Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved the appointment of AbdulRahman Babatunde as the new Secretary of the Kwara State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).
This is contained in a statement from the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye.
According to the statement, the appointment takes immediate effect.
News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Babatunde was prior to his appointment a Director in the Kwara State Civil Service.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Felix Ajide
COVID-19: NCDC announces 221 new cases, total infections rise to 56,956
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday.
According to it, the new cases are confirmed from 18 states in the country.
The new infections brought the total number of confirmed cases to 56,956 in Nigeria.
The public health agency said that Lagos had 59, the highest number of cases, followed by Abia with 46 cases and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 22.
Among others were; Rivers, 11, Bauchi, 7, Benue, Ekiti and Imo, 6 each, Kaduna, Kwara and Ondo, 4 each, Ogun and Osun, 3 each, Bayelsa, Edo and Kano, 1 each.
According to it, those discharged on Friday include 100 community recoveries managed in Oyo State in line with new case management guidelines.
The health agency sadly recorded one more death, which brought the national death toll to 1,094.
It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.
It cautioned that the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 was higher when people did not wear face mask in public places.
“Wear your face mask properly at all times. Adhere to all non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19,” it urged Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as the people of Edo State prepared to vote their preferred candidates at the governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19, NCDC urged all to observe the COVID-19 guidelines recently released.
It noted that relevant stakeholders must take actions that would reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the election.
“Ensure there is hand hygiene and temperature checks at the campaign ground, polling stations; providing additional polling stations or booths to ensure physical distancing, with clearly marked floors to enforce spacing on queues.
”Mandating the use of face mask for everyone, regular cleaning of polling stations, tables and other surfaces highly essential because those are the areas that are easy to contract the virus.
”Multiply hand-washing points or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, while staff at the polling units should practice hand hygiene frequently,.”
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
APC receives former Saraki commissioner, others in Kwara
A former Commissioner for Information and Communication during the administration of Dr Bukola Saraki, Mr Ben Duntoye, who had joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Kwara has officially been received into the party.
Duntoye, who had earlier in the year joined the party at the ward level was received alongside many other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the new members were received by the party’s stalwart led by the Kwara South Senatorial District chairman, Mr Olayemi Olabanji and Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin, (APC-Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero).
The event took place during the local government’s expanded meeting on Friday in Omu-Aran.
Addressing the new members, Olabanji asked them to put the interest and the development of the party above personal gains.
He said their interests had now become a priority to the party, irrespective of when they joined the APC in the state.
“Since you have all joined us, we are now one and no one will relegate you to the background for just joining us.
“You must all go to your wards and familiarise with the party’s structure and hierarchy so that they won’t say they don’t know you.
“Let me remind you that the party is doing well, that is why you came to join us. So work hard to improve our fortunes in the state,” Olabanji said.
Also speaking at the meeting, Dr Hezekiah Oyedepo, chairman, Kwara South Elders Consultative Forum, said the party is alive in the state and commended Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his giant strides.
He urged party members to sustain their support for the party as development could not go round the nooks and crannies of the state at the same time but gradually.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Donald Ugwu
Lawmaker promises APC befitting secretariat in Kwara
Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin, member representing Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, has promised a befitting party secretariat for the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Irepodun local government area of the state.
Ajuloopin made the promise in Omu-Aran, the headquarters of the local government, on Friday during an expanded meeting of the party.
The lawmaker said that irrespective of some of the challenges bedeviling the party either at ward, council or state level, it was still on the right path.
Ajuloopin harped on the need for party supremacy and admonished members not to relent in contributing their quota to the growth of the party.
He urged members to sustain their support for Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration in his bid to deliver on the party’s promises.
He reiterated commitment to the ideal of the party, adding that he would do his best to better the lots of the local government.
Ajuloopin called on all aspirants to remove desperation from their aspiration and support whoever emerged at the party’s primaries, saying the interest of the party should come first.
Mr Shuaib Olarewaju, an APC stalwart, urged all appointees from the local government to familiarise themselves with the structure at the grassroots as there had been complaints of inaccessibility.
He also appealed to the federal government to improve on its job creation so that people could reap more from President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Donald Ugwu
COVID-19 FG will support MSMEs with N75bn loan — DG SMEDAN
The Federal Government will support Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with N75 billion survival fund to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
Alhaji Dikko Radda, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), dislosed this during the closing of National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) in Katsina on Friday.
The SMEDAN boss said that the N75billion survival loan would support 500,000 MSMEs and 333,000 artisans across the country.
He pointed out that the implementation of the N75 billion MSMEs Survival Fund nationwide would help to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
He explained that NBSDI was designed to provide entrepreneurship skill and empowerment material (equipment) to bridge the capacity gap of the youth.
According to him, the programme is also aimed at enhancing youth engagement in productive ventures, thereby ensuring that they become independent.
“The initiative is designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well trained young artisans leading to reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.
“It further seeks to pursue a drastic reduction in poverty as most of the our of youths who still rely on stipends from parents are empowered to become self – reliant,” Radda said.
The DG announced that the National Business Development Initiative was being implemented in seven states of the federation.
There are Katsina, Rivers, Delta, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Niger, Lagos, Kwara, Bauchi , Zamfara and Ekiti where a total of 1,397 entrepreneurs will benefit from the programme.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi