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Kwara Govt. orders reversal to use of National Coat of Arms



Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has ordered the immediate reversal to the use  of National Coat of Arms in the state.

A statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Friday in Ilorin said that AbdulRazaq also ordered the discontinuation of the coat of arm adopted in 2012 by previous administration.

“With immediate effect, this administration has dropped the Kwara State Coat of Arms and reverted to the use of the Federal Coat of Arms,” the statement said.

The statement said the Secretary to the State Government had been mandated to implement the order.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Kwara Government, under the leadership of the former Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed, adopted a different coat of arms for the state in 2012.




Kwara Assembly swears-in new APC member



Ahmed Rufai, the newly elected member of the Kwara House of Assembly representing Patigi State Constituency,  was on Tuesday sworn-in by the Speaker, Yakubu Danladi.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ahmed Rufai is the younger brother of the late member, Saidud, who died in December 2019.

Rufai was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following the bye- election in Patigi Constituency in March 2020.

The Assembly, however, had yet to swear-in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Jimoh Raheem-Agboola, who was directed by the State Election Tribunal to take over the seat of the APC member for Ilorin South Constituency, AbdulAzeez Elewu- Oluwanilo.

Raheem-Agboola, in company with scores of PDP supporters in the state, had on three occasions stormed the House for the implementation of the court judgment without success.

But addressing journalists on Tuesday on why the PDP candidate was not sworn-in, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Olumide Awolola, said Raheem-Agboola as plaintiff did not join the present occupant of the seat, Abdulazeez Elewu-Oluwanilo,  in the suit he filed.

He said Elewu-Oluwanilo had also approached the Court of Appeal to seek interpretation and implication of not being joined in the suit.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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Firm donates N2m medical supplies to Kwara Govt



A firm, Stefolga, on Tuesday in Ilorin donated the first batch of N2 million worth of Doctors Scrubs and Patient Gowns to the Kwara COVID-19 Technical Committee.

The company’s , Chief Femi Sanni, said the donation was its token contribution towards the excellent work the state government was doing in the fight against the global pandemic of COVID-19, particularly through the Technical Committee headed by the deputy governor.

Sanni expressed hope that the materials donated would go a little way in adding to the great investment of the state in the health sector.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Stefolga is the country’s leading supplier of speciality vehicles such as Mobile Health Exam Clinics, Mobile Dental offices and Mobile Tax Offices, among others.

They are headquartered in Abuja with office in Canada and partners in USA, Turkey and Kenya.

According to Sanni, who is a native of Ilorin, plans are at an advanced stage for the establishment of a Stefolga Specialty Vehicle Assembly plant with the company’s partners in Kwara.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Kwara Govt tasks officials on appropriate use of immunisation equipment



The Kwara Government on Tuesday called for judicious use of equipment, including vehicles, donated to support immunisation and Primary Health Care (PHC) services in the state.

Dr Raji Abdulrazaq, the state Commissioner for Health, gave the task while inaugurating the State Emergency Routine Immunisation Centre (SERIC) on Tuesday in Ilorin.

Abdulrazaq said the donated vehicles and equipment would strengthen the PHCs in the state.

The commissioner noted that the state was committed to ensuring that its PHCs were ranked as the best in Nigeria.

He enjoined stakeholders at the PHCs in the state not to relent, but should continue to write proposals that would highlight the requirements to strengthen such healthcare facilities.

Abdulrazaq noted that the equipment and vehicles would facilitate wide coverage of immunisation of children throughout the state.

Dr Michael Oguntoye, Director, State Primary Health Care Development Agency, said the state government and development partners were worried because of the problems in spite of the national routine immunisation.

Oguntoye spoke on the sidelines of the inauguration of the equipment.

According to him, the last multiple indicator cluster sampling in 2016 and 2017, shows that there is very poor performance in routine immunisation in the country.

He said the Federal Government, for the first time, accepted the report of the Multiple Indicator Sampling and declared a state of emergency on public health immunisation to protect the population of immunised children.

Oguntoye, who is also the Programme Manager for SERIC, said the data showed that about 4.3 million Nigerian children were left unimmunised, despite availability of vaccines in Nigeria.

“As such, the state of public health emergency was declared on routine immunisation in the country, which brought about the establishment of the Emergency Response Centres on Immunisation.

“The objectives of establishing them is to ensure the responsiveness in the resolution of routine immunisation gaps in the country and to strengthen coordination for routine immunisation,” he said.

Oguntoye noted that the SERIC in Kwara, would among other objectives, identify bottlenecks and barriers to routine immunisation design and implement strategies to address the barriers, to increase coverage.

According to him, all eligible unimmunised children will be identified through tailored specific approach, while ensuring the availability of vaccines to local government health facilities.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the donated items included two Hilux vehicles, laptops, computers, projectors, public address systems and photocopiers.

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

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COVID- 19: Kwara has not lifted ban on religious activities –Commissioner



Dr Raji AbdulRazaq, Kwara Commissioner for Health, says the state has not lifted ban on religious activities placed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

AbdulRazaq stated this during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ilorin.

He said that although the Federal Government hinted on lifting ban on religious activities in the country, it had however given modalities to all the states on how best to go about it.

He added that the state government would meet to deliberate and come out with what was  best and would protect the people in the state.

The commissioner, therefore, warned that the government had not lifted any ban and no religious house should disregard the directives on social distancing.

He added that if there were any changes to the directives earlier placed the state government would communicate same to the public.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kwara currently has 111 confirmed case of COVID-19 and one recorded death.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Kwara records 23 new cases of COVID-19



Kwara has  recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 111, with 37 discharged and one death.

Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman for Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement in Ilorin on Tuesday.

“With this, the state now has a total of 111 confirmed cases, out of which 73 are active and 37 have recovered and discharged with one death.

“Regardless, the government warned people against letting down their guards as the level of threat of infection remains high across the country,” he said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)



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Kwara CP warns residents against impostors



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.


Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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Immunisation ongoing in Kwara inspite of COVID-19-Official



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.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)


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




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




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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