President Muhamadu Buhari is presiding over the National Security Council (NSC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja
In attendance at the meeting are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha; the National Security Adviser (NSA) Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd); and the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
Also in attendance are the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema; his Police Affairs counterpart, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi and Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd).
Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao; and the Chief of Defense Intelligence, Major General Samuel Adebayo, are also attending the meeting.
Also in attendance are the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman; the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
Don’t Get Carried Away By Opposition’s Rhetorics-Gov AbdulRazaq
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend urged the people of the State not to be deceived by the antics of the opposition parties to take over power from his progressive administration at all cost.
Fidel Info reports that He said the achievements recorded by the APC-led government in the state are visible and verifiable, dismissing the PDP and other opposition parties for deploying falsehoods to achieve their mission.
The Governor was speaking in Babanloma (Ifelodun LG) on Sunday at the inauguration of Campaign Council and 5th Constituency Empowerment of APC House of Assembly Member and candidate for Share/Oke-Ode Constituency, Hon. Owolabi Olatunde Razaq.
“This is about evidence of good governance and physical projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people. It is not about lies and propaganda which the oppositions are known for. Don’t let them deceive you,” the Governor said.
“The PDP government that could not pay salaries, I wonder what they are coming back to do. For instance, when talking about the track records of the performance of Hon Owolabi they are visible to all. There is impact. That is what the APC party stands for.”
AbdulRazaq commended Hon. Owolabi for evenly distributing dividends of democracy to his constituents through various empowerment programmes, adding that the lawmaker is one of the best lawmakers who prioritise the welfare of the people of his constituency.
“What Hon. Owolabi has achieved in the last three and a half years is so unique that we regard him as Mr. Empowerment. It is so far, so good. I urge you all to support him and other APC candidates, including our Presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the polls,” he added.
He described Hon. Owolabi as an achiever, given his impactful projects and programmes that cut across the Share/Oke Ode constituency which the lawmaker represents, and vowed to work for the success of his political ambition.
He urged the newly inaugurated Campaign Council to move from door to door to canvass for votes for Hon. Owolabi to enable him complete his good works.
The ceremony was attended by some cabinet members and other government officials; House of Assembly Service Commission Chairman Hon. Femi Yusuf; APC leaders and stalwarts; House of Assembly candidates for Ilorin East and South Constituencies under APC, Hon. Fatima Arinola Lawal and Hon. Mariam Yusuf Aladi; Prince Adeniran Johnson; women groups led by Hon. Nike Jibola; youths and beneficiaries of the empowerment programme, among others.
Hon Owolabi, for his part, said his empowerment programmes were in fulfillment of his campaign promises to the people of the constituency.
He urged the people of the constituency to vote en masse for all the candidates of APC, adding that APC remains the party to beat.
He said he was able to record great success in his legislative responsibility because of the existing good working relationship between the Executive and Legislative Arms of government in the State.
He commended the leadership qualities of Governor AbdulRazaq and Speaker of the House, Engr Yakubu Salihu Danladi.
Ba’asofin of Babanloma, Chief Olarewaju Falola, thanked AbdulRazaq for the construction of a 7km road project within the town, and for appointing Deborah Lawal, one of their daughters, as Special Assistant on SDGs for Ifelodun LGA.
Chief Falola said Babanloma community is one of the communities that benefited from this administration in many ways and will actively partake in the electoral process to give AbdulRazaq another mandate.
APC elders such as Elder Nicholar Agboola, Engr Buraimoh Job, and Mr Benjamin Ayansola, in their separate remarks, said the critics of the AbdulRazaq administration are those who believe in the sharing of Kwarans’ common patrimony at the expense of the masses.
They appreciated the excellent performance of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq through his people-oriented policies and programmes, saying that gave birth to developmental projects across the nooks and crannies of the state.
Highlight of the occasion was the inauguration of a 67-member Campaign and Mobilisation Council for the re-election of Hon. Owolabi Olatunde Razaaq, as performed by Lawyer Danmegoro Ismail Ibrahim.
Gov AbdulRazaq Rewards Best Kwara civil Servants With New Car, Other Prizes
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend presented a car key to the star winner of the State’s Civil Service Award programme, Dr. Kazeem Lakadir, in appreciation of his outstanding performance and character in the service.
Fidel Info reports that the Governor, while congratulating the star winner and other awardees, promised to sustain his administration’s motivational programmes for the workforce in the state.
“We have come to the end of the civil service week, which is a well organized event. It is nice to see smiles on your faces,” the Governor said in Ilorin at the Kwara State Civil Service Dinner and Award Night on Friday.
Dr. Lakadir, a staff of the Ministry of Health, won the star prize following a painstaking screening and recommendation of the Award Presentation Committee.
“Let me congratulate the awardees of this event. It is truly well deserved. It was only yesterday I was mentioning what the Ministry of Health did during the Covid19 pandemic and their outstanding performances. This award has come to show that I was not misplacing my praise for them,” he said.
AbdulRazaq commended the State Head of Service Mrs Suzan Modupe Oluwole for the initiative, which, according to him, was designed to make the workers happy.
“I congratulate the Head of Service for putting this event together. It is a good thing to make sure that the workforce is happy, to rally them together and make sure the right things are done for the State,” he said.
“On our part as a State we will make sure we always do the most responsible and sustainable things for you to make sure you have a conducive environment to work, and make sure your salaries are paid as and when due.
“We will do the needful to make you happy. Once you are happy you will deliver the service to the State.”
Other prizes doled out to the runners up and other categories of awardees included Plasma TV, Refrigerators, Power Generating set, and Fans.
“By the special grace of God this event will be bigger next year. As you know our government takes your welfare very seriously and we will always do that,” he added.
The event was also attended by the Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; cabinet members and other government officials; serving and retired permanent secretaries; labour leaders; and other top civil servants in the state.
Mrs. Oluwole, for her part, thanked AbdulRazaq for prioritising workers’ welfare and for approving funds for the colourful event.
Civil servants who spoke at the event took turns to appreciate the Governor for being labour friendly.
Again, Saraki Thugs Vandalise Campaign Posters In Kwara
Thugs loyal to the Kwara State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have vandalised campaign posters belonging to candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ode Alausa, Ilorin, the state capital.
Fidel Info reports that the thugs who went on rampage were said to be sponsored by two PDP chieftains Dr Giwa Lukman and one other simply identified as Alhaji Uthman.
Both of them are loyalists of former Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki who is the leader of the party in Kwara.
The thugs razed down all the APC billboards and pounced on passersby and innocent residents, leaving many people with varying degrees of injuries.
Our sources told us that many of the victims are hospitalised after suffering damages to their bodies.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time hooligans loyal to the opposition PDP in the state would be destroying billboards belonging to the APC.
They also orchestrated the destruction of APC billboards in Ubandawaki in Ilorin few months ago.
People have attributed these developments to acceptance of defeat by the opposition who are overwhelmed by the popularity of APC in the state.
They condemned PDP for resorting to violence which they said is a characteristic of their era, urging security agencies to step up their game in containing these notorious elements that want to destabilise the peace and harmony of the state.
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