Katsina Government Orders Closure Of Borders, Suspends Large Gatherings

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File: Governor Aminu Bello Masari addresses journalists after the meeting


Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has ordered the closure of all borders with neighboring states including Niger Republic.

Also, large gatherings for Friday prayers including Sunday church services and other related activities has been suspended in the state

The governor said this is in continuation with the state government’s efforts to containing the possible spread of coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Therefore, the movement of people into the state is strictly prohibited with effect from 6:00 am on Saturday, 28 March 2020.

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However, fuel tankers and vehicles carrying food items and other essential commodities will be allowed into the state subject to screening and test at the point of entry.

The state commissioner for Information Culture and Home Affairs, Yahayya Sirika, however noted that people are at liberty to move within the state.

Education Development: Katsina Govt. Meets With UNICEF Representatives

Katsina State Governor, Bello Masari, has estimated that his administration needs about 45 billion Naira to reposition the education sector in the state.

According to him, low school enrollment is a major concern for his administration.

He said 13,000 classrooms need to be constructed while at least 15,000 teachers need to be employed.

The Governor highlighted the requirements when he received a team from the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

The UNICEF officials, as well as gender activists were drawn from nine states in northern Nigerian which include: Bauchi, Niger, Kebbi, Adamawa, Borno, as well as Yobe, Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina states.

The representatives were gathered together to renew their push for increased girl-child education in northern Nigeria.

They also used the opportunity to ask the governor to invest in free education and encourage it up to the secondary school level.

In response, he noted his administration’s commitment to achieving the vision, stating that to that end, careful planning and judicious application of resources are essential.

President Buhari Visits Katsina State

Buhari-KatsinaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Katsina state on a three days private visit to Katsina state.

President Buhari arrived the Umaru Musa Yar’adua Airport Katsina at about 4:50 pm on board the presidential aircraft.

The President was welcomed by the Katsina State Governor, Bello Masari, the Deputy Governor, the Emir of Katsina and other state dignitaries.

The President then departed Katsina at about 5 o’clock to his private home in Daura on board the presidential helicopter.

He is expected to leave Katsina on Sunday.


Buhari Meets With Igbo Politicians

Muhammadu-Buhari-South-east-leadersNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has held a closed-door meeting with some politicians from the south-east.

The politicians, who visited under the umbrella of the South-east Group for Change, were led by a former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani.

They did not speak with State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting which lasted about 30 minutes and coming a day after members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) in the south-east held a protest in Delta State, Anambra and Imo State.

It had started peacefully before it degenerated into violence, with the police clashing with the protesters.

Two policemen were killed in the process while others were injured.

Eight members of MASSOB were subsequently arrested by the police in connection with the killing of the policemen.

The arrests were made by the Delta State Police Command on Monday.

After the meeting with the Igbo politicians, the President also met with some State governors.

The governors included Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom; Adams Oshiomhole of Edo; Bello Masari, Katsina; Olusegun Mimiko, Ondo; Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and Rochas Okorocha of Imo.

None of the governors spoke with reporters at the end of the meeting.

APC Leaders Woo IBB, Abdulsalam

The All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders today (Wednesday) visited former military heads of state, Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Abudulsami Abubakar in Minna, the Niger state capital.

The National chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, who spoke to journalists after the closed door meetings with the former leaders, said they were in Minna to share in the wisdom of the elders on the way forward for the country.

After closed door sessions with the former leaders, Akande maintained that the decision to join the party rests solely on them.
Other party leaders that were present during the visit include former Lagos state governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former speaker of the House of Representatives, Bello Masari and former military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari.