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Flooding: Kwara Fire Service discovers new-born baby in river during desilting process



Men of the Kwara Fire Service, on Wednesday, discovered the body of a new-born baby during a desilting process at the Unity Road axis of Asa River, the Nigeria News Agency reports.

The Director of the service, Abdulwaheed Yakub, who disclosed this in an interview with the newsmen, said it was unfortunate that a new-born baby could be dumped in a river.

He said that the desilting process was part of efforts to prevent possible flooding at the river.

Yakub said that the state government through, the agency, had mapped out flood prevention and disaster risk reduction plans in Ilorin, with a view to avoiding possible flood disaster that might the city in the coming weeks.

The executive warned that the city would be open to distortion of movement and overflow of the river, if urgent action was not taken with more heavy rain expected in the coming weeks.

He said that the fire service had started evacuating all dirts and debris in the river to complement the state government’s resolve to avert the ugly situation.

The director further call on the state government to provide adequate equipment to help the agency in its bid to tackle the situation, stating the agency had been improvising in order to keep the city away from the risk.

Yakub called for collaboration among agencies in charge of environment, planning and security to stop the dumping of refuse at critical areas of the metropolis.

He called on residents of the state to desist from dumping refuse in the river, adding that residents of flood-prone areas should observe safety tips to minimize casualties in event of flooding.

“It’s highly regrettable that people dump all sorts of things inside the river to the extent of dumping a new born baby; a baby some have been looking for.

“We must be our brother’s keeper by not dumping refuse in the river, because as you are clearing your own area, you are destroying other people’s area,” Yakub said. (NAN)


Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq


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Land dispute: Kwara Govt sues for peace between 2 communities



The Kwara Government has called on the two feuding communities in the state over a land tussle to sheathe their swords and ensure peaceful coexistence.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the people of Edogi Dukum and Tako Gabi in the Lafiagi Emirate Council of the Edu Local Government of the state had engaged in a clash on Tuesday over the land bordering the two communities.

More than five people were seriously injured in the fracas.

The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Ahman-Pategi, during her visit to the area on Saturday,
urged for calm while the government proffer a lasting solution.

She said that the visit was to strategize with members of the two communities on how to find a lasting solution to the conflict.

According to her, the government would ensure that both sides involved in the dispute come together as one family.

According to her, peaceful resolution of the age-long land dispute between the two communities is paramount because Kwara is known to be a peaceful state.

“I wish to plead with everyone to forgive and forget the past and show love to each other.

“This singular gesture will further assist in lifting up the communities for better future and positive development,” she said.

While expressing her happiness at the current situation on the ground, she stated that Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq would be very happy with the peaceful resolution to the land disputes.

She also expressed delight that the warring factions had come together and agreed to find a common ground and proffer permanent solutions to their dispute.

The commissioner told the Boundary Committees of both communities to report back to her office on the final outcome of the matter.

Briefing the commissioner on the situation, the Representative of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed, said that the Emir of Lafiagi and the State Boundary Committee have agreed on a permanent solution.

Mohammed, who is also the Director, Special Services, said that security operatives, the warring communities, as well as other relevant stakeholders, have similarly agreed on a permanent solution.

According to him, this require a visit to the site and the demarcation of the land by the State Office of the Surveyor-General with clear indications on what belongs to each community to forestall future reoccurrences.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will also be signed by all the parties,” he said.

The director commended the timely visit of the commissioner and assured her that the detailed MoU agreement would be forwarded to her office for record purposes, signed by all parties to the agreement.

Earlier, the commissioner had paid a courtesy call on the Emir of Lafiagi, HRH Alhaji Saadu Kawu Haliru (OFR) to brief him on the purpose of her visit as well as to seek his royal blessings.

She thanked the royal father for the maintenance of peace in his domain and his support for the present administration in his policy drive for a better Kwara.

The Emir, in his response, thanked the commissioner for the visit and her zeal in seeking first-hand information about the dispute.

The royal father also stated the disputes had been permanently resolved with the demarcation of the disputed land.

The Director, Personnel Management of the local government council, Prince Timothy Adeyemi, disclosed that amicable grounds had been agreed upon and assured that such incidents would not be repeated.

He also commended the royal father for his fatherly role in ensuring the parties agreed to allow a permanent and peaceful resolution.

Adeyemi assured the commissioner that the council would make available the details of the MoU to her Ministry and relevant stakeholders.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Light-Up Kwara: Company says project 90% completed, no dispute with Kwara Govt



Dr Sunny Akpoyibo, the Chairman, Riccofortezza-Asteven Energy Limited, on Friday said the Light Up Kwara project (LUK) was over 90 per cent completed.

Akpoyibo told newsmen in Ilorin that the company had no dispute with the Kwara State Government as the project was almost executed as residents could testify.

He said that the company would have completed the project this June, but for the repeated vandalism of its cables by some unpatriotic elements.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the chairman was reacting to the Kwara House of Assembly recent advice to the state government to hand over the company that handled the Infrastructure Fund Kwara (IFK) to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation over the project and prosecution if found wanting.

LUK is a three phase project. Phase one which comprises installation of 522 single-arm all-in-three LED solar streetlights was fully completed since 2017 on streets within Ilorin.

”Phase two, installed along Asa Dam road, comprises 226 double-arm all-in-three LED solar streetlights, 17 single-arm all-in-three solar streetlights, was also fully completed towards the tail-end of 2017/2018.

”Phase three comprises installation of 3 Solar Farm Tunnels (SFTs) to power retrofitted moribund road lighting poles along Fate road/Umaru-Audi road/Ahmadu Bello Way-to-Challenge junction and Post Office (SFT 1), University road (SFT 2) and New Yidi road/Unity road/Taiwo road (SFT 3).

SFT 1 and 2 have been completed and fully operational since 2018.

SFT 3 on New Yidi Road has also been installed and all Highway lights to be connected on New Yidi road, Taiwo Road and Unity Road have been competently retrofitted with new LED light and painted.

”What is outstanding in phase three is laying of underground PV cables and beautification of the SFT.

”And due to repeated and sustained vandalisation of already laid PV cables at Fate, Umaru Audi and Ahmadu Bello way, delays ensured.

“Cables which would have been used to complete the project have always been diverted to replace the stolen ones,” he said.

Akpoyibo said the company had been unable to take delivery of materials ordered to illuminate Yidi Road because of restrictions by the Federal Government due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, in order to demonstrate commitment to the project the company is still on site despite outstanding payment of more than N900 million by the state government.

On his part, Mr Bolade Soremekun, the Managing Director, RUBITEC Nigeria Ltd, another company involved in the project, said there was no dispute with the Ministry of Energy and Kwara State Government over the project.

“Our project continues and is ongoing. New casting is being done as we speak as well as rehabilitation of some bulbs that need to be changed,” he explained.

Soremekun said that his company was committed to completing all the three phases of the project.

NAN also recalls that the Assembly’s advice to the state government was part of the resolutions of the House at its plenary on Thursday, on the report of an Ad-hoc Committee on the investigation into the Light-Up Kwara project executed by the last administration in the state.

Reading the resolutions of the House, the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Salihu, urged the state government to review the terms and conditions of the contract for the project and direct the contractors to complete all outstanding work on the project.

It further urged the government to transfer all the activities of Light-Up Kwara project to the supervision and monitoring of the State Ministry of Energy in the interest of accountability and transparency.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: 80 Kwara Rapid Response officers test negative – Commissioner



The Kwara State Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Abdulrazaq on Friday confirmed that all 80 officers of the Kwara State Rapid Response Team (RRT) had tested negative to COVID-19.

Abdulrazaq, who made the confirmation in a statement in Ilorin, said that members of the team had been active in the tracking of COVID-19 cases in the state.

“For abundance of caution, we decided to test all members of our hardworking Rapid Response Team, and we are glad to announce to the Kwara public that none of them is positive for the virus.

“This attests to the excellent adherence to the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and other safety protocols.

“By all standards, we are doing very well in the management of the pandemic. This is due largely to the unquantified support the committee gets from the Governor and the understanding of our health workers,” he said.

Abdulrazaq said that there was a joint effort in containing  the virus in the state, adding that the State Government had received references from other states on how to it was handling COVID-19.

He dismissed claims of non-availability or shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as unfounded, adding that the government was always suppling the equipment.

Similarly, Kwara is one of those few states that are conducting as many tests as possible to ascertain the status of our people and prevent community spread.

“Our contact tracing and rumour management are one of the best in the country as attested to by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC),” Abdulrazaq said.

Edited /Felix Ajide




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Monarch urges Kwara govt. to complete road projects in Irepodun LG



Oba AbdulWahab Oyebamire on Friday urged the Kwara Government to complete abandoned road projects in Irepodun Local Government Area to assist community farmers and traders transport their produce to the markets.

Oyebamire, the Aala of Ilala, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin.

He said that the farming season was here as well as the rainy season but the access roads and the link bridge to the community were yet to be completed.

The monarch said that the projects were about 80 per cent completed, saying that in spite of several letters written to the government to embark on completing the projects, nothing had been done yet.

“We are appealing to the government to complete the roads and the link bridge in the area because our wet and dry seasons’ farmers and marketers are experiencing untold hardship.

“They find it difficult to ply the roads and transport their produce from the farms to the markets daily and this challenge is affecting their economy and livelihood,” he said.

Oyebamire, however, commended the intervention of the state government on the measures introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

He said that the government extended the palliatives to the people of the community, saying that the palliatives cushioned the effects of the lockdown in the community.

“We appreciate the government of Kwara State for the quick intervention and consideration,” the monarch said.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Nobody defected from APC to PDP in Kwara–Spokesman




The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara has dismissed a report that 10, 000 members of the party defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

APC State Publicity Secretary in Kwara, Alhaji Tajudeen Aro, said in a statement on Friday in Ilorin that ” the recent garrulous and spurious rumour of 10,000 defectors from the APC to PDP is nothing but a mirage.”

This claim by the PDP is of doubtful success, laughable and a terrible absurdity as it would have been impossible to assemble 10, 000 people in any location at this period of the coronavirus pandemic without the attention of the public.

“More importantly, the leader of the supposed decamped members is too insignificant to cause any discomfort for the APC or buoy the image of the PDP,” Aro added.

According to Aro, PDP is resorting to a psychological campaign in the state because of its poor image.

The PDP can go on dreaming for the next seven years and there is nothing anybody can do about that.

The APC– led government in Kwara State is taking democratic dividends to the door steps of Kwara people with the giant strides in strategic infrastructural development.

“We recognise the people as our primary constituency and we are prepared to build a greater and prosperous Kwara State.

“We advise the public to discard the antics of the opposition which is determined to take advantage of the internecine crisis in the APC to paint a false image of its acceptability,” he said.

Edited By: Mufutau Ojo (NAN)


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Kwara 1st Lady distributes face masks to groups



The First Lady of Kwara, Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq, has donated over 2,000 face masks to various  professional, religious and political groups to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

A statement issued by her Chief Press Secretary, Mr Adeyinka Adeniyi, on Friday in Ilorin, said the donation was in readiness for the gradual resumption of activities in public places in the state.

Adeniyi said the masks were distributed through the first lady’s initiative, Ajike People’s Support Centre, to over 100 groups.

He said that each of the groups got between 20 and 40 masks, adding that the group leaders collected the commodity on behalf of their members.

“As public places gradually resume business, the face mask is intended to provide some measure of protection for the beneficiaries, in the course of conducting their businesses.

The First Lady enjoins people to make use of the protective gear, to stem the spread of the virus, while the restrictions imposed by the government lasts,” the statement read in part. 

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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N3.9bn Light project: Kwara Legislature demands prosecution of Ahmed, Ogunshola



The Kwara  House of Assembly on Thursday urged the State Government to hand over suspects in connection with the failed N3.9 billion Kwara Light project contract.

The lawmakers specifically demanded for the prosecution of a former governor of the state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and former Director General of Kwara Public Private Partnership (KP3), Abayomi Ogunshola, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)
over alleged improper execution of the project.

The News  Agency of Nigeria recalls that the N3.9 billion electrification project was awarded in 2015 by former governor AbdulFatah Ahmed to provide illumination on some major streets in llorin metropolis and other parts of the state.

The House made the demand at plenary on Thursday in Ilorin after adopting the report of its ad-hoc committee investigating the execution of the ptoject.

The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Abolarin Gabriel, while presenting the report, informed his coleagues that the project was not properly executed in line with specification.

The Speaker, while reading the resolution of the House after deliberation and adoption of the report, said it has become imperative to prosecute the former governor and Ogunshola who jointly undertook to execute the project.

The Assembly also want repeal of the state Public Private Partnership law to curb corruption and other sharp practices in award of contracts in the state.

Besides, it called for a review of the terms and conditions of the Light Up Kwara Project.

The resolition urged the stste government to compel the two contractors handling the project to complete it according  to specifications across the state.

The House called for transfer all activities of the project to the state Ministry of Energy for proper execution.

The speaker flayed the sidelining the ministry of energy in the award of the project, describing it as unacceptable.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: Kwara commends FG for donating vehicles to epidemiology unit



The Kwara government, on Thursday, commended the Federal Government for donating Hilux vans to the epidemiology unit of the state Ministry of Health.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Abdulrazaq
, gave the commendation in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen.
He said that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made the donation through the World Bank-funded project to support the Emergency Operation Centre in the state.
According to him, the centre caters for and handle any outbreak of diseases in the state, including COVID-19.
Abdulrazaq also observed that the donation of the vehicles would go a long way in strengthening the system and compliment the efforts of the state government to combat the disease.
He added that the state ranked fourth out of 36 states across the country in terms of preparedness and response to COVID-19, adding that this was why the Federal Government appreciated the efforts of the state government.
The commissioner said the state would not relent in its efforts at safeguarding and promoting the lives of the citizens in the state, stressing that the vehicles would be used to achieve that.
The NCDC promised us more and we are feeling the impact of the Federal Government,” he said.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Kwara records 16 fresh cases of COVID-19, discharges 7 patients



Kwara government says 16 more people have tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19), while seven patients have twice tested negative and discharged.

Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the state government and spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Ilorin.

According the Ajakaye, this brings the total of confirmed cases to 127, with 44 patients discharged and one death recorded in the state.

As at 9:45pm on Wednesday, the number of active cases is now 82, while 44 have so far been discharged and one death recorded,” he said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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