Zamfara govt. denies preventing 3 girls from sitting for SSCE
By Ibrahim G. Ahmad
Gusau Spet. 10, 2020 Zamfara Commissioner of Education Dr Ibrahim Abdullahi on Thursday, denied that the government had prevented three final year students of Government Girls Arabic Secondary School, Gusau from sitting for their final year examination.
The Commissioner made the denial following widespread condemnation of the action, which residents said was an attempt to truncate the future of the girls.
Abdullahi however told newsmen in Gusau that, though
the three students were earlier suspended for cooking in their dormitory, they were allowed to sit for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination, but made to leave the school after each paper.
He explained that government suspended the students, as their action was capable of causing fire outbreak in the school.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that a source who sought for anonymity, had told newsmen that the students were not allowed to sit for Physics practical and Civic Education examinations.
Already, a traditional title holder, Sardaunan Shikafi, Alhaji Aliyu Jibrin said he would pursue the matter on behalf of the three girls.
He said, “I cannot say exactly what happened, but I received a complain that three final year students namely; Hadiza Tijjani, Hajara Buhari and Ummi Lawal of GGASS Gusau were suspended.
“My worry is that they are final year students, and missing their exams is a serious gap to the community and overall development of the state.
“I will go to the school with them for further clarification to understand the truth of the matter before any action,” he said.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed https://nnn.ng/zamfara-govt-denies-preventing-3-girls-from-sitting-for-ssce/
Zamfara APC: Sen. Marafa’s loyalists react to expulsion of Sirajo Garba, 125 others
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction in Zamfara, under Sen. Kabiru Marafa, has reacted to the expulsion of Sirajo Garba and 125 other members from the party, describing it as illegal.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that a seven-man Disciplinary Committee set up by APC leadership in the state under Lawal Liman, on Thursday, announced the expulsion of Sirajo Garba and 125 others for allegedly violating the directive of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
Garba is the State Chairman of the Sen. Marafa’s APC faction.
Speaking at a press conference in Gusau on Saturday, the State Publicity Secretary of the faction, Bello Bakyasuwa, claimed that Abdul’aziz Yari loyalists had no legal rights to expel any member from the party.
He accused the national leadership of the party under Gov. Maimala Buni of bias and supporting Yari’s faction, saying that it would not yield positive results for the party in the state.
“We consider Buni a man of integrity based on his records but with the recent development and what we are seeing now, we are starting to lose hope in his leadership.
“The APC crisis in Zamfara is the first issue that is supposed to be treated by the Buni led committee immediately after its emergence, but due to sentiments it’s now supporting Yari’s camp,” he said.
Bakyasuwa further claims that, even the said letter for the setting up the seven-man disciplinary committee by the national secretariat to Yari’s camp, is considered baseless by their faction.
“Because as a faction of the party in the state, we were not communicated to by the national leadership regarding the formation of any disciplinary committee.
“We have not received any documents either from the national secretariat or from our sister faction in the state in that regard.
“The national secretariat of the party recently issued statements, dissociating itself from giving directives to the state APC under Abdul’aziz Yari to sanction any member of the party.
“We urge the national leadership to disregard any issue of expelling our members from the party.
“We also urge them to have the APC in mind and not to support anything that will end up destroying the party in the state.
“If the situation continues like this, the crisis may affect the APC in the upcoming Bakura State Assembly by-election.
“We aspire to see that the crisis is over so as to reunite again and work together for the progress of the party. We, Sen. Marafa’s loyalists are law abiding citizens, we are open for sincere and purposeful dialogue,” he said.
He urged their supporters to remain calm, saying that the faction had already written a petition to the APC national leadership over the issue.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Troops rescue 22 kidnapped victims in Zamfara, Katsina
The Nigerian Army troops of Operation Sahel Sanity fighting banditry and kidnapping in the northwest region have foiled bandits’ attacks and rescued 22 kidnapped victims.
The troops also recovered arms and ammunitions in various operations in Zamfara and Katsina States.
Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Gusau on Friday.
According to him, troops deployed at Moriki and Jangeru, responded to a distress call on Sept. 13, and folied a planned bandits’ attack on Mai-Zuma village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara.
This, he said, followed severe shoot out along Kayawa axis forcing the bandits to withdraw and abandon three motorcycles recovered by the gallant troops.
Onyeuko said on Sept. 12, troops deployed at Dandume in Katsina State rescued two young girls kidnapped by bandits on August 18, adding that the bandits abandoned the victims after a hot pursuit.
He said that on Sept. 17, troops also rescued 8 kidnapped victims from suspected bandits at Fankama and Sabon Layi area in Faskari LGA of Katsina.
“Troops on patrol at Chabas Chabas, swiftly rescued a truck driver, 11 women and children, on their way to Batsari Market but blocked by suspected bandits along Shimfida – Gurbi Road in Katsina State,” he said.
The Acting Director added that troops deployed at Forward Operation Base (FOB), Dansadau arrested a suspected bandit named Bello Ibrahim riding a motorcycle on his way to Dandalla village.
Onyeuko noted that the troops recovered one Pump Action rifle and three live cartridges from the suspected bandit.
He said: “On Sept. 16, troops deployed in Faskari arrested a suspected bandits’ informant named Isah Indo while spying on troops’ location.
“Following credible information; troops deployed at Yankara arrested a suspected bandits’ collaborator named Idris Isah from Yampa village in Faskari LGA of Katsina, who is engaged in illicit activities with bandits.
“Also on Sept. 16, troops deployed at Magami arrested Yaya Rabiu at Magami checkpoint, the suspect was identified to be a member of a notorious bandit gang.”
According to him, the bandits recently attacked troops location at Ruwandawa-Kwankele village in Gusau LGA of Zamfara.
Onyeuko reiterated commitment of the Nigerian Army to protect lives and property, and urged the people to provide credible information on suspicious movements and persons in their communities.
Edited By: Josephine Obute
COVID-19 FG will support MSMEs with N75bn loan — DG SMEDAN
The Federal Government will support Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with N75 billion survival fund to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
Alhaji Dikko Radda, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), dislosed this during the closing of National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) in Katsina on Friday.
The SMEDAN boss said that the N75billion survival loan would support 500,000 MSMEs and 333,000 artisans across the country.
He pointed out that the implementation of the N75 billion MSMEs Survival Fund nationwide would help to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
He explained that NBSDI was designed to provide entrepreneurship skill and empowerment material (equipment) to bridge the capacity gap of the youth.
According to him, the programme is also aimed at enhancing youth engagement in productive ventures, thereby ensuring that they become independent.
“The initiative is designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well trained young artisans leading to reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.
“It further seeks to pursue a drastic reduction in poverty as most of the our of youths who still rely on stipends from parents are empowered to become self – reliant,” Radda said.
The DG announced that the National Business Development Initiative was being implemented in seven states of the federation.
There are Katsina, Rivers, Delta, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Niger, Lagos, Kwara, Bauchi , Zamfara and Ekiti where a total of 1,397 entrepreneurs will benefit from the programme.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi
Flooding: Sultan visits Kebbi, seeks FG’s urgent assistance for victims
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Friday sympathised with the Kebbi Government and its people over the recent flood disaster in the state.
The Sultan, who paid a sympathy visit to Gov. Atiku Bagudu in Birnin Kebbi, called on the Federal Government to assist all states ravaged by flood, as well as the victims.
“We came to visit the cemetery of Sheikh Abdullahi Gwandu and pray for the deceased, as well as showcase the importance of visiting the cemetery of pious people, to observe lessons and be a reminder to us that death is certain.
“Hence, we should correct our mistakes and do good deeds for ourselves and humanity.”
Abubakar also sympathised with the state government and the people of the state over the recent flood that wreaked havoc on farmlands, houses and resulted in the deaths of many people in the state.
“We are also here to sympathise with the government, our brothers and sisters, who have been affected by the recent floods in the state.
“We should know that the flood is an act from Allah, but measures should be taken as we are calling on the Federal, State Governments and well- to- do individuals, to assist farmers in all the affected states of the federation.
“Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara and Niger are all states with similar socio- cultural and economic backgrounds; the boundary delineation and politics should not divide us, as we are one.
“We should pray for our leaders in those states and country at large for peace to reign, and for economic prosperity to our people,” the royal father said.
The Sultan commended the four emirs in the state and the state government for their untiring efforts to ensure the maintenance of peace in Kebbi.
In his remarks, Gov. Bagudu informed the Sultan that the flood was unprecedented in the history of the state, adding that over 500,000 hectares of farmlands were affected by the flood.
“We are assuring the victims that the Federal Government will not leave us alone, as the state has started receiving assistance from philanthropists; we are sure that more will come.
“We are also committed to the dry season farming, and we are determined to replace what we have lost to flood, as soon as the water recedes,” he said.
The governor thanked the Sultan for the visit and also condoled him over the death of the District Head of Aliero, Alhaji Salihu Muhammad II, who died today.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Sultan was accompanied on the visit by the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Bashir Muhammad and Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mera.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/ Maharazu Ahmed