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Bauchi Govt lauds FG, NG-CARES initiative for MSMEs



Ahmed Ahmed

The Bauchi state government lauded the Federal Government and the World Bank on COVID-19 Action Recovery Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) to provide succor for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) impacted by the pandemic in the state.

Our reports that the Federal Government in collaboration with the World Bank initiated the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) programme will enable each state to earn at least $20 million within a space of 2 years.

Mr Ibrahim Kashim, Secretary to the state government (SSG) made the commendation at a one-day sensitization and advocacy on the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus NG-CARES Result Area 3 on Thursday in Bauchi.

He appreciated the Federal Government and the World Bank for the intervention and for working with state governments in the country towards cushioning the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the people, particularly the poor and vulnerable.

The SSG reiterated the commitment of the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed to bring more developmental programmes geared at improving the livelihood of citizens thereby boosting economic activities in the state.

He urged the steering committee charged with the implementation of Bauchi-CARES to be faithful in executing the mandate so that the desired results are achieved, bearing in mind that it is a Programme for Result orientation.

Earlier, Hajiya Sa’adatu Kirfi, the State commissioner for cooperative and SMEs Development and member of the steering committee said the main focus of the programme was to bring succor to residents in the state whose means of livelihood had been disrupted by the impacts of COVID-19.

She said that the programme is hinged on three thematic areas, ranging from supporting poor and vulnerable households with grants and basic services, to farmers with farm inputs to increase food production

“Facilitate smooth functioning of the food supply chain, and grants to MSMES to support post COVID-19 loans, operational costs and to enhance their IT capabilities,” she said

In his remark, Toyin Adeniji,
Executive Director, Micro Enterprises, Bank of Industry (BoI) represented by Mr Hayatudeen Umar, Project Officer, BOI, Bauchi State Office said the timing of the CARES program could not be more apt.

“With the huge losses reported by businesses in this segment, there is an urgent need to provide support for households and MSMEs across Nigeria to help them.

“Recover from the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and also enhance their business capabilities. We have seen various studies emphasizing the important role MSMEs play in a Nation’s Development.

“At the Bank of Industry, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to develop and empower MSMEs,” he said


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ACF hails Gov. Yusuf 50% slash down of school fees, says the move is exemplary



The Arewa Consultative Forum( ACF) has hail the 50% reduction of school fees for indigent students by the incumbent Governor, of Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf as exemplary and worthy to emulate by other governor’s.

Gov. Yusuf has recently cut down 50% reduction in the registration fee for the 2023/2024 academic session for all Kano State indigenes studying regular courses at the Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Dambatta and other state owned tertiary institutions accross the state to cushion  the worsening economic situation people have been going through. 

While reacting to the governor’s initiative, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Goni Farouk Umar  described the decision as both revolutionary and a hallmark of visionary leadership. 

He noted with delight the Kano State government’s resolve to restore its foreign scholarship programme designed to sponsor 1001 best graduates which demonstrates the government compassion that resulted in the payment of N700million registration fees for 700 Kano State students at the Bayero University Kano. 

The ACF leader noted that both the slashing of the fees in state owned institutions, and the off-setting of the BUK fees would go along way to ease the burden on parents and the students occasioned by the current economic hardship. 

Dr  Umar who describe education as power, and pivot in society’s advancement, prayed for the successful implementation of the government’s pro-poor education policies.

 He also appealed to all sections of the community to support educational development in all facets. 

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Nigeria’s President Tinubu say’s country’s pilgrim who return $80,000 to owner in Saudi is a pride of all.



President of Nigeria, Mr  Ahmed Bola Tinubu will honour Zamfara pilgrim Hajiya A’ishatu ‘Yan Guru Nahuce who found $80,000 in Saudi Arabia during the last Hajj exercise and return the money to it’s rightful owner. Chairman Zamfara State Hajj Commission, Alhaji Musa Mallaha has revealed.

Mallaha disclosed that the president is overwhelmed by the act of honesty exhibited by the female pilgrim hence he directed the National Hajj Commission to organize a national press conference to interview the woman for record keeping while in Saudi.

When the directives was given by the president according to Mallaha, the woman was already airlifted back to Nigeria adding that arrangements are in top gear to ensure the presidential directives is implemented as soon as possible.

Mr. Mallaha who revealed that president Tinubu expressed delight and pointed out that Hajiya Nahuce has brought respect and honour to her country Nigeria said the commission’s preparation towards the national press conference in Nigeria now will include the State governor, Dauda Lawan keying into the activities.

Mallaha further said that her honesty is a pride to all Muslims accross the globe.

The woman during the last excise stumbled into the money while performing Tawaff at the Ka’abah, she said that she kick the bag of the money to a distance for fear of been trample upon if she bow down to pick it up because of the large crowd. An Arab Pilgrim who saw her action pick the bag and gave it to her thinking that it was hers.

Mrs. Nahuce who was sponsored to Hajj by her son’s revealed that it was her first trip to the holy land.

She further revealed in an interview that, she took the money to the officials of her local government Hajj commission and handed it over. The officials met Saudi Authorities and within few days the owner was found and the money was returned to him.

She commented that she was not aware of the magnitude of her action until she was back home to Nigeria where she understands that the news went viral before her arrival

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Nigerian Army neutralize 7 bandits, comb bush for others in Zamfara



Nigerian Army neutralized seven Armed Bandits while several others flee with gunshots wounds in the late hours of Monday. 

The bandits in large number according to reliable source attempted to infiltrate and attack the troops at Kango Sabuwa. The gallant troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with troops deployed at Forward Operating Base Wanke were steps ahead of them.

This was achieved by the troops in an ambush operation along the route suspected to be used by the Bandits.

The troops Shortly after the encounter proceeds in pursuit of other fleeing wounded bandits, recovered 1 Machine Gun, ammunition and 6 Motorcycles from the armed bandits.

The Commander Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji, Major General Godwin Mutkut commends the troops for their bravery and resilience in dealing with the Armed Bandits.

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