ABS FC gets interim Technical Adviser 



Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Ilorin FC, has appointed Coach Shuaib Abdulkadir, as acting Technical Adviser.

The club’s Director of Football (DOF), Alloy Chukwuemeka, made the announcement on Friday in Ilorin after a management meeting.

He said the appointment became imperative after the team’s Technical Adviser, Yomi Elijah, informed the club that he was leaving for an unnamed Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, after the expiration of his contract.

Chukwuemeka said Abdulkadir will remain in acting capacity until a decision to appoint a substantive Technical Adviser is taken.

Elijah told newsmen after the meeting that he was grateful for the opportunity given to him by the management, staff and players of the team.

He solicited for the same support for coach Abdulkadir, alias No Fear, who he described as a loyal servant.

In his comment, Abdulkadir thanked the club management for the confidence reposed in him to handle the team till a decision to appoint a new Technical Adviser is taken.

He promised to justify the confidence reposed in him and assured of his unalloyed commitment to the project to move the club forward.

Until his appointment, Abdulkadir, who joined the team at the beginning of last season, was assistant to Yomi Elijah.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN


Gov. AbdulRazaq announces committee on Saturday’s rainstorm in Kwara




Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has set up a nine-person committee to conduct an assessment of the damage caused by the Saturday’s rainstorm in different parts of the state.

Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Rafiu Ajakaye made this known in a statement on Monday night in Ilorin.

According to Ajakaye, the committee was made up Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, State’s Commissioner for Tertiary Education as chairperson.

Other members of the committee are Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Saadu Salau and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention Kayode Oyin-Zubair.

Members of the committee include Secretary of the state emergency management agency, Mrs Motunrayo Adaran; Chairman of the Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Board, Dr AbdulKadir Sambaki and Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Christian) Rev S.O. Adedayo.

Others were Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Islam), Ibrahim Zubair Dan Maigoro; Special Assistant to the Governor on Women Empowerment, Mrs Bolanle Ismail while Permanent Secretary Ministry of Special Duties, Yusuf Bolakale would serve as the Secretary.

News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Gov AbdulRazaq had on Sunday said he would set up a special disaster response committee to collate data of areas affected by the rainstorm.

The committee was to determine how the state government can offer support to victims based on available resources.

The new committee would focus majorly on the rainstorm in several parts of the state.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
Source: NAN
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Rainstorm damages INEC office roof in Kwara




Heavy rainstorm on Saturday night in Ilorin, Kwara, wreaked havoc as it blew off the roofs of  some buildings at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ilorin.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a torrential rain fall on Saturday night accompanied by heavy wind storm damaged many buildings and electric poles in the state capital and other towns in the state.

INEC Head of General Administration and Procurement (GAP), Mr Friday Patrick, who conducted NAN correspondent round the affected buildings and offices within the complex, said buildings affected included the Collation center.

Others are the ICT centre, and the car port, which had their roofs blown off and the ceiling damaged, even as a one of the vehicles under the car port was damaged.

Also damaged during the rainstorm were roofs of some offices including that  of the Administrative Secretary, Electoral Operations (OPS) office and the conference room.

Patrick said he came to the office on Sunday to discover that the rainstorm had damaged offices and buildings in the complex.

He said that the report of the damages had been made to the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami, to intimate him of the havoc the storm had caused

According to him, officials of the commission had to evacuate all the laptop computers from ICT to a safe room.

He said that the commission was yet to ascertain the level of damage to the computers because rain fell on all of them.

Speaking with NAN in his office, the REC, Attahiru-Madami described the incident as a natural disaster that is above human control.

He therefore appealed to the national headquarters of INEC to come to the aid of Ilorin office and fix the damaged roofs and ceiling so as to prevent damage to furniture and equipment in the offices.

Attahiru-Madami said he had notified the head office through the Commissioner in charge of Works and Estate in INEC.

He expressed his confidence and optimism that INEC headquarters would respond in earnest.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN

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Suarez ends Barca contract, agrees terms with Atletico Madrid



FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has agreed a deal with the club to end his contract and settled on personal terms with Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain on Monday.

The Catalans’ third top goalscorer of all time was told he was not wanted by new FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman and has been looking for a new club.

The 33-year-old Suarez, who has one year to run on his FC Barcelona contract, agreed a deal with the club to cut it short, the reports said.

A newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, said Suarez has fixed a contract with Atletico Madrid for two seasons, although the club will need to lighten their wage bill to accommodate the Uruguayan.

Media reports in Italy also say Juventus are in talks with Atletico Madrid to re-sign Spain striker Alvaro Morata.

Suarez had been heavily linked with Juventus, but coach Andrea Pirlo said it was unlikely he would come to Italy because of the difficulty in obtaining an EU passport.

The striker finished as Barca’s second-highest scorer last season behind captain Lionel Messi and scored 198 goals in 283 games for Barca, after joining in 2014 from Liverpool.

Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
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Kwara Govt to convert Pakata PHC to standard cottage hospital



The Kwara Government on Monday directed conversion of the Pakata Primary Health Centre (PHC), an Outpatient Department (OPD) in Ipata-Oloje, to a standard cottage hospital.

Dr Mohammed Ghali-Alaya, a member of a government standing committee, made the disclosure when he led a government team to inspect the centre.

He said that the cottage hospital would include a maternity and children’s ward in line with its original plan dated back to the 1970s.

Ghali-Alaya said that the OPD was initially intended as a cottage hospital and was to serve as an alternative to the congested Children Hospital in Igboro, Ilorin.

According to him, the  idea was  abandoned.

“The government is about to start working there  as part of its plans to deepen people’s access to basic healthcare,” Ghali-Alaya said.

He added  that the state government would restore the status of the health dispensary in Ubandawaki Ward of Ilorin West Local Government, many years after the public facility was converted to a secretariat of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the area.

According to him, the dispensary was one of the health facilities constructed across the state by the late Admiral Muhammed Lawal in 2003.

He gave the assurance that it would be rebuilt and re-equipped for public use.

“Today, this facility has regained its status; government has directed that it should be renovated and made available for its original purpose,’’ he said.

Edited By: Zainab Garba/Ijeoma Popoola
Source: NAN
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