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RE: Kwara Govt Renovated Stadium’s Indoor Sports Hall With N72m On Record. Nothing On Ground To Show For It

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Kwara State Government has seen a report captioned ‘Kwara govt renovated Stadium’s Indoor Sports Hall With N72m on record. Nothing On the Ground to Show for it’. It was originally published by a local blog, Informant247, and re-published by a couple of other online platforms. The report lacks depth and is false. It unfairly painted a picture of misdeeds with grave consequences for the government.

First, at no time in 2021 did the Kwara State Government spend N72m on the indoor sports hall as claimed. A careful perusal of the screenshot of the 2021 Financial Statement that Informant247 attached to its story would reveal that the budget line shown in the document is tagged ‘Rehabilitation/Repairs of Sporting Facilities – indoor sports hall at the Stadium Complex’. This omnibus title is as recorded in the revised 2021 budget. Anyone with appreciable knowledge of budget language would instantly know that this is an ‘omnibus’ expenditure line that refers to many sporting facilities. This complies with the standard of the National Charts of Accounts, which Kwara had since adopted.

Two, did the government spend N72m on rehabilitation of sporting facilities last year? Yes. Ministry of Finance records showed that the government spent N72,485,773.22 on rehabilitation/repairs of the following sporting facilities, with funds disbursed at various times based on the progress of the individual projects: swimming pool, basketball court, volleyball court, and squash court (an indoor sport/game). The said funds were disbursed as follows: N2,283,385 on 29 January, 2021; N6,000,000 on 18 March, 2021; N5,772,852.26 on 7 April, 2021; N27,853,745 on 16 April, 2021; N8,186,420 on 1 July, 2021; N10,405,889.74 on 1 November, 2021; N4,813,579 on 5 November, 2021; and N7,169, 900.09 on 22 December, 2021.

For the record, these projects were executed by Cytech Eng. Construction and Tech (Basketball and Volleyball); Atomike Consultant Ltd (Squash Court); and Aishruk Global Services Ltd (Swimming Pool).

Interested members of the public, especially sports journalists/enthusiasts, are invited to visit these facilities to confirm whether or not rehabilitation works were done on them.

From the title shown in its own screenshot alone, the intention of the blog to claim that government spent N72m on indoor sports hall ‘with nothing on ground’ to show becomes suspect. We assert that the said report is a product of carefree journalism with scant regard for details and knowledge of how budget and financial statements are reported. Worse still is the scary show of arrogance so far seen in the medium when efforts were made to explain the nuances of the issues to them.

It is important to point out that the long abandoned decrepit indoor sports hall, built over 40 years ago, will require at least N1bn to renovate because of the current inflationary trends.

We therefore appeal to members of the public to ignore the report. We urge the media to avoid sensational reports which are capable of causing mischief or unfairly hurt the image of public servants.

Bolakale Adisa Mogaji
Executive Chairman, Kwara State Sports Commission

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AbdulRazaq Greets First Class Monarch, Olofa Of Offa At 59

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The Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated the Olofa of Offa Oba Mufutau Muhammed Gbadamosi Esuwoye II on his 59th birthday anniversary, describing his reign as hugely impactful and fruitful for the Offa community and beyond.

“I send our felicitations to His Royal Majesty the Olofa of Offa on his 59th birthday anniversary today.

May Almighty Allah grant His Royal Majesty good health and long life on the stool of his forbears.

I join sons and daughters of Offa, and the entire state, to commend his resourcefulness, statesmanship, his personal investments in ensuring that his community continues to stand out for good things, his commitment to socio-cultural and economic growth of the ancient town, as well as his support for the government’s peace and developmental efforts in the state,” the Governor said in a statement.

The Governor urges the first class monarch to continue to lead the initiatives for development and peace in Offa, saying posterity

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AbdulRazaq Mourns Late Alhaji Kawu, FIRS Director

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The Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has once more urged security forces to use all available means to eradicate the terrorists and robbers terrorizing the nation’s citizens.

In a message of condolence sent to the Emir of Lafiagi, Alhaji Mohammed Kawu, the governor made the appeal in response to the murder of Alhaji Mohammed Kudu, a senior official of the Federal Internal Revenue Service, who was killed by bandits on Sunday during an attack between Lapai and Lambata on the Ilorin/Mokwa/Minna Road.

Kudu, until his death, was the Saduki Lafiagi in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, described the killing as unfortunate.

“With total submission to the will of God, I send my heartfelt condolences to the people of Lafiagi Emirate, the Emir of Lafiagi, Alhaji Mohammed Kawu, and the immediate family of Saduki Lafiagi on this sad development.

“It is one tragedy too many. We are again renewing our calls on the security agencies not to spare any efforts to take out the daredevils who continue to terrorise and waste innocent lives under whatever guise,” the governor said in a statement on Monday.

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AbdulRazaq Commiserates Chief Imam Of Ajase-Ipo

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has commiserated with the people of Ajase-Ipo in Irepodun Local Government Area over the death of Chief Imam Sheikh Muhammad Mustapha Suleiman, calling it the end of another great era of impressive scholarship.

The FidelinfoNews gathered that the Governor said the death of the Chief Imam, the spiritual leader of the Muslim community in Ajase-Ipo, was a depletion in the rank of community leaders whose leadership roles are key to societal cohesion, stability, peace and security.

“On behalf of the government and the people of Kwara State, I send our heartfelt condolences to the Muslim community, the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo Oba Ismail Yahya Alebiosu, and the immediate family of the Chief Imam. He left a legacy of being a great leader who played his role in the development of his community,” according to a statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Rafiu Ajakaye.

“We beseech Allah to forgive his shortcomings, grant him al-jannah Firdaus, and keep the ummah and his family on the path of righteousness.”

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