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World Tourism Day: The AbdulRazaqs And Their Quest For Tourism Development In Kwara By Usman Lade




As the world celebrates World Tourism Day with the theme, ‘RETHINKING TOURISM’, this year’s commemoration is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the efforts of the leadership of the Kwara State Government in its dedication and commitment to repositioning the shape of tourism in the State toward meeting people’s quest for pleasure and economic prosperity.

Tourism can therefore be seen as a composite of activities, services, and industries that delivers travel experience to individuals and groups traveling 100 kilometers or more from their homes for purposes of pleasure.

According to the World Tourism Organisation, “Tourists are people who travel to and stay in places outside their usual environments for more than 24 hours and not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes not related to exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited.”

The Governor of Kwara State AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the First Lady Amb. Olufolake AbdulRazaq have both demonstrated their commitment and quest to the development of tourism in the State through their various interventions, investment, and promotion of the tourist attraction centres in the State.

Ambassador Olufolake AbdulRazaq in her attempt to promote tourism in the State recently visited some tourist centres. Some of the existing monument and tourism centres in the State visited by the First Lady include the marvelous Owu waterfalls in Ifelodun Local Government Area; Dada pottery and Aso-Ofi weaving Hub, Sobi Hills, and the University of Ilorin zoological garden.

However, there is no denying the fact that major investment is being made in the tourism industry throughout the State since the assumption of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in 2019 as Governor of the State. His commitment and continued investment in the tourism sector in both infrastructural and human capital development has been regarded as one of its kind since the creation of the State in 1967.

The significance of tourism development in protecting both natural and man-made contents cannot be over-estimated, especially in the preservation and protection of several historic, archaeological and cultural destinations from destruction due to its positive utilization in such areas.

Some of the tourism infrastructural developments embarked upon by this administration included the soon-to-be-completed Ilorin Visual Arts Centre, which when completed, will house a Dolby studio, and a gallery where the artworks of both famed and upcoming artists will be displayed and also serve as a collection bank of artistic works.

The administration is also building a Sugar Film Factory which will provide an avenue for aspiring filmmakers and creatives to have access to world-class sound stages for TV/film production at affordable rates, attracting big production companies to come and shoot in Kwara.

In a bid to also create a go-to leisure place in the state capital and to reduce the annual human pressure on the Kwara Mall (Shoprite) during every festive period in the State, the Governor recently approved the beautification of Flower Garden in Ilorin as part of his efforts to make the place a beautiful recreational centre for residents of the state.

The flower garden, which will be a replica of the popular Agodi Garden in Ibadan, Oyo state when completed, would promote the look of the garden, as a green area for relaxation and healthy social interaction for one and all.

With Kwara becoming the fastest growing state in the North Central geo-political zone with so much interest from international and other prominent national organizations making the state a new destination to host their conferences, summits, and workshops amongst others, the administration of AbdulRazaq is building a two in one gold-standard facility that will make Kwara a go-to place for tourism, resort, and conference in Nigeria.

The state-of-the-art-centre will also in turn create thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and attract better attention to the state when completed.

Other digital and tourism infrastructures initiated by this administration are Ilorin Innovation Hub, Digital Literacy Centres, and the reconstruction of Esie Museum road, Irepodun Local Government Area of the State.

Recall that the Governor during the last Ilorin Durbar said his administration is taking steps to institutionalise such cultural events and treat them as tourist attraction for the state. Some of these events include Ijakadi Festival, Offa; Awon Mass Wedding, Shao; Gani Festival, Borgu Kingdom, and Regatta Fishing Festival, Patigi.

In his commitment to making this a reality, the Governor said: “From next year, preparations for it would be captured in the budget, and organizers and the affected ministry will have to go through the traditional budget defense at the House of Assembly.”

The quest of the AbdulRazaqs towards tourism development in the State is beyond dependence on the monthly Federal Allocation to boost the revenue generation for the state, hence, identifying tourism as one of the key sectors to explore for economic gain and prosperity.

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List of Governors That Handed Over Without Owing Salaries



Some governors are leaving office without owing workers’ salaries in their 8 years of service to the people of their state.

These governors are handing over to their successors after serving their states for 8 years terms, though there are some governors who were owing workers’ salaries as they leave and left the burden for the incoming administration.

As these governors leave office on Monday, May 29, some of them not owing salaries have been listed below, the list does not mean the outgoing governors are or are not owing pensions or arrears in their state.

1. Nasir El-Rufai

One of the governors handing over on May 29 without owing workers’ salaries is Nasir El-Rufai, the outgoing governor of Kaduna state.

El-Rufai was considered one of the performing governors throughout his 8 years of administration in the state.

2. Abdullahi Ganduje

The immediate past governor of Kano state is one of the governors that left behind the legacy of not owing workers’ salaries.

Unfortunately, the governor could not install his anointed candidate during the March 18 governorship election due to protest votes against his administration in the state.

3. Okezie Ikpeazu

The Abia state governor that just left office was one of the governors who left office and the workers in the state were happy because he was not owing the workers.

A few days to leave office, Ikpeazu ordered the immediate payment of all the civil servants in the state and cleared himself the debt.

4. Udom Emmanuel

Emmanuel, who just handed over the affairs of the Akwa Ibom state, has handed over a state free of the state from owing salary.

The governor was the campaign chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign council.

The governor of Kebbi state did not owe workers’ salaries for his 8 years of administering the northwest state.

Bagudu, who was the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, was very instrumental in the campaign and victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 presidential election

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“I have been acting for decades yet I jump on buses everyday” – Iya Gbonkan laments



Veteran Nollywood actress, Iya Gbonkan laments over not owning a car despite acting for decades as she seeks help from fans.

The 64-year-old made the cry for help in a video which has surfaced on social media.

Iya Gbonkan laments over not owning a car. Photo Credit: Iya Gbonkan. Source: Google.

According to her, she’s been in the movie making business for decades and yet, she still jumps on buses at her age and do not own a car of her own.

She said that people should celebrate her now she’s still among the living, not killing a cow when she has passed on.

Iya Gbonkan said:

“I have been acting for decades yet I don’t have a car. I jump on buses every day. If I die now, you will kill a cow. Celebrate me now that I am alive. I need a car from my fans”

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Tribunal: Reaffirm your independence, Obi tells judiciary



The Labour Party presidential candidate during the last presidential election, Peter Obi, has urged the Nigerian judiciary to utilise the election cases before it to reaffirm its integrity.

Obi, a former Anambra State governor, also urged Nigerians to face the current reality and seek ways to change the bad narratives through legal and acceptable means.

The former governor made the call on Monday morning, hours to the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

The PUNCH reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Tinubu the winner of the February 25, 2023, presidential poll. The former Lagos State governor defeated Obi and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party to win the election.

Dissatisfied with the outcome of the poll, Obi and Atiku approached the court to reclaim their “mandate”. The duo claimed the election was marred with irregularities and that they both won the poll.

But in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle on Monday, Obi explained that it had become imperative for Nigerians and his supporters to review “our missed opportunities and disappointments”.

He also said it was important for the Nigerian judiciary to prove its independence to Nigerians.

“For all Nigerians, this is a time for deep reflection. It is also a time to re-examine our assumptions, even as we reaffirm our hopes. Let us calmly review our aspirations, in order to recalibrate our expectations and pin down the causes of our missed opportunities and disappointments.

“We stand at that critical moment in time when, as a people, we must collectively come to grips with the reality of our injured destiny as well as the reasons for that injury. It is for us to reassess our plight as a young democracy and identify clear pathways to a better and greater future for us all.

“As we await the verdict of the election tribunal, I urge all Nigerians to use this opportunity to renew their commitment to the Nigerian ideal. That ideal remains noble and worth every sacrifice we can make.

“Nigeria remains our only patrimony and it is a patrimony we must protect, rather than violate. We have no other nation but this, so let us remain committed to rescuing and rebuilding it.

“The judiciary is part of the democratic enterprise and a critical governance tool for determining the propriety of the decisions and actions of every citizen and every institution of state. To that extent, and for that reason,

“I urge everyone to treat it with the respect and dignity it deserves. We expect that the Nigerian judiciary will use the election cases now before it to reaffirm its independence and integrity. It has to do so, for all our sakes and for itself.

“Nigerians must, therefore, remain peaceful and law-abiding. No matter the depth of anyone’s reservations about what is going on in the polity today, no matter the real and imagined provocations, and no matter the disagreement out there, we should remember that this will not last forever.

“I remain committed, and untiring, in my determination to work with like-minded fellow Nigerians to end the curse of missed opportunities and squandered hope that has become our lot here.

“I will never shrink from that original commitment, because I firmly believe that we must change from the present politics of criminality, and corruption, in order to make a new Nigeria possible.

“I call on fellow Nigerians, especially the youths to remain steadfast, calm, patient, and peaceful. Our journey may be long and difficult but it is worth it in every way. Victory is assured. We have to work together to move our beautiful country from corruption and criminality to a centre of productivity rather than aimless consumption.”

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