The Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kano, says it accessed about N900 million Tertiary Education Development (TEDfund) intervention fund between 2017 and 2020.
Dr Yahaya Bunkure, the Provost of the College said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Thursday in Kano.
“The interventions for 2015 and 2016 were not accessed by the college, before I came on board about two and a half years ago,” Bunkure said.
He explained that, the funds were not accessed by the previous administration at the college for some years.
“But when I became the Provost, I did my best to see that we got the intervention, and we succeeded.
“At the first instance we were able to access N310 million, while later we were able to access nearly N600 million.
“I want to inform you that we have executed so many projects in the school, which will be beneficial to our students for many years to come.
“We spent the funds on so many developmental projects at the college. We were able to put in place several structures in the college,” Bunkure said.
He added: “We were able to expand the college library, and we are now building a brand new e-library, the college has no clinic of its own, therefore we are now building a modern one.
“Also, we are now building a brand new science complex where we are going to house all our laboratories in one place.
“Provision has been made for four laboratories of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Integrated science.”
According to Bunkure, the college has put in place two blocks of building, each of two stories to accommodate academic and non-academic staff.
“The college also procured office facilities and accommodation for 86 members of its staff, which means we are not only concerned about the students’ welfare, but also the staff.
“And I wish to tell you that we are doing a lot in terms of the staff development, like I said, we have policies and programmes that we use in handling affairs of our staff.
“Both our academic and non-academic staff, we normally give them the opportunity to go and further their education within and outside the country.
“I remember, as a result of such opportunity given to our staff, we now have over 100 staff with PhDs,” Bunkure said.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
Gov. Ganduje urges Muslims to pray for peace, stability
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on Muslims to continue to pray for peace and stability in Kano and the country at large.
Ganduje made the call at the closing of the Annual Zikir and Prayers for National Unity organised by the Majalisul Shura Litaraqa Al-Tijjaniyya at Kano Emir’s Palace.
Hassan Fagge, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna, stated this in a statement in Kano on Saturday.
Represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Gawuna, the governor said that it was only through prayers and total submission to Almighty Allah that the current challenges in the country can be addressed.
He said: “the Annual Zikr plays a vital role in bringing peace and stability as well as seeking Allah’s intervention in addressing problems facing the state and the nation.
“As we are all aware, there are a lot of issues bedevilling the country like the prevailing case of Corona Virus, but by God’s will, here in Kano, we have less record.
“Compared to other states, we have lower record, which can be attributed to the daily prayers and Zikr offered by the good people of Kano.
“Acquiring Islamic knowledge and putting it into practice is what the religion teaches; it also serves as solutions to some societal problems facing the Muslims,” Ganduje was quoted as saying.
He maintained that Tijjaniyya Followers were for long identified as the peace loving people, who sacrifice themselves in acquiring knowledge and promoting teaching of the Prophet and his companions as guided by Sheik Ahamadu Tijjani.
While acknowledging the contributions made by the leaders of Tijjaniyya movement towards islamic propagation in Africa and the world at large, Ganduje implored the followers to continue to pray for the state and love each other as Muslim brothers.
The governor further extended his best wishes to the organisers of the annual Zikir and assured them of his administration continue support and cooperation towards promoting Islam.
The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero said the annual Zikir and Prayers was organised to draw closer all the Tijjaniyya Followers and pray for the Nation’s unity, stability and progress.
Bayero explained that the Annual Zikr reminds all the followers the good works of their leaders like Shehu Usman Danfodio, who spent their live towards propagating the movement not only in Africa but in the whole world.
He encouraged the members to seek for more knowledge to serve as ladder that would allow them to know the religion of Islam and the Tijjaniyya doctrine.
Earlier, the Acting Chairman of the movement, Khalifa Shehu Maihula, urged the members to follow the step and good life style of Sheik Ahmadu Tijjani, who devoted his time in propagating the teaching of Islam and love of the Prophet.
The Annual Zikr was attended by the Former Kano State Deputy Governor, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, members of the Kano State executive council, senior government officials and some Islamic scholars.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Felix Ajide
COVID-19: NCDC announces 221 new cases, total infections rise to 56,956
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday.
According to it, the new cases are confirmed from 18 states in the country.
The new infections brought the total number of confirmed cases to 56,956 in Nigeria.
The public health agency said that Lagos had 59, the highest number of cases, followed by Abia with 46 cases and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 22.
Among others were; Rivers, 11, Bauchi, 7, Benue, Ekiti and Imo, 6 each, Kaduna, Kwara and Ondo, 4 each, Ogun and Osun, 3 each, Bayelsa, Edo and Kano, 1 each.
According to it, those discharged on Friday include 100 community recoveries managed in Oyo State in line with new case management guidelines.
The health agency sadly recorded one more death, which brought the national death toll to 1,094.
It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
It cautioned that the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 was higher when people did not wear face mask in public places.
“Wear your face mask properly at all times. Adhere to all non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19,” it urged Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as the people of Edo State prepared to vote their preferred candidates at the governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19, NCDC urged all to observe the COVID-19 guidelines recently released.
It noted that relevant stakeholders must take actions that would reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the election.
“Ensure there is hand hygiene and temperature checks at the campaign ground, polling stations; providing additional polling stations or booths to ensure physical distancing, with clearly marked floors to enforce spacing on queues.
”Mandating the use of face mask for everyone, regular cleaning of polling stations, tables and other surfaces highly essential because those are the areas that are easy to contract the virus.
”Multiply hand-washing points or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, while staff at the polling units should practice hand hygiene frequently,.”
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Kano Fire Service saves 74 lives in 2 weeks
The Kano State Fire Service on Friday said it had saved 74 lives from fire incidents in different parts of the state within the last two weeks.
Alhaji Saidu Muhammed, the Public Relations Officer of the Service, said this in a statement in Kano.
Muhammed said eight lives were lost during the period.
According to him, the service received 15 fire calls, 11 false alarms and 51 rescue calls in the past two weeks.
“The calls emanated from victims and witnesses of collapsed buildings, road crashes and fire disasters,’’ he said.
Muhammed advised residents to be cautious when using electrical appliances.
He warned them against storing petrol and other inflammable substances in shops and homes.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Oluwole Sogunle
Woman clubbed stepson to death in Kano
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in Kano State, has arrested a 29-year-old housewife, Jamila Abubakar, over alleged murder of her stepson, Muhammad Bashir.
Mr Shehu Umar, NAPTIP Zonal Commander in charge of Kano State, confirmed the arrest in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kano.
Umar disclosed that the suspect was apprehended on Thursday after she beat her seven-year-old stepson to death at Tarauni Kasuwa area of Kano metropolis.
He recalled that the Agency had invited the suspect over alleged child abuse after the deceased was rescued from the suspect in the past few months.
The Coordinator said: “We received information that the deceased rescued few months ago was allegedly clubbed to death by his stepmother.
“On receiving the information, operatives of NAPTIP swung into action and arrested the suspect.”
He added that preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect confined the decease in a room without food when they left home for their daily engagements.
“The suspect was invited and the victim rescued by our team. The Agency provided shelter and medication to the victim before reuniting him with his father.
“The couple wrote an undertaking that the boy will not be confine again,” noting that they also promised to take care of the child protection and wellbeing when they set out for their normal businesses.”
Umar added that the case has been transferred to the Police Command in Kano for discrete investigation and prosecution.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso