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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Lassa Fever: Kwara Assembly Urges State Govt To Embark On Aggressive Campaign

The Kwara State House of Assembly has called on the state government to extend its campaign against Lassa Fever, to Local Government Councils, Traditional Rulers, places of Worship and market to prevent the spread of the disease to the state.
The call was sequel to a Matter of General Public Importance  raised by the House Leader, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke on the scourge of Lassa fever in Nigeria.
The Deputy Speaker, Elder Mathew Okedare, who presided over the sitting, while reading the resolutions of the House,explained that the need for the state government to extend its advocacy became expedient  in view of the urgent need to halt the  spread of the deadly disease in the state.
The Legislature  equally enjoined the state government to always make drugs available to its citizens  through adequately trained health personnel to curb the spread of lassa fever to the state.
It also called on the State Ministry of Environment to always ensure prompt evacuation of refuse from the Roro bins breeding of rats,pointing out that keeping the household  clean would go along way   to keep lassa fever away from the state.
 The House Leader had while raising the Matter of General Public Importance disclosed that the disease had been on rampage  and urged government to look inward in curbing its spread to the state.
Other members who contributed on the Matter expressed displeasure that the deadly disease was not receiving deserved attention,  and advocated the need to put adequate measures in place, to tackle the disease in the state.
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Kwara Speaker Charges Youths On Secured Future

Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has challenged youths in the state to put their God-given talents into positive things that would guarantee their future and have lasting impact in the society.
Ahmad stated this in a release issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir while hosting the ‘Kill ma beats’ Season 3rd winner who is an indigene of the state, Mr. Adekanye Ayodeji (A.K.A Zoko) over the weekend.
He described the Musician as inspirational and classic example other youths in the state should emulate to discover themselves and contribute positively to the society.
The Speaker added that Adekanye has not only made the State proud with his performance by emerging winner among the 3,000 applicants, but has further proved that Kwara youths have what it takes to rule the world.
He, however, advised the youths to be good ambassadors of Kwara wherever they might found themselves, saying that the 8th Legislature would always be there to support them excel in their various endeavour.
Earlier, the Rapper, Ayodeji Adekanye who hails from Irepodun Local Government thanked the Speaker and Kwarans for their support and believe in him, which according to him has enabled him to emerge victorious in the just concluded musical competition.
Adekanye promised not to relent in his efforts to further made the state proud and further called for more sponsors to enable him succeed in the entertainment industry.
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Kwara Elders Reject Cattle Colony

The executive members and elders of the Kwara South Consultative Forum have kicked against the establishment of cattle colonies which is being suggested or planned by the Federal Government.

Rising from its emergency meeting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, at the weekend, the Forum, while expressing its total opposition to the idea, opined that establishment of cattle colonies is a subtle way by the federal government of acquiring land across the country “for these set of people killing innocent people across the country,” adding that “such plan was meant to favour a set of people at the expense of original land owners.”

Addressing select journalists on the vexed issue after the Forum’s meeting, its Secretary General, Engr. Adebayo Daramola, queried : “Who knows what happens to the colonies in the next 50 years from now? And won’t the Fulani claim the land and even the state in which the colonies are located? ”

The Secretary General said the resolution at the emergency meeting was that no inch of Yoruba land in Kwara South Senatorial District and indeed Kwara state would be available for any such colonies.

He said: “This national calamity can only be solved through cattle ranching. As it is not the monopoly of any tribe to be involved in cattle rearing through ranching, the forum implored citizens of the 12 Yoruba speaking local governments to venture into cattle ranching business. A model example of such business is at the Shonga Farm as ranching alternative to the ill-advised cattle colonies.

“A recent killing in Kaiama local government is not encouraging. The forum would want the people of the affected area to speak out. ”

Daramola said the Forum lamented the barbaric behaviour of the particular people who set ablaze and destroyed the farmland of Vice Admiral S. Afolayan (Rtd), a former Chief of Naval Staff in this country and therefore advised the federal government to “address the issue of restructuring the administration of Nigeria into the old regional system in order to reduce considerably cost of governance as being experienced by the presidential system we are currently operating.”


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Infrastructure: Kwara Assembly Commends Senate President Saraki Over Massive Projects In The State

The Kwara State House of Assembly, has commended the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki for his timely intervention at ensuring provision of infrastructure, that will improve on the wellbeing of the people of the state.
The resolution is followed the consideration of a Motion titled ” Appraising the Senate President’s intervention on Development of infrastructure in Kwara State ” sponsored by a member representing Patigi Constituency, Hon. Shuaib Abdulkadir, who noted that for the first time the state had almost 40 Kwarans on the list of Federal Board of Parastatals as well as influenced and facilitated over 200 projects to the state.
The Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad, while reading the resolutions of the House, noted with delight, that it would require post graduate studies to document all achievements, impacts and future dimensions of the effort of the Senate President on the lives of the people of the State.
Dr. Ahmad expressed delight that the projects and interventions of the Senate President, were handled by indigenous contractors, which according to him, had improved the socio economic wellbeing of the indigenous contractors.
The House, while urging contractors handling all the projects to execute projects according to specifications on scheduled, enjoined the Senate President, to extend his influence especially in the provision of boreholes, classrooms, and other areas that require intervention, to further enhance the wellbeing of the entire people of the State.
The legislature equally mandated the Clerk of the House, to write letter of appreciation to the Senate President, on behalf of the people of Kwara State, for his intervention in infrastructural, human capital development, and poverty alleviation in the State.
Meanwhile, a bill for a law to amend the Governor and Deputy Governor payment of pension, passed through Second Reading at the floor of the House, after robust debate, by members on the general principle of the bill.
The Speaker, while directing the Clerk, Alhaji Ahmed Katsina Mohammed, to read the bill for the second time, called for an- all-inclusive public hearing on the bill, to ensure enactment of an enduring, practicable law.
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We Patronise Local Contractors For Projects, Says KWSG

Contrary to claims by the opposition party, the Kwara State Government says it has always made use of local contractors in the execution of road projects in the state.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the State Governor, Dr Muyideen Akorede said this while featuring on a radio programme, tagged ‘Ibi Abashe de on Tuesday, alongside the Publicity Secretary of the Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Sulyman Buhari.

Dr Akorede disclosed that Offa-Ipe road, Gerewu phase 1, Sango-Oke Andi road, Babanloma township road, Oko Bridge in Oro-Ago, Tanke-Awolowo road, Oloro Palace road, among other road projects were executed by local contractors while local consultants were also engaged.

He added that these projects have empowered the beneficiaries and also created local jobs for the people.

Speaking on tax payment and collection in the state, Dr Akorede explained that the state government has not imposed any burden on individual tax payers and businesses in the State.

He re-emphasized that the government neither introduced new taxes nor increased existing ones, but only restructured the tax collection system to block leakages.

The governor’s media aide disclosed that artisans in the state pay N2500 as taxes annually, while market women pay about N5000 as annual tax depending on their income.

He also denied claims that the Federal Government has shut down the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Kwara State over alleged neglect of the camp by the state government.

He clarified that in view of the low number of the 2017 Batch “B” Stream ll corps members, the NYSC management decided that corps member deployed to Kwara, Ogun and Oyo states should have their orientation course at the Oyo NYSC camp in Iseyin.

He, therefore, noted that there was no iota of truth to the allegation that the Kwara NYSC orientation camp has been shut down by the Federal Government.

Speaking further, the governor’s media aide disclosed that the State government has set aside N1.6billion as counterpart funding to access the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) matching grant for the construction of classrooms in schools across the State. He added that the construction work will commence.

Also speaking, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari said that the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has used his position to attract more capital projects to Kwara State.

He listed some of the projects to include dualisation of Michael-Imodu/Ganmo road, Afon/Aboto/Oyo state boundary road construction, Share/Patigi road, Ilorin-Omu Aran-Egbe road, Pategi-Kpada Road and contractor mobilisation to Ajasse Ipo-Offa Erinle Road, among others.

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Kwara Speaker Distributes JAMB Forms To Indigent Students

Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has distributed Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms to 220 indigent students in his Ilorin South Constituency.
The gesture spread across the 11wards in the Constituency equally had the beneficiaries registration being paid for by the legislator.
The JAMB forms presentation is among several other scholarship programmes and gestures usually embarked on by the legislator.
Speaking, Ahmad said that the future of Ilorin South youths is very paramount to him, hence the reason he was always ready to render assistance to them either for their educational pursuits or to be self-dependence.
The Speaker who underscored the importance of education noted that it is essential that governments at all levels are supported towards improving the sector and secure the country’s future.
According to him,  “the annual gesture has become a tradition that is critically being followed”, adding that  he was delighted to be contributing positively to the beneficiaries’ future.
Ahmad also admonished the students to prepare very well for the forthcoming tertiary institutions entrance examination.
In the same vein, Ahmad has advised the youths to avail themselves the opportunity of the internet facilities at his Constituency Office to register in the on-going advertisement placed online by Dangote Group of Companies seeking employees for various vacant positions.
He further advised them not to limit themselves to watching the weekly European football matches at the office but use the facilities to browse free of charge for other numerous opportunities.
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Kwara Speaker Commends Gov Ahmed Over Assent To Town Planning Law

The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, has commended the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, for  signing the State Urban and Regional Planning Bill 2017 into Law, saying that the prompt assent to the Law has ushered in a new dawn in the State.
The Speaker made the observation in Ilorin, while reacting to the Governor’s assent on the Bill.
Dr. Ahmad in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdul Rahman Sanni, said: “The era of proliferation of illegal Petrol Stations in residential areas and erection of corner shops in every available public space are now things of the past in the state”.
The Speaker then urged the Governor to ensure immediate release of the N300m allocated to the sector in 2018 budget, to ensure immediate take off of the two agencies established by the Law, for effective implementation of the Law, adding that “a masterplan for Ilorin is 20 years behind schedule and will still not be achievable, if the state government fails to inaugurate the two agencies and ensure their immediate take off “.
He described the outcome of the exercise as a combination of over 2 years of legislative doggedness and intensive engagement with citizens, professionals and government agencies”.
This according to him, was another clear testimony that democracy was working in Kwara State.
It would be recalled that the legislative arm of government, under the leadership of the Speaker, had in August, 2015, inaugurated an Ad- hoc Committee on Proliferation of Petrol Stations, in which 6 Filling Stations were ordered to be demolished, while another set of Petrol Stations, were recommended for various sanctions.
The Speaker then determined that the weakness in the extant law, was a major problem, and that a permanent solution lied in an entirely new law
Under the new Law, stiffer penalties await culprits, while the state Town Planning and Development Authority has been unbundled, with the establishment of the Physical Planning Authority and the  Development Control Agency to conform with  international best practices.
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INEC Registers 68,079 Voters In Kwara

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kwara State, on Thursday, announced that it had registered a total of 68,079 people at the end of the third quarter of the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise which began in April 2017.

Speaking with stakeholders in Ilorin, the Administrative Secretary of the electoral body in the state, Mr Paul Atser, said only 3,069 people had collected their permanent voters cards (PVCs) since April 2017 out of 242,069 unclaimed cards after the 2015 elections.

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Kwara United Road Crash: Ali Ahmad Sympathises With Management

The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad has expressed his sympathy to the management, staff and players of Kwara United Football Club following the team’s involvement in an accident on Wednesday while returning to Ilorin from Lagos State.
This is contained in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir, in Ilorin on Thursday, stressing that the news was received with a shock but with gratitude to Allah that no life was lost in the accident.
Ahmad who rued the sad occurrence noted that it happened when the football club was putting finishing touches to its preparation for the commencement of the forthcoming National Professional Football League (NPFL) new season.
The Speaker said it is hoped that the unfortunate incident would not draw the football club backward, adding that the team should put the incident behind them in order to be in great shape for the  new league season.
According to him, “the news came to us as a shock but we thank Allah that few individuals who sustained injuries are positively reacting to the treatment. Kwarans are positive with the team’s preparation, it will do the state proud in the professional league”.
He, however, enjoined the team not to be deterred in its objectives of not only securing a continental ticket at the end of the forthcoming season but also strive to be crowned as the nation’s Champions.
The legislator called for stakeholders support and maximum cooperation to enable the team excel in the NPFL.
Ahmad pledged the State House of Assembly’s support for the football club, stressing that the 8th Legislature is determined and committed to the improvement of sports in the state.
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Governor Ahmed Directs SUBEB To Issue Outstanding Teachers’ Promotion Letters

The Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has directed the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to release all outstanding promotion letters to primary and junior secondary school teachers in the state.

Governor Ahmed, who gave the directive during a meeting with officials of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Kwara State in his office on Wednesday, said the SUBEB chairman should immediately begin the release of letters to the affected workers at the basic education level in the state, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede

As part of efforts to resolve salary crises affecting SUBEB workers in the state, Governor Ahmed also announced his preparedness to consider a return to the tradition of making SUBEB a first line charge on local government allocation in order to prioritise teachers’ salaries.

Governor Ahmed stressed that this must however be implemented without hampering the capacity of local government councils to pay workers and pensioners.

While re-emphasising that the delayed salaries of basic education teachers and local government workers is due to the drop in federal allocation to local government councils in the state, Governor Ahmed informed the labour leaders that he is currently reviewing the cost of paying Junior Secondary school (JSS) teachers with a view to incorporating them into the State teaching service commission.

Alhaji Ahmed said whatever proportion of the JSS salary obligation is taken over by the state government will result in a reduction of the burden on local government councils and improving their capacity to pay teachers as well as local government workers and pensioners.

Governor Ahmed emphasised that the only long term solution to the issue of SUBEB teachers and local government workers’ salary arrears is an improvement in Internally Generated Revenue and the Federal Government’s take over of basic education funding.

On the issue of school infrastructure, Governor Ahmed said the state government will soon begin rehabilitation of all primary and junior secondary schools in the state as arrangements have been completed to pay the counterpart funding in order to access Universal Basic Education Commission grants for school infrastructure.

While reiterating that government is working on other strategies to address the teachers’ salary arrears, Governor Ahmed urged the teachers to shelve their proposed strike in the interest of their pupils and students.

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