Kwara Assembly Talks Tough, Orders Hoteliers To Desist From Organising Nude Parties

The Kwara state House of Assembly has directed all hoteliers in the state to desist from organising nude parties in the state.
This followed a Motion on Notice raised by the House Leader, Hon Hassan Oyeleke titled “Banning nude parties in Hotels in Kwara State
 It would be recalled that the House had last week directed the state Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, the Director General of Hamony Holdings, and some notable hoteliers to appear before it on allegation of running nude parties .
Reading the resolutions of the legistlature, the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad explained that organising nude parties in hotels was alien the to the culture of the people of the state,pointing out that the legistlature would not support any act capable of enhancing moral bankruptcy in the state.
The parliament equally directed the state Hospitality and Tourism Development Board  to enforce operation show your identification card for all lodgers in the state, keep record of all hotel lodgers and report compliance to the House within four  weeks.
It also enjoined the state government to direct relevant Ministry and  allied agencies to  conduct periodic supervision on all the hotels, brothels and club houses in the state, with a view to curbing the urgly trend.
The legislature, while calling for registeration of hotels in the state enjoined the state government to ensure adequate funding of relevant Ministries and Agencies in performing their cabinet responsibilities
and advised Security Agencies, National Orientation Agency, Ministry of Information and  Communication and religious bodies to collaborate in curbing nude parties in hotels in the state.
Meanwhile , the state government has been urged to urgently release funds to contractors handling the reconstruction of the collapsed Akerebiata Bridge and reconstruction of Harmony-Akerebiata road.
This followed a Matter of Urgent Public Importance raised by a member representing Ilorin North- West Constituency, Hon. Abdulrafiu Abdulrahaman on the collapsed Akerebiata bridge along Specialist Hospital road Ilorin.
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Kwara Assembly to Pass “Not Too Young Run Bill”

Kwara State House of Assembly has pledged to pass the “Not Too Young To Run Bill” once the Constitution Amendment process gets to the State Houses of Assembly level.
The Speaker of the State of Assembly,Dr Ali Ahmad gave this assurance when a delegation of National Association of Nigerian Students ( NANS) paid a courtesy visit to the House to felicitate with the House Leader who was recently honoured with Doctor of Public Adminstration ( honoris causa).
Ahmad, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon Mathew Okedare, noted that the Bill would give young people opportunity to be appointed and elected into sensitive offices at young age.
“It is our hope that when the time comes for you to hold offices  your resourcefulness and intelligence will come to bear on the good governance of our people”, the speaker said.
He noted that most members of the House started making positive impact on the people from about the age of twenty five .
Ahmad charged the students to to shun cultism, examination malpractices and other vices that could endanger their future.
The awardee and House Leader, Hassan Oyeleke, in his remarks, said the honorary doctorate decree was in cognisance of the outstanding performance of the 8th Legislature in Kwara State in terms of Bills and Motions passed.
The Leader of Students, Comrade Abdulkadri Aliyu said Dr Oyeleke has been promoting development of education in the state.
Aliyu described the conferment of honorary doctorate degree on Oyeleke as a ground breaking achievement.
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Kwara Speaker Challenges States, Councils, Youth on Agriculture

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.

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Kwara Assembly Launches Platform To Promote Made In Nigeria Goods

As part of efforts at reducing pressure of the naira, diversify the nation’s economy and strengthening production of locally made materials, members of the Kwara State House of Assembly have unanimously set aside every last Wednesday of the month, to showcase and market the indigenous materials in the legislative premises.
To this end, the House has enjoined all Craftsmen who make all forms of usable materials to register free of charge with the Clerk of the Parliament Alhaji Ahmed Katsina Mohammed, for the display of their materials.
This followed a Motion Without Notice, raised by the House Leader, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke on ” Empowering Kwara Entrepreneurs Through Patronage “
The Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad who presided over the Wednesday’s sitting, while reading the resolutions of the legislature, said the House of parliament is for the people, stressing that, the legislature would not relent at ensuring that indigenous entrepreneurs were encouraged to flourish, to reduce the nation’s over dependence on oil for survival.
It would be recalled that the legislature, few months ago, set aside every Wednesday of the week for its members and legislative staff to appear in indigenous materials, as part of measures, at empowering local entrepreneurs and established a farm settlement in which 300 hectare of soya beans farmland were cultivated by the House.
The House therefore urged all Nigerians, especially Kwarans to patronize the entrepreneurs as a form of empowerment, which according to the Speaker would greatly assist in improving the quality of the product.
The House Leader had while raising the Motion, disclosed that the Senate President brought the idea into fore, the legislators in the state, had not only embraced the idea, but put it into practice, in view of its numerous benefits to the people and the nation’s economy.
Other members who contributed on the Motion, enumerated its numerous benefits and enjoined Nigerians to key into the initiative of the Senate President, with a view to ensuring a better future for Nigeria and salvage the nation from the yoke of the developed economy.
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Court Arraigns Man Over Facebook Post Opposing Saraki’s 2019 Ambition

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.

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Kwara Assembly Pledges Assistant To Police In Curtailing Crime

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.

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Saraki Lauds Graduands Of EmONC Education Course In Kwara

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.

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Kwara Speaker Condoles Lagos State Assembly Over Loss Of Member

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.

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Kwara Speaker Makes Case For Youths Impactful Empowerment

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.

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#2017AbujaHousingShow: Kwara Receives Excellence Award In Housing Development  

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.

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LG Autonomy: Kwara Speaker Backs Removal Of Teachers Salaries From Council’s List

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.

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UK To Collaborate With KWHA In Deepening Constitutional Democracy In Nigeria

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.”

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