By Haroon Balogun
..As Sultan tasks parents on clean environment
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has placed Kebbi in Category ‘A’ to enable the state to enjoy some privileges to be provided by the commission. The was contained in a statement issued in Birnin Kebbi Wednesday, signed by Alhaji Abubakar Dakingari, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Atiku Bagudu.
Dakingari stated that “placing Kebbi in Category A is in accordance with a letter sent to Gov Bagudu by the Secretary of the commission, Dr Mohammed Tambuwal. He added that with the placement in Category ‘A’, Kebbi could now participate in organising the lesser Hajj (Umrah).”
He said that the commission had appealed to the governor to provide necessary resources to the state pilgrims welfare agency to enable it to discharge its duties effectively.
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged Nigerians to avoid self-medication as part of measures to tame the current meningitis epidemic in parts of Nigeria.
The Sultan said this in a statement signed by the Emir of Argungu, in Kebbi State, Alhaji Samaila Mera, and issued to newsmen recently.
“In the interim, because of the dynamic nature of the outbreak, the Sultan is calling on parents and caregivers to ensure that their wards sleep in clean, well ventilated abodes and avoid overcrowding. “They should also report all suspected cases immediately to the nearest health facility. The Sultan is also calling on all traditional and religious leaders to support all measures taken or recommended to be taken by the government and health officials.
“They should also enhance surveillance for cases in their areas of administration and report any suspected case to the nearest health outpost,” the statement read in part.The statement further urged residents to support government officials working in any capacity, to bring an end to the outbreak.
It also urged the general public to pray to God for the speedy interruption and eradication of the disease from the country.