Kwara Govt. Disburses N1bn To 540 Farmers

The Kwara State Government has disbursed over N1 billion to 500 smallholder farmers and 40 commercial farmers to boost agriculture and food security in the state.

Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara who made this known on Monday in Ilorin, while speaking at the 2nd Harmony Agriculture International Fair (HAGIF) said the government had also provided 2,550 hectares of land for smallholder farmers in the state.

He also said that 381 kilometres of rural roads would be rehabilitated in 2018 under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), in partnership with the World Bank and the Federal Government.

Ahmed described the Off-Takers Demand Driving Agriculture (ODDA) Scheme as an empowerment programme that was initiated to drive employment, boost food production and diversify the state’s economy.

He said that the objective of the scheme was to match farmers with off-takers who would purchase the harvested produce directly from the farmers

The governor said that his administration had, over their years, embarked on various intervention programmes, which were aimed at provoking the people’s attitudinal change towards agriculture in the state.

Ahmed listed such intervention programmes as the Back to Farm programme, the Youth Farm Centre and the ODDA Scheme, among others.

He said that the programmes were part of the commercial agriculture initiative of his administration.

“ODDA is designed to build an agribusiness ecosystem that will reduce food importation, enhance foreign exchange and more importantly, create sustainable livelihoods for our people, especially youths and women,” he added.

Ahmed said that by the coming harvest season, the state would witness the emergence of a new generation of prosperous youth farmers.

According to him, HAGIF has a symbiotic relationship with the ODDA scheme through its agribusiness division.

Earlier, the Chairman of Harmony Holdings, Prof. Halidu Abubakar, said that the financial support which the state government gave to the company had enabled it to give out loans to over 100 cooperative societies and 1,000 farmers.

He said that the goal of the company was to complement the efforts, policies and programmes of the state government in its agricultural transformation agenda

 

Gov Ahmed Extends Tenure of TICs, Appoints New Members

The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved the extension of the tenure and the appointment of new members of transition implementation committees (TICs) for the sixteen local councils in the state.

According to a statement by Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Sola Gold, the new appointments and extension follow the expiration of the tenure of the previous TIC members.

Alhaji Gold added that Governor Ahmed made the appointments and extension in exercise of powers conferred on him by the Kwara State Local Government Law 2008.

According to the Secretary to the State Government, the new TIC Chairpersons are: Alhaji Yunus Oniboki (Asa), Alhaji Mohammed Danjuma (Baruten), Mr. Yakubu Shaaba, (Edu), Chief Samuel Adaramola, (Ekiti), Mr. Abdulwahab Ololele, (Ilorin West), Mr. Ishola Abdullahi, (Ilorin East), Alhaja Funmi Salau (Ilorin South), and Alhaji Omoniyi M. Ayinla (Ifelodun).

Others are Mr. Abiodun Jacob Ajiboye (Irepodun), Mr. Oyelere Oyinloye (Isin), Hon. Umar Ahmed Gunu Y (Kaiama), Mr. Olaiya Zuberu (Moro), Mr. Akeem Olatunji (Offa), Mr. Abegunde Goke, (Oke Ero), Mr. Odogun Olushola Gabriel (Oyun), and Mr. Mohammed Yahaya Barki (Patigi).

Details of other members of the newly constituted TICs will made available later today.

Kwara seeks $162m partnership with World Bank

As part of efforts to bridge infrastructure gap in the state, Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has solicited a partnership of $162m with the World Bank.

The partnership arrangement was presented to the World Bank team on Wednesday in Abuja by Director General, Kwara State office of Public, Private Partnership, KP3, Yomi Ogunsola, during a visit to world bank headquarters in Abuja by Gov Ahmed.

Making the presentation, Ogunsola said the partnership proposal includes International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship College, IVTEC, 30-to-1 class secondary school renovation, state wide health scheme, water accessibility and Artisan Mining Light Processing Hub.

Other projects proposal, according to the DG include: Light-Up-Kwara, Data-Driven Medium and Large Scale Agriculture, MSME Financial Inclusion among others.
Speaking earlier, Gov Ahmed who thanked the World Bank for various interventions in the state, said he was at the Bank’s headquarters to explore other areas of partnership, especially as they affect the most vulnerable groups.

According to the governor, “I’m not more concern between now and 2019, but about what happens after 2019 when I leave office. I want to bequeath a state on auto run in all phases of human developments to those coming after me.”

The governor said he is more concern with projects embedded with energy accessibility, expanded with available value chain for existing sectors, connected with labour intensive growth, guaranteed safety and security, among others.

Responding, the World Bank Country Director, Rachid Benmessaoud, thanked the state governor and his team for the visit and promised to look into areas of partnership with the state government when the current country projects are being reviewed.

According to the director, most of the projects in the country are executed in synergy with the federal government through the federal ministry of finance.

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How We’ll Utilise Next Paris Club Refund – Gov. Ahmed

The Kwara State government says it will use its share of the second tranche of the Paris Club refund to assist local government councils to offset part of their outstanding salary arrears and on critical infrastructure projects in the State.
The State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed disclosed this on Saturday during the monthly meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ilorin, the State capital.
Governor Ahmed said the State government is expected to receive another 25% of its claims as its share of the Paris club refunds.
He added that once the money is received, the government will apply it towardssalary arrears at the local governments and also fund infrastructure development.
Alhaji Ahmed noted that the government is committed to bridging  the infrastructure deficit in the State in order to make it more attractive for investment and enhance the people’s welfare.
It will be recalled that the State government released the sum of N3.4bn to the local councils as their share of the first tranche received by the State.

Ongoing Road Projects: Kwara Govt Paid N1b To Contractors in March

The Kwara State Government in March released over N1billion to about thirty-six contractors handling various road projects across the State.

The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya made this during on Saturday during the monthly APC Town hall meeting held at the Banquet Hall, Ilorin.

Yahaya said that the State governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed recently conducted an assessment tour of some of the projects and also flagged off new projects.

According to him, the Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund (IFK) has enabled the government implement projects in the face of the current economic situation.

He added that while some of the projects have been completed, the state government will ensure the completion of other ongoing projects and embark on new ones across the State.

Also speaking, Governor Ahmed said that as the government is embarking on infrastructure projects within the State, it will also initiate more empowerment programmes for youths and women.

On infrastructure, he told the audience his inspection of projects across the state will continue till all ongoing and infrastructure are completed just as he also announced plans to kick start the construction of KWASU campus in Osi and commence the Mass Transit Scheme, Maigida Soludero Transit.

Herdsmen/Farmers’ Clash: Kwara State Govt To Strengthen LG Security Structure

The Kwara State Government is to strengthen existing security and peace committees in all 16 local government areas in the State as a way of forestalling clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

This was one of the resolutions of the Kwara State Security Committee meeting held on Wednesday at the Government House, Ilorin, and chaired by the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.

The Committee resolved that the LG security and peace committees are to monitor, assess and manage security situations manage and prevent escalation.

The committees, which consist of all stakeholders and security agencies in the local governments including farmers and herdsmen, are also to identify means of compensation where necessary.

The Kwara State Security Committee also resolved that the Police should look seriously into the issue of illegal arms possession in the State with a view to curbing violence and other criminal acts.

To this end, the State Police Command was directed to engage in massive advocacy in partnership with the State government to enlighten the public on permissible and non-permissible arms in the State.

The Committee also approved that a seminar be organized for traditional rulers and leaders of thought to identify better ways of promoting stronger harmony and cohesion in communities across the State, especially between farmers and herdsmen. The seminar is also to promote the use of dialogue and stakeholder engagement.

Furthermore, the Committee mandated security agencies to pay special attention to the issue of illegal miners to avoid land degradation and control situations that can threaten peace and security in local communities.

The Committee also urged all citizens and residents of the State to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement or activity to security agencies in order to prevent infiltration of undesirable elements into the State.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, Governor Ahmed noted that clashes between farmers and herdsmen have become a serious security challenge that needs urgent remedial actions in order to maintain the State’s reputation as a home of peace and harmony.

He, therefore, called on all citizens and residents of the State to remain calm and avoid taking law into their own hands. The State Security Committee meeting also had in attendance the State Deputy Governor, Elder Peter Kishira, Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari as well as heads of all security agencies and paramilitary institutions such as NDLEA, FRSC, Immigration and Customs.

Governor Ahmed Flags Off 5000-Unit Mass Housing Project, Pledges Compensation

Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed has promised that adequate compensation will be paid for lands acquired under its 5000 mass housing projects for the less privileged.

The Governor who made this disclosure at the Ground Breaking of New Cities in Remote places for the less privileged at Ajase-Ipo in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state stated that  “compensation for land acquired for the mass housing projects is currently being worked out and will be paid as soon as the modalities are completed.”

According to the governor, though, the housing project is an initiative of the African Nations Development Program (ANDP) in partnership with the Kwara State Government, “It is also worthy of note that the Africa Nations Development Programme intended to site the project at one specific location in the State. However, in the spirit of Shared Prosperity, we agreed with our partners to spread the project across the State. Consequently, seven locations were selected, including Ajase-Ipo, Ilorin, Osi, Lafiagi, Share, Ilesha-Baruba and Offa.”

Governor Ahmed explained that out of the 5000 two-bedroom bungalow of the housing units, 500 each will be constructed in Ajase-Ipo and Offa, 2000 units on 100 hectares in Ilorin, 500 on 50 hectares each in Osi, Lafiagi, Share and Ilesha-Baruba.

“The most cheering news is that the housing units, designed to provide affordable mass housing to citizens and residents of the state, will be allocated to low income earners free of charge,” the governor assured the people.

The New Cities in Remote places programme, according to the governor,  entails the provision of 5000 new homes with other infrastructures and amenities like road network with drainages, water, electricity, Ultra-modern  hospital, schools and skill acquisition center.

Earlier, the African Director-General of ANDP, Ambassador (Dr) Samson Omojuyigbe had said the ground breaking was the result of “painstaking arrangements” by the Kwara State Government and ANDP officials, saying the project is meant to alleviate the plight of the poor in the society by putting an end to the ” grinding poverty” they face daily.

“The desire to turn things around for the less privileged in our midst is the driving force behind this initiative of ANDP”, he said.

Recession: Stop the Blame Game – Gov. Ahmed

The Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, has advised Nigerians to stop blaming President Muhammadu Buhari or any other past leaders in the country on the state of the current state of the economy, but collectively think outside the box for an enduring solution.

Ahmed gave the advice while hosting members of the Kwara State Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture in his office on Wednesday.

 

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He said there is nowhere in the world where a nation runs a mono-economy like ours without running into economic recession.

According to the governor: “Over the years, the money earned from oil driven economy did not go into regenerative programmes, but went into consumption and payment of petrol subsidy.

“So what do you think will happen?

“The economy cannot be better.

“It is not the fault of Buhari or Jonathan.

“It is the fault of Nigeria leadership from inception.

“It is the fault of everybody.”

Ahmed advised that “as a people, we must begin to see how we can improve our resourcefulness.

“Enough of blame game.

“It won’t take us anywhere.

“Once we improve on human capital development, we can begin to drive entrepreneurship and we would begin to move out of the recession.”

Earlier, the President of KWACCIMA, Dr Ahmed Raji, who commended Ahmed’s giant strides on infrastructural development and provision of education and health facilities in spite of dwindling economy, said the chamber is working towards assisting some of their members in resuscitating ailing industries in the state.

Kwara Govt Releases N2.1b To Contractors Handling Projects

The Kwara State Government has released the sum of N2, 163, 367, 825.19 to contractors handling various infrastructure projects across the state under the Kwara state Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K).

The State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Banu made this disclosure on Tuesday.

Alhaji Banu said the money was released to ensure that ongoing and new projects are completed on schedule, as well as pay for completed projects.

The Commissioner listed some of the sixty beneficiary projects to include Gerewu road in Ilorin, Ilesha-Baruba-Gwanara road, Awolowo-Bubu-Oke odo road, Ilorin, Egbejila road, Ilorin, Ogbondoroko township road, Offa-Ira road, construction of Ilala Bridge, rehabilitation of Anilelerin-Ita Erin road, Offa, Oke Andi-Taoheed road, Basin Ilorin, Oke Opin township road and Kokoro kan-Isale Aluko road.

Others are construction of Arobadi-Megida road, Share-Oke Ode road (section 1 & 2), Arandun-Rore Ipetu Road, Eruku township road, Amule Saraki bridge in Ilorin, Obbo Ile-Isapa road, Erin Ile-Ilemona road, Oko Idofin-Odo Ase road, Idofian-Fufu-Lajiki road, Chikanda Kosubosu road, rehabilitation of Oko bridge, Offa-Ipee road, and Agbabiaka road in Ilorin.

Additionally, Alhaji Banu said payment will also be made to contractors handling the construction of a female hostel at College of Nursing, Oke-Ode, construction of Igbesi Tanke road, Eiyenkorin-Afon road, and channelization of Olaolu Offa Garage Ajase-Ipo, channelization along Akerebiata road, and channelization network of Ita-Alamu village.

He urged the contractors to ensure speedy completion of the projects and make sure that the projects are executed in accordance with contractual agreement and specifications.

The Commissioner commended Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for the release of funds to the contractors, just as he reiterated the State government  commitment to accelerated infrastructure development.

Gov. Ahmed Directs Release Of First And Second Quarter Allocation To Kwara Institutions

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has directed the immediate release of first and second quarter allocations to tertiary institutions in the State

Besides, he charged that any institution’s head that fails to meet revenue targets resulting in salary arrears will be changed.

Governor Ahmed, who gave the directive during a meeting with heads of government owned- tertiary institutions in the state, explained that the revenue projections for the schools have been included in the 2017 budget proposal, and formed the basis of agreed subventions.

The Governor noted that the heads of schools in the State must intensify efforts to market their institutions, increase student numbers and enhance their internally generated revenues (IGR) to meet recurrent expenditure. This, according to the governor, will ensure that they meet their projected revenues, with an assurance that the State government will continue to meet its obligations to the institutions in terms of provisions of subventions and infrastructures.
Ahmed, however, expressed confidence that the management of the institutions will meet their targets and pledged the state government’s continued support saying that the Institutions will soon be restructured and made self-sustaining in view of current economic realities and global trends.
The Governor disclosed that the state government will soon set up a committee to assess the infrastructural needs of the institutions, which will be funded under the Kwara State Infrastructure Development Fund (IFK).

Kwara Govt Begins Disbursement Of N850m For Community Projects

The Kwara State Government has flagged-off an N850m Community Development Programme with presentation of a N165 million to beneficiary communities in the state.

Speaking at the project launch and cheque presentation to 41 communities at the Banquet Hall, Ilorin, the State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed said the first tranche of the counterpart-funded disbursement was released to promote all round development at the grassroot level.

Represented at the ceremony by the Chief of Staff,  Government House, Alhaji AbdulWahab Babatunde Yusuf, Governor Ahmed said the aim of the programme was to enable all the 193 wards across the state have improved access to infrastructural services that will bring about development.

Under the scheme, ward-based community associations receive N5m to implement water, education, health, energy and other micro-projects on provision of a ten per cent contribution.

He recalled that the sum of N50 million was injected into Community Development Projects in the State in 2015 with additional budgetary provision of #200 million in 2016 to consolidate government commitment to the project.

“The presence of counterpart fund of #200 million as contained in the 2016 Appropriation allowed for further draw-down of over #670 million to scale up the implementation of projects across the state”, the governor stated.

He urged the communities to make judicious use of the funds and ensure proper retirement of receipts so as to facilitate the release of the second and third tranches. The Governor stressed that his administration will continue to put in place strategies to ensure all round development in the state, especially at the grassroot level.

Alhaji Ahmed commended the State Community and Social Development Agency (KWCSDA) and the World Bank for their efforts at ensuring rural development in the state.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Planning and Economic Development, Alhaji Wasiu Odewale said a total of 318 community micro projects have been implemented and are in use in different rural communities across the 16 LGAs in the state so far under the scheme.