The Kwara State Government has restated its commitment to support Public and Private Partnership (PPP), to revamp the economy of the state through tourism.
The State Commissioner for Communication, Mrs Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin, said this on Wednesday in Ilorin, during a Post-COVID-19 Webinar discussion.
The discussion was on the potential of breaking new grounds using tourism to drive growth in Kwara state, organised by Bond Integrated Estate Limited, held in Ilorin.
Afolabi-Oshatimehin said there was need to develop sustainable post-COVID-19 solutions to harness the tourism potential that abound in the state.
According to her, to revamp the state’s economy, tourism must be treated as a catalyst for socio-economic development.
Afolabi-Oshatimehin said that webinar/zoom meeting would be a starting point to breaking new grounds on the potential of tourism as a growth driver to enhanced Internally Generated Revenue, job opportunity for youth and community development.
The Commissioner commended the organiser of the programme for choosing Kwara for the project.
Also speaking, the State General Manager of Tourism, Mrs Esther Onietan, said Kwara was the heart of tourism in Nigeria with different attractions.
Onietan said the state was blessed with a lot of festivals which include annual Dubar being exhibited at the Emir’s palace and Ganni festival in Kaima Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking to newsmen after the event, Mr Michael Adeboye, the Convener of the event, observed that Kwara hosts great potential for tourism.
He said that previous administrations in the state had neglected the tourism potential, but the administration of Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak had shown great interest to develop the sector.
“This is the reason I decided to cooperate with the state government to improve the potential in the sector,” Adeboye, who is also the CEO of Bond Integrated Estate Limited said.
He said the state government had also shown commitment in improving infrastructure in the state that would boost the tourism potential.
Edited By: Huseyn Mbar/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Gov. AbdulRazak constitutes visitation panels to Kwara Poly, Aviation College
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has approved the constitution of visitation Panel for the Kwara State Polytechnic and International Aviation College, Ilorin.
In a statement, Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, Kwara Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology said on Monday that the visitation panel will be chaired by Dr. Fatai Bello.
She stated that Bello was Country Representative of the Global Fund, a United Nations’ agency in Nigeria and former Council member of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin.
According to her, other members of the panel include Mr Suleiman Talban Lafiagi; AbdulGaniyu Sani, a Chartered Accountant/ forensic audit expert; Muyideen Aliyu, Rtd Director of SSS; Mrs. Yetunde Adekeye, former Principal, School of Midwifery; and Hajiya Asmau Yusuf Saka, Rtd Banker/Accountant.
She disclosed that the Assistant Director of the Kwara State Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Ayansola Justina, will act as the secretary of the visitation panel.
Kawu-Modibbo also said the governor has also accepted the appointment of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Alabi, former Dean, College of Engineering, Kwara State University (KWASU), as chairman of International Aviation College Visitation Panel.
She noted that other members of the visitation panel are: Mr AbdulFatai Olajide, Private Chartered Accountant and Auditor as member, and Mrs Christina Amudipe, a Primary Health Consultant ad member, among others.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
SS 3 students resume Wednesday in Kwara
All Senior Secondary 3 students in Kwara would resume on Wednesday as the state government had distributed 65, 000 face masks to schools ahead of the resumption.
Kayode Alabi, the Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Technical Committee on COVID-19, said this on Monday in Ilorin while handing over the face masks to the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Bisola Ahmed.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government had directed that exit classes should resume on Tuesday for their final examinations.
The deputy governor said the face masks were to be distributed to SS3 students as part of the government’s efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission in the state.
“On behalf of the Kwara State Government and His Excellency, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, I present these face masks for onward distribution to our SS3 students as they prepare to resume academic activities.
“This is just the beginning as they will get more and more of our support.
“This is the first phase as we are also giving out sanitisers while the Ministry of Education, working with the committee and stakeholders in the sector, has been mandated to ensure that safety rules are adhered to,” Alabi said.
Responding, the commissioner said the government was making efforts to adhere strictly to the preventive measures as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.
“Our SS3 students will resume this week, precisely on Wednesday.
“We have 65,000 face masks here which will be distributed to schools across the three senatorial districts of the state.
“The face masks are now being distributed through the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS).
” This is the first phase of what will be provided to schools.
“We have spoken with the principals of the schools and they are ready to support the state government and we assure you that all the preventive measures as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education will be provided as the schools resume,” Ahmed added.
She assured the people of the state that the face masks would get to the affected students across the state.
The commissioner said only the SS 3 students were to resume on Wednesday, adding that other exit students would be informed of their date of resumption ahead of their own examinations.
ANCOPSS President in Kwara, Toyin Abdullahi commended the government for the proactive steps, saying they would transmit the materials as directed by the government.
“I want to assure the government that the face masks will be distributed to the SS 3 students while ANCOPSS will complement the efforts of the government to ensure safety in our schools,” he added.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
PCN seals 808 illegal pharmaceutical premises — Registrar
Dr Elijah Mohammed, Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says the council has sealed 808 illegal pharmaceutical premises during the month of July.
Mohammed made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja, while giving an update of the council’s activities in July.
He said that out of the 1,179 pharmaceutical premises inspected by the council’s enforcement team, 740 illegal medicines shops and 68 illegal pharmacies were sealed.
“A total of 1,179 pharmaceutical premises were inspected during the visits and at the end of the visit, 808 premises were sealed including 740 illegal medicines shops and 68 illegal pharmacies,” Mohammed said.
The registrar expressed dismay over the uncontrolled proliferation of online pharmacies in the country.
He, however, cautioned people who engaged in the sales and promotion of medicines online to visit their PCN state offices to register the online pharmacies latest Aug. 31.
According to him, the minimum requirement for an online pharmacy is its direct affiliation to a registered physical brick and mortar pharmacy.
“Failure to do so will lead to the pulling down of such portals and subsequent prosecution.
“These include full-fledged online pharmacy websites, stores hosted on all purpose e-commerce sites and also those practiced on social media handles.
“Colleagues are encouraged to report erring online pharmacies to this email address [email protected],’’ he said.
Mohammed promised that the council was poised to deliver its full mandate especially as it concerned investigation and discipline of professional misconduct among players in the pharmaceutical.
The registrar also encouraged all frontline pharmacists to adhere to the strictest guideline for self-protection in a bid to eradicate COVID-19 virus in the shortest possible time.
He urged pharmacists not to let down their guards, noting that the virus infection rate was still on the increase.
“As lockdowns and restrictions are gradually relaxed across the country, I implore all colleagues not to let down their guards as we know that the virus infection rate is not slowing down.
“We commiserate with the families of colleagues who have died in the line of duty while we pray for the quick recovery of colleagues who are currently undergoing treatment,” he added.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)
COVID-19 pandemic impact on nation’s educational sector may last 5 years —Don
Prof. Abdulrazak Oniye of the Department of Educational Guidance and Counselling, University of Ilorin, says the impact of Coronavirus pandemic on Nigeria’s educational sector may span five years before any recovery.
Oniye, who said this while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin on Monday, added that this was evident as the raging COVID-19 pandemic was not abating.
The don said that the call by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to keep educational institutions closed was valid.
He also admitted that the opinion of other stakeholders in the sector which favoured the gradual reopening of schools should not be discarded.
Oniye is the Chairman of the Association of Model Islamic Schools (AMIS) in Kwara.
He said that if the 2019/2020 academic session should be totally lost to the pandemic, the nation’s educational sector might not recover form it in the next five years.
He also said that the sector would be facing a grave danger if schools should remain shut further.
Oniye added that the sector would be lagging behind other members of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), had the Federal Government not decided to allow students who are due to exit the terminal classes to take their final examinations.
He observed that the infrastructure in the educational sector which is currently inadequate would come under additional pressure with the continued closure of schools.
He commended the government for its current decision which he said must have been informed by the security reports at its disposal.
The don said that he was of the opinion that the decision to allow the students to take their final examinations was also supported by concerned stakeholders.
He said that this is because only about 20 per cent of students’ population is in the final classes.
He added that the schools would be able to enforce physical distancing among the students during their examinations.
The educationist also said that the examination would provide an “experimental environment” for the reopening of schools in general.
According to him, many parents did not pay the second term school fees of their children because the term had not ended when government had to impose lock-down on the country to combat the spread of COV ID-19, he said.
“We should just take our destinies in our hands and we must not lose our guard,” he said.
The don called on the state government to give grants or interest-free loans to private schools for them to pay the salaries of their suffering staff members.
He said that some of them had not been paid salaries for some months.
Oniye said that private schools were responsible for catering for most of the primary and secondary educational needs in the state.
He said that the over 200 members of his association were ready to resume teaching in their schools with strict observance of COVID-19 protocols.
He, therefore, appealed to the state government to assist them in disinfecting their schools, adding that they had started providing hand washing and other facilities in their schools.
“The Association has monitoring teams that can work with the state’s Ministry of Education to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 set protocols,” he said.
The don cautioned school owners against extorting students due to the imperative of the use of face masks during the school hours.
He also urged the Federal Government to resolve all outstanding issues with the university unions so that academic activities would commence in earnest.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Peter Dada (NAN)