Saraki Is A Loyal Person, He Will Not Leave APC, Says Kwara Spokesperson

Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Sulyman Buhari, has denied rumour of Senate President Bukola Saraki defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This followed insinuation that the defection of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, may signal a return of those who earlier defected to the APC.

But the APC spokesman in an exclusive chat with The Guardian in Ilorin noted that Saraki ‘s defection is a mere rumor, adding that nothing of such would happen.

His words: “I am happy that it has been called a rumour and it should remain as such. The Senate President is a committed member of the APC project. Besides, he never discussed any issue like that with us.

“As the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the party in the state, I should be in a better position to know this. Please help us to tell the whole world that Saraki is not leaving the APC. It is a wicked rumour that should be attacked.”Another source added: “Saraki, our leader here in Kwara State will not want to be seen as a disloyal person, as he holds party loyalty in very high esteem.”

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Kwara Speaker Ali Ahmad Felicitates With #SarakiAt55

Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has felicitated with the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki as he turns 55 years today.
A congratulatory message issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir to commemorate the senate president’s birthday described the occasion as worthy of being celebrated.
Ahmad noted that it is one thing to be given birth to by responsible parents and another thing entirely to sustain the legacies and good name of such parents, d,alive or not.
The legislator said further that Dr. Saraki in all ramifications has justified his essence of being alive today, stating that since venturing into politics, he had served both Kwara and Nigeria in various capacities very well.
Describing Saraki as an achiever who could be proud of by the present generation, the lawmaker stressed that as each day passes by, Nigerians are witnessing his sterling leadership qualities as the Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly.
Ahmad stated that for several years to come, the senate president would not only be relevant in the scheme of things owing to his experience but would continue to be appreciated.
“On behalf of the Honourable Members,  Management and Staff of the Kwara State House of Assembly, I warmly felicitate with the Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki ( CON) as he becomes 55 years old today”
“As the President of the Senate and Chairman, National Assembly, Your Excellency’s sterling leadership qualities have made the legislative arm of government a credible platform for good governance in the country”
“On this occasion,  as always, we beseech God Almighty to grant you good health and long life in the service of our fatherland”,  he said.
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Gov Ahmed Approves Release Of N100 Million SME Funds To Market Association

The Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the release of N100million Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) funding to the market Association in the state.

Besides, the governor said beneficiaries of the SME fund will henceforth be treated on the basis of association while all illegal parks in the state will be abolished.

Speaking at a stakeholders meeting held with Artisans, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and Market Association at Banquet Hall, Ilorin, he said it was in fulfilment of his pledge.

According to him, “the SME funding we promised the market association is ready for collection and also other support required by the different associations in form of buses, secretariat and other minor supports, would be attended to”.

The Governor said members of the artisan groups would be patronized under the forthcoming State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) projects in order to enhance the economic status and wellbeing of their members.

He appealed to all associations and groups to work hand-in-hand with the Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) to make tax collection in the state easy and to also ensure that taxes are applied to the benefit of contributors.

The Governor gave assurance that the interactive meeting will be held on monthly basis to review activities, stressing that governance requires inclusiveness.

Earlier, the Director-General, Bureau of SME in the State, Mr Segun Soewu recalled that about N2.2billion had been committed to SME in the state while the National Secretary of NURTW, Alhaji AbdulRasheed Aliu appealed to the government to put an end to illegal registration of taxis as a way of eliminating crimes in the State.

Also, the Iyaloja-in-General for the State, Alhaja Adenike Ibrahim requested the governor to redeem the promise of N100million SME funding and commended him for the developmental projects across the State.

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Kwara LG Polls: Political Parties Sign Peace Agreement

The Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC)  has called on political parties in the state to allow for peace in the Saturday’s local government election.

Election will hold in all the 16 local government areas and the 193 wards in Kwara state this Saturday.

Representatives of political parties signed a peace agreement before the election security inter-agency consultative committee at the office of electoral umpire.

They promised to give peace a chance during the polls but called on KWASIEC to be fair to all.

The state commissioner of police, Lawan Ado promised adequate security just as the KWASIEC Chairman,  Uthman Ajidagba promised a level playing ground for all political parties.

In the meantime, the Kwara state executive council has called on residents of the state to come out enmass to vote for candidates of their choice on Saturday.

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Oyedepo emerges Kwara PDP Chairman

The Kwara State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has elected Iyiola Oyedepo the new chairman of the Party in the state.

Oyedepo defeated his closest rival, Sunday Fagbemi with just three votes. He had 220 votes to defeat Fagbemi who polled 217 votes.

The congress which ran from Monday to Tuesday also saw the emergence of executive members of the party from the two factions of the party.

A former governor of Kogi state, Ibrahim Idris who led a national delegation of the party to conduct the election assured that the PDP is ready to take the mantle of leadership in Kwara State.

The first litmus test for the party is this Saturday’s local government election.

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Kwara Police Command Parades 24 Suspected Criminals

Kwara Commissioner of Police, Lawan Ado, last weekend, paraded 24 suspected criminals arrested for various offences across the state.

At a press briefing in Ilorin, the state capital, Ado, said that one Sani Maikifi reported at Ekiti division on November 7, that his elder brother, Usman Muhammadu left his shop on November 6 to an unknown destination.

“As we were still searching for the missing person, we got another report that he was kidnapped by gunmen and that his family had paid a ransom of N500,000 for his release. Immediately the information was received, detectives from Ekiti division swung into action and the combined efforts of the police and vigilance group led to the arrest of the six suspects. During interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime and a total of N361,150.00 being part of the ransom was recovered from them,” Ado said.

Items recovered from the suspects are two single barrel guns, seven cell phones, including the one belonging to the victim, and charms.

The paraded suspects also included eight persons arrested for criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms, culpable homicide and for being members of secret cult. Also paraded were two out of a four-man armed robbery gang, said to specialised in attacking filling stations in the metropolis. Recovered from the suspects were one single barrel locally made gun, one double barrel locally made gun and five cartridges.

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Kidnapping: Kwara Assembly Enjoins Security Agencies On Incessant Increase

The Kwara State House of Assembly has called on the State Commissioner of Police, to react to its earlier Resolutions by addressing the People,on the incessant cases of Kidnapping in the state.
The call was contained in its resolutions, following a Matter of Urgent Public Importance on rampant cases of kidnapping in the state, raised by a member representing Okuta/Yashikira Constituency, Hon Adamu Usman.
The Speaker,  Dr Ali Ahmad, while reading the resolutions of the House, said the call became necessary ,as Peace according to him, was synonymous with Wealth in the state.
This, he said would go along way, to allay the fears of the citizens, whom he said, were daily apprehensive of the fear of the unknown.
The legislature equally enjoined the State Commissioner of Police, to intensify efforts, at rescuing the current victims in Chikanda, Osi and Tanke in Baruteen, Ekiti and Ilorin South Local Government Areas respectively.
The Parliament also urged religious leaders, to sensitize their followers on the non desirability of kidnapping and other social vices, to halt the current moral bankruptcy permeating the society.
Hon. Adamu Usman, had while raising the Matter, disclosed that another three cases of kidnapping had been reported, within the last few days, in the state and emphasized the need for the security agencies, to address the people of the state, on efforts at curbing the trend.
The House had last week, among other things, urged the security agencies, to come up, with strategies of curbing the menace in the state.
Also a bill to amend the Laws Authentication (Amendment) Bill 2017, to read the “Kwara State House of Assembly Enacts” instead of “Be it Enacted” wherever it occurs, passed through Second Reading at the Floor of the House.
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Kwara LG Polls: Gov. Ahmed To Flag-Off APC campaign On Wednesday

Ahead of the forthcoming local government elections in Kwara State, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed will flag-off the campaign of the All Progressives Congress in Ilorin on Wednesday.
According to the publicity secretary of party, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, the campaign rally will hold at the party secretariat in Ilorin on Wednesday by 10:00am.
The governor will lead all honourable commissioners, all political appointees, and all heads of agencies and commissions to the rally. The Honourable Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad and all members of the Kwara State House of Assembly will also attend the rally. Distinguished Senators and honourable members of House of Representatives will also grace the flag-off rally.
Also expected at the rally are: all executive members of APC at the local government levels, the 16 chairmanship candidates of APC, the 193 councillorship candidates of APC and other members of the party.
The party wishes to reiterate that it will win the forthcoming elections by landslide victory. Our conviction of landslide victory is not only predicated on that fact that there is no alternative to the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State but also premised on the impacts and results of the shared prosperity agenda of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State.
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Kwara Speaker Awards Scholarship To Unilorin Best Law Student

Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad on Thursday awarded scholarship to a first class student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Mrs Mutiat Afolabi to further her law programme at Law School.
A statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir, said that the lawmaker was very delighted to sponsor the beneficiary as a gesture to serve as impetus for other students coming behind.
The scholarship, according Ahmad, who is an Associate Professor of Law was one among several others he had embarked on in recent years to encourage the youths in their academic pursuits.
“As a first-class student in my Faculty, am pleased to sponsor Mutiat Afolabi to Law School to become a full barrister”, he said.
The Speaker said further that as a public office holder, he was compelled to provide assistance in that regard as a way of supporting the state government in its quest to improve the education sector.
He noted that present economic situation in the country has made it expedient that public office holders, corporate organisations and other spirited individuals must support government  reviving the sector.
Responding, the beneficiary, Mrs Mutiat Afolabi who expressed her joy to the gesture promised to justify the confidence reposed in her.
Afolabi thanked the Speaker and prayed Allah in his mercy to replenish his purse.
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Kwara Assembly Charges Offa/ Erin-Ile On Peaceful Co-Existence

The Kwara State House of Assembly has commended the state government, stakeholders and Traditional Rulers of Offa and Erin-Ile Communities for quick intervention in ensuring amicable resolution of the recent incident in the area.
The legislature made the commendation, following a Motion titled “Preventing Boundary Dispute Between Offa and Erin Ile Communities” sponsored by a member representing Okuta / Yashikiri Constituency Hon. Adamu Usman.
Reading the resolutions of the House, the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad said harmony was synonymous with wealth of the state and urged communities in the state to emulate the two communities in ensuring peaceful coexistence in their localities to pave way for accelerated socio – economic transformation of the state.
The House according to the Speaker urged the stakeholders and Monarchs of the two ancient communities to allow peace to reign in their domains and enjoined the affected communities to make judicious use of the State Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre in resolving boundary conflict in order not to destabilise the relative peace in the area.
Meanwhile, the revised Appropriation Bill 2017 passed through Second Reading at the floor of the House ,following a message by the Governor to the Speaker Dr. Ali Ahmad, seeking the passage of the revised Appropriation size of N159,308,859,633bn for consideration and approval of the House, as against N160,900,388,017 earlier passed by the House.
This represents 1.0% decrease.
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Kwara To Setup Agency To Manage Health Insurance Scheme

Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has expressed his administrations readiness to set up an agency to manage the State health insurance scheme.

The governor made this known when he received Prof. Khama Rogo, Lead Health Specialist and Head of the World Bank Group’s Health in Africa Initiative and his team at the government house in Ilorin on Monday.

While expressing delight that the health insurance law has been passed, Alhaji Ahmed said a strong agency will be setup with adequate personnel provide strong healthcare service delivery and drive health sector funding away from supply end financing.

Alhaji Ahmed assured that government will not only put a strong agency in place but one that will outlive the administration and be sustainably used to develop healthcare services in the State beyond current levels.

He added that the insurance scheme will bring about the right funding into the health sector and not necessarily dependent on the traditional funding window of government businesses.

Governor Ahmed further disclosed that the State government has recognized areas that require infrastructure upscale and has moved to improve on them for a more robust healthcare service delivery.

He promised his administrations readiness to tap into the current potentials that are in the health industry to complement Kwara State healthcare service delivery and make healthcare available to majority of Kwarans under the insurance scheme.

He added that the healthcare scheme is in line with the issuance of the Kwara Resident Identification Number (KRIN) which will improve participation, translate to service delivery and complement government’s effort in terms of infrastructure and availability.

Earlier in his address, Prof. Khama Rogo stressed the importance of health financing adding that the biggest empowerment any government can give to its citizen is health insurance.

He noted that there is a recommitment to the universal health coverage in order to avail quality healthcare to every person on earth.

Prof. Rogo however added that in Africa, the movement is challenging because of the level of development.

He therefore commended the Kwara State government’s effort in piloting health insurance and prepaid care through its Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS).

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