Kaiama-Kishi Road Project: Kwara Speaker To Lead Members On Inspection

Members of the Kwara State House of Assembly are to pay on the Spot-Assessment visit to the on going Kaiama-Kishi road to fast track the pace of work on the multi billion naira federal government road project.
The House resolved to pay on the spot-Assessment  visit to the road, following a Matter of Urgent Public Importance raised by member representing Kaiama/Kemanji/Wajibe Constituency Hon. Ahmed Ibn Mohammed, on the slow pace of work on the 63km Federal Government road project.
The Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad, while reading the resolutions of the House, directed that the contractor handling the project, along with the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya to appear before the Committee of the Whole of the House, at the site of the project, to explain why not much had been done on the road project in which N1.1bn had been so far released, to the contractor.
Dr. Ahmed explained that the completion of the road, would go along way, to fast track socio- economic transformation of the people of the area, saying that the insertion of constituency projects in the budget by  legislature was  to ensure that all and sundry feel the impact of the federal government.
The Speaker then directed the House Committee on Works and Transport, to make arrangement for the inspection and inform necessary stakeholders within the next two weeks.
The House also directed its Committee on Works and Transport, to inspect the collapsed Ejji bridge in Offa and come up with its findings,  following  Matter of Urgent Public Importance, raised by member representing Essa/Shawo/Igboidun Constituency, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke on the collapsed bridge.
Meanwhile, the House has described the Honorary Doctorate Degree Award to the Deputy Speaker, Chief Mathew Okedare, by the Commonwealth University London as well deserved and a recognition of his sterling contributions to ensuring accelerated socio- economic development of his constituency in particular and transformation of the state, in general.
Most of the Members, who spoke on the issue ,described the award bestowed on the Deputy Speaker, as vindication of the qualities of members of the 8th legislature.
Responding, Chief Okedare dedicated the award to members of the House and the entire people of the state.
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Kwara Speaker Congratulates Saraki On Conferment As Waziri Of Ilorin

Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has congratulated the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on his conferment as the new Waziri Ngeri of the Ilorin Emirate by his Royal Highness, Dr. Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.
A congratulatory message issued by the speaker’s Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir described the chieftaincy title as a worthy one and well-deserved.
Ahmad said, without doubt, the Senate President’s recognition by the Emir of Ilorin as the 4th Waziri of the Emirate is a testimony of his overall contributions to the growth and development of the Ancient City.
He added that the conferment which was coming on the heels of his recent victory at the Supreme Court shows that Saraki’s leadership qualities is acknowledged by his people and others within and outside the shores of the country.
The Speaker appreciated the traditional ruler for deeming it worthy to confer the prestigious traditional title on Senator Bukola Saraki, noting that it would further spur the Senate President to do more, not only for Ilorin but the state as a whole.
According to him, “over the years, people have come to realise how much the Senate President endeared Ilorin to his heart. He holds the city’s progress in high esteem and has never failed to utilise everything within his reach for the growth and development of the Emirate”
“There is no doubt that he will live to his billing as an individual who always crave for community development. He has time without number offered himself for community services. Therefore, such prestigious traditional title will push him to do more for the Emirate.”
Ahmad prayed Allah in His Infinite mercy to continue providing the wisdom required and wherewithal to enable the Senate President succeed in the new task of community development.
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Wike, Ortom Storm Kwara To Meet Saraki

The Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike has arrived Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, for official and yet to be announced engagements.

Wike is accompanied by Senator George Sekibo, Senator Adawari Pepple and the member Representing Tai/Eleme/Oyigbo Federal Constituency, Dr Barry Mpigi.

He is attending a meeting in Kwara state with his Benue counterpart, Governor Samuel Ortom who recently announced his resignation from the All Progressives Congress, APC, for a yet-to-be-determined political party.

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Kwara-Japan Students Exchange Programme Underway, Says Speaker Ali Ahmad

Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has disclosed that efforts are in top gear to facilitate Students Exchange Programme between the State and Japan.
This, he noted, would expose the students to various technologies in the Asian country and in turn have positive impact, not only in the state but Nigeria as a whole in the nearest future.
A Press Release issued by the speaker’s Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir, quoted the speaker as disclosing this while hosting the Japanesse Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Nigeria, Yutaka Kikuta to a dinner in his house in Ilorin at the weekend.
To achieve this, Ahmad expressed the 8th Assembly’s commitment and dedication under his leadership to do whatever it would be required legislatively to ensure the programme’s realisation.
Stressing that Japan is adjudged as one of the best countries in technology, he added that such programme would ultimately improve Kwara technologically and strengthen the ties between Nigerian and Japanesse Governments.
…”We will look at a way of collaborating and we have already been discussing about Students Exchange Programme, how we will have more Kwarans to study in Japan. You know that it is an opportunity for Nigerians but we will want to make Kwara students to be in the forefront”.
“Nigeria Ambassador is from Kwara, so we look forward to a more robust relationship between Kwara especially and Japan. Kwara is your home and when you think Nigeria, think Kwara” the Speaker said.
While describing the Ambassador’s visit to the State as one of the best things to have happened to Kwara, the highly elated Speaker said it was the first time a Japanesse Ambassador would deem it fit to visit the state and was glad to receive him.
Also speaking, the Nigerian Ambassador to Japan, Professor Mohammed Gana Yisa thanked Kikuta for the visit despite several efforts to discourage him, saying that there was no how as an Ambassador he could know what is happening in other parts of the country while residing only in Abuja.
Yisa stressed that there are lots of potentials abound in several cities across the country which Japan could tap on and thereby improve the strong relationship between Nigeria and Japan.
Responding, the Japanesse Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Nigeria, Yutaka Kikuta said despite the challenges being encountered by the country, he found Nigeria very fascinating.
Kikuta added that in his a month and half stay in Nigeria, he has discovered Nigerians to be very hardworking, charming and very intelligent, saying that Japan would be willing to collaborate with the state.
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MACAA Set To Hold TWEETATHON With Kwara Speaker

Millennial Active Citizenship Advocacy Africa (MACAA) is set to conduct a tweet interaction with Hon. Ali Ahmad; the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly and former member of House of Representative with a hashtag #officeofthecitizen and tag @Macaanig and @HonAliAhmad by 5pm on Monday 2nd July, 2018.
Although we practice democracy, MACAA realises that there is still a bridge between the electorates and government. In an effort to curb this, MACAA seeks to eliminate this barrier by building the interest of the young with digital technology.
The tweet chat is an opportunity to directly engage with the Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly on matters concerning the state of the Nation and scorecard of his leadership.
This activity brings a different style of active participation for everyone to get engaged. If you have new ideas about policies that should be enacted or unfavorable existing policies, this is an opportunity to engage the apogee of the policy makers from the comfort of wherever you may be.
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Growth Of Any Nation Lies In The Quality Of Youth – Kwara Speaker

The  Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad ,says the prospect of any nation lies in the quality of her Youths.
To this end, government at all levels must provide enabling environment for youths to realise their potentials, to further enhance the country’s political, socio- economic transformation.
The Speaker made the observations in Ilorin, while delivering a Keynote address, at a public lecture and award of excellence to some eminent Nigerians, by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ilorin.
 Dr. Ahmad represented by the House Leader, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke, whose lecture was entitled ” The Roles of Youth in Nigerian Politics ” explained that youths have enormous roles to play in strengthening the nation’s hard won democracy and eulogised both the National and state legislature for ensuring prompt passage of the ” Not Too Young To Run bill”,in the nation’s constitutional amendment, pointing out that Nigerian youths had excelled in all human endeavors across the globe.
He said as the nation approaches another round of general elections, youth should be vanguard of sustaining the country’s hard won democracy, by taking advantage of the just accented to ‘ Not Too Young To Run bill” to participate actively in the nation’s politics.
The Speaker equally admonished youths as future leaders of the country, to eshew thuggery, cultism,drug addiction and other forms of anti social behaviors, to ensure the realisation of their lofty aspirations in life.
In his remark, the Dean Faculty of Engineering, of the University, Prof. David Sunday Ogunniyi,disclosed that the current legislature of the  State House of Assembly, had demonstrated its genuine love for the down trodden, by providing voice to the voiceless in the State.
Earlier, the Speaker, Faculty of Engineering of the University, Comrade Olatunbosun Olajide, said award of excellence were bestowed on the Speaker,  House Leeder and Clerk of the State House of Assembly, in view of the scintillating performance of the current legislature, and enjoined the hierarchy of the House, to sustain the tempo, to further make democratic governance more meaningful to the people of the State.
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Kwara Assembly Passes 34 Bills,103 Motions in 3 years- Ali Ahmad

The eighth legislature of the Kwara State House of Assembly within the last three legislative sessions passed 34 bills, rejected 2 bills while 8 other bills are at various stages of legislative process.
The Speaker Dr. Ali Ahmad gave this indication in Ilorin while addressing members on the resumption of the last legislative session of the current legislature.
Dr Ahmad while welcoming members to the beginning of the final lap of the eighth legislature, disclosed that the House received 7 private member bills, the highest since the inception of the State House of Assembly in 1979, stressing that 103 motions were also moved and Resolutions adopted on them.
Dr Ahmad explained that the legislatives Bills, numerous Motions, Matters of urgent and General Public Importance, public hearings involving experts and professionals have led to prompt intellectual and robust debates at the floor, pointing out that kwarans home and diaspora had participated in lawmaking and governance in general.
The Speaker also recalled how the legislature’s intervention had resulted in the timely completion of rehabilitation of Ilorin-mokwa road, doused tension occasioned by non – payment of salary to teachers and Local Government Staff especially during the period of recession timely intervention that resulted in reduction of school fees at the State Owned Polytechnic.
He then assured that legislature in the last legislative session would demonstrate more zeal and dedication to further enhance the upliftment of the people of the state.
Dr Ahmad then praised the Executive arm of government, Management and Staff of the House, the media, the All Progressives Congress in the state and,Governor Abdul Fatah Ahmed the Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki for ensuring an indivisible APC in the state.
Meanwhile, the House has deferred further deliberation on the report of the Ad- Hoc Committee on illegal Mining activities in the state, presented by its chairman and House Leader, Hon . Hassan Oyeleke at the floor of the House.
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Eid-El-Fitr: Kwara Speaker Calls For Sustenance Of Ramadan Virtues, Teachings

As Muslims, the world over celebrate Eid-el-fitri, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has admonished for sustenance of the holy month’s virtues, values and lessons learnt.
This, Ahmad stressed was sacrosanct to every Muslims as it would guarantee that the Ramadan period had great impact on individuals and collectively while its effects would also be felt globally.
The Speaker, in his sallah message on Friday, issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir in Ilorin congratualed Muslims for the feat recorded and admonished modest celebration.
He said that though the Eid-el-fitr marks the end of the long-month fasting from dawn to dusk, Muslims must however be challenged to proof to the world what Islam preaches by carrying on their normal lives as it were during Ramadan.
In the holy month, according to Ahmad, people freely share love and expressed kindness to their neighbuorhood. The gap between the riches and the less privileged was greatly reduced, therefore it is important this is sustained after the month for the benefit of all.
The Speaker added that the festive period is a day of rejoicing and bliss for Muslims; it is a day of blessing and peace, a day to reflect, ponder and as well celebrate together.
While praying for peaceful Eid ul adha and Allah to accept the good deeds of every Muslims who fasted in the month, the legislator further sought for Allah’s forgiveness on transgressions and sins committed.
Ahmad equally enjoined Muslims in Nigeria to use the occasion to pray for the country to surmount every challenges being experienced in different sectors.
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Kwara Assembly Set To Outlaw Indiscriminate Felling Of Trees, Charcoal Production

2 Bills for law to amend Chain Saw Mill to prescribe the planting back of trees and prohibit the Production, Transportation and Sale of Charcoal in Kwara State passed through second reading at the floor of the House.
To this end, a public hearing to ensure all  stakeholders’ inputs, to strengthen the proposed amendment has been slated for Thursday.
Leading in the debate on the general principles of the 2 bills, the leader of the House Hon. Hassan Oyeleke, explained that the 2 Bills, aimed at protecting the State’s eco system, salvage the state from prevailing desertification occasioned by indiscriminate felling of trees in the state became expedient.
Members who spoke on the general principles of the bills, observed with displeasure that the state had become notorious for production of charcoal and expressed confidence that the passage of the bills will curb the ugly trend in the state.
Members also identified weak laws, lack of political will to implement the existing law, penchant for increased the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, uncooperative attitude of Community Leaders and sensitization on the existing laws as factors aggravating indiscriminate cutting of trees and charcoal production in the state.
Responding, the Speaker Dr Ali Ahmad assured that the amended laws will address most of the identified inhibiting factors, pointing out that all inclusive stakeholders’ participaton,will go along way to strengthen the proposed amendment of the existing laws.
Meanwhile, the Speaker has directed the Clerk of the House Alhaji Ahmed Katsina Mohammed to invite all forestry officers in the state Ministry of Environment and forestry to a meeting with the legislature to answer pertinent questions on measures that will strengthen the proposed amendment.
Also in Tuesday’s Sitting, member representing Oke Ogun Constituency, Barrister Kamal Fagbemi briefed the House on the disposal of a suit in the Federal High Court in favour of the House, on its resolutions on the Need for the Attorney General, to ensure that the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation enforce its Code of Ethics and urge Members under the leadership of the Speaker ,not to relent in the performance of their constitutional responsibilities.
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I Didn’t Orchestrate Arrest Of Kwara Youths, Says Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has denied allegations levelled against him by the Kwara
South Youths Stakeholders that he orchestrated the recent arrest by the police of some youths in Kwara South.

The Minister, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Segun Adeyemi, stated that the arrest has nothing to do with the Ward Congress in his hometown of Oro.

The statement partly read: “Afterall, suspected cultists were also recently arrested and paraded by the police in Ilorin.

“The Hon. Minister wishes to state that the police, in the exercise of its constitutional responsibility, does not need to be goaded by anyone to carry out arrests where necessary.

“Concerning the outcome of the election in his Oro Ward 2, the Hon. Minister has made his observations on the conduct of the election known to the appropriate party authorities, in line with his strong belief in the rule of law.

“Suffice it to say, however, that the only credible Ward election was the one held by the genuine party members in Oro Ward 2. That explains why, after the election, there was a rally around Oro Town that eventually terminated in the country home of the Hon. Minister. He does not believe there is any linkage between the election and the
arrests.”

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INEC Registers 70,000 Prospective Voters In Kwara

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has registered 70,000 people in Kwara since the commencement of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in April 2017.

Mr Paul Atser, INEC Administrative Secretary in the state, made this known during a meeting with members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Ilorin on Monday.

He said that the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) of the 70,000 registered prospective voters would soon be sent to the state for distribution.

He added that of the 242,000 unclaimed PVCs in the state, 4,000 had been collected by their owners.

Atser further added that card owners will have to personally visit INEC collection centres as there will be no collection by proxy.

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Ahmed Sends Names Of Nominees To Kwara Assembly

Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed yesterday submitted 19 names for commissioners to the House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.

Deputy Speaker Matthew Okedare read the governor’s letter at plenary.

The governor called for a quick confirmation of the nominees to hasten implementation of his policies and programmes.

Okedare directed the Clerk, Ahmed Katsina, to ensure that the nominees complete documentation on or before next Tuesday.

Ahmed dissolved the former Executive Council on December 20.

The nominees include Ademola Banu (Irepodun); Eleja Banu (Ilorin West); Ahmed Edu and Uhman Rifun (Patigi); Amos Justus (Ekiti); Sabi Baba Isiak (Baruteen).

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