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COVID-19: Jigawa govt distributes palliatives to 42,312 households



The Jigawa government on Tuesday launched the distribution of palliatives to 42,312 poor and most vulnerable households in the state.

The government also declared that the state has not recorded a new case of COVID-19 in the last 23 days.

Gov. Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa made this known at the launching of the palliatives which was contributed by the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) in Dutse.

Badaru said a total of 12 households from each polling units of the state were expected to benefit from the palliatives.

“In our effort to ensure every deserving beneficiary household get the allocation quantity; we have decided to distribute the items by 3,526 polluting units of the state.

“Every polling unit will have 12 households to benefit, thus every LGA will receive their consignment based on the number of the polling units in that LGA,” the governor said.

“This means a total of 42,312 households will be given the items in all the pollution units of the state.

“The remaining 7,629 households will be shared to people with special needs, such as the physically challenged, pensioners, the orphanage and other special people to be determined from the State Social Register,” Badaru said.

While giving the update in the fight against COVID-19, the governor said: “today marks the 23rd day without a new case of COVID-19 in Jigawa State.

“While this gives us a reason to celebrate, more importantly will continue to thank the Almighty Allah for easing our difficulties and gradually bringing this pandemic to an end,” he said.

“Recall that apart from the mainstream activities of controlling COVID-19 in the state, we have also put measures to reduce the difficulties people encounter as COVID-19 took toll on the daily lives of our people as the new normal became part and parcel of our lives.

“We have previously distributed palliatives to the poor including grains purchased by the State Government and other items donated by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.

“The palliatives we are distributing today are from Private Sector Coalition against COVID, the CACOVID, and will go a long way in complementing our efforts and reducing the suffering of the people at the grassroots.

“CACOVID has also equipped one of our centres in Fanisau Dutse, with 100 beds and mattresses and other equipment which complemented our surge strategy of increasing isolation bed capacity in the state.

“I must at this juncture appreciate CACOVID for the strides and supporting the state at times of need,” Badaru said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that each household would be receiving 1 bag of 10kg rice, 1 carton of pasta, 2 cartons of noodles, 1 bag of 5kg of sugar, 1 bag of 1kg of salt and 1 bag of 5kg of gari, semovita, maize.

Earlier, the Area Manager, UBA Dutse, Lawal Ado, who spoke on behalf of CACOVID, noted that the fight against COVID-19 was a fight for the survival of everyone.

Ado said that the fight has become a necessity and was not just the responsibility of the government but a collective responsibility, which “we all must join the fight to stay alive.”

“So far, CACOVID in collaboration with state governments has inaugurated 38 isolation centres across the 36 states and FCT,” he said.

The Coalition, according to him, has also improved the testing capacity of the NCDC with the donation of 100,000 test kits and various PPEs.

NAN reports that CACOVID is a joint initiative of leading private sector leaders and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). launched to galvanize urgent support in the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.

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UK orders probe into Islamophobia claims by conservative lawmaker



UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered an investigation into conservative lawmaker, Nusrat Ghani claims that she was sacked as a junior minister in 2020 over concerns that she was a Muslim.

A Downing Street spokesperson announced on Monday in a brief statement to reporters that “the Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry into the allegations made by Nusrat Ghani MP.’’

In an interview published by the Sunday Times, Ghani said that she was dismissed as a junior transport minister in February 2020.

She said following her dismissal a senior Conservative lawmaker told her that her Muslim faith made colleagues “uncomfortable” and that her career would be “destroyed” if she tried to complain.

In a subsequent statement on Sunday, she said that she had directly informed Johnson about the matter but that the prime minister wrote to her that he could not get involved and suggested that she use the internal Conservative party’s complaint process.

Reacting to the launch of a probe, Ghani wrote on Twitter that she welcomed the decision and asked that all that was said in Downing Street, and by her senior Conservative colleague be included in the terms of reference of the inquiry.

“As I said to the Prime Minister last night, all I want is for this to be taken seriously and for him to investigate,’’ she added.

The Islamophobia claims came as Johnson was facing calls to resign over a string of parties that were allegedly held in Downing Street during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in car crash



Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

The four-vehicle crash, which occurred on Friday afternoon, January 21 in Los Angeles left one person with injuries, Los Angeles Police said.

Photos from the scene published by TMZ show a large SUV on top of at least two vehicles at an intersection in Brentwood while the ‘Terminator’ actor can be seen standing nearby.

Police said that no arrest has been made and ruled out the involvement of drugs and alcohol.

Officers did not identify those involved but the actor and former California governor’s spokesman confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he was driving the SUV when the incident occurred.

A report by police, seen by CBS Los Angeles, said that the SUV driver was “near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue, when a collision occurred with a red Prius making a u-turn as he continued through a ‘red arrow’ signal to turn left.”

It added that the SUV rolled on top of the Prius and ended up hitting two other vehicles.

One person was taken to hospital by ambulance, but the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Schwarzenegger’s spokesman said that the actor was uninjured and had spoken with emergency services and the injured person.

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage



District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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