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Niger Govt. Earmarks N100m For Ebola Training, Equipment

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Babangida AliyuThe Niger State Government on Wednesday said it has earmarked N100 million for the training of school teachers on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) prevention strategies.

Alhaji Danladi Abdulhameed, the state Commissioner for Education, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna that the training would commence on Thursday Sept. 25.

Abdulhameed said that 19 centres had been designated for the exercise to cover the 25 local government areas of the state.

He explained that part of fund would be used to provide health facilities in public and private primary and secondary schools in the state.

“We are working in conjunction with Schools Management Board as well as private schools proprietors to ensure that adequate measures are taken before schools resumed.

“The medical equipment we procured will be available next week, which is a clear one week before resumption of our children.

“The government has also taken upon itself to intervene on catering for any child that is ill when the parent reports appropriately to forestall any lapses.

“These are our children; they are only on break with the parents.

“The state government will give schools, over 4,000 of them (both private and public), two thermometres each, provide portable water in the schools and hand washing items”, he said.

Abdulhameed said that the government would continue to make personal hygiene a culture in schools even after the elimination of the EVD threat in the state.

NAN reports that the state was among the states that did not re-open schools on Sept. 22.

The government said it took the position because of the upcoming Eid-el-Kabir festivities and to meet the EVD prevention requirements. (NAN)

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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