When I read that the Governor of Kwara state AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had approved an 100% bursary increment for Kwara students a few days ago, I recalled how the previous handlers of the State were using bursaries meant for Kwara students to compensate their loyalists before AbdulRazaq was enthroned through the poll in 2019.
Fidel Info reports that When other state governments were fairly and electronically disbursing bursaries to their final year students, Kwara state government was disbursing hers from hand to hand, and this gave some officials in charge of the disbursement the opportunity to loot millions of naira meant for students.
Aside the inhumane loot, these people also subjected students to rigorous tasks before giving them their bursaries. Students were made to queue under scorching sun for hours. Still many of them would not be given despite the fact that they duplicated their names on the papers pasted on the boards or walls.
As a final year student of University of Ilorin that year; I was a victim of the corrupt system. When I saw my names printed thrice on a board adjacent the Students Affairs’ building, I hurried to the hall where the 5,000 bursary was being shared. After queuing under the sun for more than three hours, the officials said they had closed for the day. I should come the next day. I went there the following day and days after, it was myself and other poor students I saw.
Many thanks to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who thought it was necessary to put an end to the corruption and the inhumane treatment of Kwara final year students which had become a norm. He asked that the electronic mode of payment which is fair and curtails corruption be implemented.
The recent approval of 100% bursary increment by Governor AbdulRazaq shows that the governor means well for the students like he means well for Kwara state. The approval also came a few days after the state government transported over 800 students to the northern states where they study on a free ride.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s good gesture to Kwara students are unprecedented. No governor has ever took the welfare of students seriously like him since the return of democracy in 1999. Let’s not forget that as he’s comforting the students, he’s also comforting Kwara entrepreneur youths, artisans, aged, artisans, traders and others.
Abdulqaudri Mahmud writes from Ilorin East LGA, Zango Ward, Ilorin Kwara state
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Since the Bill on Proceeds of Crime Recovery Management was signed into law earlier this year by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian government claims to have recovered at least N120 billion as proceeds from criminal financial transactions.
Fidel Info reports that In Abuja on Wednesday, when the Environment Minister delivered the ministry’s scorecard for the Buhari administration, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the revelation during a press conference.
Mohammed said, “I have an update on the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act (POCA), 2022. In line with the new law, all relevant government agencies have now opened ‘A confiscated and Forfeiture Properties Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“I can confirm that the Federal Government has realized over 120 billion Naira, among other currencies, from POCA.
“This money will be used to fund the completion of ongoing critical infrastructure projects in the country like the Second Niger Bridge as well as the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kano Expressways. We will continue to update you on this,” the Information Minister said.
Gov Adeleke Assures Citizens Continuity Of Predecessor’s Projects
Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, yesterday, promised not to abandon his predecessor’s ongoing projects since government is a continuum.
Fidel Info reports that A statement by the spokesperson to the Speaker, Kunle Alabi, stated that the governor was at the Osun State House of Assembly, yesterday, to seek the lawmakers’ cooperation for an Executive-Legislative relationship.
The statement reads: “Now that election is over, I want everyone to join me to move the state forward, the government cannot do it alone. For we do have an enviable state, everyone must be ready to play their part for the state to move forward.
“I promise that my administration would not cheat anyone, it will be an all-inclusive government where everybody will be happy and peace will reign supremely in the state.”
Earlier in his address, Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye held that the Assembly will do everything to support the government saying they may only disagree with the executive based on facts of the law and not sentiments.
The Speaker said: “You and your team have the utmost task of strengthening the Executive-Legislative relationship; it is most important considering the differences in the ideology of our political parties. We must also allow the rule of law to guide our actions, behaviour and activities during this period.
“On a personal note, I want to beseech you to surround yourself with men of valour, value and honour, who will give the best advice that will advance the lives of our people. Your activities and that of your team must at all times be in tandem with the principle of separation of powers and mutual respect for each arm of government.
“Mr Governor, I am happy that you have at some point served in this arm as a distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This enormous task of acting right and staying on that path lies with the legislative arm and we as the accredited representatives of our people have sworn to continue on this path.”
Gov AbdulRazaq Commends Labour Unions
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday called on the labour unions in Nigeria to always exploit dialogue and mutual understanding in pressing home their demands from governments, saying this will foster industrial harmony and hasten national development.
Fidel Info reports that the Governor specifically commended the labour unions for their contributions to national growth and policies of dialogue.
The Governor spoke in Ilorin at the Harmattan School of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) held at the Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS).
“I use this platform to call for constant engagements, dialogue and mutual understanding to resolve all issues between stakeholders in the labour industry. This will foster industrial harmony, improve productivity, and hasten national development,” the Governor said while declaring open the 18th edition of the Harmattan School of the NLC in Ilorin.
The theme for this year’s session is “Expanding Nigeria’s Democratic Space for Trade Union Organising in the World of Work”.
He expressed hope that the gathering will evaluate the inner workings of labour organisations and foster understanding between employers and employees in formal and informal sectors alike.
AbdulRazaq commended the Director General of the Institute Comrade Issa Aremu and his team for sustaining the age-long initiative that he called a smart way to bridge existing gaps in labour-government relations.
The Governor reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the welfare of workers in the State as part of the measures to promote industrial harmony.
“I congratulate the leadership of this great Institute and the NLC leadership for this creative initiative. It is a smart way to bridge existing gaps in labour government relations,” he said.
“Our administration is always committed to industrial harmony. We are committed to workers’ welfare and mutual respect at all times. I commend the labour unions in Kwara State for always reciprocating our good faith thus far. I believe we can do a lot more together in the coming years.”
AbdulRazaq urged participants to extend the knowledge from the event to others who were not present, noting “that was the way our society can reap the full benefits of this laudable programme”.
In attendance were the Special Adviser on Special Duties Alhaji AbdulRazhaq Jiddah; Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Matters Abdulmumin Onagun;
NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba; Deputy National President of NLC Alhaji Najeem Yasin; State Chairman for NLC Comrade Issa Ore, representative of the Country Director for International Labour Organization (ILO) Mrs Inviolata Chinyangarara; and various delegates of Trade Union Congress from Ghana, Sirera-leone and Liberia; among other labour leaders.
Labour leaders who spoke at the occasion dwelled on the need for the labour movement to be more organised while handling issues affecting their members across the federation.
Director General of the Institute Comrade Issa Aremu, for his part, said the theme for this year’s Harmattan School is well thought-out, adding that the organised labour knows that democracy offers them a better platform to advance their struggle for decent work and decent living.
He said the forthcoming elections in Nigeria will largely be determined by labour issues like employment, wages, security of jobs and good governance, asking who among the presidential candidates are capable and ready to re-industrialise the Country, create jobs and pay workers a living wage.
He praised AbdulRazaq for doing so much to promote comfort and dignity of the State workforce, alluding to the government’s commitment to the implementation of the new minimum wage and regular payment of salaries, among other pro-labour programmes.
“Comrades, let us shine our face; don’t judge anybody by the claims or covers. Look at their contents (manifestos). What are their anticidents? What are they up to? And I am happy that we have a governor here (AbdulRazaq), my host Governor, who has been tested and trusted,” he said.
“I listened to Comrade Issa (State NLC Chairman) who confirmed that the Governor has paid the new minimum wage, including the consequential adjustment.”
NLC President Ayuba Wabba, in his keynote address, called on all employers of labour to prioritise the welfare of workers and recognise their pivotal roles towards achieving economic growth and national development.
He tasked the participants, who are labour leaders from across the country and beyond, to study well and make good use of what they might have learnt to better their leadership structures and struggles in their places of work.
Wabba specifically commended Governor AbdulRazaq for his well-known love for workers in the state.
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