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Gov AbdulRazaq inspects, calls ongoing Bode Saadu/Kaiama/Kosubosu road construction ‘major breakthrough’

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  • Hails FG, host communities for huge investment, patience

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday visited under-construction Bode Saadu/Kaiama/Kosubosu road project, calling it a major breakthrough for the state and Nigeria.

Valued at over N350bn, the Governor said the road will open up Nigeria’s economy with other West African countries such as the Republic of Benin and strengthen the protocols on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

AbdulRazaq thanked the Federal Government and BUA Group for embarking on the project, and commended the affected communities for their patience.

“This is a major breakthrough. It is a huge success for Nigeria. Let me first of all thank the federal government for this. I also thank all the communities concerned for their patience and constructive advocacy,” the Governor told reporters as he inspected the project.

“We started this project in 2020. We went ahead to design the road and we saw that we couldn’t afford it. So, we engaged the federal government. This will cost in excess of N350bn and over N45bn have been paid. That’s why I said it’s huge.

“From here, you can be in the Republic of Benin in less than three hours after the road is completed. It is going to open up Nigeria’s economy with the Republic of Benin, to ECOWAS sub-region, especially with the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.”

The Governor drove some distance on the road in the company of the Supervisory Commissioner for Works Hon Abdulquawiy Olododo.

Governor AbdulRazaq said the road project will lessen travel time from Kwara to Niger and Oyo states, adding that the construction period is estimated to last three (3) years.

“This is not the only road we facilitated. We also have Lafiagi-Bacita road, Eyenkorin to Offa and down to Osun state,” he said.

“It is also going to open up several agrarian communities. Hitherto, we used to access two of our local government areas (Kaiama and Baruten) through Niger and Oyo States. This will no longer be the case. We are going to link the two local government areas directly.

“The work has started. We couldn’t access it before. We are at kilometre nine (9) now; and about 13 kilometres of earth work are being done already.”

The Governor commended the federal government for the choice of BUA Group as the contractor, describing the firm as serious and competent.

BUA Group is building a multimillion dollar sugar refinery in Kwara, and this road extends to Lafiagi where the refinery will be, he said.

“We are glad that the federal government is using BUA. BUA is very known to us in Kwara as a serious company. This is a set of companies we want to deal with, and we are happy that the federal government is working with BUA,” he added.

“From the equipment we have seen here, it shows that we are dealing with a very serious and competent company.

“A lot of Kwarans do not know the amount of work being done on site. It is because we just want to make sure that the work is being done before we announce it.”

Site Engineer, Yang Chang, who is representing BUA construction company, assured the people of the state that all the road projects will be completed within three years and according to the specifications.

The road projects under the arrangement are Bode Saadu-Kaiama-Kosubosu; Bacita-Shonga-Lafiagi; Eiyenkorin-Afon-Offa-Odo Ottin; and Okuta-Bukuro Road, which connects to the Benin Republic.

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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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