First Coronavirus death hits Kwara, cases rise to 28

May 10, 2020 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

Kwara state government Saturday night announced the first death of a COVID-19 patient in the state. The government also announced four new positive cases of COVID-19 — from amongst those who sneaked into the state from the northwestern axis of the country. This brings to 28 the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kwara state. Of these, 19 are active while Read More

COVID-19 lockdown: The Kwara example


As at the time of filing this report, Kwara state had not recorded any Corona Virus victim because the state government was on top of the situation. Writes UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHAB.  Kwara state government last week announced a ban on house-to-house distribution of palliatives following the partial lockdown of the state as part of measures put in place to contain Read More

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Ilorin Daudu Banni pledges loyalty to Sulu Gambari

March 23, 2020 Editorial III 0

Daudu Banni in Ilorin West local government area of Kwara state, Alhaji Sulyman Abdulkareem has pledged his unalloyed loyalty to the emir of Ilorin and chairman kwara state council of chiefs and traditional rulers, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari. He said successive heads of the community held the emir in high esteem, a virtue which he had also sustained since he Read More

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Coronavirus: FEDPOFA shuts down campuses, bars entrance into premises

March 22, 2020 Editorial III 0

In compliance with the federal government directive that all institutions in the country should close immediately to curtain the spread of coronavirous, authorities of the federal Polytechnic Offa , Kwara state has shut down its two campuses. The authority of the polytechnic has also directed that all academic activities be suspended till further notice. A statement made available to our Read More

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Kwara AG hails EFCC over fund recoveries

February 27, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Kwara Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ayinla Salman, has commended the Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for huge recovery of funds for the state government. This was contained in a statement signed by the commission’s spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade, and made available to in Ilorin Tuesday. It stated that Salman made Read More

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The origin of oto ge e

February 22, 2020 Editorial III 0

Oto geeis a Yoruba expression, meaning it is enough.The age-long phrase gained political prominence in the build-up to the 2019 governorship election in Kwara state when it was sloganeered by the opposition party (All Progressives Congress or APC) and its followers to chase the ruling party (Peoples Democratic Party or PDP) out of power. The main target of the slogan Read More

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Nigeria’s high malaria burden worrisome – stakeholders

February 11, 2020 Editorial III 0

Malaria remains a disease of public concern and significant global impact, said the permanent secretary of the Kwara State Ministry of Health, Mr. Ishaq Tsoeda. This is despite all efforts by government and international development partners to eliminate the disease. The Permanent Secretary said this when the President and CEO of the international NGO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Mrs. Read More

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Minimum wage: Labour exposes govs as Kwara, Niger raise concerns; Taraba adamant *See states on workers’ strike list

February 5, 2020 Editor 0

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Tuesday said 16 states of the federation were yet to implement the M30,000 national minimum wage, while 16 others  had commenced implementation. NLC President Ayuba Wabba, who announced this at the National Administrative Council (NAC) of the congress, said its state councils had already been empowered to mobilise their members to withdraw their services once there Read More

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GBV: Kebbi, other northern states govs’ wives collabo British High Commission

February 1, 2020 Editor 0

The wive of Kebbi State Governor, Dr.Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, has expressed optimism that the collaboration between the British High Commission and Northern Governor’s Wives Forum would yield positive results in addressing Gender Based Violence (GBV) especially in northern Nigeria. A press statement from Yahya Sarki, special adviser on media to Kebbi state governor revealed that Dr. Bagudu who is also Read More

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Kwara gets N3.6bn Jan allocation

January 20, 2020 Editorial III 0

Kwara state has received a total of N3.6billion as net allocation for the month of January, 2020, Finance Commissioner, Olasumbo Florence Oyeyemi, has declared in a statement Sunday. The amount excludes N610, 762,826:72 deductions (for budget support, SME, and other loans) by the federal government. The N3,663,473,766:55 allocation comprised N2,620,161,011:60 statutory revenue allocation (SRA) net; N1,036,726,552:49 Value Added Tax; and Read More

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Saraki land: Behind the lines

December 31, 2019 Editorial III 0

Why do we have to continue to dissipate unnecessary energy on the Ile Arugbo land re-acquisition by the Kwara  state government that originally owns the land? Bukky knows the truth that he illegally used his position as the then sitting governor of the state to corner the land for his father. Questions to be answered by all decernible minds are Read More

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Kwara meets World Bank team over $18m devt grant

November 26, 2019 Editorial III 0

In a  bid to access $18m grant from the World Bank to fix infrastructural deficit, Kwara state government officials Monday, met with a delegation of the Independent Verification Agents (IVAs) Chairman of the states’ steering committee , AbdulAzeez Oyelowo,  of the State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability for Result (SFTAS), said the IVA team was visiting to check the state’s Read More

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Kwara road crashes: One tragedy too many

November 25, 2019 Editorial III 0

Two major road accidents in less than one month have thrown the academic community and some family members into mourning in Ilorin kwara state capital. UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHAB reports. Sad moments For the two major institution of higher learning in kwara state namely the kwara State University Malete and Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, this is certainly not the best of Read More

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N30,000 minimum wage: Kwara labour leaders hand fresh demand on AbdulRasaq

November 22, 2019 Editorial III 0

The organised labour in Kwara state Friday asked governor Abdulraham AbdulRasaq to adopt the template sent to states after the consequential adjustment of the N30,000 new minimum wage and immediately commence its implement for workers in the state. The labour leaders made the demand at a press briefing jointly organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) Read More

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Saraki dynasty yet to realise why it failed

November 21, 2019 Editorial III 0

Harry Song, a music artist in Nigeria, once sang, “After the raggea play the blues, the blues, the blues”. The musical analogy is signifying that, after a system had outlived its purpose, the wise thing to do is to change style. But it seems that the Kwara opposition has not learnt anything from this wise counsel. This is why I Read More

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Time-out with Mrs Olufunke AbdulRasag, wife of Kwara state governor

November 7, 2019 Editorial III 0

Wives of governors do rarely makes news in newspapers; in this piece, however, UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHAB peeps into the world of the wife of Kwara state governor as she engaged members of the fourth estate of the realm ‘‘Make my father proud’’. That was the plea from wife of the Kwara state governor, Mrs Olufolake AbdulRasaq, to journalists when she Read More

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Ilorin mistress: Court release accused on bail

November 2, 2019 Editorial III 0

After spending two weeks in prison custody, the Kwara state family court, presided over by Chief Magistrate Shade Lawal has ordered the release of one Hajia Bilikis Yahaya Mohammed who allegedly inflicted knife burns on two minors from the federal prison yard, Oke Kura, Ilorin. The court held that the surety of the accused must be a level 14 officer Read More

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Kwara APC and mismanagement of ‘platter of gold victory’

October 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

Not even the Chief Imam of Mecca or the Pope, in his seclusion, would have predicted that AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the incumbent Governor of Kwara state, would emerge the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the shadow poll of the party held in Ilorin, the state capital, talk less of crowning it with victory in the last governorship election. Read More

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AbdulRazaq names new Rector for Kwara Poly

October 26, 2019 Editor 0

​Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved the appointment of Dr Abdul Jimoh Mohammed as substantive Rector of the Kwara state polytechnic, Ilorin, a government’s statement said Friday. ​The statement was signed by the Secretary to the State Government Prof Mamman Saba Jibril. ​Mohammed was until his appointment the Deputy Rector (Academics) at the Federal Polytechnic Offa (FPO), Kwara State. Read More

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Women coalition laud Kwara gov, task others on inclusion

October 25, 2019 Editorial III 0

A coalition women groups has commended the Kwara state Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq for appointing women into his cabinet. They also called on other governors to take a cue from him in order to fast track the development of their states. The National President, Women in Politics Forum (WIPF) Ebere Ifendu, made the call while delivering the statement by Nigerian Women Read More