Kano State Government says it will establish an Education Trust Fund to help the citizens receive sound education, according to Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor of the state.
The governor said this in a statement by the Director- General, Media and Public Relations,
Government House, Kano, Ameen Yasar in Kano on Tuesday.
Yasar said the development followed government unveiling of its free and compulsory basic – senior secondary education policy, which also prioritised inclusive and Almajiri education.
He quoted Ganduje as having made the disclosure during an extraordinary State Executive Council (SEC) meeting at the Government House, Kano to deliberate on the draft Kano Education Trust Fund bill.
The governor said that his administration aimed to generate funds to build a solid foundation for a more literate and competitive society.
“You could recall that we recently launched free and compulsory education in Kano.
“Under this policy, several plans would be implemented, including provision of infrastructure, integrating Islamic and Qur’anic education, girl–child education, teacher training, and community participation.
“All these require funds so we have to ensure ways of making the policy sustainable,” Ganduje said during the meeting.
He said it was in line with the policy that the state government also earmarked N49. 9 billion to allow for critical projects such as the free and compulsory education policy, adding that the amount represents 25. 23 per cent of the state 2020 Appropriation bill for education.
Ganduje also said that a bill for the establishment and management of the State Modern Skills Acquisition Centre had been forwarded to the state House of Assembly for deliberation and passage for his assent.
He said the bill, if passed and assented to would ensure efficient management of the centre.
“My recent visit to London was to discuss with the manufactures of the equipment we installed and on how to run the centre.
“We have agreed to engage an expert from their side to administer it for some time, to set its management tone so that we don’t end up rubbishing the investment.
“They are going to train 35 of our carefully selected tutors from Kano, in addition to about six more that will be selected soon.”
According to him, the selected tutors will be trained for about six weeks on how to hand the equipment installed so that when they assume work, things will go on smoothly.
The governor announced that the French authorities had agreed to extend their scholarship programme for another five years to enable more lecturers from Kano to pursue postgraduate and doctoral courses in French universities.
NAN recalls that Ganduje was also in Paris, France last week to discuss with French government officials, on the joint scholarship scheme for lecturers of tertiary institutions from the state.
During the meeting, Ganduje also briefed SEC on his visit to Seattle, USA under the aegis of the Progressive Governors Forum.
He said issues bordering on primary health care and routine immunization were discussed with the Co Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Bill Gates and Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
Edited & Vetted By: Dada Ahmed
Nigerians gifted with exceptional confidence, resilience, mental acuity – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigerians are gifted with exceptional attributes of confidence, resilience and mental acuity.
He said that the attributes were best demonstrated in how Nigerians exceled even in other countries in sciences, medicine and politics.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president delivered the keynote address at the 111th Founders’ Day Lecture of King’s College, Lagos.
According to Osinbajo, teaching young people Integrity, innovation and hard work is the foundation of a good society.
“Teaching young people that there are huge rewards from creativity, innovation with a culture of integrity in business and personal life, coupled with hardwork and diligence, is the foundation of a good and prosperous society.
“When people are nurtured in the notion that rent-seeking or the prebendal capture of wealth or benefit by access to power is the path to success, then the society will not prosper.
“A few will capture all the resources, everyone else will be poor or on their way there.”
Citing Edward Banfield, American Political Scientist, Osinabjo explained that the exceptional attributes did not free people from the moral basis of a backward society, which was the self-interested, family-centric society where often the public good was sacrificed.
He said that while receiving an education, the mind of a young person must be lifted up beyond self as education must teach the primacy of community, of the good and the well-being of the collective over self.
The Vice President said that the educational design and content must take into account, the current moral and social circumstances, as well as the physical and mental constraints we face as a people.
“There must be, as a rule, a prevailing moral standard, corruption or deviance must be the exception, not the rule.
“Concerns faced at the lower levels of our society; the problems of out-of-school children and the huge deficit in the education of girls,” he said.
For her part, Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who was the guest speaker, commended the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19 through the Economic Sustainability Plan.
Mohammed said that scaling up infrastructure for connectivity will be crucial as well as access to digitalised curricula, digital skills training for teachers and students, and methods to protect privacy.
Other dignitaries at the event included the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who virtually-delivered a goodwill message from President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Security Adviser, retired Maj.–General Babagana Monguno.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo and the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido II, among others also featured.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation
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.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
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