Kwara Government has donated 50 mini buses to transporters in the state as part of its empowerment programme.
Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak presented the buses to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) on Tuesday in Ilorin.
In a speech, Abdulrazak said the gesture was intended to enhance their business and economy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the government in partnership with a finance company.
Abdulrazak, represented by the Commissioner for Works, Mr Iliasu Rotimi, also said that the donation was meant to ease the transportation of goods and commuters in the state.
He said that the event was the second phase of his administration’s community transport intervention project.
He said that the first phase of the intervention took place in August 2021. The governor said that the administration also donated 100 tricycles to the Tricycle Owners and Operators Association of Nigeria.
He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the government’s kind gesture to enhance their economy.
He also said that they were expected to repay N3.7 million on each of the vehicles within 18 months.
“This intervention is worth N125 million as provided by Self Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) .
“The government on its part guarantees the facility for the benefit of our people,” he said.
Abdulrazak commended the management of SEAP for always supporting the state, particularly in the area of transportation.
He said: “We want to ensure shared prosperity.
“We have also created direct and indirect jobs to take many of our young population out of idleness through various interventions.
“We are confident that your meticulous use of these vehicles will generate more economic values for our people.
“It is my belief that NURTW and RTEAN will continue to partner our government as we strive daily to give our people a new lease of life.
” The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Intervention, Mr Kayode Oyin-Zubair, also urged the transporters to make maximum use of the opportunity to improve their economy.
Oyin-Zubair further appealed to them to always save money from their daily proceeds to make repayment easier.
By Afusat Agunbiade-OladipoGov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Tuesday said his administration was committed to making the right investments in human capital.He also pledged to invest more in infrastructural development and security architecture with a view to encouraging socio-economic growth and safety of investors.AbdulRazaq said this at a 2-day technology transfer training for 100 technicians, organised by state government in conjunction with the Simba Group, the manufacturer of TVS XL100 motorcycle.“Today is yet another important moment for us as an administration. This is because this technology transfer training perfectly fits into our agenda of empowering our people with liveable skills which will help to earn decent living as well as lift many others from poverty.“It will also expand the economic base of the state. I’m certain that beneficiaries of this technology transfer will also teach others and spread the frontiers of collective prosperity in our communities.“I encourage the Simba Group to invest more in the state. Kwara people are peace-loving, accommodating and mostly industrious.“I assure you that your investment will be a win-win bargain. On our part, we will continue to make the right investments in human capital and infrastructural development as well as security architecture to make Kwara State investors’ haven,” said the governor.He commended his Senior Special Assistant on Community Intervention, Mr Kayode Oyin-Zubair, for facilitating workable collaboration with the Simba Group, describing the effort as laudable.Oyin-Zubair had earlier said the essence of the technology transfer session was to expose the local technicians to the mechanism of the XL 100 Heavy Duty, as part of the government’s mission to drive development through innovations.He said the state’s partnership with Simba company was not afresh, recalling the fruits of their synergy on community transport system and agriculture (irrigation) three months ago.According to him, the government has facilitated smooth mega service programmes for the SIMBA TVS in 2020 with the release of the Metropolitan Square which, he added, involves free engine service for about 500 TVS tricycles on each occasion, as manufactured by the company.“We have a relationship with this company that has eight sub-divisions; we have been relating with them on community transport systems and lately agriculture.“The company (SIMBA Agriculture) about three months ago introduced its drip irrigation system to us in the state,” Oyin-Zubair said. (NAN)(NAN)
Ilorin, Nov. 3, 2020 Kwara Government in partnership with Dangote Foundation is set to disburse N150 million grant to 15,000 rural women in Kwara.
Mr Kayode Oyin-Zubair, the Senior Special Assistant on Community Intervention to Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq made this known on Tuesday in Ilorin when he paid a courtesy visit on members of the Correspondents Chapel of Kwara NUJ.
Oyin-Zubair said that each beneficiary would get N10, 000 before the end of 2020.
The governor’s aide said that development programmes of the present administration in the state would be community driven.
According to him, this is because government believes development should be bottom-to-top approach.
“The three cardinal areas of intervention are people, place and prosperity.
“Everything about development should come from the bottom to top and not the other way round. It is a principle that the present administration believes in.
“This is to avoid congestion of urban area and hasten development at the grassroots,” he said.
Oyin-Zubair said that his office had in few months of his appointment sensitised community development officers at the local government areas in the state to serve as machinery for driving this development.
According to him, the office has also sensitised community development associations in the state on self-help efforts.
“These interactions with stakeholders are to demonstrate that government really has something to do with them,” he said.
He said that the state was also talking to Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) on hybrid locust bean that would be produced within seven years to further empower and make life comfortable for rural women.
He said that the state would soon begin exportation of locust beans to Kenya based on the ongoing agreement with a firm in the East African country.
Edited By: Yakubu Uba/Grace Yussuf
Kwara Youth Centre (KYC), an advisory body to Gov. Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq, has congratulated Christians on Christmas and prayed for peace in the nation.The Coordinator of the group, Mr Kayode Oyin-Zubair, expressed their felicitation in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.Oyin-Zubair enjoined Christians to make reasons for Christmas celebration visible by expressing joy with happiness that comes in a modest way.He called on all believers to look away from their worries and those other issues impeding the growth of the country urging them to focus on the birth of Christ as the reason for celebration at this season.“Peace will fast track development in the nation and this will attract both local and international investors to establish businesses here.“We have myriad of challenges contending with our peace as individuals and a nation.“Away from these issues that are impeding our growth as a nation; we have a consolation in the birth of Jesus Christ,” he said.NAN reports that the KYC is a community of young professionals from the state.Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)