Agriculture

Jigawa approves N11.426 million for materials to victims of fire disaster in schools

  Jigawa approves N11.426 million for victims of the fire disaster in two schools Approval Abdullahi Shugaba The Jigawa Government has approved the sum of N11.426 million for the purchase of relief materials for victims of fire disaster in two secondary schools in the state. The schools are Junior Science Secondary School (JSSS) Aujara and […]

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Jigawa approves N11.426 million for victims of the fire disaster in two schools

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Abdullahi Shugaba
The Jigawa Government has approved the sum of N11.426 million for the purchase of relief materials for victims of fire disaster in two secondary schools in the state.

The schools are Junior Science Secondary School (JSSS) Aujara and Government Senior Science Secondary School (GSSS) Lautai.

Alhaji Abbas Abbas, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Dutse on Thursday.

Abbas explained that there was fire outbreak in the two schools; JSSS Aujara on Feb. 11 and GSSS Lautai on Feb. 12.

He stated that when the incident occurred, the students lost all their personal belonging including books and beverages.

The permanent secretary said that 498 students affected were of JSSS Aujara , while 89 were of GSSS Lautai.

“Fire gutted their hostels and all their belongings were burnt, we will surely investigate the remote cause of that.

“It is in view of this, that the state government has approved the sum of N8, 950 million for the purchase of all the materials for students, who lost their property in Aujara while the sum of N2.476 was also approved for students in Lautai secondary school.”

Abbas said the money was approved after a committee set up by the state government visited the schools to assess the loss.

“It was after the committee’s investigation and report that a memo was submitted to the state Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru.

“In fact, the governor did not waste time to approve money for buying materials for students, who lost their property as a result of the fire outbreak,” he said.

The permanent secretary said that traditional rulers like the Emir of Gumel, Alhaji Ahmad Muhammad and other spirited individuals came to the aid of the students as a result of the calamity. (NNN)
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Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Ifeyinwa Omowole

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Environment

Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation

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As the world marks the International Vulture Awareness Day, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Saturday underscored the importance of Vultures in the maintenance of balance in the ecosystem.


The NCF in a communique released after its five days webinar forum on Vultures and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, noted that vultures were sanitary officers with a clean-up service on the environment.

Dr Joseph Onoja, Director of Technical Programmes, NCF, in his presentation, revealed that nature had bestowed on humanity vultures with the role of environmental sanitary officers with a clean-up service worth $11,000 a year.

Onoja said: “Without vultures, humans are vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases, because in the absence of vultures, dogs and rats become the clean-up crew.

“’The danger in this is that these animals are not equipped for such and are close to human population, exposing us to diseases.”

In his presentation, Mr Aniekan-Abasi Emmah Uwatt, a conservation biologist and ornithologist, observed that human activities were the major drivers to the vultures’ threatened status.

He added that the world could suffer from negligence if something drastic was not done to preserve the remaining vulture species in Nigeria.

“Imagine a world without vultures, it will lead to disease outbreaks such as anthrax; rabies and botulism.

‘“We would also have dirty environment with dead carcasses and foul smells,” he said.

Another facilitator, Mr Apeverga Paul Tersoo, Lecturer, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State , said that Vultures might not be very appealing by their looks, but these birds, also known as scavengers do the dirty jobs of cleaning our environment.

Tersoo said they do this by taking care of carcasses and preventing the spread of diseases, which in turn keeps the ecosystem healthy.

“’The importance of these natural environmental cleaners cannot be over emphasised because the benefits we derive from them for free will cost us so much that it can only be imagined.

“A case study is seen in India where a crash in the vulture population was observed after the birds fed on carcasses of livestock that were treated with Diclofenac.

“The Indian white-rumped vulture was the most hit, with a decline rate of 99.9 per cent.

“What followed was a surge in population of feral dogs that were infected with rabies from litters of carcasses as a result of the absence of our natural cleaners (the vultures).

“Consequently, an increase in human deaths from rabies nearly caused a public health catastrophe that saw the government of India spending about $34 billion to fight the spread of the disease,” he said.

Malam Samaila Mohammed Alkali, Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Coordinator, Kano Airport, said that aviation was a major threat to the survival of vultures.

“This is due to bird strike. Bird strikes occur when bird physically collide with aircraft,” Alkali said

According to him, approximately 10,692 vultures were killed by aircraft between 2008 and 2015, these may represent 1,500 Vultures killed every year for the period of seven years.

Meanwhile, in his presentation, Mr Adewale Awoyemi, Head of Forest Centre, Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan observed that the vanishing vultures had critical implications on human health and existence.

Awoyemi said that the destruction of their habitats by deforestation was a threat to vulture conservation.

International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) is celebrated on the first Saturday of September every year to reflect on the importance of vultures and the essential role they play in a healthy ecosystem.

It also aims at spreading awareness about range of threat facing vultures and urge the people to take action and prevent extinction of the ecological bird specie.

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Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Source: NAN

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COVID-19

15 states to benefit from COVID-19 education incentive – NEC

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The National Economic Council (NEC) says 15 states have qualified to benefit from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) funding for education as part of measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the sector.


Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State disclosed this while virtually briefing State House correspondents after the virtual NEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday.

The virtual NEC meeting was anchored from the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“I am very pleased to announce that the Federal Government has put in place some financial incentives to assist the states in implementing the education COVID-19 plan.

“Selected states are to benefit from the COVID-19 GPE global partnership for education funding; those that are above the national average from at least two of three criteria.

“The states that have qualified are Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Ebonyi, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kano, Nassarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto and Zamfara.

“These are the states that made two of the three criteria for GPE funding; this is the grant from the World Bank and other donors.’’

He said the Federal Ministry of Education presented to NEC a broad overview of the education sector and how the education of Nigerian students in the COVID-19 era could continue.

El-Rufai said that the Ministry of Education approved the closure of schools and tertiary institutions on March 19 before a formal lockdown was announced.

“Some actions taken so far to mitigate the learning loss among children are the education sector COVID-19 strategy and National Education Sector COVID-19 Response Plan in collaboration with parastatals, development partners, public health experts, and the Nigerian education group.

“The Federal Government also constituted a ministerial task force on COVID-19.

“The primary objectives of the COVID-19 education response plan are to ensure that all children continue learning through access to the best remote learning programmes and appropriate for each context to meet the needs of each child, including the most vulnerable.

“ Some may have access to the internet, but the poorest can get their lessons over the radio; some through television.

“So, the whole plethora of platforms was made available so that no one is left behind.’’

He said that the federal and state governments were working towards ensuring a safe opening up of the educational system.

The governor said, first, capacity must be built for teachers for ongoing development and deployment of technology in teaching.

According to him, teaching with digital technology is new and requires a lot of training as well as providing technical assistance in selection and delivery of online digital content and offline learning resources among others.

“Some of the measures to arrest the potential growth in the number of out of school children, arising from the situation we had before the pandemic and during the pandemic are as follows:

“Disbursement of the Federal Government of Nigeria, UBE intervention funds to states on equality basis to states.

“This is to enable them to implement tangible state based priority projects, including the building of schools or additional classrooms, renovations, rehabilitations, procurement of furniture and equipment etc with focus on enrolling more pupils or having more flexibility to do shifts.

“The Almajiri integrated Quaranic teaching school programmes to mainstream the Almajiri boys into basic education and eradicate the out-of-school children syndrome in northern Nigeria.

“Open schooling, which is principally aimed at reducing the number of out-of-school children in the country, among others, ‘’ he said.

El-Rufai said that, going forward, there should be a national training programme to equip all university lecturers in delivering blended learning.

The governor said that NEC also recommended accelerating and strengthening the management of an electronic digital identity management system for all Nigerians.

El-Rufai explained that such digital identity would aid easy enrolment, retention and completion of learners at all levels as well as curb fraud, forgery and alteration of certificates.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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Judiciary

Alleged sodomy: Court remands blind man

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A Dutse Chief Magistrates’ Court Jigawa on Wednesday, ordered that  a 60-year-old blind man, Muhammad Abdul, who allegedly attempted to sodomise his guide boy to be remanded in a correctional centre.


The Magistrate, Mr Akilu Isma’il, who ordered that Abdul be remanded in Dutse Correctional Centre, adjourned  the case until Oct. 5 for further mention.

The police charged Abdul, who resides in Guru Local Government Area of Yobe state, with attempt to commit unnatural offence.

Earlier, the Senior State Prosecution Counsel, Mr Kabiru Warwade, told the court that Abdul committed the offence on Sept. 8, at 10 a.m., at Garko Quarters, in Hadejia Local Government Area.

Warwade said the Abdul, lured the boy to a bushy area behind the Sharia Court, Hadejia and attempted to sodomise him.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 95 of the Penal Code.

Edited By: Abdullahi Mohammed/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

 

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General news

New tariff only affects major electricity consumers – says DISCO

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The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), says the new tariff regime approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) will not affect lower electrifcity consumers in its franchise.


KEDCO’s franchise include Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States.

Mr Ibrahim Shawai, Head of Corporate Communications of the company, gave the clarification in a statement issued on Wednesday in Kano.

Shawai said that the increase in tariff would be applied only on major electricity consumers who had been categorised into Band A, B and C.

He explained that the Band A, B and C consumers enjoyed minimum of power supply between 20, 16 and 12 hours respectively.

The spokesman added that lower consumers were also categorised into Band D and E with less than 12 hours of supply per day, adding that they would not be affected by the tariff increase.

“This equally applies to those categorised as life line customers who do not consume more than 50 units (kWh) per month.

“There is no need to panic especially customers in the aforementioned categories of Band D and E,” he said.

Shawai added that the company had adopted proactive measures to improve power supply and enhance effective service delivery.

The statement also quoted Jamil Gwanna, the Managing Director of the company, as saying that the management accorded priority towards improving its operations to meet the needs of the customers.

“It is our responsibility to protect their interests with all fairness and ensure customers across our franchise enjoy better service delivery in line with our policy.”

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