Kwara State Government’s Ilorin Innovation Hub will on January 28 and 29, 2023 hold an e-Government Hackathon targeted at further identifying and helping young techies in the state, a statement said.
Fidel Info reports that Managing Director of Ilorin Innovation Hub Temi Kolawole said in the statement that the programme will hold at the Kwara State Banquet Hall in Ilorin, the capital city.
He said that participants adjudged to be exceptional at the programme will win various prizes totalling N10m.
“The event is geared towards solving common problems within government using technology. The Kwara State Government is giving all its young people an opportunity to become part of the development process and proffer solutions that the government can adopt,” the statement added.
“The goal of the event is to come up with at least five working solutions that can be deployed immediately and put to use by various arms of government within and outside Kwara State.
“Some of the partners for the event are UK-Nigeria Tech Hub, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), IHS Towers, MTN, Interswitch, the Centre for Digital Economy (KWASU) and Kwara Build. More partners and sponsors are expected and will be announced soon.
“As this is the first event of its kind by a state government in Nigeria, we want to kickstart youth participation in government and encourage them that the digital skills they are acquiring can be used to make the lives of Kwarans better. The administration of His Excellency AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is committed to empowering the young people with digital skills that can create a sustainable future and open opportunities for them globally.
“The two-day event will be opened by the Director General of NITDA Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi with keynote speeches by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Vice President of IHS Towers Kazeem Oladepo, and Justina Ohia Country Manager of the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub. The hackathon will start after the opening session and run for the next two days.
“The participants will then do their demos and winners will be selected for the Gala and Awards ceremony shortly after. Over ten million Naira worth of prizes are to be won.
“To register to either attend as a guest or to compete in the hackathon, please visit https://bit.ly/EGovHackathon. For more details and information, please contact the Ilorin Innovation Hub at email@example.com.”
APC Gives Fresh Appointments To Bisi Akande, Gbajabiamila, Indimi, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Others (Full List)
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has named some of its stalwarts as chairmen and members of its standing committees.
According to a statement signed by the party’s National Secretary, Senator Ajibola Basiru, the listed names were appointed into Standing Committees on Establishment, Finance, Publicity, Intergovernmental, Conflict and Reconciliation.
Fedelinfo reports that some of those named include Chief Bisi Akande who chairs the Conflict and Reconciliation Committee with Aminu Masari as the deputy chairman and Nkem Okeke as the secretary.
Similarly, Uguru Matthew Ofoke was named as the chairman of the APC Finance Committee while members include the Chairman and founder of BUA Cement, Abdulsamad Rabiu, chairman of Oriental Energy Resources, Mohammed Indimi; Chairman of Bet9ja, Kunle Soname; Tein Jack Rich and others.
Senate President, Godswill Akpabio; Speaker, House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas; Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy, Wale Edun; Governor Hope Uzodimma; James Faleke, Solomon Adeola, and Femi Pedro were also listed as members of the finance committee.
The Publicity Committee is chaired by Felix Morka while Minister of Information and Strategy, Muhammad Idris; Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to the President, Bayo Onanuga, among others are members of the committee.
The statement said the Standing Committees would be inaugurated on Wednesday, 6 December, 2023 at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja
KWSG Kicks Against Street Begging Says, roaming of mentally challenged persons, socially appalling
The Kwara state Government in its concerted effort to rid the state of all societal menace and vices, has described begging and roaming the streets by people with mental challenges as condemnable and socially appalling.
This was expressed by the Commissioner for Social Development, Hon. Opeyemi Oluwakemi Afolashade during the recently concluded general evacuation exercise carried out by the Ministry within the State capital.
Hon. Afolashade lamented the menace of persistent street begging regarded as a viable business venture among some people, despite a series of dialogue, media sensitisation, and numerous social interventions of the government to the physically challenged and vulnerable in the State.
“The evacuation exercise is part of the Ministry’s responsibilities and a means to further ensure that the society is cleansed from any form of societal menace, thereby promoting environmental hygiene and values for the state”, the Commissioner emphasized.
She explained further that Kwara State would not condone street begging as it is against the law of the state; depicts laziness, while the roaming of mentally challenged persons also pose serious danger to the society.
Hon. Afolashade, during the excercise, reiterated that the exercise would be continuous, adding that the Ministry would no longer take the menace with levity, warning all those involved to desist or be ready to face the wrath of law.
Meanwhile, in the course of the exercise, there were resistance and physical assaults on the officers of the Ministry, but Officers of the Civil Defense were on ground to restore normalcy.
The Commissioner thus appreciated the pro-activeness and expertise demonstrated by the officers during the exercise while seeking the Corps continued support in subsequent assignments.
The evacuation team toured the Post Office/Taiwo-Isale, Tipper garage , Challenge/Unity road and Challenge/GRA axis of the State capital and evacuated no fewer than 88 mentally challenged persons and beggars who were taken to one of the Ministry’s Rehabilitation homes for treatment, prosecution and possible repatriation.
Aiyedatiwa to preside over Ondo Exco meeting Thursday
Peace may be returning to the Ondo State Executive Council as it holds its meeting today in Akure, the state capital, after three months.
Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa will preside over the meeting, which is the first since the warring camps endorsed a peace deal at a reconciliation meeting hosted in Abuja by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the weekend.
However, some elite are kicking against the resolution that the deputy governor should submit an undated letter of resignation.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, who confirmed the scheduled meeting, said the deputy governor will preside as vice chairman.
But, the commissioner could not confirm to reporters last night whether Aiyedatiwa has returned to Akure, although sources hinted that he had returned from Abuja where he spent some weeks while battling to starve off the impeachment proceedings by the House of Assembly.
He got a reprieve at the peace meeting where the House of Assembly was directed to drop the impeachment plan.
A source said: “Exco meeting will be held about three months after the last meeting was held in Ibadan, presided over by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, when he returned from medical vacation in September.
“The exco meeting that will be held on Thursday (today) shows that everyone is sticking with the resolution reached with Tinubu.
“All that we are focused on is the development of Ondo State, and that should be paramount in the minds of all of us at the moment.”
A group, Concerned Elite of Ondo State, led by Dr. Olanrewaju Akeredolu, has faulted the resolution that Aiyedatiwa should sign a post-dated letter of resignation.
It also said it was unconstitutional to ask unelected political office holders to monitor elected official.
The group chided the Speaker of the Ondo Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, for reading the resolution on the floor of the Assembly, saying that President Tinubu could not have given an order that contradicted the letter and spirit of the constitution.
It also accused the Speaker of twisting facts to suit a certain interest by asserting that there was no agreement to transfer power to Aiyedatiwa.
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