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4 ex-commissioners, 14 others make cabinet list in Kwara



Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq


Four former commissioners and 14 others have been listed as commissioner-nominees in a list sent to Kwara State House of Assembly by Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

This is contained in a letter from the governor and addressed to the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Danladi-Salihu which was read during Monday’s special plenary.

Reading the letter to his colleagues, the speaker said that AbdulRazaq complied with the Section 14, Sub-section 4 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Section 192, Sub-section 125 of the constitution.

The ex-commissioners who made the list are: Saadat Modibbo-Kawu- (Ilorin South), Senior Suleiman (Ilorin West), Olaitan Buraimo (Oyun) and Aliyu Sabi (Baruten).
Others on the list include: Abdulganiyu Abdulazeez, (Asa), Sheu Ndanusa (Edu), Afolasade Kemi (Ekiti) and Dr Segun Ogunsola (Ifelodun).

The list also include Abdulqowiy Olododo (Ilorin East), Hauwa Nuru (Ilorin West), Damilola Yusuf (Isin), Oloruntosin Thomas (Isin) and Bola Olukoju (Irepodun).
Abubakar Abdullahi (Kaiama), John Bello (Moro), Dr Amina Al-Imam (Offa), Dr Mary Ayinde (Oke-Ero) and Usman Yinusa (Patigi) also made the list.

The speaker directed all the nominees to submit 35 copies of their curriculum vitae to the Office of the Clerk before the close of work on Tuesday Aug. 15 for the screening to commence on Aug. 16.

The assembly also approved the governor’s request for the appointment of 10 Special Advisers following a letter it received on Monday.

AbdulRazaq while noting that the action is in accordance with Section 196 Sub-section 1 of the Constitution said that the appointment of loyal and committed individuals with right experience to serve will facilitate smooth and hitch-free governance.

The governor said this was desirable for distribution of dividends of democracy across the the state.

Also, the house urged the governor to direct the State Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to liaise with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to urgently embark on a state-wide vaccination of livestock with Anthrax Spore Vaccines.

The call was sequel to a motion on notice titled: “Need for Urgent Control of Community Spread of Anthrax Pandemic in Kwara State ” sponsored by Razaq Owolabi, (APC/ Share/Oke-Ode).

The house implored the state government to direct the Ministry of Communication to embark on massive public awareness and sensitisation of the citizens on information about Anthrax epidemic.

They said the citizens need to be sensitised on how to practise and maintain personal and environmental hygiene as well as proper disposal of dead animals to present outbreak of Anthrax disease in the state.


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

In their various contributions, the legislators who took turn to speak on the symptoms, infection and treatment of Anthrax called for concerted efforts to prevent its outbreak in Kwara.


Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt




Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.


Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC




According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.


In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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