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Kwara Basketball Association mourns Ajanah

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The Kwara Basketball Association has mourned the death of Kogi Chief Judge(CJ), Justice Nasiru Ajanah, who died on Sunday morning in Abuja after a brief illness.

Chairman, Kwara basketball association, Dr Joseph Adeyemo in a statement signed by the association’s Secretary, Bello Azeez, and made available to newsmen in Ilorin on Monday, described the news of the death of the CJ as shocking and sad.

“Justice Ajanah was our association patron, the position he held for a very long time; he will be remembered for his excellent services for the game.

“He was vibrant, a wise leader, patient, loving and the visionary leader who always emphasized equality at the game.

“He was among the pioneers of Kwara basketball association and played for Kwara Falcons a very long time ago.

“He contributed alot to Nigeria basketball through his annual Justice Ajanah Inter-Basketball competition in Kogi state,” he said.

Adeyemo in the statement said “everyone’s thoughts are with the family and the people of Kogi state and we pray Almighty God gives everyone most especially his family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss, and wishes his soul a peaceful rest.”

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FRSC takes Coronavirus enlightenment campaign to motor parks in Kwara

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Jonathan Owoade, the Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kwara, on Tuesday said its enlightenment session at the Ero Omo motor park in Ilorin metropolis was to  curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Owoade said the enlightenment campaign was mandated by the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, after a joint stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja.

He said transport unions must ensure that their members adhered to the safety guidelines and protocols of COVID-19.

Owoade said transporters should constantly fumigate the parks and offices, while there should be provision of sanitisers as well as clean water and soap at strategic points.

He said that the use of infrared thermometer would help check passenger’s and drivers’ temperature before they embark on a journey.

“Any driver or passenger whose temperature is beyond normal should be disallowed from travelling or driving a car because such persons are unfit.

“It is dangerous to carry such a passenger because they may faint or develop severe illnesses while on the way; you should advise them to get medical help immediately.

“It is mandatory for passengers and vehicle operators to wear nose masks, maintain physical distancing and you must not carry more than 50 per cent of the capacity of your vehicle.

“Everyone must properly sanitise their hands before entering a public vehicle in order to protect themselves and avoid infecting others or contracting the virus,” he said.

The sector commander said the major cause of rise in the spread of COVID-19 was negligence by people.

Owoade implored them to work with the present reality and ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.

He said that the park management should constantly remind their members to avoid overloading of vehicles with goods and passengers.

“The reason the virus is still spreading is because of negligence and ignorance as well as unnecessary interaction owing to familiarity.

“Do not touch passenger’s goods unnecessarily, allow them to carry their goods by themselves and if you must help, make sure you wash your hands or make use of alcohol based hand sanitisers,” he said.

Owoade said  the park management should appoint officials to monitor the enforcement of the safety protocols in the park.

The Chairman of Ero Omo National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Park, Alhaji Saka Oniyere, in his response, thanked FRSC for constantly enlightening transporters.

“We are aware of the need for social distancing and other safety guidelines, but we need to be reminded always.

“We appreciate the efforts of the FRSC in making sure that we are safe. They are our friends and we appreciate the cordial relationship that has existed between the corps and the union.

“We pray that none of us will fall victim of the coronavirus by God’s grace,”  he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives from different parks were present at the enlightenment session.

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Abdulrazaq invites EFCC to probe Kwara LG funds

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Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara has invited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct an independent probe into funds so far received and disbursed to the 16 local government councils in  the state from May 2019 till date.

The governor made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Ilorin by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye.

Ajakaye said a panel of inquiry comprising members from various backgrounds would also be set up to look into the local government funds.

“For the sake of accountability and transparency, the governor is hereby calling on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to conduct urgent probe into funds so far received as allocations and spent by the 16 local governments between May 29 and now.

“Separately, the governor will also be setting up a panel of inquiry in the immediate to look into the same issues. Members of the panel and its terms of reference would be announced soon.

“This probe is borne out of the fact that this administration has not touched a kobo of money belonging to the local governments.

” It has nothing to hide.

“But for abundance of caution, the governor will be tasking not just the EFCC, but also a panel of inquiry with members drawn from various backgrounds to investigate the LG funds, how they have been spent, and expose any mismanagement or diversion of the funds (if any).

“The call becomes necessary in view of the outrageous claims by some persons that money to the tune of N300 million was diverted monthly from LG accounts,” Ajakaye said.

Ajakaye said the administration was of the view that council funds should be probed and laid to rest because governance was about public trust.

“Similarly, His Excellency appeals to the House of Assembly which comprises the elected representatives of the people with oversight powers to hold a public hearing on the said matter.

“The governor restated that he would not be found mismanaging or siphoning public funds.

“He maintains his stand, which dated back to his days in the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), that the local governments should be allowed to manage their own funds with minimal or no supervision by the state as the law may allow.

“He insists that any official found to have diverted or mismanaged public funds under him would be made to account for same as prescribed under the law,” Ajakaye added.

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CSOs seek quick action on agriculture masterplan in Kwara

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A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)has called on the Kwara Government to expedite action on its proposed agriculture masterplan for the state.

The coalition made the call on Tuesday in Ilorin at a press briefing by its Budget Committee on Public Financing of Agriculture Project constituted to analyse the proposed 2020 revised agriculture budget in the state.

This project is being financed by Actionaid Nigeria and implemented by the Center for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication (CCEPE).

Briefing newsmen, Hajia Bosede Anifowose, the Coordinator of the Small Scale Women Farmers Organization in Nigeria (SWOFON),  urged the state Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to itemise clearly the activities to be taken care of under the masterplan.

She noted that the sum of N28 million was allocated to the masterplan in the 2020 revised budget.

Anifowose said that the itemised activities would enable citizens and farmers to ascertain government’s plan for the agriculture sector and how soon the benefits would start accruing to them.

“More so, it should be very clear on how it promotes smallholder farmers productivity and growth through direct budget line items that target specific investments such as farm inputs, agriculture credit andb extension services.

” Others are labour saving technologies, climate resilient sustainable agriculture, small scale agricultural machineries and cottage processing facilities.

“We thus also implore the State House of Assembly, especially the Committee on Agriculture, to effectively engage the ministry toward this end,” she said.

She expressed regrets that women farmers were never given priority in the state inspite of the several engagements in the past.

“This trend unfortunately still subsists in the reviewed 2020 budget with the complete removal of the provision of paltry N1 million that was made for the purchase of 100 units of Knapsack sprayers for women farmers in the initial budget.

“While we urge the ministry to reinstate this budgetary provision in the reviewed budget, we equally observe that the allocation/provision is grossly inadequate at just 100 units of Knapsacks for the women in the entire 16 local government areas of the state,” she said.

The SWOFON leader, however, commended the state for the increased budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector from 1.88 per cent in the initial 2020 budget to 4.5 per cent in the reviewed budget.

This, she said, would effectively help the state to meet up with the 10 per cent Maputo/Malabo Declaration commitment.

She, however, said that more concrete steps needed to be taken to support small scale farmers, especially women farmers who produce the bulk of the food in the market.

Anifowose also urged the state Ministry of Agriculture and the House of Assembly to review government support to smallholder women farmers in the state to reflect their enormous contributions to the agriculture sector.

She also called for more support for extension agents in the state in order to build their capacity to assist farmers in line with the current trends and innovation in the sector.

Other participating organisations were the Welfare for Children and Teenagers Initiative, Community Need Care Development Initiative, Save the Future of Children Initiative and Fulfilling Dreams Foundation.

The rest were Organisation for the Sustainance of Nigerian Environment, FEMCOM as well as the Meadows Community and Development Outreach and WorthyLife Education and Health Foundation.

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Kwara records 19 fresh cases of Coronavirus, discharges 12 patients

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The Kwara Government says 19 more people have tested positive to Corronavirus (COVID-19), while 12 patients have twice tested negative to the virus and discharged.

The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Ilorin.

According to him, this brings to 401 the total number of confirmed cases with 179 patients discharged with 14 death.

“As at 7:00pm on Sunday the number of active cases is 208, and 179 patients had so far been discharged with 14 death,” said Ajakaye.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Coronavirus: Kwara Deputy Governor’s aides test positive

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Kwara Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on Coronavirus, Mr Kayode Alabi, has stressed the need for residents of the state to always adhere strictly to the COVID-19 safety protocols.

Alabi spoke on Sunday in Ilorin shortly after some of his aides tested positive for the COVID-19  in Ilorin.

He warned that the disease was real and a present danger that required serious caution.

Alabi explained that the government was determined to flatten the curve of coronavirus and curb community transmission.

The deputy governor disclosed that the aides had been admitted to the COVID 19 Infectious Centre at Sobi Specialist Hospital Ilorin.

He called on Kwarans to take responsibility in the fight against the disease.

Alabi added that the only antidote against COVID-19 was to obey all government and health officials precautionary measures .

According to him, such measures include wearing of face masks, avoidance of large gathering, adherence to physical distancing and washing of hands with soap under running water or sanitiser among others.

He also advised all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to emulate his action by allowing their staff to go for testing.

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Traffic offences: Kwara agency to deploy mobile court

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The Kwara Road Traffic Management Authority (KWARTMA) is set to deploy a mobile court to prosecute traffic offenders in the state.

The Chief Executive Officer of the traffic management body, Mr Yekeen Bello, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Ilorin.

He expressed the belief that the mobile court would help fast track the prosecution of traffic offenders.

“The fact is we have been assigned a mobile court because our Act empowers us to have one. Presently, it has not been constituted although we have done the bulk of what we are expected to do.

“Logistics is the major problem, but the mobile court is underway. In fact, we have gotten the Magistrate for the mobile court.

“When we talk of the logistics, the office space is not there, the vehicle to convey the Magistrate is not there as well as other needs.

“The moment we are able to put all these in place, it will take off because it is in our Act,” he said.

Bello, who also lamented the challenge of inadequate manpower, said this was restricting the operations of the traffic body to only Ilorin, the state capital.

“The personnel we have are not even enough for Ilorin metropolis.

” We have been approved to move to Offa, Omu-Aran, Bode-Saadu and Baruten in Kwara North Senatorial District.

“But it is the challenge of logistics, that of manpower shortage.

” If I take one quarter of what I have here to Offa and Omu-Aran when they are not even enough, how do we cope?

“I have gone round the whole state. There are some areas where residents don’t bother to register their vehicles or motorcycles.

“The moment KWARTMA arrives in those areas, definitely they must all obtain license for their vehicles and this would increase the internally generated revenue of the state.

“This is why we say we are not directly a revenue generating agency but a catalyst,” he said.

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Kwara records 71 fresh cases of Coronavirus

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The Kwara Government says 71 more people have tested positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total of confirmed cases in the state to 382.

The Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Ilorin.

According to him, this brings the total of confirmed cases to 382, with 167 patients discharged and 12 death recorded in the state.

“As at 11:00 pm on Saturday the number of active cases is now 203, while 167 have so far been discharged and 12 deaths recorded,” he said.

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

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Ex- Kwara Governor condoles with Bishop Kukah over mother’s death

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Former governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has commesurated with the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Hassan Kukah over the death of his mother, Madam Janet Kukah.

Ahmed, in a Twitter message, also condoled with the Kukah family and prayed for its matriarch’s repose.

“I extend my profound sympathies to the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Hassan Kukah on the sad passing of his mother, Madam Janet Kukah.

“While any loved one’s death is sad, a mother’s is especially painful. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kukah family at this difficult period as I beseech God to comfort them and grant the departed eternal peace,” he said.

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Kwara gets test centre for Coronavirus

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Kwara has officially been designated a test centre for the COVID-19 pandemic by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

The Chairman of the State’s Medical Advisory on COVID-19, Dr Femi Oladiji, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Ilorin.

He said that the NCDC had approved the automated GeneXpert laboratory located at the COVID-19/Infectious Diseases Centre Alagbado, Ilorin, as a test centre.

Oladiji said that another COVID-19 molecular and research laboratory was being proposed at the Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre which would utilise Reverse transcription and PCR in real-time quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-qPCR)p>

“The GeneXpert machine has been accr
Edited By: the NCDC and is now officially functional in the state (NAN)

“A review to assess the diagnostic accuracy of GeneXpert found that when used as an initial test, it had pooled sensitivity of 89% and specificity of 99% compared to sensitivity of 98% and specificity of 99% for RT-qPCR at standard formats

“The GeneXpert tests will let us make quicker decisions about whether to quarantine or isolate individuals who show up with or without potential symptoms related to COVID-19

” Hospital management staff will also be able to make rapid decisions about the best way to use resources such as respiratory equipment

“This is a huge success for the government and people of the state. It is also a huge investment by the government

” I must thank the governor for this feat with the NCDC certification of this GeneXpert facility. It would go a long way in the fight against this pandemic in the state,” he said.

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Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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