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How young people can influence public policies, political process: CPS Ajakaye



The Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State Governor Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye on Tuesday charged the youths to continue to leverage their huge population and power of the new media to constructively engage governments and negotiate for quality representation, among other legitimate demands.

He said it is not enough for young persons to agitate for right leadership and good governance in the country without participating actively in the processes that produce their representatives across the board.

Ajakaye spoke in Ilorin at the 24th Inauguration Ceremony and Launch of “The HERO Magazine”, produced by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Kwara State axis. The publication was dedicated to the Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, highlighting some of the sectoral achievements of the administration.

“Youths in this country need to marry their ownership of the new media space with a strong presence in the ‘real world’ of participatory politics and mass engagement. If you want to see persons who understand your positions in government offices, you need to be in the room where delegates for shadow elections are chosen. You need to ensure that candidates standing in an election emerge from a process that you took part in,” he said.

“You cannot complain that political parties presented ‘never-do-wells’ as their candidates, thereby limiting your choices at the general election, when you stay away from the process that produces them.

“Statista puts the average age of the Nigerian person at 18.6. What this means is that half of Nigeria’s over 200m people are below age 18, while all persons above that age constitute the second half. If you remove persons between 15 and 29 who are mostly students in various areas of studies from the second half, what you have left is a negligible minority in terms of demography.”

The CPS, whose lecture was themed ‘Bridging the gap between the students and government: the future of the Nigerian Youths, Opportunities and Challenges’, noted that there is hardly a gap to bridge between the youth and government, considering the size of young persons and students that are now involved in different positions of authority nationwide.

“I do not believe there is really a gap to bridge between the students, or the youths, and governments at any level in Nigeria. Not only are students properly constituted as a power bloc in the various student movements nationwide, different governments have also established the office of the Special Assistant on Student Affairs that is a go-between for the two power centers. In many cases, there is either an office of the Special Adviser or a standalone Ministry on Youth Development,” he said.

“But what I think is open to question is how much the intimidating size of this demography (students and young people) has really shaped governance, public policy, and allocation of public resources. While things are empirically changing for the better, with Kwara under His Excellency Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as a positive reference point in his unprecedented support for young people, a lot can still be done in a way that benefits not just young people but will also create the right environment for equitable access to good education, upward (social) mobility, economic growth and sustainable development.”

He said the growing population of young people is both an opportunity and a threat, requesting them to leverage their different organizational bodies to advocate sustainable solutions to the crisis of (poor) education, lack of job, extreme poverty, and hunger in the land.

The event was well attended by the State Commissioner for Tertiary Education Dr Mrs Mary Arinde; Commissioner for Youth Development Hon. Nafisat Buge; Special Assistant to the Governor on Students Affairs Comrade Wasiu Onidugbe; Rector, Kwara State Polytechnic Dr. Jimoh Abdul; Senator Khairat AbdulRazaq who was represented by Prof Saudat AbdulBaqi; leaders of various students’ unions; and dozens of students.

Arinde and Buge, in their separate remarks, said the administration is walking the talk by putting high premium on the welfare of students and trusting the young persons with leadership positions.

Buge appreciated the leadership of NANS in the state for documenting some of the achievements of the present administration for future references.

Onidugbe, for his part, said the honour done to Governor AbdulRazaq by NANS serves as another good testimony that their interest is well represented, adding that the recent payment of bursary to students by government is a typical example.

He said the administration will continue to prioritize the students’ welfare in the state.

Senator AbdulRazaq, in her remarks, tasked the students to accord their study a priority and commended them for their decent play of students’ unionism.

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I believe in full LG autonomy, it reduces burden on states: Kwara Gov




Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday said he believes in full autonomy for local government areas.

He clarified that the position of the state in the ongoing legal proceedings on local government is that the state does not violate any section of the law regarding autonomy.

“It is my personal belief that each local government should manage its resources and be responsible for its obligations, including wages that are first line charges. I also believe that the State Governor should not be held liable if any local government is unable to pay salaries since we do not touch a kobo of their money.

“We also do not have any joint project accounts with any local government in the state, as was the case with the previous administration in our state,” according to a statement by the Governor.

“These are my personal beliefs. But my personal belief is not necessarily the same as the letters of the law, including the provisions of the JAAC, which is a creation of the Constitution. As of today, local government allocations are sent to the JAAC as required by the law. Section 162 of the Constitution is very clear on this.

“As things stand today, no activity of the local government in Kwara State is at variance with these provisions of the law. Our case in the court is not about my personal belief. It is, we believe, in the defence of the constitution, which created JAAC for reasons that are well-grounded in our experiences as a people. JAAC, in summary, pulls resources together to pay all teachers, health workers, traditional rulers, and other statutory duties listed in the schedule of the local government areas. If we all want these to change as a national consensus, we believe that the constitution will have to be amended to expunge JAAC.”

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Gov AbdulRazaq Appoints Prof. Shaykh-Lukman As New KWASU VC




  • CoED Ilorin to host varsity of education, others to follow

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has named Prof. Shaykh-Lukman Alade Jimoh as the substantive Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU).

The appointment follows the outcome of the screening exercise of the university’s governing council where Prof. Shaykh-Lukman placed first among the candidates.

Shaykh-Lukman is currently the Ag. Vice Chancellor of the University. He was before then a Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University between 2020 and 2022.

He comes highly recommended to the job with decades of experience as an administrator and university scholar.

Shaykh-Lukman, 60, is a recipient of several academic honours, including Best Graduating Student of the Department of Religions (University of Ilorin) 1988; University Undergraduate Scholarship Award (1987/1988); University Scholar 1987/1988). He is a Fellow/member of many professional bodies such as Chartered Institute of Public Advocacy and Management and Council of Experts for International Centre on Contemporary Research in Islamic Sciences (United Kingdom).

Shaykh-Lukman hails from Igbaja in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The Governor meanwhile has approved for the Kwara State College of Education Ilorin to transmute into the University of Education for ease of take off and other logistic advantages.

“The government will continue ongoing efforts to transform the two other colleges of education and make them more viable in line with current realities in the sector,” according to a statement from the Government House.

The decision on the location of the university comes a few days after the Governor assented to the Kwara State University Teaching Hospital (Establishment) and Kwara State University of Education (Establishment) Bills, effectively birthing a teaching hospital and the university of education.

The signing took place in Government House in Ilorin in the presence of House of Assembly Speaker Rt Hon. Yakubu Danladi Salihu; Majority Leader Hon. Oba AbdulKadir Magaji; and the Clerk of the House AbdulKareem Ahmed; and a member of the Committee on the Establishment of Kwara State University of Education/Special Adviser (Special Duties) Abdulrazaq Jiddah.

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Shun drug abuse, cultism, actions that can ruin your future, Kwara Gov tells students




  • As govt holds stakeholders’ dialogue on stemming social vices
  • Experts harp on good parenting, value reorientation for crime control

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday called on the Nigerian youth most especially students to always shun drug abuse, cultism and other actions that can ruin their future.

He said the future of Nigeria is tied to how the youth turn out to be, urging them to make the right choice.

The Governor was speaking in Ilorin,.the state capital, at the Stakeholders’ Dialogue on
Stemming the Tide of Social Vices among Students: A Panacea for Positive Growth.

The programme was organized by the office of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Students’ Affairs, Hon. Abdulwasiu Onidugbe. It featured panel discussions where the panelists shared their views on how to tackle the menace.

“Cultism, cyber crime, drug abuse, and sexual abuse, among others, set you up for uncertain future of regrets, stigmatization, premature death, and inability to attain your dreams. I am pleading that you do not engage in any of it for the sake of your future,” the Governor said through the Commissioner of Tertiary Education Dr Mary Arinde, who represented him.

“Your parents have made huge investments to make you a successful person. The way to pay them back is to shun any activities, associations, and affiliations that will make them cry”.

AbdulRazaq commended Hon Onidugbe for the initiative, and appreciated all security agencies and other stakeholders who contributed to the success of the discussion.

“This conversation is not about name-calling or public shaming of anyone who may be involved in any of these social activities we have talked about. It is about giving you fresh perspectives and opening your eyes to the danger associated with these activities, and asking you to make good choices that will give you a head start and make you a valuable member of our community,” he added.

The event attracted dignitaries from all walks of life, including the Speaker Kwara House of Assembly Rt Hon Yakubu Salihu Danladi ably represented by Hon Rukayat Shittu; some cabinet members; State Commissioner of Police, CP Victor Olaiya; State Commander for NDLEA, Bashir Ibrahim Muhammed; Ilorin Zonal Head for EFCC, Harry Erin; Director, National Orientation Agency, Kwara state branch and a panelist, Olusegun Adeyemi; heads of federal and state institutions, academics, Corps members and students from across the tertiary and secondary levels.

The Minister of Youth Development, who is from Kwara, Hon Jemilat Bío was represented by Prince Momoh Olugbenga; while Hon Yinka Dallas stood in for the Minister of state for Youth Development, Ayodele Olawande.

Onidugbe, in his remarks, said the dialogue was organized to raise awareness about the severity of the menace, share experiences and expertise, and collaborate on effective strategies and solutions.

He said it is unfortunate that social immoralities on campuses are on the high side, thereby undermining the efforts of the government and putting the students’ lives at risk. He said there is the need for all key stakeholders to join hands in protecting the students and ensuring their success.

CP Olaiya, for his part, said youth indulge in cultism and cyber crimes because they are in haste and desperate to achieve set goals, admonishing them to thread slowly.

“Some youths are too desperate to get things done. Don’t be in the fast lane. Try to stay on the slow but steady lane, because those who are on steady lane win the race,” he said, pledging to continue to work to rid the state of all forms of crime.

A University don, Prof Mary Fajonyomi, in her lecture, said cyber crimes, drug abuse, examination malpractice and other forms of social immoralities are largely bred from “sick” homes, where she noted, lack the good morals.

Fajonyomi, who decried how poor parenting is fast crippling the society, and tasked all parents and guardians to be alive to their duties by properly monitoring their children, and guide their steps to succeed and become useful.

Adeyemi, in his contribution, said it is important for parents to ensure that their children are properly guided on the use of social media, failing which he said can expose them wrongly.

Prince Momoh Olugbenga, who represented the Minister of Youth Development, commended the state government for its commitment to youth development and how it continues to groom them for a better future.

He said the Federal Government is committed to engaging Nigerian youth positively through training and restraining in entrepreneurship and skill acquisition.

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