>>> 524 Almajiri’s received in Jigawa, Nigeria from Kano State <<<
The Jigawa Government has received a total of 524 Almajiri pupils evacuated by neighbouring Kano State.
Receiving the pupils at Gen. Yakubu Gowon NYSC Camp in Dutse, the state Gov. Muhammad Badaru said the pupils would undergo medical screening, before handover to their respective parents.
Badaru said that accommodation and feeding arrangements had been made for the pupils until they would be declared safe to reunite with their parents.
He said that the gesture was aimed at ensuring that the pupils would be healthy to mingle with people in their respective communities.
Earlier, Mr Sunusi Kiru, the Kano State Commissioner for Education, who led the evacuation team, gave the assurance that the pupils underwent thorough medical screening before the evacuation.
NobleReporters gathered that the Kano Government has embarked on the evacuation of Almajiri pupils to their respective states of origin.
The decision is to ensure compliance with the social distancing order in the state to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Kano Government had earlier evacuated 419 Almajiri pupils to Katsina State.
Almajiri is usually underage Quranic students sent to neighbouring communities in furtherance of their studies.
>>> WHO appoints Former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as COVID-19 Special Envoy <<<
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday named former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as a Special Envoy for the newly inaugurated Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.
She is to serve alongside British business executive, Sir Andrew Witty in the same capacity, to mobilise international commitment to the initiative.
Director-General of the organisation, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, made the announcement during the launch of the ACT Accelerator — via webinar from Geneva.
“I would especially like to thank Sir Andrew Witty and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for agreeing to act as Special Envoys for the ACT Accelerator,” Ghebreyesus said in his remarks.
The initiative is an international collaboration aimed at accelerating the development, production, and equitable distribution of COVID-18 drugs, tests kits, and vaccines around the world.
NobleReporters reports that this is the fourth international assignment given to Okonjo-Iweala in less than two months.
On March 7, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa appointed her a member of the country’s Economic Advisory Council, which comprises indigenous and international economic experts.
The council advises the president and government on the development and implementation of economic policies toward advancing inclusive growth.
A month later on April 10, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, named Okonjo-Iweala a member of the fund’s External Advisory Group.
The group comprises prominent individuals from around the world, who will serve as Georgieva’s special advisers.
Okonjo-Iweala is one of the four Special Envoys the African Union (AU) appointed on April 12 to mobilise international support for its efforts toward addressing the coronavirus pandemic.
The AU special envoys are charged with soliciting the support of the G20, the European Union and other international financial institutions for the organisation’s response.
Okonjo-Iweala is an internationally respected economist and development expert, who has served as Managing Director of the World Bank, among other assignments.