The State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kwara, Mrs Tosin Ikupolati, has called on both Federal and state governments to assist in constructing a perimeter fence at the orientation camp.
Ikupolati made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency at the Yikpata permanent orientation camp on Friday.
She commended Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara for renovating hostels at the camp.
She said the governor had renovated and expanded the male hostels in the camp, presently occupied by the corps members undergoing orientation.
The coordinator said that hopefully, the remaining hostels under renovation would be used by Batch `C’ Stream 2 to commence late November.
Ikupolati described the governor as `a youth-friendly governor’, saying that by the gesture, the governor had upgraded the camp hostels to a five-star status.
She noted that the borehole donated to the camp by the Lower Niger River Basin Authority was now functional.
The coordinator recalled that the governor had expressed displeasure with the dilapidated facilities at the camp when he visited the camp after his assumption of office.
“Few weeks after his visit, AbdulRazaq donated 200 double- bunk beds and 400 mattresses as well as benches and drugs to the camp,’’ she said.
“I will not relent in my efforts to achieve this transformation mandate with the welfare of corps members as my focus,” Ikupolati said.
Edited by Joseph Edeh/Adeleye Ajayi
Light-Up Kwara: Company says project 90% completed, no dispute with Kwara Govt
Dr Sunny Akpoyibo, the Chairman, Riccofortezza-Asteven Energy Limited, on Friday said the Light Up Kwara project (LUK) was over 90 per cent completed.
Akpoyibo told newsmen in Ilorin that the company had no dispute with the Kwara State Government as the project was almost executed as residents could testify.
He said that the company would have completed the project this June, but for the repeated vandalism of its cables by some unpatriotic elements.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the chairman was reacting to the Kwara House of Assembly recent advice to the state government to hand over the company that handled the Infrastructure Fund Kwara (IFK) to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for further investigation over the project and prosecution if found wanting.
”Phase two, installed along Asa Dam road, comprises 226 double-arm all-in-three LED solar streetlights, 17 single-arm all-in-three solar streetlights, was also fully completed towards the tail-end of 2017/2018.
”Phase three comprises installation of 3 Solar Farm Tunnels (SFTs) to power retrofitted moribund road lighting poles along Fate road/Umaru-Audi road/Ahmadu Bello Way-to-Challenge junction and Post Office (SFT 1), University road (SFT 2) and New Yidi road/Unity road/Taiwo road (SFT 3).
“SFT 1 and 2 have been completed and fully operational since 2018.
”And due to repeated and sustained vandalisation of already laid PV cables at Fate, Umaru Audi and Ahmadu Bello way, delays ensured.
“Cables which would have been used to complete the project have always been diverted to replace the stolen ones,” he said.
According to him, in order to demonstrate commitment to the project the company is still on site despite outstanding payment of more than N900 million by the state government.
On his part, Mr Bolade Soremekun, the Managing Director, RUBITEC Nigeria Ltd, another company involved in the project, said there was no dispute with the Ministry of Energy and Kwara State Government over the project.
“Our project continues and is ongoing. New casting is being done as we speak as well as rehabilitation of some bulbs that need to be changed,” he explained.
Soremekun said that his company was committed to completing all the three phases of the project.
NAN also recalls that the Assembly’s advice to the state government was part of the resolutions of the House at its plenary on Thursday, on the report of an Ad-hoc Committee on the investigation into the Light-Up Kwara project executed by the last administration in the state.
Reading the resolutions of the House, the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Salihu, urged the state government to review the terms and conditions of the contract for the project and direct the contractors to complete all outstanding work on the project.
It further urged the government to transfer all the activities of Light-Up Kwara project to the supervision and monitoring of the State Ministry of Energy in the interest of accountability and transparency.
COVID-19: 80 Kwara Rapid Response officers test negative – Commissioner
The Kwara State Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Abdulrazaq on Friday confirmed that all 80 officers of the Kwara State Rapid Response Team (RRT) had tested negative to COVID-19.
Abdulrazaq, who made the confirmation in a statement in Ilorin, said that members of the team had been active in the tracking of COVID-19 cases in the state.
“For abundance of caution, we decided to test all members of our hardworking Rapid Response Team, and we are glad to announce to the Kwara public that none of them is positive for the virus.
“This attests to the excellent adherence to the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and other safety protocols.
“By all standards, we are doing very well in the management of the pandemic. This is due largely to the unquantified support the committee gets from the Governor and the understanding of our health workers,” he said.
He dismissed claims of non-availability or shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as unfounded, adding that the government was always suppling the equipment.
“Similarly, Kwara is one of those few states that are conducting as many tests as possible to ascertain the status of our people and prevent community spread.
“Our contact tracing and rumour management are one of the best in the country as attested to by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC),” Abdulrazaq said.
Monarch urges Kwara govt. to complete road projects in Irepodun LG
Oba AbdulWahab Oyebamire on Friday urged the Kwara Government to complete abandoned road projects in Irepodun Local Government Area to assist community farmers and traders transport their produce to the markets.
He said that the farming season was here as well as the rainy season but the access roads and the link bridge to the community were yet to be completed.
The monarch said that the projects were about 80 per cent completed, saying that in spite of several letters written to the government to embark on completing the projects, nothing had been done yet.
“We are appealing to the government to complete the roads and the link bridge in the area because our wet and dry seasons’ farmers and marketers are experiencing untold hardship.
“They find it difficult to ply the roads and transport their produce from the farms to the markets daily and this challenge is affecting their economy and livelihood,” he said.
Oyebamire, however, commended the intervention of the state government on the measures introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
He said that the government extended the palliatives to the people of the community, saying that the palliatives cushioned the effects of the lockdown in the community.
“We appreciate the government of Kwara State for the quick intervention and consideration,” the monarch said.
Nobody defected from APC to PDP in Kwara–Spokesman
APC State Publicity Secretary in Kwara, Alhaji Tajudeen Aro, said in a statement on Friday in Ilorin that ” the recent garrulous and spurious rumour of 10,000 defectors from the APC to PDP is nothing but a mirage.”
“This claim by the PDP is of doubtful success, laughable and a terrible absurdity as it would have been impossible to assemble 10, 000 people in any location at this period of the coronavirus pandemic without the attention of the public.
According to Aro, PDP is resorting to a psychological campaign in the state because of its poor image.
“We recognise the people as our primary constituency and we are prepared to build a greater and prosperous Kwara State.
“We advise the public to discard the antics of the opposition which is determined to take advantage of the internecine crisis in the APC to paint a false image of its acceptability,” he said.
Kwara 1st Lady distributes face masks to groups
A statement issued by her Chief Press Secretary, Mr Adeyinka Adeniyi, on Friday in Ilorin, said the donation was in readiness for the gradual resumption of activities in public places in the state.
Adeniyi said the masks were distributed through the first lady’s initiative, Ajike People’s Support Centre, to over 100 groups.
He said that each of the groups got between 20 and 40 masks, adding that the group leaders collected the commodity on behalf of their members.
“As public places gradually resume business, the face mask is intended to provide some measure of protection for the beneficiaries, in the course of conducting their businesses.
“The First Lady enjoins people to make use of the protective gear, to stem the spread of the virus, while the restrictions imposed by the government lasts,” the statement read in part.
N3.9bn Light project: Kwara Legislature demands prosecution of Ahmed, Ogunshola
The Kwara House of Assembly on Thursday urged the State Government to hand over suspects in connection with the failed N3.9 billion Kwara Light project contract.
The lawmakers specifically demanded for the prosecution of a former governor of the state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and former Director General of Kwara Public Private Partnership (KP3), Abayomi Ogunshola, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)
over alleged improper execution of the project.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the N3.9 billion electrification project was awarded in 2015 by former governor AbdulFatah Ahmed to provide illumination on some major streets in llorin metropolis and other parts of the state.
The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Abolarin Gabriel, while presenting the report, informed his coleagues that the project was not properly executed in line with specification.
The Speaker, while reading the resolution of the House after deliberation and adoption of the report, said it has become imperative to prosecute the former governor and Ogunshola who jointly undertook to execute the project.
Besides, it called for a review of the terms and conditions of the Light Up Kwara Project.
The resolition urged the stste government to compel the two contractors handling the project to complete it according to specifications across the state.
The speaker flayed the sidelining the ministry of energy in the award of the project, describing it as unacceptable.
COVID-19: Kwara commends FG for donating vehicles to epidemiology unit
The Kwara government, on Thursday, commended the Federal Government for donating Hilux vans to the epidemiology unit of the state Ministry of Health.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Abdulrazaq, gave the commendation in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen.
He said that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made the donation through the World Bank-funded project to support the Emergency Operation Centre in the state.
According to him, the centre caters for and handle any outbreak of diseases in the state, including COVID-19.
Abdulrazaq also observed that the donation of the vehicles would go a long way in strengthening the system and compliment the efforts of the state government to combat the disease.
He added that the state ranked fourth out of 36 states across the country in terms of preparedness and response to COVID-19, adding that this was why the Federal Government appreciated the efforts of the state government.
The commissioner said the state would not relent in its efforts at safeguarding and promoting the lives of the citizens in the state, stressing that the vehicles would be used to achieve that.
“The NCDC promised us more and we are feeling the impact of the Federal Government,” he said.
Kwara records 16 fresh cases of COVID-19, discharges 7 patients
According the Ajakaye, this brings the total of confirmed cases to 127, with 44 patients discharged and one death recorded in the state.
“As at 9:45pm on Wednesday, the number of active cases is now 82, while 44 have so far been discharged and one death recorded,” he said.
COVID-19: Kwara Govt gives conditions for worship centres to reopen Friday
Mr Kayode Alabi, the Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, stated this while briefing newsmen in Ilorin on Wednesday.
He said the decision came hours after the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 held a marathon meeting with the leadership of the Muslim and Christian communities, including the Jama’atu Nasrul Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
“We are definitely not out of the woods as cases continue to rise, especially because of violation of travel restrictions
“The meeting centred around whether or not to reopen the worship centres across the state, as suggested by the Federal Government.
” However, in line with the presidential advisory and the positions of our religious umbrella bodies in the state, worship centres may reopen from June 5, provided they satisfy the following conditions:
“Worship centres shall be organised by the respective head of the congregation in such a way that one attendant is at least one metre away from the next
” Each worship centre shall make provisions for hand washing or hand sanitiser and infrared thermometer
” Wearing of face masks shall be mandatory for all worshippers
“There shall be no hand shaking or hugging among worshippers
” Children remain restricted from worship centres and people above 65 or persons with underlying health conditions are urged to stay away from worship centres
“Muslims should perform ablution from their own houses. Ablution spots are not allowed for now to avoid the spread of the virus.
” Muslim women are to stay away from mosques, as suggested by the leadership of the Muslim community in the state.
He said the government’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) shall conduct random visit to worship centres to take samples and do temperature checks.
He added that all the conditions was agreed to by the religious umbrella bodies.
He said further that the leadership of religious communities agreed that any worship centre that violated these provisions would be shutdown and its leadership strictly held accountable.
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