Alhaji Abdul-Rahoof Bello-Labẹlabẹ, a Chieftain of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kwara, has advocated for a public holiday to enable residents of the state collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).Bello-Labẹlabẹ made this appeal in a statement in Ilorin on Monday.He urged Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to declare the holiday to enable civil and public servants to collect, replace or transfer their PVCs to polling units of their choice.While renewing his earlier appeal during a weekly radio programme, “Gbángbádẹ́kun” on Harmony FM, Idofian, he explained that the statement was to add weight to the voice.He cited examples of Zamfara, Abia and Niger States, among others, who had declared public holidays to demonstrate their sense of duty and patriotism.According to him, it is important for the state government to complement INEC’s efforts and generosity in extending the ongoing voter registration by a few days in line with international best practices.He pointed out the importance of the PVC in participatory democracy in conjunction with citizens’ civic responsibility as enshrined in Chapter II, Section 24, of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.He doubted the possibility of workers fulfilling this political obligation if not allowed to update their electoral records with INEC currently ongoing.He therefore called on Nigerians to visit the nearest INEC registration centre to their residences to replace damaged PVCs or update their image and bio-data to avoid being disenfranchised in the 2023 elections.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Kwara Govt has assured of adequate protection for lives of animals and human beings, following the unfortunate death of some animals from fumigation at Olam Grains, Ogbodonroko Area of Asa Local Government.
This is contained in a statement by Mrs Okanlawon Taiwo, Spokesperson of Ministry of Environment in Ilorin.
According to the statement, some animals died from fumigation carried out at the premises of the factory.
It stated that the Commissioner for Environment, Remilekun Banigbe, gave the assurance when she led a team on an inspection visit to the factory, to ascertain the level of damage caused.
“She explained that the cause of death of the animals would be investigated thoroughly, to forestall future occurrence.
“She told the Mogaji of Ogbodonroko land, Alhaji Ibrahim Babatunde Ajape, that the State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is concerned about the wellbeing of all the people in Kwara.
“She reiterated that Governor AbdulRazaq wants improvement in the standard of living of the people in the state.”
The spokesperson said the community Laison Officer, Alhaji Ibrahim Isiaq, assured that the matter was under control, adding that a meeting had been scheduled with Olam management team.
“The meeting is to ascertain the cause of the incident and how to resolve the problem amicably, adding that the community had been hosting the company for a long time.
“He explained that the community had benefitted immensely from the company’s operation, so they would try as much as possible to proffer a lasting solution to the problem,” she said.
Taiwo revealed that the Commissioner met with the management of Olam factory and made clarification on the fumigation carried out at their premises.
“She advised that proper investigation should be done on the matter, to know the causes and a comprehensive report should be forwarded to the ministry,” she said.
The spokesperson said that a representative of Olam Factory, Mr Solomon Makinde, Human Resource Manager, pointed out that they had met with the community to take adequate measures to address the incident.
“Makinde promised that an autopsy will be conducted to know the cause of the animals’ death and a comprehensive report will be submitted to the Ministry for further necessary action.”
Kwara United Football Club on Sunday at the Kwara State Stadium Complex in Ilorin defeated Nasarawa United FC of Lafia 3-0 in a 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Match Day 36 fixture had fans returning to watch the home team in a while.
This was after a ban was placed on them by the League Management Company (LMC) for acts of violence by the home fans.
Jide Fatokun opened scoring for Kwara United in the 13th minute of the game, after he connected a well-taken corner-kick by Kabir Balogun.
Efforts to increase the tally in the first half proved abortive as Nasarawa United repulsed their several attacking moves.
Samad Kadir doubled the lead for the hosts in the 49th minute, after Junior Lokosa brilliantly assisted with a superb pass.
Lokosa completed the rout after scoring the third goal in the 67th minute.
Speaking at the post-match conference, Lookman Ijaiya, the coach of Kwara United, saluted his players for playing to instructions.
He noted that the team would improve its scoring efforts in the next two games, so as to wipe out the club’s goal deficit and be in good stead to compete with rivals.
Ijaiya expressed the hope that the ticket to play in the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup competition could be obtained.
He urged the club’s supporters to rally round the team to achieve the dream, saying the fans’ return to the stadium had boosted the morale of his players.
His Nasarawa United counterpart, Bala Nikyu, on his part said the game was good and Kwara United were a better side by triumphing over his team.
Kwara United now have 55 points, and are placed fourth on the log after 36 games, and will take on MFM FC of Lagos on Sunday in Ilorin.
The Kwara Signage and Advertisement Agency (KWASAA) has warned politicians against vandalising of opponents billboards and posters to avoid needless crisis in the state.The Director-General of the agency, Mr Olorunshola Omotayo, issued the warning on Sunday in Ilorin as the 2023 general elections heate up.Omotayo said the agency would not fold its hands watching people destroying one another’s campaign structures in the state.According to him, the warning became necessary as a result of different reports on recent destruction of political billboards and posters by some thugs.The director-general, who flayed the attitude of some politicians, said it was high time to stay away from any act of political bitterness as the country was more tensed for various security threats.He also warned religious bodies against indiscriminate pasting of posters, saying that government will not hesitate to wield its long stick on anyone that found wanting.He disclosed that the agency would soon be going round to enforce government’s order on the erection of billboards and posters.
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has congratulated Offa-born law scholar, Yusuf Abdulrasheed, on his elevation to the rank of a full professor of law at the University of Abuja.This is contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, on Sunday in Ilorin.According the statement, the governor commended Abdulrasheed for being a good inspiration to current and upcoming generations, saying the elevation is deserving and a pointer to greater things ahead.“I congratulate our brother and a distinguished Kwaran, Prof. Yusuf Abdulrasheed, on this academic accomplishment.“His story is a fine example of how hard work, determination, brilliance and being steadfast in one’s belief in God can make all the difference in the life of a man.“We especially appreciate the law professor for being a promoter of dialogue and peace back home.“We pray Allah to continue to protect the law scholar and grant him good health and long life to reap the fruits of his labour,” the statement read in part.