The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has urged Nigerians to see the prevailing recession in the national economy as the best opportunity for self and national discovery.
Governor Ahmed made the call when the Emir of Borgu in Niger State, Muhammed Sani Dantoro, paid him a visit at the government lodge in Ilorin, the state capital.
He noted that since the recession came with a lot of economic and social challenges, it was important that Nigerians remained strengthened and focused on the need to overcome the recession.
He recalled that many developed countries of the world, including the United States of America, Germany, Canada, Spain and Ireland, have had recession and they all came out of it stronger, adding that nothing should make the Nigerian experience different.
The Governor suggested that to hasten the recovery, diversification of the economy through agricultural development is the panacea.
“We must take advantage of God-given opportunities.
“This is the best time to do it. When you are in a recession, take advantage of yourselves and move on as a country,” he said.
Students of various institutions under the aegis of National Association of Kwara State Students have staged a demonstration to the Government House, Ilorin for non-payment of five years bursary by the State Government.
The students, in their numbers, stormed the gate of the Government House, demanding to see Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed address them on why their allowances had not been paid for nearly five years.
Carrying placards bearing various inscriptions, the students noted that while other states were paying 20,000 Naira, Kwara State could only afford the regular 5,000 Naira.
They alleged that nearly 500 Million Naira was budgeted for the payment in the 2016 budget and yet the government had continued to deny them their rights.
The security operatives on hand pleaded and ensured that they maintain peace.
Reacting, the State Commissioner for Information, Mahmud Jeigbe, said that the allegation of not being paid for five years is exaggerated as it was paid some years ago.
He explained that the economic situation of the country caused the delay.
Th government, he noted was aware of the need to pay and would surely do so when a committee set up by the Governor to look at the issue finishes its assignment.
As the students wait for the conclusion of the assignment on the issue of bursary, the education sector, according to the Commissioner, would continue to be given paramount attention by the Kwara state government.
Nearly 60 houses have been destroyed in Omu Aran and Egosi Ile communities, Kwara state by a rainstorm which lasted for 45 minutes leading to the massive loss of properties and government structures.
The residents of Omu Aran, Irepodun local government and Egosi Ile in Oke Ero local government of Kwara state have lamented the destruction of their homes and loss of properties which was caused a rainstorm.
The rainstorm which lasted for 45 minutes affected the palace of the immediate past and the private residence of the reigning Olomu of Omu Aran. The oldest clinic, churches, and houses of two widows were also not spared.
The storm also uprooted electric cables, trees and damaged walls.
At Egosi Ile in Oke Ero local government, a 10 minute drive from Omu Aran, the roofs of nearly 20 houses were blown off on the same day.
Most of the houses had their roofs shattered and thrown several meters away from their houses.
The victims said that no lives were lost and have started the reconstruction and renovation of affected buildings; while the aged and the poor have called on the government to come to their aid.
The traditional ruler who was visibly shaken by the unfortunate incident said that great efforts would be needed to resettle most of the victims who are poor.
The state government has however assured that it will address the situation after assessing the extent of the damages.
President Goodluck Jonathan and governors of the north met last night on security issues. The meeting also had in attendance Vice President Namadi Sambo and some senior aides to the president.
17 governors in the north were present. They include governors Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Idris Wada (Kogi), Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarrawa), Patrick Yakowa (Kaduna), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) and Gabriel Suswam (Benue).
Represented by their deputies were: Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Muritala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina).
The governors of Taraba and Sokoto states were absent.
The governor of Niger state who spoke to State House correspondents said the agenda was on security, and how to tackle flooding issues in the north.
He said the flooding had drastically affected food production in the North and the meeting deliberated on how to mitigate the disaster.
Aliyu said the meeting also discussed generally on issues of wealth creation, employment generation and measures to reduce the poverty ratio in the region.
“Generally we discussed a gamut of issues and problems that need to be solved by the Federal, the States, the Local governments and relevant NGOs.
“Poverty and lack of job should not be the foundation for other problems,’’ he said.