The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad says for most States, Local Government Councils and Youths in the Country to be self sustaining and attain food security they must key into the farming.
Dr Ahmad made this observation in Ejidongari in Moro Local Government of the state during the law makers’ visit to their farm tagged Dodo integrated Farm where 300 hectares of soya beans were cultivated.
The Speaker ,who described farming as the way out of joblessness and inability of most states and local governments to address infrastructural decay and pay workers’ salaries, said every part of Nigeria has potentials for one crop or the other, to empower youth and check over dependence on federal allocation for survival.
He said the legislators would soon embark on cultivation of maize and beans and disclosed that they decided to visit the farms on legislative day to create awareness on why Nigerians should take advantage of Dodo integrated farm initiative, pointing out that no local government council in Kwara state should have excuse not to engage in farming in addressing payment of salary of staff.
In their remarks, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Goke Bamidele and the Special Adviser to the governor on Agriculture , Anu Ibiwoye underscored the determination of the state government in using agriculture to stimulate the economy, through wealth and Job creation, assuring that government would continue to give necessary support in making sure that Dodo integrated farm succeeds.
The Chairman Board of Trustees of the farm, Barrister Kamaldeen Fagbemi who disclosed that the board was established to ensure proper monitoring of the Farm, assured that the legislators would reap bumper harvests from the farm this season.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor on Legislative Matter, Hon. Kayode Omotoshe said it was disheartening that the nation was importing #1bn worth of rice for consumption everyday, when the nation according to him, has every potential to be exporter of rice and expressed delight over the farming initiative of the Law makers.
Earlier, the Chairman of the House Committee on Water and Agricultural Resources Hon. Ishiaku Aliyu Adams said 750 hectares of land were acquired, pointing out that the Law makers would soon embark on Maize production and praised the Speaker for the political will demonstrated on the farming initiative.
A Magistrate Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Thursday, arraigned one Mr. Biodun Baba, over alleged uncomplimentary and inciting post on his Facebook against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
According to a report in The Punch newspaper, the complainant, Jimoh Adesina, who is the state’s Senatorial Chairman, Kwara Central Senatorial District, Ilorin, in a direct criminal complaint, accused Baba, who is of Ile Kolawole Gambari Ward 1, Ilorin East Local Government Area of the state, of offences bordering on criminal act, inciting disturbance, disturbance of public peace, injurious falsehood, printing or engraving matter known to be defamatory and insulting to a religion.
The offences, according to the Judicial (NR) Form 2 issued by the court were contrary to sections 113, 114, 393, 394 of the Penal Code of Northern Nigeria; and sections 883 and 204 of the Criminal Code Act.
Charges read against Baba include inciting the public against the representative of the APC at the Upper chambers representing Kwara-Central Senatorial District, Dr. Olubukola Saraki, the incumbent Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
At the hearing, counsel to the complainant, Mr. Sikiru Solagberu, informed the court that his client wrote him a letter to withdraw the case from the court.
However, counsel to the accused, Mr Sambo Muritala, said his client would, ordinarily, not object to the complainant’s letter to withdraw. He however said that in a situation of ‘non compoundable offence,’ it is safer for the complainant’s counsel to make proper application before the court and support it with a ‘weighty affidavit.’
Court later adjourned the matter till August 3 for ruling on the application to withdraw the case.
In an attempt to rid the state of crimes and criminalities, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has pledged the House commitment to the state Police Command to achieve success in that regard.
Ahmad made the pledge while leading Principal Officers of the House on a courtesy visit to the new Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawan Ado in his office on Thursday.
The speaker enjoined the new police boss to to put mechanism in place to stamp out cultism in the state, regretting that cultists’ activities’ especially in the state capital, has become a menace that must be nipped in the bud.
Ahmed who noted that the recently passed state anti cultism Law specify adequate punishments and jail terms for any cultist or accomplice apprehended, added that the law was tailored towards enhancing the law enforcement officers’ duties.
The Speaker expressed confidence in the new police commissioner, saying that having worked in crime ladden areas and armed with experience, Kwarans believed the commissioner would succeed in the state as well.
Ahmad called on other stakeholders to support the police with equipment and other logistics with a view to make the society free of criminalities.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Ado who expressed delight with the visit of House said such gesture would further strengthen and encourage the officers to perform optimally.
Ado confirmed that cultism has been one of the Command’s major challenges, promising that he would put his expertise in Community Policing in place to ensure they achieve success and rid Kwara of ill activities.
He said that the police force and other law enforcement agencies enjoyed good working relationship, stating that they would work assiduously to secure the state’s glory of being the most harmonious in the country.
Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa Founder and Wife of Nigeria’s Senate President, Mrs Toyin Ojora-Saraki, has congratulated graduands of the Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) education course in Kwara.
EmONC was jointly provided by the Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
In a statement welcoming the successful graduands of the EmONC training of doctors, nurses, midwives and other medical professionals at Omu Aran General Hospital, Irepodun LGA, Mrs Saraki said: “I am greatly encouraged by the lives saved through the EmONC training. Innovative training of this kind directly saves lives of mothers and newborns and also helps us to attain a demographic dividend in the region and country.”
“Since we chose to harness resources and techniques towards making Kwara State a flagship of excellence in implementing global health innovation, in Nigeria. The results are evident, an increased preparedness of medical workers to predict and provide care for mothers, reinforced by improved data surveillance, towards beneficial
eventualities in childbirth outcomes, and a clear drop in mortality rates in line with sustainable development goals targets,” Saraki added.
Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has commiserated with the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and members over the demise of Hon. Kazeem Ademola Alimi.
A condolence message issued by the Speaker’s Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir described the lawmaker’s death as a great loss to the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Ahmad described the late lawmaker as very experienced being a two time member and recognised to have contributed immensely to the development of the state.
As the Lagos State Assembly Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ahmad noted that the lawmaker was able to discharge his legislative duties effectively and efficiently.
He, however, said without doubt, late Hon. Alimi would be sorely missed by his colleagues, his Eti-Osa Constituency and entire Lagos state.
While commiserating with the late legislator’s family, supporters, friends and sympathisers, Ahmad prayed Allah to provide them the fortitude to bear the loss and grant the deceased Al-jana Firdaus.
Charging the late lawmaker’s family to sustain his legacies, the speaker charged the Lagos State Government to find a way of immortalising him so that he would always be remembered for his selfless services rendered.
The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad has charged Political Office holders to shun penchant for the empowerment of their constituents with motorcycles and other similar tools.
Rather, he said, they should assist their constituents through enrolment in International Aviation College ,Ilorin.
Dr Ahmad said such measures would assist in tackling poverty and pervasive hunger permanently.
The Speaker made the observation in Ilorin, during debate on the general principles of Ilorin International Aviation College Bill 2017 before the House, pointing out that doing such would make the constituents to be self sustaining and independent.
He enjoined public office holders, affluent individuals and corporate organisations to put a stop to the habitual distribution of empowerment items, noting that the best way to empower constituents is to train them.
Leading others in debate on the Bill, the House Leader, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke, said the bill before the House was long over due, as the legal frame work according to him would entrench the institution and fast track its attainment world class status.
Similarly, the State Road Traffic Management Authority Bill, passed through second reading and the Speaker directed the Clerk to the House Alh Ahmed Katsina Mohammed to read the two bills for the second time.
The Speaker who referred the two Bills to the House committee on Energy, Works and Transport, directed that all-inclusive public hearings be conducted on the two bills, to have workable and enduring laws, to achieve the intended purposes.
The Kwara State Government on Monday bagged an award of excellence in Housing Estate and Infrastructure Development in Nigeria for pursuing mass housing policies and bringing innovations in the construction sector.
The award was presented by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in collaboration with FESADEB Communications Limited at the 11th Edition of the Nigeria Housing Infrastructure Award in Abuja.
Receiving the award on behalf of the State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed (Sai Maigida), was the Kwara State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Muideen Alalade.
Hon. Alalade appreciated the organizer of the programme for acknowledging the good works of the State Governor in the provision of Housing Estate for the entire Kwaran populace.
The commissioner reiterated the continued commitment of Governor-Ahmed led administration to provide affordable and conducive housing units across the state.
The administration of Governor Ahmed is constructing 1,000 housing units under the Maigida Housing Scheme, in the new GRA, Budo-Osho, Tanke, Ilorin and the Civil Service Welfare Estate, Ogbondoroko.
The theme of the 11th Abuja Housing Show was “Solving Nigeria’s Housing Challenges through Innovative Finance and Infrastructure Solutions”.
In his address, the Managing Director, FESADEB Communications Limited and convener of the show, Mr Festus Adebayo, disclosed that the award was presented to the Kwara state governor for his contributions to housing, infrastructure and economic growth in the country.
He said the idea behind the award was to promote and encourage excellence in the construction and housing industry in the country.
Adebayo further noted that Kwara was selected after a critical appraisal of its contributions in housing and infrastructure development in the country in last one year.
Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad says inspite of consensus building around the local government having its autonomy, measures must be put in place to remove primary school teachers’ salaries in the councils’ list.
Ahmad who expressed sympathy with primary school teachers’ situation across the country noted that it was sacrosanct that payment of their salaries as and when due must be taken into consideration before any decision would be made regarding the local government autonomy.
The speaker, in a release issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir ,
said this while addressing executives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Kwara State Chapter who were on a courtesy visit to his office recently.
He pledged that the House of Assembly Speakers’ Forum would look at the matter holistically while putting finishes touch to amendment in the constitution.
The Associate Professor of Law who lamented that the nation was getting it wrong in the education sector stressed that as a stakeholder, he believed if nothing was done to arrest the trend on time, the educational system would soon collapse completely.
According to him, “We are getting it wrong in the education sector because the foundation, the primary education is faulty”.
He added, “Now, we have gone far with the constitutional amendment. consensus is building around giving autonomy to local government but you are right, we share your fear that if that happens local government as we have it today can not handle the primary education, there is no magic about it”.
“Primary school education should not be subject to fear of payment or nonpayment of salaries, it must be constant. It must be as constant as the salary of the governors, the speakers and other political office holders. It must be automatic”.
“Yes, if the local government is having its autonomy, how are we sure that the local government can pay salaries? This area will have to be addressed otherwise there is no amount of bailout that you can give it won’t solve the problem”.
Earlier, the Chairman of Kwara State Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Musa Abubakar in his address had clarified that the union was not in anyway antagonising local government autonomy but frowned at primary school education being at the mercy of the local government.
While lamenting series of hardship being encountered by his members, Abubakar regretted that larger percentage of people in the society now prefer enrolling their children in private schools due to series of anomalies in public schools.
The British High Commissioner, Mr. Paul Arkwright says the United Kingdom will be willing to collaborate with the Kwara State House of Assembly in deepening Constitutional democracy in Nigeria.
The British Envoy gave the indication in Ilorin at the weekend, during a courtesy call on the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad in his office.
Mr. Arkwright explained that the vibrancy of the House was a clear testimony that constitutional democracy was working in Nigeria and expressed the preparedness of the British government to collaborate with the state’s legislative arm of government in strenghtening the nation’s democratic governance.
While praising the House for the inclusion of women in its hierarchy , the envoy said United Kingdom strongly supports the unity of Nigeria, adding that ” it will be a misconception to link British government with the agitation for the break up of Nigeria “.
Earlier, the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad described the visit of the envoy as symbolic, saying that his visit would strengthen democratic culture.
He said the House had been at the fore front of making the interest of the masses the fulcrum of the legislative activities.
Dr Ahmad said though many of the state Houses of Assembly are not functioning as constitution expects” but we here in Kwara State are happy, because, we are close to the people and we defer to the people”.
The Speaker added that though ” we belong to the same party, we have had cause to amicably disagree with the executive and they too are mindful of the constitution, they defer to the wishes of the Assembly, because they know we represent the interest of the people.”