Jigawa Women Contribute N1,000 To Purchase Car For Pregnancy Emergency

This vehicle was purchased by women in a Jigawa community, who contributed N1,000 each.
This vehicle was purchased by women in a Jigawa community, who contributed N1,000 each.

 

Women in the Baddo community in Taura local government area of Jigawa state have contributed N1,000 each to purchase a vehicle to transport pregnant women to the hospital during delivery.

According to the women, they contributed the money out of the conditional cash transfer introduced by the federal government.

One of the women, Halima Adamu Boddo, told Channels Television that a vehicle that was donated to them for hospital trips had broken down three years ago, opening up the need for a new vehicle.

“It is with the cash transfer that we are receiving from the federal, that we sat down and thought of how we could help ourselves,” Halima said. “So, we decided to contribute N1,000 each and we bought this vehicle.

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Another contributor, Zayya Auwalu was one of the first sets of women to benefit from the initiative.

“We are very happy that we are receiving that money. I was taken to the hospital in the car we bought when I was about to give birth to this baby I’m backing “ Zayya said.

The Executive Director of Rural Initiative for Comprehensive development, Hadiza Abdulwahab believes the women in the community deserves commendation.

“For women to have thought of their fellow women is actually a sign of a great altruism, therefore, these women deserve commendation,” she said.

On his part, the chairman of the Jigawa state Civil Society Forum, Mr Musbahu Basirka says government needs to do more in providing health centres in hard to reach communities.

Death Toll Rises To 21 As 51,000 Houses Destroyed In Jigawa Flood

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

The death toll has risen to 21 after three people got drowned and about 51,000 houses have been destroyed as a result of heavy flooding, in 17 Local Government Areas of Jigawa State.

The State Governor Badaru Abubakar who disclosed this to Channels Television, says 17 people were killed by mud houses that fell as a result of the recent downpour, while 4 got drowned in riverine areas.

According to the Governor, the state government is providing the victims with emergency aid items and have given the victims access to school premises to serve as alternative shelters.

“51,00 houses have been affected by the flood and it is where this house got destroyed that we lost about 17 people while 4 drowned in the river,” the Governor said.

“The Federal government’s trimming program around Hadejia emirate has helped a lot as despite being a red zone for the flood we are yet to see such this year. However, places that we did not foresee to be affected are now under serious siege. We hope this will not get worse”. The Governor further said.

The district head of Buji Local Government Alhaji Sabo Bello, who lamented over the situation said, the town is only accessible on pushcarts pulled by bulls.

“We have lost many homes and most of our farmlands have been submerged. This is beyond the capacity of the local government. Our people need quick assistance from the stage and the federal government “ the traditional ruler said.

Jigawa Flood Death Toll Rises To 18

One of the flooded communities in Jigawa State.

 

The death toll in Jigawa flood has risen to 18, according to the state government.

Speaking to Channels Television via a phone interview, the Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Sani Yusuf, said the government is providing an emergency aid to those affected.

“We now have a total of 18 people that died as a result of the heavy downpour. Many homes are no longer habitable and also farmlands are destroyed,” he said

“As a matter of urgency, we are providing the victims with food, medicine, and a temporary shelter.

“In places where they are not accessible because of too much water, we give them canoes so that they can have access to the outside world.”

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The affected areas include Buji, Taura, Jahun, Babura, Ringim, Dutse, Birnin Kudu, Miga, Kafin-Hausa, Auyo, Gwaram, Malam-Madori, Birniwa and Kaugama Local Government Areas.

Reacting, one of the flood victims, Malam Umar Dahiru, who lost his house to the flood, said the heavy downpour began on a Saturday night.

“Luckily enough, all my children were out of the house when the whole building collapsed. We lost everything including our food and clothes.

“I am calling on the government to help us. I am not the only one, even food to eat is now difficult to find,” Umar lamented.

Also, Hama Auwalu, a widow who is now living in her neighbour’s house called on the state government to come to their aid.

“We have about 13 rooms in this house, but none is now habitable. My husband died, we don’t have money.

“We also don’t even have food to eat. We are now living in our neighbour’s house. Please, we need urgent help from the government,” he said.

Two Dismissed Police Men Arrested For Extortion In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.

The Jigawa State Police Command said it has arrested two men who have been claiming to be police sergeants and extorting people in different locations.
 
Both men were arrested after they extorted the sum of N56,000 from three unsuspecting individuals in Fanisau village of Dutse Local Government Area.
 
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abdu Jinjiri, said a set of police uniform bearing the sergeant rank was recovered from the house of the suspects.
“In the course of our investigation, the suspects confessed to have collected the said amount from their prey,” Jinjiri said.
“Investigation further revealed that the acclaimed sergeants were dismissed police officers.”
 
He added, “The first fake Police Officer in the person of Abubakar Sadiq ‘m’ 39yrs old of Tsafe LGA, Zamfara State was dismissed from the Force since 2015 from Jigawa State Command for the offence of desertion.
“The second suspect by name Mudi Abdulkarim ‘m’ 40yrs old of Dutse LGA, Jigawa State was dismissed from the Force since 2016 from Railway Command Rigasa, Kaduna State for the offence of desertion.”

Exit Classes: Jigawa Govt Vows To Shut Down Schools That Violate COVID-19 Protocols

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.
The Jigawa State Government has ordered the reopening of schools for final year students but vowed to shut down any school that fails to comply with COVID-19 measures.
 
The state Governor Badaru Abubakar made the announcement while speaking to Channels Television after inspecting some schools within Dutse, the state capital.
 
According to the governor, hand washing, wearing of face masks and social distancing are compulsory in all the schools as the students prepare for their final year examinations.
 
“We are taking it step-by-step because we don’t want to put the students at risk of contracting the virus and possibly spreading it to their families at home. That is why we must be very careful not to reopen the all schools at once,” the governor added.
 
He explained that 40 schools including 10 private schools and 30 public schools were given the green light to reopen for the final year students as a pilot process and now all the schools will be allowed to do the same.
 
The Commissioner for Education, Mr Lawal Danzomo, also warned that any school that failed to comply with the COVID-19 measures put in place by the state government will be shut down immediately.

Three-Year-Old Dies From Electric Shock In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

A three-year-old child has died from an electric shock in Jigawa State.

The victim’s death is said to have been linked to alleged negligence of the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO).

Confirming the incident to Channels Television on Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police, Sule Gomna, said two KEDCO officials from the technical department have been invited over the incident.

“They are being interrogated over the alleged official negligence which resulted to the death of the minor,” the police boss said.

The CP who said the case is now between the state and the distribution company gave the assurance that justice must be served even if the parents of the child decide not to press charges.

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Reacting to the incident, the father of the victim, Yahaya Dutse, accused the electricity distribution company of negligence.

According to him, the incident occurred after he personally complained to the distribution company of the naked electric cable that fell on the street.

Yahaya, a resident of Bokkwato, in Dutse metropolis in the state capital, said his son accidentally walked on the cable which fell down as a result of the downpour.

“We’ve complaints to the KEDCO officials that the electric wire risks the lives of children and other residents, however, no action was taken until when the unfortunate incident happened on Sunday,” the father told police investigators.

All efforts to reach the KEDCO office proved abortive as Channels Television was denied access to the compound.

The KEDCO is responsible for the distribution of electricity in Jigawa, Kano and Katsina states.

 

 

Jigawa Governor Signs Revised 2020 Budget

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, while signing the revised 2020 Budget into law on July 28, 2020.

 

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, has signed into law the revised 2020 budget of N124.357 billion which was recently passed by the State House of Assembly.

He assented to the revised budget on Tuesday at the Government House in Dutse, the state capital.

While signing the budget, the governor said the 2020 budget size was reduced by 19 percent from N153.920 to N124.357 billion.

He explained that this represented a decrease of N28.56 billion, noting that the review became necessary due to the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, at his office in Dutse on July 28, 2020.

 

The governor added that the 2020 local government budget has also been reduced from N72.5 billion to N56.2 billion, representing a drop of N16.300 billion.

According to him, COVID-19 has come with many challenges ranging from revenue declining, additional spending on healthcare, and drop of oil prices which necessitated the review of the 2020 Appropriation Bill in the state.

Governor Abubakar thanked the speaker and members of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, as well as his technical team for their dedication and hard work which led to the passage of the revised 2020 budget into law within a short period of time.

He also commended the people of Jigawa for their prayers and support to the government of the state.

Police Rescue Kidnapped Victim In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

Police have rescued a woman (Fatima Abdurrahman) who was kidnapped on Sunday morning by gunmen in Taura Local Government Area of Jigawa State, northwest Nigeria.

The Police Commissioner in Jigawa State CP Sule Gomna who disclosed this to Channels Television says the gunmen decided to abandon the victim in Ringim after they received a hot chase by his men.

According to him, the divisional police headquarters in Taura was tipped off by one Abdurrahman Baffa who reported that gunmen have stormed his house and whisked away his wife.

“Fortunately enough, at about 06:00 hrs the kidnappers abandoned the captive in a bush near Magawartar Fulani in Ringim LGA and took to their heels. As a result, the Police rescued the victim safely and took her to Police station where she was interviewed together with her husband before returning her to her matrimonial home,” the commissioner narrated.

A member of the family who pleaded for anonymity said gunmen numbering about five stormed the residence of Abdurrahaman Baffa asking for money.

“After they collected all our phones they now asked Fatima to follow them, while pointing guns at us. We had no option but to allow them to go. But we thank God that the police were able to rescue her,” he said.

COVID-19 Palliative: Jigawa Announces Tax Holiday For Small Businesses

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar

 

The Jigawa State Government has given a one year tax holiday to Small and Medium-scale Enterprises whose businesses suffered as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commissioner of Finance, Babangida Umar, confirmed this to newsmen in Duste, the Jigawa state capital.

According to him, only those business owners with a registered business name will benefit from the gesture.

Umar explained that new businesses and those that would commence in the post-COVID-19 era would benefit from an 18-month period without paying tax.

The Commissioner noted that all existing enterprises and individual taxpayers in the state have an extension date of filling their returns until 30th September 2020.

“We have reduced penalty and interest fee from 10% to 5% and from 21% to 9% respectively and 50% waivers on business premises license, informal sector taxpayer and warehouse rent tax,” he said.

Presidential Committee Arrests Three Fertiliser Adulterators

In this photo taken on April 15, 2020, Jigawa State Governor and Chairman of the Committee on Presidential Fertiliser Initiative, Badaru Abubakar, announces the Federal Government’s plan to reduce the price of fertiliser at the Government House in Dutse.

 

The Committee on Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) has arrested three suspects who specialise in adulteration of fertiliser and selling such to farmers in the north-west region of the country.

Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Committee disclosed this on Monday.

He made the disclosure during an inspection visit to some fertiliser blending plants in Kano State.

Governor Abubakar said the suspects who have since been detained in police custody were arrested in Kano, Kaduna, and Zamfara States.

He explained that they were nabbed for selling adulterated fertiliser and packaging them just like that of the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative.

A map of Kano state in northern Nigeria.-Kanooooo
A map of Kano State in north-west Nigeria.

 

The PFI chairman decried that the action of the suspects was capable of tarnishing the hard-earned reputation of the Federal Government of providing the Nigerian farmers with qualitative fertiliser.

He, however, stated that his committee would make sure that the quality of fertiliser under PFI watch was not compromised and, in an event, where such happens, the culprits would be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.

Governor Abubakar also faulted the rumours that PFI fertiliser was sold beyond N5,000 per bag – the approved price by the Federal Government.

He, therefore, appealed to farmers in the country to make use of the whistle-blowing number printed on the fertiliser bag and report persons involved in such acts for prosecution.

During the visit to Kano, the PFI chairman inspected the Alu Fertiliser plant in Birninkudu, Kasco Fertiliser blending plant at Bompai, and Nagari Fertiliser blending plant in Madobi town.

He was satisfied with the quality and quantity of fertiliser produced daily at the various plants visited.

Governor Abubakar believes the quantity of fertilizer produced daily is more than enough for farmers in the three states of Kano, Jigawa, and Katsina under the jurisdiction of the plants.

Man Allegedly Stabs Wife To Death In Jigawa

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of a Jigawa map.

 

A man has allegedly stabbed his wife to death in Jahun Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The spokesperson for the State Police Command, Abdu Jinjiri, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He explained that the suspect, Adamu Hassan, stabbed the victim, Hauwa Sani, eight times with a knife, adding that the victim later died following the brutal attack.

According to the police spokesman, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect acted based on the influence of drugs as he has been addicted to substance abuse for long.

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Jinjiri explained that the police received the shocking report on July 3 and rushed to the scene.

Although the victim was taken to the hospital, she was however certified dead.

The police authorities noted that the suspect who fled the scene of the crime was however arrested.

“To this end, the police pursued the suspect on the run and arrested him. It was confirmed that the suspect and the deceased have two children and they have been in marriage for the past eight years,” he said.

Meanwhile, the victim has been buried by her relatives in conjunction with Islamic rite.

Jigawa Says It Is Left With One Active COVID-19 Case, Opens Border To Kano, Bauchi

A file photo of Jigawa Governor, Badaru Abubakar giving an update on the alleged rape of a minor during a press conference in Dutse, the State capital on June 3, 2020.

 

The Jigawa state government on Saturday said it now has only one active COVID-19 case in its isolation centres after 316 other patients recovered.

Governor Badaru Abubakar confirmed this in a press briefing at the State House in Dutse, the state capital.

Abubakar also said his government was suspending the border closure with the neigbouring states of Kano, Bauchi, Katsina and Yobe.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Jigawa had reported a total of 317 cases of the novel coronavirus with six casualties, as of Friday evening.

“Fellow citizens of Jigawa state, I am pleased to inform you that our COVID-19 response strategy is continuously yielding results,” the Governor said.

He also announced the temporary closure of the isolation centre at Banuso “pending the time we get new COVID-19 patients above the capacity of our main isolation centre.”