Sandamu LG in Katsina begins vaccination of 30,803 animals 



No fewer than 30,803 animals have been targeted for vaccination against common diseases by Sandamu Local Government Council, Katsina State.

Malam Sada Yahaya, the Council’s Director of Agriculture and Veterinary Services, made the disclosure at the commencement of the vaccination exercise in Rijiyar Tsamiya district of the area.

He said 12,568 cattle would be vaccinated against Contagious Bovine pleuropneumonia, while 18,235 sheep and goats would be vaccinated against Pest des Pest Ruminant disease.

He said that the exercise would last 10 days and was being conducted simultaneously across the 11 wards of the local government area.

The director assured that sufficient vaccines had been provided for the exercise and urged livestock owners to bring their animals to the designated centers for vaccination, which is free.

He also said that the cattle would be provided with a permanent identification tags.

Yahaya described the exercise as timely and beneficial, as it would guard the animals from contracting common diseases as well as promote consumption of hygienic meat and milk.

He commended the state government for sustaining the annual exercise by providing vaccines that covered thousands of animals.

“We at the local council level have provided the necessary logistics for the exercise.

“We would follow house-to-house in order to achieve wider coverage of small animals like goats and sheep,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that no fewer than 10,500 animals have also been targeted for vaccination across 12 electoral wards in Daura Local Government Area.

Edited by: Abiemwense Moru/Maharazu Ahmed


Katsina Speaker disburses N8.5m bursary to 1,292 students



Alhaji Tasiu Maigari, the Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly has disbursed 8.5 million as bursary to 1,292 indigent students in his constituency.

Maigari who formally launched the disbursement in Zango on Thursday, said he initiated the scholarship grant to promote the pursuit of education in the area.

According to the breakdown, post graduate students undergoing Masters degree would receive N15,000 each, first degree students, N10,000, NCE and Ordinary Diploma, N5,000 and Higher Diploma, N7,500.

The Speaker said that students of other tertiary institutions such as School of Health Technology and other related programmes would get N5,000 each, adding that the scope would be expanded to accommodate more students.

In his remarks, Gov. Aminu Masari commended the Speaker and described the gesture as worthy of emulation by other politicians and those who have the resources.

Masari said education was the bedrock of human development, noting that whoever said education was expensive should try ignorance.

He advised school leavers to be creative and inventive and not wait for white collar jobs, saying that gone were the days when one would be expecting jobs from government.

Masari used the occasion to issue stern warning to politicians campaigning for 2023, saying those caught campaigning would be prosecuted.

Malam Ashiru Hafizu, one of the beneficiaries and a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, described the award as desirous and timely as it would immensely help the students in their academic pursuit.

Hafizu called on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the award by dedicating themselves to their studies.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was attended by the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Farouk Umar, members of the state Assembly, politicians, well wishers and student groups.

Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Maharazu Ahmed
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Joint security patrol team arrests 2 suspected kidnappers in Katsina



The Joint Security Patrol Team in Katsina State has arrested two suspected kidnappers in Gwarjo village, Danmusa Local Government Area.

The Katsina State Police Command Spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah, said this at a news briefing in Gwarjo on Thursday.

He said the suspects, Abdullahi Rabiu and Isa Rabiu were apprehended in the forest with two Dane guns and some locally made ammunitions.

Isah said that the suspects had been moved to the command headquarters for further investigations.

According to him, several persons kidnapped were also rescued by the team in many parts of the state.

Isah further told the newsmen that the patrol team visited the area to demolish the structure being used by the kidnappers.

He said that the kidnapper’s house was set ablaze and destroyed by the team.

He noted that security personnel would not relent in the fight against banditry and other criminals in the state.

He warned people of the state not to allow their houses to be used by criminals as hiding place to perpetuate their crimes and hide kidnapped victims.

He warned them not to allow their houses be used by the criminals, stressing that such houses will be demolished by the government.

Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola
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Customs apprehend 100 smuggled gas cylinders, 2 vehicles in Katsina



The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit, Zone B, has seized two J5 buses loaded with 100 old cylinders laden with gas smuggled into the country through Katsina State border.

The Controller in charge of the zone, Mr Mustapha Sarki-Kebbi, disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Katsina.

He said that the vehicles were arrested in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.

“The items were conveyed by daredevil smugglers with the intention of smuggling them into the country from Niger Republic.

“As you can see, the old cylinders are laden with gas.

“These kind of cylinders have been used before for terrorist activities, they put something inside to kill people.

“So, we are looking at the security and safety angles of the items, we don’t know whether they are fit to be used or not.

“We are still investigating the motive of bringing them into the country,” he said.

Sarki-Kebbi further said that each vehicle was loaded with cylinders laden with 50 kilograms of gas.

Sarki-Kebbi said that the drivers had run away and abandoned the vehicles.

Edited /Maharazu Ahmed
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Dangote Foundation disburses N340m to women in Katsina



The Aliko Dangote Foundation has begun the disbursement of N340 million empowerment grants to 34,000 women in Katsina State.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the Chairman of the foundation said on Thursday while flagging-off the scheme in Batagarawa,  that 1,000 vulnerable women were selected from each of the 34 local government areas of the state.

He said that the programme was aimed at complementing the state government’s efforts in the area of economic empowerment and poverty reduction among women.

According to him, each of the beneficiaries would receive N10,000 cash grant to support economic activities of their household.

He noted that the foundation had disbursed more than N300 million to 106,000 beneficiaries during the last Ramadan season in some parts of the country.

Dangote added that the grants were extended to indigent people in Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi and Zamfara States to alleviate their hardship.

“We are here to flag off the second part of the intervention, and we will empower 34,000 women in Katsina state.

“In each of the 34 local government areas, we will select 1, 000 vulnerable women who will go home with N10, 000 each and the total amount we are giving out will be N340 million in the state”, he said.

Dangote said the micro grant is one of the company’s empowerment policy, and so far, 360,000 women, representing over 46 per cent of the target beneficiaries, have benefited nationwide since the inception of the programme.

“Other states where people have benefited from this grant are; Kano, Jigawa, Lagos, Nasarawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Sokoto, Niger states”, he said.

He disclosed that the foundation will extend the grant to people in Kebbi, Zamfara, Edo and Osun states in the next few weeks.

In his remarks, Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State commended Dangote foundation for the gesture and urged other wealthy individuals in the country to help in reducing the level of poverty among Nigerians.

Masari also urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money as the grant is capable of changing their lives.

Edited By: Francis Onyeukwu/Maharazu Ahmed
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