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Kwara Govt Holds Retreat For MDAs To Improve Service Delivery



A retreat was hosted by the Kwara State Government on Saturday for Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to evaluate their successes, programs, policies, and areas of impacts on the populace.

The Office of the Secretary to the State Government is in charge of the appraisals, which span the years 2019 to 2022.

Commissioners, special advisers, permanent secretaries, MDA heads, and other government representatives spoke about the operations of their respective departments.

The event was attended by Senators Sadiq Umar (North) and Lola Ashiru (South); House of Representatives member Abdulraheem Tunji Olawuyi; House of Assembly members; APC chieftains led by State Chairman Sunday Fagbemi; and several APC candidates for the 2023 election.

Speaking at the event, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said the retreat was a platform to educate one another on the programmes, policies, and projects each government office has executed, the impacts they have made, and in what other areas they feel more values can be created for the people.

“The purpose of us being here today basically is not necessarily to showcase what we have achieved but to further understand what we are doing. From time to time when we speak for the government, especially on programmes and achievements, there should be clear understanding about what the activities of some Ministries are,” he said.

AbdulRazaq said it is imperative to have such forum to dissect the developments across the MDAs and other areas of challenge in service delivery to the people.

“It is important we know, for instance, what the Ministry of Education has done, what it is doing, and what its challenges are and how we can tackle them,” the Governor said.

“At some points, questions may be asked either on radios, at debates or in town hall meetings, about what you are doing in your Ministries, we need to educate ourselves now for you to be able to provide (questioners) the right information.”

Various heads of the government establishments took turns to speak to the government’s activities and achievements in their respective offices.

In an address welcoming participants to the retreat, Secretary to the State Government Prof. Mamman Saba Jibril said the gathering sought to evaluate the performance of the administration as well as educate the people.

He said the government has implemented many good policies, programmes and laudable projects, which align the campaign promises of the Governor.

“Precisely, three and a half years of His Excellency’s administration in Kwara State, we can all attest to the fact that the State is progressing and the light of development is shining again. I am particularly happy to report that the administration has fulfilled several campaign promises to the good people of Kwara State,” he said.

Head of Service, Mrs. Susan Modupe Oluwole, said the administration has achieved a lot to improve the welfare and working condition of the State workforce, tagging the Governor as ‘labour-friendly’.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare, Alhaji Salami Tunde, Mrs. Oluwole highlighted the administration’s scorecards that included renovation of the State Fire Service, State Library Complex, Sobi Specialist Hospital staff quarters, completion of the new Secretariat for the State employees, purchase of 9 Toyota Hilux Van, 5 Hummer Buses, and 2 Coaster Buses to ease mobility of staff and officials of government.

She said that the government has also trained 797 workers across MDAs, granted 946 officers Study Leave with Pay, with at least 18 officers granted different financial assistance to pursue legitimate endeavours that are consistent with the civil service rules.

She lauded AbdulRazaq for making Kwara one of the few states that have truly implemented the N30,000 new minimum wage, and for ensuring a harmonious relations with the organised labour and trade unions in the State.

Commissioner for Communications Bode Towoju said the present government has restored the standards of the State owned media, and established the Kakaki FM and Notia FM stations in Ilorin and Baruten (both still undergoing test-running), noting that such steps enhance public access to information about government’s activities in the state.

Commissioner for Health Dr. Raji Rasaq said the massive renovation and equipping of healthcare centres with modern facilities has boosted access to quality healthcare services and increased the rate of patronage.

He said the administration has built two well-equipped intensive care units — from zero ICU facility it met in 2019 — along with purchase of new state-of-the-art ambulances, employment of over 500 health workers, and improvement of workers’ welfare package.

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Imo State Labour Party Gubernatorial Aspirant Found Dead



Chief Humphrey Anumudu, a Labour Party aspirant in the upcoming Governorship primaries in Imo State, has been found dead in his house.

Fidel Info reports that The aspirant died in his house in Lagos after he had returned from an LP meeting at the party national headquarters in Abuja on Friday.

A native of Mbieri Ancient Kingdom in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, Anumudu was reportedly found dead in his house in what family sources described as a “spiritual attack.”

As a multi-billionaire businessman cum politician, he has been contesting for the governorship seat of the state since 1998.

He was said to be the true winner of the Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in the state in 1998 before the ticket was ceded to Achike Udenwa who went on to rule the state between 1999 and 2007.

Since then he had been contesting for the number one seat of the state. In 2019 he was the Zenith Labour party governorship candidate.

A close friend of the deceased said that he died around 5:30 pm on Friday.

The late politician had already paid the sum of 25 million Naira for Labour Party’s Governorship form for the November 11th 2023 Guber contest.

Chief Anumudu, a respected legal luminary and an astute politician was also the Chief Executive Officer of Globe Motors.

He contested for the Governorship election in the past under the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

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INEC Vows To Prosecute Perpetrators Of Violence In 2023 Elections



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to prosecute perpetrators of electoral violence in the just-concluded 2023 general elections.

Fidel Info reports that The Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Oyekanmi said the prosecution of electoral offenders and their sponsors will curb the prevalence of violence in the nation’s elections.

He also called for the need for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal to prosecute such offenders and their sponsors.

The INEC boss spokesman noted that if the new commission was established, electoral offenders and their sponsors would reconsider their actions.

Oyekanmi, however, said the Commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched.

He said, “Electoral violence should not be tolerated. That is why the commission has been calling for the establishment of the Electoral Offences Commission and Tribunal, specifically to try cases related to infractions associated with elections.

“In fact, stakeholders have also been calling for this tribunal for many years, especially after the 2011 general elections. I believe strongly that if perpetrators of electoral violence and their sponsors know that they will give account for their misdeeds, they will think twice.”

“The commission has succeeded in prosecuting a few electoral offenders, but their sponsors have been largely untouched. We need to change this.”

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JUST IN: CBN Orders Banks To Circulate Cash This Weekend



As part of a coordinated effort to facilitate the circulation of banknotes of various denominations, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has confirmed the evacuation of banknotes from its vaults to commercial banks throughout the nation.

Fidel Info reports that Also, the CBN has ordered all commercial banks to be open on Saturdays and Sundays. (more…)

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