Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has said that over 1,000 schools would be reconstructed and equipped with modern teaching facilities across the 16 local government areas of the state.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Rafiu Ajakaye, quoted the governor as saying this on Monday at the last lap of the citizens’ engagement on the 2021 budget held at Ajase-Ipo.
News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the citizens’ engagement was via zoom meeting with the people.
AbdulRazaq added that the administration has activated plans to gradually fix the school facilities, equip them, and train and motivate teachers to guarantee quality basic education in the state.
“We have over 1,000 schools, which need to be rebuilt completely. It is not just about renovation because many of classrooms have collapsed. Some do not even have floor, not to talk of furniture.
“So, we will gradually fix these schools and bring them back. There are many lapses, especially in the area of education.
“That is why we intend to access UBEC funds which the state has not accessed since 2013.
“We want to access it to fix some of our schools. The infrastructure deficit is so huge that even the entire UBEC fund cannot fix all our schools,” he added.
NAN also reports that the State Executive Council had on Friday approved for the state to take a N7.1 billion facility to access another N7.1 billion of the six-year backlog of outstanding UBEC funds, which the state plans to invest in its basic education sector.
Speaking via zoom, the governor said the administration would also invest in training and promotion of teachers, among other incentives, to keep and attract more quality hands.
He commended the people of Kwara South for their self-help approach to development, adding that the administration would not fail in its duty to build infrastructure and rejuvenate the economy.
“The government is aware of challenges in Kwara South, particularly in the area of access roads for farm produce and trade.
“Would soon commence phased construction of at least 600 kilometers of roads under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) before the end of the year.
“The World Bank assisted programme (RAAMP) is going on, and that should cover about 600 kilometer roads, which should begin by the fourth quarter of this year.
“Many roads have been captured under the programme, including Kwara South,” AbdulRazaq said.
He said the administration has been constructing some roads and rehabilitating health centres in the region, as in elsewhere across the state, and called for more engagement with and support for the government.
“This meeting is to engage you, to know your pains, where you want us to improve in terms of infrastructure: roads, water, healthcare, schools, job creation, and indeed all facets of human endeavours.
“So, we are here to listen to you. Tell us what you want and how you want it done,” he added.
AbdulRazaq said the government has also set up a committee on job creation headed by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi with a mandate to explore more areas the administration can get people engaged in productive activities.
The engagement session was attended by the Deputy Governor; members of the Kwara State House of Assembly led by Speaker Rt Hon. Yakubu Danladi; cabinet members; traditional rulers; and various youths and community-based associations across the Kwara South.
Edited By: 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
Sanwo-Olu fecilitates with deputy at 56
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, who clocks 56 years on Saturday.
Sanwo-Olu described Hamzat as a reliable, trustworthy and committed brother, friend and partner in the ‘Greater Lagos’ agenda of the incumbent administration.
The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Gboyega Akosile, also commended his deputy’s contribution to the growth and development of Lagos State in the last 17 years.
He described Hamzat as a seasoned technocrat, administrator, politician and committed democrat.
According to him, Hamzat has all along used his position as commissioner in different ministries and now the number two citizen of the Centre of Excellence, to bring about positive change to the state and the country at large.
”Happy 56th birthday to my reliable, hardworking, dependable, supportive and committed brother, friend and partner in the Greater Lagos agenda of our administration.
”You made great achievements as Commissioner for Science and Technology between 2005 and 2011, as well as Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure.
”During your tenure as Commissioner for Science and Technology, you enforced the application of modern technology in the state ministries.
”The application of modern technology changed the face of data and record keeping in Lagos and at the same time eliminating the trend of state ghost workers.
”In execution of your mandate as Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, your ministry completed several key projects for Lagos State in the mega-city era,” he said.
The governor said that Hamzat’s achievements in the ministry were well recognised as he emerged winner of the fifth edition of the Lagos State Man of the Year Awards in September 2013.
”We cherish your contributions to party politics and governance in our dear state. You are a worthy ambassador and champion in the blend of technocracy and politics.
”As a true democrat and progressive politician, you have remained steadfast in the progressive camp.
”As you celebrate your 56th birthday, I pray that God will increase you in good health to enable you render more service to humanity, Lagos State and Nigeria,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi