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

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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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Kwara Speaker Salutes Workers’ Doggedness, Contributions To Nation’s Devt

he Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has lauded Nigerian workers’ overall contributions to the nation’s development, noting that it could not be over emphasised.
While congratulating the workers on the 2018 Workers’ Day celebration, the Speaker, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir commended their doggedness and commitment despite the numerous challenges encountered over the years.
Particularly, the Speaker also acknowledged the support of Kwara State Civil Servants, adding that they  have been one of the best set of workers in the country and deserve nothing but the best.
He stated the need for both Federal, State and Local Government to provide good working condition and adequate remuneration that would further bring out the best in them.
According to him, I am using this opportunity to congratulate and salute the doggedness of Nigerian workers, especially the Civil Servants in our darling State as they are marking the 2018 Workers’ Day.
Undoubtedly, they have been pivotal to the state’s development and deserved nothing but the best. Their perseverance, commitment and dedication has been unequalled.
I want to specifically commended their unalloyed support to successive administrations in the state despite various challenges they have passed through.
Without taking anything away from them they have remained the best set of workers in the country. It is our resolve to work assiduously to ensure that their labour shall not die in vain.
We, as Lawmakers hereby reiterate our commitment to continually support Kwara State Government in making good policies that will improve their well-being.
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2019: No Structure Can Defeat Saraki In Kwara – APC

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara South Senatorial District, Alhaji Jimoh Balogun has taken a critical look at the incoming 2019 general elections and concluded that “no structure can defeat Senator Bukola Saraki’s structure in the state.
He observed that it would be very difficult to defeat a structure that had been built for over 50 years.
Balogun who was speaking at the weekend during the APC stakeholders’ meeting in Odo-Ogun Constituency held in Erinle, Oyun Local Government, said late Dr Olusola Saraki was very lucky to have his son succeeded his political dynasty which is uncommon among his contemporaries.
The meeting was at the instance of a member representing Odo-Ogun Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon Sikirat Anako.
The APC senatorial chairman said late Olusola Saraki was never during his life time canvassed for support for his children to succeed him after his demise but God compensated him for his selfless services to humanity.
He said meeting was organized to reaffirm to the party structures in Kwara South to be steadfast and have full confidence that no structure can defeat Bukola Saraki whose structure had been built for over 50 years.
The chairman blamed the problem which the party faced in the last local government election in some areas in the state on internal rangling among the party members, maintaining that the party had started mending its fence in preparation for 2019 general elections.
He emphasized the need for people of the constituency and the state in general to obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) and vote enmass for APC to ensure the victory of the party.
He said anybody that is claiming to support the Senate President without PVC, his claim amounted to waste of time.
The chairman specifically enjoined those that had just been relocated to the state from other parts of the country to apply for transfer of their PVC to enable them exercise their franchise in the forthcoming general elections.
While charging political office holders to always embark on empowerment programmes for the benefit of the people, he commended Hon Sikirat Anako for not disappointing the party through her qualitaive representation at the state House of Assembly.
In her remark, a member representing Odo-Ogun Constituency at the state House of Assembly, Hon Sikirat Anako said the roles of women in politics cannot be emphasized.
She advocated that women should be given more opportunities in political offices to justify their roles in politics.
He called on the people of the constituency to vote for APC in large number in the next general elections to ensure the victory of the party.
Also speaking, former Commissioner for Energy, Hon. Muyideen Olaniyi Alalade said the people of Oyun LG always support the Senate President and assured him of a continued support to the leadership of APC in the state.
Alalade stressed the need for all stakeholders to fully participate in the coming elections by obtaining their PVC and vote for any anointed candidates of Senator Saraki.
He said the essence of the meeting was to remember the stakeholders on the need to workhard for the victory of APC in 2019, warning them against selling their votes.
In their separate remarks, former member of the state House of Assembly, Hon Abdulrazaq Taiwo and Otunba Taiwo Afolabi described PVC as an instrument which could be used to show genuine love and loyalty to leadership of APC.
They called on the party leaders, youth and women to restrategise and redouble their efforts in preparation for 2019 elections.
The party leaders also advised INEC to place registration machine in all main towns in the council to afford people at the grassroots get registered.
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Kwara 2019: Why Ali Ahmad Deserves The Job, By Kehinde Abdulsalam

Leadership, they say is the capacity to translate vision into reality. The closest I have ever been to Honourable Ali Ahmad, one of the governorship hopeful and current speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly was in 2017 in Abuja.

I was assigned to cover a public lecture (Professor Epiphany Azinge Annual Lecture) and behold, the man Ali Ahmad was one of the guest speakers. He delivered a lecture titled: The Legislature in Emerging Democracies; Challenges and Prospects.

I was not only awestruck by the depth he went to exhaust the content of the paper, I was amazed that a politician could take me back to class with rapt attention.

I did a further research about him after the lecture, I then realized Ahmad is not only gifted intellectually but he’s as well imbued with capacity to translate vision into reality.

The success stories of today’s Administration of Criminal Justice Act is unarguably the brain child of Ahmad. The ACJA, as described by the former chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloma Mukhtar is a revolution in Nigeria Criminal Justice Administration.

The 480-clause of the ACJA sponsored by Ahmad successfully repealed the erstwhile Criminal Procedure Act which applied in the South and the Criminal Procedure Code which held sway in the North.

The ACJA is no doubt promoting efficient management of criminal justice institutions, speedy   dispensation   of justice, protection   of the society   from crime and   protection of the rights and interests of the suspect,   the defendant,   and the victim”.

How well could you describe man reputed to be the Number 1 legislator who sponsored the highest number of Bills in the 7th Assembly?

His relentless efforts and passion for vibrant legislation for the good of the downtrodden saw him being elected as Speaker of theKwara State House of Assembly on June 8, 2015.

Since his assumption of office as speaker, the Kwara State House of assembly has displayed unprecedented vibrancy in the quality of its Motions, Bills, Resolutions and overall legislation.

The House under his leadership engaged in strategic interventions in burning State matters including those involving the Labour and Students and all were resolved to the applause of Kwarans.

Notable among his interventions include:-

Donation of food items to NUT and NULGE during the non-payment of salary crisis.

He interfaced with the Executive for the release of N1Bn from Paris Club Refund for payment of Teachers’ salary.

He advocated for removal of Primary school Teachers’ salary from Local Government.

He advocated for takeover of payment of Basic School Teachers’ salary by the State Government.

He Intervened in Labour-Government faceoff over payment for Training by State Civil Servants.

As the Chairman Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, he facilitated the passage of the Not Too Young To Run bill which seeks to reduce the age limit for running for elected office in Nigeria.

Facilitated the bill which suspend the payment of pension to former Governor and Deputy Governor.

He ensured the passage of the people with disabilities bill, which seeks to strengthen the right and privilege of the physically challenged in the State.

Ensure the passage of the bill which seeks to prohibit unlawful dealing in Human parts.

As Kwarans look forward to who will mount the saddle of leadership come 2019, of course the selection process of APC flagbearer may not be an easy one owing to some certain factors, but it is imperative to state that competence and purposeful leadership are needed at this time to lay solid foundation for economic prosperity and challenges ahead.

The State need a passionate leader with a robust way of looking at the entire facets of the state, so that at the end of the day, no sector will be left unattended to.

A leader that will hold the view that only a strong economy can give our people what they want by making life more abundant and generating employment for its teeming youths.

A leader that will look at the state’s potential and grow it without waiting for allocation from Abuja before delivering on dividends of democracy to the people.

A leader who will offer al-Amaanah (the trust and moral responsibility or honesty) and accepts all the commands and prohibitions with the conditions attached.

Dr Ali Babatunde Ahmad is the most qualified Kwaran at this time we can trust the affairs of State with, won’t you rather support him?
Kehinde Abdulsalam Writes from Abuja
He can be reached via e-mail: arkehinde@gmail.com and on Twitter @arkehinde11
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Governor Ahmed Approves Appointment of Youth Empowerment Coordinators And Liaison Officers For LGs

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the appointment of youth empowerment coordinators and liaison officers for the sixteen local government councils in the state.

According to a statement issued in Ilorin, the state capital, by Alhaji Sola Isiaka Gold, the Secretary to the State Government, the appointments were driven by Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed’s desire to deepen inclusiveness in governance and boost youth empowerment in the state.

Alhaji Gold congratulated the new appointees and urged them to see their appointment as a call to service for the betterment of the people of Kwara State. The new appointees are as follows:




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Kwara Speaker Condemns President Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Fight

Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft war is yet to yield any result saying it has failed.

Ahmad stated this during an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

According to him, it was wrong for President Buhari to have made anti-graft war the priority of his government’s programme considering the slow dispensation of justice in Nigeria.

His words: “The best person that Nigeria has ever had to fight corruption since independence is Buhari but he bungled it. He did! And I cannot see him correcting this.

“I delivered a lecture at the Nigeria Union of Journalists event in Ibadan when this government was less than six months. I told them, you cannot fight corruption in Nigeria the way the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission or the Federal Government was fighting it. From day one, you know that our court system is slow; the Administration of Criminal Justice has reduced it by 40 or 50 per cent but it is still slow.

“You have only four years, how can you place your number one priority on a platform that you know is beyond your control, the judiciary? You cannot fight corruption with the judiciary alone, you cannot.”

He urged the Federal Government to make Nigerians embrace the anti-graft war by exposing corrupt people and strengthening anti-graft institutions.

He said, “We have told him (Buhari) that he should strengthen the state and federal lawmakers. Get the buy-in of Nigerians, which is zero at the moment. Nobody believes you are fighting corruption; when you place that priority on the door of the judiciary and after three years, you tell me that the judiciary is the stumbling block; we warned you that you cannot fight corruption in four years through the judiciary, you cannot.”

The speaker also said it was prejudicial for the Federal Government to mention the names of the people being prosecuted in court for allegedly looting the treasury.

Ahmad said, “Whoever is preparing that list is taking Nigerians for a ride. If you tell them that it (the list) is one-sided, they will mention some APC members that are on the list but if you look critically, you will see that those APC members are those that are not in agreement with them. So, it does not still answer the question that you are putting only the opposition in the list.”

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Kwara Gov Abdulfatah Ahmed Pledges New Police Station In Offa

Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has promised to build a new police station for Offa at a strategic position in the town within the next 45 days.

He spoke when he visited the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, at his palace in Offa to commiserate with him and people of Offa over the Thursday, armed robbery attack that claimed several lives in the town

Ahmed said he would do everything within his power to prevent a re-occurrence.

Besides, the governor promised to facilitate an  Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) for the community to beef up security in Offa and its environs.

Ahmed said he has secured the assurance of the Inspector General (IG) that the security infrastructure of the town would be rapidly scaled-up.

He said these measures were necessary to forestall incessant attacks on the existing police station each time there was armed robbery attack, assuring that those behind the act would soon be apprehended and brought to justice.

Oba Gbadamosi thanked the governor for the visit and concern.

He requested government assistance to prevail on the commercial banks not to abandon the town due to the incident.

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Offa Bank Robbery: IG Deploys High Powered Investigation Team To Kwara

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the deployment of three units of Police Mobile Force (PMF), high powered police investigation team and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to Kwara.

This followed the the robbery of banks in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of the state by arrmed robbers last Thursday.

The heavily armed men robbed Union Bank, Ecobank, Guarantee Trust Bank, First Bank, Zenith Banks and Ibolo Micro Finance Bank.

Force spokesman, ACP Jimoh Moshood, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said anti-robbery equipment and 10 crew members have also been deployed to the state.

He said that the units which had arrived kwara would cover Offa and its environs as well as other vulnerable points in the state.

The spokesman added that the police teams would carry out intelligence gathering and raids on identified criminal and other flash points in the states.

He said that the team deployed to Kwara, working in synergy with the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department in the state had arrested eight suspects connected with the bank robbery.

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Heavy Rainfall Destroys Kwara Stadium

A heavy rainfall on Tuesday evening, damaged a large portion of the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin.

The Stadium Manager, Mr Wale Obalola, said that it was the grace of God that averted the loss of lives during the heavy storm that accompanied the rain.

Obalola said that some people were still seeking refuge at one of the affected parts of the stadium while the storm lasted.

He said that the downpour completely damaged the ultra-modern score board and the whole of western perimeter fence of the old wing of the main bowl.

The stadium manager also said the rain affected the fence of Sultan Road, the indoor sports hall, the referee secretariat, offices and the office of a private security company (KSA Security).

Obalola said that the stadium management was still assessing other parts of the facilities to ascertain level of damage.

When contacted, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Ayobola Samuel, said he had not been briefed of the development but promised to visit the site on Wednesday for further assessment.

The stadium was built in 1977 by the then Military administrator of the state, the late Brig.-Gen. George Innih.

The stadium hosted the 1985 National Sports Festival and several other important sports tournaments, such as the World Handball Championship in 1991 among others.


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Kwara Civil Service Commission Denies Job Racketeering Report

The Kwara State Civil Service Commission has denied media reports that some of its officials receive bribe from applicants before offering them employment in the state civil service.

The Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Alhaji A.B Mohammed in a statement on Thursday, described the allegation as not only untrue, but a deliberate attempt to cause disaffection and tarnish the image of the commission.

He challenged anybody with evidence of infraction to come up with it to enable the commission invoke its internal mechanism of dealing with such abuses, stressing that the commission has not received any report of any illicit practices by any of its staff.

Mohammed emphasized that the Commission is guided by not only the extant Public Service rules, but also by universally acceptable best practices in its operations.

He added that the Commission had put in place internal mechanisms aimed at preventing and checking sharp practices and overzealousness on the part of its staff.

While reiterating the determination of the Commission to always pursue the State government’s policy of providing jobs for the youths, Mohammed vowed that the commission would not condone any sharp practice capable of negating the good intentions of the Ahmed-led administration.

The Permanent Secretary therefore, appealed to the public to disregard the baseless allegation, as lacking in both substance and merit, and should be treated as such.

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