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Kwara State Government recently celebrated the states golden jubilee with a gala night and award ceremony.
The award celebration which was the high point of the one-week event had great and illustrious sons and daughters of Kwara State been celebrated with a special award of recognition.
Below is the full list of Awards categories and the awardees :
Category One: Special Recognition For Contribution to the Development of Kwara State
1. Late Chief J.S. Olawoyin
2. Late Alh. Haman Galadima Patigi
3. Late Prof. Shehu Jimoh
4. Late Prof. Albert Ogunshola
Category Two: Outstanding Contribution to Entertainment and Sports Development
1. Alh. Jaigbade Aminu Alao
2. Late Adeyemi Afolayan (Ade Love)
3. Mohammed Baku (Taku Polisi of Takai Dancers, Okuta)
4. Late Rashidi Yekini
5. Joe Lasisi
6. Late Alh. Yusuf Adebayo Salami (AbdulSalam Rocks)
7. Atanda Musa Abdul-Ganeey
8. Hameed Adisa Adio
9. Late Alh. Abubakar Sadaoki (Mark One One)
10. Coach Kasali Lasisi
Category Three: Accomplished Professional/Public Servant
1. Alh. Yusuf Amuda Gobir.
2. Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
3. Amb. Tunji Olagunju.
4. Late Justice Saidu Kawu (Rtd)
5. Justice Abdulkadir Orire (Rtd)
6. Justice T.A. Oyeyipo, OFR (Rtd)
7. Chief J.A. Aderibigbe
8. Elder Joshua Ogunlowo, OON
9. Late Alh. Yahaya Madawaki (MFR)
10. Barr. Abdulateef Fagbemi (SAN)
11. MallamYusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN)
12. Yusuf Oladimeji AbdulRahman
Category Four: Outstanding Contribution to the Educational Development of Kwara State
1. Late Sheik Muhammad Kamaldeen (M.F.C., O.F.R)
2. Late Sheik Adam Abdullahi Al-Ilory
3. Bishop (Dr) David Oyedepo
4. Alh. (Dr.) AbdulRaheem Oladimeji, OFR
5. Late Rev. Dr. Chief David Olatayo
6. Late Chief Mrs. Felicia Adeola Adesiyun
7. Hajia Alimot Yusuf (OON)
Category Five: Outstanding Industrialists and Entrepreneurs
1. Alhaji (Dr) Kamarudeen Yusuf (Kam-wire)
2. Alhaji Jani Ibrahim, MNI (Lubcon Oil)
3. Prince (Dr.) Samuel Adedoyin (OFR)
4. Mr. Oluwole Awotuyi (Tuyil).
5. Alhaji Aliko Dangote (GCON)
6. Chief Emmanuel Olatunji Adesoye (OON)
7. His Royal Highness, Alh. Muftau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II Oloffa of Offa.
Category Six: Significant Contribution to the Peace and Stability of Kwara State
1. HRH Alh. (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, CFR
Category Seven: Outstanding Contribution to National Development
1. Late Gen. Babatunde Idiagbon.
2. Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore. (Rtd)
3. Justice Muhammad Mustapha Akanbi, CFR (Rtd)
4. Late Dr. Abubakar Olushola Saraki
5. Justice Issa Ayo Salami, CFR (Rtd)
6. Justice Mahmud Babatunde Belgore (Rtd)
7. Admiral Ibrahim Ola Sa’ad (Rtd)
8. Vice Admiral Samuel Afolayan (Rtd)
9. Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye (Rtd)
Category Eight: Outstanding Leadership Award
1. Col. David Lasisi Bamigboye.
2. Colonel Ibrahim Taiwo.
3. George Agbazika Innih
4. Colonel Sunday Ifere
5. Late Alhaji Adamu Attah.
6. Chief Cornelius Olatunji Adebayo.
7. Group Capt. Salaudeen Latinwo (rtd.)
8. Wing Commander Muhammed Ndatsu Umar.
9. Lt. Col. Ahmed Abdullahi
10. Air Commodore Ibrahim Alkali.
11. Col. Alwali Kazir.
12. Senator Alhaji Sha’aba Lafiagi.
13. Police Commissioner Mustapha Ismail (rtd.)
14. Group Capt. Baba Adamu Iyam
15. Rtd. Colonel Peter A.M Ogar.
16. Rtd. Lt. Colonel Rasheed Alade Shekoni.
17. Late. Rear Admiral Mohammed Lawal.
18. Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki.


Dangote Launches ‘BlocMaster’ For Cement Moulders



Builders and other stakeholders have lauded the BlocMaster Cement which was formally launched by Dangote Cement PLC yesterday in Kano, Kano State, describing it as extra strong and the best for block moulding in Nigeria.

Before it was officially rolled out yesterday, the innovative cement product had been adjudged ideal by the country’s engineers, builders and block makers, due to its rapid setting within an hour, its strength and top quality.

The multitude of block makers in attendance lauded the company’s innovate efforts and after a demonstrative test also confirmed its strength and asserted that surely, it is the best product for building construction for now, from the stable of Dangote cement.

Speaking at the official unveiling of the cement yesterday, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje called on all Nigerians to patronize the new cement to help minimize the menace of collapsed building in the country.

The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Usman Alhaji commended the Management of Dangote Group, adding that it has always been supportive in all sectors of the economy.

Group Managing Director, Dangote Cement Plc Eng. Joe Makoju said the new brand is a product of years of deep research, adding that it has been tested and approved by builders nationwide.

According to him, it is strong and affordable to Nigerians because of its rapid setting, especially during raining season.

“This is a new era. This is a new quality. This is a product of research,” Mr. Makoju said.

Speaking, Group Chief Marketing Officer Oare Ojeikere said the new cement is multipurpose and very strong, urging Nigerians to adopt it for all construction purposes.

He said he was happy that hundreds of builders in Kano had used it before the launch.

The immediate past chairman, Nigeria Institute of Building and Director Consultancy Services, Science and Technical Schools Board, Kano State Abdullahi Alhassan SanSan said he was elated because the new cement block will address the issue of collapse building in the country.

Speaking also at the event, Manager Magina Blocks Industries Kano Nura Musa Yahayah said he has used the block and can therefore recommend it to Nigerians. According to him: “I can recommend this product. I have personally used it and I am very convinced that it is the best for those of us who are in the business of cement moulding. It is strong and sets very fast. This is the product that we need at this time and we are grateful to the Management of Dangote Cement for giving us this product”

Chairman Kano State Concrete Block Makers and Allied Products Association Alhaji Umar Faruk Musa said the cement innovation will translate into more income for block makers and in the long run for Nigeria.

He commended Alhaji Aliko Dangote for yet another giant stride, a week after a flour brand was unveiled by the same Group.

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National Assembly Committee Passes Amended Electoral Bill

Peter Okunoren



The National Assembly Joint Panel on the Independent National Electoral Commission has passed the amended Electoral Bill.

The passage of the Bill on Tuesday was preceded by disagreement among the members of the Committee.

The lawmakers, who were set to address newsmen on the Amendment of the Electoral Bill earlier in the day, were hurriedly invited for an emergency meeting in the office of the Joint Chairman of the Panel, Senator Nazif Suleiman.

The version of the Bill passed by the House of Representatives was different from that presented by Suleiman on behalf of the Senate.

However, after the closed-door meeting, Suleiman confirmed the passage of the Bill.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier declined assent to the amended Electoral Act.

This will be the fourth time the Act will be amended.

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Buhari Does Not Understand Governance —- Saraki Insists

Peter Okunoren



Senate President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari does not understand governance and was not prepared to govern the country when he was elected in 2015.

Saraki stated this while addressing Oyo State delegates and members of the party ahead of the national convention of the PDP at the state secretariat of the party located at Molete, Ibadan.

The former governor of Kwara State, who said that Nigerians made a mistake by voting Buhari in 2015, added that Nigeria needed a “digital President”.

Saraki, who was accompanied to Ibadan by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, Senator Abiodun Olujinmi, Captain Idris Wada, Dr. Doyin Okupe and Hon. Muhammed Wakil, declared that incumbent President Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) “does not understand governance”.

He noted that the mistake Nigerians have made over the years was electing people into positions of authority based on sentiment.

He specifically maintained that Nigeria needed a digital President who can relate well with Presidents of other counties.

Saraki, while speaking further, declared that he is the most capable for the job among the PDP Presidential aspirants, urging the Oyo State delegates to support his aspiration.

He said, “The major mistake we are making is that we vote people who cannot do it. All other countries, they look for the best candidates. If you look at other aspirants, you will see that I can do it better than all of them.

“The mistake we made is that the person who is there does not know anything. The person that is there does not understand governance.

“If you have observed, you will discover that Presidents of other counties who have visited Nigeria in recent time did not sleep in the country. They will just come for two or a few hours and go back”.

The Senate President maintained further that what the country needs in 2019 is a capable President, as Buhari has shown that he is not capable of the task.

Saraki insisted that having worked with the President for over three years; he has discovered that the Buhari does not understand governance.

Among Oyo PDP leaders that received the Senate President were, State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha; Elder Wole Oyelese; Alhaji Hazeem Gbalarumi; Mr. Wasiu Adeleke; Dr. Saka Balogun and Chief Jacob Adetoro.

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