Kwara Gov Engages Igbomina Intellectuals On His Administrative Plans And Proposals
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has held a virtual town hall meeting with Igbomina think tank to lay bare his administration’s proposals for an industrial hub located on the Amoyo-Jimba Oja-Idofian corridor, master plan, and sustainable action on the IV-TEC.
Fidel Info reports that the talk was preceded by a verifiable catalog of the administration’s multi-sectorial achievements in the region and across the state, including road projects, bridges and culverts, water, education, health facilities, social investment, workers’ welfare, and appointments into key positions in government.
In an interaction that lasted about four hours on Wednesday night, the Governor sought their buy-ins for an industrial hub to be sited at the Amoyo-Idofian axis because of its proximity to electricity source from Osogbo.
He said the hub — comprising agro-processing and service centers — would be included in the 2023 budget but will take a few years to be completed because of its large scope.
The town hall meeting was attended by senior citizens and elite of Igbomina extraction at home and in the diaspora, including the Olupo of Ajase-Ipo Oba Ismail Yahaya Alebiosu; President of Omo Ibile Igbomina Elder G Y Jimoh; Vice President Chief Sunday Ibitoye; Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin; Alhaji Sikiru Aliu; Alhaji Kayode Olaoye; Dr. Sunday Popoola; Elder Lateef Amolegbe; Dr. Lateef Olaniyan; Engr. Ibrahim Aroworowon; among others.
AbdulRazaq said the proposal to site an industrial park in Jimba Oja axis was mainly an economic decision to make sure those companies that are located there would have access to energy directly from the national grid — a position many participants agreed with.
He said the park offers investment opportunities for the people of the state, especially Igbomina people, adding that such facilities will hasten development in the axis.
He attributed the collapse of many industries in the state to the high cost of or the lack of sustainable energy sources.
“If you look at the industries in Offa, the Okin biscuit, the Erinle paper converter, they have all collapsed and it is majorly because of the cost of energy or the lack of it. It is a major reason they all went down, basically because of the cost of diesel. Diesel, today, is over N800 per litre — industries can’t sustain this. Essentially, the most important source of energy with the 33KV passing through Ganmo going to Jebba and Kanji, going down to Osogbo, that is the best location, so it is not a political decision to locate it there, it is mainly an economic decision to make sure those companies that are located there have access to energy directly from the national grid,” AbdulRazaq explained.
“Without shaving your head behind your back, one needs to engage and see what superior arguments are out there in terms of location. What are the issues that affect the sensibilities of the communities there? So, that is why I said this is what we want to do, but if there are better ideas let’s discuss because it is something we want to put in the 2023 budget so that we can start the processes. These industrial parks cost a lot of money.”
He said the park will be a state-led initiative to drive growth, adding: “Already, there is an agro-processing zone being funded through the African Development Bank. It is one of the six nations, and Kwara has got one to be situated in Kwara North. This is being located in Kwara North mainly because of its comparative advantage.”
Asserting that the state can no longer afford unplanned growth that had led to flooding and poor access to basic amenities, the Governor also explained that the Ilorin Master Plan, the first phase of a comprehensive Kwara Master Plan, will be followed by other master plans for the other parts of the state.
He said Amoyo was removed from the Ilorin Master Plan following his consultations with the Igbomina leaders, adding however that the original inclusion of Amoyo within the 25 kilometers radius of Ilorin City was to maximize public resources, and not on account of any political motives.
He said the first and the last master plan for Ilorin capital city expired over two decades ago, leading to unplanned growth and its consequences on sustainable human living and infrastructural development.
The government is similarly concerned about the sustainability of the International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC) Ajase-Ipo and it may require some upgrades to issue diplomas or degrees for wider acceptance, the Governor told the think tank, adding that such upgrades will not necessarily affect its primary focus on vocational training.
“We acknowledge the concerns on IVTEC. At the same time, we need to think about sustainability. Is it sustainable as it is? When we came on board, it was practically down. No one was enrolling there because they complained that the certificate is not widely recognized. We reduced the tuition to make it affordable while bearing the other costs but the situation remains the same. As I speak to you, only students that are 100% funded by the government are enrolled at the school. This is not sustainable, hence the plan to probably make it a campus of KWASU, while its vocational and other technical training programs are still being offered but with more acceptable certificates,” he said.
The Olupo of Ajase-Ipo Oba Ismail Alebiosu, who confirmed the development as narrated by the Governor with firsthand information within his domain, said the government and the people will be better served if the IVTEC issues a more acceptable certificate, even if it retains technical training. He said the current trend in the school is not sustainable.
President of Omo Ibile Igbomina Elder Jimoh, for his part, commended AbdulRazaq for his plans to open up Kwara South for economic activities and development.
“On behalf of the Igbomina people both at home and abroad, I want to thank His Excellency for all that you have listed. Most especially, I am thanking him for granting our request for the exclusion of Igbomina land from the 25 kilometers radius new Ilorin City plan. We are very grateful for the prompt response to our request,” Elder Jimoh said.
Engr Nurudeen Adeyemi commended the AbdulRazaq’s administration for ensuring even development of the state and for prioritizing people’s agenda.
“Thank you, Your Excellency, for always prioritizing what we call the people’s agenda. At no time have we spoken to you about the concerns of our people that you have not risen to the occasion,” he said.
“Most importantly, you understand the imbalances that our people have felt in the past and I know that Your Excellency continuously and cautiously tries to take a balanced approach to make sure that development and all other intangibles, whether it is in the hiring of teachers, is on level playing ground and equally balance across the three senatorial districts. That is leadership. Therefore, we are very fortunate to have you amongst us today here and most importantly to thank you for the excellent leadership you have provided our great state at these very difficult times.”
Mr. Raphael Olanrewaju, another member of the think tank, said eyewitness accounts of the government’s strides have been commendable, urging him to also help with the Arandun road in Irepodun local government.
Participants took turns to commend the Governor for his clear-headed ideas about socioeconomic development, his modest approach to public life, and for helping to drive a new political narrative that de-emphasizes extreme conduct or political violence in the state.
Chrisland School Will Be Sued For Manslaughter- Sanwo Olu
The Lagos State Government, led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced that it will sue Chrisland High School, Ikeja, along with some members of staff and a vendor, for “Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless and Negligent Acts,” following the death of a 12-year-old student, Whitney Adeniran, during a sporting event organised by the school.
Fidel Info reports that In a statement released by the Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, the incident occurred on the 9th of February 2023, during an inter-house sports event at the Agege Sports Stadium.
Whitney Adeniran had reportedly slumped during the event and was immediately rushed to the Agege Central Hospital, where she was confirmed to have been brought in dead by the doctor on duty.
The statement further revealed that the case was referred to the police, who carried out a thorough investigation with the help of other agencies. The file was subsequently forwarded to the DPP’s Office on Monday, March 20, 2023, for review of the duplicate case file.
On March 23, 2023, the DPP issued his legal advice and concluded that a prima facie case of Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless and Negligent Acts had been established against the school, some members of staff, and one of the vendors.
The statement noted that they shall be charged with the offences of Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless and Negligent Acts, contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, Ch C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The Lagos State Government’s decision to sue Chrisland High School and others for manslaughter and negligence has come as a shock to many, and has raised questions about the safety measures in place during sporting events in schools.
The case highlights the need for schools to prioritize safety measures during events to prevent such unfortunate incidents from happening in the future.
The Lagos State Government’s move to hold those responsible accountable for their actions is a step in the right direction and is a message to other schools to take the safety of their students seriously.
Buhari Assents To Several Bills
President Muhammad Buhari has assented to the legislation requiring the President-elect and governors-elect to submit the names of individuals nominated as ministries or commissioners within 60 days of taking the oath of office for confirmation by the Senate or State House of Assembly.
Fidel Info reports that In addition, he signed three other legislation, 14 other constitutional amendment bills, and the State Houses of Assembly’s financial and state judiciary autonomy bills.
The Administration claims that this advances Section 58(4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare, in a statement on Friday, made this known.
The highlights of the assented Constitutional Alteration Bills, among others, are ensuring financial independence of State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary; regulating the first session and inauguration of members-elect of the National and State Houses of Assembly and for related matters.
The statement read, “Others are ensuring that the President and governors submit the names of persons nominated as ministers or commissioners within 60 days of taking the oath of office for confirmation by the Senate or State House of Assembly; and for related matters; enabling states generate, transmit, and distribute electricity in areas covered by the national grid; and for related matters.”
“Excluding the period of intervening events in the computation of time for determining pre-election matters petitions, etc; regulating the first session and inauguration of members-elect of the national and state assemblies; changing prisons to correctional service and re-designate correctional service in the concurrent list; and moving item “railway” from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.”
The President also assented to three other bills: The Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology Act, The Nigerian Institute of International Relations Act, and The Federal Medical Centres (Amendment) Acts.
Kwara Gov Directs Residents To Collect Old, New Naira Notes
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has asked residents of the state, especially marketers, to collect and spend the old and new naira notes as both are still legal tenders in the country.
Fidel Info reports that According to a Kwara State Government House statement on Tuesday, ”Per the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and the latest circular of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the old naira notes still remain a legal tender in the country. Banks are now officially issuing the old naira notes (including N500, N1000). I, therefore, urge all residents of our state to spend and receive both the old and the new naira notes.”
“This appeal especially goes to our marketers/traders. Further rejection of the old naira notes is in breach of the Supreme Court judgment. Such rejection is also inflicting economic pains on ourselves. Marketers, and indeed everyone in the state, can and should receive the old and new naira notes since commercial banks are now receiving the two. Citizens are to note that rejection of the legal tender, such as the old naira note, is a serious crime under our law.
“I also implore the banks to kindly extend every support within their powers to our people to ease all their transactions as things return to normal.”
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