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Gov. AbdulRazaq Commended for his Commitment to Education Transformation

L-R: Rafiu Ajakaye, CPS; Isaiah Owolabi; , M.D. KwaraLEARN; Prof. Raheem Adaramaja, KWSUBEB Chairman; Mrs. Kemi Adeoshun, Perm. Sec. KWMOEHCD and Mrs. Christianah Asonibare, Perm. Sec. KWMOC, at the KwaraLEARN @ 1 Press Conference. The Kwara State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has been commended for his unwavering commitment in transforming the education sector in the state, with the aim of building future leaders in Kwara child.  The Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Abubakar Saddiq Buhari, gave this commendation in Ilorin today, at the Annual Review and Press Conference of First Kwara State Leading Education Achievement and Reform Now (KwaraLEARN), held at Noktel Resort Hotel, Ilorin.  Buhari, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Christianah Asonibare, went down memory lane that, KwaraLEARN was introduced by the current administration a year ago, noting that as at today, it has touched 120,000 pupils in the State.  "Gover

KWSG harps on preservation of Emirate culture

The Kwara State Government has re-echoed its commitment to partnering with educational institutions which will help increase and boost the literacy rate and foster cultural preservation in the state.  This was made known by the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, on the occasion of the "Public Presentation of the 5th Book of Readings & Awards" organized by the Center for Ilorin Studies (CILS), University of Ilorin, which held in the Banquet hall today.  According to him, the CILS is saddled with the responsibility of preserving the cultural heritage of Ilorin Emirate and he lauded the Management for excelling against all odds.  Mallam Abdulrazaq, who was ably represented by the state Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, submitted that the Center will help to remind the youths of where they are coming from.  " I congratulate the good people of Ilorin Emirate for the success of this book and


The Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has felicitated with the Senator representing Kwara South Senatorial District, under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Oyelola Ashiru on the occasion of his birthday. In a statement issued in Ilorin, Hon. Towoju also congratulated the distinguished Senator on his recent victory at the polls which led to him clinching his re-election bid at the just-concluded primaries.  According to him,  "Senator Lola Ashiru is a man who is always ready to help and his good representation of the people of Kwara South in the National Assembly is a testament of his good virtues".  Hon. Towoju added that "The people he is serving are enjoying him. Hence, it is easy for the delegates to decide to support him for another term". Speaking on the Senator's birthday, the Commissioner said "I want to congratulate him specially for the countless blessings the Almighty God had bestowed on

We never had it this good in Kwara -Towoju

The Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has showered encomiums on Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on his approach to governance, calling it a "clear departure from the past.' Towoju gave the commendation at a KwaraTv program, 'AM Drive' , today.  He submitted that Kwarans are lucky to have a governor who puts the interest of the people before his own, stating that, "we have never had it this good." Speaking on the third year anniversary of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq's administration, Towoju stated that the governor deserves accolades for his good works. "The governor pays minimum wage , even with the sharp drop recorded in the Federal allocation and he even pays on time too," he added. To combat the issue of unemployment in the state, the governor has put in place some measures, evident in the construction of the ICT Hub centre, garment factory, the Ilorin Visual Art Centre and others.  This wi

KWSG to synergize with FIC -Towoju

The Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has restated the government's commitment to synergize with its Federal Government counterparts in fostering and aiding the development of the state.  Towoju made this submission while playing host to the staff of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture Ilorin Centre  in his office today.  He urged the visiting journalists to bring to the fore the achievements of the government and project the good image of the government to the people while promising the government's support.  In his words, " Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has been making my job easy as a commissioner because I am always proud to stand before people and talk about the achievements this government has recorded in just three years.   "I am glad that our people are also seeing these unprecedented feats and I can assure you that the government is also willing to do more," he said.  Speaking on the road pro

Kwara Govt urges calm amid heavy security deployment in Obbo Aiyegunle axis

Kwara State Government has appealed to the people of Obbo Aiyegunle to be calm in the wake of a fresh abduction and death of two persons.  In a statement on Sunday, the government said a reinforced security team comprising police, secret service and the military has been despatched to support the existing security architecture in the area.  It sincerely commiserates with the families of the two victims who lost their lives, and pledges to take every step to safely return those abducted to their loved ones, the statement said. “While the police and DSS contingents have since arrived the area, the military team is expected to join the operation that is planned to not only rescue the victims but also ensure that appropriate actions are taken against the perpetrators,” according to the statement by the Commissioner for Communications Hon. Bode Towoju. Bode Towoju  Hon. Commissioner for Communications  June 5, 2022

Tertiary Education: Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq The Game Changer

By Mansurat Amuda-Kannike Prior to the inauguration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration, tertiary institutions in Kwara State were in a state of comatose, due to the lackadaisical attitude of previous administrations. From the Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, to those in Lafiagi and Oro, to  College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies (CAILS), and the Colleges of Nursing and Midwifery in Ilorin and Oke-Ode, there were painful stories of strikes, non-payment of staff salaries, infrastructural decay and inability to secure accreditation for programmes, among others. Expectedly, morale of teachers and students alike was very low as the future of tertiary education in the state was painfully bleak. Consequently, Kwara streets, especially Ilorin, were turned to protests ground for staff begging for their salaries, students marching to Government House to ensure school reopening after a long period of strike and management staff dying in silence over non-

Kwara Muslim Board ready for Hajj - AbdulGaniyu

The Executive Secretary of the Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Barrister AbdulGaniyu Ahmed, has reassured Kwarans of the Board's commitment towards the 2022 Hajj Pilgrimage. AbdulGaniyu stated this today while addressing news men in office.   In his words "1600 people paid for Hajj in 2020 but could not embark due to the covid-19 outbreak and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) only gave Kwara State a slot of 1406 for this year's Hajj." Abdulganiyu stated that as a result of the increase in the cost of embarking on the journey, the amount has increased from N1.5 million to N2.3 million. He urged members of the public who have paid the initial amount to balance it up for the commencent of the next line of action. The Secretary reiterated that the portal for the payment has closed on May 7 and all who could not make up with the payment may have to wait till next year.  He disclosed that the Board does not have any new intake for this year's H

Towoju assures SWAN of full government's support

The Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has reassured the members of the state chapter of Sports Writers Associationn of Nigeria (SWAN) of the government's support. Towoju stated this today during the group's courtesy visit to him at  the Ministry's conference room. Towoju appreciated the journalists' unbiased disposition  as they acknowledged the works of the state governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in sports. He assured them that work is still in progress as a number of sporting facilities are getting upgraded to meet international standards.  "We have a governor that is a lover of sports and with the international exposure he has, he wants to elevate sports in Kwara so that our athletes can be able to perform well wherever they go. "Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq believes firmly that one of the ways the people stay united is through sports, hence, his determination to upgrade the sector and bring back its

Commissioner felicitates Anthony Towoju on birth anniversary

The Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has described Barrister Anthony Kayode Towoju as a dedicated and committed Kwaran on the occasion of his birthday celebration. In a statement, Towoju commended the two -time Commissioner who had served in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Youth Development respectively. He rejoiced with him for witnessing another glorious year on earth and prayed to God to lengthen the years of the elder statesman.  In his words, "Barrister Anthony Kayode Towoju is a God-fearing and hard-working brother. He is a true Kwaran who does his job diligently. When he was the Chairman of my local government in Oke-Ero, we witnessed a positive turn around in our communities.  " He is peace-loving, friendly and ever smiling. It is my greatest prayer that everything he lays his hands upon will prosper and that Kwara State will continue to benefit from his wisdom," the Commiss

KW-PPA To Initiate Prior Review of Proposals

The Kwara State Public Procurement Agency (KW-PPA) is set to initiate a Prior Review Method of project proposals as against the Post Review Method initially used by the Agency. This is in  accordance with the Kwara State Public Procurement Agency (KW-PPA) Law 2018, Sub-section 1g. The Public Procurement boss, Quantity Surveyor Raheem Abdulbaki in a meeting with the staff of the Agency disclosed that the new method may not seem palatable to MDAs who are already used to the old method but regardless, this review will be the determinant of the execution of any project to be embarked upon by the state government; in the best interest of the state.  "Proposals would now have to be brought first to the Agency for thorough scrutiny before it proceeds to the table of the Executive Governor for final approval and not the other way round. "Henceforth, both KW-PPA and the executing MDA would be jointly involved in project evaluations, as no stone would be left unturned," Abdulbaki

Kwara State Governor, a pace-setter -Towoju

The Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has described the administration of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as a pace-setting one.  Towoju said this against the backdrop of the forthcoming third  anniversary of the present administration in the state later this month.  While reeling out the achievements of the governor, he noted that for the first time in the history of Kwara state, the state executive council has consistently been 35 per cent affirmative action compliant. According to him, this has earned both the governor and Kwara state, national and international recognitions as a firm believer in gender equality. Towoju, who said that working with the governor is a "dream come true," submitted that Governor AbdulRazaq is a true Kwaran who "puts Kwara first in all he does."  "I am lucky to work with the administration of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. The synergy is there. He is a son of the soil who does not w

Towoju calls for calm as elections draw near

The Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has called on political parties to be united while maintaining peace and orderliness as the general elections approach.  Towoju made the call at a stakeholders meeting of all political parties in the State, organized by the Kwara State Signage and Advertisement Agency (KWASAA), held at the Ministry's conference room today.  He said the government of the day is passionate about the security of lives and properties and he pleaded that all acts of thuggery and vandalism should be shunned. The Commissioner said  that anyone who acts in an inappropriate manner and causes  disorderliness will be made to face the law.  Earlier, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations), ACP Aniefiok Akpan, submitted that parties should toe the line of peace and urged them to desist from taking laws into their hands, in the case of grievances.   "It is not uncommon for parties to try and outshine themselve

Towoju cautions youths against thuggery

The Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has called on the youths of the state to shun thuggery and other social vices, in order to maintain the peace and harmony the state is known for. Towoju made this call today while playing host to the representatives of the Kwara State Chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the Ministry's conference room. He assured them of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq's commitment to ensuring that Kwarans get quality education and asserted that this made the governor to pay off the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) counterpart funds the state had defaulted since 2013.  Towoju said that under the administration of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq qualified and competent teachers were recruited last year to teach the Kwara child in school, adding that the recruitment process was strictly based on merit.  The Commissioner emphasized that the youths matter to the governor, hence, the

Towoju calls for girl-child protection

The Kwara state Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has called on parents to protect the girl-child and create a favourable atmosphere for them to thrive.  He made the call at the book reading and conversation session of the book, African Power Girls written by Adebola Williams, in a programme organised by the Office of the First Lady of Kwara State, Amb. Dr. (Mrs.) Olufolake AbdulRazaq and Founder of Ajike People Support Centre, in commemoration of the 2022 International Women's Day celebration. Towoju, while delivering his speech, stated that the girl-child in Nigeria is exposed to diverse abuses and harmful traditional practices. He appealed to parents to nurture and empower the girl-child with their love, resources and quality education to help them achieve lofty goals and reach a high altitude in life. The Commissioner exhorted the girl-child to dream big and enjoined them to emulate a host of women who “have written their names in gold in


 The First Lady of Kwara State and Founder, Ajike people's support center, Ambassador (Dr) Olufolake AbdulRazaq has stressed the need to inspire and empower the girl child. She stated this at the book reading and conversation session of the book, African Power Girls authored by Mr. Adebola Williams on Thursday 24th March 2022 held at the Banquet Hall, Ilorin. In her words, "When effectively supported during the adolescent years, you will agree with me that girls have the potential to change the world, both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow's workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads as well as political leaders. Amb. Abdulrazaq added that an investment in realizing the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future. The First Lady added that the event would also reawaken reading culture among  students and thanked the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq fo

Towoju charges Information Officers on efficient service delivery

The Kwara State Commissioner of Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has reiterated the importance of Press Secretaries and Information Officers in the dissemination of government's programmes and policies.  Towoju gave this appraisal while speaking with Information Officers at the monthly meeting of the Directorate of Information of the Ministry of Communications, held at the conference room today.  According to him, the job of Information Officers is a crucial one to the development of the state as they are  saddled with the responsibility of creating public awareness about the activities of government. He added that the government of Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is working tirelessly to ensure that civil servants in the state are continuously motivated to give their all to their jobs while stressing that despite limited resources and drastic reduction in the allocation, the governor pays the workers' salaries fully, as and when due.  Towoju urged the offi


The First Lady of Kwara State, Ambassador (Dr.) Olufolake AbdulRazaq has urged the State Committee on Sexual and Gender-based Violence to sustain advocacy drive on Sexual and Gender-based violence down to the grassroot level. Ambassador Olufolake AbdulRazaq gave the charge in an address during a meeting of the  State Committee on Sexual and Gender-based Violence held in her office at the Government House, Ilorin. The First Lady noted that getting accurate data of incidence of gender-based violence would open the committee to deserved interventions and more rewarding engagements of survivors, who completely depend on them to get justice and support. Ambassador AbdulRazaq informed the meeting that the Nigeria Governor's Wives Forum in partnership with the McArthur Foundation, is working on a sexual and gender-based violence national directory and commended the committee for promptly submitting the list from Kwara State to be included in the national directory. The First L

Kaura Kaiama Emirate: Towoju felicitates with Gov. AbdulRazaq, two others

The Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has congratulated the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on his turbaning ceremony as the Kaura of Kaiama Emirate by the Emir of Kaiama, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muazu Shehu Omar. In a statement made available to press men today, Towoju also felicitated with the President of the Senate,National Assembly, His Excellency, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan on being turbaned as the Magayaki Of Kaiama Emirate together with the Senator representing Kwara North, Senator Sadiq Suleiman Umar, who was turbaned the Dan-Amar of Kaiama Emirate.  Towoju submitted that it is an honorable feat for the governor to be recognized for such a revered leadership position in Kaiama in Kaiama Local Government and expressed confidence in the Governor's ability to make good use of the position, while also contributing to the development of Kaiama and the whole of Kwara North. The Commissioner

KWSG maximising potentials of Kwara Women-Towoju

The Kwara State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Olabode George Towoju, has reiterated the interest of the government in maximising the potentials of the Kwara woman so as to help with the development of the state. Towoju gave the submission during a familiarization visit to the Kwara State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Tuesday, which also coincided with the International Women's Day, in Ilorin.  He stated that Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq values women and knows their importance to any nation's development.  " The Gender parity bill was recently passed and this ensures that women have at least a 35% representation in political offices. They can also have more than that, if they desire. The floor is open for them. They are the salt of the earth and they deserve as much chance as the men too," the Commissioner said.  Talking on the achievements of the government, Towoju pointed out that the governor is a "talk and do" g