An official, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, said on Wednesday that Kwara Government had spent about N1.592 billion to clear the arrears of salaries and subventions of tertiary institutions in the state.
Modibbo-Kawu, who is the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology in the state, said this in Ilorin during the inauguration of the Visitation Panel to Kwara State Polytechnic.
She promised that ill-equipped institutions with dilapidated structures and ill-motivated teachers and lecturers would receive government’s intervention.
According to her, the College of Education, Lafiagi, and College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, Ilorin, had undergone accreditation by National Commission for Colleges of Education and National Board for Technical Education.
Modibbo-Kawu said that government had also constituted a 10-member visitation panel to examine every aspect of the Kwara State University, Malete.
She said that the initiative was part of government’s plans to revamp the tertiary education in the state.
The commissioner said that the mandate of the visitation panel was to bring about the desired positive change to the operations of the polytechnic.
According to her, the state government is determined to make sure that education continues to receive priority attention.
Also, the Chairman of the panel, Prof. Abdulfatai Bello, said they were charged to carryout an organisational review of the polytechnic, which was established about 50 years ago.
Bello said that it was time to overhaul the system, adding that the panel’s assignment was not to witchhunt anyone.
“We will give our best in the interest of the state and be sure that things will be done in an acceptable manner,” he said.
He said that the review would involve the entire polytechnic administration, ranging from personnel to management.
“We will look to see if there is maladministration and how to remedy it and ways to improve revenue generation for the institution,” he said.
Other members of the panel included Mr AbdulFatai Olajide, a Private Chartered Accountant and Auditor and Mrs Christina Amudipe, a Primary Health Consultant, among others.
Edited By: Sam Oditah/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)
Nasarawa state to host teqball championship in November, official says
Ndudi Edede, Secretary-General of Nigerian Teqball Federation (NTF), says Nasarawa state will host the first edition of the National Teqball Challengers Series scheduled to kick off on Nov. 7.
Edede disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday after a meeting between the federation’s national and state officials.
He urged Nasarawa state officials to step up preparations for the series.
”Nasarawa state will serve as a litmus test for the series in view of the fact that the 2020 series will be the maiden series in the country since the commencement of the sport in Nigeria.”
Edede said the first phase of the event would be held on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 and would provide an opportunity for youths to learn something new.
He added that the second phase of the event would then hold on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 also in Lafia.
“We had Nasarawa state and the FCT bidding for the hosting rights, and now we are certain that this event will take place in Lafia.
“The national challengers series is a qualifier for the Teqball World Cup slated for Europe towards the late part of this year. So, I am sure Lafia will be a good host,” Edede said.
Speaking also, Promise Uwaeme, NTF’s Director of Competition, said the event in Lafia would be streamed live internationally.
He added that athletes from various states of the country would compete in the singles and doubles events of the competition’s male and female categories
Uwaeme added that winners in various categories would represent Nigeria at the international level.
“Teqball is an interesting game and you have to be skillful to play teqball. It is played on a curved table with a regular certified ball. You can play with all parts of the body apart from the hands.
“Then the championship will help our players to get world ranking,” he said.
David Allu, The Nasarawa State Chairman of NTF, expressed happiness with the hosting rights given to the state.
He assured the national officials of a strong synergy between the state’s Ministry of Youths and Sports and the NTF, saying this would ensure the events were a huge success.
“We are quite excited that we will be the first state to host this Challengers Series in the country and we will put in our best to collaborate with the state Ministry of Sports to see that we get a befitting venue and get all the arrangements to host this tournament done.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that teqball is a ball sport played on a curved table, combining elements of football and table tennis.
Back and forth, the players hit a football with any part of the body except arms and hands.
Teqball can be played between two players as a singles game, or between four players as a doubles game.
The game is represented at an international level by the International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ).
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
Rainstorm: Kwara Deputy Governor commiserates with victims
Kwara Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, has commiserated with the families of those, who died in the Sept. 19 rainstorm in the State.
Speaking during an assessment visit to the areas affected by the rainstorm, Alabi, who also sympathised with the bereaved families, expressed concern over fatalities and destruction caused by the stormy rain.
He said: “It is with a heavy heart I commiserate with the families of the bereaved. I pray God to bless the departed souls. I equally identify with those that have been displaced as a result of the rainstorm.”
The deputy governor urged the victims to be calm and exercise patience with the government, adding that efforts would not be spared to give the necessary support.
“Be rest assured that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq will be properly briefed on the destruction which I find quite disturbing.
“The government will waste no time in giving necessary support to the affected victims,” he said.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the areas visited by Alabi were Ode Alfa Nda, Ile Akuji, Ile bada, Ita Ogunbo, Ita Kudimoh, Ita Egba, Idi Igba, and Sakele.
Other areas he visited included Okekere, Koko Igbonna, Abata Sunkere, Oju Ekun, Orisan Koko
Some of the victims, who spoke on the sideline of the deputy governor’s visit, solicited urgent government assistance to rebuild their lives and affected property.
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Felix Ajide
Kiriji War: Leaders to celebrate 134 years of Yoruba unity
A coalition of Yoruba groups, prominent monarchs and leaders of thought will converge in Ibadan on Wednesday to celebrate 134 years of peace and unity in Yorubaland after the Kiriji War.
The Kiriji War, also known as the Ekiti-Parapo War, was a 16-year-long civil war between the Yoruba people where all the sub-ethnic groups either supported the Ibadan or the Ekiti.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the war came to an end on Sept. 23, 1886, which marked the beginning of unification of Yoruba Land as one.
Prof. Banji Akintoye, Convener of the event and President-General of Yoruba World Congress (YWC), said in a statement that Sept. 23 will now be celebrated as Yoruba National Day annually.
Akintoye said prominent Yoruba monarchs and warrior families would on Tuesday revisit the battlefields in Igbajo and Imesi Ile, Osun, and Oke Imesi Ekiti to pour libations and dedicate foundation stone to peace in Yoruba Land.
The YWC leader described the event as a reawakening and restoration of Yoruba history and culture.
He said that Afenifere Chieftain, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu of Yoruba Unity Forum, Justice Ademola Bakare (Rtd), Chairman, Yoruba Council of Elders, and Prof. Adetoun Ogunseye, National Council for Yoruba Women were among eminent Yoruba leaders of thought that would grace the occasion.
According to him, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi, and the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, are among prominent Yoruba monarchs expected at the ceremony.
“The purpose of the two-day ceremony is to unite the people of Yoruba Land towards achieving prosperity and development.
” The Owa Ooye of Okemesi, Oba Gbadebo Adedeji, Owa Ooye of Imesi Ile, Oba Ademola Akinyemi, the Owa of Igbajo and Oba Adeniyi Fashade, are the Chief Hosts of the event in their various communities on Sept. 22.
“The traditional rulers would also converge to address the Yoruba people at Okemesi, Ekiti, Igbajo and Imesi Ile in Osun, respectively, where the war started and where the peace treaty that marked the end of the war, was signed.
“The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji who is the Chief Host, would celebrate the day on Sept. 23 in Ibadan,” he said.
According to Akintoye, all the first class Yoruba traditional rulers from Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, Kogi, Kwara, Edo, Oyo and Lagos States would be in attendance for the anniversary.
He urged all Yoruba sons and daughters worldwide to make their presence felt at the events, both physically and morally.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi
Kwara Governor commiserates with El-Rufai over death of Zazzau monarch
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Sunday, commiserated with his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris.
The governor sent the condolence message in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, in Ilorin.
“I join our compatriots nationwide to commiserate with His Excellency the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and the Zazzau emirate on the painful death of the revered monarch who served his people meritoriously and built bridges of friendship and goodwill across the country.
“The death of the monarch is not just a national loss, but is also a personal loss to my own family which has a strong bond with the great Zazzau emirate under which my late father, Alhaji AGF Abdul-Razaq (SAN) held the title of Tafidan Zazzau.
“On behalf of my family, the people and government of Kwara State, I condole with the people and government of Kaduna State and the immediate family of the Emir of Zazzau Dr Shehu Idris.
“May the Almighty Allah grant the monarch Al-Jannah Firdaus, and comfort his family and the entire people of the Emirate,” the statement added.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed