Environment

Instant rain claims 25 lives in Jigawa – Badaru

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No fewer than 25 people died and more than 51,000 houses destroyed by heavy rainfall in Jigawa.


Gov. Muhammad Badaru, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Dutse.

The governor, however, said he could not immediately give the exact number of casualties, adding: “You see to put the number of how many people died, you see this keep increasing.

“The last count we had was between 20 and 25. Some are yet to be verify whether it was as a result of flooding or other issues, whatever it is even if it is one life that is lost as a result of flooding is very serious,” he said.

Badaru, who condoled the families of those who lost their lives and sympathised with those whose property were destroyed in the current flash floods assured them of his government support.

He noted that not many people died in the flash floods, adding that some died as a result of heavy rainfall which led to sudden collapsed of their houses.

“What we have seen today is not the traditional flooding, we are still praying and hoping that Hadejia valley would still be intact untill the end of the rainy season.

“A lot of embankment had been built up around the valley. In the last five months we have been putting embankments in places where floods occurred.

“This year; we have experienced less flooding in those areas where we have provided mitigation.

“Most of the flooding this year were in places where we did envisaged but we will still analyse.

“This year; there is heavy downpour and if you analyse with the number of houses that have gone down, I think more than 51,000 houses destroyed, but we are still counting.

“The instant rain come up and poured, and because of the fact that the houses cannot keep off and they keep going down.

“And in some cases is not about flooding but heavy rainfall that destroyed the mud houses that our people have and that has been the trend this year,” Badaru said.

He said the flood submerged many towns and areas which were too numerous for him to visit but assured to support the affected communities as soon as he gets a comprehensive report from the committee set up to ascertain the damage.

“I think even our estimates of 51,000 houses is based on the towns that we have to but I am sure by the time our team comes back from the fact finding mission and going round the whole of the state we will get the exact number,” the governor said.

According to him, 21 persons lost their lives in the mud houses while four others drowned in the rivers.

“It is really tragic and we are putting a lot of mitigating mechanism to checkmate it.

The governor commended the Federal Government for the construction of embankment on Hadejia River and other support programmes to control flooding in the state.

He added that the Federal  Government was also supporting the state to arrest the unfortunate incident through its ecological fund,.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that arrangements were on the top gear to relocate some of the communities in flood prone areas of the state.

The affected communities continue to experience lost of lives and property every year due to flood and heavy rainfall in the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Economy

Survival Fund: FG releases registration schedule as portal opens Monday

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As the portal for the registration of prospective beneficiaries for the Survival Fund opens on Monday, the Federal Government has released the timetable  for categories of businesses to register.


A statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the Project Delivery Office stated that the portal which opens at 10 PM, will have educational institutions as the first category of beneficiaries to register.

“Nigerians interested in the Payroll Support scheme are to note that the site for registration will be open from 10 pm Monday September 21, 2020.

“In order to ensure seamless registration process, the Project Delivery Office (PDO) has designed a registration schedule.

“Registration for Payroll Support will start with educational institutions on Monday and will be followed with businesses in the hospitality industry on Friday September 25 beginning from 12 A.M.

“The portal will also be open to other category of small businesses from 12 A.M., on Monday September 28, 2020,” the statement said.

The office therefore advised those interested in benefiting from the fund to take note of the schedule and also log on to http://www.survivalfund.ng to register for the payroll support initiative.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the survival fund is a conditional grant to support vulnerable Micro and Small enterprises in meeting their payroll obligations and safeguard jobs in MSMEs from the shock of the COVID– 19 pandemic.

The scheme is estimated to save at least 1.3 million jobs across the country, while targeting an average of 35,000 individuals per state.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
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Buhari sends FG’s delegation for Emir of Zazzau’s burial in Zaria

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The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, on Sunday led the Federal Government’s delegation to the burial of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, in Zaria, Kaduna State.


Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja.

Those on the delegation, according to him, included the ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, Environment, Mahmud Mohammed and that of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika.

Also on the delegation was the President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu.

The team was received on arrival at the School of Aviation in Zaria by a Kaduna State delegation led by the Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i.

While conveying the condolences of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief Staff said the late Emir had paid his dues to the nation.

He said his enviable roles in nation-building and the unification of Nigerians would never be forgotten.

In his response, Gov. El-Rufa’i said the people of Kaduna State had lost a caring father.

He thanked the president for sending ”a powerful delegation to the burial ceremonies”.

The Emir died at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 84.

Shehu Idris was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on Feb. 15, 1975, and ruled the emirate for 45 years, before his death.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
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Welfare of policemen our priority – Minister

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The Minister of Police Affairs,  Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, has restated commitment of the Federal Government to ensure best welfare packages for policemen across the country.


Dingyadi, who spoke on Sunday at his residence in Sokoto,  during an interactive session with newsmen, said that the ministry had enhanced strategies toward achieving the desired goals for respective officers.

“We are trying as much as possible to ensure the general welfare of policemen is properly taken up to enable more excellent performance from the men and officers.

“However, to the best of our knowledge, what the security agencies are doing to combat banditry and other forms of criminality in the country is highly commendable.

“The performance is ongoing and by the grace of God, I want to assure Nigerians that we are going to succeed in the fight soon,” he said.

He added that policemen in the country were working closely with the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to ensure peaceful and secured living environment for all.

On the police recruitment, the minister said that the process was generally transparent, as it involved all stakeholders throughout the exercise.

“We ensured that every local government area in the country got a fair share in the exercise and only eligible candidates were screened based on the stakeholders’ recommendations,” he said.

On the entitlements of  retired and demised policemen, Dingyadi assured policemen that the ministry had been paying all pensions and gratuities as and when due and would continue to enhance the process.

He further said that the ministry had recorded a lot of achievements in restoring peace and tranquility in many parts of the country.

“However, one of the major achievements recorded is the establishment of the Police Trust Fund.

“This is to ensure that the police are properly funded, in order to improve their services, strengthen the officers and support the community policing system,” he added.

On the community policing, Dingyadi said that the Federal  and State Governments in the country were on the same page to achieve the desired goals.

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Rainstorm: Kwara governor sympathises with affected families

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has commiserated with families whose dwellings and properties were affected by Saturday night’s rainstorm in different parts of the state.


“The governor is saddened by the havoc wreaked on various households in Ilorin, the state capital, and indeed elsewhere across the state by the heavy rain.

“He sends his heartfelt commiseration and a message of hope to such families in this trying time,” the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Rafiu Ajakaye quoted him as saying in a statement on Sunday in Ilorin.

According to him, as part of AbdulRazaq’s proactive measures to mitigate the effect of the natural disaster, he visited various federal government agencies to seek special relief for Kwara.

“The state government is again urging the Federal Government to urgently consider Kwara State for special support.

“The governor, on his part, is immediately setting up a special disaster response team to collate data from areas affected and determine how the state government can offer support based on available resources,” the CPS added.

Ajakaye said the governor would announce members of the response team very soon.

“The Governor is also aware of the damage to electric poles during the storm.

“He has directed relevant agencies to quickly fix the poles as soon as possible to avoid further damage and ensure the restoration of power,” he said.

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Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
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