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Kwara, a model for peace, national unity: Defence College

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• College praises Gov AbdulRazaq for fostering peace in state.Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq again came up for a national applause for his committed efforts, and support for security agencies to maintain peace and make the state a model of unity for the country.The Provost, National Defence College, Abuja, Prof Adam Ahmed, gave the commendation on Monday when he led a delegation of Course 32 of the National Defence College Abuja, on a week-long study tour to the state.This year’s tour to Kwara is themed: “Strengthening national unity for security and development in Nigeria: Kwara in perspective”.Prof Ahmed noted that the people of the state are living in harmony despite their religious, tribes and other social and political differences, thereby setting a pace for emulation.”Kwara State is a model of the unity of Nigeria because people live together in harmony despite groups, religious, tribes and other social and political configurations,” he said this in Ilorin, the state capital.”It is this that the College realizes and sends the creme-de-la-creme of its membership to visit here so that we can appraise the role the state is playing in the strengthening of the unity in the state which also fosters unity in the country”.He said the tour was crucial and forms a part of study activities in the military that seek to expose officers to a lot of happenings across the federation.The Provost, who explained that the National Defence College was established 32 years ago as the apex military training institution, said the institution has a mandate to “train people for joint activities at strategic levels. It is the highest training military establishment that brings the various arms of the military, NAVY, Air force, Army and members of security agencies like the Police and DSS together”. He thanked the Governor for the warm reception, saying they are looking forward to enjoying their stay within the stipulated period.The Governor, for his part, said his administration will not relent in its collaboration with security agencies and other critical stakeholders to ensure a secured and safe society. AbdulRazaq, who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Mamman Saba Jibril, said the state has been enjoying relative peace and security due to existing strong synergy among the government, security agencies, traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders.He said the theme for this year’s study tour is apt and is coming at a better time, noting all hands must be on deck to strengthen unity for a secured society and achieve desired development.AbdulRazaq commended members of the armed forces and other security agencies for their selfless services to the nation.He also appreciated the roles of traditional institutions in maintaining peace and security in their various domains, and promised to continue to prioritize the safety of people.”I strongly believe that a series of lectures and other programs lined up to harvest and harness relevant information on this theme for the good of the generality of the populace will do justice to all sub-topics under the main theme and enrich your study in relation to Kwara State,” he said.Permanent Secretary, Political Cabinet and Special Services, Mrs Oluyomi Esther Folasanyo was among the dignitaries at the event.

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Kwara Govt Holds Inter-Ministerial Press Briefing on Monday

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As part of efforts to keep Kwarans and the world informed about the activities of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration during his first year in his second term in office, the Kwara State Government has announced an Inter-Ministerial Press Briefing.

This was contained in a statement released earlier today by the State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Bolanle Olukoju.

According to the statement, the briefing will feature all Commissioners in the State providing updates on their ministries over the past year.

“The Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration has achieved a great deal in the first year of his second term, and while these accomplishments have been discussed in various forums, this briefing will have all commissioners speaking to the press simultaneously,” the statement reads.

The statement further disclosed that the briefing will take place at the Ministry of Communications Conference Room at 10 am on Monday, 20th May 2024, and will be streamed live on the Ministry’s Facebook page.

“We encourage all kwarans to tune in to the live stream and participate in this informative session. The administration remains committed to transparency, accountability, and continuous engagement with the people of Kwara State,” the statement added.

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2024 Hajj: Stakeholders Salute Gov AbdulRazaq, Oloriegbe’s Leadership As Kwara Sets For Inaugural Flight

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Stakeholders involved in the 2024 Hajj operation in Kwara State have commended Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe for his exceptional leadership and competence in handling tasks since his appointment as the Kwara Contingent Leader (Amirul-Hajj).

The commendations were made today during the 2nd Hajj Operation Stakeholders Meeting organised by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) at the General Tunde Idiagbon International Airport, Ilorin, where stakeholders discussed issues related to the smooth operation of the upcoming Hajj exercise.

The meeting was attended by the NAHCON Zonal Chairman, Alh. Afolabi Fijabi; the Airport Manager, Mrs. Yemisi Adebiyi; members of the Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, led by its Chairman, Prof. Mashood Mahmud Jimba; representatives from various security agencies, among others.

While giving briefings on their readiness for the first flight on the 20th of May, 2024, when the first batch of the contingents would be airlifted to Saudi Arabia, they highlighted the significant interventions of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq through Oloriegbe to ensure a hitch-free exercise for Kwara Contingents.

Oloriegbe in his remarks, also acknowledged the support of Governor Abdulrazaq to ease the task and appealed for further cooperation, understanding, and unity among all stakeholders to ensure a successful operation. He also took a tour of the facilities at the airport and the State Hajj Camp to assess their conditions ahead of the usage and, visited the Pilgrims Welfare Board Office at Gerewu Area of Ilorin to oversee the ongoing pilgrims’ vaccination program and other activities.

The erstwhile lawmaker, however, urged prospective pilgrims to remain cooperative and coordinated in their engagements with the Board’s staff to avoid any issues that could delay the smoothness of the exercises.

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Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

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  • bill will create comprehensive database of Lagos state
  • will curb issues involved in land ownership

A new bill that seeks to harmonise all geographic information service projects of Lagos is under consideration at the State House of Assembly.

The Lagos Geographic Information Service bill, which had stakeholders making contributions on Friday, is also aimed at establishing a computerised central database for all information relating to geospatial matters and related issues.

Section 4(2) of the bill says the agency’s responsibilities include introducing, implementing and sustaining best practices for all Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the state as well as “develop and maintain an online platform that will contain all information and statistics on geospatial-related matters.”

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said the bill, when passed, would help in improving governance and boosting professionalism.

“It is targeted at integrating governance with advancements in technology. This is something we hope to always take advantage of so that our state can continue to be ahead in the area of development,” Dr. Obasa, represented by Hon. Stephen Ogundipe, a member of the House, said adding that the Assembly will always make the residents of the state its focal point.

Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester, said the bill “shows a commitment and sincere
sense of duty on the part of the legislators of the state to put people’s interest at heart.

“Today’s public hearing means a lot to the improvement of
information technology and computerised central database in Lagos State.”

Ogunkelu, who represents Epe Constituency 2 at the House, described it as a bill that will cover the database of Lagos just as he commended the Speaker for his passion for the progress of the State.

“The bill will guide the government to have a database of everything concerning Lagos and in this case, you could be in your house and apply for a certificate of ownership on your property and have it without even visiting the Ministry.

“It will also cut sharp practices and curb fraudulent sales of land. For land, the database will have details of owners including their photographs,” he said.

Rasheed Makinde, a former lawmaker, commended the House for its proactiveness while some of the stakeholders suggested the involvement of professional bodies in the proposed law.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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