Group Lauds Kwara Govt On Improved IGR

Elites Network for Sustainable Development ENetSuD, a Kwara-based Civil Society Organization, has lauded Kwara State Government (KWSG) on its improved reform that led to an increased Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the State.

In a statement signed by its Coordinator, Dr. Alagbonsi Abdullateef and made available to Journalists, ENetSuD stated that “IGR of Kwara State has commendably improved in recent times, which had greatly contributed to the total revenue of the state and has been sustaining it, especially at the period of dwindling FAAC allocation. Year-by-year analysis of the Total revenue of Kwara state since 2012 showed a significant decline since 2015, which could be related to the dwindling FAAC allocation caused by recession and oil price.

Interestingly, FAAC has been gradually increasing since 2016 (though below pre-recession periods like 2013 and 2014), and there is a possibility that the total revenue at the end of 2018 will equate or even surpass that of 2013, considering the fact that the monthly net FAAC to Kwara state has averagely remained around 3.5 billion since December 2017” (Figures 1 and 2).

The KWSG, in its efforts to increase and diversify its revenue base for financial freedom and bolster efficacy in governance, signed the Kwara State Revenue Administration Law (Law No. 6 of 2015) on 22ndJune 2015, which made the old Board of Internal Revenue defunct and gave birth to  the current Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS). The current KW-IRS has significantly increased the State IGR compared to the periods that precede its formation.

The impact of the current system of IGR in Kwara is evident from the percentage contribution of IGR to the annual total revenue in the state. For instance, between 2012 and 2015 when KW-IRS was formed, 2014 was the year with the highest percentage contribution of IGR to the total revenue of the state (22%), followed by 2013 (21.6%), while 2015 has the lowest (17.4%).

However, it is interesting to note that IGR has significantly contributed to the total revenue of the state since 2016. Specifically, the contributions of IGR to the State revenue in 2016 (40.1%), 2017 (37.2%) and 2018 (33.0%) are comparably higher than the years that precedes the creation of KW-IRS, even though the dwindling FAAC since 2016 could be an important confounder (Figure 3).

Considering the unique importance of IGR to the economic viability of a state (especially in the era of unstable FAAC Allocation), responsible and patriotic citizens are expected to play their role in growing the economy by paying their taxes regularly. We are appealing to the citizens and residents of Kwara State to pay their taxes accordingly.

Commending the Administration of Alh. Abdulfatah Ahmed on the effective taxation system towards boosting the revenue base of the state, the group encouraged the KW-IRS to improve its citizens-friendly tax mechanism.

“We are of the conviction that Kwarans will voluntarily continue to cooperate with Government on payment of taxes if the State Infrastructural Development commensurate with the taxes that are being paid. We therefore urge the KWSG to provide value for the tax-payers money” ENetSuD said.

Many aspects of the economy in the state, including Education, Health, Road infrastructure, Environment, etc, need urgent attention of KWSG. For instance, we have repeatedly called the attention of KWSG to the pitiable condition of school infrastructure across the state. Many of the school buildings are dilapidated, and need urgent attention of the government.

On health, the creation of State Health Insurance Scheme, and the commitment of 1% of the State Annual Consolidated Revenue Fund to the Scheme is commendable. However, the sector needs improvement in terms of manpower and facilities. The uncountable numbers of bad roads in the state also need the quick intervention of the government within the limit of the available resources.

Advising the KWSG on the need to improve IGR outside tax payment by citizens is of interest to us. The government should explore all the possible ways to attract investors to Kwara state, which will boost its economy. Investing in the agricultural sector to diversify the economy is also sacrosanct.

While the practice of removing 500 million naira monthly as Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K) from the IGR is good, KWSG is again urged to be prudent in spending, and make more savings from the available resources.

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Kwarans Marginalization: Your Statement Is False, Unpatriotic, Buhari’s Aide Tells Saraki

Mohammed Brimah, Special Assistant on IDPs to President Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned Senate President Bukola Saraki’s statement alleging that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), does not have the interest of Kwara and Kwarans in its agenda.

Saraki, while receiving defectors into the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in his home state had stated that “ever since I left the party (APC) as your representative at the National level, who among those calling themselves APC members in Kwara today have been included in any National affairs of APC?”

“If you ask those following them what they have benefited, aside fighting Saraki, nothing tangible will they be able to point at. Is that a party that Nigerians need at the moment?”

Responding to the claims, Brimah, at a meeting with members of the Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), in Abuja, debunked Saraki’s claim and described it as figment of his imagination.

Brimah, who also hails from Kwara State, explained that the Buhari-led administration has stood its ground in committing to youth inclusiveness and participation.

In his words: “President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has spent a total of ?4,105,372,257 in positively impacting the lives of both the young and old in Kwara State.

“The Buhari-led administration has also empowered over 14,000 Kwara youths through one of the Social Investment Programmes – Npower. Another 13,067 beneficiaries are currently benefiting from the Government Enterprise & Empowerment Programme (GEEP). Presently, 13,809 Kwarans are beneficiaries of National Cash Transfer Programme (NCTP).

“In few weeks, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) will be visiting Kwara state to launch the Trader Moni scheme for another set of 35,000 petty traders in Kwara State. These traders will be supported with loans to strengthen the federal government’s commitment to financial inclusion.”

The presidential aide also enjoined the supporters of President Buhari in the state to always ignore the offensive speeches by Saraki, reminding them that he has shown that he is a very dangerous person who can go any length to promote his personal interests.

“One would think with the experience and position Saraki currently holds, he would managed to play the role of a nationalist and a statesman, but sadly, rather than protect the interest of Nigeria both locally and internationally, he has been at the forefront of frustrating the efforts of President Buhari to reposition the country and make things happen.

“Saraki’s ever failing integrity test and litany of corruption charges against him are now manifesting in his loyalists and aides,” Brimah said.

Recall that Saraki’s anointed candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial election in Kwara State, Hon Razak Atunwa, is already engulfed in in certificate forgery scandal. Report has it that the PDP’s governorship Candidate, Mr. Atunwa did not participate in Nigeria’s compulsory national youth service scheme (NYSC). Instead, he procured a forged discharge certificate of NYSC which he submitted to the PDP to prove his eligibility for public office.

Similarly, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Saraki’s aide, Gbenga Makanjuola, for an alleged fraud of N3.5bn. Also, documents revealed that Abiola Aiyegbayo, wife of Bamikole Omisore, Special Adviser on International Relations to Saraki, has been receiving monthly salaries of N151,788 from the Senate without rendering any service to the National Assembly.

Additionally, Saraki is having a running battle with the Nigerian Police over his alleged linkage to the wide-ranging robbery operation that resulted in the death of 33 people in Offa, Kwara State in April.

Brimah, in his closing remarks, urged the youths and support groups in the state to embark on an aggressive campaign for the APC and vote massively for all the party’s candidate in the 2019 general elections.

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APC NWC Announces AbdulRasaq As Kwara Governorship Candidate

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced Alhaji Abdulrahaman AbdulRasaq as the Kwara State governorship candidate of the party.

According to spokesman Yekini Nabena, Alhaji AbdulRasaq polled 29,098 votes to defeat Alhaji Yammah Abdullahi – 22,116, Alhaji Lukeman Mustapha – 14,233, Prof.Oba Abu – 23,298, Alhaji Hakeem Lawal – 18,758, Alhaji Mooshood Murtala – 9,511, Isaq Modibbo Kawu – 5,060, Alhaji Yakubu Gobar – 2,420 and Tajudeen Makama Audu – 3,127.

Other governorship candidates are Yahaya Kaale Saadu of Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA) party, Kolawole Sarafadeen Africa Peoples Alliance (APA).

Prince Ayorinde Adedoyin has also emerged the governorship candidate of the Accord Party

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Evaluating The Best Choice Ahead Of APC Gubernatorial Primaries In Kwara State, By Sheu Sholagberu

The pains being endured by the downtrodden and average residents facing daily challenges of poor economic activities, insecurity and other social malaise, as a result of selfish leadership that has imposed unquantifiable hardship on the common people in our society, deserves a holistic evaluation, in order to create an enabling environment to rescue the people from the oppressors that have ruled Kwara State ingloriously, with iron fist on peoples’ common wealth in the last fifteen years.

It’s unfathomable to imagine that Kwara State rank lowest in terms of infrastructural development among contemporary States created in 1967, if this generation cannot be held responsible for the sordid past under the last generation, at least this generation should be accountable for the poor governance under their watch.

It’s expected of the change crusaders to raise their heads up and creating a glorious future should be the utmost preoccupation of their minds; focus should be targeted towards creating a remarkable vision for GENUINE SERVICES TO THE MASSES. The people must be determined to achieve a change of orientation amongst the populace, from servitude towards independence, this is achievable only if ranks are closed and harmonisation of genuine interest without blackmailing the choice candidate to fly the ticket of the APC at the governorship election.

At every election circle, it’s been a contest between the opposition against a political cliché led by Dr Bukola Saraki. In 2007, 2011 and 2015, he took advantage of the divisions among the opposing party, he planted informants and hatchet men, to distract the fold and facilitated emergence of candidates he can easily defeat at polls, he won then, but never again.

The ultimate test abound again, instead of harnessing their potentials, commission committees, raise a movement towards effective sensitisation of the electorates and mobilisation of voters to our kitty ahead of the 2019 general election, the opposition have been busy in the expedition to outwit one another in contest where only one person can become the flag bearer. Among those tagged moles, there are innocent personalities who are mere victims of circumstances, among those regarded as independent minded, you will surely find sympathisers of Saraki dynasty, in essence,  focus should be on a candidate that can generate sympathy from the populace and give a good fight for victory at polls against Saraki Candidate.

All the aspirants possess required financial resources, all the aspirants are not alien to Kwara Politics and all the aspirants are eminently qualified to perform as a good Governor if elected, but one aspirant certainly standout, with an exceptional qualification, he command unimaginable loyalty amongst the people. Although, he has been a subject of attack by those who usually engage in subterfuge to create hegemony crisis within the Emirate enclave, but his genuine interest to serve the people of Kwara State will surely vindicate him. Hakeem Oladimeji Lawal possess all the requirements to defeat the main challenger (PDP candidate) for the governorship seat of Kwara State, if thrown into the race and supported by other aspirants on the platform of APC.

The greatest asset at his advantage above other aspirants is premised on the fact that, he is highly marketable due to his family background, working experience and expertise knowledge. His versatility with governance of Kwara State during the reign of his biological father who dedicated his life time to true services as noted during his leadership of Kwara State and his clear understanding of the deficiencies of succeeding administrations till date stand him out.

Note that, this piece is not intended to demarket any other aspirant on the platform of APC, we are only stating the obvious that, a personality that already enjoy good will left by his father can easily be promoted, you can’t build something on nothing, he has a solid foundation we can build upon to aid our victory at poll, except the challengers lack understanding of the orientation of the immediate environment.

All politics is local, Kwara locality has a kind of mentality that place Hakeem Lawal at a vantage position to surmount all hurdles and ease the success of APC at the 2019 general election, it’s all about good will and packaging, with togetherness, the Kwara APC can make an onerous task as simple as Arabic letters, if they weigh the advantage the candidature of Hakeem Lawal gives the party, under the current prevailing circumstances. It’s not strategic to elucidate the strategies to deploy to defeat the kwara PDP with a personality like Hakeem Lawal but a surface insight will be pointed for the thinkers to evaluate.

Firstly, the PDP has resolved for a youthful candidate, in consideration of the waves of the moment, not too young to rule, it’s a joker they must play, if they crave the indulgence of the Youth Constituency, they must be well guided. Secondly, a candidate from Kwara Central can easily be matched with a more rooted candidate with family pedigree and lastly, a candidate with no ill feelings among the electorates is highly sought after and more needed by the people than ever.

It’s not enough to just jostle to be the flag bearer, it’s extremely important to possess the requirements before the voters and all hands must be on deck to ensure mistakes of the past are no longer repeated by those that desire good governance for the good people of Kwara State. Base on aggregate of opinions, the critical stakeholders, already attuned to the exemplary leadership being provided by the National Leader of APC in Kwara State – All Lai Mohammed (Minister for Information and Culture, FRN) and the State Executives under the able leadership of Hon Bashir Bolarinwa, the prompt attention given to grey areas in the conduct of credible gubernatorial primaries are well noted and appreciated.

To other major stakeholders, members of the State, Local Government and Ward Executives, your good works at ensuring credible primaries are highly commendable, but worthy of note is the sacrosanct reality that the only candidate that will not jeopardize the collective interest and can give APC an easy victory at the Governorship Election is Hakeem Lawal, why not face the reality?

The beauty of raw gold are not felt before processing, it’s the duty of the goldsmith to fashion out the beauty through craft. Noble APC stakeholders and delegates at the primaries, you are the goldsmiths that hold the aces, at this critical point where the decisions you make will determine the immediate future of Kwara State, in terms of dividends of good governance to the people of Kwara State. For so long, people have decried the poor governance in Kwara State, severally the opposition has contested against the power brokers and on every occasion they have lost, due to ego, intolerance and selfishness.

Another opportunity beckons, the struggles of the common men should not be in vain again, if truly the opposition to the Saraki inglorious rule have foresight, hence, the opposition should clear their minds of doubts and see the light at the end of the tunnel, with Hakeem Lawal as APC Governorship flagbearer, victory is assured.

Let no man nurse any fear, he has a large heart to accommodate diverse interest and fashion them into proper perspectives and with animosity to none. He is an accountant of great repute, a profession that has sharpened his tendencies for accountability and he is not oblivious of the complexities of Kwara as a cosmopolitan society, as such, he will respect the rights and protect the privileges of all party members and the entire residents of Kwara State.

Let no one give wrong narratives about his personality, he chose to be a quiet person due to his respect for old and young, he knows when to act in the best interest of the oppressed, he is a team player that understand the essence of collective decisions. If you speak but the truth of him, you will promote the honour of APC in Kwara State; together we shall win this time around. “Every generation has a mission to fulfill or betray”

Sheu AbdulKadir Sholagberu

Secretary,

VISION FOR A BETTER SOCIETY (ms.sholagberu@gmail,com

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Exposed: How Saraki Rigged, Imposed Razak Atunwa As Kwara PDP Gubernatorial Candidate

The primary election, which held last Sunday ended on a rancorous note after some delegates suspected that ballot boxes had already been filled with the name of one of the aspirants, Hon. Razak Atunwa, member, representing Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives.

The ground rules and credibility stand point governing the primary election were deliberately ignored, giving room to anti-democratic norms and a substantially compromised election.

Investigations revealed that voting was said to be going on smoothly when some suspected hoodlums invaded the venue of the voting and disrupted the whole exercise.  The invasion followed the wide-spread speculation that Senate President Bukola Saraki, had infiltrated the process and masterminded the irregularities surrounding the botched election.

Among the aspirants that contested the primary election is Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who many believed would get the PDP’s ticket but was pushed aside for Hon. Atunwa.

Recall that Mallam Abdullahi, resigned his appointments twice, first as Minister of Sports under former President Goodluck Jonathan, and then recently as National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), due to his loyalty to Mr. Saraki.

Despite Mr. Abdullahi’s loyalty, he was again betrayed by Mr. Saraki as investigation revealed that he was never in the picture of those who Saraki have in mind to take over the baton of leadership from Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

A source, who pleaded not to be named, disclosed that Saraki had a phone conversation with Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi last Saturday, assuring him that he is the chosen candidate.

“Saraki wanted to stage a primary and when it’s all done, he will tell Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi that it was actually the party that rejects him as he can see from the result of the primaries. But when voting commenced last Sunday, it was discovered that a sizeable number of the ballot papers already carried Hon. Atunwa’s name, written obviously by the same person,” the source revealed.

He added that Saraki hurriedly left Abuja on Sunday night to Ilorin, on hearing that the plan to force Hon. Atunwa wasn’t going according to plan. “On arrival, Saraki called the aspirants one after the other and instructed them to step down for Hon. Atunwa.”

Hon. Ali Ahmad and Hon. Atunwa were always Saraki’s choices from the beginning while deceiving Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi. Additionally, Saraki’s decision to force Hon Atunwa on the delegates and other aspirants did not go down well as many argued that Kwara North should produce the next Governor of the state.

Worried by the negative reactions from the disorganized and undemocratic primary elections by concerned residents of the state and political observers, the Senate President and his media team are proactively working to keep the damage to a minimum by posting tweets conferring the Senate President’s assertion that nobody was told to either join or withdraw from the race, and all aspirants are members of Saraki’s political family, and that the family brought them up and will sustain them.

Already, a tweet from the Special Assistant on International Relations to Senator Saraki, already reflected this where he tweeted: “Just in : Governor Ahmed presents Hon. Rasaq Atunwa as the winner of the #KwaraPDPGuberPrimary and the party flag bearer in the 2019 governorship elections. We had a lot of qualified candidates but as one big family @Atunwa_1 will represent us well.”

 

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Aiteo Cup: Ali Ahmad Congratulates Kwara Utd, Promises N250,000 Per Goal Against Katsina Utd

The leading Peoples Democratic Party Governorship Aspirant in Kwara State, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has felicitated with the Players, Management and Staff of Kwara United Football Club for emerging top of Lagos Center  and qualifying  for the Quarter-finals at the ongoing Aiteo Cup.
Ahmad described the success as one of the best things to have happened to the state’s footballing club in recent years.
The governorship aspirant, while congratulating the football team in a message issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir at the weekend, noted that it could not have come at a better time.
He said that it has been over 20 years Kwara United reached the former Challenge Cup competition’s latter stages, stressing that it is an indication that government and the management were doing something right at the club.
Ahmad challenged the team to sustain the winning streak and eventually emerge champions of the age long competition, saying that it would undoubtedly bring smiles to the faces of Kwarans.
As the team would be filling out against Kastina United at the Semis on on Wednesday in Lagos, Ahmad has  pledged to give cash donation of N250, 000 for every goal scored as part of his contributions to further encourage the state football club.
The sports loving aspirant further pledged that his administration would focus and prioritise sports development if given the PDP ticket and eventually elected as governor, as a way of reducing crimes and criminal activities among the youths.
He said that sports , especially football, has been one of the unifying factors in Kwara State, hence, if elected, his administration would strive to ensure the team thrive nationally to enable it once again participate in the Continental  Football Competitions.
Ahmad also called for support from every stakeholder to ensure the team keeps progressing and doing the state proud.
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Kwara 2019: Old Motor Spare Parts Dealers Pledge To Support Ali Ahmad As Governor

Members of the Kwara State Old Motor Spare Parts Dealers Association, totalling over 10,000, have pledged to work for the emergence of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, as the touch bearer of the Peoples Democracy Party, in the next year’s governorship election in the state.
The Association gave the assurance in Ilorin, while receiving the Speaker and his entourage, at its old motor spare park market Jengbe in Ilorin.
Members of the Association, who came out in thousands, received the visibly elated Speaker and his entourage, with pomps and peagentry and shouts of ” Ali Dodo,you are the only candidate who can move the state to greater heights”.
Speaking on behalf of other members, the Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Baba Alapa, disclosed that the entire members, had resolved to support his candidature, in view of his antecedents and record of achievements, both as Speaker and member of the National Assembly.
Alhaji Baba Alapa, explained that the state House of Assembly under his watch, had on several occasions, demonstrated listening ears and responded to travails and yearnings of his members, pointing out that the state will be in safe hands,if Dr Ali Ahmad emerged as the PDP candidate and governor of the state .
Responding the Speaker, who addressed the teeming crowd on top of a vehicle, due to the large turn out, promised to continue to devote his time and resources towards serving the masses and to make people, the focus of his government,if given the opportunity,to serve the State.
He then called on the people of the state, to continue to support the party, under the leadership of the Senate President,Dr. Bukola Saraki, pointing out that the PDP-led government in the state, will continue to be more responsive to the needs of the people of the state.
Adebayo Abdullahi

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KWHA, Ilorin
Kwara State.
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Okada Riders Declare Support For Ali Ahmad As Governor

Over five thousands members of the Kwara State chapter of Okada Rider Association of Nigeria have declared their support for the candidature of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad as the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the next year’s governorship election in the state.
Speaking at the solidarity rally organised in support of the candidature of Dr Ali Ahmad, the chairman of the Association, Alhaji Abdul Fatai Olademeji, explained that the rally in support of the Speaker, became expedient in view of his roles in ensuring the existence and well being of  members of the Association.
Alhaji olademji disclosed that the state House of Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, had demonstrated responsiveness to the yearnings of members of the Association, pointing out that this was now time for them to pay  back.
He said all members across the state had resolved to work assiduously for his success at both the primaries of the PDP and at governorship election next year.
The chairman of the association explained that his pedigree and antecedent had demonstrated that he would be an accessible, listening and responsive Governor, if given the opportunity and urged all the delegates of the party and political gladiators in the state, to ensure his emergence as the flag bearer of the party in view of his track record of
achievements and humane disposition.
Responding, the Speaker said he was  humbled by the gesture of the state chapter of Okada Rider Association and promised to the continue to justify the confidence repose in him.
Dr Ali Ahmad observed that democracy could only be meaningful, when democratic government at all levels embark on programmes and politics that would enhance the wellbeing of the masses, who voted them into power.
The rally was attended by former and serving members of the state House of Assembly, former and serving members of the state, executive council, former council chairmen, party chieftains, women and youths across the state.
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2019: Kwara APYF To Mobilize Thousands Of Youths For APC

The All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), the youth wing of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state is set to mobilize thousands of youths across the state to ensure APC emerges victorious in the presidential, governorship elections and all other positions across the state in the 2019 elections.

The group added that “That this is the time to liberate the people of the state from the grip of tyrannical leadership.”

State Coordinator of APYF Tunde Salau added that the forum is “looking forward to organizing an interactive forum with the aspirants; wherein the governorship aspirants will have a face-to-face discussion with the youths on issues or challenges affecting the youth and how they (the aspirants) plan to tackle such challenges if they eventually occupy the number one seat in the state.

Comrade Salau hailed Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the state APC chair Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa, for organizing a successful parley for all APC governorship aspirants in the state.

APC on Wednesday this week organized a parley with all the 12 governorship aspirants in the state.

Salau said members of the forum were impressed with the success of the programme being the first of its kind in the history of not only in Kwara, but in Nigerian politics.

“We believe that there was no place in the history of Nigerian politics where aspirants of the same political party were given an opportunity to present their manifestos to the electorates in an organised setting.

He added that “This singular act demonstrates the uncommon leadership charisma of the minister and the party chairman Bashir Bolarinwa for encouraging transparency, accountability and unity in the party and among the aspirants who saw themselves as brothers and partners in progress during the programme.”

 

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Kwara Monarch Hails President Buhari For Reconstructing Ilorin-Jebba Road

The Ba’ale of Bode Saa’du in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State, Barrister Bola Yusuf, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for the reconstruction of the Ilorin-Jebba Road.

This according to him has opened up the area to social and economic activities.

“We are indeed very grateful to the government. We cannot over-emphasize the importance of this road. There is no gainsaying that it has impacted on the economy and everything. When it was not done, it affected our people.”

“Now that it has been done, every Nigerian who passes this road has kind words to say to the government. We have tasted and still taste the dividends of democracy, and it is our trust in God that it will continue by the special grace of God,” he said.

The Ba’ale recalled that the deplorable state of the road, a key arterial road linking the South-West and the northern parts of the country, had forced a lot of residents to relocate to other places.

“Our market closed down because people were not secured and they couldn’t cope. There is a big cattle market here and we have our local market here but people couldn’t just do anything. It affected everything and it could take you weeks to travel across the road. It was a terrible thing and people were moving out of this area,” he said.

Mr. Yusuf said the reconstruction of the road has now reduced traveling time from Ilorin to Jebba from four days to about two hours.

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Offa Robbery: Kwara Police Command Advocates Use Of Technology To Fight Crime

Following the April 25 Offa Bank robbery which claimed more than 30 lives in Kwara State, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Aminu Saleh, has called for increased use of technology to fight crime and ensure adequate security in the country.

Saleh made the call in Ilorin while addressing officers and men of the Police after his tour to the Police Area Command and other police formations in the state.

The commissioner, however, stressed the need for the installation of CCTV camera in front of the banks, market places and streets linking the banks to further check crime.

His words: “We need to make use of technology as we are in digital world. We must always be on alert and aware of everything around us at all time.

“If not for the CCTV in the banks, the suspects would not have been arrested. “So, we need to do more on technology,” he said.

He also urged officers and men of the command to carry out more surveillance in markets and establish better relationship with market association officials.

Saleh also called on the personnel of the command to relate well with the traditional rulers and youths in order to get tips and useful information on happenings in their surroundings.

He also urged police officers to be diligent and always be at alert in the discharge of their duties.

“Be very vigilant, don’t over criminalise issues and always be prayerful.”

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Ali Ahmad, Cross River Speaker, Others For Citizens Conference

The speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ali Babatunde Ahmad will on  Saturday, August 11 lead discussions alongside his Cross River State counterpart Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo and other panel of discussants on “Not Too Young To Run And Then What?” at the CITIZENS  CONFERENCE ILORIN, 2018.
In a statement signed by the Executive Director of MACAA and the Convener of the Conference, Seun Awogbenle in Ilorin on Thursday, he disclosed that other Panel of discussants that are also expected to discuss at the event include, Special Advsier to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rinsola Abiola, Hon. Moshood  Bakare, Member, Kwara State House of Assembly, Jude Feranmi, Former Youth Leader Kowa Party and convener of Raising New Voices initiative.
Ayodele Adio, Managing Editor, GloommeTV,  Saadatu Falila Hamu Aliyu, Lawyer and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Yemisi Ajeojo Economic Advisory Trainee & co-founder, Triift Africa and David Inung a renowned public Speaker.
During the conference, the panel of discussants are expected to provide a framework that works on the next line of action for the new constitutional provision at the event.”
Recall that MACAA had in a press statement in July announced it’s plan to hold the maiden CITIZENS CONFERENCE, ILORIN 2018.
The organization noted that the conference is line with it’s resolve to strenthen and deepen democratic governance.
“We are positive that the recommendations, can serve as a political direction and  model that works, for young people who have a strong will, desire and interest in public service in terms of approach and processes.” Awogbenle said
He reiterated the commitment of the organization  to helping Millennials find their voice, unlock the power of the citizen and inspire Africa’s new tribe.
The conference which is expected to start by 10:00am prompt, is scheduled to hold at the  Banquet Hall, oposite government House, beside Kwara Hotel, Ahmadu Bello Way, GRA Ilorin.
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