Tourism

Katsina to refund 208 intending pilgrims for 2019 Hajj

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Alhaji  Suleiman Kuki, Executive Secretary,  Katsina State Pilgrims Welfare Board (KSPWB), says 208 out of 1,539 who deposited money for the 2019 Hajj pilgrimage would soon be refunded of their deposits.


Kuki told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that Katsina Governor, Bello Masari, had already given approval to that effect.

“I am happy to inform you that payment of refund to those who requested for their money is in progress at all the zonal pilgrims’ offices across the state.

“Similarly, the board has introduced a roll-over agreement to be filled by the intending pilgrims who willingly choose to leave their money against the 2020 Hajj,” he said.

Kuki stated that those who willingly left  their deposits would be given top priority to perform the pilgrimage.

The chairman announced that the state pilgrim’s board was waiting for the guidelines for the commencement of the 2020 Hajj operations.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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COVID-19

NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 189 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,145.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.

“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.

The NCDC said that the figures also showed that Lagos, Plateau and the FCT accounted for 131 out of the 189 new cases.

“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.

The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.

“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.

“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.

The NCDC advised older persons, especially those who were living with health conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Hypertension, not to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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Foundation donates food, other gifts items to widows in Abuja

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Smile Attracts Smile Foundation (SASF), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), has empowered 25 widows with food, cash, clothes and shoes, among other items, as a way of putting smiles on their faces.


News Agency of Nigeria reports that at the maiden edition of the foundation’s meeting on Saturday in Abuja, the widows were full of praises to the foundation.

Major items such as rice, spaghetti, indomie, seasoning, vegetable oil, salt, bread, Ankara materials, shoes and cash were distributed to widows.

Mrs Bukola Adewumi, founder of the SASF, said empowering widows was a dream come through for her, adding that her mother was also a widow and knew what she went through during the period, until she passed on.

”This is like a burden to me, my mother was a widow, I knew what she went through, the struggle and I have nursed this ambition from my university days and also given the little I had then,” she said.

Adewumi said she had been giving her widow’s mite before now, but that it was time to establish a foundation that would be readily available to cater  for their needs.

She noted that her greatest joy would be to see the widows smile, stressing that it was the essence of establishing the foundation to assist widows.

According to her, SASF will not only be about sharing food items, but would also ensure that the widows are trained on entrepreneurial skills, in other to have a ready source of livelihood.

She explained that the foundation would  acquire land and build a widow’s home, in a bid to have projects running there.

”Whatever money we make as proceeds will be plough back to the widows,” she said.

Adewumi said the foundation would have a data base where the names and details of all widows would be saved, for possible support, adding that widows, who register with her foundation, would no longer be a liabilities.

She then called on public spirited Nigerians to contribute to the foundation in the drive to help the widows out of doldrums, adding that their financial support would help cushion their plight.

Mrs Elizabeth Aledare, a resident of Lugbe Airport road, lauded the foundation, adding that the gesture was a divine intervention for her as she and her children had nothing to eat at the moment.

She said that one of her children was billed to return to school come Sept. 21, but that the fear of getting her food had overwhelmed her, until the foundation intervened.

Aladare, 53, from Kogi, who had been a widow for 12 years, said she would remain grateful for the swift intervention by the foundation.

Mrs Chinese Ozor, one of the beneficiaries, a 40 -year-old widow from Enugu, who lost her husband in 2016, commended the organiser, describing the initiative as a timely intervention.

She said such gesture would linger in her memory, while calling for support from Nigerians for the foundation to be able to reach out to other widows.

Mrs Binta Aminu, another  beneficiary, 42, from Katsina, who lost her husband in 2018, said the intervention by the foundation was heartwarming.

Aminu said she could not believe her eyes with the items provided by the foundation, while commending the organiser for the kind gesture.

Mary Adeyemi, 23,  from Oyo, who lost her husband in 2019, described the gesture as huge and wonderful.

The young widow urged other public spirited Nigerians to join hands with SASF to reduce the burden of widows in the country.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

The Smile Attaracts Smile Foundation (SASF) distributing food items on Saturday in Abuja

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Troops rescue 22 kidnapped victims in Zamfara, Katsina

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The Nigerian Army troops of Operation Sahel Sanity fighting banditry and kidnapping in the northwest region have foiled bandits’ attacks and rescued 22 kidnapped victims.


The troops also recovered arms and ammunitions in various operations in Zamfara and Katsina States.

Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Gusau on Friday.

According to him, troops deployed at Moriki and Jangeru, responded to a distress call on Sept. 13, and folied a planned bandits’ attack on Mai-Zuma village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara.

This, he said, followed severe shoot out along Kayawa axis forcing the bandits to withdraw and abandon three motorcycles recovered by the gallant troops.

Onyeuko said on Sept. 12, troops deployed at Dandume in Katsina State rescued two young girls kidnapped by bandits on August 18, adding that the bandits abandoned the victims after a hot pursuit.

He said that on Sept. 17, troops also rescued 8 kidnapped victims from suspected bandits at Fankama and Sabon Layi area in Faskari LGA of Katsina.

“Troops on patrol at Chabas Chabas, swiftly rescued a truck driver, 11 women and children, on their way to Batsari Market but blocked by suspected bandits along Shimfida – Gurbi Road in Katsina State,” he said.

The Acting Director added that troops deployed at Forward Operation Base (FOB), Dansadau arrested a suspected bandit named Bello Ibrahim riding a motorcycle on his way to Dandalla village.

Onyeuko noted that the troops recovered one Pump Action rifle and three live cartridges from the suspected bandit.

He said: “On Sept. 16, troops deployed in Faskari arrested a suspected bandits’ informant named Isah Indo while spying on troops’ location.

“Following credible information; troops deployed at Yankara arrested a suspected bandits’ collaborator named Idris Isah from Yampa village in Faskari LGA of Katsina, who is engaged in illicit activities with bandits.

“Also on Sept. 16, troops deployed at Magami arrested Yaya Rabiu at Magami checkpoint, the suspect was identified to be a member of a notorious bandit gang.”

According to him, the bandits recently attacked troops location at Ruwandawa-Kwankele village in Gusau LGA of Zamfara.

Onyeuko reiterated commitment of the Nigerian Army to protect lives and property, and  urged the people to provide credible information on suspicious movements and persons in their communities.

Edited By: Josephine Obute
Source: NAN

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COVID-19 FG will support MSMEs with N75bn loan — DG SMEDAN

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The Federal Government will support Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with N75 billion survival fund to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.


Alhaji Dikko Radda, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), dislosed this during the closing of National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) in Katsina on Friday.

The SMEDAN boss said that the N75billion survival loan would support 500,000 MSMEs and 333,000 artisans across the country.

He pointed out that the implementation of the N75 billion MSMEs Survival Fund nationwide would help to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.

He explained that NBSDI was designed to provide entrepreneurship skill and  empowerment material (equipment) to bridge the capacity gap of the youth.

According to him, the programme is also aimed at enhancing youth engagement in productive ventures, thereby ensuring that they become independent.

“The initiative is designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well trained young artisans leading to reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.

“It further seeks to pursue a drastic reduction in poverty as most of the our of youths who still rely on stipends from parents are empowered to become self – reliant,” Radda said.

The DG announced that the National Business Development Initiative was being implemented in seven states of the federation.

There are  Katsina, Rivers, Delta, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Niger, Lagos, Kwara, Bauchi , Zamfara and Ekiti where a total of 1,397 entrepreneurs will benefit from the programme. 

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Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi
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