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Kwara Gov Swears-In New Commissioners

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday inaugurated two new commissioners and a Special Adviser amid a minor cabinet reshuffle.

Fidel Info reports that The newly inaugurated commissioners are Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu and Abubakar Saddiq Buhari.

Cabinet-returnee Modibbo-Kawu got the education portfolio again, while Buhari is to man the Ministry of Communications.

The Governor also swore-in the new Special Adviser on Special Duties Alhaji Abdul-Razhaq Abubakar Jiddah.

AbdulRazaq also announced a minor cabinet reshuffle involving five commissioners: Alhaji Wahab Femi Agbaje who moved from Water to Energy; Mariam Ahmed Hassana (from Energy to Women Affairs); Abdulmaliq Bashir Mopelola Risikatulahi (from Women Affairs to Water); George Olabode Towoju (from Communication to Youth); and Adamu Jamila Bake (from Youth Development to Planning).

At a brief swearing-in ceremony at the council chamber in Ilorin, the Governor told the cabinet members: “I urge you and all other government appointees to be committed to the service of our people. I urge you to be team players, and recharge your ministries to deliver better service delivery to our people.

“Notwithstanding the political campaign session, every minute should be spent to make life more worth living for the people. As an administration, our selling point is the impact we have made in key sectors of the society. Our re-election campaign is therefore anchored on verifiable achievements that we have made. We have taken governance to the remotest corners of our state. We want to do more.

“For every lie anyone tells against us, please point them to where we were in 2019 and where we are today. The facts speak for themselves in health sector, education, opening up of rural and urban areas, gender inclusion, youths and women empowerment, workers welfare, and economic growth. Our opponents are loud on lies, hate, and rhetorics, but empty on verifiable facts and clear agenda for development.

“I urge you to work closely with your constituencies and make friends with all, including our political base.  I congratulate you once again, and wish you all a very impactful tenure of office.”

Buhari, who spoke on behalf of the new appointees, said: “I want to appreciate the Governor of Kwara State on behalf of myself and other newly sworn-in cabinet members. In the history of Nigeria, there are things that have been done by this government which are pace-setters. The Gender composition law is the first of its kind in Nigeria. It has become a reference point in the international community.

“Another key area is the youth inclusion in governance. Today, as I am being sworn-in by the Grace of Almighty Allah, I am 28-year-old and I am the youngest serving commissioner in the country today. That won’t have been possible without the effort to the people-centric and youth-loving governor of Kwara State.

“Much has been placed on our shoulders and it is a common saying that to whom much is given, much is expected. We seek the divine guidance of Almighty Allah to help us give our best. We are going to be committed, we are going to give our all.”

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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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