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Ilorin Airport records 85,826 passengers, 2,628 aircraft movement in 2018- Official



Ilorin Airport records 85,826 passengers, 2,628 aircraft movement in 2018- Official



Ilorin. March 4, 3019 (NNN) The management of llorin International Airport, says it recorded a total number of 85,826 passengers and 2,628 aircraft movement in 2018.

Alhaji lbrahim AbdulAzeez, the Airport Manager, gave the figure while speaking with Aviation correspondents in llorin on Monday.

AbdulAzeez said that the statistics recorded during the period under review was above the 77,286 passengers and 2,566 aircraft recorded in 2017

He said that the 2018 figures symbolised growth in the operation of the airport in spite of the  economic situation in the country.

Giving a breakdown of the figures, the manager of the airport said that June accounted for highest figures of passenger movements with 8,445 passengers recorded.

“The month of June also has the highest aircraft movement with 248,’’ AbdulAzeez added.

He said that an average of 6,000 passengers passed through the airport from January to June.

“The figure increased in July to 6,345,’’ AbdulAzeez said.

The airport manager attributed the achievements recorded to the upgrading of facilities at the airport by the Federal Government.

He said that more airlines had signified interest to operate from the airport to convey passengers traveling to the northern and eastern parts of the country. (NNN)


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Unilorin VC congratulates AbdulRazaq on 1-yr in office



Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has said that Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has moved the state forward in his first year in office.

Abdulkareem congratulated the governor in a statement by Mr Kunle Akogun, the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, on Monday in Ilorin.

The vice-chancellor described the last one year in Kwara as peaceful, progressive and eventful under the leadership of AbdulRazaq.

He expressed satisfaction with the performance of the governor, saying that AbdulRazaq has proved to be “great worker and exceptional leader”, who worked round the clock to ensure development of the state.

”The governor has left no one in doubt that he is in office to work toward moving the state to greater heights,” the vice chancellor said.

He noted that the achievements of the governor over the last one year are very stimulating, inspiring and encouraging.

Abdulkareem expressed the appreciation of Unilorin to the governor for sustaining existing cordial relationship between the institution and the state government.

He also noted that AbdulRazaq was steadily paving new ways of cementing the relationship toward promoting mutual benefits among the two entities.

“I am happy that this hard-working governor has proved to be a good friend of our university.

“He has done so many things that made me to conclude that he is our friend in words and in deed,” the vice-chancellor said.

Abdulkareem commended AbdulRazaq for ensuring the fumigation of the university as a way of halting the spread of Coronavirus to the campus.

He also appreciated the governor for extending palliatives to junior workers of the institution to cushion the effects of socio-economic pains occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

The vice-chancellor recalled that the recent fumigation of the campus by the state government was to save students, staff and visitors from being infected by the dreaded virus..

He added that the governor also attended the 195th inaugural lecture of the institution and appointed several alumni as Commissioners and Members of the State Executive Council among holders of many other sensitive offices.

Th vice-chancellor assured the governor of the ceaseless support of the university in his effort to transform the state.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Career: Unilorin trains children on anchoring radio talk show



The University of Ilorin management says its radio, 89.3FM has trained some Primary school pupils on methods of anchoring special live broadcasts on the radio.

According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, the training is part of its sustained effort to promote the community service mandate of the University to its environment.

The publication stated that the children were drawn from various schools within the Tanke Community of Ilorin, the University’s immediate host community.

It stated that the pupils were trained and made to handle most of the routine programmes of the radio station for the day.

“Among the scheduled programmes handled by the pupils were the station’s daily newspaper review programme tagged “Top Highlight”, the various day’s news bulletins in English.

Also ‘Wednesday Give-away on Radio’ an audience phone-in programme in which callers win various gift items; as well as Children’s Variety, a discussion programme in which children-related issues were discussed”.

The publication said that at the end of the programmes, the children expressed satisfaction and happiness for having the opportunity to broadcast live on radio.

“They said that the opportunity has ignited the urge in some of them to pursue a career in the journalism profession, especially the broadcast aspect.

“Speaking on behalf of others, Samuel Jato of St. Joseph College, Ilorin, appreciated the management of Unilorin FM for the opportunity given to them to have first time and professional experience in broadcasting.

“Jato stated that his love for radio has increased while his inquisitiveness to know what is talking on radio means has also been satisfied,” it said.

The publication added that other children who also participated in the special Children’s Day broadcast were Olatundun Olawuyi from Hillspring Montessori School, Tanke; and Adekunle Quadri from C & S College, Sabo Oke, Ilorin.

“Addressing the children after their radio programmes, the Director of Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin, Mr. Kunle Akogun, stated that the management of the radio station designed the special Children’s Day programme as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities obligation to the University’s immediate host community.

“He added that this is to identify with the children who are the leaders of tomorrow.

“Akogun pointed out that the programme is also a means of identifying the talents of the kid-participants toward assisting them to make a viable career choice early in life,” it said.

Akogun also advised the children to face their studies squarely and plan adequately for their future.

“He also advised them to set realistic goals for themselves, a situation which he said will make them focus more on result oriented programmes on radio and television rather than just watching movies and listening to frivolous programmes.

“Also speaking, the Ag. Station Manager of Unilorin FM, Mr. Idris Alooma, appreciated the Director of Corporate Affairs, for his prompt approval of the special Children’s Day programme on the radio station when it was proposed to him.

“Alooma, however, advised primary and secondary schools in Kwara to establish press clubs in their various schools, which he said will enhance the student’s learning process and bring the positive aspect of the society closer to them in their various schools”.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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COVID-19: Ex-Unilorin Director tasks FG on research fund



Dr. Mahfouz Adedimeji, the immediate past Director, Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, has urged the Federal Government to set aside fund for research on COVID-19.

Adedimeji told newsmen in Ilorin on Monday that the research fund would aid relevant efforts towards getting a vaccine to fight the deadly virus.

He phasised the importance of research, and said that part of the funds donated by individuals and corporate organisations in respect of COVID-19 in Nigeria should be channeled to research.

The Associate Professor in the Department of English, said that government needed to be committed to providing the tools, facilities and enabling environment for researchers to thrive.

“We have been hovering on the same spot for years by having the same ambivalent attitude to knowledge and research.

“This attitude of paying lip service to or neglecting education and research has to change,” he said.

Adedimeji, however, commended the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for coming to the rescue of the nation’s tertiary education institutions in areas of critical needs.


Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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COVID-19: Kwara Govt extends palliatives to Unilorin



The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) says about 643 of its workers had benefited from the COVID-19 palliatives being distributed by the Kwara Government.

According to the institution’s bulletin issued on Monday, no fewer than 643 Departmental Staff have received food items donated by the state government as palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic.

The university said that the food items, which included 200 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 10kg garri and 50 bags of 5kg sugar, were distributed to the workers.

It noted that the Deputy Registrar, General Services, Mrs Maymunat Zakariyya, was charged with the distribution.

It also said that the management of the university headed by Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, had in its letter commiserated with the Kwara Government on the Global COVID-19 pandemic.

Zakariyya noted that the letter requested the state government to kindly extend the distribution of the Federal Government palliatives to its low cadre staff to ease their economic situation in this period of the lockdown.

“The state government responded by presenting 200 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 10kg garri and 50 bags of 5kg sugar to the university administration.

“She added that the university administration, however, identified 643 staff on CONTISS 1 and 2, and departmental staff of the university as the most vulnerable, and the Vice-Chancellor graciously directed that the food items be shared to this category of staff,” it stated.

Zakariyya, however, admonished the beneficiaries to observe the COVID-19 protocols, imploring them to endeavour to stay safe while hoping that the world will soon get out of thd crisis.

According to the bulletin, one of the beneficiaries, Mr Ajadi Suleiman, who spoke on behalf of others, commended the Kwara government and Unilorin management for the support.

Suleiman however advised the beneficiaries to accept whatever they got with joy and happiness.

“What the government has done is a good thing. We should all receive whatever gets to us with joy and happiness as it will do us a lot of good,” he said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: NGO distributes palliatives to entrepreneurs in Ilorin



An Ilorin-based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Tamirah Well-being Initiative, has distributed food items to enterpreneurs in Ilorin   to cushion the effects of the lockdown aimed at curtailing the spread of the COVID-19.

The founder of the NGO, Mrs Rukayat Yahaya, said  at the presentation of the palliatives in Ilorin that the gesture would go a long way in assisting beneficiaries.

She said her desire to assist entrepreneurs in the state was borne out of the zeal and determination to mitigate the negative impacts occasioned by COVID-19.

Yahaya, who is the CEO of Tamirah Digital, commended the state government, especially, the Technical Committee on COVID-19, for supporting the NGO with 200 bags of 5kg rice, 200 cartons of spaghetti and 25 bags of sugar.

She said that no fewer than 1,120 business owners had registered online to benefit from the NGO’s initiative.

The NGO, she added, gave palliatives to no fewer than 200 people in the first and second phases of the initiative.

Yahaya solicited for the continuous assistance of the state government in the area of loans and special grants for entrepreneurs in order to surmount the challenges of a postCOVID-19 era.

Earlier, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy affairs, Hajia Aishat Ahman-Patigi, had commended the NGO for its gesture.

The commissioner explained that government alone could not bear the responsibility of providing for the needy and called for more  support  from NGOs.

She added that  government would be ready to work with responsibile NGOs to move the state forward.

Ahman-Patigi urged small business owners not to see the COVID-19 as a threat to their businesses but rather as an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and potentials

Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria , expressed gratitude to the NGO and urged government at all levels to assist them with grants.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)




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Ilorin youth group empowers 121 traders, indigent with N1.7m



The Ilorin Emirate Youth Development Association (IEYDA), on Wednesday, empowered 121 traders and the indigent with a sum of N1.7 million.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the beneficiaries got between N10,000 and N40,000 each, depending on the type of their businesses.
NAN also reports that the programme was the fifth in the annual Lailatul-Quadir and empowerment scheme by the association.
Speaking at the occasion, the President of the association, Alhaji Babatunde Salaudeen, said that the annual event was aimed at assisting the beneficiaries, who might have eaten deep into their capital during the month of Ramadan.
He said that the gesture would help them in reinvesting in their businesses after the month of Ramadan.
In his own remarks, the National Publicity Secretary of the association, Alhaji Uthman Jagunma, said that the gesture was in furtherance of the philanthropic disposition of the association.
Jagunma said that the empowerment was done in spite of the huge amount which the association had earlier spent on palliatives for the COVID-19 lockdown and the Ramadan packages distributed to the vulnerable.
He disclosed that the fund being used for the empowerment was made available by a certain philanthropist in the emirate, adding that “the beneficiaries will not pay a single kobo in return.”
Jagunma urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
NAN reports that the cash presentation was made in compliance with the physical distancing guideline of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Earlier, the National Missioner of IEYDA, Mallam Muritala Ottan, had led people on a special prayer to commemorate the Lailatul-Qadr.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Hajia Raliat Sanni, from Jebba in Moro Local Government area of the state, appreciated the association for the gesture.
She prayed Allah to continue to provide in abundance for the donor and the facilitators.

Edited By: Angela Okisor and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Lockdown: Ilorin tailors complain of low patronage



Tailors in Ilorin have complained of low turnout of customers, as people failed to sew new clothes for this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

They attributed the poor patronage to COVID-19 pandemic, which made government to imposed a lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of Coronavirus.

The tailors said this on Tuesday in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin.

Mrs Mariam Abdulganiyu, a tailor at Eruda Area, said that there used to be lots of customers during Ramadan and toward the end of fasting, as many people would want to wear new clothes for Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

She said that this year was the first in her 15 years in tailoring business in which there would be little or no customer during Ramadan.

“I belief the poor patronage is as a result of the lockdown, which has affected the socioeconomic lives of many people and made them to stop sewing new clothes

“I have never witnessed this type of condition since my 15 years in this business, just as I have never seen or heard about a sickness that can affect the whole nation and world at the same point in time,” she said.

Mr Kazeem Olaiya, Kay designs at Taiwo road, also lamented the poor patronage, saying that since the government relaxed the lockdown, most of his customers only demanded for sewing of local face mask.

He said that as the Ramadan draws to an end, few customers brought their children clothes for sewing and at a reduced price, as they complained of no money.

“Some customers are even pleading for me to amend their clothes, to suit the Sallah celebration, because they cannot afford to sew new ones and at the same time want to look good,” he said.

Also speaking with NAN, Uncle T unisex design at Surulere area, said that he told most of his workers to stop coming to shop due to lack of patronage.

He said that some of his workers had started showing restiveness as a result of idleness as they had not much work to do, thereby causing public nuisance to residents.

“We now have more than enough time for sewing, unlike before, that we used to be very busy and overwhelmed with customers’ clothes.

“Few customers that patronised us during this period are able to get their clothes sewed within three days, with no complain and at reduced price,” he said.

NAN reports that the Eid-el-Fitr celebration by the Muslims marks the end of Ramadan fasting.

This year’s celebrationmay fall on Saturday or Sunday, depending on the sighting of  the new month of Shawwal 1441AH.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: Kwara govt. fumigates Unilorin



In its bid to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 in Kwara, the state government has fumigated the campus of the University of Ilorin.

The Chairman, Sub-Committee on Fumigation of  Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Shehu Adaramaja, disclosed to newsmen in Ilorin on Monday.

He said that the university was among numerous public places fumigated by the committee.

Adaramaja said that premises fumigated in the institution were the Works Department, radio station, clinic, Senate Building, Security Office, University Auditorium, the Faculty of Education, main gate and motor park.

Also fumigated were the walkways, lecture theatres as well as the Central Mosque and the churches.

“Let it be on record that the University of Ilorin, despite being a federal institution, is the first university to be fumigated by the governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq,” Adaramaja said.

He affirmed that infected persons could be cured as long as they report all signs and symptoms noticeable in their communities to the helplines provided by the COVID-19 team.

“Stay at home and follow all established rules as directed by the NCDC.

“The government has established an isolation centre at the Sobi Specialist Hospital and converted the Hajj camp to an isolation centre.

” It has established an oxygen plant at Sobi Hospital, provided medical equipment, approved the payment of N25, 000 per day to frontline doctors and prorate for other health workers involved in the fight against COVID-19.

“The government has also provided health insurance policy for front line workers as well as distributed palliative food items for vulnerable members of the society,” he said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Unilorin VC congratulates Gambari on appointment as Buhari’s CoS



Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, has felicitated with Prof. Ibrahim Gambari on his appointment as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Abdulkareem, in a statement signed by the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Kunle Akogun, on Monday, said the appointment of the renowned scholar and outstanding diplomat was one of the best things to have happened to Nigeria in recent times.

He said that the university was especially happy for the renowned academic and consummate diplomat, who was Guest Speaker during the institution’s 34th Convocation Ceremony in 2018.

The vice-chancellor said that the University of Ilorin was delighted with the appointment of Gambari, whom he described as an eminent son and great friend of the university and its host community.

Abdulkareem recalled that the University of Ilorin had on a number of occasions in the past benefitted Gambari’s scholarship and deep experience.

He said that Gambari had honoured the university’s invitations on at least two occasions during which he delivered thought-provoking and intellectually-stimulating lectures.

Abdulkareem said that Gambari’s appointment befits the resume of the nation’s longest-serving Permanent Representative to the United Nations in view of his scholarly candour, humility, resourcefulness and apolitical disposition.

According to him, Gambari is imbued with what it takes to assist President Buhari in steering the wheel of the nation to the promised land.

He also congratulated the Kwara State Governor, Malam AbdulRahman AbdulRazak on the appointment of a foremost Kwara indigene to that exalted position.

The vice-chancellor also rejoiced with the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, on the appointment of the illustrious Ilorin prince.

Abdulkareem prayed Allah to grant the new Chief of Staff all it would take him to have a very successful tenure of office.

Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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