Parents of Rimi College students in Kaduna, on Thursday rejected the decision of Kaduna State Government to relocate students of the college to a school at Unguwan Kudu, Kabala area of Kaduna.
Their decision was taken at a meeting convened by the state Ministry of Education with the Parent Teachers Association of the college to brief them of the development.
The government had earlier relocated boarding students of Government Girls Secondary School Kawo whose hostels were razed on Sunday.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting ended in a deadlock, with the parents saying they could not afford the daily transportation fares of their children to the new school.
They also expressed concern over the safety of their children in the new school.
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Phibi Sukai-Yayi, however, assured the parents that the measure was temporary, to enable the government reconstruct the burnt hostels and upgrade of existing facilities.
Sukai-Yayi added that the decision was in the interest of all, considering that the students of GGSS Kawo are from different parts of the country while those of Rimi college are from within Kaduna metropolis.
She also said that arrangements have been concluded to ensure that the movement does not affect students’ academic activities, including public examinations conducted by the West African Examination Council and National Examination Council.
However, one of the parents, Ibrahim Saidu, said the relocation of the Rimi college students would translate to heavy financial burden on parents.
According to him, the state government had for sometimes now, stopped the admission of students into Rimi collage and the move may be a ploy to permanently stop their children from attending the school.
Another parent, Malam Muttaka Mukthar, said that the relocation would put the security of their children at risk.
He explained that there has been long standing conflict between a section of youth in Unguwan Rimi and Unguwan Kudu where their children would be relocated to, as such their children would be put at risk.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmedhttps://nnn.ng/parents-reject-kaduna-govt-decision-to-relocate-students-of-rimi-college/
Kaduna Govt declares 3 days mourning for late Emir of Zazzau
The Kaduna State Government has declared three days mourning for the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
The Special Adviser to the Gov. Nasir el-Rufai on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, announced this in a statement on Monday.
Adekeye said that public offices would open as normal on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 but “there will be a public holiday on Sept. 23 to honour his memory’’.
According to him, flags will fly at half-mast during the mourning period.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the emir died at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna on Sunday at the age of 84.
The remains of the monarch have been laid to rest at his palace in Zaria besides some past emirs of the emirate.
The funeral prayers was led by the Chief Imam of Zazzau Emirate, Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at about 5:35pm, attended by thousands of people.
Among those in attendance were El-Rufai, Secretary to the State Government, Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State Assembly, Yusuf Zailani and other top government functionaries.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari led the federal government delegation, consisted of Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed, Environment Minister Mahmud Mohammed and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Also at the palace was the Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, and heads of military and paramilitary formations in Kaduna state.
NAN reports that the late monarch who was the 18th Emir of Zazzau, was the Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Chiefs.
Shehu Idris was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on Feb. 15 1975, and has ruled Zazzau emirate for 45 years, before his death. /
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Sadiya Hamza
MURIC mourns Emir of Zazzau
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Monday expressed grief over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who passed on at the age of 84, in Kaduna.
MURIC director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in a statement, also commiserated with the head of the Nigerian Muslim community, the Sultan of Sokoto and the Governor of Kaduna State over the death.
“The news of the passing away of the Emir of Zazzau is saddening.
“We commiserate with our leader, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
“Our sympathy also goes to the Zazzau Emirate Council, particularly the Yariman Zazzau, Alhaji Munir Ja‘afar and the good people of Zaria.
“Shehu Idris was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council as well as the Kaduna State Emirate Council.
He added that the late Emir Shehu Idris was a diligent, pious and patriotic Nigerian.
He noted that his patience could melt Mount Everest.
“He once ordered his convoy to turn back and find another route instead of telling the police to attack a Shiite procession that refused to allow his convoy to drive past.
“May Almighty Allah overlook his shortcomings and grant him a lofty place in Al-Jannah Firdaus. May Allah give the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the remains of the late Emir was laid to rest in the ’emir’s palace’ of the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State.
The funeral prayers were led by the Chief Imam of the Zazzau Emirate Council, Alhaji Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at 5. 35p.m. in accordance with Islamic rites.
In attendance were Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, Secretary to the State Government Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, and other top government dignitaries.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, led the federal government delegation that included the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, head of military and paramilitary, among others.
NAN reports that the monarch spent 45 years on the throne having ascended to the throne in 1975 at the age of 36, following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.
He attended Katsina Training College and taught at Hunkuyi.
He served as private secretary to the Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu.
He became the secretary of the Zaria Native Authority Council in 1965, took the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and became the district head of Zaria and Kewaye in 1973.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Ganduje mourns Emir of Zazzau
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has commiserated with the people and government of Kaduna State over the death of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died on Sunday at 84.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, the Kano State governor described the death as a national tragedy and monumental blow to the nation’s traditional institution system.
He said “we lost a national hero, Alhaji Shehu Idris was an embodiment of humility, discipline, respect, statesmanship and exemplary leadership.
“His death leaves an indelible mark in the history of the Nigerian nation state.
“It is with sad note and deep sense of agony that we received the demise of this rare gem and a traditional leader of high repute with respectful global touch.”
Ganduje prayed for the reposed soul of the emir on behalf of the government and people of Kano State, to the families of the late emir, the Kaduna State government and the Zazzau Emirate.
“We pray for Allah’s blessing and forgiveness for the reposed soul of the great emir. May Allah forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds abundantly.” (NAN )
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
NCDC records 97 new COVID-19 infections, total cases now 57, 242
The NCDC disclosed this on its official twitter handle on Sunday .
It added that three persons died of COVID-19 complications while 138 patients, who recovered at various isolation centres across the country the same day, were discharged.
Based on the figures released, Lagos state recorded the highest number of infections with 46 new cases.
The data released also indicated that Kwara recorded 12 new infections, Rivers 11, and Adamawa 4.
Others were Niger – 4, Ogun – 4, Osun – 4, Ekiti – 3, Imo – 3, Kaduna – 3, Plateau – 2, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – 1.
“Till date, 57, 242 cases have been confirmed, 48, 569 cases have been discharged, and 1,098 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT,” the centre said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Emmanuel Yashim