Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Wednesday took the oath of office and allegiance as the seventh Governor of Kwara State with a promise that his Government would be a departure from the old order. In his inaugural address after the swearing-in, Abdulrazaq declared to the people of the state that it is time for work.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the new Governor and his deputy were sworn in by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Suleiman Kawu, at a crucial low ceremony inside the Council Chamber in Government House. NAN also reports that the new Governor drove himself to the Government House in a Hilux Toyota van.
Both the Governor and his deputy were accompanied to the historic event by their wives Mrs. Olufolake Abdulrazaq and Mrs. Abieyuwa Tokunbo Alabi respectively. According to the Governor, if the ‘O to be’ mantra gave the people of the state victory at the polls, it is now time for work, “Ise ya.’
“If ‘O to be’ got us through the struggle to the point of victory, and given the enormous task of reformation and reconstruction ahead, it is now time for Ise ya.
“As you will all agree, there is so much to be done. These range from institutional reforms and reconstruction, infrastructural development, human capacity building, social welfare, and policy reforms to other socioeconomic, cultural, scientific, and administrative repositioning. “It is not in our tradition to shy away from challenges. We shall engage them and find solutions,” Abdulrazaq added.
The Governor also said the new administration would look into how public resources have been deployed in the past but to the extent that such inquiry would turn the page for the state in its quest for socioeconomic development.
“We all know about the now legendary infrastructure deficits, decay, and deprivations that our people have endured in the past 16 years.
“Now that we have put our hands on the wheel of peace, progress, and sustainable development, we must redouble our efforts and show to the world that we know the difference between growth and stagnation.
“Let me state that our goal in office is not to lament over the troubled past. Instead, our goal is to build confidence that a better future is possible; create an enabling environment to empower our people and communities.
“We are confident that we shall, together, make Kwara great again through the prudent deployment of resources, involving the people in policy making, interrogating past decisions only to the extent that they enable us to move forward,” the Governor said.
Abdulrazaq said he would welcome constructive criticism, calling on the people to own the Government and look forward to a new dawn that ushers in economic growth and equal opportunities for everyone.
“In all our policies, programs and actions, the people of Kwara shall always come first,” he said. “Today, I invite you all to join hands with us in Government to repair and rebuild Kwara. “I invite constructive criticism and urge you all to utilize our open door policy to communicate ideas and suggestions to us.
“What we stand for is to empower our people. Make society and life better. Strengthen family values. Improve efficiency and service delivery in our public services,” the Governor said.
He promised that his Government would strive to revamp education to produce the best minds that will, in turn, make Kwara second to none.
Abdulrazaq also pledged to promote the industry, agriculture, technology, and social services and open up new vistas of opportunities that will help the common good.
He attributed APC’s victory at the polls to the collective efforts of the people, saying the new Government would, therefore, make the masses the focus of its policies.
“I believe we all know that the O to get movement and victory does not belong to any single person. “It belongs to the people of Kwara. The spirit of that movement shall always remain with us as we work to achieve our dreams,” he said.
The Governor later received the handover note from the former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, who was represented by the Head of Service, Mrs. Susan Oluwole.
Ahmed congratulated Abdulrazaq, urging him to trust in God to direct him in piloting the affairs of the state.
He said the outgoing administration left N5 billion in the public coffers while the state has also recently benefited from a 750 million dollars World Bank grant for some development projects.
Buhari approves new appointment
President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It will replace Captain Muthar Usman. Until his appointment, Nuhu was the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
He is an airline pilot, security expert, leading quality control auditor, and artificial intelligence expert. Nuhu has a master’s degree. Bachelor of Business in Aviation and was in the Presidential Air Fleet as Captain and security officer.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also worked at Nigeria Airways, Aero Contractors and Petrowest, among other organizations.
Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel
The Civil Liberties Organization, a chapter of the state of Akwa Ibom, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to declare a state of emergency in the state’s education sector.
The president of CLO in the state, Franklyn Isong, said this in his office in Uyo, the state capital while informing journalists as part of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day with the theme “Young teachers: the future of the profession.”
He said the need became necessary to stop the serious decomposition of infrastructure and insecurity in state public schools.
Isong criticized the content of the education presentation recently organized by the state government, describing it as “urbanized” and not with the intention of capturing the deep crisis that was shaking the sector in the state.
He said: “It is worrisome and sad that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom state are in ruins, insecure and left to the destiny of the communities without government attention.
“All that is needed is for the Governor to take bold steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure such as science equipment, libraries, laboratories, as well as review the education curriculum to ensure a better and safe future for children in the state of Akwa Ibom. ”
He thanked the state government for tameing the right to basic education of the Akwa Ibom child in free and compulsory education and urged the state government to do what is necessary.
“The right to basic education of all Nigerian children, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been tamed under the Akwa Ibom State Child Rights Act, to ensure that every child in the State of Akwa Ibom the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education. ”
Isong added that; “In the Fundamental Principles and Directives of State Policy, as set out in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), the government has the responsibility to ensure that the education of Nigerian children be free and qualitative. ”
He also urged the government to address the numerous complaints of delays in the payment of pensions and unpaid tips to relatives of late elementary school teachers with delays in 1991 and to provide an improved social assistance package for teachers in public schools throughout the state.
We will attack DSTV, MTN, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, others if they don’t leave Nigeria – Yoruba youths
After the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and Nigerian companies in South Africa, the Oodua Youth Coalition, OYC, has granted South African companies and businesses seven ultimata to leave Nigeria.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the group president, Oluyi Akintade Tayo, the refusal of the interested parties to give in to the notice of resignation will mean death.
While expressing disappointment at the attitude of South Africans against Nigerians living and working in South Africa, particularly what they described as the continued silence of the South African government on development, the group emphasized that during the apartheid era, which was the time Difficult of In the rainbow country, Nigeria was firm with them.
The statement says: “Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC), the most crucial youth group in Nigeria that projects and protects the Yoruba nation in the country, is sad and angry because South Africans, with the support of the country’s authorities, are coordinating the looting and burning of Nigerian businesses and mutilations and murders of our brothers and fathers on earth.
“It is unfortunate that South Africa, which under the apartheid regime had the support and solidarity of the Nigerians and the government while the white supremacists reigned supreme, is now turning to inflict physical and psychological pain and injury to the people whose parents committed great harm.” part of wages and profits and the community to end the apartheid reign.
“The circulating video in which Mr. Bongani Mkongi, the Vice Minister of Police of South Africa, defended the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans confirmed our previous fear and doubts about the guilt of the South African authorities. It is disconcerting that the country whose former leader, the late Nelson Mandela, recognized Nigeria’s efforts to elevate the South African-led government, is expelling other Africans, mostly Nigerians, energetically and with shame.
“We have tolerated the excesses of these South Africans whose businesses have prospered in Nigeria without any physical and psychological attack. For months, the coalition has written several letters to the South African consulate in Nigeria requesting meetings to chart a way forward and find a lasting solution for these unfortunate and barbaric incidents that have still been ignored or have run into a brick wall.
“OYC, after an emergency meeting, has concluded plans to, as a matter of urgency, attack all South African companies and facilities in Nigeria, especially in the southwest region of the country. DSTV, MTN, SHOPRITE, STANBIC IBTC, and other outlets are our goals.
“Therefore, we give these South African companies a maximum of seven days to leave Nigeria or forget them, since our coalition, with other groups and comrades throughout the country, will attack them and burn them to ashes,” reads the notice.
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