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Dr. Alimi AbdulRazaq Advocates For Public-Private Partnerships On School Infrastructure Development

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Mutawali of Ilorin and renowned legal star, Dr. Alimi AbdulRazaq on Tuesday called on corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals in the country to join hands with the governments in the building of school infrastructure and other essential facilities that would improve the learning environment for the academic success of the students.

Fidel Info reports that he  also encouraged all students to imbibe the reading culture and study hard toward achieving greatness in life.

Dr. AbdulRazaq spoke in Ilorin as the Guest Reader at an event tagged: “Read With Me”, where he led some participating secondary school students in reading a few chapters of “The Path of Fate”, a book written by Funmilayo Braithwaite.

The book reading session was organized by Plat Technologies Limited in partnership with Iqra Books — their Corporate Social Responsibility project to promote reading habits among school students in the state.

“Plat technologies have done a great job by coming up with this reading session and building very impressive toilet facilities for the students as part of their CSR project. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to other businessmen and women in Kwara to please join hands with the government in its ongoing efforts to develop school infrastructure and make the learning environment conducive,” he said.

Dr. AbdulRazaq, who is an elder brother of Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, hailed the brilliance of the students that partook in the post-reading questions and answers, acknowledging that their gesture was a product of the right investments by the government in the education sector and commitment of their parents.

His reading alongside the students and sharing his wealth of experience excited the participants who were all eager to provide answers to some of the questions the elder statesman raised at the event.

He thanked the firm for honoring him to play that role, and for naming the public toilet it built for the Government Girls’ Day Secondary Schools after his nonagenarian mother, Alhaja Raliat AbdulRazaq.

“It is a privilege and indeed a great honor to be invited here to take part in this reading session for the young school students that sought to inspire the students and inculcate in them the practice of reading,” Dr. Alimi said.

“Reading is very key to assimilating study and acquiring knowledge. I pray for their success now and in the future. They have answered the most insightful questions (which I asked) and I am most impressed by that and the work being done here. I congratulate the principals of the participating schools and the Ministry of Education for the excellent work they are doing to reposition the education sector in the State.

“It is a sign that we are witnessing the most transformative education policies and implementation in Kwara at the moment, and I am confident that these children will become our pride in the future.”

In attendance were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Mrs. Mery Kemi Adeosun; representative of the Chairman for SUBEB and Permanent Member (1) Alhaji Ibrahim Mashood;

National Coordinator of Raliat Islamic Foundation Dr. Muhammad Ghali Alaaya; Principal of Government Girls’ Day Secondary Schools (Junior class) Hajia Issa Memunat Moyosore; representative of Pakata Development Association, Alhaji Yusuf Arowosaye; and Chairman PTA for GGDSS Pakata Alhaji Owonwami; among other dignitaries.

Participating in the reading session were the students of Government High School Adeta; Kwara State College of Education Model Secondary School; Government Girls’ Day Secondary School Pakata; and Barakat Community Secondary School Ilorin.

Earlier in his address, the CEO of Plat Technologies Limited, Engr. Taofik AbdulKareem Babaita, said for the reading culture to be sustained, the younger ones must be made to appreciate and internalize the value of reading as a lifetime adventure, a reason he said they organized the program.

“Our resolve is to, in our small way, contribute and ensure that the investment of the stakeholders in the education of the younger ones is not in vain. We have been doing this in series since 2012,” Engr Abdulkareem said.

He thanked Dr. AbdulRazaq for accepting to be a guest reader and for his physical presence at the event, as well as other officials of the government that made the day a reality.

The highlight of the occasion was the official commissioning of the block of toilets built in honor of the Raliat Islamic Foundation, as well as the presentation of prizes to the best-performing students, which was at the instance of Dr. Alimi AbdulRazaq.

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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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Niger Delta Ministry To Hand Over Skills Center To Imo

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The plan by the Ministry to turn over the Skill Acquisition Center at Abaezi-Egbema, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area, Imo state to the Imo State Government before the end of February 2023 has been made public by Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs Sharon Ikeazor.

Fidel Info reports that While visiting the Ministry’s intervention projects in the states of Imo and Abia, Ikeazor informed newsmen in Owerri of this.

She emphasized that the creation of the skills acquisition center in the area was done in order to provide specialized training in commerce for the economic advancement of the Niger Delta region’s residents.

The facility was created to offer specialized training in commerce, and according to the minister, “We are satisfied with the volume and quality of work at the facility. The facility would be commissioned and given to the Imo State Government before the end of February 2023.

“Also, the Polytechnic Nekede has written to the Ministry requesting the use of the facility as one of its campuses so we are waiting for approval from the Presidency on that but at the same time engaging the Imo State Government to see how we can put this to good use immediately.”

Also, among the projects inspected and others commissioned include the Skill Acquisition Center at Abaezi-Egbema, Ohaji/Egbema L.G.A, Civil Center at Nwaorieubi, Mbaitolu L.G.A, the Commissioning of the Rehabilitated Okuala Igurunta Road in Imo State.

“Skill Acquisition Center at Owazza, Ukwa East, Construction of Ntigha Umuopara Amuzu Akanu Ohanze Isiala Road, Umuelem -Leru -Ngada -Lokpanta Road in Umunneochi L.G.A, Erosion Site at Umuelem Umunneochi L.G.A in Abia State, which are at various levels of completion or awaiting commissioning and handing over to the communities.”

She noted the facility is handled by Messrs Thick Engineering Nig. Ltd (Lot 1), Messrs Segos Energy Services Ltd (Lot 2), Messrs Topaz Flaire Nig.. Ltd. (Lot 3) contains an Administrative block, Commerce block, ICT block, Conference hall, Warehouse, Male and Female hostels, Detached and Semi-detached duplexes with Boys quarters, Indoor sports hall among others and commended the contractors for keeping the facility safe from being vandalised after 12 years of its completion while the Skill Acquisition Center at Owazza Ukwa East is at 58 per cent completion.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Rehabilitated Okuala, Iguruta Road (Phase 1), she said: “In line with the mandate of the Ministry to promote sustainable development, peace and economic prosperity of the Niger Delta region through the development of infrastructure such as good road network, the Federal Executive Council approved the award of the 17.5km roads project (Phase 1) the road was awarded in phases due to its peculiarities while the other section of the road is being constructed by another tier of government.

She, however, commended the project contractor, Messrs Triacta/Hartland Nig. Ltd for completing the project even with the prevailing challenges.

The minister among other things said the projects were achieved because of the collaboration with the State Governments in the Niger Delta region, Critical Stakeholders, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and State Representatives ( both state and federal)

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Labour, Civil Servants Hail Kwara Gov

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday restated his commitment to the welfare of the workers in the state, with labour and civil servants commending him for his steady pro-workers’ policies, including prompt payment of salaries and promotion.

Fidel Info reports that AbdulRazaq also dismissed the rumour that he plans to disengage civil servants if re-elected, saying: “one of the ways to maintain social stability in the society is to ensure that as many people as possible are productively engaged and are able to put food on the table of their families. For us, sacking workers is not an option. Our belief is that the civil servants are the major lubricants of this economy. Whatever you pay them helps to keep the fabric of the society together. Worse still, you really don’t save anything by sacking workers. Instead, it creates more problems. It is not an option for us.”

The Governor spoke at the banquet hall in Ilorin, the state capital, during an interactive session commemorating the 2022 Civil Service Week.

He reiterated that civil servants are the life wire of public service, recalling how his administration had restored running costs to the civil service after many years, effected promotion with cash-backing, purchased dozens of operational vehicles, and implemented and sustained the payment of the minimum wage in a manner that labour and civil service leaders say is a reference point in Nigeria.

The programme was organised by the office of the State Head of Service headed by Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole, and attended by the Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; cabinet members; Kwara NLC chief Comrade Issa Ore; TUC chairman Comrade Tunde Joseph;  Chairman Joint Negotiating Council Comrade Saliu Suleiman; among others.

“Since our assumption of office, we have prioritised payment of salaries, pension and gratuity because we know how important they are. When that is not done, it creates a lot of distractions. But we want you to remain focused on what you do. For us, we can say it is most paramount for us to pay your wages and prioritise your training and welfare,” he said.

The event afforded the Governor another opportunity to take questions and observations from the civil servants — after which he responded in great details.

“There is a rumour about sacking civil servants after elections and all that, it is quite laughable. The first question you will ask is how much do we save by sacking workers? You don’t save anything because even if you sack a worker you have to compensate him or her one way or the other. You have to pay the pension and gratuity, so at the end of the day you are not saving anything. Besides, how much are we even paying them that we want to sack them?,” the Governor queried.

He commended the workers for their continued support for the government.

Mrs Oluwole, for her part, said the interactive session formed a part of her office’s mandate to set aside a period for workers to rub minds on issues affecting their interests.

She commended the government for its emphasis on workers’ welfare, including the regular payment of their wages, promotion, as well as the pensions and gratuities for the retirees.

Oluwole tasked the workforce to reciprocate the kind gesture of the government by doubling their efforts towards assisting the administration to further succeed in policy implementation.

Ore commended Governor AbdulRazaq for his commitment to workers’ welfare, saying Kwara is among the few states with great and consistent implementation of the minimum wage — a sentiment repeated by other labour leaders.

Some of the workers, who spoke at the interactive session, took turns to eulogise the AbdulRazaq government for treating them well in various manners since inception of office.

Falade John Olumuyiwa, a director at the State Fire Service, appreciated the Governor for his timely renovation and equipping of the State Fire Service.

Comrade Sanni Oloyin said the civil servants are happier seeing the Governor interfacing with them and requested that the interaction be done quarterly.

Mustapha Mary, a deputy director from the ministry of environment, requested upward review of the fund released for monthly payment of gratuity, although she acknowledged that it has never been so good.

Bashir Lawal (KWARMA) called for the construction of more bus stops on the highways, and commended the government for the approval of promotion of their colleagues, which he said had hitherto been pending.

Demola Olanrewaju of the Ministry of Communication, who commended the administration for its unprecedented strides and commitment to staff welfare, appealed for more equipment for the Ministry.

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