The Kwara State Palliative Committee on Thursday continued the distribution of the 250,000 (10kg) bags of rice.
The exercise had begun on Wednesday with Oke-Ero and Asa Local Government Areas.
The distribution train moved to Ilorin South and Kaiama Local Government Areas on the second day.
The palliative programme is a federal/state government initiative with the aim of cushioning the effect of fuel subsidy removal on the most vulnerable citizens.
Speaking at the distribution center, a member of the committee, Dr. Lawal Olalekan Olohungbebe, noted that the distribution is across party lines.
Olohungbebe said the palliative committee was not politically set up and the mandate they got from Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was to distribute to Kwarans irrespective of political parties, saying that’s exactly what they hold on to.
He also spoke generally on the activities today, the challenges faced and how they were able to tackle it.
According to him, “Today, we were able to serve Kaiama Local Government Area. We had loaded all the items last night so they set out as early as possible in the morning. After Kaiama we continued with Ilorin South, so far we are 80% done as far as Ilorin South is concerned and we are still here. Hopefully, everything about Ilorin South is going to be done today.
“The supporting Chairperson was here, the Emir of Shonga. He only came to see how things are going and to motivate and inspire us. He stood here; he asked questions, met with the people and later had to go for some important assignments.”
Fielding questions on today’s exercise compared to that of yesterday, he said, “there is a difference because people are now more aware of the modus operandi. Now they know how to get their vehicles, who is going to pay for what and every other things.
“Now they know how to go about that, so there is better awareness. Of course, there are challenges because it is Ilorin. It is more challenging because of the population and the interests.
“Some politicians came with the sole aim of hijacking the distribution, but to God be the glory we are here and were able to convince them and make them understand that the committee is not political and that is what His Excellency also wants that is why he has put everybody on the committee.
“We explained to them that this is not for any political party and they got the message.
“The total number of bags that went to Kaiama Local Government this morning is 11,000 (10kg) bags of rice and going to be shared among the vulnerable persons in each ward of the local government.”
As far as Ilorin South is concerned, the total number of bags of rice assigned to it is 19,800, the committee member added.
#SaferKwara: Governor AbdulRazaq Meets Army Chief
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq receives Commander 22 Armoured Brigade Ilorin Brigade General Adebayo Abdulrahman Babalola at Government House, Ilorin.
During the visit, the Governor explored strategies for strengthening security in the state with the Army chief.
Military personnel have made several efforts to dislodge security threats from the state.
The Army chief reiterated that the operations will be sustained to keep the state safer for peaceful and law-abiding residents.
Football is coming home! UK & Republic of Ireland set to host Euro 2028 as Turkey withdraw bid
The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland look set to host Euro 2028 after the Turkish FA withdrew its bid to host the tournament.
The Turkish FA has officially withdrawn its bid to host Euro 2028 in order to focus on its plan to co-host the tournament with Italy in 2032. UEFA has now approved the joint proposal, which was first announced in July.
Turkey’s withdrawal from the 2028 bidding process means that the UK and Republic of Ireland’s bid will now run unopposed. Wembley Stadium hosted the semi-finals and final of the delayed 2020 European Championship, but the UK has not hosted an entire major tournament since 1996.
Both bids will require official approval at a meeting of UEFA’s executive committee on Tuesday. An official statement from UEFA read: “The presentations at that meeting will be an important part of the process which will take due consideration of the content of the bid submissions before reaching a decision.”
If approved, then Euro 2028 will be hosted in the UK and Ireland. Among the ten proposed stadiums are Wembley Stadium, Hampden Park and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, as well as the currently unbuilt Bramley Moore Dock stadium in Liverpool and Casement Park in Belfast
Messi makes decision on when he will leave Inter Miami
Lionel Messi has reportedly decided where he will end his playing career, but it won’t be in Miami or Barcelona.
Messi’s Inter Miami contract is set to expire in 2025, at which point – according to El Nacional – he will look to return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in his native Argentina. There is an option for the World Cup winner to extend his deal with Miami for an extra year, but the report states that he wants to retire in his homeland.
Messi left Barcelona in 2021 after more than two decades at the club, having joined the Spanish giants from Newell’s as a 13-year-old. He snubbed a return to Camp Nou when he left Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, and it now looks like a fairy tale return to Barca is never going to happen.
Messi scored 10 goals in his first seven games for David Beckham’s Miami franchise, but he has spent the past month injured. He will play a farewell match at Barcelona at some point, even if he does not return to play for the club
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