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Tinibu is focused on reducing maternal, under five morality says, Faisal Shua’ib



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From Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

The executive director National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shua’ib has indicated that one of the key focus of the federal government under president Bola Ahmed Tinibu is reducing maternal and under five morality as a result of interventions in the primary healthcare delivery.

The executive director spoke in Dutse, JIgawa state capital when he paid a courtesy call on the governor, Malam Umar Namadi Danmodi at government house during his two days working visit to the state.

Dr Shua’ib explained that “due to interventions in the primary healthcare space number of women who are dying due to pregnancy related causes have reduced significantly”.

According to him “This dedication of the intervention and focus by the federal government is going to be sustained”.

The executive director therefore described inadequate manpower in the primary healthcare facilities as the biggest challenge in the country.

He noted that “The biggest challenge that we have in the primary healthcare in Nigeria is human resources. If we have adequate human resource then we would be able to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, we would be able to get primary healthcare centers where our citizens will be excited about going because they know when they get there they will be treated with respect and dignity and care”.

He told the governor that his team anf himself are in the state to support the Diphtheria outbreak response and also to look at how to provide meaningful guide and support towards strengthening the primary healthcare services as contained in your 12 points agenda.

According to him “Apart from coming to support, we also to acclaimed your leadership even in the last few days you assume as governor of this state, we are already saying that the promises and the possibilities in the primary healthcare are endless, like we came since yesterday evening.

The executive director commended the governor’s efforts on some of the initiatives that they had seen in the primary healthcare space. “Seen how JIgawa state demonseticated and contextualize many inttiatives from the federal government”.

Dr Shua’ib expressed appreciation for the effort the governor is making towards addressing human resource gapĺ

In his response the governor Malam Umar Namadi Danmodi promised that the state government would continue supporting primary healthcare and also ensure that the primary healthcare would be sustained in the state.

Malam Umar Namadi Danmodi explained that “in JIgawa state we consider primary healthcare very, very important in term of our healthcare delivery system. We also recognize that of course human resource for health is very, very critical, because of that we decided to reverse what local government autonomy brought us in the primary healthcare in terms of human resource”.

The governor maintained that “earlier on we have a system in JIgawa state where all the staffs of primary healthcare are under the state’s primary healthcare development agency where the state primary healthcare agency has the responsibility of posting supervising, rewarding or discipline the staffs. But when the local government autonomy came all the staffs of the primary healthcare were returned to the local government councils. That had made it difficult to control them and a lot of politics came in”.

“That is why we revised the system where now we are paying 40 percent of their salary, when the local government paying 60 percent. But all the control has now back to the state government”.

He thanked the executive director and his team for the visit.

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Jigawa Govt, FCDO signs agreement on Healthcare, Education, Social Protection Dev.




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By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

The Jigawa State Government has signed an agreement with UK Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) on Mutual Accountability Framework (MAF) in five sectoral development areas.

Speaking after signing the agreement, the Jigawa state governor, Malam Umar Namadi said, “This is the 5th Strategic Dialogue, of Mutual Accountability Framework, that focuses on developmental issues particularly on issues related to Health, Education, Social Protection, Agriculture and Youth empowerment sectors.

According to the governor, “I am truly delighted that we are gathered once again for the continuation of the strategic dialogue between the Jigawa State Government and the FCDO.
“From what we have achieved over the years, I firmly believe in the effectiveness of the Mutual Accountability Framework”.

The Governor also outlined key achievements across various sectors to include sustained investment in healthcare, increased access to education, and advancements in social protection initiatives and the commitment to improved governance.
Other sectors are economic growth, and leveraging technology for a digital economy were emphasized as core priorities for Jigawa State.

On his part, the FCDO Development Director, Dr. Christopher Pycroft, commended Governor Umar Namadi’s visionary 12-point agenda as he promised continued support from the FCDO.

Dr. Pycroft, highlighted the significance of sustaining the MAF approach and expanding collaboration with other stakeholders to foster development and growth of Jigawa State and it’s people.

The director who shared his heartfelt sentiments on the enduring partnership, acknowledged the impactful journey over the last 23 years in Jigawa’s development.

He then, expressed confidence in the continued growth of the alliance, envisioning a future where Jigawa State becomes a beacon of progress for other subnational governments and development partners.

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Police arrest 55 suspected Criminals, recover N3.6m cash, other valuables in Jigawa




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By: Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

Jigawa state police command have arrested over 55 suspected criminals over alleged crimes of kidnapping, armed robbery and other offenses.

The state commissoner of police, Mr Ahmad Abdullahi, in his maiden press briefing at the state’s police command headquarters in Dutse, said “On my assumption of duty in the state 10 days ago we made trimendious achievement”.

The police boss explained that “The command under my leadership succeeded in arresting 25 suspected thieves and vandals, three suspected kidnappers, 10 suspected armed robbers, two suspected human traffickers, arrest of 10 suspected motor vehicle and motorcycle thieves and three suspected mobile phone thieves”.

Abdullahi added that “The command has recovered three fabricated local firearms, four motor vehicles, six motorcycles, N3,650,000 cash and nine android handsets”.

He stated further that also recovered were 32 cows, five sheep, vandalized armored cables and wares, Sesame, Millet and Groundnut valued at N450,000, 261 wraps of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, 176 tablets of Exol etc.

According to him “The command will be guided on the security basic principles such as intelligence led policing, community policing, knowledge and collaboration with the sister security agencies to achieve common object and maintain effective crime control, civil disorder control and reduction in fear of crime”.

He assured the people in the state that through hard work, professionalism and partnership crime and criminality will be reduced to the barest minimum.
Abdullahi expressed gratitude to the inspector general of police, Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun “for finding me worthy to be deployed here to serve as commissioner of police of this great state”.

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Jigawa moves to boost Export with hibiscus,Sesame Fumigation, Cleaning Chamber




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By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

As part of the Jigawa government effort to supplement the federal government policy of promotion of non oil product exportation, the state has collaborated Comttraex Nigeria a private organization and established a fumigation chamber for hibiscus flower at the Maigatari Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Maigatari local government area of the state.

This was disclosed by the Director-General, Jigawa Investment Promotion Agency (InvestJigawa) Furera Isma Jumare at a one-day seminar titled “Value Addition for Export”, organized for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.
She said it is part of effort to promote non oil product expirtation.

The director general said the project which is under Public Private Partnerships (PPP) chamber is expected to commence operation in few weeks.

Hajiya Jumare explained that the gesture was aimed at boosting the exportation of the product, as well as addressing the issue of export rejection.

According to her “The collaboration, under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement, is also targeted at transforming the hibiscus value chain in the state, by making it a prominent hub for the production and processing of the commodity in Nigeria”.

The DG noted that the partnership will establish a fumigation chamber, modern cleaning and processing facility for hibiscus flowers, Sesame and trade under the brand name “ComttraJigawa”.

“This initiative is expected to unlock the industry’s full potentials, driving economic growth and creating opportunities for local farmers and sustainable development in the region to boost exportation of the product,” she said.

The DG further assured the state government will support in various ways that would ease the path to becoming not just a production state, but also a state dominant in processing of raw materials for exportation.

“And for this seminar themed “Value Addition for Export”, Our target is the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMES) sector. You may wonder why you, as MSMEs, first, there is no dispute that MSMEs form the bedrock of a country’s economy, especially here in Africa.

“And for us in InvestJigawa, we consider MSMEs as investors too, something I must stress here because of the general belief that when you say “investors”, you mean those large rice mills, sugar factories, fertiliser companies and the likes that you see along the road. It is not so.

“We see MSMEs as partners that should be supported to grow and thrive, which we believe would subsequently contribute to the economic prosperity of our state as espoused by our Governor’s 12-point agenda,” the DG said.

She stressed the need for MSMEs to ramp up the addition of value to the state raw materials, which will provide competitive advantage, noting that value addition will avail MSMEs the opportunity to get premium prices for their products, “I reiterate that our state is endowed with abundant resources and it is time we leverage these resources for their fullest potential.

It is worth telling, that in September this year, according to Nigeria Shippers Council’s report, 75% of exported farm produce in Nigeria is from North West zone.

“This underscores the pivotal role that our MSMEs can play in this space and their potential impact on the global market. I believe the presentations and discussions today will provide valuable insights and strategies for our MSMEs to enhance their production processes and elevate the quality of their goods and services,” Isma-Jumare said.

She therefore, urged the participants to network for future collaboration with the agency in its effort to bring about export of the state products not as raw materials, but as finished goods.

Competent resource persons from Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Nigerian Shippers Council, Dala Inland Dry Port, Nigeria Customs Service and Window of Turkey made presentations on export producers.

In their separate remarks, Mr Danalmadi Haladu, the Secretary of Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), in the state, Malam Nuhu Hussaini, the Chairman of Dutse Union of Marketers, commended the agency for the seminar and engaging resource persons to educate the participants.

Nuhu, called for more Sensitisation for the MSMEs in the area of exportation as he urged the agency to ensure that producers get good prices for their products.

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