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Pupils overjoyed as Kwara Gov visits Eucharistic College to applaud UTME champions

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday paid a congratulatory visit to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus College in Ilorin to personally commend the students who scored between 300 and 355 in the recently held Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, a symbolic gesture to acknowledge the strides of all Kwara pupils across public and private schools who came top in the national examination.

“I am here today on behalf of the people and government of Kwara State to say we are proud of you and all others like you across our state. We are proud of the achievements of this school because you alone have 35 students who scored over 300 in the UTME. So, my visit here is to congratulate you and encourage you to do more,” AbdulRazaq said in a brief address to the students of the College.

He charged the students in the lower classes to work harder and surpass this year’s results in the coming years.

“To those of you in junior classes, here and across our state, I want to urge you to do better next year. We know it is a result of hard work and discipline, I congratulate the principal and the staff for the job well done,” the Governor said.

“I also encourage the principal and staff to do peer review among other schools and impart what you have been doing well with others.”

AbdulRazaq commended the school for making the state proud with the excellent results in the national examination, saying the feats, along with other successes of the state, sum up the emergence of Kwara on the national stage as a go-to state for quality education.

The principal of the College, Rev. Sr. Margaret Ihinolurinjan, expressed surprise over the visit and thanked AbdulRazaq for the encouragement.

“We are trying to do our best for these children and to inculcate discipline in them, and make sure we do it the right way, and God is doing the rest. We don’t joke with our discipline with the learning and the teaching we give them. We don’t joke with our curriculum,” she said.

“We have always been grateful to God. We have always had records, but this one is the biggest of all, and it is all over the news. I am so humbled. I appreciate your presence. You are welcome, sir.

“Even at the state level, we have always won the Tax Quiz Competitions organised by the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS).”

Ihinolurinjan promised that the school would continue to make the state proud.

The Governor had earlier issued a congratulatory to all the students from the Kwara, including from public schools, who had excellent results in the national examination, calling it the fruit of hard work of their parents, teachers, and government’s renewed commitment in the education sector.

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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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