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KADCHMA To Partner Jema’a Legislative Council In Contributory Health Enrollment

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KADCHMA To Partner Jema’a Legislative Council In Contributory Health Enrollment

By:Femi Mustapha

The Kaduna State Contributory  Health Management Authority (KADCHMA)
is set to partner Jema’a legislative council to ensure that the health Contributory enrollment scheme gets to the grassroots and ensures more participation.

The Director-General of KADCHMA, Hon. Abubakar Hassan stated this when he received members of the Local Government (LG) legislative council who paid him a working visit on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Hon Hassan noted that the health contributory scheme is one of the interventions of the state government to help reduce the hard of pocket expenses, he said.

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Director-General of KADCHMA, Hon. Abubakar Hassan making presentation to Speaker Jema’a Legislative Council Hon. Armstrong Lacksam Maichibi

He explained that over 100,000 vulnerable are already benefitting from the scheme and tasked the councilors to take the good news to their people so that they will not be left out.

According to him, with N10,500 as enrolment fees, a patient can access healthcare at the 255 primaries, secondary, and tertiary health facilities across the state.

He explained that over 500,000 have already enrolled in the scheme, but expressed dismay that the majority of the beneficiary is based in the metropolis.

He therefore tasked the councilors as the closest arms of government to the grassroots to embark on massive enlightenment of their people in the contributory health scheme.

Speaking to the media shortly after the visit, the Speaker Jema’a Kagoma ward, Hon. Armstrong Lacksam Maichibi expressed appreciation to the Mallam Nasir el-rufai administration for the health intervention program.

He also expressed gratitude to the Governor for appointing one of them as the DG of the KADCHMA, Hon Abubakar Hassan.

Maichibi, therefore advised residents of Kaduna to make good use of the health program, saying that is a golden opportunity.

Concerned Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria rejects Call To Slash NASENI’s Grant

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Concerned Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria rejects Call To Slash NASENI’s Grant

By: Femi Mustapha

The Concerned Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria (CCSON) has rejected the Governor’s call to slash the  National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure  {(NASENI) grant.

The group made this known in a statement jointly signed by the President of Unified Nigeria Youth Forum, Comrade Abdulsalam Moh’d Kazeem, the President of Arewa Youth Federation, Comrade Aliyu Moh’d Sani, Comrade Elizabeth L. Uche the Convener, South-East Youths for Sustainable Growth and Development and RT.Hon. Abdul Majeed Oyeniye the Speaker,
Oodau Youth Parliament and made available to Journalists in Kaduna on Tuesday.

“We condemn the call in its entirety, and therefore urged President Muhammadu Buhari to not only discard the tissue of their counsel in the dustbin of history but conclude plans in ensuring that the grant is increased from the  1% to 2% because NASENI actions towards Science, Innovation, and technology is timely and it will stand the challenge of time, hence the imperative need for the upward review of the grant”.

“Our governors should stop being lazy, always looking at the Federal government, where their help comes from, and begin to look inward to raise funds to run their states. The present turn of events globally, tells us that leadership is for those who can bring something to the table not those who want to reap where they didn’t sow, for instance, the Agency in recent times has helped greatly in developing local capacity and capabilities, which in return has taken us from consumer base economy to knowledge-based innovative and manufacturing economy with significant and visible economy benefits”.

The groups recalled that the governors called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to reduce the percent (1%) Grant legally due for the  National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure  {(NASENI) hereafter refer to as the Agency} to 0.2%. They also called for the Amendment of the Act in 2022 Finance.

“We commend NASENI for Designing First Made in Nigeria Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Helicopter for Agriculture and Security Surveillance, the role they played during the Corona Virus onslaught against humanity in 2020 to date, Bringing Science, Technology, and Innovation closer to the people and making it possible for mechanized Agriculture at our hands”.

“We urged the National Assembly to throw out any bill that is aimed at reducing NASENI’S grant from 1% to 0.2% in appreciation of the agency efforts towards the spate of infrastructure, Digital, and Technological development across the Nation.

The groups also urged President Buhari not to pay attention to the governor’s counsel on this matter, since the Agency has been able to achieve solid and sustainable industrialization of our Country with the current 1%, we, therefore appeal to Concerned Stakeholders to reject the proposal, they said.

Youth sensitizes Kaduna residents on  2023 Elections

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Youth sensitizes Kaduna residents on  2023 Elections

By:Femi Mustapha

As a part of the activities commemorating this year’s international youth day, a cross-section of Kaduna youths embarked on a road walk to sensitize residents of Kaduna state on the forthcoming 2023 Elections and the need for them to exercise their right at the polls.

The road was was in line with the We-You project being implemented by Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women in collaboration with the Centre for Communication and Social Impact with support from Action Aid and the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom.

Speaking earlier the Coordinator of the We -You project in Kaduna, Hannatu Hauwan said that one of the key objectives of the project was to mobilize a critical mass of young people (including male & female) and women (through women-led groups) leading disruptive campaigns towards translating citizens demands into policy actions in Kaduna and Kano States.

According to her, “every August 12, the International Youth Day is commemorated to bring youth issues to the fore at international discussions.

“The International Youth Day 2022 themed ‘Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages’ is aptly timely as Nigeria prepares for the 2023 general elections.

“The outcome of the primary elections held a few months back further emphasized the need for bridging the intergenerational gap within the political space, especially where women and youth are concerned”, she explained.

In her remarks, a political mentee from the Igabi local government area of the State, Jemila Muhammad, believes that any opportunity made available by the government should be deliberate in targeting youth and Women e g, loans, appointments, admissions, scholarships, etc.

She also demanded non-interference of the executive in the electoral process, revamping the educational curriculum to be in tandem with the current realities and the needs of the labour market.

“We demand that the state government look into the issues raised by ASUU as it affects education in Kaduna State and considers technology-based investments which will target the youth.

“Again, we want our state government to prioritise SMEs by building industrial estates for small businesses/industries and expand skills acquisition programmes to target different categories of youth.

“In addition to these, we want our state government to put in place a unified transport regulatory body and improve on the provision of intercity transportation – putting the people with disability in mind”, she said

Another mentee from Chikun, Daniel Bagail asked the Kaduna state government to never be in the entertainment industry of the state by supporting interested youth to increase efforts in tackling insecurity.

According to him, “as a follow-up to the Not-too-young to run Act (2018), the government should put into a place system that nurtures the talents of the youth and ensures their robust development as they grow into leadership roles in society.

“Candidates who win elections should consider at least 30% of youth for appointive positions in
their cabinet does not entice youth with drugs to serve as political thugs.

Kaduna police Command killed 2 Bandits in Giwa LGA

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Kaduna police Command killed 2 Bandits in Giwa LGA

By: Femi Mustapha

Operatives of Kaduna state Police Command have killed two bandits during a gun battle in Timburku village Galadimawa ward in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Muhammad Jalige, confirmed this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna on the 24th of July 2022

The statement stated that upon receipt of a report through the DPO Kidandan on the 23rd July 2022 at about 8 AM that some armed bandits have kidnapped an unspecified number of farmers working on their farm at the Timburku village Galadimawa ward of Giwa LGA,

The statement added that the Commissioner of Police CP Yekini Ayoku immediately directed the mobilization of the nearby detachment of Police Operation Restore Peace (hitherto codenamed as Operation Puff Adder II) to the area.

Pictures of the neutralised bandits
Pictures of the neutralised bandits

“In the hot engagement that ensued with the armed hoodlums, the professional team of police officers prevailed with their superior firepower, leading to the neutralization of two (2) of the bandits, recovery of one AK47 rifle loaded with two (2) rounds of live ammunition, one motorcycle and a machete while the victims (farmers) were rescued unhurt.

“It is germane to iterate that this operational breakthrough could not have been achieved without the timely report/ information by the citizens and, of course, swift response from the Police.

“The Commissioner of Police, therefore, once again enjoins the public to always confide in the Police and other sister security agencies to promptly report any distress situation as he assures them of speedy and effective response.

“Investigation into the incident has since been instituted while surveillance and patrol are in high gear to forestall any further incident as normalcy is restored in the affected area.” The statement reads

How insecurity affects fight against malnutrition in Kaduna State

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How insecurity affects fight against malnutrition in Kaduna State

By: Femi Mustapha

Data sponsored by United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and other partners shows that no fewer than 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria face malnutrition and food insecurity in 2021 and 2022.

The Cadre Harmonisé (CH) which is the unified tool for consensual analysis of acute food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel and West African Region surprisingly mentioned Kaduna state as one of the states to be at risk of malnutrition and food shortage in 2022 despite the huge investment by the state government in tackling the malnutrition menace in the state

The state governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i, at a workshop on “Effective Coordination of Nutrition Programme’’ organised for members of Kaduna State Committee on Food and Nutrition recently described the increasing population of malnourished persons in the state as frightening.

According to him, the number of malnourished children remained very high in spite of ongoing efforts to address it.

El-Rufa’i explained that despite the huge interventions, 11.7 percent of children under five years in the state were still suffering from acute malnutrition and 47 percent suffering from stunted growth.

He stressed that huge resources are being sunk by the state and development partners without much impact, largely because of uncoordinated intervention and the insecurity bedeviling the state.

Giving credence to this, a security expert, Salisu Umar opined that malnutrition in Kaduna state is deepening and threatening the survival of children in the state due to insecurity and other related factors.

He noted that hundreds of thousands of children are suffering from malnutrition in the state, especially in Birini Gwari, Zango Kataf, Kajuru, Giwa, and Igabi Local Government Areas of the States due to insecurity.

Umar added that no fewer than 279,542 children under five years are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) in Kaduna State. Most of them are domiciled in insecurity-prone LGAs, adding that the insecurity includes: terrorist attacks, banditry, kidnapping, and communal and religious crisis.

Primary Health Care (PHC) deserted in Kurmin Masara, Zango Kataf LGA.
Deserted Primary Health Care (PHC) at Kibori in Jema’a LGA.

Similarly, a resident of Maro village in Kajuru LGA, Bawa Kajuru said the unabated attacks by bandits and kidnappers forced many residents who are predominantly farmers to abandon their farmland safety areas. He stressed that this has affected food production, which resulted in scarcity.

“Even where we are now we eat what we get from the people of goodwill and donations from organizations, in the situations we find ourselves, nobody is talking about the nutritional value of food rather than just get anything to give the children. This in no small measure has helped to increase the number of malnourished children in the area” He said.

Umar stressed that the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) centres in the Kajuru Local Government is deserted because of insecurity.

However, the State Coordinator of Civil Society Scale Up Nutrition (CS-SUNN), Jessica Bartholomew said even though the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) centres at present are not witnessing the expected numbers of patients, she is not aware of attacks on CMAM centres in the state.

Bartholomew said insecurity is causing the family to go through hunger, so there is not much they can do in terms of providing for the child with adequate nutrition the child need.

“So, insecurity has affected nutrition in children especially, but so far, I have not heard any SMAC centre affected by insecurity.

“If you look at Kaduna South that you have made mention Zangon Kataf, Kaura, then Kaduna North like Birin Gwari, Kajuru the people are experiencing food insecurity due to the fact that they can no longer access their farmlands,

“You know what it means, so when we have a food crisis, the higher people suffering from hunger, we will have children who are not fed well and that will lead to an increase in the number of severe Malnourished child,

“If there were no insecurity in the first place, a family will practice other all preventable ways of raising up their children like providing exclusive breastfeeding for six months, then introducing appropriate complementary feeding from six months to 24 months,

“But because even the mother needs to eat well, but insecurity causes the family to go through hunger, so you will see that there is not much they can do in terms of providing for the child adequate nutrition the child needs.”

Similarly, the state secretary of Civil Society Scaling-up Nutrition, Mr. Zayed Baidu said insecurity in certain LGAs in Kaduna state has negatively impacted food security in those areas by worsening the malnutrition situation among women and children under 5 years.
According to him, households’ economy and nutrition have been affected because farmers’ access to farmlands has been limited, reducing the amount of food cultivated, saying when food crops are harvested, the roads to the communities and markets are infested with criminals under different guises and nomenclature.

Zayed expressed dismay that harvested crops either get spoilt or their economic value reduced before getting to farm centers, noting that low income in these areas, access to adequate diet and micronutrients are hampered with women and children under 5 years being the most affected.

He explained that not all LGAs in Kaduna state have CMAM centers. Only 15 out of 23 LGAs provide CMAM services, stressing that insecurity alone can’t be blamed for affecting CMAM interventions in Kaduna state.

“Though Birnin Gwari LGA could not get a CMAM site established due to insecurity even when all modalities have been put in place to have one there. Other LGAs not having cannot and should not be excused for insecurity reasons.” He said.

Meanwhile, State Nutrition Officer, Ramatu Musa said acute Malnutrition reportedly killed 124 Children in the state between January and September 2021, with 21,265, others currently on admission, these figures are expected to soar high due to the security challenges bedeviling the state.

Ramatu, however, said with the rampant insecurity in some LGAs the state in 2021 cured 15,329 malnourished children, 2,128 defaulted while 264 others remained unchanged after treatment (unrecovered) at Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) centres within the same period under review.

In a sharp reaction, Madam Felicia Chindo Gora in Zango Kataf LGA said the unabated activities of bandits in the Local Government Areas are undermining farming cultivation, thereby making malnutrition pronounced.

She added that In many farming communities across the state, for instance, locals no longer go to farms due to fear of bandits. These are people who cultivate crops and other food items which the city dwellers relied on.

As long as these farmers keep away from their farms for fear of their lives, the local production of food and these raw materials would be affected and the resultant effect will be an unprecedented increase in the price of food and other human necessities in the markets.

Felicia added that although the state does not have designated camping for the settlement of internally displaced persons, IDPs, such as persons that fled from farming communities have since reintegrated with their relations in safer places.

“They have abandoned farmlands in troubled areas like Zango Kataf Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Giws, etc., and have no immediate plans of returning to their farms which were in the bushes occupied by bandits.

“Birnin Gwari for example has been described as a killing field where occasionally, bandits terrorize the people with sophisticated weapons, killing, maiming, and abducting peasants for ransom.

A public Commentator Mukhtar Ya’u said, looking critically, from crisis-ridden areas of the state farmers-herders clashes have left in its trail heavy losses of lives and property. These losses of lives have adversely affected farming activities and other related businesses. This has resulted in a drastic reduction in farm outputs, a development that heightened the fear of hunger and malnutrition

According to him, a food crisis is imminent since most of the foodstuffs consumed and traded in are grown in rural Areas kidnappers and bandits’ activities pose grievous risks to farmers, livestock breeders, and dealers in farm produce, forcing them to migrate to new locations far from their farmlands while placing an additional burden on the transportation of food and farm produce to other states. Consequently, prices of foodstuffs have skyrocketed, particularly in the southern part of the country as well.

Food is one of the basic necessities of life necessary for survival. Food crises will definitely lead to inadequate food products which will no doubt send society into famine, malnutrition, widespread diseases, and deaths among others. As the saying goes, “a hungry man is an angry man”, thus, lack of food can also lead to civil unrest in society

Subject to that, several agricultural policies have been formulated to curtail food security challenges in Nigeria. Unfortunately, these policies have not yielded the desired results of increased food production. Thus, there is a need for the government to go back to the drawing board in order to come up with effective and plausible measures on how to tackle this problem before it metamorphoses into the issue of national chaos.

Speaking to this reporter, the vice-chairman of Community Joint Task Force Polewire Town in Birnin-Gwari LGA, Alhaji, Bashir Muhammad said a community that paid money to bandits to access their farmland will have a negative story to tell, and one of them is the soaring malnutrition menace currently experienced in the area.

Muhammad said the primary health care facility within the vicinity has been abandoned because of the activities of bandits. He explained that children under 5 and women are at the receiving end of this ugly situation that is begging for remedy from the government, well-meaning Nigerians, and international agencies.

“Some basic interventions such as the ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), and micronutrient powder are being diverted and moved to safer areas, hence they do not get to the beneficiaries.

“I strongly believe that with the adherence to coordinated interventions and reduced insecurity challenges will have a high chance of addressing the scourge of malnutrition.” He said.

There is no gain in saying that the security challenges facing some parts of Kaduna state have had a negative effect on the fight against malnutrition in the state. The efforts put together by the state government, state nutritional council, and partners seem not to be yielding the desired result because of the activities of insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, and others.

The laudable roadmap of the Kaduna State Government to address the issue of under-5 and women’s malnutrition problem seems to be at a standstill because of the activities of the marauders.

2023: Group says only Obi can fix Nigeria’s challenges.

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2023: Group says only Obi can fix Nigeria’s challenges.

The Peter Obi Northern Support Network (PONSN) has described the Labour Party (LP) presidential flag bearer Mr. Peter Obi, as the only candidate that can fix Nigeria from the current challenges, describing, “Obi is the only sheep sitting among wolves.”

The spokesperson of the group, Comrade Sani Saeed Altukry, states this during the northern summit in Kaduna to mark the Labour party presidential candidate’s 61st birthday.

Altukry lamented that Nigeria is bleeding, stressing that Obi has creative ideas that can end all the challenges faced in the country.

He urged eligible Nigerians to get their permanent voter cards (PVCs) in order to make the desired positive change in the country.

Giving his speech as the guest speaker, and governorship candidate of LP in Kaduna State, Hon. Shunom Adinga, called on Nigerians to shun sentiments and go for competence.

“The Labour Party candidate is judiciously going to end insecurity in Nigeria with his wide experience. We are going to get it right this time around. Unemployment has been a factor of insecurity.

“It is time for Nigeria to wake up. We have lost humanity in this country. Lives have no value. We are going to use every scientific means to make Nigeria work again,” he said.

2023: Traditional, Religious, Political Leaders Should Not Set Nigeria On Fire – Lawmaker

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2023: Traditional, Religious, Political Leaders Should Not Set Nigeria On Fire – Lawmaker

By: Femi Mustapha

Worried by what he described as unguarded utterances that are heating up the polity, a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly representing the Zaria City Constituency, Honourable Suleiman Ibrahim Dabo has urged leaders to stop making inflammatory comments capable of setting Nigeria on fire.

Honourable Dabo, who is the Chairman House Committee on Education, expressed this while fielding questions from newsmen on the sidelines of a One-day Public Dialogue With The Candidates On Agenda Setting For the 2023 General Elections, organised by the Partnership to Engage, Reform, and Learn (PERL/FCDO) in Kaduna.

Honourable Suleiman Ibrahim Dabo Zaria City Constituency Kaduna State House of Assembly in an interview with newsmen said that the theme related to educationists and health is timely.

“Nigeria is at a crossroads, a critical moment to determine the future of Nigeria.

“Traditional, religious, and political leaders should mind their utterances. Whatever they say, they should remember that they have followers.

“It is our country. We don’t have where to go. We hate battling insecurity and such comments could breed more insecurity.

“But when you preach hate, it is really risky to use. I think it is an important message. We need to be careful. We must mind our utterances,” he appealed.

He said that based on the timetable by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there is a long period still pending before the general elections after the emergence of candidates.

Hon. Yusuf Salihu of Kawo State Constituency
Honourable Suleiman Ibrahim Dabo

“In Nigeria, we have never had such a long time of campaign before the election in 2023,” he said, advising that such a period should be used for only issue-based campaigns as emphasized at the one-day dialogue.

Speaking on his committee’s impact at the Kaduna Assembly, he said that the state is a pacesetter in terms of budgetary allocation to education.

“In terms of education, Kaduna State has done a lot. Today, no State has a budgetary allocation for education up to 27 percent, even though we face some challenges with cash backing,” he said.

Also speaking in an interview, Hon. Yusuf Salihu of Kawo State Constituency said that with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration at the centre, Nigerians would enjoy better dividends of democracy.

“The PDP and All Progressives Congress (APC) run govt. differently. If we get a PDP government at the centre, definitely things will be run differently.

“We can recall that the PDP government in the past favoured the masses better. We will see more dividends of democracy,” he assured.

On the pattern of voting to be expected in 2023, he said the Osun State governorship election held last weekend is an example of what should be expected.

“Just like in Osun where people confessed to having collected money from APC and voted PDP, we expect more of that in 2023” he declared.

2023: CSOs set issues-based campaign agenda, in Kaduna

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2023: CSOs set issues-based campaign agenda, in Kaduna

By: Femi Mustapha

 

Civil society organisations in Kaduna State on Wednesday set issues-based campaign agenda for political candidates in the state and unveiled a tracking website ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Lead, Coalition of Association for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED) in the state, Yusuf Goje said, “one of the critical things we did was to look at the 2019 election which ushered in the current administration both at the state and federal levels.

“For example, out of about 84 million eligible voters that year, only 27 million participated and just about 15 million of that votes brought this administration to power.

“In Kaduna State, only about one million out of 3.9 million eligible voters, 1.9 of that figure voted and about 1 million votes brought in the current administration, so, both citizens and their prospective representatives alike must engage issues as we move towards 2023 general elections”.

Participants at the dialogue meeting include former, serving and intending lawmakers, market women, persons with disability, women mentoring ground up, media and civil society organisations.

Panellist at the PERL Engagement in Kaduna
Participants at the meeting

A former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Florence Aya lamented persistent poor female representation in politics, “only about four out of 18 female contestants scaled through the recently conducted party primaries which are not good enough.

“So, we are calling for the support of Kaduna voters to ensure all the women are returned to the assembly for improved women’s representation in governance. Yes, people should ask their candidates what they have in stock, for them, through agenda setting so the constituents can take them up on these after elections.

Co-Chair, Citizens Arm, Open Government Partnership (OGP), Hadiza Umar, who spoke through Joshua James, thanked the organisers for putting the event together, which she believed would enable the citizens to engage the candidates for 2023 election better.

“The time for good governance is here and we need to leverage on the OGP platform to hold government officials to account as we engage an issue-based campaigns before and after the election”, she said.

Member representing Kagarko in Kaduna State House of Assembly, Nuru Goro Shadalafia KSHA said, “we look forward to more engagement with the house to see that OGP commitment are reinforced and put to work in the interest of the good people of Kaduna State.

“I want us to be very open to ask good questions. Issues-based campaign is what is in vogue now and any candidate that cannot tell citizens how the issues of security, poverty, health, agriculture, education etc. will be addressed may not get their vote”

Speaking earlier during the engagement which was facilitated by Partnership for Issues-based Campaign in Nigeria in collaboration with Partnership to Engage, Learn and Reform (PERL), Team Lead of PERL in Kaduna State, Abel Adejor said, the one-day public dialogue with candidates on agenda setting for the next year general election became necessary to ensure that both the citizens and their representatives are on the same page in terms of needs priority.

According to him, “it is important that candidates know the aspirations of citizens because gone are the days when political representatives just embark on public projects without asking the intending beneficiary what their priorities are.

“We invited about fourteen of them here and we are looking at how the citizens can constructively engage the candidates in the overall interest of their respective and collective communities and not to ask for resources for personal use,” he said.

79,329 vulnerable People Registers in the Health Insurance Scheme

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79,329 vulnerable People Registers in the Health Insurance Scheme

By: Femi Mustapha

The Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA) said a total of 79,329 vulnerable populations have been benefiting from the health insurance scheme from January to date.

The Head of Administration and Finance of the authority, Mr Suleiman Mustapha, made this known as a one-day meeting in Kaduna on Monday to review progress and challenges and develop an action plan to scale up enrolment into the health scheme.

According to him, a total of 298,022 persons accessed various health services under its health insurance scheme from January to date.

Mustapha explained that the figure shows a significant improvement in the number of persons accessing health services when compared to the 379,450 persons that accessed the services in the whole of 2021.

He stressed that the 298,022 persons who accessed the services were out of the 508,559 total people currently enrolled in the scheme.

PERL Team facilitator Mr. Abel Adejor addressing the participants
Participants at the meeting

He said a total of 376,668 were enrolled under the formal sector, 6,296 under the informal sector, 79,329 under the vulnerable population, and 741 under the Tertiary Students Health Insurance programme.

He added that 45,529 poor and vulnerable people were enrolled under the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).

According to him, KADCHMA, Third-Party Administrators and other partners are working hard to ensure that more persons are captured into the scheme under the informal sector.

Earlier, PERL’s State Lead Facilitator, Mr Adejor Abel, said that the meeting was organised to review achievements recorded from January 2021 till date, identify challenges and develop an action plan to address them

The meeting was organised by the Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM), in collaboration with the Ward Development Committee and KADCHMA.

It was supported by the United Kingdom-Funder governance programme, Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), through its Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

According to Mustapha, the figure shows a significant improvement in the number of persons accessing health services when compared to the 379,450 persons that accessed the services in the whole of 2021.

He explained that the 298,022 persons who accessed the services were out of the 508,559 total people currently enrolled in the scheme.

Mr Isa Gidado, the Secretary, KADMAM, said that the objective of the meeting was to review progress on beneficiaries’ enrolment and service uptake and strengthen collaboration with relevant partners.

Gidado added that the meeting was also to discuss strategies to enrol more women and other excluded groups in the health scheme to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure.

Mr Mustapha Jumare, Co-Chair, KADMAM, stressed the need to increase enrolment of the informal sector to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare services.

Jumare said that as an accountability mechanism, KADMAM would continue to advocate to the government to ensure that quality services were being provided in accredited facilities across the state.

He said that the meeting provided an opportunity to develop a strategy to improve the enrolment in the scheme.

“We will continue to work both with KADCHMA to sensitise and mobilise citizens to register with the scheme to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure,” he said.

Mr Muazu Habibu, State Team Lead, Layifa, an FCDO-funded health programme, also pledged continued support to KADCHMA to improve enrolment and quality of service delivery.

Habibu said that Lafiya had concluded plans to support KADCHMA to develop a 10-year strategic plan, and domestication of the National Health Insurance Authority framework currently being developed.

Kuje prison break: Police nabs Suspected Escapee In Kaduna

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Kuje prison break: Police nabs Suspected Escapee In Kaduna

By: Femi Mustapha

The Nigerian Police Force, (NPF) Kaduna State Command, has arrested a 60-year-old man, Ali Shuaibu, suspected to be one of the escapees in the recent Kuje jailbreak, Abuja.

This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen in Kaduna by the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State Command, DSP Muhammed Jalige, on Monday.

It could be recalled that terrorists invaded the Kuje National Correctional Centre, Abuja on 7th July 2022 and freed all the inmates.

According to DSP Jalige, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is part of the inmates who escaped during the recent attack on the Kuje medium security correctional centre.

The suspect, Ali Shuaibu

He said: “Sequel to the Commissioner of Police Kaduna Command’s directive to all tactical commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to mount purposeful surveillance across all inlets to Kaduna State in response to the recent infamous Kuje Jailbreak as instructed by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Alkali Baba Usman the Operatives without prejudice to existing crime prevention measures, responded effectively which has started yielding a positive result with the arrest of a suspected escapee on the 17th July 2022 at about 1930hrs

“The suspect one Ali Shuaibu 60 yrs of age and an indigene of Kano State was apprehended by the Police Operatives at a location in Kaduna, while in transit to Kano based on active intelligence.

“The suspect on preliminary investigation revealed that he is part of the inmates who escaped during the recent attack on the Kuje medium security correctional centre.

“The Commissioner of Police Kaduna Command CP Yekini A. Ayoku, many directed that necessary protocols be carried out before handing the suspect over to the Nigerian Correctional Service for proper placement. He further tasked Officers not to relent in their effort to effectively tackle all forms of crimes and criminality in all critical areas of the State.

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