NLC Commends Kwara Assembly Over Passage of Bill Suspending Pension To Ex-Govs, Deputies

The Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has commended the State House of Assembly for passing a bill stopping payment of pension to former governors, deputy governors, and other officers holding political offices after their tenure in office.
The House on Tuesday passed the bill after considering the report of the House Committee on Establishment and Public Service at the Committee of the Whole House sitting in Ilorin.
In a press release signed by the NLC Chairman, Comrade Yekini Agunbiade on Thursday, the labour union said that the passage of the bill reflects the lawmakers’ commitment to the interest of the masses.
Agunbiade noted that the passing of the bill is also a pointer to the type of people that should be voted into power for good governance to be achieved.
The labour leader recalled that the union had in the past kicked against the pension bill, particularly during the public hearing on the Contributory Pension Bill brought before the House.
He, therefore, applauded the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad and other members of the House for passing the bill.
Agunbiade also called on other states in the country to emulate Kwara state and stop payment of pensions to former governors still holding elective or appointive positions.
He also pledged the unflinching support of the union to the State government under the leadership of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
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Gov Ahmed Approves Appointment Of Local Government Monitoring Committees

The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the appointment of local government monitoring committees for the sixteen local government councils in the state.

In a statement issued in Ilorin, the state capital on Tuesday, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Sola Gold, said the approval was sequel to the government’s desire to ensure development projects are properly implemented according to specifications.

Alhaji Gold added that the committees are also to serve as additional platforms for assessing the development needs of the local governments in the state in line with the state government’s desire to ensure a meaningful spread of development projects across the state.

The Secretary to the State Governor congratulated the new committee members and tasked them to work together in the overall interest of the state.

1.     Busari A. Folorunsho
2.     Alh. Shafi Isiaka
3.     Alh. Salau A. Garuba
4.     Marufu Y. Olaniyi
5.     Fatimoh Babatunde
6.     Alh Mohammed .Y. Aliyu
7.     Barr. Ibrahim B. Koto
8.     Yahaya A. Galadima
9.     Haj. Aiyishatu Abdullahi
10.            Idris Salihu
11.            Audu K. Ishak
12.             Audu  Thomas
13.            Mohammed Saliu
14.            Kolo Mohammed Sha’ba
15.            Emmanuel Kolo
16.            Salimatu Ahmadu
17.            Abdulmumini Kawu
18.             Raji Abdulganiyu
19.            Femi Ajaji
20.            Hon. Doyin Fatigun
21.            Mrs. Muslimat Zaka
22.            Mr. Sunday Adebayo
23.            Mr Joseph Dada .O.
24.             Saka Oladimeji
25.            Kehinde Soliu
26.            Bayo Adetoro
27.            Fatai Adeyemi
28.            Nike Ayilara
29.             David A. Adeleye
30.             Alh. S.A Mahmud
31.            Alh. Laroki Jimoh
32.            Alh. Suleman Alaro
33.            Alh. Musa Buhari
34.            Alh. Suleiman Musa
35.            Hajia Kehinde
36.            Alh. Adams Mohammed
37.            Yanusa Jinba
38.            Mazuru Ademola
39.            Alh. Oyin Mustapha
40.            Musa Basanbo
41.            Suleiman Alabi
42.             Alh. Sulyman Bala .O.
43.            Alh. Amusa Alore
44.            Alh. Kabir Omodara
45.            Hajiya. Funmilayo .M.
46.            Kamaldeen Muhammed
47.            Saheed Olanrewaju
48.            Hon. Bisi Owolabi
49.            Prince Tunde Oyeyipo
50.            Olatunji Oladipo
51.            Mrs Racheal Adebayo
52.            Samsudeen Bada
53.            Olumide Ibitoye
54.            Awoniyi E.A
55.            Mr. John Oladimeji
56.            Alhya Memimona Salami
57.            Mr. Samuel Adewoye
58.            Alh. Saliman Oyedepo
59.            Hon. Umar Mohammed
60.            Hon. Salihu Yakub Sidiq
61.            Hajia .M. Ramat Dodo
62.            Alh. Mohammed Tukur
63.            Mohammed Umar
64.            Umar Abubakar
65.            Sanusi .A. Oladimeji
66.            Ibraheem Malik
67.            Subait Jimoh
68.            Raji Raheem
69.            Jimoh Alaro
70.            Salihu Aweda
71.            Chief Joseph Adeniyi
72.            Alh. Azeez Amuda
73.            Mr. Femi Oyinloye
74.            Chief Usman Abidoye
75.            Unice Ashaolu
76.            Alh Azeez Kola Aro
77.            Alh. Saliu Adebisi
78.            Alh. Lasun Olarinoye
79.            Alh. Iyabo Olagunju
80.            Ayo Olagunju
81.            Taofik Oladipo (Biko)
82.            Olaegbe Tijani Ayodele
83.            Hon. Rauf Aliu
84.            S.O Olagunde
85.            Jacob Afolayan
86.            AlhajaTabiat Bashir
87.            Abdullahi Nma Haruna
88.            Aliyu Yunusa
89.            Aliyu Legbo Usman
90.            Mrs. Gana Wodu
91.            Abdullahi Ndako Idris
92.            Mohammed Gimba

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Gov. Ahmed Approves Free Bus Ride For School Children, Pregnant Women, Others

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdufatah Ahmed has approved free bus ride for school children in uniform, pregnant women and the physically challenged people under the Maigida Soludero Mass Transit.

The Chief Executive Officer of the State Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Bureau, Mr. Segun Soewu, made this known while featuring on a radio programme on Tuesday.

Soewu explained that the pregnant women and physically challenged will be entitled to the free bus ride throughout the day, while the school children can only enjoy the free service in the afternoon.

He said that Governor Ahmed gave the directive as part of efforts to bring succour to families and the less the privileged.

The MSME Bureau boss added that the mass transit scheme has been offering subsidized intra and inter-city transport service to students and other members of the public since it was launched in June 2017.

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Kulende Blackout: Kwara Speaker Assures Residents Of Speedy Intervention

The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, has said the age-long epileptic power supply in Kulende community in Ilorin Metropolis, will soon be a thing of the past.
The Speaker gave the assurance in Ilorin while receiving a petition from the people of Zango Community over protracted poor power supply in the area.
Dr Ahmad disclosed that  power sub stations would be constructed in 4 locations in the Metropolis commencing with Kulende, within the next few months by the federal government, under the constituency projects of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to permanently resolve the poor power supply in the area.
The Speaker, who attributed the problem in the area to lack of investment by the Power Distribution Company, assured that government was genuinely committed towards resolving it, by providing N1bn for procurement of more transformer in the 2018 budget of the State.
Earlier, the Spokespersons of Zango Community had narrated their ordeal of being in perpetual darkness, due to long feeder route and old transformers in the area and called for the intervention of the legislature in addressing the problem permanently.
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Kwara Assembly Passes Ilorin Township Liquor Prohibition Bill

The Kwara State House of Assembly has passed a Bill for a law expanding areas where manufacturing, sales and consumption of liquor are prohibited in Ilorin Metropolis.
The passage of the Bill into law, followed the consideration of the report on the Bill by the House in its Wednesday’s sitting.
Under the law, no person will be allowed to produce, sell, store or openly consume any liquor within specified areas and any person who contravenes the provision shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six month or both.
Speaking after the passage of the Bill into law, the Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad, while directing the Clerk of the House, Alhaji Ahmed Katsina Mohammed, to prepare clean copy for the Governor’s assent, expressed confidence” that the Bill would go a long way to protect our young ones from the ills of alcohol consumptions”.
Dr Ahmad explained that with the passage of the Bill, the sales of alcohol, according to him, was now controlled  as it is practice in the advanced countries.
He praised members for the tenacity of purpose demonstrated, in ensuring the passage of the Bill into law.
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Kwara Lawmaker Gives Free UTME Forms To Constituents

In his effort to ensure every youths have access to tertiary education in courses of their choices, the lawmaker representing Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency has given 330 UTME/JAMB slots to less privilege candidates in his constituency.

This gesture which is part of the lawmaker’s annual activities aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education.

In a statement issued by Honorable Atunwa’s constituency office, the lawmaker stated that giving UTME/JAMB slots to less privilege candidates is no longer a new development but an initiative that has become annual and intrinsic. Hon Atunwa reiterated his commitment towards educational development in his constituency.

Meanwhile, beneficiaries from the various wards across the constituency appreciate Hon Atunwa for the gesture which has given them the opportunity to further their education. Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Kadir Bolakale expressed profound gratitude to the lawmaker and prayed that Almighty Allah continue to strengthen him to do more.

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We Dont Pay Workers In Cash, Says Kwara Govt

The Kwara State Government has denied claims by a group that workers in the State Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are paid in cash.

In a statement via Facebook, the State government said all categories of workers in the State are paid through electronic means, via their individual bank accounts.

The statement said with reference to the State Ministry of Justice and other MDAs, only travelling allowances and other petty transactions are cash-based while all other payments are done electronically.

It also noted that the State government has embraced e-payment, which is in line with the Federal Government’s cashless policy.

The statement maintained that this has eliminated manual processes in payroll computation, reducing fraud improving efficiency and maximizing utilization of existing work force.

It added the electronic system has also eliminated ghost workers and illegal recruitment of workers, thereby reducing personnel cost.

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Kwara: Creating Enabling Environment For Businesses To Flourish, By Oyewale Oyelola

The new order in Nigeria is shifting from era where government involves directly in business ventures to era where government at federal, state and local government level tailored their machineries towards creating conducive environment for private entrepreneurs to establish companies, thereby contributing to economic growth through job creation, revenue generation for government among other benefits.

Kwara State Government under the leadership of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, a leader with business acumen, has displayed high level of commitment to make the state investment hub for local and foreign investors.

Governor Ahmed, having worked in private sector for many years, is not unaware that government policies could make or mar the growth of any business organisation. This accounted for different policies/programmes introduced by Kwara State Government to create conducive business environment for investors.

The state boasts of Public Private Partnership Bureau, run by accomplished professionals in business and banking, whose mandate is to promote investments and serve as a link between the state government and the private sector.

Also, the state government has doubled its efforts to address infrastructural deficit with the introduction of IF-K in order to build infrastructure such as roads, bridges, electricity and others. Similarly, the priority given to security of lives and properties through various support programmes for security agencies in the state of harmony has turned the state to safe haven for everyone. Additionally, the IGR reform of Kwara State has placed the state on a sound revenue pedestal and tripled internal revenue by changing the people, process and technology for tax collection and administration without introducing new taxes. Kwara State Internal Revenue Service has, within two years, streamlined taxes, boosted the informal sector and insulated the state from turbulence of unstable federal allocation.

Apart from that, the state government sometimes helps businesses to secure land for establishment of business in the state. In 2017, Governor Ahmed led administration facilitated the process that led to acquisition of 1900 hectares of land for farming by QuinniMCGrath Limited. The company according to its Chairman, Mr Didi Ndiomu would create over 700 jobs and boost economy of the state.

Furthermore, KAM Wire has expanded their business in the state, thereby making the Kwara based company leading manufacturer of building materials in the country. Another Multinational Feed Mills, OLAM farms has engaged about a thousand workers.

Likewise, a leading telecom company has relocated its Call Centre with above 1000 capacity to the state due to tranquillity and peaceful atmosphere in Kwara State. Aside that, media houses, especially private owned radio stations, are springing up in the state on account of business friendly environment created by Governor Ahmed led administration.

Consequently, the influx of business organisations in the state without doubt have created employment for thousands of people, contributing millions of naira to state’s economy monthly and increase state’s IGR through various taxes.

Hence, Kwara State is fast moving from typical civil servants state to a state that is driven by both public and private sectors.

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IVTEC: Gov. Ahmed Approves Seventy Percent Scholarship For Kwarans

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved seventy per cent scholarship for indigenes of the State at the International Vocational, Training and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), Ajase-Ipo, as the institution commences academic activities on March 1, 2018.

Governor Ahmed announced this on Monday during a meeting with the College’s Board of Trustees led by its Chairman, Prof. Abiodun Adimula at the Government House, Ilorin. The scholarship covers tuition, fees and training tools.

The governor also approved a full scholarship for a three-month special training programme for 195 indigent students under the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) project.

He said the beneficiaries will be selected from the World Bank existing database and selection model, and 13 candidates each from the 195 will undergo any of the available 15 special certificate programmes for three months, which will cost a total of N17,146,545.00.

Governor Ahmed said the decision to grant the 70 per cent scholarship was necessitated by need to expand access to global standard education and training that will be offered at IVTEC without compromising quality.

According to him, the government will continue to emphasize its sponsorship model as well as its Small and Medium scale enterprise (SME) scheme to ensure the sustenance of the college.

The governor also welcomed the decision of Riccofortezza Group Limited, one of the two firms executing the ongoing Light Up Kwara (LUK) project, to facilitate Solar Technology training at IVTEC.

He added that this is in tandem with the state government’s model of providing modular solar power energy solution, which according to him, has already been piloted in a village in the State to power farmers’ water pumps and their homes.

Speaking earlier, Prof. Adimula commended Governor Ahmed for setting up the College, which he said would assist in solving the dearth of professional artisans in the country.

Adimula said IVTEC would be able to produce quality workmanship in Nigeria in order to mitigate the problems experienced in the quality of artisanship as manifested in our roads, buildings and other sectors.

He disclosed that arrangements have been concluded to begin academic activities at the College on March 1, 2018.

Also speaking, IVTEC acting Rector, Dr. Ade Somide said the institution had embarked on training of trainers with respect to teaching, adding that the instructors are fully ready to commence training of students. He, however, said that the College still requires more support staff.

Somide also stated that the College had expanded its enrolment base to 630 students per session, which he said, will bring down the cost of training.

The acting Rector disclosed that Riccofortezza Group Limited is set to train about 25 students in Solar Technology at IVTEC including a N1million empowerment package for each of them in terms of training and equipment.

He added that the company will also assist the beneficiary students with a business start-up package.

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2019: Kwara Youths Oppose Saraki’s Plan To Defect To PDP

Some youths under the guise of Face of Change, on Monday, protested the rumoured plan by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his aides to decamp from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The youths, who are also members of the PDP in Kwara State, carry placards reading: ‘No to Bukola Saraki and cronies in the PDP,’ ‘PDP exco, shine your eyes,’ and ‘PDP gov ticket is not for sale.’

Recall that Saraki served as Governor of Kwara state from 2003 to 2011 under the platform of the PDP, but decamped to the APC in 2014.

Meanwhile, the state Coordinator, Face of Change, Alhaja Kubrat Abdullateef, however, said in an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, that the protesters were only expressing their personal views, adding that they were not part of the conference.

She said, “What we are trying to do is that we do not want a repeat of what had happened in the past when Bukola Saraki planted his cronies in our party and we had a very rancorous primary. We are guarding against that and we do not want a repeat of that. Those who are carrying placards, that is their personal opinion.”

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Saraki’s CCT Trial: Kwara Lawmakers Demand Disqualification Of Danladi Umar

Kwara State lawmakers in the House of Representatives have advised the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), to disqualify the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Chairman, Danladi Umar from presiding over the corruption case against senate President Bukola Saraki.

The lawmakers say the outcome of the judgment may not be fair if Danladi Umar who also has a corruption case hanging on him is allowed to preside.

The House of Representatives had earlier condemned what it called the manipulation of Nigeria’s criminal justice system by the AGF and the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

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Kwara LG Workers, Pensioners Got Full January Salary – ALGON Chairman

[4:23 PM, 2/9/2018] Abusidiqu: Chairman of the Kwara State chapter of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr Joshua Olatunji Omokanye has said that staff and pensioners of the 16 local councils in the State received full salary for the month of January, 2018.

Omakanye, who also doubles at the Chairman of Oyun Local Government Area of the State made this known in an interview with journalists on Friday.

He explained that any deduction experienced in the workers’ pay was as result of cooperatives deduction and bank loans incurred by the affected workers.

The ALGON Chairman urged the LG workers to always collect their pay slip every month so that they will know the exact reason for any deduction in their wages.

Omokanye also clarified that the peculiar needs of the local councils in terms of running cost, number of vigilantes and traditional rulers caused the disparity experienced in other salary-related payments across the LGs last month.

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has charged all the local government chairmen to always prioritize salary related payments.

Governor Ahmed gave the charge during a meeting with the LG chairmen at the Government House, Ilorin on Thursday.

He acknowledged that the LG employees received full month salary for January and urged to the council chair persons to sustain it.

The governor noted that in view of the recent improvement in federal allocation, the LG chief executives must ensure that they pay full month salary to their staff, pensioners, casual workers, vigilantes and statutory payment to traditional rulers.

Alhaji Ahmed also emphasized that the council chairmen must take control of their respective local governments, particularly in the areas of finance, internally generated revenue (IGR) and security.

He added that the State government will continue to assist the councils in terms of IGR reforms to enable them meet more of their obligations.

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