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Kwara task force visits fuel stations in Ilorin over fuel scarcity.

The task force set up by the Kwara State security council on fuel scarcity on Saturday monitored the situation in some fuel stations in Ilorin, the state capital.

During the monitoring exercise, Jerry cans containing hoarded petrol were impounded in some fuel stations with the task force cautioning against such acts.

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Recall with ๐•น๐–”๐–‡๐–‘๐–Š ๐•ฝ๐–Š๐–•๐–”๐–—๐–™๐–Š๐–—๐–˜ ๐•ธ๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–† that the task force headed by the Deputy Governor of the state, Kayode Alabi, was approved by Governor Abdul Rahman Abdulrazaq to wade into the lingering fuel crisis which has crippled socio-economic activities across the country.

Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, led the task force which visited several fuel stations in Ilorin metropolis on Saturday.

Major filling stations that were not dispensing to the satisfaction of motorists, tricycle and motorcycle operators, were directed to do so with immediate effect and under close supervision, according to a statement issued by the deputy governorโ€™s spokesperson, Modupe Joel.

The task force also ensured that stations, which hoarded fuel before, started dispensing, an action that eased the stress arising from the scarcity being experienced in recent times.



The fuel stations were generally implored to support the government in building a peaceful society.

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Banks peg cash withdrawals at N20,000 as POS charge N1,000 for N10,000 in Kwara.

Banks in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, have pegged cash withdrawals across the counter at N20,000 for lucky customers.

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Customers, who wished to swap their old currencies to new ones throng their various banks as early as 4.a.m and 5a.m and remain till 6p.m in the attempt to beat the extended February 10, deadline by the Federal Government.

Operators of POS have also increased their charges on withdrawals from 10 percent to 25 per cent depending on the amount a customer intends to withdraw at a time.

A customer, who spoke to our correspondent, claimed that she was charged N1,000 for a withdrawal of N10,000 while another customer disclosed that he was charged N150 for withdrawal of N1,000.

Findings by Our correspondent further revealed that most operators of POS are unable to meet the huge requests of customers as they complain about paucity of cash.

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The development has also collapsed some small scale business enterprises.

A female POS operator told ๐•น๐–”๐–‡๐–‘๐–Š ๐•ฝ๐–Š๐–•๐–”๐–—๐–™๐–Š๐–—๐–˜’ known Media in Ilorin on Monday, that she could only give out N2,000 at a time to the numerous customers that patronize her shop.



Recall with ๐•น๐–”๐–‡๐–‘๐–Š ๐•ฝ๐–Š๐–•๐–”๐–—๐–™๐–Š๐–—๐–˜ ๐•ธ๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–† that President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to give him one week to decide and take action on the currency swap crisis.

INEC conducts mock accreditation in Kwara.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, Kwara State, on Saturday conducted a mock accreditation of eligible voters for the 2023 general elections in the state, using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, in preparation for the elections in six selected local government areas of the state.

A statement by the Public Affairs Officer INEC, Kwara State, Abdulkadir Bolaji Ibrahim, said the exercise took place in selected polling units in the stateโ€™s three senatorial districts.

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According to the statement, the exercise occurred in Irepodun local government headquarters in Omu Aran local, Ayetoro Ijomu Oro, Market Centre Eruku, and Magistrate Court Osi, in Kwara South Senatorial District of the state.

In Kwara Central, the venue included Adigbongbo LGEA School, AFON Area Court, Adeta LGEA School and Ode Bayero in Baboko.

In Kwara North, the exercise took place at a viewing centre in Bode Saadu, Oloru LGEA School Oloru, Patigi Central school and Ebu LGEA school Kpada.



Eligible voters in the polling units were advised to visit the units on Saturday, February 4, to participate in the exercise starting from 9 a.m.

Kwara Assembly approves tenure extension for acting AG.

The Kwara State House of Assembly on Thursday approved the extension of the tenure of the acting State Auditor-General by six months.

This followed a request by Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq in a letter to the legislative arm.

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The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly read the letter from the governor requesting legislative approval for an additional six months tenure extension for the acting Auditor General of Kwara State, Fatai Adeyemi Tiamiyu, whose term ends on 28th January 2023.

โ€ Itโ€™s worthy of note that the case of appointment of substantive Auditor General is still in court,โ€ the letter added.

The House in line with Section 126(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, approved the additional six-month tenure extension starting January 29th, 2023.

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The clerk of the house was subsequently directed to communicate the resolution to the governor accordingly



Kwara Assembly approves tenure extension for acting AG.

The Kwara State House of Assembly on Thursday approved the extension of the tenure of the acting State Auditor-General by six months.

This followed a request by Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq in a letter to the legislative arm.

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The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly read the letter from the governor requesting legislative approval for an additional six months tenure extension for the acting Auditor General of Kwara State, Fatai Adeyemi Tiamiyu, whose term ends on 28th January 2023.

โ€ Itโ€™s worthy of note that the case of appointment of substantive Auditor General is still in court,โ€ the letter added.

The House in line with Section 126(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, approved the additional six-month tenure extension starting January 29th, 2023.

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The clerk of the house was subsequently directed to communicate the resolution to the governor accordingly



FHC dismisses Sarakiโ€™s suits against EFCC, ICPC.

The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed two separate suits filed by ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Saraki sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, and Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB.

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Justice Inyang Ekwo on Wednesday struck out the litigations for lack of diligent prosecution.

Neither Sarakiโ€™s lawyer nor the defendantsโ€™ counsel was in court for the proceeding.

The former Kwara governor had filed suits FHC/ABJ/CS/507/2019 and FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2019 in which the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Inspector General of Police and Department of State Security, DSS, were co-defendants.

Saraki challenged EFCCโ€™s decision in 2019 to probe his earnings between 2003 and 2011 when he was governor.

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In March 2021, the Federal High Court in Lagos set aside an interim order of forfeiture issued in October 2019.

The court then granted EFCCโ€™s request to confiscate Sarakiโ€™s properties on No 17 and 17A, MacDonald Road, Ikoyi.


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Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq signs 2023 budget.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, on Tuesday signed the 2023 budget into law.

The budget has a capital component of N94,855,769,496.00, representing 50.2percent and recurrent expenditure of N77,626,089,869.00 representing 49.8percent, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, in Ilorin.

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He said the fiscal document provides funding for completion of some ongoing projects and continuation of many of the administrationโ€™s impactful programmes.

The size of the budget is N188,845,603,561.00, a few millions less than the N189,436,248,054.00 that the Governor had proposed in his November 30, 2022 budget presentation speech.

Governor Abdulrazaq commended the House for their collaboration with the executive, explaining that such harmonious relationships help to deepen the delivery of democratic dividends to the people.

Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu, said the parliament properly scrutinized the budget and found it very important for continuous development of the state, especially completion of ongoing projects.

DAILY POST reports that the signing of the budget which was passed on Tuesday by the state House of Assembly, was witnessed by some Assembly and cabinet members.



Kwara declares wednesday work-free day for PVC collection.

Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared Wednesday, a work-free day to enable civil servants to get their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which will ensure their participation in the upcoming general elections.

This was announced in a statement in Ilorin on Tuesday by the Kwara State Head of Service, Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole.

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โ€œAll those that are yet to get their voter cards are admonished to immediately do so before the expiration of the collection date,โ€ she stated.

Recall with ๐•น๐–”๐–‡๐–‘๐–Š ๐•ฝ๐–Š๐–•๐–”๐–—๐–™๐–Š๐–—๐–˜ ๐•ธ๐–Š๐–‰๐–Ž๐–† that INEC said there will be no further extension of the date for the collection exercise.



Kwara gov, AbdulRazaqโ€™s adviser, Attahiru Ibrahim resigns.

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Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaqโ€™s aide, Attahiru Ibrahim has resigned.

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Ibrahim was the Special Adviser on Sports and Youth Development.

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His resignation letter, dated November 13, was addressed to the Secretary to the State Government.

The volleyball enthusiast posted a copy of the communication on his Facebook page.

Ibrahim noted that his reasons for leaving the position were personal.

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The ex-aide thanked Governor AbdulRazaq for the opportunity and confidence reposed in him.

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Kwara: 23 INEC staff โ€œsanctionedโ€ over illegal votersโ€™ registration.

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Twenty-three staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Kwara State are awaiting sanctions for their involvement in illegal votersโ€™ registration in the State.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Garba Attahiru Madami, disclosed this in Ilorin at a stakeholdersโ€™ meeting with members of registered political parties contesting the 2023 general elections, with security agencies also in attendance.

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He said the current total voting population of Kwara state is 1.6m.

He decried poor response of the people of the State to collection of permanent voter cards, saying from 2011 to 2019 the commission has a total of 233,856 uncollected voter cards.

Madami explained that out of the figure of uncollected voter cards, only 20,752 were collected as at October 2022, with over 193,000 remaining uncollected.

He explained that the stakeholdersโ€™ meeting was necessary as the first step towards ensuring hitch-free elections in the State next year.

Madami vowed to protect the electoral process by conducting free, fair, transparent, peaceful and credible elections which will be acceptable to Kwarans.

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In his remarks, the State Police Commissioner, Paul Odama, warned politicians against vote buying which the electoral law frowns against.

He advised them to engage in issues-based campaigns, shun thuggery and damage to billboards of opposing political parties.

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Odama also cautioned politicians to desist from feeding their supporters with hard drugs to guarantee violence free campaigns and elections in the State

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Kwara gov appoints Skit maker, Cute Abiola as his aide.

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has appointed famous skit maker, Abdulgafar Ahmed Abiola, popularly known as โ€œCute Abiolaโ€ as his Special Assistant on Creative Industries.

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Abiola is a former Navy Officer who reportedly resigned to concentrate on his entertainment business.

Born on April 28th, 1996 in Ilorin, Kwara State, Abiola is well known for his comedy skits with the identity of Lawyer Kunle.

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The governor said the appointment takes immediate effect.

ASUU: Kwara gov’t offer students free transportation.

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The Kwara State Government has said it will provide free transportation to all interested students of tertiary institutions in the Northern part of the country following the resumption for academic activities.

Kwara Government made the pledge after the Academic Staff Union of Universities suspended its eight months industrial action.

The Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr Alabi Abolore, disclosed this at a meeting in Ilorin on Monday.

A statement signed by a Press Secretary in the ministry, Mansurat Amuda-kannike, made available on Tuesday to the press, said, โ€œThe Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led Administration is extending the dividends of democracy to Kwara State Students in tertiary institutions across the country.

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He explained that concerned students travelling to the North are expected to appear for a brief documentation on the same day of their departure within the premises of the Ministry of Tertiary Education, along Offa Road, GRA, Ilorin ,on Saturday, October 29, 2022 by 6:30am.

The commissioner disclosed further that the Ministry is also at the verge of concluding the bursary disbursement when online portal registration of would-be beneficiary is opened.

โ€œOn behalf of my Ministry, parents/guardians and great Nigerian students, we say a very big thank you, Your Excellency, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, for yet another awesome magnanimity and show of sincerity in taking Kwara of our dream to the promised landโ€, Abolore added.

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Kwara: Police vow to partner EFCC to clamp down on illegal miners.

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The Kwara police command has pledged to work more closely with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to tackle illegal mining activities in the state

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Police commissioner Paul Odama made the pledge when he paid a courtesy visit to the EFCC Zonal Command on Friday in Ilorin.

Mr Odama said that the collaboration was necessary to decisively deal with all economic saboteurs in the state.

The commissioner of police, who recently assumed duty, commended the bold steps being taken by the EFCC to curb illegal mining activities in Kwara.

โ€œI was amazed when I saw some of the impounded trucks on my way to your office this morning, and I said to myself that EFCC is doing a wonderful job.

โ€œWe will collaborate with you in tackling the menace of illegal operators who are mining the mineral deposits in the state for personal enrichment.

โ€œIt is a criminal offence under the law, it is indeed, an act of economic sabotage,โ€ Mr Odama said.

He said that the visit was to strengthen existing collaboration between the police and EFCC particularly in the area of fighting economic and financial crimes.

He said that the collaboration would enhance peace and security across the state.

According to him, the police and EFCC have come a long way in building good working relationships over the years.

โ€œWe are a family. I can assure you that we will provide you whatever you require operationally or in any other capacity to stamp out corruption which has stagnated the progress of our country, he added.

In his response, the EFCC Zonal Commander, Michael Nzekwe, appreciated the police commissioner for the visit and the police commandโ€™s support and contributions to EFCCโ€™s operations.

Mr Nzekwe described the police as a pillar of support to the commission, adding that enhanced collaboration between the two organisations would help to curb economic and financial crimes.

โ€œWe appreciate the Nigeria Police for the support and contribution it has rendered to the EFCC in discharging its duties over the years.

โ€œWe are grateful and we look forward to more of the working relationship,โ€ he said.

According to him, the commission recently arrested no fewer than 80 persons suspected of involvement in illegal mining activities.

Mr Nzekwu added that about 24 truck loads of assorted minerals were impounded by EFCC operatives in different locations in the state.

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Unilorin announces resumption date.

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University of Ilorin has announced resumption date for academic activities.
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According to a statement by the Director, Corporate Affairs of the university, Mr Kunle Akogun, in Ilorin, the decision followed the ratification of the amended academic calendar by the University Senate at its 291st meeting on Friday, October 21, 2022.

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The amended calendar indicated that final year and postgraduate students are expected back on campus on Monday, 24th October, 2022.
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However, students of the faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, who were yet to complete their rain semester examinations before the commencement of the strike on February 14, 2022, are expected to resume on October 24th to conclude such examinations, the statement added.

Abducted Bishop, Wife and Driver regain freedom.

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The Anglican Bishop Rt Rev Aderogba Adeyinka of Jebba Anglican Diocese, Kwara State, his wife and a driver who were abducted on Sunday have regained their freedom.

The Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

โ€œThe Massive deployment of Police personnel for the operation to rescue the victims and the domination of the entire area by the Police Tactical teams pressurized the abductors into freeing the victims,โ€ the statement read, adding that the victims were released unhurt at about 18:20 pm on Tuesday.

The Bishop, his wife and the driver were abducted on Sunday along the new Oyo/Ogbomoso Expressway in Oyo State.

Following the abduction, Osifeso said preliminary investigations revealed that before the incident, the victimsโ€™ vehicle had developed what seemed like a mechanical fault while traveling from Yewa in Ogun State to Jebba in Kwara.

Subsequently, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations of the Command was directed to oversee the case.

According to the PPRO, investigations are ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime and bring them to justice

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2023: Gov AbdulRazaqโ€™s aide rea Sarakiโ€™s plan to retake power.

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Special Adviser on Political Communications to the Kwara State Governor, Malam Bashir Adigun says the people of the State have resolved never to go back to Egypt under the servitude of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its tin โ€˜godโ€™, Bukola Saraki.

Reacting to the former Senate Presidentโ€™s outburst on Kwara politics on Tuesday, in a statement in Ilorin, titled โ€˜2023: Bukola Sarakiโ€™s Delusion of Grandeurโ€™, Adigun declared that the people of Kwara State would never return to political slavery of the Bukola Saraki-led dynasty, despite propaganda and deception by the former Senate President.

โ€œWe read the statement credited to him in one of the National Newspapers dreaming of his partyโ€™s return to Kwara State Government House in next yearโ€™s general elections.

โ€œWe sympathize with Saraki in his delusion and failure to realize that Kwarans now know the difference between perpetual political slavery of his era and exemplary benevolent leadership under Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq where the future of their children and grandchildren is assured.

โ€œIt is a pity that a man who had a rare opportunity (on a platter of gold) to transform the State as a governor in eight years and revered leader of his party for 16 years frittered away the opportunities by resorting to pillaging the resources of the State would have the temerity to say his party will return to power,โ€ he added.

โ€œDo we need to remind the displaced leader of the dynasty that under his watch the infrastructure of the State collapsed?

โ€œThe people of Kwara will not forget how primary health care was destroyed because the State refused to pay its own counterpart funding with the National Primary HealthCare Development Agency.

โ€œUnder his watch, Primary and secondary schools were in ruins across the State, while teachers were owed for several months because the State government under the Peoples Democratic Party failed to fulfil its obligation to the Universal Basic Education Commission,โ€ he added.

The Special Adviser further stated that Kwara civil servants became demoralized because their salaries were not regular and were paid in bits in what they called โ€œGeri Gediiโ€™.

Adigun said, โ€œtoday, the administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is paying N30,000 minimum wage unlike his predecessor who could not pay N18,000 minimum wage.

โ€œBesides, retirees are now being paid their gratuities and pensions with ease unlike in the past,โ€ adding that the administration is also building the necessary infrastructure to attract local and foreign investments.

According to him, โ€œthe people of Kwara now know the difference between a government that held their destiny in the pocket of one man revered by members of the Peoples Democratic Party as a tin god and a government that is ensuring that their children have a better tomorrow by going to good public schools, have access to quality health care delivery, have good roads and a better civil service with improved welfare of workers.โ€

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