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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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BREAKING: CBN Extends Deadline For Old Naira Exchange

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has extended deadline for the swapping of old naira notes till February 10, 2023.

The CBN stated this in a release on Sunday.

The apex bank said it added a 10-day extension of the deadline from January 31, 2023, to February 10, 2023, to allow for the collection of more old notes…”

This is according to the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele.

More Details Later.

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Yebumot Al-Hikmah Road Temporarily Shut As Construction Begins

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Kwara State Ministry of Works and Transport will temporarily closed the Yebumot Al-Hikmah Road from today,  Wednesday 11th January, 2023.

Fidel Info reports that the closure is effective from 11:00am to allow for the commencement of the asphalt laying of the road.

The Ministry urges road users to make use of other routes for their journeys pending the completion of the asphalt laying.

The Ministry sincerely regrets the inconveniences this may bring to the residents and users of the road.

“Our goal is to improve the city and make your travel experience better”

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Yoruba Nation Rally: Normalcy Restored At Ojota After Unrest

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Following reported unrest Monday morning involving alleged Yoruba Nation agitators, normalcy has apparently been restored in the Lagos State neighborhood of Ojota.

Fidel Info reports that Videos that have been making the rounds on social media purport to show that a person who cannot be named died amid the unrest when protesters and police allegedly battled where the protesters gathered for a large gathering.

The scene of the unrest is now reported to be calm and serene, due to the intervention of security operatives.

Additionally, armed police officers and cars were seen near the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota.

Jubril Gawat, a staff member for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, posted a status update on the incident, saying that things were back to normal at Ojota.

He wrote, “UPDATE: Ojota is calm. OP-MESA and other Police Divisions are fully on ground. People are going about their normal duties, all clear.”

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