Politics

Mohammed assents to bill on Bauchi road traffic agency

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Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, on Wednesday, assented to the bill establishing the Bauchi State Road Management and Traffic Agency (BAROTA).


While signing the bill, Mohammed said the agency would control, regulate traffic and other matters.

“The agency was established to sanitise the roads by ensuring every motorist uphold the law in the state.

“Leaving people to drive on the roads without a law and an institution to regulate the law is a call to recklessness and accidents via rough driving by motorists,’’ the governor said.

According to him, the agency will create employment and at the same time generate revenue for the state.

He said the state government would constitute a formidable and experienced board to man it.

The governor also said that a new bill for the establishment of the State Road Maintenance Agency (SERMA) would soon be forwarded to the Assembly.

Mohammed commended the assembly for its steadfastness in passing 16 bills that he had assented to.

“Your responsiveness and synergies with the state government are overwhelming, despite political differences,’’ he said.

He promised to support the assembly to provide the people of the state the dividends of democracy.

Earlier, the Speaker, Abubakar Suleiman lauded the governor for assenting to 16 bills passed by the assembly.

Suleiman said the legislators considered the bill establishing BAROTA and other matters as paramount to the state.

Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Abdulfatah Babatunde
Source: NAN

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Politics

22 parties allege exclusion in Bauchi polls, commission denies

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Some 22 Political Parties in Bauchi State say their  names and logos  are omitted by the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC) to participate in the state’s upcoming council poll.


However, the electoral umpire says it is untrue.

Alhaji Ahmed Aminu,  Leader of the political parties Chairmen and  state Chairman of the Young Democratic Party (YDP), levelled the allegation on Sunday in Bauchi.

He said that omission of their names and the logo would  deny them the opportunity to participate in the  forthcoming local government election and the by-election of the Dass constituency in the state Assembly.

Aminu lamented that in spite of frantic efforts to ensure the names and logos of their various political parties were captured in the ballot papers meant for the LGA election, none had yielded  result.

He said that after the receipt of the order of the court of appeal that gave them victory, they approached BASIEC and submitted the court order for its attention. According to him, we also expressed our interest to participate in the forthcoming local council elections and the by-election for Dass constituency seat  in the state Assembly.Aminu said that they were directed by BASIEC to furnish INEC and other channels with their requests, which they complied with.

“But neither INEC nor BASIEC has given us any feedback ahead of the Oct. 17, LGA election in the state,” he said. Aminu said that the council poll was fast approaching, adding that if  the names and logos were not included, they would seek redress in court.

He commended  the national leadership of the aggrieved 22 political parties for demanding that justice was served to the political parties.

They also lauded  the appeal court judges led by their president, noting that the judgment that rekindled the hope of their parties,  showed  the judiciary was indeed the last hope of the  common man.

Responding, the State Executive Chairman of  BASIEC,  Alhaji Dahiru Tata, said that the commission did not have the power to register political parties but  only INEC had the mandate.

“When we requested for names of political parties from INEC, they gave only 18 political parties that are registered with them and they are all participating in the local government area poll.

”So, the parties  should approach INEC and sort it out with them. Once INEC  registers  them, we will also include them despite the schedule,” Tata said.

 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Education

Northern states may reopen schools before Oct. 30 – commissioners

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The Commissioners of Education in the 19 Northern States, say they may reopen schools before October 30, but subject to approval of their respective state governors.


The commissioners made this known in a communique issued in Kaduna on Sunday, at the end of a two-day meeting on student exchange programme, school reopening and other matters held in Abuja.

The communique was signed by Dr Shehu Makarfi, Commissioner of Education, Kaduna State, who is also the Chairman of the northern states School Exchange Programme (SEP).

The meeting was attended by commissioners of 10 of the 19 northern states namely, Kaduna, Bauchi, Yobe, Plateau, Niger, Kogi Gombe, Taraba, Nassarawa and Plateau, while others sent their apologies.

“We have agreed to reopen schools as soon as possible, hopefully before Oct. 30, fully or in phases, but subject to the approval of our respective governors.

“Some states have already reopened fully while others opened partially since Sept.  14, so we are looking at the possibilities of reopening as soon as we get approvals.

“We therefore urge state governments, development partners, parents and relevant stakeholders to combine efforts in the provision of COVID-19 prevention facilities in schools to fast track reopening.

“The Federal Government should equally support states to meet the COVID-19 requirements for school reopening, as it did to other sectors,” they said.

The commissioners noted the challenge of communications during the COVID-19 period between the state’s Ministries of Education and the Federal Ministry of Education (FME).

They recommended the establishment of an effective communication channel between the FME and the state commissioners of education, on policy issues, development in the sector, and particularly plans on schools reopening.

The commissioners observed that most of the SEP schools were overpopulated and directed that affected states should adhere to the numbers stipulated in the guidelines establishing the programme.

According to them, decongesting the schools will ensure quality teaching and learning.

“Commissioners should intensify monitoring of SEP and other schools to improve the education delivery system in their respective states.

“States should equally invest in building the administrative capacities of principals and teachers by organising workshops and supporting school administrators and teachers to attend courses in institutes of education and public administration.

“Similarly, Information and Communication Technology should also be included in school administration to equip school principals and teachers with relevant skills to deliver quality education,” they stated.

The commissioners also resolved to engage the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in developing the needed strategies for integrating children of all almajiri schools into the formal education system.

They agreed to intensify efforts to gain the support and cooperation of all stakeholders to ensure success of the integration process.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

 

 

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NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudiness and rains from Sunday to Tuesday across the country.


NiMet`s weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja predicted cloudy morning over the north on Sunday with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Adamawa and Taraba.

According to it, few thunderstorms are expected over Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe state in the afternoon and evening hours.

“The north central is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours with chances of a few thunderstorms and rains over Abuja, Niger and Benue.

“ Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect Kogi, Abuja, Kwara, Benue and Plateau.

“ Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland cities of the south west in the morning, while moderate rains are expected over parts of the southeast inland, like Abakaliki, Awka, Cross-River and Imo.

The agency forecast moderate rains over the coastal cities of the south to include the coastal part of Ondo state in the morning.

NiMet predicted few thunderstorms and rains over most parts of the inland with chances of moderate rains over the coastal parts of Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, and Rivers state in the afternoon and evening periods.

According to NiMet, cloudy skies are anticipated over the north western flank in the morning of Monday with prospects of few thunderstorms over the northeast to affect southern Borno, Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe.

“Progressing into the day, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Yobe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kebbi in the northwest, while a cloudy atmosphere should prevail over the north east.

“ The north central is expected to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Plateau and Benue.

“ As the day progresses, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Abuja, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, “ it said.

It predicted the south to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with chances of moderate rains over parts of the inland and coastal cities.

The agency envisaged moderate rains over most parts of the south later in the day.

According to NiMet, thunderstorms are expected to affect some places in the north, like Taraba, southern Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa in the Tuesday`s morning.

The agency envisaged cloudy conditions over the north with chances of thunderstorms over Taraba in the afternoon and evening periods.

“Isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect places in the north central region, like Niger, Abuja, Benue, Kwara and Kogi in the morning.

“ Later in the day, cloudy conditions are expected to dominate this region with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Niger and Kwara.

“Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over most parts of inland of south with chances of moderate rains over Enugu in the morning.

“In the afternoon and evening periods, moderate rains are anticipated over most places, “ it sad.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
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COVID-19: NCDC announces 221 new cases, total infections rise to 56,956

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 221 new infections  of Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) in the country.


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.

The NCDC said that 213  COVID-19 patients were successfully treated and had been discharged across the country, bringing the number of treated cases to 48,305.

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.

The NCDC urged Nigerians not to ignore any symptoms, adding that a sudden loss of taste/smell, cough or fever might be COVID-19 .

“Please dial *258*258# for the COVID-19 self-assessment tool if you suspect that you or a loved one may have been exposed to COVID-19,” it said.

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
Source: NAN

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