Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday acknowledged the important roles the Nigerian Police Force is playing to maintain law and order and guarantee safety in all parts of the country.
Fidel Info reports that He said no investment will be too much to improve their working condition and welfare.
AbdulRazaq commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, for uniquely seeking to promote the well-being of the police officers and equip them with the necessary infrastructure to succeed.
The Governor spoke in Ilorin at the commissioning of a New Model Police Station along Madi Road in Ilorin West LG of Kwara State — an edifice built at the instance of the IGP.
“We are privileged to be one of the first states to benefit from this initiative. Needless to say that the Police Force has gone through several phases in its development. One of the phases was during Inspector General of Police Gambo Jimeta when the uniform was changed. And this is another landmark phase where the police infrastructure and welfare would be upgraded,” he said.
“If one is coming down the Madi road and asks for the direction of the Police station, the person would have passed here before realizing it, because this is not an ordinary building. It does not look like our normal police stations.”
The Governor called on all public officeholders to be innovative and always make an impact, saying the administration will continue to support the police and other security agencies.
“The emphasis should be placed on the need to improve and upgrade. When we are in a position we should leave it better than how we met it. That is what IG Alkali has done and continues to do by making sure that the facilities, infrastructure, and welfare of the Police are his priority,” he added.
“I feel very proud that this type of facility is in Kwara State. I will raise it during our next Governors’ Forum meeting that whenever we want to assist the police in developing infrastructure, we should go with this model.
“And we in Kwara will also try and replicate this building in the years ahead. I visited some of the barracks and was not too happy with the way things are. We have done some things and we will do more. We know that the government is limited by the scarcity of resources, while also trying to allocate funds for all sectors of the economy.”
He appreciated the Police State Command and other security agencies for doing their best to keep Kwara among the safest states in the country.
The event was attended by the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba; State Commissioner of Police Paul Odama; Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Aliyu Muyideen; representative of the Emir of Ilorin and Balogin Alanamu of Ilorin Dr. Abubakar Usman Jos; among other dignitaries and community representatives.
IGP Alkali, for his part, said he was in the State to commission the Police station, which he noted was built to add more value to policing standards in the state.
“Your Excellency, this is one of the projects with which we feel we can add value to our policing in this country. We pray we can have more of this in the State and the Country at large,” he said.
He thanked Governor AbdulRazaq for his government’s investment in the security sector and asked the host community to maintain the project.
“I also want to appeal that this edifice belongs to members of the public, and not the police. You need to protect it under whatever situations. It is here to serve you and provide security,” according to the super cop.
State Commissioner of Police Paul Odama, in his address, said the State government under AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is giving the command the necessary support and empowerment to excel in their task to protect the lives and properties of Kwarans.
“Kwara State is a state of harmony, as such the Command is doing everything possible to make the State permanently harmonious. This effort is made possible by the support given to the Command by the government of His Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.”
Kwara Govt Begins E-Payment Of Bursary To Students
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
Niger Delta Ministry To Hand Over Skills Center To Imo
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)
Labour, Civil Servants Hail Kwara Gov
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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