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Kwara Gov inaugurates, assigns Dr. Abolore to Solid Minerals

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•AbdulQuawy Olododo is Works & Transport Commissioner

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday swore in Dr Alabi Afeez Abolore as Commissioner for Solid Minerals, charging him to be patriotic, hardworking and prudent in his new office.

That moves Engr. AbdulQuawiy Olododo to the Ministry of Works and Transport as the Honourable Commissioner — a responsibility he had juggled in acting capacity with his Solid Minerals portfolio.

Dr Alabi, a native of Iponrin in Ilorin East local government, had earlier served the state as Commissioner for Tertiary Education until May 29, 2023.

“You are again joining the administration on the back of your track record, your commitment to excellent public service, and your people skills as a technocrat and a politician,” the Governor said in Ilorin at the brief ceremony attended by the House of Assembly Speaker Rt Hon. Yakubu Salihu Danladi, a handful of cabinet members, and some political leaders from Ilorin East.

“The government has a clear agenda to leave Kwara a lot better than it met it. We have made impressively positive differences across the state, and you are joining the cabinet to contribute your own bit to the progress so far made.

“Team work, due diligence, hard work, patriotism, and prudence are key to achieving greater efficiency and better outcomes in this important role. I trust you to do your best as you join the cabinet once again.”

At the event were Secretary to the State Government Prof Mamman Saba Jibril; Chief of Staff to the Governor Prince AbdulKadir Mahe; Senior Advisor and Counselor Alhaji Sa’adu Salau; Non-Executive Director NNPCL Dr. Ghali Alaya; Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Islam) Alhaji Ibrahim Danmegoro; APC party Chairman for Ilorin East Comrade Habib Lawal; Alhaji Abdulrazhaq Jiddah; Baale Iponrin Alhaji Ahmad Musa; Alhaji L’Aziz A.K Jimoh; Hajia Muinat Ibrahim; among other dignitaries and family members.

Prof Jibril, for his part, tasked the Commissioner to be loyal, steadfast and committed as he takes up the new responsibility, adding that his pick was a reward for his service to the community and a support for the party.

Dr Alabi, in his remarks, thanked AbdulRazaq for again trusting him to serve the state, pledging not to let down his government and the people of the state.

“I am standing here this evening to pledge that all the sterling qualities you have presented in your speech shall be achieved In Shaa Allaah. I am going to work in a way to ensure that all the unwavering commitment, dedication, and loyalty shall continue. I will not fail the administration,” he said.

Alhaji LAK Jimoh, who spoke on behalf of Ilorin East LG, commended Governor AbdulRazaq for the choice of Dr Alabi, which he said is apt and will be rewarding to the state.

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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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