No fewer than 22,000 (10kg) bags of rice were distributed on Saturday across three local government areas of Kwara State in the ongoing palliative distribution exercise.
The day marked the fourth day of the exercise and the three local governments covered were: Offa, Oyun and Ekiti Local Government Areas.
The distribution of the palliatives is based on the population of each local government area and according to the information obtained from a member of the palliative distribution committee, Mr. Stephen Awoyale, the breakdown of the three local government areas are as follows:
The total population of Offa local government which has 12 wards is 148,217. Therefore, 773 bags were shared across the wards, amounting to 8800 bags in total.
Oyun local government also boasts an estimated population of 155,786 with 11 wards. It was gathered that 800 bags would be shared to the most vulnerable persons across the wards which comes to 8,800 bags in total.
The other local government, Ekiti, has an estimated population of 90,659 with 10 wards. A number of 440 bags were disbursed to the wards amounting to 4,400 bags in total.
Giving the recap of the exercise on both Friday and Saturday, another member of the committee, Dr. Lawal Olalekan Olohungbebe, said it was a success story on Friday as they focused on Ilorin East and the remaining parts of Ilorin South.
“Today (Saturday) Oyun is here taking their consignment likewise Offa and Ekiti Local Government Areas and hopefully by the end of today (Saturday) we would have been through with these local governments,” he stated.
#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The Turkish FA has officially withdrawn its bid to host Euro 2028 in order to focus on its plan to co-host the tournament with Italy in 2032.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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