Mr Obadiah Nkom, Director-General of the Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office, Abuja, has been honoured with an award by the Kaduna State Contributory Health Care Management Agency (KADCHMA).
The award was presented to him on behalf of the agency by the Administrator of the Kafanchan Municipal Authority, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, on Monday in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Director-General of KADCHMA, Malam Abubakar Hassan, said that the award was in recognition of Nkom’s valuable contributions and supports to vulnerable people in the area of basic healthcare.
According to him, Nkom enrolled over 200 people into the state’s health care scheme and paid their annual bill.
He called on other well spirited individuals and organisations to emulate the good gesture by taking advantage of the scheme to help vulnerable people.
“Nkom saw the need to key into the health insurance programme of the state government and assisted the vulnerable people in his community.
“This is a show of good will and it is important that we come here, not just to recognise him but to ensure the recipients get their cards,” he added He noted that the state government had pledged one per cent of its consolidated revenue fund towards ensuring that vulnerable groups were covered under the scheme.
Similarly, Yayi described the award as a welcome development that would further encourage other sons and daughters of the town to support vulnerable persons in accessing healthcare.
Yayi stressed that it was only when people were in good health that they would be able to contribute their quota to nation building.
In accepting the award, Nkom, who was represented by Mr Jerry Adams, said he was delighted to have been found worthy of the award by health agency.
He said he decided to help the less privileged within his community not because he wanted to be rewarded but because it was a good thing to do.
According to him, the recognition will spur him to do more for his people and humanity in general.
Kafanchan MuniciKafanchan Municipal Authority on Thursday began to clamp down on the operations of unlicensed liquor sellers in the area by prosecuting defaulters.
The government action, the News Agency of Nigeria reports, is coming after months of sensitisation and issuance of notice to liquor sellers on the need to acquire licences.
A task force comprising a mobile court and government officials, led by the Commissioner for the Municipal, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, was out to ensure total compliance.
Speaking to newsmen during the exercise, Yayi decried the high number of liqour sellers operating without licences in spite of adequate enlightenment campaign and engagement with stakeholders.
The commissioner explained that given the poor response from those concerned, the task force was left with no other option but to do the needful.
She said the tempo would be sustained until all liquor sellers obtained their licences.
Also, the Legal Adviser to the Kafanchan Municipal Authority, Mr Swam Stephen, said attention was being paid to three categories of those dealing in liquor.
According to him, the concern of the task force is on those who display and sell liquor in shops or beer parlours; those who store in warehouses and those who sell to underaged.
He also said that the court had varying fines for each of them.
NAN reports that most owners of unlicensed liquor centres were tried and fined instantly by the mobile court.
Those tried and fined were directed to pay into government approved bank accounts.
Gov. Nasir El-rufai on Wednesday inaugurated an early warning and response strategy committee to stem the tide of attacks in the southern parts of Kaduna state.El-rufai inaugurated the committee in Kafanchan at a Town Hall meeting on public participation and stakeholders’ engagement for a sustainable working relationship.The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the town hall meeting was convened by the Kafanchan Municipal Authority.The governor was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Balarabe Abbas.He said the constitution of the committee was part of the recommendations by stakeholders from the zone following a series of engagements on security.“To restore our dignity and values, stakeholders have held a series of engagements with top government officials.“Part of the recommendations agreed going forward is the constitution of this committee.“These resolution going forward are key to fulfilling our mandate as a state government,” he addedHe said that the committee would be responsible for forestalling any security threatening occurrence by warning the public early and reporting to security agents.According to him, development cannot thrive in an atmosphere of violence, hence the need for the government to take security and preservation of lives seriously.“Development cannot thrive in an atmosphere of violence.“As a government, we take security and preservation of lives and property of our people very paramount and dear to our heart.“This is our primary responsibility and we must work together as a people to sustain it,” he statedEarlier in a welcome address, the Commissioner of the Kafanchan Municipal Authority, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, charged the committee to carry out the assignment with diligence to ensure enduring peace and peaceful co-existence is restored in the area.Yayi creating an enabling environment for peace was necessary to usher in full scale infrastructural development, for which the Municipal Authority was created.According to her, the Municipal Authority was not created to usurp the powers of the Local Government Areas, but to complement it in the area of infrastructural development among others.She emphasized the need for closer collaboration and public participation to turn Kafanchan into an urban, green and smart city.“Under the Kafanchan Municipal Authority, there are a lot we can take advantage of that can turn the area into a smart city.“We are a proud agrarian people with a rich territorial enclave backed by fertile land for livestock, ginger, massive clay deposit and much more,” she addedSome of the stakeholders who spoke at the Town Hall meeting made submissions on issues bordering on the collective well being of the people.NAN reports that the membership of the 195-man committee cuts across the Chiefdoms and Jamaá Emirate in the zone. (
The deputy governor of Kaduna state, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, says sporting activities are a top priority of the state government in view of its accruing health and economic benefits.Balarabe made the disclosure at the closing ceremony of the Southern Kaduna soccer and marathon race championships in Kafanchan.The championships, designed to promote peace in the area, were organized by the Kafanchan Municipal Authority. They involved participants from the eight local government areas that make up Southern Kaduna.Represented by Mr Idris Nyam, Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Balarabe said the events were in line with the state government’s policy of promoting peace and unity through sports.According to her, the competition will in no small measure bring about the desired harmony needed for accelerated development of the area.In their goodwill messages, the Chairman of Zango Kataf Local Government, Mr Francis Sani, and the Sole Administrator of Jaba Local Government, Mrs Nita George, both lauded the participants for demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship.They said the singular act had paved the way for the attainment of the intended objectives of the event.Speaking earlier, the Administrator, Kafanchan Municipal Authority, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, said peace is necessary for development to thrive, hence the move by the Authority to engage the youths in sporting activities that serve as a unifying factor.She described the successful completion of the events as a proof that the people of the area are peace loving.NAN reports that the month-long championship featured soccer and marathon races for men, women and people living with disabilities.Zangon Kataf Local Government Area won the football trophy after beating Jaba Local Government Area by a lone goal.In the 15-kilometre marathon race, Dominic Patrick came first in the men’s category while Dinatu Yohanna came first in the women’s category.For people living with disabilities, Bulus Ajiyet came first in the men’s category while Hannatu Pius won the women’s event.
Sir Emeka Ofor Foundation (SEOF) on Tuesday donated 22, 000 volumes of books to 10 public primary and secondary schools in Kaduna State to improve reading culture.
The donation was also extended to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the primary schools that benefited from the donation were LEA primary school Kawo, Unguwan Sarki, Rigasa, Unguwan Rimi and Yahaya Hamza in Unguwan Liman, Zaria.
The other beneficiaries were Queen Amina College, Barewa College, Sardauna Memorial College, Dalet Girls Secondary School, Government day Secondary School Hayin Banki and ABU, Zaria.
He added that the educational intervention programme was based on the foundation’s convictions that books and libraries represented the warehouse of knowledge.
“We also wish to encourage healthy competition and data collection and to also provide private sector partnership with Government on educational development.”
He said that the was being done nationwide, adding that the books covered various disciplines.
Ezike said SEOF collaborated with Books for Africa (BFA) to donate 30 million dollars worth of books, computers and other educational materials to universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, secondary and primary schools, as well as public libraries in Nigeria and 18 other African countries.
According to him, the benefiting institutions in Kaduna State were nominated by the Minister of Finance, Budget
and National Planning as part of her contribution to mitigating challenges in primary, secondary and tertiary education in Nigeria.
He assured that the foundation would continue to sustain the interventions and accommodate more educational institutions in its 2021 National Book Distribution Programme.
Ezike appealed to the state Ministry of Education to help monitor the usage of the books in order to check abuses.
He called on schools administrators to partner with the various health ministries, departments and agencies charged with managing COVID-19 pandemic, to mitigate the challenges students might face on resumption.
Appreciating the foundation, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, said the gesture was timely, at a period the state government was trying to standardize the educational sector.
Represented by her special assistant, Hajia Hauwa Yahaya, she urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the books.
Also appreciating SEOF, the Comissioner of Education, Shehu Makarfi, said the donation would increase the level of readership among studensts and teachers.
The commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary of Ministry, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, assured of proper utilization of the books.
Malam Bashir Munir, Deputy Registrer, ABU Alumni Relations, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, said the donation would go a long way in boosting knowledge research.
He noted that some academic institutions failed to get accreditation for their courses due to lack of good and certified books in their libraries.
“Good and certified books can last up to 100 years in our academic libraries, libraries are crucial to any academic institution”, Munir said.
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Junior Secondary School (JSS3) students in Kaduna State are to resume classes on Aug. 17, the state government announced on Friday in Kaduna.
Mrs Phoebe Yayi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, announced the resumption date in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria .
She added that the ministry had directed all principals to make arrangements to receive the JSS 3 boarding students on Aug. 16 and the day students on Aug. 17 respectively.
“All administrators of public and private schools in the state should note that the one week period, starting from Aug. 16, is to enable them to make the necessary preparation.
She advised proprietors of private schools to comply accordingly.
“Proprietors of private schools are advised to ensure proper arrangements for safe transportation of their students to and fro schools.
She assured the public of the ministry’s willingness to continue the e-learning education programme, using the google classrooms, radio, television stations and other online applications until full normalcy is restored to the academic environment.
Yayi also lauded all partners in the education sector, including Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Parent Teacher Associations, proprietors of private schools, Old Students Associations and the media for their continued support.
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The Kaduna State Ministry of Education says it has introduced weekly television and radio live chats so as to get feedback from learners and parents on its electronic learning ( radio and television) programmes.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Thursday.
NAN reports that the government had in April, begun a television and radio teaching programmes for students to learn at home due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Yayi explained that the live chats hold every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and features subject teachers so that the learners and parents can call and get instant feedback.
She said that the live chats were being supported by the World Bank-supported Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and Nigeria Partnership for Education Project (NIPEP).
The live chats provided the opportunity for teachers, pupils and students, including parents and relevant stakeholders to interact.
“It’s a call-in programme for pupils and students to call and ask questions, while parents and stakeholders make observations and suggestions on the way forward.
“The state government will continue to initiate ideas that will improve the delivery of quality teaching to our children via electronic platforms to keep them learning at home,” she said.
The permanent secretary added that the GPE and NIPEP had also supported the training of teachers on internet services and the use of online platforms like Zoom and Google class for virtual teaching.
“We will continue to improve in the delivery of e-learning to our children while we await the reopening of schools when it becomes safe to open schools,” she said.
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The Kaduna State Government has introduced sign language interpreters in its Television and Radio teaching programmes to ensure inclusion of hearing-impaired pupils and students in the state’s e-learning initiative.
A correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria who monitored the content production, on Saturday at Rimi College, Kaduna, reports that a sign language interpreter was attached to every teacher.
The programme was initially focused on final year secondary school students and primary one pupils.
However, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, recently announced the expansion in the coverage and scope of the programme to reach many students and pupils.
The state Universal Basic Education Board also announced in its twitter handle, @KadunaSubeb that the TV and Radio teaching programmes had been expanded to cover all the primary school classes.
The board said that content production had started in core subjects of English, mathematics, basic science, social studies for primary four to primary six pupils.
It added that for primary one to primary three pupils, the programme would apply Jolly Phonics (teaching technique using sounds, dancing and gestures), reading and numeracy, basic science and civic education.
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The Kaduna Government says it has increased the coverage and scope of its Television and Radio teaching programme, to reach many students and pupils across the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Phoebe Yayi, stayed this while reacting to calls by relevant stakeholders for the government to increase coverage of the programme.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government had on April 6, commenced a television and radio teaching programme for students during the lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Yayi told NAN on Tuesday in Kaduna that the coverage had been expanded to virtually all television and radio stations in the state.
She added that plans had been concluded to expand the scope from the initial focus on final year secondary school students, to cover the rest of the classes.
According to her, the scope and coverage for primary schools will also be expanded from Jolly Phonics, which teaches pupils how to read and write, to other subjects.
”What we have done so far is to increase the number of television and radio stations airing the programme, which has significantly increased our reach to pupils and students across the state.
”We have engaged virtually all the media stations in Kaduna state, such that those without television can listen to the programme on radio, which they can also listen to through mobile phones with radio facilities.
”We are currently on radio and television stations of the Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC), DITV, Alheri radio, National Television Authority, Federal Radio Corporation, Karama radio, Nagarta radio, and Vision FM.
”We are also on Salama radio, which covers most parts of Southern Kaduna,” she added.
The permanent secretary noted that due to the expanded coverage, the ministry had been receiving feedbacks from parents in Abuja, Katsina, Nasarawa, Kwara, Niger, Plateau, Zamfara, Bauchi and Yobe States.
She added that the lessons were also being uploaded in the ministry’s You Tube channel, Ministry of Education Kaduna State, for student to download and study.
”Also, at the end of every lesson, teachers provide their phone numbers and give assignments for the students to ask questions, make comments and observation, as well as discuss assignments.
”For a robust engagement, we will soon be holing live television and radio programmes once a week, to get direct link with students to address their questions, assignments and other concerns,” Yayi said.
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Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Kaduna state, on Tuesday commended the state government for airing educational programmes via its radio and television to keep pupils and students busy during the lockdown.
The CSOs told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna that they have been monitoring the programme, which they described as laudable.
Mr. Tijjani Aliyu, Chairman, Kaduna State Basic Education Accountability Mechanism, described the initiative as commendable, adding that the delivery was qualitative.
Aliyu said that the idea has helped in keeping pupils and students busy with academic activities during the lockdown period, saying it was an effective means of helping students learning during the emergency lockdown.
“I am particularly impressed because the radio and television teaching programme is helping students to prepare for the West African Examinational Council and National Examination Council,” he said.
Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Executive Director, Hope for Communities and Children Initiative, said that the instructions were very audible and clear, adding that ‘the teachers were on point.’
“I really commend the Kaduna state government for the initiative which is not only helping our children to learn at home, but also keeping teachers busy and productive,” Umar said.
Similarly, Mr. Daniels Akpan, Executive Director, African Centre for Educational Development, also lauded the programme, describing it as the “best response” to education emergency.
Akpna, however, called on the state government to extend the programme beyond Covid-19 crises to ensure that students continued their learning experience after school period.
NAN reports that the state government had on April 6 introduced the teaching programmes on radio and television to help students especially those preparing for the SSCE.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Phoebe Yayi, had told NAN that the digital lessons would focus on Senior Secondary School Students preparing for WAEC and NECO examinations.
On his part, the Executive Chairman, Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, Malam Abdullahi Sani, said that the programme for primary pupils would focus of ‘Jolly Phonics’ teaching technique.
Sani described Jolly Phonics as an effective method of teaching pupils how to read, packed with fun and multi-sensory approaches using sound of letters, singing and dancing.
“It is packed with activities that children love, making them feel they are playing but in fact are learning how to read English and Hausa words,” he said.
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