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Subsidy: Kwara Palliative Committee commences distribution of 250,000 bags of 10Kg rice



The Kwara State Palliative Committee has commenced the distribution of 250,000bags of 10Kg rice palliatives across the 16 local government areas of the state.

The exercise kick-started on Wednesday with Asa and Oke-Ero being the first two local government areas to benefit from the initiative.

The rice palliative funded by the federal government in partnership with state governments seeks to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal on the most vulnerable citizens.

One of the food palliatives committee members, Mr. Lawal Olalekan Olohungbebe, said the government is doing everything to give the people what belongs to them which explains why they are on ground to ensure an adequate distribution exercise as expected by the state government.

“What is going on here is giving to people what they actually deserve and government is doing everything for the people to get what belongs to them through the distribution of 10kg rice.

“The funding of the rice palliatives was actually by the federal government and that’s what you can see us doing here, distributing 10kg bags of rice to different local government areas in Kwara State.

“We have 16 local government areas and each LG has been assigned with their own number of bags of rice depending on their population. So, every local government is getting from what we have. Presently, we are taking the first batch of the consignment to Asa and Oke-Ero Local Government Areas. Those are the two local governments we are concentrating on for today. Tomorrow, we are going to another.

“What we are doing presently is to ensure that different wards from the LGs are here to pick up their stuffs and as they are taking them to the communities, members of civil society organisation or any NGO are being attached to them together with the police to deliver the items.

“They have actually been informed that the items are not for every community member, the government understands that everybody is now vulnerable but we are looking at the extremely vulnerable members. These are people that even before the subsidy removal, they were not very well, not to talk of now that it’s been removed. These people include the physically challenged persons who are poor, being a widow is not the issue but widows who are poor, aged people who have no one to take care of them and many others in different categories.

“All these, we as a committee cannot identify them at the ward levels that’s why we ensure every ward has palliative distribution committee which is made up of the most senior traditional ruler in the ward, the most senior pastor, most senior Imam, representative of the youths, representative of women and representative of people living with disabilities and at the same time, depending on the peculiarity of each ward, all tribes in each ward are represented, then they generate the list of those who are extremely in need.”

Dr. Olohungbebe noted that this development is just one of different layers of the pallatives the state government is rolling out, citing the N10,000 added to the monthly pay of the civil servants, buses conveying students to the their schools and even many more to come as palliative measures.

For his part, one of the stakeholders in Oke-Ero Local Government, Chief M.S Oni, the Odofin of Iloffa who came in respect of his district said the rice may be too small to some people, but the fact that it makes a whole lot of sense to the extremely vulnerable persons makes it a laudable gesture.

According to another member of the committee, Pastor Stephen Awoyale, Asa Local Government Area as at January 2023 is 208,978 population. It has 17 wards and the assigned pallatives are 11,000 bags of rice in total.

“The population of Oke-Ero is 95,235 with 10 wards. Therefore, 4,400 bags of rice were assigned to the area in total” he said.


Osun Pensioners: Governor Adeleke is Committed to Payment of Pensions, Entitlements



The government of Governor Ademola Adeleke has reacted to the rumor of accrued pensions not paid by his government as alleged by opposition in the state, upon which some unscrupulous elements are allegedly planning a protest march.

We want the public to note that the current government has been consistent in paying some of the accrued pensions, owed by previous governments, from inception of his administration

While we have ascertained and confirmed that the rumour of a planned protest is not true,we alert the public to the spreading of the fake news designed to offend and confuse the contributory pensioners who are strong supporters of Governor Adeleke.

We assert that the pensioners and other stakeholders are aware of sustained efforts of the current government to pay up the inherited pensions.

It may also interest stakeholders to note that the Governor has 48 hours ago directed the hosting of an emergency consultative meeting with contributory pensioners to table full data before them and agree on a path to further payments.

Details of the meeting are to be communicated to relevant stakeholders.

Ahead of the meeting, we take liberty to release part of the records with renewed commitment of the administration to accelerate the payment process.

The records according to the Local Government Staff Pension Bureau in the state, shows that the government of Ademola Adeleke has made payment to both the contributory pensioners and old pensioners in the state, with effect from 28th November, 2022 till date.

The breakdown is as follows:

MONTHLY PENSION (Old Pension Scheme) – Three billion naira (N3 billion).

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS – Two billion, nine hundred and sixteen million, two hundred and twenty-four thousand, three hundred and forty-one naira and thirty kobo (N2,916,224,341: 30).

LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – One billion, Sixty-two million, Four Hundred and Sixty-nine thousand, Seven hundred and Forty-three naira, Eighty-six Kobo (N1,062,469,743 : 86).

Regarding Death Benefits:

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS – Three hundred and Twenty-four million, Two hundred and Eighty-nine thousand, Five hundred and Ninety naira, Sixty-two Kobo (N324,289,590: 62).

LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – Nine-six million, One hundred and Eighty-one thousand, Thirty-two naira, Ninety-two Kobo (N96,181,032: 92).

MONTHLY PENSION (Contributory Pension) Remittances:

PRIMARY SCHOOL – One billion, Eighty-three million,One hundred and Ninety-seven thousand,two hundred and Sixty-five naira, Thirty-six Kobo (N1,083,197,265:36).

LOCAL GOVERNMENT STAFF PENSIONERS – Six hundred and One million, Seven hundred and Seventy-four thousand, Thirty-two naira, Thirty-two kobo (N601,774,032:32).


PRIMARY SCHOOL – One billion, Nine hundred and Eleven million, Three hundred and Seventy thousand, Two hundred and Eleven naira, Forty-four Kobo (N1,911,370,211:44).

LOCAL GOVT STAFF PENSIONERS – Seven hundred and Eight million, Forty-one thousand, Three hundred and Seventy-eight naira, Ninety-seven Kobo (N708,041,378:97).

The government appreciates the Pensioners and especially the contributory pensioners for their understanding, resilience and appreciation of the high level of commitment already shown by the government and urge them to distance themselves from evil operatives of the previous regime who were responsible for the pension debt in the first place.

As we remind the public and pensioners that Governor Adeleke has workers welfare as a number on his agenda, we affirm that the Governor has the best interest of workers, pensioners and the public at heart and his government will therefore not under any circumstances deny retirees their due rights and privileges.

The government reiterates its commitment to the good people of Osun state, and asked that the lying opposition party be shunned, as they are mischief makers.


Oluomo Kolapo Alimi

Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment

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Mohbad: I Disguised To Candlelight, Shameful Things People Did – FPRO



The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has said that he was one of those who attended the candlelight and night of tribe held for Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, in Lagos.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, however, said the conduct of some of those there did not serve the purpose.

In a tweet on his X handle, Adejobi said inasmuch as candlelight processions are a right, it should be done with decorum.

He tweeted: “None could recognise me, I disguised.

“But I intentionally attended to see things for myself and have an opinion about the whole thing.

“I gathered some intelligence there yesterday.

“Sincerely, many guys are our problem.

“You dey mourn, u con dey smoke, dey hit or attack people, dey drive reckless, etc.

“May his soul rest in peace.

“While I commend the organisers of the lagos procession for their steadfastness and understanding.

“I hope others will emulate them.

“It’s reasonable to end all processions at the latest 7pm.

“Candle light procession is a rite and must be purposeful.”

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Ramsdale’s Time At Arsenal Coming To An End —Premier League Legend



Premier League legendary American goalkeeper Brad Friedel has said he is certain that Aaron Ramsdale’s time at Arsenal is coming to an end.

Ramsdale has been overlooked for selection in past two games, with summer signing David Raya getting the nod.

The Spanish goalkeeper joined Arsenal from Brentford on a £3million loan deal with a purchase option of £27m.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has insisted to the media that he will pick his goalkeeper based on tactical reasons.

But the fact that Raya has started in both the Premier League and now Champions League has many questioning his statements.

One of those is Friedel, who has the third-most appearances of any goalkeeper in Premier League history.

When asked if it’s over for Ramsdale if Raya starts this weekend’s north London derby against Tottenham, the American replied on talkSPORT: “Absolutely.”

“I thought from the second they signed him they signed him to be the new no.1, I don’t think you pay that much money for someone with one year left on their contract, I know he signed an extra contract and went on loan, but that was for other reasons.

“I think they really liked Raya so when he became available they pushed for him.”

“It’s very harsh on Ramsdale but it’s the coach’s decision,” the former Liverpool and Tottenham keeper said.

“I’m assuming Ramsdale at the end of this season will end up having to do what Matt Turner did at the end of the previous season and find another place to play.

“I know it’s early and people will say you have to see what he does, but I think Raya was brought in as the no.1, you thought maybe they could be swapping if they’d played Ramsdale in the Champions League, but that didn’t happen.

“I think we’ll see Raya in goal and he’ll be the incumbent no.1 this season.”

Ramsdale joined Arsenal in the summer of 2021, leaving Sheffield United in a £30m deal.

Last season the 25-year-old almost helped the Gunners to a first league title in almost two decades, which Friedel thinks will see him join another top club where he can play every match

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