Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday presented 27 new operational vehicles to the state civil service, including the State Fire Service, saying the gesture was to strengthen efficient service delivery and conducive working atmosphere.
“We present these to them to make their job easier. Civil servants are entering taxi and okada to perform their duties. That is not good enough. This will boost their performance capability. We saw that there is a need to mobilise them and make them more functional,” AbdulRazaq told reporters in Ilorin, the state capital, shortly after handing over the keys of the vehicles to the Kwara State Head of Service (HOS), Susan Modupe Oluwole.
The Governor said the government purchased the 300-litre capacity modern firefighting vehicles for the Fire Service to empower it to operate more effectively during fire outbreaks in order to save lives and properties.
“We procured these fire fighting equipment because of the safety of lives and property. It is important we safeguard lives and property. The firefighters have been selfless in what they do to the government and people of the state. So, we need to build their capacity and keep them up to the task,” he said.
He said another set of fire fighting equipment have been ordered and would soon be delivered as part of the government’s effort to strengthen the capacity of the state to combat fire incident.
“Plans are underway by the Federal Government to set up Fire Training Institute in Kwara State to build capacity of fire fighting officers,” he said.
The vehicles comprised 15 Toyota Hillux vans; five Coaster Buses; five Hiace Buses; and two Hilux pick-up with Fire equipment.
The HOS commended AbdulRazaq for the gesture, saying “we have never had it so good and we assure you that we will also do more to justify the confidence.”
Kwara State Fire Service Director Waheed Yakub said the skytick firefighting technology is easy to use and can reach as far as 50 metres.
“We are grateful to the Governor for this. It is a great boost for our work. With this new technology, we can better deliver on our mandate. Unlike the old one, this vehicle can penetrate anywhere and it has twice the capacity of the bigger vans,” Yakub said.
Present at the brief ceremony were top government functionaries, including the Chief of Staff Adisa Logan; Commissioner-designate Rotimi Iliasu; and some Permanent secretaries and directors from the state civil service.
Presidency Reveals Why Buhari Did Not Speak on Lekki Shooting In State Broadcast
The Presidency, on Saturday disclosed why President Muhammadu Buhari did not mention the Lekki toll gate shooting in his nationwide broadcast addressing the issue of #EndSARS.
Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed that his principal did not mention the shooting because it would be “premature and presumptuous.”
The Fidelinfo gathered that, Adesina, while appearing on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, explained that the shooting was being investigated by the military.
He said: “The Defence Headquarters issued a statement to say that it was investigating the matter. Lagos State Governor has also set up a probe panel to investigate what really happened.
“So, the President couldn’t have said anything because it would be premature and presumptuous while investigation is ongoing.
“It is after investigation has been concluded that he can speak on the matter.”
Buhari had received some backlash from Nigerians over his silence on the Lekki shooting recorded carried out by soldiers.
Curfew: Kwara Govt Exempts Essential Workers
The Kwara state government has exempted essential workers from the 24-hour curfew in the state.
The state government said the exempted essential workers are media workerse, bankers, health workers and others.
The Fidelinfo gathered that development was contained in a statement made available by Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin, Hon. Commissioner for Communications
The statement reads:
“This is to exempt persons who qualify as essential workers from the 24-hour curfew declared by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
“Those covered in the exemption are health workers; media workers (journalists); petrol station workers; bankers. Such persons would only be accorded such privilege if they present their valid (work place) identity cards identifying them as such.
“The government regrets the inconvenience the curfew may cause the citizenry but it is necessary to maintain law and order at this critical time.
UPDATED: Kwara Gov, AbdulRazaq Imposes Curfew In Ilorin
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has imposes a curfew in the state capital starting from 12 midnight on Friday.
The Fidelinfo gathered that the governor made the announcement while addressing the state on Friday.
The curfew becomes necessary as thugs invades government warehouse and looted palliatives and relief materials.
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