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States Need More Funding To Curb Rapid Migration- Tambuwal

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Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has said states will need more funding to address the brain drain in the health sector as well as curb the rapid migration of medical personnel.

Fidel Info reports that Tambuwal spoke yesterday during an interactive panel session with the theme: “Universal Coverage and the Basic Healthcare Funds,” organised by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, NESG, in Abuja.

He said the allocation of one percent from Consolidated Revenue Funds, may not be enough for states, adding that an increase to about two or three percent would go a long way in addressing many issues like underfunding.

According to him, “The challenge we face as states, is first funding and secondly human resource. We’ve been witnessing recently, a very drastic movement or drain of our brains out of this country to where they can attain greener pastures. We have to work hard to improve the welfare and packages of our medical personnel to address the brain drain.”

“But funding has remained a constraint and the basic health care provision fund that has come to the rescue of the PSCs is doing well. But most governors believe that if you can make it a performance-based kind of support it will be better. If we make it performance based, it will go a long way in ensuring the program succeeds.”

He  further stated that“Since the Basic Health Care Producing Fund Act says at least one percent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund should be allocated annually, we can rely on that provision that says at least one, and maybe increase it to two, three percent? That is of course the solution to the constraint of funding.”

“We are going to present it at the next National Economic Council meeting to be presided over by the Vice President, where the Minister of Finance will be in attendance and all the state governors are expected to be in attendance. The consensus of both the Governors and NEC, I believe will come into force,” he added.

On insecurity, he said it was a collective effort and that the Federal government along with the states were doing their best to stem the tide.

In the same vein, Secretary of the Oversight Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health for BHCPF, Dr Chris Isokpunwu, said an “accountability framework” would help in showing transparency when funds have been disbursed to states, adding that the process of developing a framework, has begun already.

He said, “Accountability is our major focus and we have even mobilised resources for that. One step that we are taking for accountability, is that the fund is audited as at when due, secondly every disbursement we make to states are published in the national newspapers and in our social media platforms, so that the people will know that the monies have been disbursed to the states.”

“We are also working with civil society organisations to ensure that they follow and independently verify implementation at the state level. Right now because of lack of awareness, funds are also being mobilised to create awareness, let the people know that the basic health care provision fund is actually functional in the health care centre that is closest to them.”

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Kwara’s AbdulRazaq Clinches Vanguard Newspapers’ Governor Of The Year 2022

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday night received the Vanguard Newspapers’ Governor of the Year 2022 Award.

Fidel Info reports that the award was presented in Lagos at Eko Hotel and Suites Victoria Island.

Commended for his institutional reforms in education and healthcare reforms, safety net programmes, infrastructural development, as well as his “purposeful leadership” that has seen people of the state benefit from dividends of democracy, the Governor won the honour alongside his colleague-Governors from Oyo, Delta, Borno, and Akwa Ibom States.

The award was presented to the Governor by former Governors Olusegun Osoba (Ogun) and Obong Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom).

The award also had other categories, which honored great Nigerians from across all walks of life.

Businessman Aliko Dangote won the Vanguard’s Personality of the Year Award.

On the Governor’s entourage were prominent Kwarans and leading members of the ruling APC, including Senators Lola Ashiru and Suleiman Sadiq Umar; House of Representatives members Raheem Olawuyi and Tijani Ismail; senatorial candidate for Kwara Central Turaki Salihu Mustapha; Mohammed Dele Belgore SAN; LUBCON Chairman Alhaji Jani Ibrahim; and Chief Femi Sani.

Equally on his entourage are APC House of Representatives candidates Ahmed Yinka Aluko, Mukhtar Shagaya, Ahmed Saba; and Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin, Otunba Ademola Adeoyin, among others.

The Governor has received several awards and recognitions for his outstanding performance since taking over in 2019.

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Gov AbdulRazaq Pledges Support For Kwara Young Talent Who Built Drone

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Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Tuesday met with a Kwara young talent, Aliyu Musa, who built an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also known as drone.


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reports that the meeting held at the Government House, Ilorin, in the presence of the Governor’s Special Assistant on Creative Industries, Abdulgafar Ahmed (Cute Abiola).

Musa, a secondary school graduate, used his skillset and resources at his disposal to build drones.

He had earlier met with the governor’s aide at Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin, where he flew two drones he built by himself to the amazement and cheering of observers.

In the meeting with the Governor, Musa was commended for his efforts and putting his talent to good use.

“What you have done is very commendable. Our administration recognises young people like you who make good use of their skills. That is why we continue to invest heavily in supporting youths in the state.

“Most of our projects and policies are targeted at the youths. We want to add value to their lives so that they can contribute to state and national development. We are building the Innovation Hub, Visual Arts Centre, Sugar Film Studio. All these are investments for the young people. We will continue to provide the enabling environment and right incentives for our youths to thrive in technology, entrepreneurship, education, and others,” the Governor said.

AbdulRazaq also committed to funding Musa’s education in order to hone his skills.

He would also be supported to secure the licence that will aid his talent.

The Governor had in the past similarly supported some young Kwarans who built and designed a plane.

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Again, LG Workers, SUBEB To Receive 1 Billion Salary Arrears From #2.5Billion Sure-P Refund

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The Kwara State Government is again set to  offset another part of the outstanding debt inherited from the past administration from another  refund of Sure-P on behalf of the 16 Local Government Councils in the State.

Fidel Info reports thatThe Honourable Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Hon Lafia Aliyu Kora-Sabi disclosed that on the receipt of the refund, meeting was held with relevant Stakeholders  for appropriation and as well disbursements.

The Honourable Commissioner further disclosed that the Sum of One Billion was set aside for the payment  of outstanding arrears as done during the last tranche,Ex-Council Political Office holders (1999-2016) as well as pension and gratuity were considered.

Also some amount was set aside for Projects execution for all the 16 Local Government Councils.

It would be recalled that a similar meeting was also held among the Stakeholders when the first tranche of 3.5Billion was received.

According to the Honourable Commissioner, this gesture is a further demonstration of the transparency of the present administration under the leadership of His Excellency, The Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq non-interference with funds meant for Local Government Administration in the State.

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