Adamawa To Shut Down Schools For Reopening Without Govt Approval

The Commissioner for Education in Adamawa State, Wilbina Jackson threatens to shutdown erring schools in the state.

 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Adamawa State Government has threatened to shut down primary schools in the state for reopening without approval.

The Commissioner for Education, Wilbina Jackson, disclosed this on Tuesday during a meeting with the state chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools in Yola.

To Jackson, the COVID-19 guidelines must be followed by all stakeholders to prevent the spread of the virus in the state.

“The National Policy on education did not state that primary six should write Common Entrance, that is what we explained to them.

“It is all about automatic promotion, no one is demoted. So that is not an excuse as far as we are concerned. We are here to obey guidelines according to the Federal Ministry of Education on COVID-19,” she said.

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The Commissioner explained that the government has not approved the reopening of primary schools nor the conduct of common entrance examinations in the state.

She frowned at the situation where officials sent by the ministry to monitor compliance of schools in line with the COVID-19 guidelines were prevented from doing so.

On their part, the NAPPS assured the state government of compliance to flatten the curve of the coronavirus disease.

Addressing the Commissioner, a School Proprietor, Joe Adams, said the global pandemic has affected every sector.

He, however, called on the state government to guide schools to ensure that stakeholders in the state can maintain social distancing.

CAN Chairman In Adamawa Tests Positive For COVID-19

A file photo of a COVID-19 test kit.

 

The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Adamawa State, Bishop Dami Mamza, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Mamza, who is also the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese and a member of the state’s COVID-19 Containment Committee, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

He disclosed that his COVID-19 status was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), adding that he has decided to go into self-isolation.

According to the clergyman, one lesson for the people is that they should appreciate and understand the importance of making themselves available for testing if need be.

While noting that testing positive for the virus was not a death sentence, the bishop urged the people to pray for him and all who tested positive for the disease.

He also urged them to take the preventive measures seriously in order to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Umaru Fintiri, has vowed that his administration would not leave any stone unturned until lasting peace was achieved in Adamawa.

A file photo of Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri.

 

The governor, who met with CAN leaders in Yola, the state capital said his administration was on a mission to close the gaps to ensure residents live well and would not discriminate on any basis.

He stressed that to promote development and liberty for all, there must be peace and stability that could only be achieved with good governance, tolerance, harmonious co-existence, and genuine reconciliation.

Governor Fintiri was worried about the security challenges bedevilling Adamawa over the years, such as Boko Haram insurgency, communal clashes, clashes between farmers and herders, banditry, and kidnapping.

He decried that such challenges have left the people devastated, impoverished, and living in fear.

The governor, however, stressed that Adamawa has maintained its posture as a peaceful state, despite conflicts and crisis that threatened its peace in the past.

He explained that the peace being enjoyed in the state was as a result of his government’s good thinking and mediation efforts, in collaboration with groups and stakeholders such as CAN working assiduously to unite the people.

Sallah: We Will Enforce COVID-19 Protocols, Police Tell Adamawa Residents

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Police authorities in Adamawa State have urged the residents to maintain social distancing and observe all measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Olugbenga Adeyanju, made the appeal on Thursday on behalf of the State Police Command on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa, Suleiman Nguroje, Adeyanju said the command would leave no stone unturned in enforcing the orders.

According to him, it is important for residents to observe the Eid celebrations bearing in mind the unusual times occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The police commissioner, however, congratulated the Muslim faithful who join their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid el-Kabir.

He noted that it was a special period of sacrifice geared towards attaining wholesomeness and urged residents to voluntarily comply with the prevention regulations put in place by the government at all levels.

Adamawa is a state in Nigeria's north-east region.
A map of Adamawa, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

“The state will surely overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and other criminal activities,” an optimistic Adeyanju said.

He also assured the people of Adamawa of adequate security during and after the Eid el-Kabir celebrations.

The police commissioner stated that proactive and robust anti-crime measures, including the deployment of tactical and intelligence assets of the command, have already been put in place to prevent any untoward incident in the state.

He, however, insisted that the COVID-19 prevention regulation orders were still in force and it was important to comply with them.

Adeyanju’s position is in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who asked Nigerians to remember the COVID-19 protocols during the celebrations.

Adamu also called for voluntary compliance with the ban on all mass socio-religious gatherings and other prevention orders directed at protecting the citizens and checking the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

He asked the people to cooperate with the police, noting that the measures have become imperative due to the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Cases In Adamawa Rise To 84

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The number of persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) in Adamawa State has risen to 84.

Commissioner for Health in Adamawa, Abdullahi Isa, confirmed this on Monday while giving an update on the outbreak of the disease in the state.

He explained that of the confirmed cases, 40 patients were receiving treatment at the isolation centre and 44 people have been discharged.

According to the health commissioner, the state has confirmed 11 new cases while six people have so far died from the disease.

He said Yola North Local Government Area has the highest number of infections – 47, Yola South– nine, Girei – 11, and Mubi North – 10, while the remaining cases cut across the other local government areas.

Isa decried that despite the effort of the state government in curbing the spread of the disease, the state was witnessing an increase in the number of new cases.

On his part, the Commissioner for Information in Adamawa, Umar Garba, called on the residents to comply with the measures put in place to fight the disease in the state.

He stressed that it was important for them to always wear face masks in public places, wash their hands regularly, and observe social distancing.

Earlier, the state government had announced that all its coronavirus patients have been successfully treated and discharged from the isolation centre.

The new cases, however, show a sharp increase in the number of infections due to the proximity of the testing centre located at the Federal Medical Centre in Yola, the state capital.

Buhari Mourns Paramount Ruler Of Bachama Kingdom

A file photo of the late Paramount Ruler of Bachama Kingdom, Retired Colonel Honest Stephen.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family of retired Colonel Honest Stephen, the Hama Bachama and Paramount Ruler of Bachama Kingdom over the death of the monarch.

In a statement on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President also condoled with the Bachama Kingdom, as well as the government and people of Adamawa State.

He noted that the late traditional ruler who received his staff of office in December 2013 served his community, state, and the nation creditably.

According to President Buhari, the retired military officer and 28th ruler of Bachama Kingdom distinguished himself in the Nigerian Army and devoted his post-service years to promoting the development of his people and fostering the unity of his fatherland.

He urged the Bachama Kingdom to elect a worthy successor and prayed that God would console all those who mourn the departed traditional ruler and grant his soul eternal rest.

Earlier, a spokesman for Bachama Kingdom, Timawus Mathias, said the traditional ruler died in the early hours of Sunday at his palace in Numan.

“Homun Honest Irmiya Stephen is 66 years old,” he said.

COVID-19: EU, British Council Donate PPE To Traditional Rulers In Adamawa

Adamawa is a state in Nigeria's north-east region.
Adamawa is a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

Some traditional rulers in Adamawa state have received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other items to assist in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The items were donated by the European Union, in collaboration with the British Council, under the Managing Conflict in North-East Nigeria (MCN) program.

MCN, a program funded by the EU, tries to enhance the capability of state and community level conflict management to prevent the escalation of conflict into violence.

“We have seen the increasing number of people that troop to our traditional leaders for mediation activities,” said Team Leader, MCN, Abdulkadir Bello.

So it was only natural to think of traditional leaders after MCN decided to support the state’s COVID-19 fight, Bello added.

The Lamido of Adamawa, Aliyu Mustapha, who received the items, appreciated the gesture, describing it as “humanitarian” and “commendable.

Adamawa Records Three COVID-19 Deaths

File photo of Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri

 

The Adamawa State government on Wednesday announced that three patients have died in the state from Coronavirus complications.

The State Commissioner for Health, Abdulai Isa, disclosed this while giving an update on COVID-19 in the state.

He, however, expressed fear over the rate of community transmission in the state and appealed to residents of the state to strictly observe the preventive measures of handwashing, social distancing and wearing of face masks among others.

Isa also commended the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for granting approval for the establishment of the COVID-19 testing centre in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

The newly approved testing centre, according to him, is helping in reducing the spread of the Coronavirus in the state.

The testing centre which was recently established at the Federal Medical Center, Yola, has been able to conduct 50 tests on suspected patients. 11 of the 50 suspected cases turned out positive and the patients have since been moved to the isolation centre.

Governor Fintiri Eases Restriction On Worship Places, Social Gatherings

A file photo of Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu-Fintiri.

 

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has eased the restriction on worship places and social gatherings earlier imposed on the state following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Churches, Mosques, and the International Cattle Markets under lockdown can now reopen but must ensure social distancing with no more than 50 people at a time. Other measures include the provision of hand sanitizers or washing of hands and temperature checks at the point of entry.

According to a statement on Sunday, the Adamawa government said it now believes the contagion rate is low enough to justify a cautious easing of the restriction but warned that citizens must work extra hard on personal hygiene and strict adherence to laid down guidelines.

Governor Fintiri said the easing of the lockdown comes as the state discharged five (5) from its isolation center after testing the negative of the virus.

However, the 8 pm to 6 am curfew will remain in place until further notice.

Adamawa Begins Repatriation Of Almajiri Children To Gombe, Other Northern States

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The Adamawa state government has commenced the repatriation of over four hundred Almajiri children from different parts of the state to Gombe and other northern states.

The Secretary to Adamawa state government who doubles as the Chairman of the COVID-19 Containment Committee says the move is in line with the agreement reached at several meetings of the northern governors’ forum prior to the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Almajiri children have been received by the Gombe State government with the promise to check their health status before they are reunited with their families.

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Meanwhile, the Members of the House of Representatives have called on the Federal Government to intervene and immediately halt the repatriation of the Almajiri children to their states of origin.

This formed part of the resolutions of the lawmakers during Tuesday’s plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

They made the call following a motion sponsored by a member of the House, Aishatu Dukku.

According to Dukku, the repatriation of Almajiri children is against the fundamental human rights of any Nigerian to reside in any part of the country.

Adamawa Discharges Five Recovered COVID-19 Patients

 

Adamawa State has discharged its index case and four other COVID-19 patients from its isolation centre after testing negative.

State Governor, Umaru Fintiri on his visit to the isolation centre described their recovery as a landmark achievement and a plus for the state.

He said nobody gave the state a chance of being able to treat the index case of COVID- 19 when it was announced but with little or no support from the Federal Government, the state has succeeded in treating and discharging some of those who tested positive.

While commending the health workers and journalists in the state for a job well done, the Governor appealed to the Federal Government to consider the state on its list of support as accorded to other states.

The release of the index case and four others became necessary after testing negative twice in line with NCDC protocols.

The state government had on April 21, 2020 announced that a COVID-19 case was recorded in the state.

Although all the close contacts of the index case have tested negative , however, other cases were recorded in various parts of the state.

17 people tested positive to the virus, five of them among whom is a journalist is being released today.

Adamawa Records Seven New Cases Of COVID-19

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Adamawa state has recorded seven new cases of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 12.

The Secretary to the State Government who is also the Chairman of the Adamawa State COVID-19 containment Committee, Bashir Ahmed, confirmed the new cases.

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He explained that five of the new cases are connected to the index case from Mubi.

Mr. Ahmed reminded residents of the state that the virus is already in the state, thereby appealing for cooperation amongst them.

He also noted that the tests conducted on all the primary contacts of the index case have turned out negative.

 

Buhari Sympathises With Adamawa Governor Over Mother’s Death

President Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State over the demise of his mother, Hajiya Fatima Umaru Badami.

President Buhari sent his condolence in a statement signed on Wednesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu. He added that he received the sad news with shock.

He also commiserated with the family of the governor, the government, and the people of the State.

President Buhari enjoined Governor Fintiri and all those who mourn Hajiya Fatima, to be consoled by the knowledge that “she lived a godly life devoted to service to her immediate community and the less-privileged in the society.”

Hajiya Fatima was aged 68. She died in the early hours of Wednesday at the Federal Medical Centre Yola, the state capital while undergoing treatment for a protracted illness.