Nigeria’s ambassador to France, Kayode Laro buried in Ilorin

The remains of Nigeria’s late ambassador to France, Kayode Laro, were interred in his Ilorin residence, Kwara State capital, on Wednesday, moments after arriving the General Tunde Idiagbon International Airport.

The casket bearing the late ambassador’s remains which was draped in the nation’s green and white colours as a mark of honour for his service to Nigeria, was flown into the state with a Nigerian Air Force plane.

The deceased was later buried at his family compound in Ilorin according to Islamic rites.

Laro, who was priased for his “contributions to human capital development in Nigeria and Kwara State in particular.” died on Friday night, The PUNCH reports.

The Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohammed Bashiru Salihu, led the funeral prayer.

The state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, was present at the funeral procession, including other attendees such as Nigeria’s Ambassador to France (Economic and Consular Affairs), Muazam Nayaya; Deputy Head of Mission, France, Tunde Mustapha, and the AbdulRazaq family of Ilorin led by the governor’s elder brother and Mutawalle of Ilorin, Dr. Alimi AbdulRazaq.

The governor, in a condolence message, described Ambassador Laro’s death as shocking, and prayed to Allah to forgive him and grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus.


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Kwara Assembly proposes livestock vaccination against anthrax disease

The Kwara State House of Assembly has urged the state governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, to direct the state Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to liaise with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to urgently embark on a statewide vaccination of livestock against the deadly anthrax disease.

This was sequel to a motion titled “Need for Urgent Control of Community Spread of Anthrax Pandemic in Kwara State” sponsored by the lawmaker representing Share/Oke-Ode State Constituency, Razaq Owolabi, at the plenary on Monday.

The Assembly members, in their various contributions, took turns to speak on the symptoms and treatment of anthrax, while calling for concerted efforts to prevent its outbreak in Kwara State.

The lawmakers also stressed the need for both ministries of health and agriculture and rural development to improve their surveillance of activities of cattle rearers and butchers by ensuring that quarantine officers of the federal, state and local governments are alive to their responsibilities.


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Subsidy: Kwara gov approves N10,000 monthly palliative for workers

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has approved N10,000 monthly palliative for workers.

The N10,000 monthly palliative is to help workers cope with the recent fuel subsidy removal and its attendant economic impacts.

The government’s decision was announced at a press conference addressed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, at the Government House, Ilorin on Monday.

Ajakaye said, “On top of the palliatives is a cash support of N10,000 for every public sector worker in the state, which will begin this month (July) and last until a new minimum wage is introduced to enable workers to cope with the economic shocks created by the subsidy removal.

“In deference to the new advisory of the National Economic Council for states to design their own independent responses to the development, the governor has directed the leadership of the civil service to continue a staggered work schedule — not exceeding three days a week — to reduce transportation expenses for workers,” he said.

Kwara had earlier introduced a 3-day work schedule for its civil servants but suspended it in deference to an earlier advisory of the NEC for states to await a more holistic response to the development.

The staggered work plan will not cover ‘essential workers, the governor’s spokesman clarified.

“The governor has similarly approved the payment, from this month, July, of new hazard and skipping allowances, and 100% CONMESS for consultants and medical doctors under the government’s payroll.

“He also approved a new regime of allowances for nurses working for the state government. The whole essence is to check attrition rate in the health sector, and attract and retain medics and specialists to provide improved, qualitative healthcare services for the people of the state,” he added.

“The governor has also endorsed immediate cash-backing of 2019 and 2020 promotion for Teaching Service Commission workers. The administration had earlier cash-backed arrears of promotion for TESCOM for the years 2015-2018.

“In the same vein, he has approved cash-backing for the 2021 promotion exercise of teaching and non-teaching staff of SUBEB and restoration of steps to all of them. This is a policy response to the yearnings of SUBEB workers since 2016 when SUBEB workers no longer had steps.

“The Governor also approved the extension of free bus rides for students of tertiary institutions in the state, while modalities for occasional distribution of food to poor and most vulnerable households are to be activated in the next few days.

“This shall be nonpartisan and would be coordinated by a government team to be supported by respected stakeholders who would get inputs from traditional rulers, religious bodies, market leaders, trade unionists, and community-based organisations to generate the lists of beneficiaries and disburse accordingly.

“The whole idea of these interventions, which gulp billions of naira of public funds, is to show empathy and deploy as much resources as the state can afford to support the people at this special time.

“The Governor has also approved the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP) to activate N500m worth of conditional support for petty traders and MSMEs in the state.

“The state government will receive fertilisers and grains from the Federal Government and pay for same. It is not free. Modalities for the handling of these will be made available later. This is to boost farming outputs and food security in the state.

“The government, meanwhile, will be setting up a committee to interface with marketers on the need to curb extortionist tendencies as seen in the arbitrary fixing of prices of foodstuffs. This practice imposes hardship on eve.


Kwara aviation college graduates 27

The Ilorin Aviation College, Kwara State, has graduated 27 students.

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, decorated the aviation graduates on Tuesday, according to a statement on Wednesday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary,  Rafiu Ajakaye.

The statement revealed that the aviation college, in March, got the approval of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to increase students intake, an achievement.

“With effective management, I believe the aviation college can attain autonomy and self-sufficiency in terms of funding. Our aim for the school is to achieve this, instead of relying on subvention from government,” the statement quoted the governor to have said.


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