Kwara Govt. Earmarks 220Million Naira For Establishment Of 3 Grazing Reserves

Gov KwaraThe Kwara State Government has earmarked 220million Naira for the establishment of three new grazing reserves across the state as part of efforts to check incessant clashes between cattle rearers and ‎farmers.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Anthony Towoju, while briefing journalists in Ilorin after the State’s Executive Council meeting, explained that the new grazing reserves would be established in the three senatorial districts of the state.

The three grazing reserves estimated to cost 220million Naira would be located at Alapa for Kwara Central senatorial district, Lata in Kwara North and Babanla for the Kwara South senatorial district.

According to the Commissioner, the existing grazing reserve in Gidanmagajiya would be rehabilitated to accommodate more than its present capacity of 100 cattle rearers, while the proposed grazing reserves would have earth dams and boreholes for enhanced pastures.

The commissioner also disclosed that the council-in-session approved the retracing and demarcation of traditional routes that have been encroached upon while sign posts and monuments would be erected along the routes to create awareness among farmers and herdsmen.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Tunji Moronfoye, on his part revealed that the council has also approved the establishment of a committee headed by the Deputy Governor to enhance quality in primary education and welfare of primary school teachers.

Moronfoye said graduating students of early childhood education from the state university would be given automatic employment as part of strategies of promoting qualitative primary education, in the state.

The council also established a committee on housing to fashion out mortgage systems for civil servants and individuals repayable between 5 to 15 years in anticipation that Ilorin, the state capital would in the next 10 years become a mega city.

Kwara governor reshuffles cabinet

The Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed on Tuesday approved a minor cabinet reshuffle involving three commissioners.

The Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

Announcing the reshuffle through a statement in Ilorin, the Secretary to the state government, Isiaka Gold, said the Commissioner for Environment and Forestry, Samuel Bamisaiye was moved to the Ministry for Social Development, Culture and Tourism to replace Ramata Abaya, who is now the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development.

Mr Gold said the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Anthony Towoju was transferred to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry as the new commissioner.

He said the new appointments are with immediate effect.

Mr Gold said the state governor is committed to deploying all strategic human and material resources required for the rapid transformation of the state for the benefit of the people.

NDLEA destroys illicit drug in Kwara

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has destroyed 3,450kg of drug exhibits in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The drugs comprising 3,418.319kg of cannabis and 32.088kg of psychotropic substances were seized by the agency from drug dealers in the state.

According to a statement by NDLEA’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, the NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, was represented by the agency’s Director of Administration and Finance, Dr. Daniel Ismaila, at the event which was also attended by the wife of the governor, Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed.

The NDLEA boss said the agency would continue to identify, trace and destroy cannabis plantations in the state.

“The agency is committed to eradicating the production, trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs in this state. Drug trafficking is an organised crime that works like a two-edged sword affecting the entire society and must therefore be tackled” he said.

“We are working towards a drug-free society. Our surveillance mechanisms will also trace hidden warehouses of illicit drugs. We shall not only seize these exhibits, but even the warehouses will not be spared. We shall continue to smoke out the drug dealers from their hideouts and prosecute them accordingly.”

“This exercise is a clear indication that local government areas, like city centres, are not immune to the devastating effects of illicit drug production. If you fail to report the drug barons in your neighbourhood, they may destroy the lives of people including your children.”

The state commander of the agency, Mrs. Omotunde Koleosho, in her address decried the level of drug abuse in the state.

She said the command discovered and destroyed three cannabis farms in Chikanda in Baruten, and Kaiama local government areas of the state.

“A warehouse containing 358 kilogrammes of cannabis was also discovered at Gaa-Odota, Ilorin. These efforts have helped to reduce the quantity of drugs in circulation in the state.”

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Anthony Towoju, pledged government’s readiness to join forces with the anti-drug agency in ridding the state of illegal drugs.

“We know the problem of drugs particularly on our youths. The state government will partner the NDLEA in ensuring that Kwara State is free from illegal drugs. I also wish to commend the efforts of the state command of the agency,” the governor said.