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Kwara FA elections: Sure Babes FC protest Congress decision on delegates’ voting right

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Sure Babes Football Club, an Ilorin-based Nigeria Women Premier League side, has challenged one of the decisions of the Kwara Football Association (FA) Congress on the upcoming State FA Elections.

The club management said on Thursday in Ilorin that it was challenging the decision to give the women football voting right at the elections to amateur side Moje Queens of Erin-Ile.

Its protest was in a letter addressed to the FA, copies of which were also made available to all Congress members, as well as the 2019 elections’ Electoral and Appeal Committees.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the letter was signed by the Chairman of Sure Babes, Mohammed Daudu.

The club said the decision to give the voting right to Moje Queens, arrived at during the FA’s April 24 Congress, was not right.

It then asked for the reversal of the decision.

But the FA Chairman, Busari Ishola, while acknowledging receipt of the protest letter, said only the Congress can now reverse the decision.

“The decision was taken at the April 24 gathering, and all members present agreed with the decision, even though the Chairman of Sure Babes FC was not present.

“But clubs in the Nationwide League One (NLO) had similar problems, and it was solved the same way,’’ he said.

Ishola added that Moje Queens were picked to have the voting right because they were the only female clubside which registered for the 2019 State FA Cup competition.

NAN reports that Sure Babes FC had in their letter of protest pointed out that they had been in the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) for the past five years.

The club also known as Kwara Ladies Football Club said they are presently playing in the top-flight Nigeria Women Premier League.

“Moje Queens only registered and played in the league just last season.

“The Chairman of Kwara chapter of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Ademola Kiyesola, who was said to have represented Moje Queens at the Congress is not officially part of the club’s management set-up.

“He has never represented the club at any gathering before now, including the National Congress and the AGM of the Women’s League.

“The person who has been representing the club, even at the national level is one Samuel Abejide,’’ Sure Babes FC indicated in the letter.

It then alleged that Kiyesola was “only being used by some desperate Chairmanship candidates to get undeserved advantage during the elections’’.

“We are therefore appealing to the FA to reverse the decision, and award the Delegates Voting Right to Daudu, the representative of Sure Babes who is also the club’s Chairman,’’ the club said.

NAN reports that the State FA Elections have been scheduled to come up on June 13 at the Kwara State Sports Council premises in Ilorin.

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Kwara CP warns residents against impostors

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Commissioner of Police (CP) in Kwara, Kayode Egbetokun has alerted the people of the state to the fraudulent acts of some unscrupulous elements who had allegedly created various social media accounts using his pictures.

One of such accounts, the CP said, “Is a Facebook account with the name Kpansa Terhem using the picture of the Commissioner of Police for obvious sinister motive.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Okasanmi Ajayi, made this known in a statement issued on Monday in Ilorin.

The statement read, “The Commissioner of Police does not operate any Facebook account and as such wishes to warn the general public to beware of the antics of these social media bullies/ fraudsters so as not to fall for their tricks.

The Police Command in the state therefore wishes to advise that members of the public should ignore any request or bogus claim by anybody using the name or pictures of CP Kayode Egbetokun in any social media accounts.”

He urged the residents to report any suspected fraudulent act to the Police Public Relations office, Police Command, Ilorin, through these phone numbers: 08032365122/08081763132 or to the nearest police station.

 


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Immunisation ongoing in Kwara inspite of COVID-19-Official

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The Kwara Government on Monday, advised residents  to take their children for immunisation against child killer diseases, saying routine immunisation was still ongoing inspite of COVID-19.

Dr Michael Oguntoye,  the Director, Primary Health Care System in the state Ministry of Health, gave the advice in Ilorin during a sensitisation meeting on measles campaign.

“All health facilities are open during this period of COVID- 19 and routine immunisation services will be rendered.

“Immunisation is a core health device that should be prioritised for the prevention of communicable disease and safeguarded for continuity during the COVID- 19 pandemic and other pandemics for that matter where feasible, ” he said.

According to him, immunisation delivery strategies may need to be adapted and should be conducted under safe conditions without undue harm to health workers, caregivers and the community.

Oguntoye observed that there was risk of disruption to routine immunisation and other primary Healthcare activities due to the  COVID- 19-related burden on the health system.

He added that there was decreased demand for vaccination because of social distancing requirements or community reluctance to visit health facilities for fear of the disease.

Oguntoye warned that disruption of immunisation services, even for brief periods, would result in increased numbers of susceptible individuals and raise the likelihood of outbreaks prone vaccine preventable disease (VPD) such as measles.

He noted that such outbreaks due to low vaccine uptake might  result in increased rate of illnesses and deaths,  especially among young infants and other vulnerable groups.

“As a result, the Kwara government in conjunction with UNICEF is creating awareness among the population that immunisation and other Primary Health Care (PHC) services are still available in our centres and other health care facilities,” he said.

Oguntoye said the health facilities in the state were already positioned to provide immunisation and other PHC services to clients in environments that were  safe for both the health workers and clients.

Also speaking at the meeting, Dr Marion Adekeye, the State Nutrition Officer, Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Agency,  explained that Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) were those that could  be prevented by immunisation.

She listed some of these child killer diseases to include Tuberculosis, Poliomyelitis, Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Haemophilus and Influenza among others.

Adekeye blamed those who got afflicted or died from the diseases on the inaction of parents to ensure they were  immunised.

According to the expert , refusing immunisation destroys lives as this might result in incidence of abandoned children or disability.

Dr Dupe Shittu, the Social Mobilisation Officer for Kwara State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said health facilities in the state were in optimal condition.

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Appointments: Kwara youth group organises prayer for Profs Akanbi, Gambari, 4 others

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The Kwara Youth Unity Forum (KYUF) on Sunday in Ilorin organised special prayers for the success of six indigenes, including four Professors, from the state that recently got various appointments.

The appointees are Professors Mohammed Akanbi and Ibrahim  Gambari and four other Ilorin sons and daughter.

They offered the prayers to seek God’s blessing and protection for the beneficiaries on their appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports Prof. Ibrahim Gambari was recently appointed the Chief of Staff to President Buhari while Prof. Mohammed Akanbi, was appointed the Vice Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU).

NAN also reports that the prayer was also for Minister of State for Transport, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki; and Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’allah.

Others were Prof. Abdullahi Yusuf as Chief Medical Director of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Mr Bolakale Kawu Agaka.

The prayer was jointly organised by the National Coordinator of Kwara Youth Unity Forum (KYUF), Mr Shafi Alada; the PRO, Nigeria Legion, Kwara State chapter, Mr Omolale Olusegun.

An Islamic Cleric, Sheik Suleiman Zubair, who led the prayer thanked Allah for the appointments of the six Ilorin emirate sons and daughter,

He said that no great man would die in vain as his history would remain to judge them.

The cleric urged the youth to work assiduously for the development of their home community, wherever they might find themselves.

Zubair described them as perfect examples of silent achievers, visionary, veritable team players to be emulated by all in the Emirate and Kwara as a whole.

He therefore prayed Allah to give them good health and long life to be able to continue to serve humanity and people of Kwara.

People in attendance recited Holy Qur’an to pray to Allah for a successful tenure in office of the six personalities.

Speaking to newsmen after the prayer, convener of the event, Alada, National Coordinator of KYUF, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for finding the Ilorin Emirate sons and daughter worthy of such appointments.

Alada appreciated their contributions to the development of their immediate environment.

He described them as illustrious sons and daughter of the emirate worthy of emulation by all and sundry.

According to him, they have performed wonderfully well assisting the less privileged in the society.

He lauded their empowerment programmes for women and youths as well as job creation and educational support programmes to indigent students in the emirate.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Gov. AbdulRazaq felicitates with Kwara Speaker at 35

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Sunday felicitated with the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Salihu Yakubu-Danladi, on his 35th birthday anniversary.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, described the lawmaker as a phenomenon of his time and a pride of his various constituencies.

“Apart from being the youngest Speaker ever in the history of Kwara State and one of the youngest ever in Nigeria, the Rt. Honourable Speaker has carried himself in the manner most befitting of the exalted office.

“His leadership of the House engenders unity, focus, and determination with which the lawmakers have joined hands with the executive to constantly deliver on our mandate to restore the glory of Kwara State.

“The executive arm is proud to be working with a Speaker and his colleagues, who share the same worldview of probity, prudence, accountability, service to humanity, sense of responsibility and empathy.

“While urging him to remain focussed and people-centric, I join the people of Kwara State, including the State Executive Council, to congratulate Mr Speaker, his family, and associates on his birthday,’’ AbdulRazaq said.

According to him, there is no doubt that he has been a worthy representative of his constituencies as a young man and the entire people of Kwara North.

“I pray Allah (SWT) to grant him more wisdom, good health and long life,” the governor said.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Telecom firms now to pay N1 per km for digital connection in Kwara

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has directed the slashing of the Right of Way (RoW) fee for telecommunications firms (Telecom) from N5,500 per linear metre to N1 per kilometre of fibre.

This was made known on Sunday in Ilorin in a statement by the Commissioner for Communication, Alhaji Murtala Olanrewaju.

Olanrewaju, who said the fee was the second lowest in Nigeria after Kaduna, added that the reduction was with immediate effect.

He added that until now, telecom firms were paying N5,500 per linear metre as the fee for laying fibre cables in the state to strengthen their digital connections.

The Commissioner said Gov. AbdulRazaq had directed that the RoW fee be slashed to N1 only per kilometer.

This decision, he said was designed to deepen digital penetration in Kwara, jerk up the state’s ease of doing business ratings, and ease people’s access to the internet and other digital communication even in the remotest parts of the state.

“Apart from driving up investment in the sector, the long-term effects of this significant step such as strengthening access to digital communications and bringing more businesses to the hinterlands cannot be quantified,” the commissioner said.

NAN reports that Internet and broadband penetration had been known to have a direct correlation with economic development.

A study carried out by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), on Africa reported that a 10 per cent broadband penetration would lead to a 2.5 per cent increment of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The National Economic Council (NEC), had recently resolved to encourage technological advancement as a way to fast track economic development in Nigeria.

The resolution was hinged on the need to create a favourable business environment for telecommunication companies and to further deepen broadband penetration for social and economic development.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Kwara Muslim Council tasks Gov. AbdulRazaq to consolidate 1-year achievements

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The Kwara Muslim Council has urged Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to consolidate on his first term achievements as he celebrate one-year in office.

Justice Salihu Olohuntoyin-Mohammed, the Chairman of the council, gave the task in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ilorin.

Olohuntoyin-Mohammed said that in the last one year, AbdulRazaq has embarked on people oriented projects across the 16 local government areas of the state and urged him to further consolidate on the gains.

He also praised the governor for his simplicity, fairness and not allowing executive hooliganism.

Olohuntoyin-Mohammrd, who is also a former Grand Khadi in the state Sharia Court of Appeal, said the governor has demonstrated a purposeful leadership that carry along all segments of the society.

“The governor is very humble, humane, promptly address welfare of Kwara citizens, especially those in rural areas and avoid executive hooliganism,” the council chairman said.

The senior citizen also advised the people of the state to continue to pray for AbdulRazaq for more achievements aimed at transforming the state.

He assured the governor that the council would not relent in supporting him to deliver on his mandate.

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Anniversary: Kwara artisans appeal to Gov. AbdulRasaq for revolving loan

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As Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq of Kwara begins second year in office, artisans in the state have called on him to grant them loans to enable them to engage in meaningful business activities.

Mr Joseph Olu-Akintayo, the President of Professional Artisans in the state, made the call in llorin on Saturday while speaking with the News Agency’ of Nigeria NAN on the the governor’s first year in office.

According to him AbdulRasaq’s administration should empower the people to minimise the “alarming rate of poverty” in the state.

He said many residents of the state, including artisans, lacked basic capital to carry out their business activities to cater for their families.

“The governor should assist artisans in the state with a revolving loan to get back to business after the coronal virus pandemic.

“We want the governor to focus more on empowerment. After COVID-19, people will be so much impoverished. It is high time he empowered the people,” he said.

He recalled that the state government had earlier promised to grant a revolving loan to them, and appealed that it be done now that their little capitals had dwindled due to COVID-19 lockdown.

The president of the artisans however commended Gov. AbdulRasaq for his remarkable achievement in infrastructure development a cross the state within one year in office.

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Anniversary: Kwara Speaker scores Gov. AbdulRasaq high

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The Speaker, Kwara House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Danladi, on Friday scored Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq high as he clocked one year in office.

Danladi described the governor’s performance as purposeful and unprecedented in the history of Kwara.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Mr Sheriff Ibrahim, on AbdulRasaq’s one year in office, the speaker said the governor  rejuvenated public infrastructure across sectors of the economy in the state.

Danladi added that Abdulrazaq shifted the paradigm of governance from personalisation to institutionalisation and from politicisation to de-politicisation.

The Governor changed governance in the state from extravagance to prudence,” he said.

“On behalf of the lawmakers and staff of the Kwara Assembly,  I congratulated the governor for his productive one year in office,” he said.

He noted that the state’s commonwealth was now efficiently utilised through completion of ongoing public infrastructure across the state.

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One year in Office: We inherited moribund sectors; says in Kwara Gov

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara says his administration inherited moribund sectors in the state when he assumed office on May 29, 2019.

AbdulRazaq made this known on Friday at the Government House, Ilorin, while briefing newsmen on his administration’s achievements in the last one year.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the briefing enjoyed live broadcast where the people of the state asked questions on government activities in the last one year.

According to him, his adminstration inherited a state with huge water scarcity, unfunded education system, uncompleted and abandoned projects, moribund healthcare sector, agriculture and decayed infrastructure.

“Everything was moribund when we came in, the education system and other sectors were in disarray,” he said.

He declared that the situation in the education sector of the state was worsened because previous administrations did not invest in it and other sectors.

N8 billion was piled up in the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) waiting for Kwara to pick up.

“Because no investment had been made on education in the state for many years, students, pupils were just sitting in classrooms looking at the blackboards without exercise books.

“We realised there are challenges we need to catch up with because there are no chairs, laboratories and furnitures in our schools, and ghost workers in the sector was also a major challenge.

WAEC had to fine us N20 million because our teachers colluded with students,” he said.

The governor explained that though previous administrations in the state had invested heavily on water project, but there was scarcity of water supply in the state.

AbdulRazaq added that his administration was not in a rush to purchase official vehicles or renovate the Government House for him to move into.

This, he said, was due to the fact that the state was littered with unbefitting infrastructure that has kept it down the ladder of socioeconomic development over the years.

He said his conducts, prudent handling of public funds and prioritisation of people’s welfare were in agreement with the spirit of Otoge; the campaign slogan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

What Kwara people voted for was change. They were tired of how things were being done before.

“They needed a new beginning to chart a new course. That’s the task we are charged with.

“The question they are asking us is how we are funding our numerous projects? The answer is because we are prudent in the management of public resources.

“I thank members of the state House of Assembly. All the lawmakers are entitled to a vehicle each. So far, they have sacrificed that.

“That possibly runs to over a billion Naira. Our Commissioners are also entitled to vehicles. That also runs to over a billion Naira. The Governor and the Deputy Governor and their aides are also entitled to vehicles which also run to over a billion Naira.

“We all have sacrificed such in order to invest in critical infrastructure for the state,” the governor said.

AbdulRazaq said he was not ready to share money to selected few as was the practice in the past.

According to him, Kwara people did not vote for him in order to lavish public funds on acolytes or entrenched interests.

He declared that his priority was to share projects across the state to deepen development in the grassroots.

“We abandon the renovation of Government House which is also over N100 million. That’s not important to us now.

“We need to focus on the essential things. We believe that there should be a change in the way things are done.

“Let us make sure that we start delivering now with the right trajectory because our people voted for change and change has come to stay.

“People will continue to see the change. Yes, some people will complain that we’re not sharing money. We’re not doing this, we’re not doing that.

“We are not here to share money; we are here to share projects and infrastructure. We expect people to stay with us and stay focused,” AbdulRazaq added.

He commended the people of the state for their support over the last one year, urging them to remain steadfast as the administration will continue to commit public funds to serve them.

On the plummeting oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic that have slowed down global economy, AbdulRazaq said the government would slash the N162 billion 2020 budget by roughly N40 billion.

He said the administration would place emphasis on cutting the cost of governance and some infrastructural projects that do not immediately impact on the lives of the people.

He said more money would now go into social investments to shore up the purchasing power of the masses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

AbdulRazaq said the state government had nearly finalised debates on the national minimum wage until the pandemic struck.

He added however that the recent presidential order granting autonomy to local governments has justified his position that the third tier of government must be allowed to manage its own resources and take its own decisions.

The governor commended the workers in the state, including the leadership of the unions, for their understanding while the debate lasted, reiterating government’s commitment to the welfare of the workers.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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