Kwara Gov holds emergency security council meeting ahead Council of State meeting

• Deputy Gov heads task force on fuel scarcity

• Kwara Govt urges calm as FG tackles currency scarcity

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday held an emergency security council meeting to design strategies to maintain law and order amid biting fuel scarcity and currency swap challenge.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, some cabinet members, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman of the Kwara State Council of Chiefs Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, and security commanders.

With security commanders and cabinet members presenting field reports on the question of fuel, currency issues and security situation in the state, the meeting called for calm while serious efforts are being made to ease the fuel shortage and the challenges arising from the currency redesign.

The Governor said the views expressed at the meeting will be presented at the Council of State meeting, which has been slated for Friday.

The security council called for setting up a state government task force to interface with various oil marketers and make things easy for the people of the state.

The council was also briefed about the deployment of some Nigerian Air Force’s air assets to the state to strengthen security and public peace.

The Governor has, meanwhile, approved the setting up of the Task Force, which is to be headed by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi.

Other members are Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology Ibrahim Akaje; Commissioner for Special Duties Hon. Olaitan Buraimoh; Special Adviser on Security; Special Adviser on Special Duties; Senior Special Assistant on Security; Representative of the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman of the Council of Chiefs; Representatives of the Police, DSS, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp, and independent oil marketers.

The terms of reference of the committee will be to monitor fuel supply and effective distribution of same in the state, compliance of marketers with the best practices and in the best interest of the public, and prevent abuse of any kind in cooperation with the fuel marketers.

Rafiu Ajakaye

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

February 9, 2023

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