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NAHCON Awards Kwara Hajj Board

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National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has awarded Kwara State Pilgrims Welfare Board for what it called its excellent outing in the 2022 Hajj exercise.

Fidel Info reports that The award took place on Thursday in Abuja at the 2022 Post Hajj Stakeholders’ Meeting organised by NAHCON.

NAHCON said award was presented to the Board in recognition of its ‘Outstanding Performance in Constitution of State’s Committees During 2022 Hajj Exercise.’

The award was received by the state chairman Dr. Abdulkadir Sambaki who was accompanied by the executive Secretary, Barrister AbdulGaniy Ishola Ahmed, and Hajia Taibat Abdul Hamid, the chief accountant of the Board respectively.

Speaking on behalf of the Board, Sambaki expressed his profound gratitude  to Almighty Allah for the achievement, which he said was not only a pride to the members and staff of the Board but to Kwarans at large.

Sambaki dedicated the award to Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq for his immense support and for creating an enabling environment for the Board during the Hajj operations.

He equally thanked the Amirul Hajj for 2022 Hajj, Dr. AWA Ibrahim Akewushola, for his guidance and contributions to the huge success recorded by the Board in the last exercise.

In June, Kwara airlifted about 1,500 pilgrims to Hajj hitch-free.

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FG To Launch N53.1M Grants For Kwarans

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian, Disaster Management and Social Development in partnership with the Kwara State government has flagged off the disbursement of N20,000 grant each for at least 2,655 poor and vulnerable Kwarans under the FG’s Grant Vulnerable Groups programme (GVG).

Fidel Info reports that they also launched the second phase of the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP 2.0) — another loan scheme of President Muhammadu Buhari that is designed to benefit 6,086 farmers, business owners, widows and divorcees across the state, through the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP).

This came 24 hours after the State government supported 490 young enterprenuers under the Kwaprenuour (3.0) with interest free loans, where the star business pitchers went home with cheques of between N1.5m and N2m each.

At the flag-off ceremony on Wednesday, the Minister in charge, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, said the cash grant is part of the FG’s social inclusion agenda to raise millions of Nigerian citizens above the poverty line.

“We are here to flag off the Grant for Vulnerable Groups programme (GVG) in Kwara State. It is President Muhammadu Buhari’s fulfillment project that was introduced in 2020 to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the federal government to lift 100,000 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years,” she said.

Represented by the Director of Social Development in the Ministry, Taiwo Adeola Bashorun, the Minister said the 2,655 prospective beneficiaries were drawn from across the sixteen local governments of the state.

“The GVG is designed to provide a one-off cash grant of #20,000 to the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians in rural and peri-urban areas across the 36 states of the federation including FCT. Our target in Kwara State is to disburse the grant to at least 2,655 citizens across the 16 LGAs of the state,” she added.

“Mr. President has directed that 70% of the beneficiaries must be women, while 30% is reserved for youths, with at least 15% of them expected to be persons with disability (PWDs) and the aged people in the state.”

She commended the State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for the synergy and how the state subscribes to the FG’s social investment programmes and other economic policies, especially the proper handling of N-SIP initiative in the state.

“We at the Ministry of Humanitarian, Disaster Management and Social Development acknowledge the complementary efforts of the Kwara State Government led by His Excellency AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in the implementation of the N-SIP in the state. With this proper synergy, we believe that the target beneficiaries and many more citizens of the state will be on their way out of poverty to prosperity by 2030 as designed by President Muhammadu Buhari,” she added.

At the event were the Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq represented by the SSG Prof Mamman Saba Jubril; Special Adviser on Strategy Alhaji Saadu Salau; Special Adviser on Political Communication Alhaji Bashir Adigun; Special Assistant on Religion Alhaji Ibrahim Danmegoro; Dr. Ghali Alaya; and some of the targeted beneficiaries.

Jubril said the disbursement of grants and loans to marketers and poor citizens reflects the government’s  comnitment to inclusion and wellbeing of the citizens.

Jubril urged the beneficiaries, who are in different categories, to make good use of the funds and not commit them to frivolous purposes.

State Focal Person for N-SIP, Mrs. Bashirat Abdulrasaq, lauded the federal government for committing huge financial resources to lessen hardship and enhance the living standards of the masses.

She called on the National Assembly to  pass into law the N-SIP bill without further delay, noting this will enable the government to expand the scope of beneficiaries of the scheme across the country.

She also commended the State government for domesticating the FG’s cash grant policy in the state, which she said has benefited a lot of marketers, youths and vulnerable groups.

“We call our own Owo Isowo (trader moni) and Owo Arugbo (cash conditional transfer). The fact that the Federal government initiated the programme and the state government embraced it is highly commendable,” she said.

Highlight of the occasion was the symbolic presentation of cheques and cash to the various categories of the beneficiaries.

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Kwara Govt Approves Scholarship For Nigerian Law Students

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Kwara State Government has approved scholarship for Kwara Students in Nigerian Law accross the Country.

Fidel Info reports that the Commissioner for Tertiary Education Dr Alabi Afees Abolore made this known today in ilorin,while Congratulating the Law School Graduands on their Call-to-Bar Ceremony at the instance of His Excellency Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq and the Government of Kwara State.

Dr Abolore reiterated the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led Administration’s high level Commitment at ensuring Students welfare are treated with priority attention. This is coming while disbursement of the bursary to kwara state students is also ongoing.

He Congratulated the Graduands on their achievements and charged them to be good ambassadors of the State at various levels

Dr Abolore assured that the Ministry in collaboration with the State Scholarship  board would take swift action to ensure that disbursement is offered to the beneficiaries anytime soon

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FG Has Recovered Over N120B From Crime Proceeds

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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.

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