Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Kaduna University ready to reopen January 25 – VC

The Kaduna State University (KASU) on Monday said it was ready to reopen on Jan. 25 for the 2020/2021 second semester academic session if given the approval.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, made this known in Kaduna during a stakeholder’s meeting on the reopening of schools, organised by the Kaduna State Ministry of Education.
Tanko, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Yohanna Tella, said that the university proposed a six-week lecture if allowed to open on Jan. 25.
He added that virtual lectures for large classes of more than 50 students would be conducted for students in the lower levels and physical lectures for small classes of 50 students for those in higher levels.
“We have also planned practical classes in batches of fewer than 25 students for smaller classes and 45 for larger classes.
“The examinations for 100 level and 200 level students will be computer-based,” he said.
The vice chancellor said that the Student Affairs Division Protocols Enforcement Task force would ensure the fumigation and general sanitation of the hostel’s environment.
He said that arrangements had been made for regular waste disposal, availability of disinfectants at toilet facilities, constant water supply, availability of hand sanitiser and face masks.
“We will also train and sensitise our staff and students on COVID-19 safety awareness and the need for social distancing.
“We equally planned to develop and implement hygiene protocols for food and service vendors on campus and employ more cleaners in the hostels for regular toilet cleaning,” Tanko added.
On clinical services, the vice chancellor said that the university would provide adequate basic and essential medications, particularly isolation centre and screening services for suspected cases.
Prof. Muhammad Fatihu, Dean Student Affairs, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said that the university would resume in phases to prevent overcrowding in the campus.
Fatihu said that university, with a population of  more than 43,000 undergraduate and more 11,000 postgraduate students could not afford to ask all the students to resume at the same time without putting them at risk.
“We have decided to phase the resumption for the continuation of the First Semester 2019/2020 academic session by dividing the semesters into two.
“Half of the students will resume and conclude the semester before the second batch resume, while the first batch are at home.
“This we believe will help curb the spread of the virus, while all COVID-19 protocols will be strictly adhered to. We will consider normal school hours when normally is restored,” he said.
Also, Dr Jibril Lawal, Registrar, Federal College of Education Zaria, said that the college would use radio to deliver lectures to its students as part of strategies to decongest the school.
Lawal said that the physical lectures would be staggered, explaining that while some students would listen to lectures via radio, others would be attending lectures in classes in controlled numbers.
“This will be rotated among the students from different levels until each level has four weeks of extensive lectures and continuous assessment.
“We will, thereafter, create a period for each level to write the first semester examination for the 2019/2020 academic session.
“This is what we will continue to do until the situation improves,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kaduna Polytechnic, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, College of Education Gidan Waya and other tertiary institutions in the state also considered resumption in phases.
The stakeholders at the meeting included heads of tertiary institutions in the state, private school owners, parents and government officials.
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Bandits Kidnap Prof, Kill Son, Three Others In Fresh Kaduna Attacks

Some gunmen in separate attacks invaded three Local Government Areas in Kaduna State, on Sunday, killing four persons, including a professor's son, two vigilante members, and one other.
The invaded local government areas are Igabi, Zaria, and Giwa.
It was gathered that the bandits first launched an attack on Anaba village and Birnin Yero town, all in Igabi LGA where one person was killed.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the attack on Monday, gave the name of the victim as Lawali Abdulhameed – who was shot in an attempt to escape.
The commissioner disclosed that the bandits stormed Wusasa in Zaria LGA. They kidnapped the Wazirin Wusasa (title holder), Prof. Aliyu Mohammed, in his residence while his son, Abdulaziz Aliyu, was killed during the raid.
Mohammed is a professor of Agriculture at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.
He also added that the professor's nephew, one Abba Kabiru, who was in the residence when the incident happened, was shot and injured.
According to the commissioner, bandits on motorcycles in large numbers stormed Iyatawa village of Giwa LGA but were repelled by some vigilantes, forcing them (gunmen) to flee.
However, Aruwan noted that two among the vigilantes who battled the bandits were killed.
"Two of the local vigilantes, Malam Auwalu and Alassan Shehu, were sadly killed during the encounter as ground and air patrols were quickly mobilised to the location for a comprehensive engagement," he said.
"Governor Nasir El-Rufai on receiving the reports, sent condolences to the families of the slain residents and vigilantes, praying for the repose of their souls. He also prayed for a speedy recovery for the injured.
"The governor also thanked the military for the swift response in deploying forces to the affected community in Giwa local government area.
Groups of local vigilantes confronted the bandits, eventually forced them to disperse," he added.
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2nd Term Bid: Jaba Local Government APC Youth Leadership Endorses The Executive Chairman Of Jaba Local Government

 
The Youth Leadership of the All Progressives Congress ( APC), Jaba Local Chapter, expressed their satisfaction and confidence in the indefatigable vibrant leadership of Hon. Benjamin Jock, the Executive Chairman of Jaba Local Government, which is the reason they unanimously endorsed him for another term. They made this known while on a courtesy visit to the Honourable Chairman in his office at the council secretariat, Kwoi.

Speaking through their leader, Mr. Jerry Ishmael, the APC youths stressed that they are quite convinced by the people's oriented programmes of the current leadership in Jaba that is why they are endorsing him for the second term bid for the  chairmanship seat of the council. According to the youths, giving the Honourable Chairman the second term in office will enable him to consolidate on his achievements, and by extension, fully restoring and improving the quality of life in the council as well as the popularity of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Jaba LG. 
The Honourable Chairman in turn appreciated the Jaba LG APC youth leadership for the confidence reposed on him and his leadership. He assured them of hid administration's unquenchable determination to wholisticaly fulfill her restoration agenda to making the APC youths and the entire Jaba LG proud. He said that though there is a shortfall in revenue, the administration will not relent in her efforts to seeing that it actualises all her programmes to better the lives of the people of the council and the party in particular. 
The Honourable Chairman once again thanked the APC youth leadership for the endorsement but declined any comment on the second term bid. He said that his intention would be made known when the time comes.
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Few days after conducting three days hunger strike, Senator Uba Sani suspends Yamusa Rigasa

Kaduna State APC chieftain, and founder of the Ubaniyya Movement for Senator Uba Sani has been suspended, few days after conducting a three days hunger strike, in order to pressurise Sen. Uba Sani to declare his intention to run for Kaduna State gubernatorial election, come 2023, while threatening to boycott the election. 

In a letter signed by Bello ElRufai, Senator Uba Sani's chief of staff, made available to Kaduna Political Affairs, the Senator stated that Mallam Yamusa Rigasa was suspended for gross misconduct, insubordination, and a blatant violation of the core values and policies of his office. 

The letter read "This letter is to inform you that you are hereby suspended from your appointment without pay indefinitely. Your suspension takes effect immediately and will end when you receive a notification to resume. 

You are being suspended for gross misconduct, insubordination, and a blatant violation of the core values and policies of this office. You have received previous warnings for this violation but have failed, refused and/or neglected to heed these warnings. 

The Purpose of this suspension is to impress upon you the seriousness with which we regard the violations of appointment and to give you the opportunity to reflect upon your future compliance with our appointment standards. Your conduct constitues sufficient cause for the disciplinary action of suspension without pay. 

One more violation of the conditions of your appointment will result in termination. This letter serves as your final warning and a copy would be placed in your personal file. 

If you fail to return to work either when recalled or at the end of the suspension without proper notification and/or with an acceptable reason for not returning as scheduled, we will assume that you have resigned your position."
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tears Of Joy, As Beneficiaries of Hon. Ekene Adams Empowerment Program Receives Items

It was an emotional moment for the beneficiaries of Hon. Ekene Adams empowerment program, who cried tears of joy and showered blessings on the Honourable, for empowering them when they thought that all hope was lost.   
It would be recalled that on the 2nd of January, 2021, Hon. Ekene Adams launched an Empowerment office, tagged "let's get Empowered," in order to easily reach out to the less privileged. Many lives were touched as items such as grinding machines, motor cycles, cash were donated to the participants, while pledging to carry out his empowerment scheme in all the wards under Chikun/Kajuru Constituency.
The first phase of the scheme took place at Maraban Rido and Ungwan Romi. 
In his opening speech, Hon. Ekene Adams said, "I welcome each and everyone of you to this life changing meeting, but before we proceed, i want you to do me a favour. Please, don't move around calling my name while giving thanks. You should thank God for using me to bless you. I am only a vessel. If you believe in the holy book you'll notice that God doesn't come down to help people, he uses others to do that. 
Yes I'm a politician, but i didn't help you with the intention of playing politics. If you deem me not worthy to get your votes, even though I've helped you, please don't vote for me. Vote for whoever you deem worthy. This is not a campaign. Whether I'm in active politics or not, God will continue to use me to help the less privileged. 
Livinus Tanko, a native of Ikulu, who got a car from the honourable said, "I have nothing to say but to thank God for using Hon. Ekene Adams to bless me. I pray he finds favour, the way he favoured my family by giving us a car. He then pleaded with the honourable to allow him drive the car with the sticker for at least a week. 
Hon. Ekene Adams who swiftly responded, told him to kindly remove the sticker so that he'll be able to start his transportation business as soon as possible. He added that the reason the car was giving to him with a sticker was because the car was not meant to be giving out, It was meant for his team. 
"When i saw the Joy your wife displayed after she won a yes during the raffle draw, i called her and ask her why she was so excited despite not knowing what we were going to offer her. She said whatever we offer would go a long way. Then i asked her to make a wish, which she said all she wanted was for her husband to get a driving job. Unfortunately, there was no vacancy. Then I heard the voice of God telling me to give her husband the Sharon car that was meant for my team. I had to obey God by doing the needful. So feel free to remove the sticker, the car is now your property," he said. 
Abigail Musa, a Gbagyi native who lives in Ungwan Romi, told Newsmen that she was giving a wheelchair and a grinding machine by honourable Ekene Adams. She added that she was born with disability, which is the reason she has been crawling for years. 
"No one cared to buy me a wheelchair, but immediately Hon. Ekene Adams saw me, he came to me and promised to buy a wheelchair for me and also support me with a grinding machine. "I'm grateful to God for using the honourable to bring succour. I'm optimistic that this is just the tip of the iceberg, as God will use him to do more." I urge other Kaduna State Politicians to emulate Hon. Ekene Adams by helping people with disabilities," she said. 
Binta Nicholas, a Kagoma Native, who lives in Maraban Rido said, "while the raffle draw was going on, i was sitting in isolation, thinking of what my children would eat when i return home, that was when Honourable Ekene sighted me. He then came to me and asked me few questions, which i answered. Then he promised to assist me, which he has fulfilled. 
Most times, until i hustle round the clock before i get what to eat, but with this grinding machine, i don't think I'll ever have a problem with getting my daily bread. I knew his mum when she was at Maraban Rido, she helped a lot of us, I'm glad we are now benefiting from her son. I'm grateful to God for using Ekene to bless me. I'm an ordinary Alele seller, i never knew God will locate me so soon. I'm also sharing the money i got with those who don't have, that was my convenant with God. I'll keep only the grinding machine," she said. 
Zuwaira Ibrahim, a Hausa-Fulani from Maraban Rido, said, "I'm a waina seller. I've been in the business since i was a child. Things later became bad for me so i couldn't continue. But with this empowerment, i now have enough cash to start afresh. I'll not only sell as usual, I'll use it to feed those who can't afford it."
Sarah Garba, a native of Zangon Kataf, who lives in Maraban Rido said, "I was at home when my grand daughter came and told me that the governor of Kaduna state is sharing money. I was not feeling fine, but my grand daughter forced me to go. Immediately i arrived the venue, Hon. Ekene Adams located me. He asked me what i was doing, then i told him that I'm no longer in business because of how rough things are. My daughter and her husband were killed in maiduguri and my grand daughters are living with me. We have little or nothing. He then promised to give me a grinding machine and 20 thousand Naira, which he did. I pray that God will take Ekene to higher places. May he find the favour he showed to us," she said.
Mrs Kasham Solomon, a petty trader said, "I went for the raffle draw. I participated but i got a No. Fortunately, the Honourable called me and asked me what i do, i told him that I'm a petty trader who is struggling to survive. He then promised to give me 50 thousand Naira despite not winning the raffle draw. I can't thank God enough because i prayed all through the night before going for the raffle draw. I even took the raffle ticket to my pastors. They said i was going to get something. I didn't win the raffle draw but God used Honourable Ekene Adams to locate me. I've never benefitted from any Empowerment before, this is the first time. I pray that God grants honourable Ekene Adams his heart desires. I pray he lives for 165 years," she said. 

Mr. John Femi, a journalist, who broke down in tears while making his speech, said, "I'm yet to understand you sir. You just gave a car to someone and you said he shouldn't tell people about it. I think it's important for the man to drive around with the sticker for at least a week, so that the people would know that we have a good Samaritan in the person of Hon. Ekene Adams. The world needs to know who Ekene truly is. We can't continue to keep quiet.
He added that the Honourable has inspired him to be a giver, while promising to tell the story of Hon. Ekene Adams to the world. 
"As for the man who was giving a car, "my advice for you is to be focused. Your wife is a good woman. Make money and take care of your family. Don't allow other women to distract you when money comes," he said. 
Hon. Ekene who swiftly responded, told mr. John femi that though his intentions are good, people would give it a different meaning if the man uses the car for a week with the sticker. He added that it'll also hinder him from carrying out his commercial activities, so it's best he takes it off.
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OPINION: Kaduna state has become the most dangerous state to live or travel pass in Nigeria - Steven Kefas


Whoever cares to listen should listen attentively.

Kaduna state has become the most dangerous state to live or travel pass in Nigeria today, overtaking the dreaded state of Borno in terms of insecurity.

Kidnappings, killings, occupation of native ancestral lands/communities by armed terrorists continue unabated with utmost impunity.

All these menaces are getting worse despite the creation of a ministry of internal security where am sure huge resources are being expended with little or no results to show at least going by the recent wave of attacks, kidnappings and other violent crimes across the state.

In 2020 alone 900 million naira was paid as ransom by Southern Kaduna Indigenes according to SOKAPU, that is almost a billion naira paid to terrorists.

People are still living in fear, Abuja/Kaduna express way remains unpassable by motorists, those who attempt to pass risked being kidnapped for ransoms and sometimes do not return alive.

Just on Sunday a Professor in ABU was Kidnapped and his son killed by his abductors. Few months ago, a local government caretaker Chairman was Kidnapped and ended up spending over three weeks in captivity before ransom was paid.

We cannot continue to pretend that all is well when we have thousands fmof IDPs in Chikun, Kajuru and Zangon Kataf Local government Areas, we cannot keep quiet when Kidnapping is now the order of the day in Kajuru, Chikun and Jema'a.

We cannot be mute when the throne of the Late Agom Adara remains empty with little or nothing being heard about his abductors and killers.

A year ago, a first class Emir, HRH the Emir of Postiskum was attacked and some of his staffs killed few days ago along Zaria express way, he himself narrowly escaped death, narrating his ordeal the aged monarch said he had to trek for about two hours in the forest before finding his way back to the town.

This is not the Kaduna of our dream, this is not the Kaduna our forefathers bequeathed to us and am very sure this is not the Kaduna we want to bequeath to our children.

You can chose to be indifferent, neutral or sit on the fence amidst these atrocities cum crimes against humanity but one thing is certain, it will only take time before it gets to all of us and our families.

Initially these terrorists only operate in our villages but today they have the effrontery to operate in our towns such as Mando, Karji, Mararaba Rido etc, if this do not give you and I concern then nothing will.

May God deliver Kaduna from the hands of terrorists and their accomplices.
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Bishop Kukah Gets New Appointment From Pope Francis


The Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Kukah has bagged new appointment from Pope Francis.
It was gathered that the Pope appointed Bishop Kukah as a member of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Promotion of Human Integral Development.
According to a letter from the Vatican’s top brass, Kukah would join his global counterparts in the Dicastery to advise and promote the Pope’s concerns.
The Bishop is expected to advise Pope Francis on justice, peace, human rights, torture and human trafficking.

A reverend father and the Spokesman of the Sokoto Diocese, Christopher Omotosho said Bishop Kukah’s latest appointment adds to his string of national and international engagements within the universal Church.

The appointment came after Bishop Kukah’s Christmas message generated mixed reactions when he criticized the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration (read more here).
Reacting, the Acting Chairman of the Muslim Solidarity Forum, Sokoto State chapter, Prof. Isa Muhammad Maishanu said Kukah’s message could trigger religious violence.
Maishanu said Kukah accused Muslims of possessing a violence character.
The Forum which comprises Muslim scholars and clerics, described Kukah’s message as a direct attack on Islam and Muslims, especially those from the northern part of Nigeria.
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