The National Association of Kano Students (NAKS) has expressed readiness to embark on campus sensitisation activities to create awareness on hate speech and drug abuse.
The Chairman of the association, Mr Yahaya Kabo, disclosed this during a familiarisation visit to the Secretariat of the Kano State Correspondent Chapel, on Wednesday in Kano.
Kabo said the exercise is designed to create awareness and address the menace of hate speech and drug abuse among students in the state.
He said the visit was to introduce the new leadership of the association with a view to promote collaboration to enable it achieve its objectives.
“The Correspondent Chapel is the first place we visited since our election due to its role in the campaign against hate speech, drug abuse and other vices, as well as promotion of education standard in the country.
“Our aim is to ensure that the issue of hate speech and drug abuse are reduced to the bearest minimu among the youths especially students,” he said.
In a remark, Mr Ibrahim Shuaibu, the Chairman of the Chapel, lauded the sensitisation initiative of the association, noting that it would go a long way to curb hate speech and drug abuse in the society.
Shuaibu pleaged support to the association to enable achieve its objectives.
“The chapel is also concerned with the high level of drug abuse and hate speech among the youths through social media.
“I, therefore, call on all students to be good ambassadors wherever they find themselves, as they are expected to be future leaders of the country,” Shuaibu said.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare
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
15 states to benefit from COVID-19 education incentive – NEC
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.
“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.’’
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