inauguration of the FCT National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) awareness and sensitisation campaign on Lassa fever and coronavirus in Abuja on Thursday.
“All our surveillance informants within the communities and health facilities sites have been strengthened with sensitization of health personnel across all levels of health care services provision” she said.
Aliyu said that intensifying information, education and communication activities on these diseases and their associated outbreaks among the present day youths was apt.
She said that youths were noted for high mobility, adventures and vibrancy hence more likely to come in contact with people who are affected by the coronavirus by patronising local fast food kiosks.
According to her, most youths do not cook which may likely expose them to foods and drinks contaminated with rats’ excrements.
Aliyu explained that Lassa fever was transmitted to man by infected rats.
She said that humans become infected from direct contact with the urine and faeces of the rats which contain the virus, through touching soiled objects, eating contaminated food, or exposure to open cuts or sores.
The NYSC, FCT Coordinator, Haijya Walida Isa, said that the sensitisation was carried out because the scheme had enough manpower of corps members to educate the public on the dangers of the diseases.
She said that the sensitasition was done in all the six area councils in the FCT.
Isa said that many people were not aware of the danger associated with the diseases and so it became necessary to create awareness.
According to her, the scheme will also join the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to sensitise the public on the evil of corruption tagged ‘Nigerian Youths March Against Corruption’ on Feb. 14.
The highlight of the awareness and sensitisation was a visit to the Sa Payi of Garki, His Royal Highness, Alh. Usman Nga-Kupi, to inform him of the programme.
Nga-Kupi commended the scheme for the gesture and also informed them that he had been educating the people in his wards on the dangers of the diseases.
He then advised the corps members to stay away from cultism and drugs as such would destroy their future.
“You must work hard to achieve your desires and make the country proud as we have no other country,’’ said Nga-Kupi.
According to him, the country is blessed but has the problem of managing the resources.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the group went to Garki International Market to sensitise the public on the danger of the diseases and how it can be avoided.
Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola https://nnn.ng/fct-strengthens-surveillance-to-prevent-lassa-fever-coronavirus/
Emir of Zazzau, a man of intelligence, astuteness-Minister
The Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Tayo Alasoadura, has described the late Emir of Zazzau in Kaduna State, Alhaji Shehu Idris, as an intelligent and astute man who ruled with fears of God.
This is contained in a statement by his media aide, Mr Dayo Joseph, on Monday in Akure.
Alasoadura, who said he received the news of the death of the revered monarch with shock, noted that the late emir’s immense contributions to peace and development of Kaduna State and Nigeria in general would be greatly missed.
“It is with shock that I received the news of the demise of the revered traditional monarch and a statesman who stood for peace, progress and unity of the country.
“Emir of Zazzau ruled the good people of Zazzau with immense intelligence, astuteness and dedication.
“He will be sorely missed by everyone,” Alasoadura said.
The minister prayed that Almighty God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort the family he left behind.
Idris died on Sunday at the age of 84, after ruling the Zazzau Emirate for 45 years.
Group lauds Buhari on Edo Governorship poll
The Southern Nigeria Peoples Mandate (SNPM), a political pressure group, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring hitch-free, fair and credible governorship election in Edo.
Mr Augustine Chukwudum, President of the group, made the commendation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Monday.
“We commend our amiable President for allowing the election to be free, fair and credible. This shows that the President is a democrat that every Nigerian must be proud of.
“This was not the case when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was at the helm of affairs of the Federal Government between 2003 to 2009.
“We are asking PDP at national level to thank the President for providing level playing ground for all candidates at the election, ” Chukwudum said.
He, however, congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election for a second term in office, adding that it was a victory well deserved after a keenly contested election.
“It is widely evident that the governor performed very well for the people of Edo in the past three years.
“SNPM call on Obaseki to see his victory as divine mandate to improve on infrastructure in all communities in the state.
“Once more, we congratulate him and pray that the will of God would continue to shine in Edo,’’ he added.
MURIC mourns Emir of Zazzau
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Monday expressed grief over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who passed on at the age of 84, in Kaduna.
MURIC director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in a statement, also commiserated with the head of the Nigerian Muslim community, the Sultan of Sokoto and the Governor of Kaduna State over the death.
“The news of the passing away of the Emir of Zazzau is saddening.
“We commiserate with our leader, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
“Our sympathy also goes to the Zazzau Emirate Council, particularly the Yariman Zazzau, Alhaji Munir Ja‘afar and the good people of Zaria.
“Shehu Idris was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council as well as the Kaduna State Emirate Council.
He added that the late Emir Shehu Idris was a diligent, pious and patriotic Nigerian.
He noted that his patience could melt Mount Everest.
“He once ordered his convoy to turn back and find another route instead of telling the police to attack a Shiite procession that refused to allow his convoy to drive past.
“May Almighty Allah overlook his shortcomings and grant him a lofty place in Al-Jannah Firdaus. May Allah give the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the remains of the late Emir was laid to rest in the ’emir’s palace’ of the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State.
The funeral prayers were led by the Chief Imam of the Zazzau Emirate Council, Alhaji Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at 5. 35p.m. in accordance with Islamic rites.
In attendance were Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, Secretary to the State Government Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, and other top government dignitaries.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, led the federal government delegation that included the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, head of military and paramilitary, among others.
NAN reports that the monarch spent 45 years on the throne having ascended to the throne in 1975 at the age of 36, following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.
He attended Katsina Training College and taught at Hunkuyi.
He served as private secretary to the Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu.
He became the secretary of the Zaria Native Authority Council in 1965, took the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and became the district head of Zaria and Kewaye in 1973.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Ganduje mourns Emir of Zazzau
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has commiserated with the people and government of Kaduna State over the death of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died on Sunday at 84.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, the Kano State governor described the death as a national tragedy and monumental blow to the nation’s traditional institution system.
He said “we lost a national hero, Alhaji Shehu Idris was an embodiment of humility, discipline, respect, statesmanship and exemplary leadership.
“His death leaves an indelible mark in the history of the Nigerian nation state.
“It is with sad note and deep sense of agony that we received the demise of this rare gem and a traditional leader of high repute with respectful global touch.”
Ganduje prayed for the reposed soul of the emir on behalf of the government and people of Kano State, to the families of the late emir, the Kaduna State government and the Zazzau Emirate.
“We pray for Allah’s blessing and forgiveness for the reposed soul of the great emir. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds abundantly.” (NAN )
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu