The Nigeria Union Journalists (NUJ), Kwara State Council’s Secretariat Complex is to be renovated to the tune of N17,760,881.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, disclosed that the state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq approved the renovation.
According to the governor’s spokesman, the renovation, which will be completed within 3 months period, will cover Roof and Ceiling Work, Masonry Works & Wall Maintenance, Mechanical/Drainage Works, Electrical Maintenance, Metal Work/Entrance Slabs, Window Fixed Light Maintenance, Painting works and Post Construction Cleaning.
News Hub Mag! recalls that the State Governor had on January 21, 2020 paid an unscheduled historic visit to the secretariat following a ‘save our soul’ message to him by the leadership of the Council, with a promise to assist the Council.
The leadership of the Union in the state had cried out over the deplorable state of its State Secretariat which is at the brinks of collapse.
His visit was followed by series of inspections by officials of the State Ministry of Works, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, and experts from private firms to assess the level of structural defects following which recommendations were made.
The secretariat, situated along Offa Road, Ilorin, houses office accommodation, conference hall, chalets, generator house and restaurant, and was handed over to the Council by the state government in September 2013 as compensation for the revocation of the Union’s former Secretariat on which the state banquet hall is now situated.
A statement by the Council’s Chairman, Mallam Umar Abdulwahab, and Secretary, Dcn. Omotayo Ayanda, says the Secretariat is experiencing various structural defects, including crack walls, leaking roofs, resulting to damages to computer sets and office furniture and fittings.
It also added that erosion had caused serious damages to the interlock in the secretariat and poses serious threat to the structures.
The statement appreciated the governor for fulfilling his promise and providing enabling environment for Journalists to thrive in the State.