Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara says social justice, youths empowerment and timely administration of justice are essential ingredients for peace and development in any society.
The governor said this in Ilorin on Thursday while declaring open a one-day multi-stakeholder security dialogue
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the dialogue was: “Towards strengthening the security architecture in Kwara State: Exploring community initiatives”.
“We will definitely continue to give the necessary and complementary logistic support to our security agencies.
“However, we believe that security is a broad concept that goes beyond arming the various security agencies or hanging cameras everywhere.
“We feel strongly that securing our society requires inclusion and empowerment of all the segments of our society.
“It involves guaranteeing social justice for everyone. It involves ensuring that no child is left behind in every developmental agenda.
“It involves making sure that the justice system is not unduly slow or deliberately tilted against anyone,” the governor said.
AbdulRazaq said the dialogue was a follow up to a recent security meeting of the Governors in the north central region and security developments in other parts of the country.
He commended the security agencies and traditional rulers for their efforts to keep peace in Kwara.
“Hunger and poverty are catalysts for crimes and they must be addressed headlong,” the governor said.
He added that the dialogue had been called to harvest the views of all the stakeholders in the state.
Prof. Dakas C.J. Dakas (SAN) of University of Jos, who delivered a keynote address, said Kwara is peaceful but must be proactive to respond to security threats nearby and early warning signs.
Dakas, a professor of Law, called for a regime of accountability, respect for rules of engagement and more support for the security agencies.
He also called for more capacity building for the security agencies and other personnel of government in charge of security matters.
Another keynote speaker, Prof. Hassan Salihu of the University of Ilorin called on the public to see security as a joint project to be owned by all.
Salihu said politicians must learn to draw the line between politics, campaign period and governance.
The professor of Political Science called on all stakeholders to sidestep their differences and build a sustainable system that works for all.
Security chiefs in the state applauded the dialogue initiative but called on the masses to always speak up when they see danger signs around them.
The state Director of State Service (DSS), Mr Steve Ajege, said the dialogue underpins AbdulRazaq’s effort to further secure the state.
He called on parents to revisit the issue of family values and discipline, and to work with security agencies to cut crime rate in the society.
The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman of the state traditional council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, called on the government to make better use of traditional institutions as did the colonial masters.
Gambari commended the government for the dialogue, calling for better welfare for members of the security agencies and funding for traditional institutions to boost communal peace.
Prof. Lanre Yusuf and Bishop Sunday Adewole, who represented the Muslim and Christian religious communities, urged the government to build its security strategies around the traditional and religious institutions.
The two religious leaders called for tolerance, harmony and restoration of religious and family values.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tolahttps://nnn.ng/social-justice-key-to-peace-development-gov-abdulrazaq/
Kwara records 12 new cases of COVID-19, discharges 23 patients
Kwara has recorded 12 more cases of COVID-19 while 23 persons who tested negative twice have been discharged.
Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement on Monday in Ilorin.
Ajakaye said that the new cases brings to 1025 the total number of confirmed cases so far in the state, with 822 patients discharged and 26 deaths recorded.
“As at 9:30p.m on Sunday, the number of active cases was 177 and 822 patients had so far been discharged and 26 deaths recorded,” said Ajakaye.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
NCDC records 97 new COVID-19 infections, total cases now 57, 242
The NCDC disclosed this on its official twitter handle on Sunday .
It added that three persons died of COVID-19 complications while 138 patients, who recovered at various isolation centres across the country the same day, were discharged.
Based on the figures released, Lagos state recorded the highest number of infections with 46 new cases.
The data released also indicated that Kwara recorded 12 new infections, Rivers 11, and Adamawa 4.
Others were Niger – 4, Ogun – 4, Osun – 4, Ekiti – 3, Imo – 3, Kaduna – 3, Plateau – 2, and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) – 1.
“Till date, 57, 242 cases have been confirmed, 48, 569 cases have been discharged, and 1,098 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the FCT,” the centre said.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Emmanuel Yashim
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