By Ismaila Uba Misilli
Gombe Settles WAEC Fees for 15000 Students of Gombe State Origin
The Gombe State Executive Council meeting, presided over by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has approved the sum of one billion, eight hundred and ninety two million eight hundred and sixty four thousand naira eleven Kobo (1, 892, 276.11) for construction of a brand new general hospital in Kumo, the headquarters of Akko local government area of the state.
Gombe State Commissioner of Information and Culture, Julius Ishaya Lepes who coordinated the press briefing after the Exco meeting told newsmen that the Council has equally approved the sum of one billion two hundred and seventeen million, six hundred and eighty three thousand one hundred and seventy four naira ten kobo (1,217,683,174,10) for the renovation, remodeling and upgrade of Kaltungo general hospital.
Speaking in specifics terms on the two mega projects, the Commissioner of Housing, Idris Abdullahi Kwami said the construction of a new General Hospital in Kumo follows structural defects on the current structure occasioned by poor and substandard work.
The Commissioner explained that the renovation and remodeling of the Kaltungo General Hospital was to transform the health facility and make it a special referral centre for people seeking for quality medical services from within and outside the state.
The revitalization of both health facilities, Idris Kwami noted, was in fulfillment of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya’s campaign promise to upgrade at least one General Hospital in each of the three senatorial districts of the state into special referral centres, thereby easing the burden of distant travel by patients into the state capital to seek for medical attention.
The Commissioner of Housing said the construction of the Kumo General Hospital is expected to be completed within 26 weeks while that of Kaltungo is to be delivered within 17 weeks.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru said on completion, both health facilities in Kumo and Kaltungo will experience major improvement in all departments, including the provision of both senior and junior staff quarters as well as recreational facilities within the premises of the hospitals.
He noted that the construction and remodeling of the health facilities in Kumo and Kaltungo respectively serve as holistic approach by the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to improve health services in the State especially at the grassroot.
The Commissioner of environment, Dr. Hussaina Danjuma Goje had while reacting to issues within the purview of her Ministry, said the annual report by the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency places Gombe and some other 26 states in the country on this years flood outlook.
To this end, the Commissioner explained that the State Governor approved over 83 million naira to her Ministry to embark on the desilting of major storm drainages in the State, especially those located within flood prone areas.
Dr. Hussaina Goje revealed that the State Executive Council has equally approved over 361 million for the provision of more waste collection centres across the State to ease the indiscriminate dumping of waste in water channels.
The Commissioner of Information, Julius Ishaya Lapes had earlier disclosed that the State Executive Council has approved the payment of Senior Certificate Examination for the year 2020/2021 for 15000 students of Gombe State origin which amount to two hundred and twenty two million naira.
He said Council also ratified and approved the participation of Gombe State in the second phase of the Partnership for Extended Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene, PEWASH programme through the payment of two hundred and fifty million naira as counterpart funds for three Local Government areas Shongom, Billiri, Nafada and Yalmatu Deba to benefit.
Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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