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Kwara deputy governor extols Offa people for integrity 



The Deputy Governor of Kwara, Mr Kayode Alabi, has commended the people of Offa for the exhibition of high level of integrity in the politics of the state.

Alabi spoke on Saturday in Ilorin when he received the ward chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Offa Local Government Area of the state led by Mr Seun Ogunniyi in his office.

The deputy governor charged Nigerians, especially politicians, to be honest in their dealings to ensure an egalitarian society.

He also called on the people to let humility and service delivery be their guiding principles always.

Alabi, who described the people of Offa as humble and straight forward, recalled that he had a memorable time while he was in Offa Grammar School as a student.

Ogunniyi had earlier commended the state government for its efforts at developing the state, describing it as the government of the people.

The team leader expressed a belief that the present administration in the state would perform and take the state to the next level.

He pledged the unalloyed support of the party to the government in the task ahead.


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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Lawmaker donates 5 motorised boreholes, promises more



Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin, representing Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, has donated five motorised boreholes to his constituency.


The lawmaker during the inauguration of the projects on Sunday reiterated his earlier promise to sink a motorised borehole in each of the 42 wards in his constituency.


Ajuloopin, who is the Chairman House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, said the well-being of the people of his constituency is a top priority to him.


He pledged to continue to give adequate attention to projects that would have direct bearing on his constituents.


“These five newly completed boreholes take us to a total of 13 and we are spurred to do more; we will be doing this based on availability of funds.


“We still have plenty of projects to bring to our people but it is one step at a time.


“We are careful about what we are doing, so that we won’t give a community in need of transformer, a borehole. We don’t want to make such a mistake,” he said


He appealed to his constituents to  exercise patience with him as the COVID-19 pandemic affected a lot of things already in the pipeline for the year, saying that he would not, however, be deterred from delivering his mandate.


The lawmaker thanked the people for their support, while expressing happiness for belonging to the constituency.


The five new boreholes were sited in Sabo, Oro, Agan Oru, Ile Olupo Oke all in Irepodun Local Government Area(LGA)Ijara Isin and Oke Onigbin both Isin LGA.


As at the time of visit to some of the projects sites, all the boreholes were fully operational.

Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN
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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
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