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AbdulRazaq Revives “Up Lawal” Water Tanks Abandoned For 17 Years

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At least 11 of the moribund high-volume overhead (concrete) water reservoirs constructed by former Governor Mohammed Lawal have now been fixed and connected to newly drilled boreholes to deepen access to water in Ilorin metropolis, a statement has said.

The rehabilitation of the 11 reservoirs — over 17 years after they were abandoned — is the first phase of the renewed efforts of the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration to ease people’s access to potable water.

The first phase has seen the rehabilitation of the water reservoirs at Sango, Surulere, Adangba, Kongbari, Idi-Ape, Ogidi, Oke-Apomu, Balogun, Ajikobi,Isale Koko, and Senni area in the state capital, Olalekan Issa-Onilu, press Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, said in the statement on Saturday.

“This has resulted in the fixing of the water reservoirs, drilling of eight new boreholes and resuscitation of three others to service them. Fetching points were also created in the areas, including at Sango where a fetching point was taken into the market. The people of all the affected areas now have better access to drinkable water,” the statement said.

The statement quoted Commissioner for Water Resources Hajia Fatimah Arinola Lawal as saying the administration plans to replicate the same elsewhere in the state to boost access to water, especially in areas with poor or no reticulation.

The AbdulRazaq administration has rehabilitated over eight major water works and over 400 boreholes across the state, deepening people’s access to potable water and making hygienic sanitation possible. The water works are in Yashikira; Gwanara; Lafiagi; Patigi; Igbaja; Oloru; Asa; and Kaiama.

The reconstruction and rehabilitation of the ‘UP Lawal’ concrete tanks across the state will enhance the policy thrust of this administration to ensure access to potable water within 500 meter.

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AbdulRazaq Approves Intensive Clinical Training For PHCs Workers

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AbdulRazaq Approves Intensive Clinical Training For PHCs Workers

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, in continuation of his efforts at ensuring availability of quality healthcares services at the grassroots, is once again supporting an intensive one-week capacity building and training for key staff of all Basic HealthCare Provision Fund (BHCPF) validated PHCs across the state.

This training is being conducted as a collaborative effort of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, under the leadership of the Executive Secretary, Dr Nusirat Elelu, and the State Health Insurance Agency, under the leadership of the Executive Secretary, Dr Olubunmi Jetawo-Winter; with oversight from the State Ministry of Health and support of the State Commisioner for Health, Dr Raji Rasaq as well as the House Committee Chairman on Health, Honourable Rasaq Owolabi.

“This capacity building will ensure that gaps identified in providing quality healthcare services to the grassroot are bridged, and confidence of the people in accessing care at our primary Healthcare centers is restored,” according to a joint statement by the organisers.

 

“The primary healthcare centres provide first line access to basic healthcare services. However, referral services are also made available if a condition dictates that patients need additional care to accredited secondary facilities.

“Under the BHCPF programme of the Federal government with counterpart funds released by Kwara State government, 21,000 indigents have been given health insurance cards to access free healthcare services for a full year and renewable, as one of the ways our government is alleviating poverty in Kwara State.

“The State Primary Healthcare Development Agency is working tirelessly to ensure quality equipment and drugs are made available so far to 158 validated primary Healthcare facilities across the state. Furthermore from the decentralised facility financing paid directly to the PHCs, minor infrastructural repair of facilities are currently ongoing at the validated PHCs.

“This capacity building will be conducted in 2 batches for 2 weeks commencing from Monday July 26th 2021. A total of 185 participants which will include the newly recruited nurses/midwives by the Kwara State Government, additional midwives recruited under the BHCPF, BHCPF desk officers, as well as healthworkers drawn from accross validated PHCs.

“Topics they will be trained upon will range from antenatal care and delivery techniques, identification and management of medical emergencies, Basic Life Support Skills, management of chronic illnesses, referral services, documentation in clinical setting, health education, and many more. These are all aimed at reducing maternal, infant mortality and morbidity, and improving health indices in Kwara State.”

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PDP withdraws from Ogun LG Elections

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Barely 48 hours to Saturday’s local government election in Ogun State, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has withdrawn from the council polls.

The Chairman of the party in Ogun, Sikirulai Ogundele said this in a statement on Thursday.

Ogundele, in the statement, urged aspirants and members of the party to remain calm, saying the withdrawal was sequel to a judgment of an Ogun State High Court between him and Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC).

DAILY POST reports that Ogundele had earlier dragged OGSIEC to court for dealing with a faction loyal to late Buruji Kashamu of the PDP in the state.

The OGSIEC Chairman, Babatunde Osibodu, said he handed over the forms of the party to the faction with the authentic documents.

“Sequel to the judgement of the Ogun State High Court, Isabo in suit no M/55/2021 between Sikirulai Ogundele VS OGSIEC, affirming the CONSENT JUDGEMENT of the Federal High Court, Abuja as delivered on 22nd June, 2021, the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the able Chairmanship of Alh (Dr) Sikirulai Ogundele hereby make the following pronouncement:

“That consequence upon the said judgement in suit M/55/2021, Ogun State PDP withdraws its participation in the Ogun State Local Government Election which is scheduled for Saturday 24th July, 2021.

“That all candidates of the party who have been earlier screened by the party to contest in the LG election and all our teeming party members and loyal supporters are enjoined to remain calm and sustain their confidence in the leadership of the party,” the statement reads.

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DSS Invites Sheikh Gumi Over Allegation Of Military-Bandits’ Collusion In Attacks On Citizens

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It has been reported that the State Security Service, also known as the Department of State Services (DSS) has invited controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for questioning.

The VOA Hausa reported the DSS invitation, days after a controversy between Gumi and the Nigerian Army.

Speaking on an interview on ARISE Television on Wednesday, Gumi had alleged that security agents played a role in the insecurity plaguing Nigeria by collaborating with the bandits who engage in killing and kidnapping for ransom.

The Nigerian Army had replied to Gumi, same day saying his statement is both sad and unfortunate.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, had said that “the sweeping allegation peddled by the scholar is not only sad and unfortunate, but a calculated attempt to denigrate the Nigerian military and undermine the sacrifices of our patriotic troops, who are working tirelessly to restore peace and stability across the country.

“It is essential to remind ourselves that these same military, being accused of connivance, are the ones who recently put their lives on the line to rescue abductees of the Government Secondary School, Birnin Yawuri from kidnappers.

“While the army will not attempt to excuse the possibility of black sheep amongst its fold, it must be stated unambiguously that it will not condone any form of sabotage or aiding and assisting the enemy by any personnel, as provisions for dealing decisively with such acts are crystallised in Section 45 (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“It must also be pointed out, that while the military is very much receptive to constructive criticism, it should not be perceived as a gateway for derogatory comments that have the potential to embolden criminals. It is also necessary to reiterate that patriotism must be taken to a trajectory where subversive conversations on the state are brought to the barest minimum.

“Opinion leaders are enjoined to demonstrate patriotism in building the peace, rather than being agents of distabilisation, thereby aggravating the current security challenges facing the nation.”

Gumi is known for making controversial statements regarding bandits and killer herdsmen.

On Wednesday, he had described bandits and killer herdsmen’s atrocities as “a tribal war,” accusing the government of taking sides.

“What you call banditry when you cross to the other side, you find out Nigeria is fighting a tribal war,” he explained.

 

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