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IBEDC: KWSG CALLS FOR REASONABLE SERVICE CHARGES

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(L-R: Director, Personnel, Finance and Supply, Alhaji Hassan Taiye Afodun; Commissioner for Energy, Engr. AbdulAzeez Kola AbdulGaniy; Kwara Regional Manager, IBEDC, Engr. Toyin Akinyosoye; Technical Manager, Engr. Olaifa Gabriel in a group photograph after the meeting.) The Kwara State Government has again called on the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to be reasonable in the way they bill their customers, especially, the facilities owned by the State government such as hospitals and waterworks. The Commissioner for Energy, Engr. AbdulAzeez Kola AbdulGaniy, made the call yesterday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Regional Head, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. Toyin Akinyosoye, at Challenge, Ilorin. Engr. AbdulGaniy said the State government, on its part, has always complemented the IBEDC services by paying the electricity bills of all government’s facilities promptly, constructing feeder lines and providing various commu

KWSG ORGANISES CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT TRAINING FOR WORKERS

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      The Kwara State Government has commenced capacity enhancement training for  1,500 State Civil Servants due for promotion.     Addressing the participants at the opening, the State Head of Service, Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole explained that the training was pertinent to improve the productivity of the civil servants in service delivery.       Represented by the Permanent Secretary ( Establishment), Mallam Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed, She applauded the State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazak for approving the conduct of the program and his unrelenting commitment to ensuring efficient service delivery in the State Service despite the dwindling economy.     She charged the participants to be very attentive to the lectures and adequately grab the content to achieve the objective of the program warning that anyone that fail the examination after the training would not be promoted to the next grade level.    The HOS also revealed that the State Government was currently working with rel

KWSG INAUGURATES A 5-MAN IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE TO OVERSEE NEW GBUGBU MARKET IN EDU LGA

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(L-R: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology, Mrs. Mary Kemi Adeoshun; Chairman, Edu Local Government (TIC), Hon. Mohammed Aliyu; Honourable Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology, Hon. Damilola Yusuf Adelodun; and Executive Chairman, Kwara Internal Revenue Services, Mrs. Shade Omoniyi.) The Kwara State Government has inaugurated a 5 Man Implementation Committee to oversee the newly redesigned and remodeled Gbugbu International Market in  Edu Local Government Area, while reaffirming its commitment to upgrade and promote socio-economic activities through remodeling and redesigning of other ancient markets in the State.  While inaugurating the  Implementation  Committee in her office, the State Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology, Hon. Damilola Yusuf Adelodun, emphasised the importance of  transparency and dedication among the  Committee members and urged them to  uphold these values to achieve the goals set by the

Livestock Development: Kwara L-PRES Inspects Completed Projects

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...as benefitting communities lauds gov. Abdulrazaq, development partners The Kwara State Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (L-PRES) has embarked on an inspection visit to some of the completed projects executed by the State Coordination Office. The projects include the provision of four boreholes with ancillaries and watering points along the stock route in Asa Local Government Area of the State. Speaking during the visit, the State Project Coordinator (SPC), Mr. Olusoji Oyawoye said one of the components of L-PRES Project Development Objectives is to prevent crisis and conflict mitigation through the provision of fundamental needs of animal and the herders, such as feeds and water with a view to reducing migration of animal that usually led to farmers and herders conflict in the Country. Mr. Oyawoye, who spoke through the State Project Animal Husbandry Officer, Mr. Habeeb Tunde Affinni stated that the implementation of the project is strategically loca

Kwara Water Corporation Shuts Eastern Line for Repairs till April 18

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Kwara State Water Corporation on Saturday said it will shut down the Eastern line (in Ilorin) for some repairs from next Monday, April 15. "This is to inform  all consumers that we shall be shutting  down  Eastern line for repair job on the leakage  pipe  of  High Lift pump no. 5 from Monday  15th of April, hoping  to finish on or before  Thursday  18th  of April, 2024," according to a statement by Assistant General Manager (Mechanical & Electrical). The statement said the Corporation regrets the inconveniences this temporary shutdown may cause its customers. Signed  Engr. Sunday Bamidele  AGM M&E Dept., 0806 256 8154 For GM/CEO

Kwara Confirms Receipt of New Grains from FG, Distribution Begins Soon

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Kwara State Government said it has received 12,058 bags of grains of maize, millet, and sorghum from the Federal Government. The breakdowns of the 12,058 are: 7,042 of 50kg bags of maize; 2,916 of 50kg bags of millet; and 2,100 of 50kg bags of sorghum (which are still being received as at today).  The state government also announced the receipt of 8,700 of 25kg bags of rice, according to a statement by the Commissioner for Communications Mrs Bola Olukoju.  The statement said the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Senator Abubakar Kyari will flag off the distribution of the grains in the state very soon — in manners that would follow the distribution template sent by the Federal Government. The state government has constantly supported the Kwara public to cope with the inconveniences that trailed the removal of fuel subsidy. Mrs Bola Olukoju  Commissioner for Communications April 11, 2024

KWSG ACQUIRES 20,065 HECTARES OF LAND, FOR SMART CITY PROJECT

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Following stakeholders engagement meeting on land acquisition, the Kwara State Government has acquire land in both Ilorin East and Ilorin South Local Government Areas of Kwara State, for the purpose of citing the New  Ilorin SmartCity Estate, in the best interest of kwarans and the entire Nation. The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Geographic Information Service (KW-GIS), ESV Abdulkareem Babatunde Sulyman stated this of recent, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Zulu Gambari (CON), in his palace, in Ilorin, the State Capital. The Chairman, commended the royal father for his fatherly roles at piloting the affairs of the Ilorin metropolis and environs, adding that motives behind the visit was to intimate the Royal Father of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq's quest for the acquisition of about 20,065 hectares of land, in both Ilorin East and South Local Government Areas, respectively,  for the establishment of the New Ilorin SmartCity E

Putting Kwara Education Infrastructure in Proper Perspective

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I write to address the recent disinformation triggered by a recent report in the BBC on the Kankan LGEA School in Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State.  I understand that the BBC report was a standalone story, which did not delve into the context of the peculiarity of the Kwara situation as a result of our history. The Honourable Commissioner for Communications Mrs Bola Olukoju has done justice to the story, and it is hoped that the BBC and our other friends in the foreign media are properly guided on the issue and related ones.  One of the biggest issues His Excellency Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq confronted in 2019 is the mismanagement and stealing of education intervention funds during the previous administration. Upon assuming office in 2019, however, the Governor addressed the mismanagement of funds that led to the official blacklist of the state from accessing UBEC funds for six consecutive years. His Excellency first paid N450m, which was the balance of the 20

Eid-l- fitr Celebration; KWARTMA Deploys 365 Personnel, Implores Road Users of Safety Consciousness amidst Celebration

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The Kwara State Road Traffic Management Authority (KWARTMA), has deployed 365 Officers and Men for safe and hitch free movement of people and goods within the State during this year Eid celebration.                   The Ag. Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, Engineer Bamidele Michael  while making the statement in his office today Monday 8th April, 2024 stated that 80 personnel are on regular Mobile Patrol within the metropolis including the construction zones while 230 personnel are manning different gridlock prone points.  He further stated that 55 personnel were deployed to different highways to forestall any form of crash and proactively act in case of emergencies.  Bamidele explained that routes such as; Eyenkorin - Olooru - Bode-Saadu - Jebba, Ogbomoso - Otte - Airport, Zango – Oke-Ose – Oke-oyi and Ganmo - Amoyo - Ajase-Ipo highways are all under  surveillance by KWARTMA to ensure the safety of  travellers into and from the State taking into cogni

Law Banning Charcoal Production, Intact - Gov't

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Kwara State Government has reaffirmed the ban on production of charcoal in the state, adding that the law is intact.  The State Commissioner for Environment, Mallam Shehu Ndanusa Usman revealed this during the week, a press session, in his office. According to him, "the law banning the production of charcoal in Kwara State is still intact. Whoever is caught violating the law will be sanctioned accordingly." The Commissioner therefore warned charcoal producers to stop illegal felling of trees and support government in its efforts to eradicate deforestation, to avoid destruction of the climate. Mallam Ndanusa also revealed that the taskforce on charcoal will continue to move round the state to ascertain the level of compliance and impound vehicles transporting charcoal out of the state.  He however implored the taskforce and law enforcement agents not to arrest small cars such as buses and taxi transporting within the state for domestic use and also not to indul

Kwara Govt not behind ex-Gov Ahmed’s trial: Commissioner

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• speaks on BBC story Kwara State Government has refuted claims that it is behind the current corruption trial of former Governor Abdulfatahi Ahmed, saying the burden of governance does not permit any distractions or targeting of anyone, including former public officials.  In a statement on Thursday, Kwara State Commissioner for Communications Bola Olukoju said the trial of the former Governor is the exclusive prerogative of the anti-graft agencies who may have found against him following their own investigations of different transactions involving his administration.  “We find the accusation of the opposition party as cowardly, baseless, and wrong-headed. The right place to prove the innocence of anyone accused of wrongdoing is the court of law, not on the pages of newspapers or through shadow-boxing. They should leave us out of the issue,” she said. “This administration has moved on from whatever happened in the past, except where historical references are inevitable. Our

ACCORD ROAD SIGNAGE THE DESERVED RESPECT: KWARTMA BOSS ADMONISHES ROAD USERS

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The Ag. Chief Executive Officer of the Kwara State Road Traffic Management Authority (KWARTMA) Engr. Bamidele Michael had warned Kwarans to desist from defacing, destroying or outright removal of road signages on Kwara roads. Bamidele gave this warning today Tuesday 2nd April, 2024 in his office after his usual routine movement around the metropolis to access the traffic situations and inspection of the level of traffic compliance by the motoring public.  He noted with dismay the level at which road signages meant to give directions, information and warnings to the road users were either defaced with posters or bills, destroyed, completely removed by the unscrupulous elements or cover up by the activities of traders and shop owners who had stretched their wares beyond their approved setbacks. The Ag. CEO therefore warned that anyone caught in the act of defacing or destroying these important road infrastructures shall be made to face the wrath of the law as it amounts to co

Kwara Gov commiserates with Offa traders on Owode Market Fire

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq sends his heartfelt condolences to the people of Offa, especially the business community, on the unfortunate fire incident at the popular Owode market. The Governor says the development was one tragedy too many, adding that a team from the state emergency management agency has since visited the market to take stock of the situation as well as deliver the government’s commiserations to the traders. He said the fire incident again highlights the need for all stakeholders to be more proactive in preventing such outbreaks at home or in the marketplace. While commending the fire service for their prompt response, he directs the Service to work more closely with marketers on modern fire prevention mechanisms and preparedness.  The Governor prays to God to recompense the traders for their losses.  Rafiu Ajakaye Chief Press Secretary to the Governor  April 2, 2024

KWSG Reaffirms Commitment to Effective Communications

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The Kwara State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that Kwarans are included in its developmental initiatives, even as it pledged to deliver information directly at doorsteps, to keep people abreast of government activities. The State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Bolanle Olukoju, stated this in Ilorin during the week, while hosting representatives of the Emir of Lafiagi, Alhaji Mohammed Kudu Kawu, in the board room of the ministry. The Commissioner who was represented by the Ministry's Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Yahaya Muhammad, outlined the government's efforts at keeping the public informed about state affairs. "The Executive Governor of Kwara State and Chairman, Nigeria Governors' Forum, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has significantly improved information dissemination in the state, by revitalizing state-owned media. To this end, Kwara Television Authority has expanded its coverage and enriched its programming with local cont

9,989 Final Year Students Get Kwara’s Bursary

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• 107 Law School students get state’s scholarship of 100,000 each Kwara State Government has started the disbursement of 2023/2024 bursary grants to at least 9,989 final year students of Kwara State origin, according to a statement by the Ministry of Tertiary Education. The awardees, whose bonafide were confirmed after the thorough screening of the 27, 314 total entries, across the 16 local government areas of the state in various tertiary institutions in the country, the statement added. “We have started paying the bursary award of N10,000 to each of the successful applicants has been graciously approved by His Excellency Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq,” the statement quoted the Commissioner for Tertiary Education Dr. Mary Arinde as saying. “The payment began on Wednesday, 27th March, and will continue until we finish the disbursement. We are paying directly to their accounts for transparency and accountability. There are a few of these successful applicants whose account