Katsina Youths Kick Against #EndSARS, Insist Unit Is Needed To Fight Crime

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

 

Youths in Katsina State are kicking against the dissolution of the Special Anti-robbery Squad, noting that the unit is needed to fight crime.

They are calling for the deployment of more security personnel to the state to end Banditry, Kidnapping, Cattle rustling and other related crimes bedeviling the state.

The youths are insisting that the SARS remain in the state in view of the great role they been playing towards ending the lingering security challenges in the state.

According to them, the disbandment of SARS is not a good option but tantamount to worsening the security situation by asking the Inspector General of Police to deploy all the SARS to the state.

In a peaceful rally organized in the capital to tagged “SARS Reforms”, the core convener of the rally, Adamu Kabir Matazu informed reporters before the Police Command Headquarters, Katsina that the rally was organized to show solidarity to the ongoing reforms of the special anti-robbery squad as well as the Nigerian Police Force.

He believed that with the Reform introduced by the Nigerian Police Force, police will better serve their full responsibilities as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.

Among the placards displayed during the rally include among others; in Katsina SARS must be and stay, SARS is under-appreciated for their sacrifices, Reform SARS Don’t End It, We need SARS to fight Banditry and kidnappers, SARS must be, SARS must stay.m, only criminals against SARS, we must support the IGP reforms initiative to reform SARS as well as Yahoo boys are criminals and kidnappers support End SARS.

Receiving the Youths on behalf of the State Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of administration, DCP Cyril Dominic David, used the moment to thank them for their orderly conduct during the rally.

He assured them of the Federal Government and the Police high command are already aware of the lingering challenges facing the Nigerian Police Force stating that drastic measures have been taken to ensure that Nigeria has a police organization that will be able to meet the needs and admirations of Nigerians.

He further assured that in no distant future, Nigeria will have a better police force well equipped and well trained to meet the challenges of the Nigerian societies.

Earlier in her address in a local language, the Chairman of Women and Children Awareness Initiative, Khadija Saulawa said “Indeed we in Katsina State we are in dare need of the SARS particularly the women and children. We want all the SARS hitherto operating in the country to be all deployed to the state”.

“You can see a large contingent of women and children taking shelter by the roadsides, they are being forced to leave their various communities with their husbands killed, and gender violence have been on the increase, the disbandment of SARS is injustice because they are the only ones helping us in this trying time”. Saulawa noted.

The solidarity rally embarked by various patriotic youths attracted members of various civil society organizations including the state branch of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Concerned Youths of Katsina state and the National Youth Council Of Nigeria among others.

Troops Kill Four Bandits, Rescue Six Kidnapped Victims In Katsina

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

 

Troops of Operation Sahel Sanity have in their recent operation killed four bandits and rescued 6 kidnapped victims across different locations in Katsina and Zamfara states.

In the process, two trucks loaded with 55 cattle and ten sheep have been intercepted along with over 40 rustled cattle which have been handed over to the rightful owners.

In a statement released on Tuesday by the Acting Director of the Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko stated that the achievements recorded as part of the troops quest to rid the entire North-West zone of banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and other sundry criminalities.

In a related development, the troops have according to the statement arrested three suspected kidnappers, one suspected bandits’ informant and one of their logistics supplier as well as one of their drug peddler in addition to the recovery of two Dane guns.

“On 25 September 2020, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY responded to a distress call on activities of some cattle rustlers in Kurfi LGA of Katsina State. Troops’ timely intervention led to the smashing of the criminal syndicate with an attendant casualty on the criminals while 43 cows, 6 goats and 8 sheep, as well as 2 Dane guns, were recovered from the fleeing rustlers. Recovered animals have been handed over to their rightful owners”.

“Same day, on 25 September 2020, troops deployed in Kauran Namoda, Zamfara State acting on credible intelligence successfully intercepted a herd of suspected rustled cattle while the suspects fled into the bush abandoning the animals.

A total of 30 cows were recovered and handed back to their owners while troops continue with aggressive day and night patrols of the general area to deny criminal elements freedom of action”.

” In another development, on 26 September 2020, troops deployed at Nahuta in Batsari LGA of Katsina State arrested one Umar Bello in possession of 2 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition during a stop and search operation”.

“Additionally, on 27 September 2020, troops on a snap roadblock arrested one Ahmadu Rufai suspected to be a bandit’s logistics supplier. Items recovered from him include one dagger, charms, one bag of groundnut mixed with okro and 4 bags of millet believe to be on transit to a bandits hideout”.

“In a related development, on 28 September 2020, troops deployed at forwarding Operation Base Moriki rescued a kidnapped victim named Ismaha who reportedly escaped from unknown bandit’s camp due to intensity of troops operating in the area. Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was kidnapped about 3 weeks ago while travelling from Sabon Pegi to Kucheri in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State”.

“Furthermore, same-day on 28 September 2020, troops deployed at Forward Operation Base Dan Ali rescued a female kidnap victim one Rasila (15 years) who was abducted in a farm at Tashar Biri village.

“The victim has been reunited with her family. In the same vein, on 29 September 2020, troops while on patrol arrested a suspected drug peddler one Yusufa Mai Unguwar Ahaska from Dorayi in Unguwar Doka village in Faskari LGA.

“Items recovered from the suspect include substance suspected to be hard drugs. During preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed to selling hard drugs to bandit leaders such as Leko and others.

“Also on 29 September 2020, in reaction to intelligent report on the movement of stolen animals using trailers to an unknown destination, troops swiftly established snap checkpoint and intercepted 2 trucks loaded with 55 cows and 10 sheep. The arrested drivers and recovered animals have been handed over to appropriate security agencies for further actions”.

“Similarly, on 1 October 2020, troops while on routine patrol along Faskari – Yankara road arrested a suspected bandit informant named Idris Yahaya spying on troop’s activities. Also, on same day troops deployed at Maigora arrested one suspected bandit collaborator called Buhari Adamu at Machika in Dandume LGA of Katsina State. During preliminary interrogation, the suspect confessed to have once taken ransom fee to bandits in Madachi Forest. Suspects are in custody undergoing further interrogation”.

“Furthermore, on 2 October 2020, gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY deployed at Sabon Layi rescued 4 kidnapped victims from Giruwa village of Dandume LGA of Katsina State following Artillery bombardments on suspected bandits’ location at Unguwan-Doka village which resulted in neutralizing 4 of the bandits while others escaped into the forest. Preliminary investigation revealed that the victims have been in captivity for 12 days. All rescued victims have been reunited with their families amidst cheers and praises”.

“Also, on 3 October 2020, the vigilant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY while conducting a Stop and Search operation arrested 3 suspected kidnappers in Musawa LGA, Katsina State. Items recovered from the suspects include one locally-made gun, 3 mobile phones and one motorcycle”.

“To this end, the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY are commended for the successes so far achieved and their commitment. They are further urged not to rest on their oars. While the people of the North-West are once more assured of troops committed to the safety of lives and property within the zone. They are also encouraged to continue to avail the troops with information that will assist them in the operation”.

COVID-19: Students Resume As Teachers Enforce COVID-19 Safety Protocols

 

 

Non-academic staff and teachers of various public, private, and community primary and secondary schools have enforced the COVID-19 safety protocols among the returning students and pupils.

The enforcement is coming as schools across the 34 Local Government Areas of the state reopen today based on the state government directives which coincides with the ‘World Teachers Day’.

In a visit to a cross-section of some schools operating in the state capital, Channels Television gathered that academic activities are being conducted inline with safety protocols.

It’s barely one day after the Katsina State Environmental Protection Agency, SEPA fumigated all the primary and secondary schools across the 34 Local Government Areas of the state, in preparatory to safe schools reopening, academic activities have come back to life.

 

In a visit to three of the schools operating in the state capital by Channels Television, academic activities are captured to have been conducted under strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.

In an interview with the Head Teacher of Gobarau Academy, Katsina State, Rukiye Salih Yusuf told Channels Television that several measures have been put in place in the school to observe the COVID 19 protocols.

She said “Before entering, students must wash their hands with their body temperature taken and parents have been contacted before now that every child must come along with Facemasks. We follow the state government directives to introduce a shifting strategy where primary one to three students will come in the morning to 12:30 with the second shift begins from 12:30 to 5:30 for primary four and five, the same thing with JSS 1 to 3 as well as SS1 to 3 students”.

The Education Secretary of the Katsina Local Government Authority, Mannir Yahayya is here at Isah Kaita Science Model Primary School to monitor how things are going on for day 1 opening of the schools in the state. And he is impressed with the school situation.

In the meantime, the Coordinator of the Fatima Shema Primary School, Binta Mainasara Bugaje maintained that the school management has done all the necessary plans even before the school reopening.

“We were given lectures and well trained during a workshop conducted in respect of the COVID 19 protocols. We have proper sitting arrangements to ensure social distancing between the Pupils”. She noted.

Over the weekend, the state governor’s wife, Hadiza Masari had produced and distributed over a million free washable and user friendly facemasks for students and pupils returning to school today.

The motive was part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic in the state.

Speaking at the Katsina Multipurpose Women Center, Masari observed that the third phase distribution of free facemasks is imperative as the global challenge posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic calls for support and cooperation of all.

She urged parents and teachers to ensure that students strictly comply with the protocols of handwashing and wearing of Facemasks at all times while within the school premises so that spread of the virus will be curtailed.

She further seized the moment to remind parents, particularly mothers that there is yet no cure found for Coronavirus, describing facemasks as the most important remedies for contracting and spreading the disease.

As of today, Katsina State has recorded a total of 884 confirmed cases, 19, 24 deaths, and discharged 841 with 19 patients currently on admission.

School Reopening: Katsina Trains Principals, Teachers On COVID-19 Protocols

Wearing face-masks, final year students of Government Secondary School, Zone 3, Abuja, sit in a classroom as they write their West African Examinations Council exams, following the ease of COVID-19 lockdown order on Monday August 17, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
File photo of a notice ‘No Facemask, No Entry’ at the entrance of a classroom.

 

The Katsina State Government on Friday trained over 400 headmasters, headmistresses, and principals of various public and private primary and secondary schools.

The officials were selected across the 34 Local Government Areas of the state to be trained on COVID-19 protocols, in preparation for school reopening.

The State Commissioner of Information Culture and Home Affairs, Abdulkarim Sirika disclosed this to Channels Television on Friday.

Sirika who is also the Chairman of the Publicity and Risk Management Committee on COVID-19 in the state said the essence of the training is to sensitise and prepare the stakeholders, so that when schools reopen they will pass across the information received and ensure students observe the NCDC protocols.

He said the training which was held in two different locations has 200 participants. “One is taking place at the Katsina Local Government Service Commission and the other one at the Umaru Musa’Yaradu’a University, Katsina. So they are scattered”.

He revealed that after the workshop, there is going to be a step-down training where those that are trained will extend the same training to their respective local communities.

In Katsina state, where cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in all the LGAs of the state, over 20,000 samples have so far been tested with 864 positive cases recorded and 24 deaths.

In the past weeks, the state has witnessed a decline in the number of positive cases of the virus where the health team manages the few positive cases recorded so far on a home care basis.

Katsina State Government had earlier on Tuesday, September 29 directed all public and private primary and secondary schools in the state to reopen from October 5, 2020.

Upon resumption, all schools are expected to operate on shift basis except when students are few. Students must always be encouraged to wear facemasks, maintain social distancing, and other safety protocols.

 

Katsina Govt Trains Over 400 Selected Academic Staff Ahead Of School Reopening

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

The Katsina State Government has on Friday trained over 400 selected headmasters, headmistresses, and principals of various Public and Private primary and secondary schools operating in the 34 LGAs of the state.

The state Commissioner of Information Culture and Home Affairs and Chairman of the Publicity and Risk Management Committee on COVID-19, Abdulkarim Sirika disclosed this to Channels Television during a sensitization workshop centered on the NCDC Covid_19 Pandemic protocols for pre_ reopening of schools in the state.

Held in the state capital, the essence of the one-day workshop according to Sirika is to ensure that safety protocols are adhered to by both students and teachers.

“So the essence is to sensitise all stakeholders in both the public, private and Community schools, all those that are concerned are invited to be sensitised so that when schools reopen they will make sure that students observe the NCDC protocols. So as I am speaking to you, we have over 200 participants and this workshop is taking place in two different venues.

One is taking place at the Katsina Local Government Service Commission and the other one at the Umaru Musa’Yaradu’a University, Katsina. So they are scattered”. He disclosed.

He revealed that after the workshop, there is going to be a step-down training where those that are trained will extend the same training to their respective local communities.

In Katsina state, where cases of COVID-19 have reportedly been recorded in all the LGAs of the state, over 20,000 samples have so far been tested with 864 positive cases recorded and 24 deaths.

In the past weeks, the state has witnessed a decline in positive cases of the virus being reported in the state where the health team manages the few positive cases recorded so far on home care basis.

Channels Television recalled that on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020, the Katsina State Government directed all public and private primary and secondary schools in the state to reopen from October 5th, 2020.

The directive was coming as the state has on Tuesday recorded 859 confirmed cases of COVID-19, discharged 835 patients, and recorded 24 deaths with zero patient on admission.

This may not be unconnected with the successes recorded in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus cases in the state amidst government commitment to adjust the school reopening calendar of the 2019/2020 Academic Session.

Speaking in a press briefing held on Tuesday at the state ministry of education Katsina, the Commissioner of education, Professor Badamasi Charanchi the second term for the approved adjusted school reopening calendar will begin from Monday 5th October 2020 and close on 23rd October 2020, that’s 3 weeks.

Meanwhile, 3rd term will according to Professor Charanchi commence from Monday 26th October 2020 and close on Friday 5th February 2021, that’s 15 weeks.

During the resumption period, all schools are expected to be operating on shifting except when students are few with students must always be encouraged to wear facemasks, maintain social distancing and other safety protocols.

On September Thursday, 17th 2020, Katsina State Government directed tertiary institutions in the state not to reopen as it awaits complete guidelines from the relevant bodies.

The decision taken is in line with national and global protocols and part of measures to mitigate the negative effect and further spike of Coronavirus not only in the institutions but the state in general.

The Special Advisor to the state government on higher education, Dr. Bashir Ruwan_Godiya disclosed this during an exclusive interview with Channels Television.

He expressed the readiness of the state government to reopen tertiary institutions once it receives guidelines from the National University Commission (NUC) or the Federal Ministry of Education.

It’s worthy to state that the Covid 19 pandemic has continued to ravage the world at an alarming rate with the advent of the 2nd wave ( resurgence of new cases) in some parts of the world.

As at the last count, Nigeria had a total of 59,001 confirmed cases of Covid 19 with 1,112 deaths.

World over, 34,494,967 cases have been recorded with 1,027,777 deaths with the United States having over 7 million cases.

Katsina Commences Second Phase Of COVID- 19 Palliatives Distribution

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari

 

 

The Katsina State Government has commenced the second phase of the COVID 19 Palliatives Distribution across the 34 Local Government Areas of the state.

The distribution of the palliatives according to the speaker of the state house of assembly, Tasi’u Maigari is part of the number of activities lined up to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th anniversary.

Meant to cushion the effect and hardship facing most families in the state, a total of 67 thousand, 106 most vulnerable households have been selected to benefit from the palliatives donated by the Private Sector-led Coalition against COVID 19 (CACOVID).

And in this particular distribution exercise, over 4,000 most vulnerable households drawn from three Local Government Areas in the state have been selected to benefit.

The benefiting LGAs are Mai’adua, Dutsi, and Kusada.

On August 12th, 2020, the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari flagged off the Distribution of Palliative donated to the state by a Private Sector Coalition Against Covid_19 otherwise called CACOVID at the Katsina Central Store.

49 days after the flag off, the state government deems it necessary to commence the second phase of the palliatives distribution.

And according to the state distribution committee chairman, Aminu Abu Bazariye, the today’s distribution exercise should have come earlier than this time, however, the palliatives were not complete as promised by the CACOVID with people anxious to receive it.

In the meantime, the speaker of the state house of assembly, Tasi’u Maigari Zango told reporters that the distribution committee selects six people in each of the 4,600 selected polling units in the state.

Zango further expressed confidence that the palliatives will reach the targetted beneficiaries.

Items distributed include among others; 67, 106 bags of 10 kg Rice, 67, 106 bags of 5 kg sugar, 67, 106 bags of 1 kg salt, 1,34, 212 cartons of Indomie noodles, 67, 106 cartons of spaghetti, and 67,106 bags of 5 kg of Garri.

Each beneficiary is expected to benefit from 10 kilograms of rice, 10 kilograms of maize, 5 kilograms of sugar, one carton of Costa, two cartons of noodles, and one kilogram of salt.

Channels Television recalled that governor Aminu Masari has during the flag off revealed that “the inevitable preventive measures adopted by the state government were of course not without some repercussions where resources budgeted for other developmental projects and programs were invariably diverted towards containing the spread of the pandemic and management of the victims”. Masari.

As the fight for survival has become a necessity which is not just the responsibility of the government alone, all necessary arrangements aimed at ensuring that the assorted food items meant for the targetted beneficiaries have according to the state government been made worthy.

As of Thursday, October 1st, 2020 Katsina State has so far recorded a total of 861 confirmed cases of COVID-19, discharged 835 recovered patients with 2 patients on admission as well as 24 deaths.

Katsina Directs Primary, Secondary Schools To Resume

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

The Katsina State Government has directed all public and private primary and secondary schools in the state to reopen from October 5th, 2020.

This is coming as the state on Tuesday recorded 859 confirmed cases of COVID 19, discharged 835 patients, and recorded 24 deaths with zero patients on admission.

This may not be unconnected with the successes recorded in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus cases in the state amidst government commitment to adjust the school reopening calendar of the 2019/2020 Academic Session.

Speaking in a press briefing held on Tuesday at the State Ministry of Education Katsina, the Commissioner of Education, Professor Badamasi Charanchi the second term for the approved adjusted school reopening calendar will begin from Monday 5th October 2020 and close on 23rd October 2020, that’s 3 weeks.

Meanwhile, 3rd term will according to Professor Charanchi commence from Monday 26th October 2020 and close on Friday 5th February 2021, that’s 15 weeks.

During the resumption period, all schools are expected to be operating on shifting except when students are few with students must always be encouraged to wear facemasks, maintain social distancing and other safety protocols.

On September Thursday, 17th 2020 the Katsina State Government directed tertiary institutions in the state not to reopen as it awaits complete guidelines from the relevant bodies.

The decision taken is in line with national and global protocols and part of measures to mitigate the negative effect and further spike of Coronavirus not only in the institutions but the state in general.

The Special Advisor to the state government on higher education, Dr. Bashir Ruwan_Godiya disclosed this during an exclusive interview with Channels Television.

He expressed the readiness of the state government to reopen tertiary institutions once it receives guidelines from the National University Commission (NUC) or the Federal Ministry of Education.

Officer, Two Soldiers Killed By Bandits In Katsina

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

 

An officer and two soldiers were on Thursday killed as troops of Operation Sahel Sanity neutralized 21 bandits and wounded several others in Doka village of Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Those wounded have reportedly escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds into the forest as evident by the trails of blood along the criminals’ escape route.

In a statement released by the Acting Director of Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko noted that “regrettably, resulting from the encounter with the bandits, one gallant officer and two soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice while 2 other soldiers were wounded in action and are currently receiving medical treatment in a military medical facility and responding positively”.

“The fearless troops have continued to pursue the bandits into the forest and dominating the general areas with aggressive fighting patrols to deny them any respite”.

According to the statement, “in the aftermath of the decisive encounter, the gallant troops successfully rescued 3 kidnapped victims including an 8 months old baby who has been in the custody of the criminals for more than 23 days. During the exploitation phase of the operation, the gallant troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, one AK 47 magazine and 3 Motorcycles from the fleeing bandits”.

“Consequently, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY are commended for their resilience and commitment to duty. They are further urged not to rest on their oars until the Northwest zone is completely rid of all criminal elements”.

“The good people of the North-West zone are once again assured of troops’ commitment to the safety of lives and properties within the zone. They are also encouraged to continue to avail troops with timely and credible information that will assist in the conduct of operations to rout the criminal elements”.

The success achieved was in the continuation of the troops’ aggressive clearance operation against criminal elements across the North West zone.

The statement further stated that “on 24 September 2020, based on credible information on bandits attack in Unguwar Doka village of Faskari LGA of Katsina State, gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY responded swiftly and immediately mobilized to the general area where they successfully cleared the village of the marauders to the admiration of the locals”.

COVID-19: Katsina Govt Directs Tertiary Institutions Not To Reopen

Katsina, usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.
Katsina usually referred to as Katsina State to distinguish it from the city of Katsina, is a state in North West zone of Nigeria.

 

The Katsina State Government has directed tertiary institutions in the state not to reopen as it awaits complete guidelines from the relevant bodies.

The decision taken is in line with national and global protocols and part of measures to mitigate the negative effect and further spike of Coronavirus not only in the institutions but the state in general.

The Special Advisor to the state government on higher education, Dr. Bashir Ruwan_Godiya disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Channels Television on Thursday.

He said the state government is still waiting for complete guidelines from the World Health Organizations, National Center for Disease Control, National Universities Commission, and Federal Ministry of Education as measures of preventing the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“We are making headway in terms of making arrangements to see that in the nearest possible future we do all things humanly possible to ensure that we reopen the institutions”.

Regarding the effect of Coronavirus on tertiary education in the state and the country in general, Ruwan Godiya observed that it’s going to affect the graduation date of the students, the quality of teaching and learning in the schools as well as the kind of concern given by parents to their wards after the pandemic is eradicated.

According to him, the closure of schools has led to some social vices by the students as they been staying idle in their homes for the past six months, emphasizing the need for people especially the parents to further be patient.

He further expressed readiness of the state government to reopen tertiary institutions once it receives guidelines from the National University Commission (NUC) or the Federal Ministry of Education.

He stated that “Nigeria being part of the global community, has to respect all international as well as national protocols and the guidelines”.

On his part, the Branch Chairperson of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU at the Umaru Musa ‘Yaradu’a University Katsina, Ibrahim Sani Kankara described the detective given by the state government as a welcome development which he believed is actually inline with the Union’s position.

He said ” For the schools to reopen, it has to be in conformity with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, knowing fully of the situation in the lecture rooms and halls as well as the laboratories.

“To open the University without portable water supply in our hostels will expose students to certain dangers which is lacking in most of the University campuses”. Kankara noted.

As of Wednesday, September 16th, 2020, Katsina State recorded a total of 843 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 457 patients have so far discharged as well as 362 patients on admission with 24 deaths.

It’s observed that the institutions in the state have students from different parts of the country who may be returning with different COVID-19 status, so allowing them to return may worsen the situation.

Resident Doctors In Katsina Join Counterparts To Embark On Nationwide Strike

Logo of the National Association of resident Doctors (NARD).

 

Over 300 Resident Doctors in Katsina State have joined their counterparts to embark on the nationwide strike.   

The President of the state chapter of the National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Salihu Bolakale told Channels Television that the strike was necessary after the Federal Government failed to fulfill the demands of the association.

Dr. Bolakale noted that some of the demands include payment of COVID-19 allowances, residency training, and implementation of the new minimum wage.

On his part, the Acting Medical Director at the Federal Medical Center Katsina, Dr. Habib Ibrahim described the strike action as unpalatable as the centre remains the only tertiary health institution catering for eight (8) million population of the state.

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He called on the Federal Government to do the needful so that the association would call off the strike to minimise its impact.

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Monday embarked on a nationwide strike to press home its demand.

The union says the strike is coming on the heels of the inability of the Federal Government to meet its yearnings in June this year.

The demands by the doctors include a pay rise, better welfare, and adequate facilities, union leaders said.

The industrial action by the NARD which represents some 40 percent of doctors, is the latest in a string of stoppages by medics to hit Africa’s most populous nation as it struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Over 300 Suspected Drug Dealers Arrested In Katsina – NDLEA

A file photo of an official of the NDLEA backing the camera.

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested over 300 suspected drug dealers with more than 460 kilograms of Cannabis Sativa, tramadol, and other drug substances in Katsina State.

According to the NDLEA Commandant in Katsina, Sule Momoudu, the suspects were arrested since January to date by officers of the agency in various parts of the state.

He made the disclosure Friday when he paid an advocacy visit to the state government to appreciate its support to the agency and solicit for more.

While stating that the agency was ready to rid Katsina of drug traffickers, Momoudu asked the state government to increase its support and recognition of NDLEA as a law enforcement agency as it had no representative in all the COVID-19 meetings held.

He believes security is development and Nigeria cannot thrive in the atmosphere of insecurity, stressing the need to ensure drug education is taught in primary and secondary schools to basically prepare students to understand the dangers of drug abuse.

“There is the need to establish Drug Control Committee and enhance the capacity of drug-free clubs and increase drug abuse awareness campaign by sponsoring inter-school quiz competitions,” the NDLEA commandant said.

NDLEA Commandant in Katsina, Sule Momoudu, visits the state Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu, on September 4, 2020.

 

In his response, the State Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu, who received Momoudu pledged the government’s commitment to supporting and assisting the agency to tackle the menace of drug abuse and trafficking in Katsina.

Yakubu was concerned about the involvement of some youths and women in drug abuse in the state.

He observed that the challenges of banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling in Katsina were connected to drug abuse, hence the need for all stakeholders to put all hands on deck to tackle the problems.

“Our doors are widely open to supporting NDLEA to conduct its activities effectively in the state.

“Since we assumed office in 2015, we have been in close cooperation with the agency and we came with informed position of seriousness of drug addiction in the state,” the deputy governor told his guest.

He added, “We have been taking proactive decisions with regards to drugs as, for instance, we no longer see drug hawkers on the streets or villages, as well as drug merchants in our markets.”

Yakubu noted that the construction of a rehabilitation centre at the State Command Headquarters of the NDLEA, as well as sensitisation and mobilisation programmes of the government, were part of its support to the agency.

Katsina Govt Spends N157 Million For COVID-19 Tests

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

 

The Katsina Government has spent N157,750,000 for COVID-19 tests in the state.

These tests were conducted from May 31st, 2020 to date on 10,000 suspected cases of COVID-19 at a private medicare laboratory centre accredited by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

This amount is in addition to other costs on patients care, welfare packages and allowances for staff who manning the four major isolation centres in the state.

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The state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Home Affairs, Abdulkareem Sirika who disclosed this at the Government House, in Katsina on Thursday, said every test costs the state government N15,750.

The Commissioner while revealing that the amount paid to Sahel Medicare was in addition to other costs from patients care and staff allowances, said 11,314 samples have been collected cumulatively with 675 repeats and follow-ups.

As at 2nd September 2020, the Commissioner announced that 800 positive cases have been recorded in the state with 24 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in the state.

Sirika further announced that 9,601 results were recorded as negative, stressing that only Dandume Local Government is yet to return a COVID-19 positive result.

He explained that samples from local governments are being tested for confirmation, adding that Katsina is currently ranked at the 16th position among the 36 states with the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, describing it as remarkable as at the initial stage, the state was ranked number four.

He announced that activities on risk communication are being shared through social media platforms such as sending texts, video clips and dummies.

Others he said, include weekly mosques and churches announcements and regular radio and television live discussion programmes by the risk communication members.

Sirika further said that the state government has intensified sensitisation on coronavirus by local government area health teams in collaboration with information units, National Orientation Agency (NOA), traditional and religious institutions in the 34 local governments in the state.

He revealed that there are three fixed sample collection centres in the state that include Maternal and Child Health Clinic in Kofar Guga, Federal Medical Centre and General Amadi Rimi Specialist Hospital.

The Commissioner said in the other local governments, rapid response teams such as laboratory personnel were present and positioned to handle likely cases of COVID-19.

“Case finding through contact tracing will be a continuous exercise, stressing that all residents of Katsina state that meet up the criteria for testing have their samples collected and tested free of charge,” he said.

He assured that confirmed positive cases would continue to be admitted and treated for free in designated isolation centres.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary at the state Ministry of Health, Dr Kabir Mustapha announced that out of the 11,000 samples, only about 95 per cent had symptoms and among those that had symptoms, reliably not more than 20, showed severe symptoms.

“Our biggest challenge is that most of the patients that were admitted will tell you that they are hale and hearty, therefore, they don’t want to stay in the isolation centres,” Mustapha added.

“The total number of personnel that were infected at the health centre is 75 and the majority of them did not exhibit any symptoms.”