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Security: Gov. Ahmed Solicits Collaboration With Stakeholders

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has called on stakeholders in the state to collaborate with the State government in maintaining peace and safety.

The governor made the call on Tuesday when he met with stakeholders in to discuss crucial matters in the State.

He noted that it is incumbent on all citizens and stakeholders to be vigilant and ensure that criminals are apprehended before committing any crime.

Alhaji Ahmed noted that clashes between farmers and herdsmen are major issues of major social and security concern which all stakeholders need to tackle. He emphasized the need for community engagement, adherence to the rule of law and mutual understanding as steps towards ending the skirmishes.

Governor Ahmed however noted that the State has been able to adopt ways of promoting peaceful co-existence in a manner that promotes dialogue as an antidote such skirmishes.

 

On infrastructure, the Governor Ahmed noted that his administration is committed to ensuring development is even across the State through the State Infrastructure Development Fund (IFK) put in place.

He expressed optimism that with the funding window, infrastructure projects in the State will be carried to desirable levels.

He disclosed that road rehabilitation has resumed across the State in ensuring that roads are motorable for the people as it drives the economy.

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Kwara Detects 400 Cases Of Certificate Forgery

The Kwara State government has detected 400 cases of certificate forgery among the State and Local Government workers.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede, at a press briefing after the State Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday at the Government house, Ilorin.

He noted that after the BVN verification exercise, the State government set up a committee headed by the Head of Service, Hajia Zarah Omar to verify certificates of both the State and local government workers.

Akorede disclosed that the 400 workers detected will be dealt with according to the civil service rules.

He advised other holders of fake certificates who are yet to be detected in the system to voluntarily exit, stressing that if anyone is detected they will not only be subjected to service rules but will be prosecuted.

Similarly, the SSA media disclosed that the Head of Service attended her last Executive Council meeting on Tuesday as she will retire from the Civil Service on September 1, 2017.

He said the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed appreciated Hajia Umar for her meritorious service in the last 35 years in service and wished her success in her future endeavours.

Akorede noted that the governor said the State will continue to leverage on her wealth of experience where necessary.

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Gov Ahmed Cautions on Hate Speech and Incitement

Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has cautioned religious and political leaders in the state against hate speeches and incitements.

Governor Ahmed who handed down this warning yesterday during a stakeholders meeting with various religious leaders, political leaders, labour leaders and members of security and executive councils at the Government House, Ilorin, cautioned opinion leaders and other members of the public against utterances which could overheat the polity.

While emphasizing the need for constructive criticism for improved governance, Governor Ahmed stressed that criticism must be separated from incitements in order to move the state forward.

On outstanding salaries at local government level, Governor Ahmed challenged serving Transition Implementation Committees, TIC, and prospective local government chairmen to show capacity to raise revenues, saying that local government councils in the state had not done enough in revenue generation.

According to him, “councils’ business has moved beyond reliance on federal allocation for survival to a new level where council authorities must be resourceful by thinking outside the box to raise their internally generated revenues to augment payment of salaries and execute developmental projects”.

Governor Ahmed assured the TICs that the state government would continue to give necessary support to local government councils to improve their revenues and meet their obligations.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Ado maintained that hate speeches would be treated as terrorism in line with the directive of Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the recently held National Economic Council Security Summit in Abuja.

Various speakers at the meeting agreed that hate speeches must be checked in order to ensure sustainable peace in the state and Nigeria as a whole.

Abdulwahab Oba

Chief Press Secretary

to the Kwara State Governor

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Buhari In Closed Door Meeting With Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with Service Chiefs in his office at his official residence, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to The Sun, some of those in attendance include the Chief of Defence, Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibot-Ete Ibas.

The purpose of the meeting is unknown as at time of filling this report, but sources say it could be connected to the President’s charge to the security agencies not to relent in their fight against insurgency.

However, there had been anticipation of a likely reshuffle of the nation’s security hierarchy lately.

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I Never Threatened To Commit Suicide If Buhari Returns Alive – Fayose

Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has denied promising to commit suicide if President Muhammadu Buhari returns to Nigeria alive.

Buhari flew in on Saturday after over 100 days in the UK on medical vacation.

Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, told newsmen that the statement was not made by the Governor.

Adelusi claimed it was a “creation of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state.”

“Mr. Fayose never said he would commit suicide if the President returns to the country.

“It is the creation of the APC. It is their style to create such falsehood,”? he insisted.

There had been reports that the Governor said: “I will commit suicide if Buhari comes back alive”.

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Hajj 2017: Saudi Govt Apologises To Nigeria Over Maltreatment Of Two Pilgrims

Saudi Arabia on Monday apologised to the Federal Government over an alleged maltreatment of two pilgrims by its security agents in Medina.

The Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Mohammad Albijawi, gave the apology on behalf of the Royal leaders of the Kingdom when he visited the victims at Wefada Al Zahra Hotel on Al Salam Street Markazziya, in Medina.

He expressed regret over the unfortunate incident and assured that it would not happen again.

The Deputy Minister said that Saudi authorities would never tolerate such kind embarrassment of pilgrims and would take measures to ensure all those who participated in maltreatment of pilgrims were brought to book.

He added that Saudi would continue to ensure better handling of pilgrims, particularly while in the Kingdom.

He said that the Kingdom was committed to deliver the needed service to Nigerian pilgrims and others around the world.

He said ” we shall continue to provide effective service to pilgrims.

” What brought us here today is the issue of the two pilgrims that were maltreated somehow by our security agents.

” We are here to say sorry and regret the issue and assure you that such things will never happen again.

” On behalf of the King, the Governor of Madina and all the royal leaders in this kingdom, we are here to once again express our apology to you for what has happened and to assure you that the Kingdom will never allow such a thing happen again”.

The Deputy Minister restated the determination of the government to provide the needed services to the pilgrims, adding that the responsibilities of the Kingdom would continue to be upheld.

He said the authority cherished all pilgrims and would continue to serve them by ensuring they stayed in peace throughout the period of Hajj.

Amb. Umar Salisu, Charge d’ Affairs, Embassy of Nigeria in Saudi Arabia, said the governor of Medina informed him about the type of punishment that would be given to the perpetrators of the incident.

” We really appreciate the action taken by the Saudi Authority to bring those people to book and continue to allow Nigerian pilgrims to perform their hajj rites without any fear of harassment, molestation and maltreatment.

” According to Saudi Authority, this is happening for the first time and it will be the last, ” Salisu said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that two pilgrims from Nasarawa State were allegedly detained and manhandled on arrival at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina on Aug. 19.

It took the intervention of the Secretary of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON ), Dr Bello Tambuwal, before they were released

Tambuwal, who is also the Coordinator of Medina Hajj Operation, petitioned the Saudi Ministry for Hajj Affairs over the issue and demanded immediate action on the perpetrators. (NAN)

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Works Commissioner For Kwara NUJ Media Parley

The Kwara State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya will on Tuesday, 22 August, address newsmen at the 18th edition of the Media Parliament of the State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

According to a statement by the organisers, the media parley, which serves as a feedback mechanism will hold by 10am at the NUJ Press Centre, Offa road, GRA Ilorin.

The statement stated that the Commissioner is expected to speak on the various road projects the State government has embarked on and the activities of his ministry in general.

It added that the Commissioner would be joined at the parley by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Alhaji Mahmud Ajeigbe and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede.

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Dogara Receives President Buhari’s Resumption Letter

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara,  has acknowledged the receipt of the communication from President Muhammadu Buhari notifying the House of Representatives of his resumption to duty.
The letter was delivered to the office of the Rt. Hon Speaker by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Reps), Hon Suleiman Abdurahman Kawu Sumaila, on Monday.
Turaki Adamu Hassan
Special Adviser (Media & Public Affairs )
August 21, 2017.
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Buhari Writes National Assembly On Resumption Of Duties

In line with constitutional provision, President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying the legislature of his return to office, after returning from medical vacation in London.

President Buhari had returned to the country on Saturday, August 19, 2017, and in a letter dated August 21, 2017, he told the Senate as well as the House of Representatives, that he was resuming office.

The letter stated in part: “In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), I write to intimate that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, 21st August, 2017, after my medical follow-up in the United Kingdom.”

President Buhari had left for London on May 7, 2017, and handed the reins of government to the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who functioned as the Acting President.

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Nigeria’s Unity Is Settled And Not Negotiable, Says Buhari In National Broadcast

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable.

He stated this in a national broadcast on a Monday, heralded his 103 days sojourn for medical attention in the United Kingdom.

The President who said he has watched events during his stay in the UK, said comments especially in the social media crosses the red lines by daring to to question our collective existence as a nation.

He said it is a step taken too far.

“In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.”

The President recalled his meeting with Late Chief Emeka Ojukwu, where after a robust discussion, concluded that the country must remain one and United.

“In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.”

“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.”

“Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.”

He said the National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse, stressing that the national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.

 

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Nigeria Has No Alternative To President Buhari Now — NUPENG

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, on Sunday said the jubilation that followed the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari was an indication that the country had no alternative to him now.

Tokunbo Korodo, the Chairman, South-West Chapter of the union told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that Nigerians were in happy mood with the arrival of their President.

“We believe in our president and I can tell you, categorically, that there is no alternative to Buhari in moving the country forward,” he said.

According to the chairman, the people came out immensely to welcome him, because they believed in him to turn around the ailing economy.

“It is with happiness that Nigerians came to welcome their president, after 104 days in United Kingdom’s hospital.

“The gesture showed by Nigerians is a sign that they believe in him and they have been praying for him to recover from the illness.

“They have hope in him that he is back to turn the country’s ailing economy round.

“Everybody is happy to receive the president back in the country.”

Mr. Korodo urged Mr. Buhari to continue with his good work.

“Our president should not relent in his effort in getting rid of corrupt Nigerians and also ensure that money recovered from treasury looters is pump into the economy.’’

On August 19, many residents of Federal Capital Territory thronged the major roads from airport to catch a glimpse of the president who had spent 104 days outside Nigeria.

He was on medical vacation in London.

Some were seen singing, dancing with banners of the president’s portraits in their hands while others jostled to take photographs of his convoy with their cell phones.

The presidential aircraft that conveyed Mr. Buhari landed at the airport at about 4:35 p.m. to the excitement of all those present at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The aircraft then taxied to the tarmac amidst music played by the Guards Brigade along with a cultural troupe performing at the airport.

The president later mounted a rostrum and saluted the guard of honour before getting into his official car and driven to the presidential villa.

(NAN)

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What Buhari’s Return Means For Nigeria —- Asiwaju Bola Tinubu

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, described Buhari’s return after about 103 days in London as a nation’s hope fulfilled.

Tinubu, who has been silent for a while and currently out of Nigeria, expressed joy hours after Buhari’s arrival in Nigeria, in a statement released by his media office.

“President Buhari’s return home is our prayers answered. President Buhari has always been a man of moral fortitude, discipline, strength and dedication.

“These attributes have helped him battle medical challenges. These same attributes will lead him to success in surmounting our national challenges.

“President Buhari has demonstrated time and again his devotion to this nation and its great causes.

“His love of country and the realization that he has a mission to fulfill so that Nigeria may realize its better self by providing security and prosperity to all Nigerians has compelled him home.

“Just as we gathered to pray for his health and his return, we must remain united in spirit to support President Buhari as he pursues the progressive agenda for which he was elected and that promises us all a better day.

“Our nation is strong but must overcome many challenges. We can do so with President Buhari at the helm and with the rest of the nation in active support.

“Thus, the president’s return home is both real and symbolic.

“We all must renew our faith in our collective purpose and rededicate ourselves to a nation indivisible and united in reconstructing our political economy so that it provides a decent and good life to all our people.

“It has been a heartening thing to see that our nation has matured to the point where governance continued in a meaningful, seamless manner during the president’s absence.

“This again was a sign of the harmony between President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo,” Tinubu said.

The APC chieftain added: “On this day, it is even more heartening to think of the things that can now be achieved with President Buhari back to lead the nation. Today is a glad and happy one for those who wish Nigeria well.

“While we rejoice the President’s return, we also must quickly turn to the hard and heavy work at hand.

“We must do everything possible to help President Buhari and his government accomplish those things we all seek – economic growth, prosperity, justice, security and peace. May we do our best to become our best.

“Welcome home, Mr. President. Welcome home.”

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