The Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara has rejected the purported replacement of Bashir Bolarinwa with his deputy, Abdullahi Samari, as chairman by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
The caretaker committee made this known in Ilorin while addressing newsmen.
The Vice Chairman of the committee, Theophilous Oyebiyi, who read the address, said the alleged letter of appointment being paraded by Samari on the social media did not emanate from the national headquarters of APC.
He said: “Hon. Bolarinwa, who led the party to 100 percent victory in the last general elections, deserves to be celebrated and greatly rewarded.
“He remains our state chairman. All of us had the equanimity of mind and character to work together for victory at that time, why not now?
“The decision to embark on this unlawful route is said to be based on a purported suspension of Hon. Bolarinwa by the state erstwhile executive.
“As erstwhile executive, we are not aware of any wrongdoing that would have warranted any enquiry let alone investigation and a far reaching decision of suspending Hon. Bolarinwa as the state chairman.
“Hon. Bolarinwa presided over our last three working committee meetings in which all members attended on 16th and 30th November 2020 and December 7th, 2020.
“All records of those meetings are available. Where and when did the suspension take place when NEC decision was on 8th December?
“It is unfortunate that the national body of our party will rely on any purported suspension as contained in Samari’s letter displayed in the social media and either did Hon. Bolarinwa see the petition, not to talk of defending himself if there was any.
“As progressives and members of a party that prides itself as respecter of the rule of law, it should be expected that we carry out due diligence at all times, respect our constitution, follow our rules and be above board in dealing with all our party’s affairs.” (NAN)
Kwara Police Command beefs up security to monitor farmers, herders
The Commissioner of Police in Kwara, Mr Mohammed Bagega, has directed Divisional Police Officers and Area Commanders to monitor the activities of herders and farmers and be professional in handling complaints brought before them.
Bagega, who gave the directive at an emergency security meeting with the Area Commanders, heads of Tactical Units and Divisional Police Officers, in Ilorin, on Monday, reiterated that no break down of law and order by any name would be tolerated in any part of the state.
He also admonished the officers to facilitate the community policing machinery and partner with all relevant stakeholders, in monitoring the alleged influx of strangers into the state.
The commissioner tasked them to also ensure constant and sustained patrols, stop and search operations, in their jurisdictions, to actualize the visibility of the command’s policing strategy and continuously raid vulnerable points in the state.
According to him, the measures were all in a bid to ensure a more proactive policing of Kwara, especially at this time of high anxiety over issues of security of lives and property consequent upon happenings in neighbouring Ondo and Oyo states.
Bagega advised Officers and men of the command to be alert and prepared at all times, as well as ensure proper handling of their fire arms as no accidental discharge would be tolerated.
The police boss also urged the residents to be vigilant at all times and avail the police with relevant information that could lead to the arrest of criminals. (NAN)
School feeding: Kwara govt. begins medical screening for 4,500 food vendors
The Kwara government, on Monday, began a week-long medical screening exercise for 4,500 food vendors, ahead of the official take-off of its Home-Grown School Feeding Programme.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the screening was being overseen by the Focal Person for the National Social Investment Programme in Kwara, Mrs Bashirah AbdulRazaq.
”We are screening 4,500 food vendors across the 16 local government areas in the state.
”The Federal Government will take care of primaries one to three pupils, while the state government will take care of those in primaries four to six,” she said.
AbdulRazaq, who said that the exercise would be in batches, assured applicants that more food vendors would be invited for the screening.
Addressing newsmen on the sideline of the screening in Ilorin, the Administrative Manager of Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre, Ilorin, Yemi Abegunde, said that the exercise was aimed at ascertaining the health status of the candidates for the home-grown school feeding programme.
“This exercise is to screen food vendors, as you are aware that the state government wants to start feeding school children.
”Government wants to ascertain if they have any ailment that can affect the pupils whom they will be catering for.
“We want to know if they have liver problem; if they are HIV positive; if they have tuberculosis, chest or lung problem that can affect the health of the children they will be providing food for.
Once we observe anything from anyone of them, we will remove such person,” Abegunde said.
She stated that government would not enlist anyone discovered to be medically unfit into the programme.
A food vendor, Kemi Tejumola, from Omu-Aran in Irepodun Local Government area, expressed delight with the screening process which she said was seamless. According to her, the screening is necessary in the interest of the pupils who will be the major beneficiaries of the school feeding programme.
“We are doing this screening as prospective food vendors for the school feeding programme. They have taken our blood and urine samples, while we also did chest screening,” she said.
Tejumola added that no money was collected from them for the screening, stressing that it was done free of charge.
Another food vendor, Oluwatoyin Aransinola from Aranorin, also in Irepodun council area, commended the screening, saying that it was important in order to ascertain their health status before the commencement of the programme.
They both commended the Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led administration for the programme which, they said, would improve school enrolment and relieve the parents. (NAN)