BY SUZAN EDEH
BAUCHI—Bauchi State Governor, Isah Yuguda has directed local government chairmen in the state to ensure adequate protection for corps members posted to their areas, warning that they would be held responsible if any danger befell them.
Yuguda gave the directive during the passing-out of corps members after their orientation in the state.
The Governor spoke through the State Head of Civil Service, Abdon Dalla Gin, and urged corps members to report to the state government through their State secretariat, any council chairman who refused to cooperate with any of them, since according to him, government was committed to ensure that they had a successful service year for their country.
He also used the opportunity to further reiterate the commitment of his administration to the well-being of the corps members, even as he urged them to report to security agencies any suspicious movements around them for prompt action.
Yuguda further asked the corps members to embark on developmental activities that will make their respective service year memorable in their areas of postings.
Earlier, Bauchi State Coordinator of NYSC, Abraham Tizhe had informed the Governor that 633 corps members were posted to the state out of which 630 reported for the three weeks orientation, adding that there was no case of redeployment from the state.
Tizhe, however, commended the state government for adequate security measures so far taken to protect the corps members, as well as the incentives given to them at the orientation camp, assuring that all the corps members will be useful to their respective places of primary assignment.
Kaduna: The Kaduna State has remained polio-free in the past three years, the Health Commissioner, Mr Turaki Kalik told newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday.
“Nigeria achieved 95 per cent reduction of polio cases in 2010 and Kaduna State has consistently remained polio-free since June 2009,” he said.
The success notwithstanding, Kalik said the state had stepped up efforts to curtail cross-border spread of the disease and curb the number of missed children.
“Despite these achievements, the situation of polio infection is still worrisome as it is still faced with the challenges of missed children, non-compliance and high number of un-immunised in the routine immunisation.
“The state is also worried as its neighbouring states of Kano, Katsina, Zamfara and Kebbi have recorded cases of wild polio virus this year,” the commissioner said.
According to him, the state has organised border synchronisation with Kano State and also met with the nomads in Kaduna State to ensure that no child was missed during the current and future exercises.
He explained that the state’s participation in this year’s event was because of its affected neighbours and the need to interrupt the transmission of the virus.
Kalik urged the media to continue to sensitise the public on the advantages of immunisation, while also appealing to traditional rulers and religious leaders for support.