Facilities In Place To Check Cholera Outbreak – Kwara Govt

The Kwara State Government says it has swung into action to halt the spread of a suspected cholera outbreak in some parts of Ilorin, the state capital.

The Secretary to the State Government,  Mr Isiaka Gold who led government’s delegate on a tour of some primary health centers, cottage hospitals and general hospitals in Ilorin, said the government is taking serious measures to contain its spread.

The State Commissioner for Health, Atolagbe Alege, told journalists that the government was caught unawares by the outbreak.

He, however, noted that the ministry was on top of the situation and would ensure that it curtailed the spread of the disease.

Alege further stated that the ministry had deplored human and material resources to some health centres.

Also according to him, the ministry has embarked on enlightenment campaigns across the state to educate the public on the need to be hygiene conscious.

A consultant epidemiologist at one of the hospitals visited, noted that the hospital had recorded 67 cases in a space of two weeks.

She, however, commended the government for its quick response and pro-activeness, giving an assurance that the staff were well equipped to handle such cases.

According to her, the treatment centre is “fully functional with beds and the conditions are good in terms of the installed capacity as well as food for the patients.”

Kwara Govt. To Strengthen Agriculture Off-Takers

kwara-mapThe Kwara State government has said that it will encourage multiple innovations in its current drive on agriculture Off-Takers Demand.

The state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mahmud Babatunde Ajeigbe, said that the off-takers demand initiative was to reduce the problem associated with farm product gluts and ensure that farmers attract patronage on their farm produce.

Mr Ajeigbe, further stated that the establishment of the state Agro mall was to alleviate the suffering of farmers in accessing farm support, saying the mall had assisted farming activities.

“The mall embarked on enumeration of farmers in the state, to see how more help could come their way as part of diversification of the nation’s economy”. He said.

Nevertheless, the commissioner reiterated the commitment of the state government to lend financial support to farmers in the state whenever the need arises.

He urged those who defaulted in the previous Agric credit facilities to redeem without further delay.

He further assured that the office of Technical Adviser of Small and Medium enterprises had been mandated to provide assistance to farmers, to ensure all year round food security.

According to the chairman Association of Nigeria Farmers in Offa Local Government Area, Mr. Yahaya Afolabi said the association had become more organized and keyed into the National Policy on Agriculture.

He also lamented that members of the association need more assistance in  identification of off-takers for farm produce.

“The association needs funds and assistance on essential machinery and timely cultivation of farmland”, He said.

Kwara Govt. To Sanction Doctors Practising At Home

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State Government has said that it will sanction doctors who are found to be operating medical services in their place of residence in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Mr Sulaiman Atolagbe Alege, while speaking to newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital, described the act as illegal and said that such has not been discovered, the ministry is on the watch out to bring culprits to book.

“The Kwara state ministry of health has a monitoring team that is saddled with the responsibility of monitoring and checking some of this illegal practices. If anyone is caught, he/she will be sanctioned.” He stated.

Meanwhile, a medical doctor who doubles as a Consultant of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor Rabiu Yinka has attributed the problem to faulty structure in the country.

According to Prof. Rabiu, he lamented that there should be relevant policies and structure to accommodate medical doctors before graduation.

He said, some graduate doctors indulge in the practice after failing to secure a place for their internship upon graduating from medical School.

However, the professor, who is also the chief medical director of Surulere Hospital in Ilorin, has appealed to the government to focus more on areas that can help to eradicate poverty, rather than embark on infrastructural projects.

“You cannot eradicate problems such as this except necessary policies and structures are put in place by the government at all levels.

“I want to enjoin government to concentrate on how to focus on poverty eradication, rather than going into some unnecessary projects.
Projects are good in fact it helps the state but the people should be helped,” Prof. Rabiu added.

In the same vein, a medical doctor, Dr. Olayiwola Ismail said that graduates in the field, are not certified to operate until they have undergone internship training.

However, he advised the public not to patronise doctors who operate from their homes for their health sake.

Geri-Alimi Underpass: Kwara Govt. Compensates Affected Property Owners

Geri-Alimi Underpass: Kwara Govt. Compensates Affected Property OwnersThe Kwara State government has commenced payment of compensation to land and property owners in the right of way of the construction of the diamond underpass at Geri-Alimi in Ilorin.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abdulwahab Oba, revealed that the compensation paid to owners of residential buildings, shops and lands was to the tune of 30 million naira.

Presenting cheques to the beneficiaries, the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr Aro Yahaya, said the amount of money paid was determined by property valuers based on the value of the property.

He noted that although some structures along the axis were illegal, government would go ahead and compensate the affected individuals.

Mr Yahaya stated that the gesture indicates that “our word is our bond”, stressing that the state government has fulfilled the promise made when it flagged off the underpass.

He urged the people of the community to cooperate with the contractor to ensure smooth completion of the project.

In an interview with reporters, some of the beneficiaries commended the state government for the prompt payment of compensation.

They expressed optimism that the project would boost social and economic activities in the area.

Kwara Government Denies Sacking 700 Teachers

Kwara, Teachers, TESCOMThe Kwara State government has debunked a report by an online medium that 700 teachers recruited into the state’s Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) in 2014 without approval have been laid off.

The state government, through a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede, described the report as false, misleading and lacking any basis in fact.

The governor’s media aide insists there has never been any intention to terminate their services of the teachers in question.

He clarified that the State Governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, had directed TESCOM to regularise the employment of the affected staff based on qualification and needs.

He stated that the State Executive Council had approved sanctions for the officials, including serving and retired personnel that facilitated the unauthorised recruitment of the workers.

According to the statement, TESCOM would conduct relevant process for the normalisation of employment of the affected staff with emphasis on those with appropriate qualifications in Mathematics, English and the core science subjects.

Dr. Akorede also referred to a Government House statement which noted that Governor Ahmed ruled out sacking the affected workers, in order not to worsen the unemployment situation in the Kwara State.

He, therefore, urged the public to disregard the false publication.

Kwara State Seeks Saudi Arabia’s Support In Education, Manufacturing

How We Utilized N5b Paris Club Refund – Gov. AhmedThe Kwara State government is seeking the support of the Saudi Arabian government in the areas of education, agriculture and manufacturing to enhance socio-economic development of the state.

The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, made request at Agbeyangi in Ilorin East Local Government Area during the foundation laying of a University.

Governor Ahmed in his speech urged the Saudi Arabian government to sustain its support and partnership with the university to provide functional education in the state.

“I hope that the university would boost human capital development, make Kwara a hub of tertiary education, and provide quality conventional and entrepreneurship education.

“The university would provide youths with credible conventional and faith-based education when it begins operation in order to make youths economically self-reliant,” Ahmed said.

However, He promised that the government would continue to support efforts aimed at improving access to quality education as basic ingredient for development at all levels.

Paris, London Loan Refunds: Kwara State Claims Compliance With Directives

How We Utilized N5b Paris Club Refund – Gov. Ahmed
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed says he is committed to worker’s welfare

The Kwara State government claims it has already complied with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that states should use at least 25 per cent of their London and Paris Club refund to offset salary arrears.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Finance, Demola Banu, said that with the release of one billion Naira to local governments and another release of 890 million Naira to some tertiary institutions to clear their salary backlog, the state government has exceeded Buhari’s directive.

The Commissioner stated that the efforts reflect Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed’s commitment to the welfare of workers in the state.

He added that the government remained determined to help Local Governments clear their current salary arrears in the shortest possible time.

Mr Banu emphasised that even before the state got its share of the paris club refund, the government was not owing any state civil servant, except staff of some tertiary institutions.

He said that the approval of 890 million Naira for institutions was meant to clear arrears.

Banu also disclosed that the balance of the refund would go towards other staff-related payments, injection of funds into the state Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SME) scheme, community Health Insurance scheme, and completion of ongoing and new infrastructural projects across the state.

The Commissioner noted that these programmes and projects would be of immense benefits to all residents and citizens of kwara state.

Kwara State To Punish Persons Indicted For Illegal Recruitment Of Teachers

recruitment of teachers in Kwara State
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State

Five individuals indicted for illegally recruiting 971 teachers into Kwara State Teaching Service Commission are to face disciplinary action, a government official said on Tuesday.

The Kwara State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Musa Yeketi, hinted reporters of the development after a State Executive Council meeting.

He said the illegal recruitment had occurred when the government, as part of efforts to cushion the effect of the lack of teachers in some basic subjects in secondary schools, gave approval for the recruitment of 449 teachers.

It was meant to cater for the shortfall of teachers in Mathematics, English and core science disciplines as well as security guards.

The parastatal responsible for the recruitment exercise was later accused of overshooting the number allocated to be employed.

After the report of fraud in the process, the Kwara State government about two months ago set up a committee to verify the illegal recruitment allegation.

The seven-man committee later submitted its report confirming the illegal recruitment of 971 teachers.

The report infuriated Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, who promised to implement the report and recommendations of the committee to the letter, insisting that anyone found guilty would face the full wrath of the law.

Briefing reporters after the State Executive Council meeting, Mr Yeketi announced that the government had accepted to implement the report of the committee and that the five indicted officers would be sanctioned.

According to Mr Yeketi, two of the indicted officers are retired, while the remaining three are still in active service.

The commissioner told reporters that the officials have been referred to the office of the head of service for punishment in accordance with civil service rules.

On the fate of the affected workers, the Commissioner stated that the Council directed that the appointments of the approved 449 staff should be regularised while those of the remaining 971 should be reviewed in line with needs of the commission in the area of Mathematics, English and other core science subjects.

It is not clear how the government would identify teachers illegally recruited, as the recruitment appears to have been done at the same time.

Tackling Unemployment: kwara Govt. Promises 20,000 Jobs In Agriculture

Unemployment, kwara, 20,000 Jobs, AgricultureThe Kwara state government has restated its commitment towards addressing youth unemployment with the resolve to create 20,000 jobs in the agriculture sector.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Adegoke Bamidele, made this known while addressing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital.

He revealed that the government has concluded plans to create the jobs for youths who are interested in agriculture adding that they would be selected across the 16 local government areas of the state.

“There are no criteria for selecting the youths in agricultural business as it is the only alternative source of revenue for government to generate revenue.

“If 20,000 youths are empowered in agricultural business, it will boost the Gross Domestic Products of the state and also enhance its economic development.

“The youths will be trained on farming, piggery, animal husbandry and fishery among others.

“Private organizations are sacking workers on daily basis but the only secured job is skilled jobs and the idea is to make the youths not to depend on government jobs alone but also be self employed,” Mr Bamidele added.

Reps Seek Inclusion Of Imo State In List Of Oil Producing States

House-of-Representatives-in-Rowdy-sessionThe House of Representatives has urged the Executive Arm of government to include Imo State in the initiative organised by the government to find lasting solutions to the problems in the Nigeria Delta region.

The House has also directed the Ministries of Petroleum Resources and the Niger Delta, to ensure inclusion of the state in all matters relating to oil producing communities.

This followed a motion presented by Honourable Goodluck Nanah, in which he observed that there was tension in the oil producing communities of the state, following the exclusion which had denied them the gains of the initiative.

The lawmaker observed that Imo State had been an oil producing area since 1955 and its nine oil producing communities have suffered environmental pollution and degradation associated with oil exploration and exploitation.

He lamented that despite the pollution, the communities had not benefited from the revenue sharing formula as an oil producing state.

The call of the House of Representatives is coming weeks at the Kwara State government sought immediate inclusion on the list of beneficiaries of the 13 per cent Derivation Fund from the solid minerals, as a solid minerals producing state.

The State Commissioner for Industry and Solid Minerals Development, Funmilayo Oniwa, made the demand on behalf of the state government in Ilorin at the stakeholders’ forum organised by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAC).

Mrs Oniwa pointed out that the state had about 17 mineral resources and queried the exclusion of the state among investment destinations for solid minerals development listed in the brochure of the Nigerian Mining and Metal Sector Investment Promotion released in August.

She explained that the state had contributed immensely to the development of the solid minerals’ sector, as a veritable source of revenue generation into the Federation Account.

NABDA To Explore Biotechnology To Push Nigeria’s Development

Biotechnology, NABDA, NigeriaThe National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) says it will explore biotechnological resources across Nigeria to ensure food security, wealth creation, affordable healthcare delivery and sustainable environment.

The Director General of NABDA, Professor Lucy Ogbadu, announced the plan on Monday, when she paid a courtesy call on the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, at his office in Ilorin in southwest Nigeria.

She said the agency was playing a critical role in the sustainable development and use of indigenous bio-resources through the application of emerging science and technologies.

Professor Ogbadu expressed the determination of NABDA in imparting relevant skills on bio-enterprises on citizens, with a view to reducing unemployment in Nigeria.

She commended the Kwara State government for the swift approval of land to build bio-resources centre in the state.

The NABDA boss promised that the agency, which is under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, would explore biological materials in the state, to add value to living organisms for the benefit of humanity.

In his response, Governor Ahmed stressed the need to tap latent potentials in agriculture, in order to meet Nigeria’s food needs and expressed concern over the high import bill on food items.

He also called for biotechnological review of agricultural input, to improve yields in agriculture.

The Governor promised to create partnership with the agency to enable the government achieve its plan in the agriculture sector.

Kwara Sanctions Absent Teachers, To Close Illegal Private Schools

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State Government has sanctioned 15 secondary school teachers and three Vice Principals for being absent from school during school hours.

The State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Mr Musa Yeketi, stated this while briefing journalists on the activities of the Ministry in the last five months.

He said the action was carried out in order to instill discipline on the teachers who are in the habit of leaving from their duty posts.

The Ministry embarked on a monitoring exercise to three local governments where 19 out of the 34 teachers were met on duty while the three vice principals were absent on two occasions.

The Government, he explained, will not condone indiscipline as the affected teachers and vice principals have been sanctioned.

He also added that the presence of illegal private schools in the state is alarming as the government is set to shut down those without approval.