Kwara Gov. Ahmed Reshuffles Cabinet

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has approved a minor cabinet reshuffle involving four commissioners to re-energise governance in the state.

According to a statement by the Governor’s Secretary, Isiaka Sola Gold, “Idris Garba was moved from the Ministry of Energy to the Ministry of Industry and Solid Mineral Resources, while Fumilayo Isiaka Oniwa moved from Ministry of Industry and Solid Mineral Resources to the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives.

“Ahmed Muhumamed Rifun was posted to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development from the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, while Muideen Olaniyi Alalade, is now the Commissioner for the Energy Ministry.”

Alalade held sway at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development before the cabinet reshuffle.

The commissioners are to commence work in their new ministries immediately.


Kwara LG Poll: APC Chairmanship Candidates Emerge Through Primaries

All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State, has conducted primary elections for chairmanship and councillorship positions in the 16 local government areas of the State ahead of the forthcoming council poll.

Publicity secretary of the party, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, announced on Saturday that the party was now ready for the council poll that has been scheduled for 18th of November, 2017.

“On Saturday, our party held free, fair and credible primary election across the local government areas in Kwara State”, the APC chieftain said.

“We are delighted to note that party members conducted themselves peacefully and the primary election held in the respective councils under peaceful atmosphere.

“Prior to the primary election, the party leadership had advised aspirants to consider the option of consensus arrangements and the party is pleased to note that many councils embraced the consensus option.

“For Baruteen and Offa LGAs, the aspirants could not agree on consensus building. Therefore, the party decided to conduct primary elections for the aspirants.

“While primary election has been successfully conducted in Baruteen LG, the party is aware of some issues from Offa LG. The party wishes to emphasise that it is mandatory for all aspirants and stakeholders in Offa LG to strictly adhere to the guidelines of the party on the conduct of primary election.

“With the successful completion of the primary process, the APC wishes to announce its readiness to contest and win all available seats in the forthcoming council election.

“The party also released the names of the successful chairmanship candidates with their respective local government areas. Baruteen LGA – ALH Saidu Yaro Musa, Ekiti LGA – Comrade Yinka Dallas, PATIGI LGA – Alh Salihu Jibril Garbi, Edu LGA – Umar Sanda Yusuf, Kaiama LG – Abdulahi Abubakar Bata, Ifelodun LGA – Fatai Adeniyi Garba, Ilorin West LGA – Hajia Omodara, Ilorin East LGA – Engr Mumeeh Lah, Ilorin South LGA – Hajia Funmi Salau, Asa LGA – Hajia Riskat Opakunle, Moro LGA – Eleyele, Irepodun LGA – Muyiwa Oladipo Kanu, Oke-Ero LGA – Oni Adebayo, Isin LGA – Omole, Oyun LGA – Jalala.

“The party is of the firm belief that our candidates are qualified, competent and highly-resourceful personalities that will drive developmental processes and interventions at the grassroots level.

“Therefore, we urge the good people of Kwara State to turn out en masse and massively vote for the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming election”, the party said.


National Youth Games: Osun Athletes Secure 7 Medals In Kwara

By Toba Adedeji

State of Osun contingent to the 3rd National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara state, began their quest to reclaim their rightful place in Nigerian sports by winning two gold, two silver and three bronze medals in the opening day events on Saturday.

According to the statement issued by the Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special Needs, Comrade Biyi Odunlade stated the progress the State is making at the ongoing game.

The medals won are in Rowing and Kayaking.

“Ayomide Emmanuel in 1000m and 500m won two Gold,Desmond Bello in 1000m and 500m won two Silver , Thank God in 1000m and 500m won two Bronze while Umoru Moses in 500m won a Bronze.

In part of the progress State of Osun is making in sport, Osun United made head way in yesterday Nigeria National League fixtures after beating Gateway FC 2 to nil at the Osogbo City Stadium.

Oluwo Visits Emir Of Ilorin, Establishes Brotherhood Tides

The Oluwo of Iwo-land, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale, on Thursday stressed the need for the Ilorin Emirate and his kingdom to come together in a bid to further promote economic and manpower development between the two communities.

The monarch stated this in Ilorin when he visited the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari at his palace. Oba Adewale was accompanied by over 50 traditional rulers and Chiefs of Iwo land.

He noted that the visit was to solicit the support of the people of Ilorin especially through the Emir in order to ensure that areas of common interest are identified.

According to him, “In Iwo land, all that we stand for is Islam and we discovered that Ilorin Emirate is a front-runner in the propagation of Islam. With our proximity with this revered city of knowledge, we can’t afford to loose out in the numerous opportunities that are available both at national and international levels.

“Iwo has the first mosque in the whole south-western region which was converted from a shrine in 1655. On several occasions, I have condemned the worship of deities in its entirety. Not that I said that we said forget our culture but my advocacy I’d for us to belief in God and always ensure that we use our stools as traditional rulers to promote peaceful co-existence in our domains.”

He however extolled the virtues of the Emir in making life more meaningful for the people of Ilorin Emirate through his quality leadership roles among his subjects even as he pledged his unalloyed loyalty to further foster and actualise robust working relationship.

In his response, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Traditional Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari , publicly announced that, “As from today, I hereby declare that Ilorin Emirate and Iwo land have become one.”

He added that, “This become because of common identity of Islam which binds us together and we have to ensure that we hold each other as one. On out side, we shall always see you as a brother and friend in Islam.”

The Emir therefore assure the Oluwo that as the gateway between the north and south, Ilorin will continue to play leadership roles in the propagation of Islam and morality vis-a-vis peaceful co-existence in the country.


Kwara to Fight Fistula with N16 Million

The commissioner for health in Kwara State, Dr Sulaiman Alege, said about N16million was budgeted and already partly released in a bid to eradicate obstetric fistula in the state.

The Commissioner announced this during the formal opening of free fistula repairs organised by the Kwara State Government in conjunction with the EngenderHealth, implementing partners of USAID, held at Kwara State Specialist hospital, Sobi, Kwara state.

He explained that part of the money will be used to support the free fistula repair programs, adding that, the state plans to increase fistula budget line in the Kwara State 2018 supplementary budget which is already in the pipeline.

“Kwara state government is happy working in relationship with EngenderHealth in the area of intervention of fistula in the state. Last year around N10 million was budgeted for fistula in the state. This year, about N16 million has been budgeted for fistula and we have released part of the money.The pool effort is aimed at bringing women with fistula from the various communities in the state for a repair”, he said.

The Commissioner explained that the state is ripe enough to be made a proper fistula centre for the north central region with support from Engender Health Fistula Care Plus Project, and other stakeholders.

In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Alhaji Wasiu Odewale said the state is in the process of reviewing the 2017 appropriation Law and promised further support to the health sector.

Alhaji Odewale assured that the ongoing Supplementary budget process would favour increased in the budget line for fistula repairs.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Ayinke Saka represented by Hajia Aminah Yahya described the fistula repair exercise as women project, saying that women lost dignity as result of stigma against fistula clients.

She enjoined women to attend antenatal care regularly and deliver under the supervision of skilled birth attendants to avoid coming down with fistula.

Earlier in his remarks, the Country Project Manager, Engender Health Fistula Care Plus Project, Chief Iyeme Efem explained that the pooled effort was organised to assist fistula clients to live normal lives.

He showed appreciation for Kwara state for having a fistula desk and being one of the few states that have a budget line for fistula.

Chief Efem said the Project by USAID is supporting a number of hospitals across the country in organising pooled fistula repairs and called for government commitment to sustaining the project.


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.

Abdulwahab Oba

Chief Press Secretary

to the Kwara State Governor

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.