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Kwara temporarily shut 10 schools over Hijab controversy.


Others are the ECWA School, Oja Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam.

Kwara on Friday directed an immediate, but temporary closure of some grant-aided schools in Ilorin pending the resolution of a Hijab controversy in the schools.

Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, said in a statement that affected schools are the Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) College, Sabo Oke and St. Anthony College, Offa Road.


Others are the ECWA School, Oja Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School and Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam.

Also affected are the CAC Secondary School, Asa Dam, St. Barnabas Secondary School, Sabo Oke, St. John School, Maraba, St. Williams Secondary School, Taiwo Isale and St. James Secondary School, Maraba.

“The closure comes as a government committee comprising representatives of the Muslim and Christian communities meets on Friday to iron out the differences between the two religious communities.

“Government calls for calm and urges parents and religious leaders to avoid actions or comments that may further split the two communities,’’ Adeosun stated.


Noble Reporters Media reports that the ban on the use of Hijab in some missionary secondary schools in Kwara has dominated public discourse in the state lately.

With the lockout of some students wearing Hijab in affected schools, the discourse has been generating controversies and heated debates.



Kwara State College Lecturer remanded over ‘personation scam’


..counsel to EFCC, Andrew Akoja, led Paul Kera, an operative of EFCC in evidence to review the facts of the case.

A lecturer of the Kwara State College of Health Technology, Offa, Opashola Abdullahi, has been remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for attempting to cheat by personation, spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said on Monday.

Abdullahi was arraigned by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC on Monday, February 8, 2021 on one count charge bordering on romance scam before Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin.


He was among the 32 internet fraud suspects arrested in Offa on September 14, 2020.

His offence contravenes Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law.


The charge reads “That you, Opashola Abdullahi, (alias Devin Snow), sometime in the month of August 2020 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did attempt to cheat by personation, by portraying yourself as a female named Devine Snow via your email address devinesnow677@gmail.com to one Eugene Myvett in order to induce him to send you $200 USD, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 95 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 324 of the same Law”

The embattled lecturer pleaded ‘guilty’ when the charge was read to him.

Following his plea, counsel to EFCC, Andrew Akoja, led Paul Kera, an operative of EFCC in evidence to review the facts of the case.


Kera narrated how investigation on a petition received by the Commission on the activities of internet fraudsters operating in Offa area of Kwara State led to the arrest of the defendant.

“Our findings revealed that the defendant created an email address which he was using to defraud unsuspecting victims. During a search executed in his house, we recovered an Infinix Nokia phone which he used as instrumentality of the crime. The defendant was taken to our office, where he volunteered his statement”, Kera told the court.

Documents including copies of his statements, two computer attestation forms, an Infinix phone recovered from the defendant as well as the fraudulent messages printed out of his email account were tendered and admitted in evidence.

Thereafter, Akoja urged the court to convict the defendant based on his plea and evidence placed before it.


Justice Akinpelu, while discharging the witness from the witness box fixed February 23, 2021 for judgment.

“The defendant is to remain in EFCC custody pending judgment”, the judge added.



Court dismisses Saraki’s suit; Kwara Gov’t reclaims ‘Ile Arugbo’ land.


The Saraki family in turn challenged the government’s decision by filing a court case to keep ownership of the land, claiming they have documents to prove ownership of the property.

Kwara State Government on Tuesday reclaimed court order to proceed construction on Ile Arugbo land in Ilorin after a court in Ilorin struck out the Bukola Saraki’s case challenging government’s take over inthe land.

Justice Abiodun Adewara of the Ilorin High Court struck out the Saraki’s case for “lack of diligent prosecution.”

The judge struck out the case after the appellants — Saraki’s Asa Investment Ltd — again failed to call any witness to support their claim that the choice land belonged to the firm said to be owned by the late Olusola Saraki.


The Kwara State government had initially reclaimed the land from the Saraki family in December 2019 and went ahead to clear the land ahead of its use for construction of another government secretariat.

The government claimed the land originally belonged to the public but was controversially transferred to a firm owned by Saraki without any payment made to the government or document issued for that purpose.


The Saraki family in turn challenged the government’s decision by filing a court case to keep ownership of the land, claiming they have documents to prove ownership of the property.

Justice Adewara struck out the case after the defendants again failed to call their witness or tender documents to prove ownership of the land.

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s suit over Ile Arugbo dismissed.

Earlier on Monday when the case came up for hearing, Counsel to the claimants Abdulazeez Ibrahim had told the court that a joinder to the case Alhaji Sanusi Babaeleku has suddenly died, leading to the court striking out the name of the deceased.


When the case resumed on Tuesday, Ibrahim said they were replacing Alhaji Babaeleku with one Alhaji Abubakar Oluwatoyin, a request that the court granted and then asked them to proceed with their case by calling their other witnesses.

The counsel however said they were not prepared to proceed because their lead counsel Dr Akin Onigbinde (SAN), who he claimed has the relevant documents to proceed with the case, had just lost his mother and was preparing for the burial.

Counsel to the Kwara State Government Barrister Salman Jawondo however drew the attention of the court to what he called a deliberate attempt to delay the hearing and dispensation of the case after more than one year of judicial filibustering, urging the court to dismiss the case for lack of diligent prosecution.

He cited the previous failings of the claimants to prosecute their case, an observation that the judge said was valid and therefore struck out the case “for lack of diligent prosecution by the claimants.”


Jawondo meanwhile has said the government is willing to press counter claims of ownership of the land against the Asa Investment Limited.

The court has adjourned to 17 March, 2021 to hear the counter claims.



Only AbdulRazaq is best for Kwara – Saheed Popoola


He added that it was disgraceful that a body headed by Gov. Sani Bello of Niger had to be constituted to resolve the ongoing crisis in Kwara.

A member of the Kwara House of Assembly, Saheed Popoola, says only Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq can resolve the crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Popoola spoke to NoRM‘s known Media on Sunday in Ilorin while reacting to the crisis rocking the party in the state.


The lawmaker representing Balogun/Ojomu Constituency in the House of Assembly said he was present at the Abuja meeting convened recently by the National Secretariat of the APC to resolve the crisis.

“I was invited by the National Secretariat of the party.

” Specifically, the Secretary wrote to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, as an individual and he wrote to Bashir Bolarinwa, the Caretaker Chairman, to come in company with 10 other people.

“He then wrote to the governor to come with 11 other people making 12; Alhaji Lai Mohammed was with us making 12.


“ I can say it categorically that the problem we have is the governor, our governor is supposed to be a leader of the party, but he is not really taking up that responsibility.

“I believe as a leader, he should bring everybody on board, he should be fair and just to everybody, but he is not doing that.


“Immediately we won the election, the governor formed AA, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq forum, and these people are now overriding the party’s structure and machinery.

“Who will allow that? We suffered for this party, up till now we are suffering for the party, so we would not allow anybody to just take over and rubbish our efforts.

“Those people the governor thought are sympathising with him as members of the AA group want to lord themselves over every other person within the party and that is where the problem is.


” This is the genesis of the problem,” Popoola said.

He, however, said the governor could still resolve the crisis in the party by embracing constitutionalism and due process.

” Everything that we are talking about on the crisis still stops at the table of the governor; if he wants it to be settled, it will be settled immediately.

“If the governor doesn’t want it to be settled, there is nobody on earth that will settle it.


“If I am to meet the governor today, I will tell him the same thing, I will say, my governor, you are the problem of the party,” Popoola said.

“ Gov. Bello told us that he has his own problems, it is a disgrace to us that it is the governor of Niger that is calling us together.


“If I were the governor, on that day, I will rise up and say, Mr Governor of Niger, Secretary of the party, I thank all of you, I think at this point, we will go back home and settle our matter.

“Who knows what will happen in 2023? It is only God that knows, but I know that it is the governor that can resolve this crisis.

“He has the knife and the yam,” he said.


Popoola also said there was no affirmation of Abdullahi Samari to replace Bolarinwa as caretaker chairman of the party in the state.

“The Niger state governor said categorically that any letter given to Samari must have been done in error because the body set up had not reported back to the National Working Committee of the party.

“What he really meant was that we should reverse back to the status quo,” he said.

But when contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, declined comments on the allegations against AbdulRazaq, saying he would not comment on political issues.


The spokesman of the party in the state, Tajudeen Folaranmi, also told a correspondent on phone that he was busy at a forum and would respond in a message later.

He, however, had yet to respond as at the time of going to press.



COVID-19: Kwara records 36 new cases


The Kwara Government says 36 more people have tested positive for Coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 1,415.

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, made this known in a statement he issued on Thursday.

According to the statement, this brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,415 with 1,179 patients’ discharged and 32 deaths recorded in the state.

“As at 9:20 a. m. on Wednesday, the number of active cases was 204, while 1,179 had so far been discharged and 32 deaths recorded.



[Nigeria] KSCE request upgrade to University


The provost further said that the college had an International Computer Driver’s License (ICDL).

The Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin wants the state government to upgrade the school to University of Education to further produce qualified manpower for the nation.

Provost of the institution, Dr AbdulRaheem Yusuf, disclosed this in an interview with NoRM‘s known Media in his office in Ilorin on Friday.

Yusuf said that since the establishment of the institution in 1974, the school had produced good ambassadors representing the country in different areas of development.


“If we can upgrade the College into University of Education, the issue of subvention can be a secondary thing, as more students will enroll into the institution in order to obtain their degree certificate,” he said.

The provost said the school management had made a proposal to the government on the upgrading and strongly believed that it would be approved.


“We are moving forward in terms of development of our staff and that of the students.

“All our staff now are computer proficient and have undergone series of training, because there is need for upgrade,” the provost explained.

Yusuf said that the college had entered partnership with different organisations in terms of entrepreneurship, and the Entrepreneurship Grooming Institute (EGI) is establishing its centre in the institution.


“The establishment of the centre means that the students will be taking more than a certificate, as they will take the NCE certificate and the entrepreneurship certificate

“We are much aware that the future may not depend only on the academic certificate, so we want to build students that will be job creators and not job seekers,” he said.

“Before anybody can be issued the license, that person must undergo training and pass the exam, and all our staff that participated in ICDL training passed

“An ICDL centre will soon be established in the institution, so that the college will be a centre for training,” he said.


Yusuf added that all the college students were made to undergo Google Ambassador Training and the agent of Google recently visited the school to lecture them.

“We believe that with the ICDL and Google Ambassador certificate, the students will graduate as empowered citizens, with which they will not only be teachers, but a better person in the society,” he said.



Kwara Gov’t set to abolish pension for ex Govs, Deputies


This is coming barely three days after his counterpart from Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu took a similar step.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State, has disclosed plans to scrap payment of pension to former governors and their deputies in the state.

Abdulrazaq disclosed his plans in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Friday.

He disclosed that a bill would be sent to the State House of Assembly next week, asking lawmakers to scrap the law awarding pension packages to ex-governors.


The governor explained that the decision was in line with the call by residents of the state.

The statement reads: “The governor has listened to voices of the majority of the citizens opposing the pension law for former governors and deputy governors.

“However, the governor feels it is time for the law as it is to give way. He would rather the state commits the scarce public funds to tackling the question of poverty and youth unemployment.”


COVID-19: Four new cases reported in Kwara


Ajakaye said that the four new cases had brought the total number of infections in the state to 1,077, with 1,028 discharged and 27 dead.

The Kwara government says that the state has recorded four new COVID-19 cases, NRM reports.

Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman for Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement in Ilorin on Wednesday

“With this, the state now has a total of 1,077 confirmed cases, out of which 22 are active, while 1,028 have recovered and discharged, with 27 dead,” he said.

Ajakaye warned the people of the state against letting down their guards, as the country had yet to contain the virus.


COVID-19: Kwara deputy gov, Kayode Alabi recovers


The Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Kwara State Technical Committee, Kayode Alabi has tested negative for the coronavirus disease.

Mr Alabi and his wife, Abieyuwa, tested positive to the virus after showing slight symptoms in August.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor and Spokesman, Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye, confirmed that Mr Alabi’s test result came back negative on Friday.

“On Friday evening, August 28th, the results of a repeat test by His Excellency the Deputy Governor of Kwara State and Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19 Mr Kayode Alabi came back negative. This means the Deputy Governor is free of the virus and would be back to his desk.”

The statement however revealed that Mrs Alabi is yet to recover from the virus while wishing her and other patients, a safe recovery.


“The government thanks members of the public for their support and prayers, and the medical team for their hard work.

“The government equally wishes all of our remaining patients, including Her Excellency the wife of the Deputy Governor, safe recovery like the Deputy Governor, while calling on everyone to not let down their guards as every step is being taken to flatten the curve of transmission,” the statement read in part.

Nigeria on Friday, reported 160 more new cases, raising the total infections figure to 53,477.

However, Ekiti recorded 2 cases, putting the number of cases on admission at 64, while total discharged at 183.


COVID-19: Striking workers in Kwara kill patient after switching off ventilator.


A patient at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in Kwara State has died following an industrial action embarked upon by health workers amidst the coronavirus disease.

Noble Reporters Media learnt from a family source that the patient, Olusola Olagunju, had been on life support before the incident occurred.

The victim was said to have died after the aggrieved workers switched off the oxygen.

A friend of the deceased, Ezekiel Adewole, said the unfortunate incident occurred on Tuesday.

Adewole explained that the patient died before being evacuated to another hospital for medical attention.


“He was referred to UITH, Ilorin for treatment. He has been undergoing this treatment for a while. He had difficulty in breathing, that is the only issue he had.

“He was okay, very active online. He was always on online – WhatsApp, Twitter and all others. The only thing is that he could not talk frequently on phone.

“He was using the support of oxygen. On Tuesday, we heard that the UITH went on strike. On that fateful day, they switched off their light.

“This guy was living on oxygen, electric oxygen. Immediately they switched off their light, he could not use the oxygen any longer and that was how his system collapsed.


“In the process of taking him to another hospital, he gave up. His family also sought the assistance of an ambulance, but they were denied because the drivers were also on strike,” he said.

But reacting, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at the medical facility registered its displeasure over the situation that cost the patient’s life.

NARD Chairman, Lanre Oloshunde, however insisted that as medical practitioners, patients owe them the respect as they perform their duties.


“We have suspended the strike. The strike was informed from a security situation that happened at the hospital in which one of our doctors was assaulted on duty.

“Since then, the management of the hospital has been able to respond with some security measures. At least to some extent, that has guaranteed the safety of our members being able to work.

“We heard that our security was not guaranteed then, that is why we had to go on strike. Thankfully, there has been some security improvements so far in this regard,” he said.

While praying that the situation does not repeat itself again, Oloshunde advised members of the public against attacking health workers.


COVID-19: Kwara State infected student writes WAEC from Isolation centre.


A Senior Secondary School student in her final year, infected with COVID-19, is writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Kwara State.

Unlike her colleagues who are present at the respective venues in the state, the patient is taking the examination from an isolation centre where she is being monitored.

Media visited the Kwara State COVID-19 Infectious Disease Centre in Ilorin, the state capital on Wednesday.

The 16-year-old female student, whose name and school were withheld to avoid stigma, wrote her Agricultural Science paper under close supervision by an official of the West African Examination Council (WAEC).


The Team Lead/Manager Case Management Team at the centre, Dr Kudirat Oladeji-Lambe, briefed reporters on the health status of the patient.

She said, “She (the patient) is asymptomatic, which means she does not show any symptoms and she’s stable. She is just here to observe her two weeks isolation process.”

This photo taken on August 19, 2020, shows a WAEC examination paper of the infected student at the Infectious Disease Centre in Ilorin. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

Oladeji-Lambe confirmed that the patient was mentally and physically fit to write her examinations, adding that she had a contact with a close relative of her who tested positive.

She disclosed that the patient ended up at the isolation centre after she was confirmed positive for COVID-19 through contact tracing.


“The candidate was admitted yesterday (Tuesday). She missed a paper yesterday and we informed the authorities because as child advocates, once she had enrolled for WAEC, the government felt she has the right to write her papers.

“That’s why the state government thought it wise to arrange for her in order not to miss other papers,” said the medical practitioner.

She added, “The state government deemed it fit to arrange for her to have a safe place for her to write the exam without the fear of stigmatisation or risk to other students.”

A photo taken on August 19, 2020, shows the infected student while writing an examination at the Infectious Disease Centre in Ilorin. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Kwara State has confirmed 913 cases of COVID-19, out of which 244 are active with 646 recoveries and 23 fatalities.


Gist+: Yahoo boys to sweep secondary school in Ilorin for 3 months


Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of Kwara State High Court, Ilorin on Thursday, August 7, 2020 convicted and sentenced the duo of Akinola Opeyemi and Owolabi Olajide to three months of community service for internet fraud.

They are to sweep the Physics Department of the University of Ilorin and the premises of Saint Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin for three months or pay N50,000 option of fine each.

The convicts were prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office on separate one-count charge of cheating and impersonation to which they pleaded guilty.

An operative of the Commission, Olarewaju Lamidi, who reviewed the fact of the case disclosed that trouble started for the convicts when in March 2020, the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Commission placed some areas of the city on surveillance, following intelligence on the activities of internet fraudsters in the municipality, and arrested the defendants and others as a result.


Analysis of iPhones and laptops recovered from the convicts, yielded fraudulent email addresses and messages, which the convicts confessed to be theirs.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Oyinloye said, “I have carefully considered the evidence before the court, the exhibits tendered and the uncontroverted testimony of the prosecution witness. This honourable court holds that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt, the defendants are hereby convicted as charged.”

In sentencing them to community service, the judge directed the Head of Physics Department, the University of Ilorin and the Principal, Saint Anthony Secondary to issue an assessment letter on the convicts’ compliance with the judgment to the Chief registrar of the Kwara State High Court, at the completion of their community service. Poor level of compliance, the judge stated, would earn the convicts a direct six months imprisonment.

The case was prosecuted by Nnaemeka Omewa.


COVID-19: Kwara deputy gov, wife test positive


The Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Kwara State Technical Committee, Kayode Alabi and wife, Abieyuwa Alabi have tested positive for the coronavirus disease.

The couple took the COVID-19 test after showing slight symptoms of the virus.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor and Spokesman, Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye, confirmed that their test results came out positive.


He noted that they are now undergoing standard management protocols supervised by the government’s medical team.

According to Mr. Ajakaye, immediate contact tracing and tests, among other safety protocols, are being done for persons who have met with the couple in the past few days.

He said, “The government wishes the second couple and all others a quick recovery”.


Gov. Okowa condoles Kwara Gov, Abdulrasaq over Father’s death


Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has sent condolences to Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of Kwara on the death of his father, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Abdulrasaq.

Okowa’s condolence message is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, on Saturday in Asaba.

He said the death of the governor’s father was a big loss, not only to people of Kwara but the nation in general, given his invaluable contributions to nation-building.


Okowa said that the late Abdulrasaq, who reportedly died on Saturday, July 25 in Lagos at 92, was reputed to be the first lawyer of Northern Nigeria extraction.

He joined the Abdulrasaq family, the people, and the Government of Kwara to mourn the departed patriarch and elder statesman.

The Delta governor said that Alhaji Abdulrasaq lived a life of impact, and urged the family to be consoled by the legacies left behind by their late iconic father.

He said that the family should take solace in the fact that the late patriarch lived to witness the enormous successes achieved by his children, including the emergence of Mr. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq as Governor of Kwara.


“We received the news of the demise of your beloved father with sadness, but we are consoled by the fact that he lived a life of dedicated service to the nation and humanity.

“We share in your sorrow and pains at this period and we pray that God will grant you the courage to bear the loss as we pray for the repose of the soul of your departed father.

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I mourn with you, my brother governor, Abdulrasaq, on the unfortunate demise of your beloved father, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Folorunsho Abdulrasaq, SAN.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and the entire people of Kwara. May Allah forgives his sins and grants him aljana firdaus,” Okowa said


COVID-19: Kwara quarantine 50 clubbers


No fewer than 50 people have been arrested by officials of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 at a night club in Ilorin, the state capital.

The Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 in the state, Dr Femi Oladiji, disclosed this on Saturday at the state’s quarantine centre in Ilorin where the suspects were kept.

He explained that the operation was led by the state Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi.

“Around 1:00am, we got information that some people were clubbing at Kwara Hotel.


“The deputy governor, in my accompany and some security officials, raided the club and we arrested so many boys and girls within the age range of 20 to 30,” Oladiji was quoted as saying in a statement by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and spokesman for the technical committee.

He added, “Around 2:00am, we brought them to the Hajj camp (Quarantine Centre). We made them comfortable overnight, and early this morning, we took their samples for COVID-19.

“The arrest, which may lead to prosecution, is to send the signal that we cannot tolerate such conduct. Violations will henceforth attract a strong response from the government.”

The commissioner insisted that the ban on night clubbing remained in force to prevent the further spread of the virus in the state.


He stressed that the action of the clubbers violated the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations, 2020, as well as the government’s subsisting ban on congregation beyond 20 people.

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Oladiji, however, noted that this excluded places of worship where preventive measures have been put in place in agreement with religious leaders.

According to him, the government is considering other measures, including enforcement of the use of face mask in public to flatten the curve of transmission of the virus.

“The government will take appropriate actions against any officials of the hotel found to have authorised the violation of the existing ban to send the signal that such behaviour will not be tolerated,” the commissioner said.


COVID-19: Kwara Deputy Governor test Negative


The Kwara Deputy Governor of Kwara and Chairman, Technical Committee on Coronavirus, Mr Kayode Alabi, has tested negative for COVID-19.

Modupe Joel, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, made this known in a statement on Friday in Ilorin

It said that Alabi took the test on Thursday along with all members of his staff, as part of measures to curb the spread of the disease in the state.

According to the statement, the results of the tests are being awaited.

Alabi, therefore, urged the public to take responsibility and obey all the safety protocols to contain further spread of the virus in the state.



COVID-19: NIPR commend Kwara communication system


Dr Saudat Abdulbaqi, the Coordinator, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Kwara Chapter, has commended the State Government on its public relations strategy to ensure citizens’ compliance with safety guidelines to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

Abdulbaqi made the commendation on Monday when she led a delegation of the NIPR on a visit to the state Commissioner for Communication, Mr Muritala Olanrewaju, in Ilorin.

She commended the commissioner for his role as Chairman, Grassroots Mobilisation Sub-Committee of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 in its handling of information and ensuring a two-way communication flow between the government and the governed.

Abdulbaqi, a former Head of Department of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin, pledged the readiness of NIPR to support the Kwara government in planning, executing, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of its numerous policies.

Responding, Olanrewaju expressed gratitude to the NIPR delegation for the support.


He pledged the state government’s readiness to involve the institute towards developing a sustainable communication strategy for the state.

Olanrewaju also promised to look into the demands of the institute towards fostering a long-lasting synergy between it and the state government.

The state NIPR delegation also visited the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mr Rafiu Ajakaiye, who also commended the institute for the visit.

He promised to ensure that the state government partner with it in organising training for public relation officers and press secretaries across the ministries.



Kwara swear in newly elected member.

The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Yakubu Danladi, Tuesday swore in a newly elected member, Ahmed Rufai.

The lawmaker, who is representing Patigi Constituency, is the younger brother of the late member of the House, Saidu, who died in December 2019.

Rufai was declared winner of the bye-election held in the constituency in March by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


However, the Assembly, is yet to swear in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Jimoh Raheem-Agboola, who was directed by the state election petitions tribunal to take over the seat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) member for Ilorin South Constituency, AbdulAzeez Elewu- Oluwanilo.

Raheem-Agboola had on three occasions stormed the House with the PDP supporters for the implementation of the court judgment without success.


But the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Olumide Awolola, who addressed journalists on the matter, said Raheem-Agboola as plaintiff did not join the present occupant of the seat, Elewu-Oluwanilo, in the suit he filed at the tribunal.

He said Elewu-Oluwanilo had also approached the Court of Appeal to seek interpretation and the implication of not being joined in the suit.



COVID-19: Kwara stretch Palliatives to Unilorin

The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) says about 643 of its workers had benefited from the COVID-19 palliatives being distributed by the Kwara Government.

According to the institution’s bulletin issued on Monday, no fewer than 643 Departmental Staff have received food items donated by the state government as palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic.

The university said that the food items, which included 200 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 10kg garri and 50 bags of 5kg sugar, were distributed to the workers.

It noted that the Deputy Registrar, General Services, Mrs Maymunat Zakariyya, was charged with the distribution.


It also said that the management of the university headed by Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, had in its letter commiserated with the Kwara Government on the Global COVID-19 pandemic.

Zakariyya noted that the letter requested the state government to kindly extend the distribution of the Federal Government palliatives to its low cadre staff to ease their economic situation in this period of the lockdown.

“The state government responded by presenting 200 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 10kg garri and 50 bags of 5kg sugar to the university administration.


“She added that the university administration, however, identified 643 staff on CONTISS 1 and 2, and departmental staff of the university as the most vulnerable, and the Vice-Chancellor graciously directed that the food items be shared to this category of staff,” it stated.

Zakariyya, however, admonished the beneficiaries to observe the COVID-19 protocols, imploring them to endeavour to stay safe while hoping that the world will soon get out of thd crisis.

According to the bulletin, one of the beneficiaries, Mr Ajadi Suleiman, who spoke on behalf of others, commended the Kwara government and Unilorin management for the support.


Suleiman however advised the beneficiaries to accept whatever they got with joy and happiness.

“What the government has done is a good thing. We should all receive whatever gets to us with joy and happiness as it will do us a lot of good,” he said.




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COVID-19: Kwara record first death. [Nigeria]


The Kwara State government says it has recorded its first COVID-19 death.

This was revealed in a statement released by the state’s technical committee spokesman on the virus, Rafiu Ajakaye on Saturday.

Ajakaye, who is also the Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State Governor, said the state had also recorded four new coronavirus cases.

The new figures bring to 28 the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kwara State. Of these, 19 are active while nine have been discharged.

All active cases are asymptomatic, Ajakaye said.


According to the statement, the COVID-19 patient who died “had recently arrived Kwara from Lagos with his wife and a child shortly after he suffered stroke at his Lagos base. Before his death, the government had treated him, his wife and their child as suspected cases and samples were taken from them. The results of their samples came back positive.

“Unfortunately, he died early Saturday morning even before the family got to know about their COVID status. He has been buried accordingly. Everyone involved in the burial has now had their samples taken.”

The statement added that “because of the peculiarity of this development, the Rapid Response Team has moved in to bring all those involved, into the isolation centre, including the wife and the child.”


The government also urged citizens to see COVID-19 as “a deadly and highly contagious virus that requires adherence to all safety protocols, including obeying the lockdown order.

“We repeat that there is no shame or blame in contracting the virus as this is a global pandemic from which no one is immune.”

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COVID-19: 6 patients discharged in Kwara State. [Nigeria]


Six COVID-19 patients who tested negative twice have been discharged by the Kwara State Government.

The spokesman of the state COVID-19 Technical Committee, Rafiu Ajakaye , made this known in a statement in Ilorin on Sunday

According to him, in a bid to prevent non-essential and unauthorised movements that could spike infection rate, a statewide curfew will begin on Monday, May 4,2020 between 6pm and 6am until further notice as agreed by the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF).


“Also in addition to the measures earlier announced on Friday, May 1, the state government hereby bans travels/movements from one local government to the other. This is especially true of local governments with clear borders,” the statement added.

It further explained that “other measures earlier announced remain in force but are subject to constant reviews if the government fears increased threat of transmission in the state.

“We repeat that we are not in any way out of the danger of this pandemic. The government will be as flexible as practicable in the phased reopening of the economy, but it will at all times priotize the protection of lives.


“In other words, the level of threats of the virus will determine government’s response from time to time,” the statement stated.

It advised residents without specific and urgent things to do outside to stay at home, while insisting that anyone who wants to go out must use face masks.



5 new COVID-19 cases in Katsina, Kwara and Lagos.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

NCDC in a tweet said that two cases was confirmed in Lagos and one each in Kwara and Katsina states.

It said: “As of 09:10 pm on 12th April there were 323 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria. 85 have been discharged with 10 deaths. There are 19 states with confirmed cases in Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, a breakdown of cases by states indicates that:

Lagos – 176
FCT – 56
Osun – 20
Edo – 12
Oyo – 11
Ogun – 7
Bauchi – 6
Kaduna – 6
Akwa Ibom – 5
Katsina – 5
Kwara – 4
Delta – 3
Enugu – 2
Ekiti – 2
Rivers – 2
Ondo – 2
Benue – 1
Niger – 1
Anambra – 1


COVID-19: Kwara to shut down totally from 6pm on Friday. (Nigeria)

The Kwara State Government, Thursday, announced a total lockdown of vehicular, movement of people and all businesses from 6pm Friday.

Deputy Governor of the state and chairman of the state technical committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital.

He said banks and food items will be allowed to open for business only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 10 am and 2pm.

The deputy governor, who said everything was being put in place to prevent further spread of the pandemic disease in the state, urged residents to ensure they observed all rules guiding the prevention of the novel Coronavirus.

He warned against stigmatisation of persons suspected to have been infected with the disease, saying “the state government will prosecute any one caught in the act.”

Alabi also appealed to the families of those who had contact with the COVID-19 index case in the state to present themselves for test, assuring that the case at the isolation centre was stable and receiving adequate attention.

Kwara state technical committee on COVID-19 had Monday, confirmed two separate cases of the disease in the state.

One of the victims, according to a statement by the spokesman for the committee, Rafiu Ajakaye is the wife of the University of Ilorin teaching hospital, patient, a United kingdom returnee, who died last Thursday and another UK returnee.

The poor handling of the deceased case led to the indefinite suspension of the consultant, Professor A.K. Salami, who admitted, managed and released the corpse of the patient for burial at his home town in Offa under secrecy.

The development first led to the total lockdown of Offa communities now followed by the total shutdown of the whole state.