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We Are Proud To Assert AbdulRazaq’s Remarkable Transformation Of Education, Improved Teachers’ Welfare – NUT

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The Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, took part in the worldwide celebration of teachers on Wednesday. He referred to them as the centerpiece of his administration’s transformative agenda in the field of education and assured them of the government’s ongoing commitment to their welfare, which includes resolving all outstanding issues in stages.

Not less than 61 teachers, from all regions of the state and all educational levels, received awards for excellence at a state government celebration of World Teachers Day in Ilorin, the state capital.

The awards came with varying expensive gifts, which the Governor called a token of appreciation for those who mould the future of the next generation with their sweats, expertise, and patience.

In an address punctuated by applause and followed by a standing ovation in appreciation of the steady progress in the sector, the Governor said: “If there is anyone that we are obliged to honour and celebrate, that is the teacher. On that note, I thank all of you for your efforts, sacrifices, and commitments.

“The World Teachers’ Day is the idea of UNESCO in line with the 1966 Recommendations on the Status of Teachers across the world.

“The theme of this year’s anniversary speaks directly to us in Kwara State. Our huge investments in the education sector are closely tied to teachers and school heads. You are the key drivers of the transformation that we seek. As we commit billions of naira to improve the learning environment, we are similarly funding the multibillion naira KwaraLEARN programme which seeks to improve the capacity of our teachers and boost learning outcomes for our children.

“Between 2019 and now, we have ensured prompt payment of salaries — unlike before. The implementation of the minimum wage has raised the size of what we take home every month. We have similarly reduced the backlogs of promotion arrears. Training and retraining is more constant today. For those at the basic schools, we are already addressing the disparities in the salary as we recently pointed out. More will be done to address your genuine concerns.

“But we need to do a lot more. For this reason, our administration is willing to adopt the FG’s new age limit and service years for teachers once it is passed to us. Next year, we will launch an annual teachers’ award to boost the morale of classroom teachers and administrators. Similarly, we will collaborate with relevant Federal Government’s agencies to ease home ownership for interested teachers. Details of this are being worked out.

“Dear teachers, I appreciate your sacrifices. I acknowledge that our plan to give the right foundation to the Kwara child can only succeed with your full buy-in. I therefore appeal to you to continue to do your best for humanity and for our state. Posterity will be kind to you.”

The Governor again had a no-holds-barred interactive session with teachers, where the latter commended his strides in the sector and urged him to bridge the pay gaps between teachers of junior and secondary schools in the state.

Some of the personalities that attended the event included Kwara House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Salihu Danladi; Deputy Speaker Hon. Raphael Adetiba and other House members; cabinet members; Permanent Secretary, Ministry or Education and Human Capital Development Mrs Mary Adeosun; Chairman Teaching Service Commission Taoheed Bello; NLC Deputy President Alhaji Najeem Yasin; State NLC Chairman Comrade Issa Ore; State PTA Chairman and First Makama Ilorin Alhaji Ibrahim Oniye; and State NUT leaders and members, among others.

Adeosun appreciated the Governor for uniquely hosting the teachers in the State on this year’s celebration and for according their welfare a top priority at all times.

She said the awards for teachers is a reflection of the Governor’s regard for teaching profession and his conviction that teachers play an important role to build the society, asking them to reciprocate the government’s kind gesture with higher performance.

NUT Chairman Comrade Oyewo Bashiru Ayinde paid glowing tributes to the governor’s commitment to the education sector, workers’ welfare, and urged him to do more.

“Here in Kwara State, we are proud to assert that the administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has made some remarkable improvements in the transformation of the education sector and welfare/working conditions of our teachers, as compared to what existed prior to his coming to office as Governor,” according to Comrade Oyewo.

“Although it is not yet uhuru, we wish to use this occasion to further encourage the state government to work extra hard in meeting the pending/unresolved demands of teachers.”

Professor Billy Olajide, a university teacher who keynoted the event, commended the sacrifices of the teachers, urging them to come together, work very hard, and justify huge funds going into the education sector.

“Teachers should come together, teachers should work very hard and justify huge funds going into education sector so that the government can listen to us. We thank God we have a listening Governor. He has demonstrated it here today and hope you will justify it,” he said.
“Today, the teaching profession is more elegant and appealing but there’s a problem because teachers are not united.”

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Again, Saraki Thugs Vandalise Campaign Posters In Kwara

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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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Kwara 2023:Scores Join APC In Oke-Ero LG

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Hundreds of defectors across  opposition parties in Kwara State have joined the ruling All Progressives Congress in Oke-Ero Local Government Area of the state.

Fidel Info Reports That The massive defections happened today on an open field during the local government APC General Ward Meeting in Idofin Igbana community.

The decampees claimed that, what is happening in other political parties are nothing to hold by but Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s APC has done so much for them in the local government and in the state at large.

Speaking for the Hausa Community, Mallam Abila Danlami said himself and his people residing in Oke-Ero has never had it so good and has no choice than to join APC and support Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s reelection for their personal and general benefits.

Welcoming the decampees into the APC fold, the Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Oyeyemi Olasunbo Florence, said the defectors are from all the 10 wards of the local government having witnessed different developmental projects in their various localities.

The Commissioner who is a daughter of the soil also said several groups were represented such as, Fulani Community, Hausa Community including the plantation farmers from Ado-Ashe, all from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and other opposition parties in the state.

According to the Commissioner, the defectors realized, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has the excellence and has proven the worth, so the people see it as a must to join hands with him and ensure victory of the party from the Presidency down to the House of Assembly levels.

She said all wards in the local government are fully represented to throw weight behind the governor’s reelection bid and charge the environment while showing strong support.

She however thanked the governor for counting the local government worthy of the massive development it has experienced since the beginning of his administration.

Also, the Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. George Olabode Towoju hailed the governor for the recognition and support he is giving the indigenes and residents of the local government.

Hon. Towoju said there is hardly any ward in the local government that you won’t see at least one political office holder or the other. He revealed that, Oke-Ero is one of the few local governments in the state that produce two commissioners.

He said with the feat, “our people are totally committed to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s project  for him to win his reelection come 2023 for the continuity of the good governance Kwarans have always been yearning for.

Some of the achievements of the governor in the local government are as follows;

*Construction of four class rooms at Iloffa Grammar School with three offices.

*Construction of 3 blocks of classroom with two offices at St Pete Primary School, Iloffa.

*ICT Centre at St. John Primary School Iloffa.

*Construction of 3 classrooms at Jamat Primary School Iloffa.

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of Oko – Idofin Igbana Road to Odo-Ashe ongoing

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of blocks 10 classroom at St. Paul Primary School, Idofin-Igbana Ward l

*Reconstruction and rehabilitation of blocks of 4 classrooms at Idofin High School, Idofin Ward II

*Rehabilitation and refurbishment of Model Health Centres at Omi-Egun Road, Idofin Ward II.

*Construction of Oko – Idofin Igbana – Odo Ashe Road.

*Construction of Omi Ayin Bridge along Idofin Ayekale Road.

Building of two blocks of classroom at United Primary School, Ekan and rehabilitation of Obaji Comprehensive Secondary School, Ekan.

Building of six blocks of class room in Odo Ashe.

Construction of two new classrooms and renovation of another 4 classrooms with furniture at Muslim Primary School, Ayedun.

Construction of two blocks of classroom at Imode/Egosi Ward and many more projects yet to be captured.

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Kwara Govt Begins E-Payment Of Bursary To Students

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Sequel to the 100 percent Bursary increment of kwara State Students of Tertiary institutions accross the Country, the State Government has Commenced disbursement of Bursary through the Online platform that has been made available to the Students of Tertiary institutions.

Fidel Info reports that The Commissioner for Tertiary Education Dr Alabi Afees Abolore disclosed this development during an inauguration ceremony and launching of the 5th edition of ACME magazine by the National Association of the Nigerian Students (Joint Campus Council (JCC) Kwara State Axis held during the week at the College of Nursing Ilorin Auditorium.

Dr Alabi during his keynote address reeled some of the achievements of the Kwara State Government under the administration of Mallam AbduRahman Abdulrazaq and further encouraged students not to be allowed for cheap political gains by selfish individuals or group of people. The Honourable Commissioner advised them to take their academic pursuit as top priority and that they should shun all forms of social violence amongst others.

Dr Abolore added that the Administration of Mallam Abdulraman Abdulrasaq is committed towards Students welfare and would ensure that Kwara Students welfarism are taken very seriously

Dr Abolore urged the beneficiary (Students) to put the bursary payments to good use and expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kwara State AbdulRahman keeping to his campaign promises in all areas of sectors including Basic and Tertiary Education.

The Kwara State Students affirmed and endorsed the working Governor Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for second term having been convinced of the developmental and prosperity agenda of His Excellency Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq for great people of Kwara. They prayed that may Almighty God make it easy for him. Amen

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