COVID-19: We Are Treating 65 Almajiri Children, Two Policemen, Others – Kaduna Govt

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

 

The Kaduna State government has confirmed that it is treating 72 COVID-19 patients in the state.

A statement by the spokesman for Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Muyiwa Adekeye, revealed that 67 of the patients were Almajiri children who recently returned from Kano State.

Adekeye explained that the seven other cases on admission included persons with travel history outside Kaduna State or their contacts.

Out the number are two policemen who are undergoing treatment at the State Infectious Disease Control Centre.

The governor’s aide stated that since the index case was reported on March 28, Kaduna has discharged eight patients and has recorded one fatality who died before his positive test result was received.

Overall, 81 cases have been recorded in Kaduna State, while the active cases are 72.

Adekeye condemned documented instances of police and paramilitary personnel that have been involved in illegal inter-state travel, describing their action as unfortunate.

He, however, appeals to citizens to report any person who they know has sneaked into the state, noting that such persons were violating the state’s Quarantine Orders.

Beyond illegal conduct, the governor’s spokesman believes such persons are risking the health and lives of the residents and Nigerians in general, by recklessly spreading the virus across state lines.

“Therefore, residents of Kaduna State are encouraged to be uncompromising in exposing and reporting these potential spreaders of disease.

“They should not be allowed to spread sickness and make nonsense of the sacrifices the people of Kaduna State are making in enduring the tough but necessary measures announced to protect them,” the statement said.

Adekeye urged residents who suspect that they have been exposed to COVID-19 to act responsibly, avoid infecting others, contact health officials, and isolate themselves until officials attend to them.

He also asked them to readily volunteer all relevant information on their health, travel history, and contacts.

80 Almajiris Flee Bauchi To Nasarawa State 

 

Amid surge in the numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the Northern Eastern part of Nigeria, Eighty Almajiris have fled Bauchi State to Nasarawa state.

The Almajiris who are from Nasarawa state were accompanied by their teachers to Lafia, the state capital over 10 days ago.

All of them have been quarantined in Lafia, pending reunion with their parents.
Governor Abdullahi Sule revealed this Monday, when he visited the quarantine centre at the Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic in Lafia,to ensure the children and their teachers are not isolated alongside returnees from high risk states.

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“Recently, we started also receiving the almajiris from the different northern states, so I came with the concern that we cannot mix people who are coming from the high risk areas with especially the almajiris.

“I am happy to see that we have only the almajiris that we received from Bauchi here roughly about seventy or eighty of them. We don’t have any returnee still here from high risk state here instead they have been moved to another location”.

“I came to make sure the Almajiris are well fed and have been tested.”

At another isolation centre, are also eleven returnees from Taraba state intercepted yesterday by security personnel and ten also from Kano state, who returned 5 days ago, mingled with their family before being traced and forcibly brought to the quarantine centre.

Nasarawa Govt Begins Repatriation Of Almajiris

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

The Nasarawa state government has commenced the first batch of repatriation of Almajiris in the state to their states of origin.

State Governor, Abdullahi Sule who joined stakeholders at the Government Science School in Lafia, the state capital, to bid the children farewell revealed that none of the returning children showed any symptom of COVID-19.

He said, “We have already checked the children, so far we have not seen anyone of them that has any symptoms of COVID-19 and we have given them protection.

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“We are transporting them in air-conditioned buses so that they are taken to their various destinations in a humane manner”.

Governor Sule explained that their return which was agreed by the Northern Governors’ Forum is to ensure adequate parental care during the pandemic.

“The Northern Governors didn’t take these measures to punish the Almajiris, it is because of the love for the Almajiris that we are taking them back to their own parents who can take care of them better than any other person.

“When they return to their home states, they will be handed over to their parents.”

The Almajiris will be returned to Taraba, Plateau, Jigawa, Gombe, Kaduna states.

Some of the children who spoke in their dialect expressed appreciation to the Nasarawa state government for returning them in dignity.

They said, “It is because of the disease (coronavirus)that they are taking us back.

“It’s a good decision and we are happy about it. We are pleased and are praying for the best.

“We are thankful to the government of Nasarawa state, we are transported in a bus, we are happy”

Food was provided for younger ones amongst them who were not fasting with stipends provided to buy their urgent needs.

PHOTOS: Jigawa Tests Over 600 Returning Almajiris For COVID-19

A health worker takes a boy’s sample for the COVID-19 test at the isolation centre in Jigawa State.

 

 

The Jigawa State government has begun the collection of samples of over 600 Almajiris who returned from Kano State recently.

According to the government, the collected samples are to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) at a private laboratory accredited by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Following their arrival in Jigawa, the children were isolated at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Kiyawa Local Government Area of the state.

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The results of the test are expected in two days.

Meanwhile, the government said 69 other Almajiris also repatriated from Gombe, who arrived in Jigawa later than those from Kano, would also be tested after 10 days of being in isolation.

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Two health workers collecting the samples of some of the Almajiris isolated at the NYSC camp in Kiyawa Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

 

16 Almajiris From Kano Test Positive For COVID-19 – Kaduna Govt

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The Kaduna State government has confirmed 16 new cases of coronavirus in the state.

The Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni, announced this on Thursday in a statement.

She explained that the cases were Almajiris who returned to the state from Kano, saying their test results returned positive from the samples of 40 people who took the test.

This comes hours after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said 196 new cases were reported across the country.

According to a tweet from the health agency, Kaduna confirmed 17 new infections and the total number of cases in Nigeria has risen to 1,728.

 

Mohammed-Baloni stressed that the high figure of positive cases with travel history from outside Kaduna has confirmed the government’s concern about the danger of infection from neighbouring states.

She clarified that one of the 17 cases announced by the NCDC was a repeat test from a COVID-19 patient and the agency has been informed about it.

The commissioner noted that health officials were monitoring suspected cases said to have sneaked into the state amid the ban on inter-state travel.

She added that the State Standing Committee on COVID-19 has appealed to the security agencies to accelerate the blocking of entry points into Kaduna.

“We wish the new cases speedy recovery as they receive the usual high standards of care from our medical professionals,” Mohammed-Baloni said.

Read the full statement below:

COVID-19: Ganduje Signs New Regulation To Deport Almajiris

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, says the move is necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

 

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has signed the Kano State Infectious Diseases Regulation Law 2020, to allow him deport Almajiris who are non-indigenes of the state.

The governor disclosed the development on the new regulation on Sunday when he received a situation report from the State’s Task Force on COVID-19 and the fundraising committee at the Government House in Kano.

The new law empowers the governor to take any action necessary to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in the state.

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This includes closing down places of worship, market places, motor parks, public gathering and any other activity that may likely lead to the spread of the infection.

Ganduje stated that the state government had set up a high-powered Almajiri committee under the leadership of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chairman Tsangaya Schools Committee, Murtala Garo.

“We closed all schools in the state to curb the spread of the pandemic but we found out that existence of Almajiri schools is constituting a stumbling block,” the governor said.

According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Kano State has 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Blame Parents For Child Beggars In Northern Nigeria – Gov. Bello

Child beggars, Almajiris, Northern NigeriaNiger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has blamed parents for the influx and high rate of child beggars, otherwise known as Almajiris, on the streets of across major towns in the northern region of Nigeria.

He accused parents of abandoning their responsibilities of bringing up children under the guise of religion by sending their wards far away from home to seek Islamic knowledge without anything to support them.

The Governor made this observation when he paid host to the new State Comptroller of Immigration, Mrs. Tamuno Oyedeji in his office in Minna.

He stated that gone were the days when people go afar to seek Islamic knowledge stressing that there were enough Muslim Clerics spread across the region and it was callous and inhuman to send a child from far towns to Minna in other to acquire Islamic education.

Governor Sani Bello, who described the development as unacceptable, lamented that these children are left not catered for, stressing that the state government would do everything possible to protect such vulnerable children so that they don’t become menace to the society.

“We are also fine-tuning some laws in this regard with the hope that it would bring enduring solution to the problem. But in the main time, we have decided to send these child beggars on the street back to their parents”, the Governor added.

The Governor then pledged to sustain the joint patrol with the Immigration Service in the state in order to intensify patrol within the state and across its borders with Niger and Benin Republics to check irregular migrants.

He called on officers of the service to put an eagle eye and pay attention to entry flights into the country, especially those returning pilgrims, in other to apprehend those who might sneak in illegally.

Governor Sani Bello promised to assist the state command of the Immigration Service with logistics to boost its monitoring and surveillance across the state.

The new State Comptroller, Mrs. Tamuno Oyedeji acknowledged the continued support of the state government to the Immigration Service.

She gave the assurance that they would work with relevant stakeholders to ensure sustainable peace and stability in the state.

Niger Police arrests two suspected Boko Haram members

The Police in Niger State have arrested two suspected Boko haram members at Angwa Daji community in Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.

The arrest was made following a complain made by members of the sleepy community after the discovery  of an AK 47 rifle inside a popular Mosque at an Islamic school   where some Almajeris were being kept to  learn  Islamic education.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television in Minna, the Police Public Relations Officer Niger State Police Command; Pius Edobor mentioned that the rifle which belongs to the Nigeria Police was loaded with 27 rounds of live ammunition.

He further mentioned that an empty shell of an expelled bullet was also recovered from the mosque.

The suspects which include the head of the school are presently helping the Police in the investigation, the Police boss concluded.

Niger State govt earmark 40 million for feeding of Almajiri

The Niger state government has released the sum of 40 million naira for the feeding of Almajiris in the state capital during the month of Ramadan.

Speaking to Channels Television in Minna, the secretary of the nine man committee set up by the state government to oversee the feeding, Alhaji Hadi Kuta, explained that Ramadan is just a part of the comprehensive programme to eradicate Almajiri from the streets of Niger State.

Alhaji Kuta explained that the state government has set up feeding centres in some mosques during this Ramadan, he also added that these children who are part of the Almajiri education where taken off the street so they can benefit from the Ramadan feeding programme.

The motive of the exercise is to alleviate the suffering of the people. Over 6000 children are being fed twice a day during the 30-day Ramadan month across several mosques in the state capital.

All Almajiris to be educated by 2020…Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to get all Almajiris in the northern part of the country, to the formal educational system by the year 2020.

The president who was represented by the Head of Service, Mr Isa Sali made the promise at the opening ceremony of the fifth ordinary session of the Conference of Ministers of Education of the African Union in Abuja.

The bi-annual forum which was attended by 54 minister of education from member states of the African Union, had the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufai revealing that Nigeria may not realize its Millennium Development Goals for education by 2015 without putting a solid educational system in place.

Professor Rufai said  Nigeria must summon the political will to transform educational standards, deliver education for all and attain the second decade of education plan of action for 2006- 2015.

The announcement by President Jonathan to educate all Almajiris by 2020 is only one of several plans by the nation to actualize the goals of the second decade of education for Africa, established in 2006 by heads of states and governments of the African Union.

This plan of action places strong emphasis on improving the quality of education especially gender equality by 2015.

Along this line, outgoing Chairman of the Conference of Education Ministers of the African Union and Kenyan Minister of Education, Mister Mutula Kilonzo reviewed progress made so far in Africa.

He said that “inadequate training and low funding are among several challenges African education faces”.

Outlining key areas of challenge and progress at this forum is fundamental to avoiding the failure of the first decade of education for Africa in 1997-2006.

Within the framework of priority areas, African governments have been advised to increase investment in education and allocate at least 20 percent of the national budget to education.