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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Kwara Deputy Speaker Provides N7m Water Project For Constituents

The Deputy Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. Mathew Okedare at the weekend commissioned 5 motorised boreholes worth N7 million he provided for the people of his Constituency, Lanwa/Ejidongari in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The gesture, which is a continuation of the deputy speaker’s efforts to provide drinkable water supply for the people of his constituency, saw Sabo-Ngida, Onipako, Sogunro and New Jebba area communities benefited from the motorized boreholes.
Addressing the benefitting communities, Okedare said the gesture was borne out of his great desire to provide succour for the people, particularly to end their difficulty in having access to drinkable water supply.
The legislator added that he realised that state and local government could not provide everything for the citizenry but required the support of some individuals, stressing that he was inspired to provide the motorised boreholes due to his belief in giving back to the society.
The lawmaker noted that Moro Local Government lacked some basic amenities and infrastructural facilities that would further improve the people’s wellbeing, pledging to use his position to further bring government closer to the people with a view to address their needs.
While appreciating his Constituents for their cooperation, support and loyalty to the ruling party, Okedare enjoined them to continue supporting the present administration.
Also speaking, the APC Kwara North Senatorial Chairman, Alhaji Isiaka Oniwa commended the lawmaker’s gesture and described him as a credible and worthy Ambassador of Moro Local Government, not only his Constituency, Lanwa/Ejidongari.
Oniwa, who said that the deputy speaker has not disappointed his Constituency, however challenged other public office holders to emulate his gesture.
Responding, the Seriki Sabo-Ngida, Alhaji Umar Magudu while appreciating the lawmaker’s gesture promised to continue their unalloyed support for the present administration.
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Kwara Assembly To Sanction Individuals Who Illegally Possess Govt’s Assets

The Kwara House of Assembly  has vowed to sanction individuals,  or Organisation found guilty of misappropriation of assets  and liabilities belonging to Kwara Government, under the care of the state owned Harmony Holdings Limited.
The Chairman of the eight-man ad-hoc Committee investigating the alleged Misappropriation of Government assets,  Hon Hassan Oyeleke gave the assurance at the  maiden public sitting of the Committee held at the premises of the House of Assembly in Ilorin.
The Committee chairman who is also the House Leader, while addressing the management of the Kwara Harmony holdings, led by its Group Managing Director,  Mr Tope Daramola, said the committee  was determined to carry out its assignment without fear or favour,pointing out that the exercise was in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
Hon. Oyeleke who said the ad- hoc Committee which would examine the Standard  Procedure of Organisation  of the Holdings and its activities as a revenue generating body for the State, expressed confidence that the  outcome of the exercise, would assist in ensuring that the Holdings  realise the purposes for which it was established.
According to him, the House  as representatives of the masses, would not fold it’s arm and watch state government’s property being misappropriated or sold illegally.
He said the Committee  had visited Abuja and Kaduna to inspect the state Government properties which according to him, would assist in juxtaposing with the submissions of the management of Harmony Holdings.
The Chairman assured that the exercise if resolved in favour of the Holdings would promote its  image in the public domain, pointing out that, where it is otherwise, the Legislature would use all in its power, to ensure that no culprit go unpunished.
The Chairman of committee then  announced the removal of a member of the committee  Hon.  Adamu Usman over what he described as conflict of interest.
The Leader of the House said Hon. Ahmed lbn-Mohammed representing Kaima – Kemanji,-Wajibe Constituency, replaced Hon. Adamu Usman while another member  Mrs Bunmi Afolayan representing  Oke Constituency was added to add impetus to the  Ad – hoc Committee.
The Group Managing Director of the Kwara Harmony Holdings Limited,  Mr Tope Daramola ,while speaking on  oath told the Committee that the Harmony holdings is 100 percent owed by the Kwara state Government.
Mr Tope Daramola confirmed in his submission that there is no  individual or group,  including all the Directors of  the company, owes a share either directly or by proxy .
The Committee is expected to inspect State Government property in some parts of the state in continuation of its investigation.
It would be recalled that the Speaker of the House   Dr Ali Ahmad inaugurated the ad-hoc Committee on 6th September following an allegations of misappropriation of Kwara Government assets under the care of Holdings.
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Nigeria At 57: Kwara Speaker Urges Nigerians To Demand Accountability From Their Leaders

As Nigeria celebrates her 57th  anniversary as an independent nation , the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad says it is high time Nigerians subjected their leaders to accountability.
Ahmad, in an independence anniversary message issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir, said that the country’s major problem has been bad leadership.
This, according to him, was the main reason good governance had been a mirage in the country in spite of its  being blessed with various mineral resources that could easily be tapped to  change the nation’s fortune.
The Speaker also heaped blame on the citizenry with the attitude of always demanding for token from aspiring politicians, a situation which he said has not  allowed the  country’s best brains to come out and vie for elective offices.
Ahmad added that majority of Nigerians are always after immediate gains from the politicians rather than giving them opportunity to serve ,and if otherwise, show them the way out.
With that in mind, according to him, those elected would be ready to serve till the last drop of their blood and not disappoint the confidence reposed in them by their various constituents.
“And if they fail to perform, they already know the consequences. Therefore, we must be ready to change our way of doing things which have not been yielding fruitful results for the nation. If the people change, the leader will also be forced to change”, he added.
He, however, noted that in spite of the  challenges facing the country  there are reasons to celebrate Nigeria’s independence as a sovereign state.
According to him, the  existence of  Nigeria as a nation  was  undoubtedly not a small feat.
Ahmad also   appreciated  the efforts  by the nation’s past leaders in  Nigeria becoming  independent from  British rule 57 years ago also felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion.
While enjoining the Federal Government to address the challenges confronting Nigeria, particularly agitations from various zone of the country, the Speaker said the future of the Nigeria remains bright
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Kwara Deputy Speaker Charges New HoS On Civil Service Improvement

The Deputy Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. Mathew Okedare has urged the newly appointed Head of Service (HoS), Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole to bring to bare her wealth of experience to further improve the state civil service.
Okedare who gave the charge in a statement he personally signed to congratulate the appointee on Thursday, said without any iota of doubt, Oluwole deserved the appointment.
He described the new Head of Service as a round peg in a round hole having served in various capacities and until her appointment was Permanent Secretary in charge of service welfare.
He further said that her track record in the civil service over the years shows that Oluwole merited the position and indeed worthy to be saddled with such responsibilities.
The lawmaker  charged the new HoS not to compromise or engage in activities that would tarnish her image and her local government.
The deputy speaker thanked Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for deeming it fit to appoint an indigene of Jebba to succeed Mrs Zara Omar who recently retired from the service, saying that the Jebba town and Moro Local Government Area  appreciate the gesture.
Okedare  thanked the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and other various stakeholders who contributed positively to ensure the appointment came into reality.
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Kwara Speaker Condoles APC, Asa Constituency Over Hon. Elefo’s Demise

Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has condoled the state All Progressives Congress (APC) and the people of  Asa Local Government Area  over the death  of Hon. Hamidu Afolabi Elefo who died on Sunday evening.
In a condolence message issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir, the speaker  described Elefo’s death as a colossal loss to the party,  the people of Reke community and  Afon Constituency and the state at large.
Ahmad  described the deceased  as a thorough-bred grassroot politician and one of the great disciples of late Dr. Sola Saraki’s political dynasty who used his vantage position to serve his Constituents and the people of the state  meritoriously.
The Speaker noted that as a member of the 7th Assembly, Hon. Elefo’s track records  shows that he was a lawmaker to be reckoned with as he discharged his legislative functions effectively and efficiently.
Ahmad said that the deceased was an accomplished and seasoned politician whose experience and expertise could not be shoved aside having served as the Local Government Chairman and lawmaker at the state Assembly.
He added that the deceased legislator would be sorely missed in the scheme of things, particularly as the party is getting prepared for the local government elections on  November 18th, 2017.
Ahmad said further that after serving as the honourable member at the 7th Assembly, the deceased emerged as the President, National Association of Micro Finance Institution of Nigeria and was never found wanting or accused of using the office negatively till his demise.
The Speaker condoled the deceased’s family, Senator Bukola Saraki, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and the APC stakeholders in Kwara over the irreplaceable loss, praying that such death stopped within the ruling party.
He also prayed Allah to grant the deceased Al-Janah Firdaus, forgive his sins and be with the family left behind.
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Kwara Assembly To Recover Govt Assets In Private Hands

The Kwara State House of Assembly has restated its commitment towards recovering state government’s properties in private hands, to ensure equity, probity and accountability in government owned companies.
The Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad gave the assurance in Ilorin, while inaugurating an ad- hoc Committee to investigate Allegation of Misappropriation, relating to government Assets under Harmony Holdings.
Dr. Ahmad explained that the investigation, became imperative, as the legislature was inundated with  several stories, petitions and reports of mismanagement and alleged fraud that Harmony Holdings, its subsidiaries, or some of its staff converted or sold choice properties to themselves or their acquaintances and allegedly failed to show evidence of payment of commercially competitive prices into appropriate accounts, pointing out that ” director’s breach of fiduciary duties to the company has been wide spread and other sundry allegations inconsistent with running of a purely commercial, profit – driven conglomerate.
The Speaker commended the state Governor, Alhaji Abdul Fatah Ahmed, for coming up with the initiative of Harmony Holdings Limited, to “oversee other smaller and industry- specific entities” to reinvigorate and redirect all potentially income – yielding and revenue generating agencies and parastatals of government.
He said the investigation was geared towards establishing facts, proffer recommendations and ensure that the company, which he said, is the repository of the state’s collective wealth, is salvaged and restored to the path of profitability and enjoined Kwarans to give the the committee and the Holdings, the benefit of doubt.
Dr. Ahmad who allayed the fear that the House was out to witch hunt or victimize any one , urged members of the ad- hoc committee to discharge their duties in accordance with the salient provisions of section 128 of the nation’s Constitution.
He disclosed that the House has given a week of grace to individuals or institutions to return what they have earned unduely from the company to the State and praised a member of the committee Hon. Adamu Usman who returned his landed property, given to him by the company free of charge many years ago in Abuja.
Responding, the Chairman of the Ad- hoc Committee and House Leader, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke promised to carryout thorough investigation, without fear or favour, pointing out that ” we will not leave any stone unturned in our attempt to unearth the misery behind the management of our collective resources “.
Meanwhile, a member of the committee Hon. Adamu Usman who was a senior Accountant of the company between 2012-2013, has willingly surrendered all benefits accrued to him, to enable him to be fair in the discharge of his duty, pointing out that the investigation was long overdue.
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Sallah: Kwara Speaker Cautions Against Unguarded Utterances

As Muslims celebrate Eid-el-Kabir tomorrow, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has enjoined Nigerians to shy away from making utterances and hate speeches that could further plunge the nation into crisis .
Ahmad observed that hate speech would do no good in helping the country out of its present predicament but further endanger Nigeria’s existence and complicate various issues that are begging to be attended to .
The speaker, in a Sallah message issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir to congratulate Muslims for the bounties Eid-el-Kabir celebration reiterated that the nation’s survival is more than ever being threatened with series of agitations springing from the country’s nooks and crannies .
While calling on various groups with demands to approach the issues with calm, the legislator also charged the Federal Government to  dialogue with the affected people with a view to arriving at a best solution in the overall interest of the nation.
He also enjoined Nigerians to tolerate one another regardless of religious and ethnic differences, noting that citizen’s selflessness and perseverance would help the country to develop and in no distant time catch up with other developed worlds.
Ahmad further stressed that Nigeria’s existence as indivisible nation is sacrosanct; imploring that nothing must be left unturned to address whatever challenges that could destabilise the country’s peace and stability.
He, however, challenged Muslim faithful to use the period of Eid-el-Kabir to pray fervently to Allah for Nigeria to overcome political, economy and other various challenges being experience of.
The Speaker who also charged them to use the festivity to pray for good health for President Muhammadu Buhari as he recuperates advised them to
celebrate modestly and not engage in activities that could disrupt the peace in the society.
Quoting the holy Qur’an chapter 22:37, he said: ”It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches him: He has thus made them subject to you, that ye may glorify Allah for His Guidance to you and proclaim the good news to all who do right”.
”’The slaughtering of animal is a personal sacrifice by sharing their limited means of survival with the poor members of their communities .”
He also pledged to Kwarans that the cordial relationship enjoyed between the second tier of government and the executive would be sustained, saying that the lawmakers as the people representatives have always work in the interest of their Constituents and the state.
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Vicfold Recyclers Emerges Winner Of ‘Your Project For An Interconnected World’

It was excitement galore yesterday August 21st, in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital as the Vicfold Recyclers team received the winner’s certificate for participating in the worldwide –Your project for an interconnected world, organized by Deutschland.de to commemorate the Hamburg G20 summit 2017.

Of the 220 applicants, Vicfold Recyclers entry unanimously convinced the organizers because it fulfilled three major requirements; it tackles a social and environmental issue, promotes sustainable living, and helps to empower women in Nigeria.

Mr Ludwig Jung the First secretary and Head of Press and Public diplomacy at the German foreign mission to Nigeria presented the winner’s certificate to the Founder; Mr Victor Amusa, and Co-founder Mrs Folashade Amusa, at the Material Sorting Hub Ilorin.

The award and presentation ceremony was well attended by mentors and key volunteers in the #CleanUpKwaraProject as well as individuals who are passionate about our planet.

Some of the guests in attendance had inspiring words for the Vicfold Recycler’s team who have set a world record with this milestone achievement.

The Managing director of Integrated Greenfield Nigeria Limited, Mr Kayode Adewuyi, commended the team for raising awareness about the impact of climate change and their determination to protect the environment.

In his appreciation, Mr Victor Amusa, thanked all who have supported the dream and promised to make the German foreign mission and Nigeria proud. He enjoined everyone to live responsibly and play their role in caring for the planet.

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Kwara Express Workers Commence Indefinite Strike Action

Travelers in and outside Kwara state have expressed inconvenience suffered as drivers of the Kwara state transport corporation, popularly known as Kwara Express embarked on an indefinite strike action.

It was gathered that workers of the transport corporation had expressed grievances over certain demands that were not met by management of the transport corporation, Kwara Transport Holdings.

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin on Tuesday, State secretary of the workers union, Comrade Saliu Suleiman  and chairman,  Comrade Gabriel Afolabi, said that the workers embarked on the strike action when the management failed to their demands on August 4, 2017.

The union leaders also said that the management was yet to pay N46 million being balance of outstanding arrears of minimum wage for serving and retired workers out of total N86 million.

The workers, who commended the state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed for approving the sum of N86 million out of which N40 million was released,  urged the governor to release remaining amount of money.

The workers’ spokespersons also said that the transport corporation should release a sum of N9million for the arrears of cooperative society deductions, adding that the management was yet to remit employers contribution to the National Contributory Pension scheme from inception about a year ago.

However, in his reaction to the industrial action by the workers, the group managing director of the Harmony Holdings,  Mr Tope Daramola, admitted that the demands of the workers were yet to be met,  urging them to show understanding and go back to work.

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Kwara Assembly Investigates Alleged Mismanagement Of Govt’s Assets by Harmony Holdings

The Kwara State House of Assembly has Constituted a 7 man Ad – hoc committee to investigate alleged mismanagement of the state government’s Assets by the Harmony Holdings Limited.
The setting up of the Ad – hoc committee was necessitated following a Matter of Urgent Public Importance, raised by a member representing Ilorin North West Constituency, Hon. Abdul Rafiu Abdul Rahman on ” Allegation of Misappropriation Relating to Government’s Assets by Harmony Holdings “.
The Ad – hoc Committee headed by the House Leader Hon. Hassan Oyeleke, according to the Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad, is to verify which funds, property and assets  taken over by the Holdings, investigate, all the account books and activities of  Harmony Holdings.
The Committee, according to the Speaker, will verify whether the Holdings had justified its existence and identify success story of Company  since its inception, if any
It will also look into mismanagement of assets and funds by the Holdings in accordance with the 1999 Constitution.
The Speaker had while constituting the ad – hoc Committee, said the legislators as the representatives of the people, can not close their eyes on issues, which affect the people of the state, pointing out that the ad – hoc committee would conduct thorough investigation and come up with recommendations that would assist the legislature in its resolutions on the matter.
Hon. Abdul Rafiu Abdul Rahman had while raising the Matter, said allegation of mismanagement of government’s assets by Harmony Holdings, had dominated the social media and urged the Parliament to wade in, with a view to unravelling the truth about it.
Other members who contributed on the Matter, substantiated the allegation and quoted relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution, which empower the House to intervene, with a view to putting the matter into proper perspective.
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