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Kwara restates commitment to sports devt.



The Kwara Government on Wednesday expressed its commitment to sports development in order to discover budding talents in the state.

The Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, said this while receiving the President of Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), Mr Samuel Ocheho, in his office in Ilorin.

Alabi noted that such move would enable the youths to realise their potentialities and reduce poverty in the society.

He called on athletes to combine sports with education and strive to become world stars in their chosen sporting endeavours.

The deputy governor advised the seven athletes from the state, who represented the country in handball, to be focused, determined and train hard to excel.

“I am proud and ready to do my best to promote sports, especially handball, as a former player who represented the state in the late 70s.

“I will try as much as possible to improve the sport,” Alabi said.

He described sports as a unifying factor and a ready tool to eradicate poverty in the country.

The deputy governor urged the HFN to support and expose the players to international standards, to further enhance the development of the sport in Nigeria.

Earlier, Ocheho praised the state for producing youth athletes that had been representing the country in age group competitions.

He noted that the seven female players from the state were part of the 14-person squad that represented the country recently.

Ocheho said that Kwara won the U-21 Championship in Lagos, the National Youth Games among others; describing the state as the hub of female handball.

He commended the state government’s determination to rehabilitate the sports indoor hall, and called for partnership with the government to host U-12 and U-15 Handball Championships.

The HFN chief noted that the female players would participate in the forthcoming under age championship tagged, “Partlle Cup, ” in Sweden in 2020 to further give them international exposure. (NAN)


(Edited by Folorunso Poroye/Mufutau Ojo)

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Kwara govt. appoints Adewumi as KWASU’s Chancellor



The Governor of Kwara, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has approved the appointment of Dr Thomas Adewumi, a renowned educationist, as the Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete.

Mr Fafoluyi Olayinka, the Special Assistant to the Kwara Governor on New Media, made this known in a statement issued in Ilorin on Monday.

According to the statement, the appointment is for five years, single term and takes immediate effect.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Kwara records 4 new COVID-19 cases



The Kwara government says it has recorded four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 74, as of May 24.
Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the state Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement issued on Monday in Ilorin.
Ajakaye said that out of the 1,112 tests so far conducted, 1,030 tested negative for the coronavirus, while 44 were active out of the remaining 74 cases.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in its verified website, stated that 34 patients had so far been discharged and one death recorded in the state.

Edited By: Joe Idika and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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COVID-19: Kwara Govt extends palliatives to Unilorin



The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) says about 643 of its workers had benefited from the COVID-19 palliatives being distributed by the Kwara Government.

According to the institution’s bulletin issued on Monday, no fewer than 643 Departmental Staff have received food items donated by the state government as palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic.

The university said that the food items, which included 200 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 10kg garri and 50 bags of 5kg sugar, were distributed to the workers.

It noted that the Deputy Registrar, General Services, Mrs Maymunat Zakariyya, was charged with the distribution.

It also said that the management of the university headed by Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, had in its letter commiserated with the Kwara Government on the Global COVID-19 pandemic.

Zakariyya noted that the letter requested the state government to kindly extend the distribution of the Federal Government palliatives to its low cadre staff to ease their economic situation in this period of the lockdown.

“The state government responded by presenting 200 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 10kg garri and 50 bags of 5kg sugar to the university administration.

“She added that the university administration, however, identified 643 staff on CONTISS 1 and 2, and departmental staff of the university as the most vulnerable, and the Vice-Chancellor graciously directed that the food items be shared to this category of staff,” it stated.

Zakariyya, however, admonished the beneficiaries to observe the COVID-19 protocols, imploring them to endeavour to stay safe while hoping that the world will soon get out of thd crisis.

According to the bulletin, one of the beneficiaries, Mr Ajadi Suleiman, who spoke on behalf of others, commended the Kwara government and Unilorin management for the support.

Suleiman however advised the beneficiaries to accept whatever they got with joy and happiness.

“What the government has done is a good thing. We should all receive whatever gets to us with joy and happiness as it will do us a lot of good,” he said.

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

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Eid-el-Fitri: Kwara youths urge Muslims to pray for Nigeria’s peace, unity




A socio-cultural group, Kwara Youth Unity Forum Initiative (KYUFI), on Monday asks Muslim faithful to pray for the peace and unity of the country that is battling with COVID-19 pandemic.

The group, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Shafi Ismail Alada urged the Muslims to use the festival period for sober reflections.

It also congratulated Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.

The Forum commended them for their commitment and steadfastness in completing the 30 days of Ramadan fast.

KYUFI further enjoined Muslims to ensure that the teachings and lessons of the Holy month of Ramadan always manifest in their daily lives.

It described the sacrifices and supplications, during the period, as necessary ingredients for the peace, unity and development of Nigeria.

“We have to make every effort to continue to be in close relationship with Allah during and beyond the Ramadan period.

“The regular prayers and recitation, and above all, understanding and acting on the injunctions of the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) must be sustained,’’ it added.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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COVID-19: Kwara Monarch postpones 10th year anniversary celebrations



The Olomu of Omupo, Oba Yakubu Buari, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara, has postponed all activities for his 10th year coronation anniversary celebrations until further notice.

Dr Monisoye Afolabi, the National President, Omupo Descendant Union (ODU), announced the postponement of all activities in a statement obtained by News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Ilorin.

According to him, on the 12th day of June 2010, Oba Yakubu Buari (Ilufemiloye II) was formally enthroned as the Olomu of Omupo Land in Ifelodun Local Government of Kwara.

“Consequently, June 2020 marks a full decade of that auspicious event in the life of the people of Omupo Land, which thus calls for a big celebration of thanksgiving for a peaceful and progressive reign.

“To all intents and purposes, plans for the celebrations had commenced.

“However, in view of the prevailing global health challenges, arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and its attendant advisories by the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and relevant international organisations, it has become expedient that the celebrations could not be held as planned,” he said.

Afolabi, however, stated that to mark the occasion, and to show his love for the wellbeing of his people, the Olomu of Omupo will carry out some of the following activities which include formal launch of the ‘Omupo People’s Empowerment Programme’.

According to the National President, the monarch will also distribute the second round of palliatives to his subjects living in Omupo.

Afolabi prayed the Almighty God to grant the traditional ruler long, peaceful and prosperous reign, and to all residents happy celebrations.

The monarch was also quoted to have wished all his subjects happy Eid-el-Fitr, saying they should imbibe the lessons of the Ramadan, which included love, sacrifice, perseverance,  tolerance, among others.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)


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Eid-El Fitri: Kwara Gov felicitates Muslims, reiterates ban on large gatherings




Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has felicitated the Muslim faithful on the completion of Ramadan fast, praying God to grant their supplications and reward their devotion.
This was contained in the Sallah message issued by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Rafiu Ajakaye and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ilorin.
AbdulRazaq, however, called on the Muslims to observe their Eid prayers at home, as the ban on large social and religious gatherings was still in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We congratulate our Muslim brethrens on the successful completion of Ramadan fasting and pray Allah to accept it as an act of worship and forgive our excesses.
“We also pray Allah to grant all our supplications during and after the holy month, and give us long life and good health to observe several months of Ramadan in the best state of faith in God,” he said.
He described Ramadan as a time of complete and sincere submission to the will of God.
“It serves to purify our souls and train us to be disciplined, selfless and conscious of our Creator.
“We beseech all the people of Kwara and indeed Nigerians to internalise the takeaways and let them guide our daily existence for the sake of humanity.
“As the fast ends today (Saturday), we repeat that the 2020 Ramadan came at an extraordinary time of human existence.
“We are to tamper with certain rights and privileges to preserve the human race against the ravaging deadly coronavirus.
“To that extent, there shall be no large gathering for congregational Eid prayer or other large social gatherings in Kwara State this year,” he said.
According to the governor, all religious places are to remain shut until further notice, while malls and other related places must also prevent such conditions or interactions that can spread the virus.
“All of these are in line with the COVID-19 safety protocols, which have been designed solely to flatten the curve of transmission and protect the people,” the governor added.

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COVID-19: Group distributes palliatives to 120 women in Kwara



A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Global Hope for Women and Children Foundation (GLOHWOC), has distributed palliatives to no fewer than 120 women in Kwara, in the bid to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.

Mrs Christy Abayomi-Oluwole, Chief Executive Officer, GLOHWOC, an NGO, said during the presentation of the palliatives at Omu-Aran that it was geared toward improving the living standard of the beneficiaries.

The GLOHWOC boss said the palliatives tagged: “GLOHWOC COVID-19 Relief Package”, which targeted the vulnerable, was also part of the organisation’s efforts toward curbing the community spread of the deadly virus.

Each of the beneficiaries were presented with some food items such as beans, semolina, groundnut oil as well as preventive materials such as bottles of hand sanitiser, liquid soaps, disinfectant, and customised face masks.

The intervention was supported by the Global Affairs Canada under the WVL Nigeria Project in partnership with ActionAid Nigeria.

The beneficiaries were also sensitised and treated to a demonstration on the basic rudiments and tips in maintaining personal hygiene through regular washing of hands in order to stay healthy.

Abayomi-Oluwole advised the beneficiaries to always imbibe personal hygiene through regular washing of hands in order to stay safe and healthy.

The GLOHWOC boss said that the part of the 120 beneficiaries were those earlier selected by the organisation for its larger empowerment project plan in Irepodun and Ilorin-South Local Government of the state in collaboration with ActionAid Canada and Global Affairs Africa.

She said the empowerment project tagged: “Gender Equality and Women Empowerment scheme,” had reached an advanced stage and was temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to her, the said empowerment project, which is coming soon and aims at providing moral and financial support to the beneficiaries in their businessess.

She explained that the 120 women were carefully selected by members of the project steering committees in the two targeted councils.

She added that some unregistered cooperative groups were also included for moral and financial assistance under NGO’s  women empowerment initiative few months ago.

“Each of the selected beneficiaries had earlier opened individual accounts and grouped with the cooperatives as part of the empowerment process in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada and ActionAid Nigeria.

“The beneficiaries were scheduled to attend an entrepreneurship development and skills training in collaboration with Landmark University in April when the programme was halted due to the advent of COVID-19.

“So this distribution of palliatives to the selected beneficiaries is just our own little way of remembering them at this critical period of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The whole essence is to sensitise them on the need to maintain personal hygiene and at the same time to ameliorate, to some extent, whatever negative effect the lockdown had burdened on them,” she said.

Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, in his remarks, described the gesture by GLOHWOC as unprecedented and a welcome development.

He called on other individuals and groups to emulate the exemplary and philanthropic leadership style of the organisation geared toward promoting equality and human capital development, especially among vulnerable women.

Chief Abiodun Owolabi, the Chairman of the Irepodun Local Government Steering Committee of the empowerment initiative, thanked the organisation for being at the fore front of women transformation and emancipation.

“The distribution of the palliative to this category of beneficiaries today is a testimony of GLOHWOC’s commitment and determination toward ensuring the desired recognition, equality and human capital development envisioned for the womenfolk,” Owolabi who is the Legan of Omu-Aran said.

Mrs Fatimoh Adam and Mrs Folakemi Oluwasesan, both beneficiaries, in their remarks, thanked GLOHWOC and other collaborating agencies for their magnanimity, generousity and dedication to promoting gender equality among women.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/ (NAN)  Felix Ajide



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Some of the beneficiaries of GLOHWOC COVID-19 Relief Package pose with their items during the presentation in Omu-Aran, Kwara on Saturday.


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Deceased COVID-19 patient: Ekiti to partner Kwara on contact tracing



The Ekiti Government says efforts are being made to partner its Kwara counterpart to exchange ideas on the medical history of a patient who died of  underlining complications from COVID-19.

The 75-old -year woman had died in one of the tertiary health institutions in Ekiti after being hospitalised upon referral from a public hospital in Kwara

Ekiti  Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr  Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, made this known in Ado Ekiti on Friday when the COVID– 19 Taskforce was giving an update on the pandemic.

She disclosed that the deceased had been hospitalised at the General Hospital in Omu Aran, Kwara,  where she was initially treated for  cardiac-related issues before her referral.

The commissioner stated that though there was no COVID-19 lockdown in Kwara then,  the issue of contact tracing was now crucial given the present circumstance.

” After they suspected COVID– 19,  the deceased was referred to Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, on May 14.

” She was treated for two days in isolation before the state was informed and specimen collected.

” The result came on May 20 and unfortunately the woman died.

” We have been able to establish that the deceased came from Ayedun in Kwara and she was not infected here in Ekiti.

“As of now, Ekiti has no problem , the only problem we have is the people coming or sneaking into Ekiti illegally and only two Coronavirus fatalities have been recorded,” she said.

She also said that the state had not recorded an upsurge of victims that would warrant introduction of home isolation method as adopted by the Lagos State Government.

Also speaking, the Director General , Office of Transformation, Strategy and Delivery, Prof.  Bolaji Aluko, said the security situation in Ekiti remained stable with no further cases of incursion from neighbouring states.

Aluko added that those who had been arrested for defying the lockdown were given appropriate punishment to serve as deterrent.

The Special Assistant on Public Health, Dr Jimlas Ogunsakin, said over 300 farmsteads had been visited by the task force and  adequate sensitisation on the pandemic done.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: Muslims express readiness to comply with social distancing order in Kwara



Muslim faithful in Kwara have expressed readiness to obey government order on social gathering and physical distancing during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

Some Muslims, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Friday, expressed their readiness to adhere to social gathering restriction order.

Alhaji Ibrahim Ganiyu said he had no problem in celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr indoor so as to prevent spread of COVID-19.

“There is no big deal in celebrating indoor with my family. This is not the time to celebrate with friends and family. Our priority now is to stay safe,” he said.

Another Muslim, Mrs Mariam Audu said she would obey government order and observe the Sallah prayer at home.

“It is not a must that we should go to Eid praying ground to observe prayers. Every Muslim should just consider safety first before any other thing,” she said.

Mr Rafiu Jimoh said he will make merry with his family indoor and avoid receiving visitors on Sallah day.

“I will lock my door. No need of any visitation. My own safety and my family is the first priority on my mind. I will even lead the prayers in my house,” he said.

On her part, Ms Fatimoh Abdulrasheed said she would celebrate in low key as she would avoid going to parks, recreational centres and bars.

“It is for our own sake and not government sake. Muslims must understand that the government want the best for us. It is not that they are depriving us our right as some people are made to believe,” she said.

Another Muslim, Mr Taiwo Hamza said he would respect government order and avoid unnecessary crowd.

“If possible, I will isolate myself from the public on that day. I don’t want any problem for myself. I will stay indoors and eat whatever I want,” he said.

NAN reports that the Kwara Government have placed a ban on social gathering in the state and as well advised public to observe physical distancing to contain COVID-19.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19: NCDC lauds Kwara Govt over testing centre



The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has commended efforts of the Kwara Government in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.

The NCDC Team Leader, Dr Okoli Innocent, made the commendation when he led other members of the agency to inspect laboratories in preparation for establishing of Molecular Testing Centre in the state to test for the virus.

Okoli explained that the Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, was appreciative of the present administration’s strides in the health sector.

The team leader pledged NCDC’s support to the state in the fight against COVID-19.

He added that NCDC was not surprised that the state was ranked fourth in preparation for health emergency in the country, given the availability of modern medical equipment.

Kwara has provided 10 ventilators, six gene Xperts and ICU beds  among other equipment, in the state’s health facilities visited by the team.

Okoli, who is a Molecular Biology expert, assured that as soon as the team’s final report on staff training and re-training, provision of more molecular diagnostic equipment, as well as reorganisation of laboratories was concluded, the NCDC would swing into action to optimise and increase the state’s testing capacity.

Responding, the Chairman of Technical Committee on COVID-19 and DeputyGovernor of the state, Mr Kayode Alabi, appreciated the NCDC for the move to establish a Molecular Testing Centre in the state.

Alabi  who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razaq, added that the priority of the state governor was to reduce medical tourism  both for diagnosis and treatment in the state.

Alabi expressed optimism that Kwara would soon own a Molecular laboratory for COVID-19 testing, stressing that the state will no longer have to take samples to Ede in Osun Dtate or Ibadan in Oyo State for testing.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other members of the technical committee who received the NCDC team included the Chairman, Kwara House of Assembly Committee on Health, Mr Razaq Owolabi; Chairman of Subcommittee on Medical Advisory, Dr Femi Oladiji, and Dr Oluwatosin Fakayode.

The NCDC team had earlier donated 1,000 pieces each of Viral Transport Medium, Swab sticks and Tongue depressors as well as 320 pieces of Falcon Tubes.

The team also inspected the Public Health Laboratory, Harmony Diagnostic Centre and the former Sobi Specialist Hospital which had been turned to COVID-19 Infectious Disease Centre.

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

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NYCN sets up COVID-19 response team in Kwara



The Kwara chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has set up a COVID-19 response team to check the influx of people into the state.
The council, while commending the government for effectively tackling the spread of the virus in the state, said that the team would complement the anti-coronavirus committee constituted by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
The state Chairman of NYCN, Alli Nasiru-Yusuf told newsmen in Ilorin after the inauguration of the team on Thursday that the primary target of the council was to manage the boundaries with the neighbouring states.
“The constitution of Kwara Youth Response Team is primarily to complement the anti-coronavirus efforts of the state government.
“This team has a great task to accomplish. The group’s target is our boundaries with the neighbouring states,” he said.
The Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Raphael Adeoti, described the initiative of the youth as a welcome development.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Mamman Jubril, while commending the efforts of the youth, also reiterated government’s support to the committee.
Also, the state Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Mrs Joanna Kolo, described the committee as timely, saying that it would complement the efforts of the state government in fighting the deadly virus.

Edited By: Angela Okisor and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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COVID-19: Kwara Govt. commends NNPC for ambulance gift



Kwara Government has commended the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for donating one new Toyota ambulance to the state as part of its efforts to strengthen national response to COVID-19 pandemic.

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

“We acknowledge receipt of the top quality ambulance from the NNPC.

“It is a great addition to the fleet of brand new military-grade ambulances with which the government is prosecuting the counter-COVID operations in the state.

“The government and people of Kwara are very grateful to the leadership of the NNPC for the great gesture which fits into the support the Federal Government and its agencies have been offering to state governments since the outbreak,’’ the statement read.

The government, in the statement, also commended corporate bodies and individuals who donated cash and/or materials for the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state, saying their support would never be forgotten.

“The government is grateful for the humanitarian gestures to boost its effort in curtailing the spread of the virus as well as cushioning effects of the pandemic and the lockdown on Kwara populace,” the statement read.

The government specifically acknowledged Chief Titus Ashaolu (SAN) for the donation of two water dispensers and five packs of hand sanitiser and the Salman Shagaya Foundation for the gift of 460 cartons of Indomie, spaghetti and salt.

It also appreciated the Professional Association of Public Health Nursing officers of Nigeria for giving three cartons of 70ml hand sanitiser and one carton of 100ml hand sanitiser.

Others mentioned are, Mr Owolabi Oakleaf Pharmaceutical for donating 50 copies of face shade, 18 cartons of 100ml hand sanitiser and 10 cartons of 500ml hand sanitiser, and the Integrated Fish Farmers Association of Kwara State which gave four cartons of smoked fish.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)


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Kwara Speaker sympathizes with Patigi emirate over Kolo’s death



The Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Danladi, has sympathised with the people of Patigi Emirate and the family of late Mr James Kolo, a Federal Character Commission (FCC), Commissioner-designate who died on May 19.
Danladi conveyed his sympathy in a condolence message issued on his behalf by his media aide, Mr Sheriff Ibrahim, in Ilorin on Wednesday.
The speaker described Kolo’s sudden death as a rude shock, noting that the death coming after his recent announcement as a Commissioner-designate for the Federal Character Commission (FCC), was very unfortunate.
“Kolo was a loyal party man whose commitment to the progress and development of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Kwara State cannot be forgotten,” he said.
The Speaker expressed sadness that Kolo died at a time when his expertise and wealth of experience were needed at both state and federal levels and called on both Patigi emirate and the family to bear the loss with fortitude.

Edited By: Francis Onyeukwu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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‘We are in darkness’, Kwara communities cry



Residents of Ogidi ward in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara have called on the State Government to rescue them from perennial darkness occasioned by faulty transformer servicing three communities in the area.

The residents made the call in a statement issued on Tuesday in Ilorin and signed by Alhaji Baba Malu and Alhaji Abdulkharim Dende, Joint Chairmen of Alawo, Ajibesin and Olayeri communities.

According to the statement, there is only one transformer providing electricity to the three communities.

They said the population of the three communities has grown over the years, hence the lone transformer cannot cope with the load.

The chairmen recalled that in January 2020, they wrote a letter to Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq urging him to come to their aid by giving them two more transformers for the area.

Dende said in Olayeri community, there were over 5,000 inhabitants with over 1,500 completed houses and over 500 under one stage of completion or other.

“The old age of the existing transformer coupled with the noticeable expansion of the buildings and increasing population of the area has put the three communities into constant darkness,” they said.

According to them, the appeal to the governor for two more transformers will cushion the effect of overloading on the only available transformer serving the three communities.

They said that the constant power failure in the area was having a toll on their socio-economic activities.

The residents added that there were many artisans living in the affected communities that depended on electricity for their businesses, adding that the power outage is affecting their businesses.

“This is why we, on behalf of the entire communities, are crying out to Gov. AbdulRazaq to come to our rescue and give us transformers in our area.

“If the governor accedes to our request, it will go a long way to reawaken the socio-economic activities of the hitherto sleeping community as a result of the darkness we are now,” they added.

The chairmen, however, commended the governor for his commitment and strive towards alleviating the standard of living of the people, particularly in rural areas.

“We also commend the governor’s track record of achievements in all areas of human endeavours,” the chairmen said.

Reactingto thd development, the Communication Officer of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (lBEDC), Mr Asaju Kolawole, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the company was not yet aware of the electricity problems confronting the communities.

The lBEDC spokesman advised the affected communities to formally write a letter to the company with a view to restoring normal electricity supply to them.


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Kwara FCC-nominee, James Kolo is dead, Kwara Gov mourns




Mr James Kolo, the Kwara Commissioner-designate in the Federal Character Commission (FCC), who recently appeared before the Senate is dead.

He is from Patigi Local Government Area in Kwara State.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that James Kolo died in the early hours of Tuesday after brief illness.

At at the time of filing this report, cause of his death is still unknown but close associates said it was after being sick for a while.

His corpse has been deposited at the University Of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Morgue.

Meanwhile, Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has commiserated with the Edu community and the All Progressives Congress (APC) family over the sudden death of Mr. James Kolo.

The governor’s condolence is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Rafiu Ajakaye in Ilorin on Tuesday.

The deceased was nominated alongside Hajiya Fareedah Dankaka to represent Kwara as commissioner and chairman respectively in the Federal Character Commission (FCC) by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 28.

AbdulRazaq described Kolo as a loyal party man and a team player whose death was a great loss to his family, the people of Edu local government and the entire state.

“We are devastated by the death of Mr. Kolo after recently falling ill.

“He was a staunch party man and a bridge builder, who worked hard alongside other patriots for the success of the APC in the state.

“We are consoled by the fact that he was a good man who got along with everybody that crossed his path. Many knew him for being a generous person.

“We commiserate with his family and pray the Almighty God to comfort them and rest his gentle soul,” the Governor said.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Kwara records 5 more cases of COVID-19



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed five more positive cases of COVID-19 in Kwara.

The NCDC on its verified website on Tuesday stated that this brings the total number of confirmed cases to 63, with 15 patients discharged and one death recorded in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the update table showed that there were 47 active cases, while 15 had so far been discharged and one death recorded.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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COVID-19: Kwara govt. fumigates Unilorin



In its bid to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 in Kwara, the state government has fumigated the campus of the University of Ilorin.

The Chairman, Sub-Committee on Fumigation of  Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Shehu Adaramaja, disclosed to newsmen in Ilorin on Monday.

He said that the university was among numerous public places fumigated by the committee.

Adaramaja said that premises fumigated in the institution were the Works Department, radio station, clinic, Senate Building, Security Office, University Auditorium, the Faculty of Education, main gate and motor park.

Also fumigated were the walkways, lecture theatres as well as the Central Mosque and the churches.

“Let it be on record that the University of Ilorin, despite being a federal institution, is the first university to be fumigated by the governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq,” Adaramaja said.

He affirmed that infected persons could be cured as long as they report all signs and symptoms noticeable in their communities to the helplines provided by the COVID-19 team.

“Stay at home and follow all established rules as directed by the NCDC.

“The government has established an isolation centre at the Sobi Specialist Hospital and converted the Hajj camp to an isolation centre.

” It has established an oxygen plant at Sobi Hospital, provided medical equipment, approved the payment of N25, 000 per day to frontline doctors and prorate for other health workers involved in the fight against COVID-19.

“The government has also provided health insurance policy for front line workers as well as distributed palliative food items for vulnerable members of the society,” he said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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COVID-19: Rep donates face shields, others to Kwara Govt



Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin, representing Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, has donated face shields, goggles and surgical eyeglasses to the state government to  boost the fight against novel coronavirus.

Receiving the items on Sunday at the Government House, Ilorin, the state Deputy Governor and Chairman,  Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi, said the government needed  the items, medical facilities and drugs.

“We have been giving food. If you ask me: food or medicals? I will say, medicals.

“We have about 42 positive cases,  and this is because of  flouting to  inter-state travel ban order.

“I am going to Osi in Ekiti Local Government Area and Erin-Ile in Oyun Local Government Area to see what is happening at the borders.

“If we don’t do this, we will have a lot of problems, we need medicals,” Alabi said.

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The deputy governor said he was  worried at the spike in the number of cases in the state in recent weeks.

He said that the  recent cases  were mainly from Lagos, Kano and Kaduna, which had made the state  worried, especially about contact tracing.

The deputy governor appealed to residents of the state to cooperate with the government to contain the spread of the virus.

In his remarks,  Ajuloopin said he donated the items because health workers were vulnerable.

“This is my own way of giving back to the society that produced me, and I always feel for our health workers.

“Our health workers are there to protect us and they are being exposed to hazards on daily basis; that informed my decision of bringing these to Kwara, ” Ajuloopin said.

He said that he had so far ordered and distributed no fewer than 10,000 fire proof face masks to his constituents.

He added that he had distributed foods  running into millions when the government locked down the state.

“We distributed food items to cushion the effects of the stay-at-home order, sent our media team out to sensitise the public to the dangers of the COVID-19.

“We have engaged our constituents through various radio jingles to enlighten them on why they must be careful at this  moment,” Ajuloopin said..

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)


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COVID-19: Kwara foils patients’ plot to escape from isolation centre



The Kwara Government’s intelligence network has uncovered plot by some COVID-19 patients to escape from the state isolation centre at early hour of Friday.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and spokesman to the state COVID-19 Committee, Rafiu Ajakaye made this disclosure in a statement in Ilorin.

Ajakaye said that the attempt was promptly foiled, leading to arrest and return of the patients who had already scaled the fence.

He said the government was shocked that some of the persons involved were among the imported cases, who intentionally violated the interstate lockdown and entered the state.

According to him, security has been further beefed up at the isolation centre to avoid future occurrence.

The state government had noted that COVID-19 was not death sentence and there was no reason for anyone to escape and put their lives and that of others at risk.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Felix Ajide (NAN)


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Man in viral video on social media not COVID-19 patient – Kwara Gov



Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara says the patient in a recent viral video on social media is not a suspected COVID-19 patient.

AbdulRazaq who cleared the air during a visit to a health facility in Ilorin, however explained that the patient was inappropriately evacuated from his home in Ilorin.

The governor made this known to newsmen at the State’s Isolation Centre at Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin on Friday.

He said a call was placed and an ambulance was dispatched to the place, which is the suspected patient’s home with clear instructions for the ambulance driver to wait for the Response Team to come.

According to him, the victim used to be a tenant in the house and was evicted for failure to pay his rents and decided to reside in his car in front of the same house out of frustration.

The governor explained further that there was animosity between him and his co-tenants, and he (patient) fell ill in the process while living in his car.

“When the ambulance got to the scene, the occupants of the house and members of the community who have reasons to get him out, bundled him into the van in a malicious way.

“The people you see around the ambulance were not members of the team but his neighbours who wanted him out of the environment.

“He was brought here and the result came in from Ede and it returned negative,” the governor said.

AbdulRazaq said the ambulance incident was unfortunate and urged members of the community to work with each other, so that such thing do not happen again.

The governor noted that the state had learnt from it and the team must always move together rather than in batches.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor was at the isolation centre for training and retraining of the medical personnel handling COVID-19 patients to ensure that all the right protocols are been observed.

Despite the spike in the number of cases in the state, NAN reports that the governor said he is not considering locking down the state for now, but will always follow the Federal Government’s directives.

AbdulRazaq said the cases recorded in the state were mostly patients from Lagos and later from the North Western part of the country.

He thanked the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Police for their extreme proactiveness in intercepting travelers.

He cited a scenario in which a truck was intercepted with 35 occupants with five of them, according to him, testing positive while others were quarantined at the Hajj camp.

NAN also reports that highlights of the governor’s visit was a simulation, and to access the way and manner the medical personnel handling COVID-19 cases are fairing.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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