Commendation Galore As Gov  AbdulRazaq Distributes Noodles To Students in Kwara

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Student leaders from across all tertiary institutions in Kwara State penultimate week applauded Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his various initiatives in bringing succour to the students, saying the food palliatives is an indication that the administration prioritises students’ welfare. 
 
Gov AbdulRazaq penultimate Wednesday flagged off the distribution of 50,000 cartons of noodles to support students across state, federal and private tertiary institutions in the state. 
 In their separate remarks, students’ leaders said the food palliatives would bring relief to students across tertiary institutions in Kwara State. 
Student leaders who spoke during the event included representatives of students of universities in Kwara State, Soliu Abdulqadir; representative of students of Polytechnics in Kwara State, Ayotunde Emmanuel, representative of College of Health Technology, Offa, Shuaib Adam and representative of private institutions in Kwara, Aisha Manzuma. 
 They expressed appreciation to Governor AbdulRazaq for being a father figure. 
 ‘We express our heartfelt gratitude to the Governor for his laudable achievements. I must say we are up to a new trajectory and it is a good feat.
Sir, your recent achievements in the students’ community such as disbursement of bursaries, provision of palliative buses and today the distribution of food palliatives to students have shown your support to the students and serve as subvention for our financial burden. 
 
We must admit that your leadership exemplified companion and foresight. We are fortunate to have you as a leader, father and as our governor in this state’, the students leaders said.  
 
While presenting the food to students’ leaders, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who was represented by the state commissioner for youth development, Hajia Nafisat Buge said that the gesture was in addition to the previous and ongoing interventions, policy directions and programmes to bring ease to the people. 
 ‘As  we speak , 38,000 cartons of the noodles are right here while the 12,000 balance will be delivered to you in the next few days’, the governor said. 
 
Governor Abdulrazaq also said that the intervention was another stopgap measure to support the students at this moment, adding that similar social supports in different forms are being extended to different segments of the society. 
 ‘This is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our administration to support students and to ensure their well-being during these challenging times’, he said.
 AbdulRazaq promised that the government will continue to support the citizenry through this moment and always.
 ‘Palliatives are only a temporary measure to show that we care. There are various short, medium, and long-term interventions being put in place across different sectors of the economy to empower the people, expand the economic base and improve the living standards of the people. 
 
Before now, the government has rolled out a number of palliatives and relief packages to help the students cope with the challenges that came with the removal of fuel subsidy.
 These welfare supports include: The approval of the first phase of transportation palliative for students, which will commence in the metropolis in April. There are plans to extend this gesture to other schools as well. The approval of the 2024 bursary and scholarship for Kwara State indigent students, which has been a consistent initiative since the inception of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s administration.
 Others are continued engagement with students, ensuring that their voices are heard and their concerns addressed. The approval of Sienna buses to the students’ apex bodies, NANS Kwara and NAKSS National headquarters, facilitating ease of movement and coordination for student leaders. The approval of a secretariat for the leadership of the National Association of Kwara State Students, Kwara State axis, providing a conducive environment for student activities and initiatives.
 The provision of N10,000 palliatives for students during the subsidy removal. This again demonstrates our commitment to easing the financial burden on students during challenging times.
 These achievements underscore our dedication to the well-being and prosperity of our students. As we distribute these food palliatives, let us remember the importance of solidarity and compassion, especially during this holy month of Ramadan. 
 Let us continue to work together towards building a brighter future for our students and our state. We also invite you to join the government’s advocacy against drug abuse under whatever guise. Let us kill drug abuse before it destroys our future’ he said.
 In attendance, were State Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Supervising Commissioner for Works and Transport, Hon Abdulquawiy Olododo; Special Assistant on Students Affairs to the Governor, Salami Wasiu Onidugbe; Special Assistant to the Governor on Grassroots Empowerment Abdulkareem Alimat Motunrayo and the Special Assistant Humanitarian Affairs Abdulateef Adebara and the Chairman Ex-students Leaders Forum, Comrade AbdulRazaq Sulyman. 
 Onidugbe said that the intervention is for both indigenes and non-indigenes among the students. 
 Onidugbe also said that a government monitoring team would be sent to each of the benefitting institution to supervise the distribution to beneficiaries, charging the SUG leaders to ensure that the intervention reaches all students.