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    Osun State Governor Launches Lagere Flyover Project and Tourism-Enhancing Initiatives, Investing N30.6 Billion



    Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has launched the construction of the Lagere flyover in Ile-Ife, Osun State, committing to completing it within 12 months.

    Additionally, he has initiated road projects totaling N30.6 billion, spanning 55.86 kilometers across all local government areas in the state.

    Adeleke emphasizes the importance of enhancing Ile-Ife’s status as a tourism capital through significant upliftment efforts, recognizing the divine significance of the town.

    This significant infrastructure development was part of the highlights at the official flag-off ceremony held on Tuesday, May 6, 2024, at Lagere Junction.

    In addition to the flyover, Governor Adeleke also flagged off the construction of local government roads across the state, totaling 55.86 kilometers at a cost of N30,677,814,099.42.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Adeleke highlighted the historical significance of Ile-Ife as the source of the Yoruba race.

    He acknowledged the deep infrastructural deficit across the five local governments in the area and emphasized the need to address these challenges through a comprehensive approach.

    The governor emphasized that Ile-Ife not only deserves an upgrade in infrastructure but also a classical upliftment to enhance its status as a major tourist destination in the region.

    This initiative is part of the government’s efforts to revitalize the town’s economy and promote its rich cultural heritage.

    This is coming a week after the Governor flagged off the Ilesa road dualisation.

    Governor Adeleke said, the infra deficit covers roads, health, water and schools.

    He said “in the multi-billion naira agenda, we earmarked specific projects for this ancient city. Many are ongoing and more are still coming.

    “This iconic bridge, the first of its kind in this land of the source.

    “The project location was justified on the ground of easing traffic, facilitating connectivity and attracting adjacent economic activities.

    “This is what our government is launching today. We are in a match to greater height for Ile Ife and Osun State as a whole.

    ” I want to use this platform to assure elders, sons and daughters of Ile Ife that our government is committed to solving the many developmental issues facing this city.

    ‘We are applying phased project implementation strategies due to the huge infra deficit with attendant low funding capacity.

    “We however assure all and sundry that our strategy will eventually fulfill the yearnings and aspirations of all our people.

    “Even with funding constraints, our government has delivered on various fronts for the Ife area.

    Governor Adeleke therefore listed areas of achievements and plans for the future across the five local government areas of Osun state which includes:



    1 Asphaltic Tarring of Oriyangi- Oke Atan – Ogbedu Road
    2 Tarring of Ife City – Benediction to Olasode
    3 Renovation of Yekemi Maternity
    4 Renovation of 3 Buildings of a Block of 3 Classrooms at LA Primary School Ilode
    1 Asphaltic Tarring of Olurin Road _1.5km(Ife East and Ife Ooye)
    2 Renovation of Ifelodun Maternity




    Provision of seven boreholes across the LGA
    Renovation of schools across the lGA
    Commencement of three road construction across the LGA


    Proposed renovation of garage olode Health center,
    Proposed renovation of one block of class room in united Anglican primary school garage olode,
    Proposed renovation of one class room in ara Alubati in Osi ward in ife south west LCDA awolowo town garage olode ife


    Renovation of 5 blocks of classroom at L.A.pry. school, Ipetumodu
    Provision of 4 motorized water borehole
    Approval for the construction of 1.5 km Akinlalu township road.


    6 Motorized borehole at :
    Molodo, Oyere Ward 1
    Okuomo Famia Ward
    Atowo, Oyere Ward 2
    Fadehan, Oyere Ward 2
    Isanlu, Oyere Ward 2
    Womonle, Oyere Ward 2




    Renovation of 3 blocks of 3 classrooms each at C A C pry. School Edunabon
    Renovation of 4 blocks of 3 classrooms each at L.A pry. School, Edunabon
    Provision of 3 motorized borehole at Edunabon and Moro
    Area Office, Modakeke
    1.Rehabilitation of schools
    2.Rehabilitation of health centre
    Ongoing reconstruction of local road

    “Our good people of Ile Ife and Osun as a whole, we are here for two in one event. We are flagging off the flyover bridge at Lagere Junction as well as the commencement of 55 kilometers of roads across the 30 local governments and the area office.

    “After compliance with the due process and procurement laws, the flyover bridge is awarded to Messrs Sammya Nigeria limited at a total project cost of Fourteen Billion, Nine Hundred and Thirty Eight Million, Seven Hundred and Seventy One (N14,938,924,771.45). The completion period is Twelve Months,” he said

    He also confirmed that he has also flagged off the construction of Local Government Roads totalling 55.86km at the cost of N30,677,814,099.42. This is also to have a completion period of twelve months.

    Adeleke therefore urged the various contractors and the host communities to partner closely for the successful execution of the projects.

    He also noted that the Community relations must never be downplayed.


    Medical tourism abroad CMD tasks wealthy Nigerians to support healthcare delivery



    Medical tourism abroad CMD tasks wealthy Nigerians to support healthcare delivery

    The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin, Kwara State, Professor Yussuf Abdullah Dasliva, at the weekend called on the wealthy individuals in the country to continue to support the government at all levels in the efforts to improve healthcare delivery for the populace.

    Dasliva however said that, such support would also reduce medical tourism overseas in the country.

    Speaking in Ilorin during the official commissioning of multi billion naira the Batuli Ajiferuke Shagaya Burn Intensive Care Unit (BAS-BICU) building in the UITH, Prof. Yusuf, stated that, apart from this, it would also boost the quality of healthcare delivery in the country.

    The facility was donated by Alhaji Sheriff Shagaya and he is the son of the wealthy woman, Alhaja Muina Shagaya.

    He said that, “Let me reiterate that we should endeavour to delineate donations from Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP).

    “Donations are usually made to support various government activities/functions in order to improve/expand services to the citizenry/humanity without any anticipatory accruals (personal/groups).

    “Whereas, PPP are aimed at accruals to parties involved, and are usually not done by fiats but through laid down rules/due processes.

    “Thus, once donations are made to Government/Government establishments, such donations automatically become the responsibilities of government/its establishments to manage, in accordance with the intended purposes, without any individual/group of individuals wanting to take control of such donations or sharing the accruals; nor constituting any Board of Trustee (BOT) for government properties. Such acts are absolutely illegal and should not be contemplated”.

    The CMD appreciated the donor, saying that the project would ensure provision of quality health care and attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to the populace.

    The CMD, who solicited more donations (in whatever forms) to UITH, llorin, added that such donations would enable the hospital (with its abundant expertise) to continually improve and expand its quality healthcare provisions; and further contribute to reducing the tides of the increasing medical tourism overseas.

    Earlier, the donor, Alhaji Shagaya said that, though, healthcare is a basic human right, but it is far from being equally accessible to all.

    Alhaji Shagaya, thus, called on Nigerians to bridge gap in health care provisions and provide quality healthcare to those who need it most, since governments cannot shoulder the responsibility alone.

    “This project is not just a token of our love for philanthropy, but a reflection of our recognition that we all have a part to play in strengthening our society.

    “Healthcare is a basic human right, yet it is far from being equally accessible to all. The onus is on us, as responsible citizens, to bridge this gap and provide quality healthcare to those who need it most.

    “While our government is doing its best, they cannot shoulder this responsibility alone. It is our duty as fellow human beings to lend a helping hand”, he said.

    The donor, who said that he lost his grandmother, Batuli Ajiferuke Shagaya, to burns, added that the death inspired him to spearhead the project.

    “The pain of losing my grandmother, a loss I still carry with me to this day, is inseparable from the hope that we can save others from a similar fate.

    “It is a project that would have filled my grandmother with pride had she been here today.

    “The Batuli Ajiferuke Shagaya Burn Intensive Care Unit (BAS-BICU) building in UITH, Ilorin marks a significant milestone in the healthcare sector, particularly in the management of acute burns.

    “The new intensive care unit aimed to meet the objective of limiting the systemic insult that accompanies burn injuries, it also aimed at providing a higher level of specialized care to patients suffering from burns.

    “It will also play a crucial role in preventing infections related to invasive procedures and improving the overall care and treatment of burn patients.

    “The BAS-BICU will serve as a beacon of hope for those who have been afflicted with severe burns, offering a higher level of care that will not only improve treatment outcomes but also help prevent devastating infections and improve the overall quality of life for those who require such specialized care”, he said.

    Shagaya said that, “the over N250million Burn Center is unmatched in the North Central region, adding that, the state-of-the-art facilities therein, “are to serve the needs of our community, to save lives, and to promote healing and recovery

    The equipment you see before you will serve as tools in the hands of skilled professionals, transforming the treatment of burn patients in our country”.

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    ‘I’m Not Interested,’ Ndume Rejects Appointment As Senate Tourism Committee Chair



    ‘I’m Not Interested,’ Ndume Rejects Appointment As Senate Tourism Committee Chair

    The Senator representing Borno South Ali Ndume has rejected the chairmanship of the Committee on Tourism in the upper lawmaking body.

    Ndume was sacked as the senate chief whip over comments he made criticising President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s running of the country.

    He was subsequently picked as the chairman of the Senate Community on Tourism, a move the vocal lawmaker has turned down.

    “So, I’m not interested in accepting the committee on tourism for the two reasons I told you,” the Borno South lawmaker said in his Maiduguri hometown, 48 hours after he was sacked as the chief whip.

    “I told you I’m inexperienced in that. I don’t know anything, I’m not knowledgeable about tourism. So, I would, if any, prefer to remain as an ordinary member so that I can learn about tourism.”

    ‘Act of God’

    He likened his removal to an act of God.

    “Secondly, the party that recommended to the Senate that I should be removed from being the chief whip of the Senate, I take that as an act of God because if it is God who gave me that position. It is God that took it through APC. So, I bear no grudges about that,” he said.

    “After all, I did not contest to be the chief whip. I did not contest to be the vice chairman of the appropriation committee. I contested to be the se one of the Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and God granted me that victory and I’m happy with God, what God has given to me.”

    ‘I’m Not Wrong’

    He also defended his comments, saying there was nothing wrong with them.

    “I did not say anything wrong. And therefore I want to state that I stand by all my statements in the interview I granted,” the senator insisted.

    “So, I know that I’m not wrong. The people are not wrong by speaking the truth and standing by the truth,” the 64-year-old.

    “And I pray that the president who by now, I expect the message should have gotten to him, looks at what I have said and takes appropriate measures to eliminate the suffering of the people.”

    Following his sack, there were calls for his resignation as a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

    But Ndume said the decision to quit the APC requires consultations.

    “So, I’m not a new member. I didn’t join APC just like that. It was in consultation with my people that I joined APC. I take his advice and I will get, I know across to my people,” the lawmaker said.

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    Governor’s wife showcases Kwara’s tourism wealth



    The wife of Kwara Governor, Olufolake Abdulrasaq, on Thursday, urged local and international tourists to explore the tourism potential in the state.

    Mrs Abdulrazaq made the call in Ilorin at the ongoing annual general meeting (AGM) and conference of the National Association of Nigeria Tour Operators (NATOP).

    The AGM has its theme as “Tourism as Catalyst for Progress, Peace and Partnership”.

    “Kwara, with its vantage in the North-central region, is endowed with immense and captivating tourist destinations, widely referred to as ‘a wonder in the wilderness’.

    “The Owu Falls is the highest and most spectacular natural waterfall in West Africa.

    “Founded in 1945 and widely referenced as the mother of all museums in Nigeria, the Esie Museum is located in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

    “We have Imole Boja Rock Shelter; we also have the Sobi Hills, the University of Ilorin Zoological Garden, the Dada Pottery, and the Aso-oke weaving centres, among other very interesting sites.

    “In celebrating our culture and traditions, we equally have the annual Ilorin Durbar, the Gani Festival, the Shao Mass Wedding and the Patigi Boat Regatta, to mention a few,” she said.

    Mrs Abdulrazaq, who commended the tour operators for bringing their annual conference to the state, urged them to explore the spots mentioned and further promote the economic potential of the state.

    She said Kwara’s rich historical background, wonders of nature and exquisite cultural events are sights to behold.

    She said Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrasaq was leaving no stone unturned to ensure that opportunities in the tourism sector in the state were maximised.

    According to her, this is evident in the government’s engagements in partnerships, evolving investment-friendly policies and putting in place infrastructure to drive all sectors of the state’s economy.

    “In complementing this drive of government, my office and the Ajike People Support Centre are actively involved in promoting tourism and celebrating the cultural heritage of our people.

    “It may interest you to know that during our host of the Commonwealth quiz competition, top functionaries of the British government were conducted around some of these beautiful sites.

    “Also, I have sponsored some of our traditional aso-oke weavers to participate in fashion shows of international repute to showcaseenhanceate and enhancing their capacities,” she said.

    Akonitv reports that the conference began on 17 July and will end on 20 July.

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