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Gov AbdulRazaq Briefs Kwara Professionals In Lagos On Strides, Post-2023 Plans



Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend met with a rich crop of Kwara Professionals resident in Lagos, debriefing them on the journey since 2019, the measurable strides of his administration across different sectors, and his vision for the state when re-elected in the 2023 ballot.

Fidel Info reports that the briefing was a continuation of the Governor’s multi-prong stakeholders’ engagements that peaked a few months ago with town hall and village square meetings held in different parts of the state and broadcast live on the revamped state-owned television and radio station and other private media platforms.

Quoting facts and figures from the past and present, the Governor said the administration met a collapsed basic education sector while the Colleges of Education were all down owing to nonpayment of salaries and lack of accreditation.

He said the administration has been able to turn things around in the area of infrastructural and human resource development, welfare for workers, and the introduction of technology to give the Kwara child a headstart in life.

The Governor said the introduction of KwaraLEARN programme has raised school enrollment by at least 45% and boosted numeracy and literacy skills in the first phase that comprised just four local governments, adding that the programme now operates in 11 local government areas and would extend to the rest of the state later this year.

He also spoke about how the administration has improved healthcare delivery at the primary and secondary levels and won the confidence of different development partners like UNICEF, while its investments in the sector have earned the state university an accreditation to run medicine programme with medical school billed to take off at the Ilorin General Hospital.

AbdulRazaq said the state no longer tops the national table in open defecation as it did before in 2019, while Kwara now posts great indices in maternal health care and hospital attendance.

He said the administration has revamped many of the dead waterworks which were largely built during the Sardauna years, and built two new ones to improve water supply in the state, including in the capital city where tanker was once the source of public water supply.

“We have been deliberate in spreading development, and we are glad that our people have a better sense of ownership of their state today than ever before. What we have done is to stabilise Kwara for growth and development,” he said.

“We have many road projects across the state. We have designed a sustainable development plan, an agricultural master plan, and a new master plan for our capital city, and we are designing for other parts of the state. We are planning different industrial parks, including one at Eiyenkorin, another in Kwara South, and an agroprocessing factory in Kwara North,” he said, adding that the administration’s economic expansion efforts such as support for small scale enterprises are fast making Kwara a new hub.

The Governor also spoke about his many road projects across the state, including a plan to construct the road that links Agbamu to Ila Orangun to boost economic growth in that axis.

He said the state is attracting different positive attention and investments, including an upcoming $50m Olam project for which some lands are being allocated and a share of the $10bn renewable energy project to be funded by the US government.

The Governor, who took time to respond to questions from the professionals, also spoke about the herders-farmers’ issue and a need to address it as a solution to food security and national cohesion, the status of Shonga Farm, the garment factory of the administration, IV-TEC, and tourism potentials of the state.

AbdulRazaq also urged the Kwara professionals to support the candidature of APC’s Bola Tinubu, who he said will clearly favour Kwara in infrastructural development and other dividends of democracy.

The professionals took turns to commend the Governor’s developmental strides in the state, with many of them mentioning different areas they have felt his work back home, including the interventions in the remotest corners of the state like Onila community in Irepodun.

“It is profound indeed that your government pays good attention to basic needs of the people, including in Onila. We are very proud of that,” Mr.

Emmanuel Oyebanji SAN told the Governor, urging him to do a lot more.

Professor Bayo Oladipo, the dean of the faculty of Education at the University of Lagos, said he was impressed by the governor’s focus on the development of the education sector, especially the employment of qualified teachers.

He charged the Governor to pay more attention to the Colleges of Education to ensure that they deliver on their core mandate of training quality teachers.

“We have no regret at all that we supported you in 2019. We are glad about what you have achieved with the little resources. People talk about the modest change here and there,” Mr. Bayo Atoyebi, a lawyer and entrepreneur, said.

Otunba Ademola Adedoyin, a

PR expert, said the Governor’s briefing was quite comprehensive, clear, and enlightening as it touched on the situation in 2019, the strides and challenges of the administration, and his roadmap for the future.

The stakeholders’ engagement was attended by Senators Sadiq Umar (Kwara North) and

Lola Ashiru (Kwara South); House of Representatives members Tunji Olawuyi Ajuloopin and Tijani Ismail; APC Senatorial Candidate for Kwara Central Turaki Salihu Mustapha;    APC House of Representatives candidate for Asa/Ilorin West Mukhtar Shagaya; APC House of Representatives candidate for Ilorin East/South Ahmed Yinka Aluko; APC House of Representatives candidate for Edu/Patigi Ahmed Saba; APC chieftain Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin; Alhaji Olanrewaju Ajiboye; Senior People Advisor (West Africa) at the British Council Anthony Oyeyiola; PR Executive Bola Olukoju; company Secretary at Eko Hotels and Suite Chief Samuel Alabi; General Manager of Kwara State Television Mr. Michaels Olatunde Oyeyiola; Daily Trust’s top reporter Abdullateef Aliyu; and legal practitioner Alhaji Tajudeen Adedoyin; among others.

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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.

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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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Okowa Approves N1.9bn Counterpart Funding For Erosion Control



The Okpanam community in Delta State’s Oshimili North Local Government Area has praised governor Ifeanyi Okowa for authorizing N1.9 billion in counterpart money for the construction of the Amachai/Igwogwo road to Akwuku Igbo and the management of erosion on the Ogbeozoma route.

Fidel Info reports that Amb. Felix Ideh, the senior special assistant to the governor of Delta State, urged the neighborhood to cast as many votes as possible for Sheriff Oborevwori of the PDP in the March 18 governorship election. He made the request while going door to door on Sunday.

He said, “I want to let you know Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the sum of N1.9 billion for the counterpart funding of Amachai/Igwogwo road to Akwuku Igbo and erosion site control, Ogbeozoma road/erosion site control and Obodogba area erosion control among other.

“This projects would be financed and constructed by the world Bank and European Investment Bank.

“Amachai Quarters and Okpanam community in general embrace and support the positive vision of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party by voting en mass for Oborevwori in the March 18.”

“This door to door campaign is to inform you again that Oborevwori will sustain the developmental strides of Okowa led administration not only in the Okpanam but the state at large”

He pointed out that the town has benefited much from the Okowa administration in terms of political appointments, educational upgrades, and human capital development.

Ideh emphasized the significance of praising the governor with resounding votes for Oborevwori and every PDP House of Assembly candidate, warning that these crucial infrastructure would be terminated if any other political party than the PDP wins the governorship election.

He reminded the good people of Okpanam that despite being close to the state capital of Asaba, they had not had it so good before the Okowa administration took office in 2015 because there was no obvious government presence there. He claimed that the PDP-led administration in the state had always prioritized the Okpanam community in its plans.

Ideh continued the campaign at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Amachai Quarters, Okpanam, where he urged the congregation to exercise good judgment on March 18 by voting for Oborevwori since he is the honorable and appointed candidate to inhabit the Delta state Government House.

He stated that through the assistance of the Secretary to the state government , Patrick Ukah , they had embarked on the maintenance of some of the roads so as to ease the stress they undergo using the roads, noting that the installation of street lights had also commenced.

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