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Kogi Denies Cash For COVID-19 Vaccine

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Governor Yahaya Bello

 

The Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA) has denied the reports  of alleged  demand  for money from clients by COVID-19 administrators for  vaccine.

An NGO, the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) at a news conference  in Bauchi State,  alleged that vaccine administrators in Kogi were allegedly demanded money from clients before vaccinating them.

A statement by the Executive Director of the agency, Dr Abubakar Yakubu, in Lokoja, said the report was misleading and far from the reality of COVID-19 vaccination in the state.

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He stressed that the report was most likely not true as the NGO failed to back up its findings with actual facts, and without using, appropriate channels.

The KSPHCDA boss added that the said discovery should have been addressed to the appropriate agency in the state, rather than addressing newsmen in Bauchi.

Yakubu added that the agency had been engaging in high level social sensitisation and mobilisation advocacy across communities in the state,  in order  to improve on the vaccination exercise.

”How can something we are practically persuading people to take now be the same thing  we are demanding for money before administering?,” Yakubu queried.

He emphasised that the agency was closely monitoring activities of the administrators and how they persuaded people across the state to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

He maintained that the claim by the NGO was practically impossible to happen in Kogi, where the Agency and the State Ministry of Health were still doing a high level advocacy and community sensitisation alongside relevant NGOs for COVID-19 vaccine uptake.

”The state government completely reject the report and thereby demand for an immediate and unreserved apology from the publisher of the fake news as well as its generator, CITAD.

“Failure to tender the apology, the government will be forced to take punitive measures against the NGO and its collaborators,” he said.

Meanwhile, Yakubu explained that the agency had set up a team of investigators, who were painstakingly analysing the report, in order to expose the perpetrators as well as the motive behind their action.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Folayan Idowu, the State Coordinator National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) described the publication, as unfounded.

Idowu, who is also a member of the State Joint Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination,  said the task force had been embarking on weekly patrol to monitor the administration of COVID-19 vaccines across the state.

He added that there was no record of such incident. (NAN)

 

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Scarcity Of New Naira Notes: Nigerians Should Check APC Government Houses- Kwankwaso

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NNPP Presidential candidate Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

 

The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s party Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has alleged that APC controlled states are responsible for the scarcity of new Naira Notes being experienced by Nigerians.

The NNPP Presidential candidate made the allegation in an interview with Nasiru Adamu El-Hikaya of the Voice of America Hausa service.

Kwankwaso was responding to a question put to him by Nasiru Adamu El-Hikaya that the government decided not to extend the deadline because politicians who want to go into election will use the notes for vote buying.

“If you are talking about hiding of new Naira Notes go and check state government houses controlled by the APC you will definitely find the new Naira Notes,we have information that they have called the bank mangers and are responsible for the scarcity”Kwankwaso alleges

Kwankwaso further called on voters especially the masses who are running small scale businesses to exercise patience.

 

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Debt Management Office seeks support of ministries, Organizations

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Federal minister of finance Zainab Shamsuna Ahmad

 

 

Kano State Debt Management Office has urged relevant ministries,departments and agencies to support and cooperate toward achieving desired goals .

The Director General of the state Debt Management Office ,Malam Salish Lawan Indabawa made plea when he visited the Auditor General of the state in his continuation of advocacy across the state.

Lawan Indabawa stated that the office is ready to work hand in hand with MDAs and to intimate them about functions of the office whenever the need arises .

Director General later handed over the law that established the Debt Management office to the State Auditor General, Alhaji Isma’il Musa in order to study the functions and roles of the office.

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Earlier, the State Auditor General, Alhaji Isma’ila Musa described the appointment of Alhaji Lawan Indabawa by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as Director General as a wise decision which the state will benefit.

The State Auditor General maintained that Indabawa is competent and equal to the task and hope to use his wealth of experience in order take the new baby agency to higher position.

In a statement by Director information ministry of finance and economic development Bashir Habib Yahaya said the director promised to give all the necessary support, cooperation and pray almighty Allah to guide the new Director General.

 

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President Buhari To Commission Multi Billion Naira Dala Inland Dry Port Monday-Ahmad Rabiu

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Chairman of Dala Inland Dry port Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro left being flanked by the MD Ahmad Rabiu during the briefing

 

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All is set for the commissioning of Dala International inland dry port on Monday 31st January 2023 by President Muhammad Buhari at Zawachiki in Kumbotso local government area of Kano state.

The managing director of the international inland dry port Ahmad Rabiu stated this while addressing newsmen on the preparation for the inauguration of the port at its headquarters in Kano.

Ahmad Rabiu who was joined by the chairman of the inland dry port Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro said its the first international inland dry port where cargoes will go anywhere in the world from Kano state without follow up to any sea ports across Nigeria.

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Ahmad Rabiu told newsmen that the federal government under President Muhammad Buhari has given all the support required for the take up noting that they have met the requirement on infrastructure and other critical amenities.

The MD said the stacking area has the capacity of containing 20 thousand unit of containers before moving anywhere at any time noting that the area covers 6 hectares of land and the management is willing to add more.

According to Ahmad Rabiu all the requirements needed for clearance by business men ,customs duty will be done right from Kano without follow up to any sea port in Nigeria.

On his part the chairman of Dala Inland Dry Port, Alhaji Abubakar Sahabu Bawuro said the management of the port is prepared technically, physically with interested partners and is going to boost businesses in Kano, Nigeria and Africa in general and urged members of the press to partner with the management in ensuring efficiency emphasizing that the place is not a monument but a business venture.

 

The chairman said Dala Inland Dry Port is now a solution to the problems brought about by the sea ports and they will introduce cargo tracking and door to door delivery of goods and services.

He said the success of the inland dry port is a joint venture between state government, business community,regulatory agencies and Federal Government of Nigeria and to make business in Kano and its neighborhood more competitive.

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