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Potato prices crash in Kano

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Prices of potatoes have dropped in Kano metropolis amid low patronage of the produce, the News Agency of Nigeria , reports.


A check by NAN at Yankura, Sabon Gari market on Thursday showed that prices of potatoes and other perishables had decreased by about 50 per cent.

A big size bag of potatoes sold for N23,000 and a basket sold at N1,200 as against its previous prices of N40,000 and N2,500 in the past two months.

Tomatoes indicated similar decrease in prices as a big size basket sold at N8,000 as againts N15,000.

However, prices of pepper and onions had shot up as a bag sold at N25,000 while onions goes for N22,000 per bag, as against it’s old prices of N12,000, respectively.

Traders at the market attributed the situation to the significant increase in the supply of potatoes and tomato to the markets.

Mr Shehu Aminu, a potato dealer, said prices were going down daily due to increase in the supply of the produce.

“The market is flooded with fresh supplies from the farms, and people are not buying despite drop in prices.

“The COVID-19 pandemic also affected the market condition, potatoes and other perishables are being transported from Jos to Kano.

Also, Mahmud Hassan, a tomato seller, said he was not making good sales, adding that the market condition was discouraging.

Another trader, Umar Musa, noted that few customers now patronised  fresh pepper dut to its exorbitant prices.

“Customers now prefer dry pepper due to its cheaper prices despite cumbersome processes,” he said.

Mrs Halima Bashir, an eatery operator, decried the high cost of pepper and blamed traders for the hike in prices.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan (NAN)

 

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Electorate, observer commend conduct of election in Edo

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Electorate and observer at Ugboko Ward 5, Unit 26, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo, agree that the conduct of the state governorship election is peaceful.


Some of the electorate who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews on Saturday, said that the conduct was well organised.

They also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols during the electoral process.

Mr Benson Ibizugbe said that he was impressed that the process was going on peacefully and violence-free.

Ibizugbe said ”INEC did a good job by conducting a peaceful election here.

“There has not been issues of faulty equipment and they provided face masks for voters who don’t have to make them eligible to vote”.

An INEC observer, Ada Opkara, from Smile Africa, said that the voting process was seamless and commended the people of Ugboko ward for their peaceful conduct.

“I resumed here at 7: 18 a.m. before the INEC staff resumed activities, from that time till now, about three hours later, everywhere is calm.

“The electorate are cooperative and they are obeying the rules of COVID-19 and INEC officials,” he said.

She expressed optimism that the peaceful atmosphere at the polling unit would continue throughout the voting process going by the presence of security personnel.

Another electorate, Mr Monday Erhabor, said that he was happy that there was no violence at the voting centre.

“Everywhere is calm and peaceful, there is no violence, the security is tight and we are sure of a free and fair process”.

Edited By: Constance Athekame/Kayode Olaitan
Source: NAN

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Edo Election: European Centre decries non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols

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The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), on Saturday said voters in Ologbosere primary school, ward 4 with 40 units and other polling units they visited were not observing the COVID-19 guidelines as stipulated in the INEC policy.


Mr Wilson Manji, the deputy project coordinator, told the News Agency of Nigeria , that although the voters were all wearing face masks but they did not maintain social distancing.

“So far the election is going smoothly and calm. We are at Ologbosere primary in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of the state.

“So far everything is peaceful and calm here. Just that the INEC staff just arrived at about 10a.m. and accreditation and voting started at about 10.30a.m. instead of 8.30a.m,” he said.

According to him, the polling officers came with hand sanitisers and thermometers to check the temperature of every voter.

On his part, the Head, INEC Voter Education and Publicity, Timidi Wariowei, told newsmen at INEC office in Benin that most of the polling units and voting points started voting at 8.30a.m.

“But we are aware that there are some few isolated cases that started 9.a.m. or after 9.a.m. because of some issues they needed to sort out.

“From the reports we are getting, almost all the polling units have started voting,” he said.

Wariowei, however, said he observed that the voters were all wearing face masks but did not maintain social distancing.

According to Wariowei, before I left the polling units I visited, I educated the people on the need to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 regulations by maintaining social distancing for the safety of all.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Gov. Ganduje urges Muslims to pray for peace, stability

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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
Source: NAN

 

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Edo 2020: Card Readers fail to authenticate fingerprints in Esan West, Central

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The Card Readers provided for the Edo Governorship election to authenticate fingerprints of voters in Esan West and Esan Central Local Government Areas of Edo on Saturday failed to recognise some voters.


Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria , who monitored the election in the areas, report that while the Card Readers easily identified the voter cards, they failed to authenticate their fingerprints.

This abnormally was noticeable at the polling units in Ward 5 (Uhunmudumu Primary School), and units 14, 15 and 16 (Emado Primary School) in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area.

The same was applicable in units 5 and 6, Ward 6 (Idumebo Primary School), in Esan Central Local Government Area.

However, NAN reports that the voters were still allowed to vote after the cases were incidented on INEC form after which the voters were made to thumb print in the form.

Meanwhile, Mr Victor Edoro, a politician in the area and an ex-commissioner in Edo, Mr Gideon Obhakhan, have described the exercise as impressive.

They described the voting process as peaceful and orderly, with compliance to COVID-19 Pandemic containment protocols.

Edoro, who voted at his voting centre in Idumebo Primary School, Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area, described the voting process as “peaceful and hitch free.”

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Source: NAN

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