The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health (SMoH) has expanded the capacity of its inpatient treatment facility for malnourished children to 565 beds to respond to an increasing influx of the patients in Katsina state.The capacity is increased through opening of 80-bed Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC) including 30 bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Dr. Yusha’u Armaya’u Maternal and Paediatric Health Facility in Kofar Sauri and the extension at Turai Ummaru YarAdua Maternity and Children Hospital in Katsina, the state capital.Governor of Katsina State Aminu Bello Masari together with MSF team inaugurated the new ward in a ceremony, also attended by the commissioner of health, royal fathers, volunteers, and others on Monday.MSF teams has been witnessing an alarming rise in admissions of malnourished children in its facilities in Katsina since the start of the year. In June, the team had to quickly increase their inpatient capacity to 280 beds, but the influx of malnourished children was so significant both in outpatient and inpatient that restricted admission criteria had to be introduced for some outpatient treatment centres.Between January and July, MSF teams in Katsina have admitted and treated over five thousand children suffering from severe malnutrition with complications under its inpatient programme while about 50 thousand children have so far been enrolled under the outpatient program with currently more 20,000 children in the cohort for of follow up.“We had to put in place temporary structures by way of extension at the Turai YarAdua Hospital to effectively manage and treat the increasing number of children suffering from malnutrition, and further expand the bed capacity at Kofar Sauri”, says Hassan Issa, MSF Emergency Coordinator in Katsina, Nigeria. “We are working in collaboration with the state government and our teams are ready to treat up to 100,000 malnourished children this year in our nutrition programme in Katsina state alone.”Katsina is one of the chronically food-insecure states in Northwest Nigeria with a low level of coverage in terms of malnutrition case management. The state is going through escalating levels of violence and displacement have pushed many communities to their limits. In recent years, armed groups that are locally referred to as ‘bandits’ have intensified attacks, killings, kidnappings, lootings and sexual violence. Many people cannot farm, cattle are stolen, and markets and trade are disrupted amidst soaring staple food prices – which remain above the five-year average in most Nigerian markets– in an already fragile health context.“The lean season or hunger gap is approaching its peak, and the malaria transmission is further deteriorating the health and nutritional status with more severe cases admitted that need intensive medical care (blood transfusion, perfusion, NG tube to feed children etc) in inpatients.” says Hassan Issa. .MSF teams support in the treatment of malaria through test and treat for outpatients with about 800 treated since the beginning of July. MSF also continues to support Jibia IDPs with drug donations and in July about 500 consultation was done from which 70 percent were children under five years old. “We have reached at our maximum capacity, and the patients are still arriving in large numbers. We again strongly urge all other health and humanitarian actors to immediately take steps to address the alarming inflow of the malnourished children.”If the current humanitarian assistance lags far behind in northwest Nigeria, that’s partly because the UN have failed to include the region in its humanitarian response plan for the country for the current year, which primarily focuses on the critical situation in the northeast. As a result, many organisations are struggling to follow up on assessments and secure funding to implement lifesaving support in northwest Nigeria, despite the known acute needs.Other than Katsina, MSF teams has been providing treatment to malnourished children in Kano, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states. We are supporting 8 inpatient and 31 outpatient facilities across five states in the Northwest. In MSF run or supported outpatient nutrition centres, almost 53,000 patients of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and about 25,000 patients of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) were admitted between January and end of July 2022.Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF first started working in Nigeria in 1996, and currently provides healthcare services in 11 states across the country.
NEPC, NAQS partner on treatment of hibiscus for export The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) says it will partner with the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) on treatment of hibiscus to meet international standard for exportation.
The NEPC Executive Director, Dr Ezra Yakusak, disclosed this while inspecting a standard laboratory, fumigation centre, and other facilities for treatment of hibiscus at the Mu’min Foods and Drugs Limited, Kano, on Monday.
Yakusak said the council would discuss with NAQS to see how it could study the Mexican method of treating hibiscus developed by their indigenous engineers.
He said that the council would collaborate with the service to train more indigenous engineers on the new method.
The executive director added that it would also study and replicate the method in Nigeria, ”without the Mexicans coming to Nigeria to do it for them, as the method was not complicated.
“Some years ago, the foreign buyers of this product banned its import because of the pesticide they detected.
“NEPC had to intervene and I am so happy that now you see a fumigation centre here for treatment of hibiscus for export.
”The executive director said that product rejection was the major problem of products exported from Nigeria.
“The problems is due to lack of appropriate certification, but now with this in place, we won’t have cases of hibiscus rejection.
“We will continue to encourage others to do the same, because the more you have these in place, the less product rejections you will have,” the NEPC executive director said.
He said that adopting the Mexican method would assist exporters attract more foreign exchange into the Nigerian economy.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of the company, Alhaji Abdullahi Usman, said that it started operations some few years back, but now had become the country’s leading exporter of hibiscus.
Usman said that it fumigates at least 18 containers of hibiscus per day.
He said, ”Mexico is the major buyer of hibiscus from Nigeria, buying at least 70 per cent and other countries buying the remaining 30 per cent.
“Farming hibiscus flower brings money to the farmers easily.
In Mexico, they produce about 50 different products with hibiscus,” he said.
Usman added that the company had engaged about 500 people, who were currently earning a living from the job.
The managing director, therefore, called on the government to support the company with a view to generating more jobs for people and earning more foreign exchange to the country.
“We need government’s support, because apart from Mexico, countries like Germany, USA, Brazil, Russia, Morocco, Jordan buy hibiscus from our company,” he said.
Kano assembly to screen 8 Commissioner nominees Aug. 22 Kano assembly to screen 8 Commissioner nominees AugKano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, has submitted a list of eight Commissioner nominees to the State House of Assembly for approval.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Hamisu Ibrahim-Chidari, announced receipt of the letter at plenary on Monday in Kano.The eight nominees include: Ibrahim Dan’azumi, Abdulhalim Abdullahi, Ya’u Abdullahi-Yan’shana, Garba Yusuf-Abubakar and Dr Yusuf Jibirin.
Others are Lamin Sani-Zawiyya, Adamu Abdu-Panda and Saleh Kausami.
Ibrahim-Chidari said the nominees, if cleared, would replace members of the state executive council who resigned to contest for positions in the 2023 general elections.
He said that the screening would hold on Aug. 22, and directed the Clerk of the assembly to notify the nominees.
Meanwhile, the lawmakers have approved the removal of three members of Kano State Assembly Service Commission, as requested by the executive, in accordance with the law.
The Speaker said a letter from the government had indicated that the three officials had failed to perform their duties properly.
After deliberations, two-third of the lawmakers voted to relieve the affected officers of their appointment.
Those affected are Alhaji Abubakar Salisu representing Makoda Local Government on the commission; Ladan Sabo-Ahmed, Sumaila LGA and Isiyaku Umar-Rurum, Rano LGA.
In another development, the assembly has adopted the report of its Committee on Emergency Management, which investigated recent fire incidents in Dawakin Tofa, Ungoggo, Gaya and Shanono local government areas.
The Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Aminu Sa’adu-Ungoggo, said they recommended the establishment of fire service stations in the affected local government areas, to help respond to emergencies.
He said that they also recommended that the State Emergency Management Agency provide the victims with building materials to reconstruct their properties.
Man jailed 6 months for stealing goat Man jA Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kano on Monday, sentenced a 23-year-old man, Sadiq Miko, to six months imprisonments for stealing a goat worth N40,000.Miko, who lives at Tudun Murtala Quarters Kano, was convicted for theft.
Chief Magistrate Zubairu Inuwa, gave the convict an option to pay to pay a fine of N30,000 after he pleaded guilty to the charge.
Inuwa also ordered the convict to pay the complainant the sum of N40,000 as compensation for the goat or serve nine months imprisonment.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Ahmed Sarki told the court that one Isah Bello of Ranji Quarters Kano, reported the matter at Gwagwarwa Police Division Kano on July 10.Sarki said on the same date at about 10:00 a.
m the defendant stole the complainant goat valued N40,000 in his house at Ranji Quarters Kano.He said that the offence contravened section 287 of the Penal Code.(
The Kano State Government has inaugurated a 13-member committee on the elongation of service years of teachers.
The committee will examine the Career Path Policy and Presidential Approvals for Teaching, for implementation in the state.
A statement issued by the Deputy Director, Information, in the state Ministry of Education, Malam Aliyu Yusuf, on Sunday in Kano, said the committee was headed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Hajiya Lauratu Ado-Diso.The committee was also mandated to identify critical issues responsible for low morale of teachers, especially those in the state civil service.
It is also to help in promoting and facilitating effective implementation of the career path policy in the state.
“The committee is tasked with the responsibility of advising government on how to replicate in the state what is happening at the federal level regarding the elongation of service years for teachers.
“The committee is also mandated to be compiling an updated data bank of teachers, as well as promoting and encouraging digital teaching and learning in the state,” the statement added.
The Executive Secretary, State Library Board, would serve as Co-Chairman of the committee, which has the Executive Chairmen of SUBEB and that of Quranic and Islamic Schools Management Board, as members.
Other members are the Executive Secretaries of Kano State Senior Schools Management Board, the State Teachers Service Board, Agency for Mass Education and Private and Voluntary Institutions Board.
The rest were ANCOPSS President, NUT Chairman, Coordinator of Teachers Registration Council, and representatives of Association of Private Schools Proprietors and Local Education Secretaries Forum.
The Director, Administration and General Service of the state Ministry of Education will serve as Secretary of the committee.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it had intercepted 1.1 million tablets of Tramadol (225mg and 100mg) in Kaduna state.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi, who said that three suspects were arrested in connection with the drugs seized in Zaria, added that the drugs weighed 38.3kg.
He named the suspects as Saifullahi Sani, Salisu Nafi’u and Abdulrazaq Mamman, Meanwhile, anti-narcotic officers at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu have arrested a 50-year old man, Mgbeobuna Eberechukwu, for ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine.
Babafemi said that the suspect was arrested on Aug. 6, following his arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia onboard an Ethiopian airline flight.
He said that the suspect, who hailed from Idemili South LGA, Anambra, passed out the 77 wraps of the illicit drug in eight excretions spanning four days.
In another development, an alleged female drug dealer, Saratu Abdullahi, 28, from Kano State, was nabbed at Hotoro with 541 blocks of cannabis weighing 245kg.
Also, in Lagos, NDLEA operatives recovered a total of 1,773.25kg of cannabis sativa at Ebutte-Meta and Akala in Mushin areas in separate raids between Aug. 9 and 10. “At the Tincan seaport in Lagos, 86 parcels of cannabis indica (Colorado) weighing 43kg were recovered from a 40ft container during a joint examination with Customs and other security agencies.
“The illegal consignment seized on Friday, came from Toronto via Montreal, Canada and concealed in two drums inside a Mercedes Benz SUV in the container.
“In Abia, two suspects: Nnanna Ijo, 58, and Orji Uguru, 29, were arrested on Friday with various quantities of cannabis, heroin and cocaine at Nde-Agbai, Abiriba.
“This was a week after one Nnanna was released from detention over a similar offence committed in June 2022, ” he said.
Babafemi reported the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the officers and men of AIIA, Tincan, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos and Abia Commands of the agency for the seizures and arrests.
Marwa urged them and their compatriots across the country to always remain steps ahead of the drug cartels.
Katsina State House of Assembly said it had passed 273 bills from 1999 to date, ranging from the first to the present seventh assembly.
The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Shehu Dalhatu-Tafoki, disclosed this at a 2-day round table meeting on Saturday in Kano. The meeting was organised by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), High Level Women Advocates (HILWA), in collaboration with the Katsina State and Federal governments, and funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
According to Dalhatu-Tafoki, from 2015 to date, the assembly had passed 130 bills out of the 273 and they were passed by the sixth and the seventh assemblies.
“And the bills were majorly on education, health and justice.
There were so many bills we have passed under education.
“So, the bill on providing 35 per cent positions for women participation on decision making in education system will not be exceptional.
“By God’s grace, we are going to do our best to see how we can pass it.
There are so many bills that were domesticated by the assembly.
“The Child Rights Act had been in the assembly for the past 16 years, it is this seventh assembly that has the political will to pass that bill into law.
“But, definitely, it will suit our religion and culture.
We have done some amendments on the bill, but we have passed it in 2020,” he said.
Dalhatu-Tafoki said that the bill was already signed into law by Gov. Aminu Masari.
He said: ”What is now left is the implementation by the executive arm of the government.
“I also want to inform you that there are only three ways that you can present a bill before the assembly, either by the executive, judiciary or any of the 34 lawmakers.
” “I want you to feel comfortable, what I am saying now is very simple, maybe within a month we can even pass it into law.
“The present Chairman of the committee on education should sponsor the bill and I assure you, God’s willing, by next week you will hear the first reading.
” Earlier, the HILWA Secretary, Hajiya Wasila Sani-Saulawa said there was a commitment by the lawmakers to sponsor the bill, as it was done for the other one.
She added that HILWA has been routinely visiting the lawmakers, saying, “and we were assured that it has gone through first and second reading.
The Minister of State for Works and Housing, Umar El-yakub, has said that Kano-Gwarzo – Dayi road will be completed before the end of this year.
El-Yakub disclosed this on Saturday, while inspecting the construction of Kano -Dawakim-Tofa-Gwarzo- Dayi and Kano western bypass road project in Kano He said that the roads when completed would go a long way towards boosting commercial activities in the areas in addition to creating jobs.
“It is our policy not just to stay in Abuja and wait for updates from our staff and contractors.
From time to time, the ministry do personally travel on the roads and assess them first hand.
” I have inspected the road projects first hand and with the level of completion, I can say when the projects may likely be completed,” he said.
He said that the projects is an interstate road that needs to be reconstructed and renewed from a single carriageway to a dual carriageway.
“Kano – Gwarzo – Dayi road is a 83.42 kilometres that include three bridges and is a major route in the northern part of Nigeria that link Kano with many states in the northwest and north central geopolitical zones,“he said.
He said that when completed, traffic will also be reduced and travel time would be fast while employment would be provided for the people around the area.
“It will also boost socio-economic activities between Kano and Katsina states,”he said.
He said that similar inspection was ongoing in Katsina state to ensure that residents enjoy free access to their work and business places.
The minister who also inspected the Federal Housing project expresses joy that subscribers have already occupied the houses.
He said that the national housing projects ware in phases one and two and started across the country in 2016 as part of the President Muhammadu Buhari housing policy.
He said that the housing projects are expected to be in three phases, while two have been delivered successfully”,he said.
The Minister of Transportation, Alhaji Mu’azu Sambo, has threatened to sanction the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for not meeting up with the contract of providing 85 per cent of rail project cost.
Sambo made this known at the inspection of the Lekki Deep Seaport on Saturday in Lagos.
According to Sambo, the projects are the Kano-kaduna and the Maiduguri-Port Harcourt rail lines.
“The CCECC have not brought anything to the table, I gave them a deadline which is Oct. 30, if I don’t get that money on ground, I know what to advise Mr President to do,” he said.
Sambo who expressed satisfaction on the Lekki Deep Seaport project noted that initiatives were on ground to ensure smooth evacuation of cargo at the port.
He said that for part-time, the road was being expanded, adding that government was looking into it, and for medium-term, barges would take care of it.
“I am impressed and happy to be back here.
This we know is the pride of all Nigerians, first deep sea port in West Africa that will take the largest ship in the world, have 16.5 meters deep and will give us hundreds and thousands of jobs.
“Almost automated not fully but automated enough to make life easy for port operations.
“It is initiatives like this we want to encourage, that is why I did not hesitate when I came to the ministry and I saw a proposal of the Badagry Deep Seaport sitting on my table and took it immediately for approval.
“Also, the president is concerned about cargo evacuation at the port and does not want a repeat of the Apapa and TinCan port and so we cannot rely on the road alone which is not the best option.
“There is a need to sit down with stakeholders to see how to tackle this,” he said.
He pointed out that cargo evacuation was not just within the port but outside the port, as goods must reach the final destination.
“First of all, you save a lot of time at the port because of automation and modern technology and equipment.
“After the port what happens, it only make sense when the goods get to the shipper or owner.
And to do that, you need to move either by rail, water or road,” he said.
Sambo urged the management of the port to employ as many Nigerians as possible as this was the only way citizens could put food on the table for their families.
The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, noted that the Lekki Deep Seaport was one of the first solution to reducing traffic at Apapa and TinCan. According to Bello-Koko, the automation deployed at the port is commendable and fantastic as the processes will be free of human interference.
He said that the Apapa and TinCan port would still be viable, adding that what they had done was to create alternative for importers and exporters as to where they would decide to do business.
“The operators of those ports should also up their game, and improve their speed in terms of cargo clearance or otherwise.
“Feasibility study have shown that these ports will still be viable in future like, 10, 15 years, government can decide to turn some of these ports into a real estate, we have some of them in Europe,” Bello-Koko said.
Mr Du Ruogang, the Managing Director, Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Ltd. (Lekki Port), said that the port was 95 per cent completed, adding that they would meet the targeted time.
Ruogang appreciated the NPA for deploying marine services such as tug, pilot, lines, boats and harbour master before the operations of the port.
An NGO, ‘The High Level Women Advocate (HILWA)’ in Katsina State, has called for the enactment of a law to provide 35 per cent women participation in education decision making positions.
HILWA Chairperson, Hajiya Mariya Abdullahi, made the call at a two-day roundtable with members of Katsina State House of Assembly on Saturday in Kano. The meeting was organised by the NGO in collaboration with the UN Children Fund (UNICEF), and funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
She said the meeting with the lawmakers was to develop a roadmap for the implementation of the law on compulsory access to education for all children.
”And also to support the bill seeking for the provision of a law to provide the 35 per cent positions to women in the education system.
”The meeting will also give them the opportunity to identify roles of each stakeholder in the implementation of the law,” she said.
According to her, HILWA had presented two bills before the assembly, including that of compulsory access to education for all children and that of 35 per cent for positions for women.
Abdullahi said that the bill on compulsory access to education had become law already, while HILWA has been making efforts to see that the second one also to do so.
Responding, the Speaker, Alhaji Tasi’u Maigari assured that the assembly will do everything possible to see the passage of the bill.
“I know there are going to be some challenges and alterations on the bill, but I am assuring you that before the end of our tenure, it is going to be a reality like the other law.
“The early passage of the law on compulsory access to education for all children in the state was a great development for the assembly and also HILWA,” he said.
Maigari stated that the assembly was committed to providing laws that are of benefit to the entire people of the state, especially those on education.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr Rafid Aziz, the UNICEF Chief of Kano Field Office said ”the problem with the enactment of laws is implementation, therefore are appealing for the prompt implementation.
”The education of women is very important, therefore UNICEF is always committed to ensuring that all children go to school, especially the girl child.
” The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the participants were drawn from the state ministry of education, assembly, SUBEB, judiciary, HILWA, media and UNICEF, among others.