The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has said that his administration is focused on consolidating the achievements of his predecessor in the area of infrastructural development and improving the lives of the people in the state.
Speaking in his office during Channels Television programme, Question Time, Mr Ahmed listed the areas his administration is focusing on.
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has shed light on the reasons why the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) formed its own version of the Governors’forum.
Speaking in his office during a Channels Television’s programme, Question Time, the governor said as a dynamic organisation, the PDP cannot sit and watch the changes that are taking place in other parties and refuse to react to those changes.
Hundreds of people had assembled at the Ilorin International Airport ahead of the arrival of his corpse.
Dignitaries present at the prayer for his burial were the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Also present were members of his grieving family, which included former Senator Gbemisola Saraki and former Governor of Kwara state, Dr Bukola Saraki.
The Minister for Interior, Abba Moro, Minister of National Planning, Usman Shamusideen, and the former Minister of Defence, Alhaji Haliru Bello,were also present.
The late strongman of Kwara politics had been battling with an undisclosed ailment for months and had sought treatment in a series of foreign hospitals.
The late politician fondly called ‘Oloye’ was the Waziri of the Ilorin Emirate.
Mourning on Facebook
Meanwhile, the former Governor of Kwara State and son of the late politician, Dr. Bukola Saraki, posted on social media that his late father would be “sorely missed.”
The former governor, who is now the chairman Senate Committee on Environment wrote the following on his Facebook page:
“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un ; “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” (al-Baqarah:156) With gratitude to Almighty Allah, we announce the passage to eternity of our beloved father and grandfather, His Eminence, Oloye (Dr.) Abubakar Olusola Saraki, Waziri of Ilorin, former Senate Leader, Second Republic, Federal Republic of Nigeria who answered the call to the great beyond, in the early hours of today in Lagos (17 May 1933 – 14 Nov 2012).”
“We take solace in knowing that our father lived an exemplary life of service, and selfless devotion to development of his people and nation. Baba will be sorely missed. We pray for the repose of his soul that Almighty Allah grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus. Amin.”
The Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed on Tuesday approved a minor cabinet reshuffle involving three commissioners.
Announcing the reshuffle through a statement in Ilorin, the Secretary to the state government, Isiaka Gold, said the Commissioner for Environment and Forestry, Samuel Bamisaiye was moved to the Ministry for Social Development, Culture and Tourism to replace Ramata Abaya, who is now the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development.
Mr Gold said the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Anthony Towoju was transferred to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry as the new commissioner.
He said the new appointments are with immediate effect.
Mr Gold said the state governor is committed to deploying all strategic human and material resources required for the rapid transformation of the state for the benefit of the people.
A Spanish Company, Valsolar on Tuesday said that it has identified five locations to site its rice project. The company in collaboration with the Kwara state government is seeking to invest N70 Billion in the rice project. According to a statement released by the Kwara state government, the locations for the project are Shonga, Patigi, Lafiagi, Bacita and Share.
The statement said that the five project sites were selected following the results of soil and water tests as well as topographical studies conducted by Valsolar sequel to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the state government and the company last January.
The Kwara state government said that the rice project would be cultivated on 20, 000 hectares of land and that the Spanish farmers would cultivate 5000 hectares of land in each location per annum over the next four years.
The statement added that the processing factory which would also serve as storage and distribution location is to be sited in Share and that in addition to the test results, the five locations were chosen for their proximity to each other and to the riverine areas.
Meanwhile, the joint venture company for the rice project, Valsolar-Kwara Company Limited, has been incorporated by the Corporate Affairs Commission as the company prepares to commence operations in the state.
The company said that its advance team of surveyor engineers is expected to arrive Shonga, the take-off location for the project in May and will commence operations shortly after.
The Kwara state government signed an an agreement with Valsolar of Spain in February to set up rice cultivation, processing and packaging project in the state.
Under the terms, Valsolar is to invest N70 billion in the project over four years while the state government is to make available 20, 000 hectares of land. In return the Spanish company will hold seventy per cent equity in the company while the remaining thirty per cent will be held by the state government.
The governor of the state, Abdulfatah Ahmed had announced that the project is expected to generate a minimum 12, 000 jobs across the value chain while accelerating economic development in the state in line with his administration’s Shared Prosperity agenda.
The Supreme Court has upheld the elections of governors Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state ,Tanko al-Makura of Nassarawa state and Martins Elechi of Ebonyi state.
In separate judgments by the Apex court, the court held that the prove of burden is on the various petitioners and that they have failed to prove that there was substantial non-compliance to the Electoral Act of 2010 as amended in the various elections that brought the governors to power.
A five-man appeal panel of the court, led by Justice John Fabiyi, dismissed the Appeal of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) governorship candidate in Kwara State during the April 2011 governorship polls, Mohammed Belgore. The petition was dismissed for the petitioner’s inability to prove substantial non-compliance with the provision of the Electoral Act in 895 polling units across the state.
The Court also dismissed the petition brought by Julius Ucha, the governorship candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Ebonyi State, challenging the judgment of the court of Appeal sitting in Enugu which upheld the election of Martins Elechi of PDP as the validly elected governor of the state.
In the case of Nassarawa state, the Supreme Court judgment also read by Justice Fabiyi stated that the petitioner failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the election was marred by violence, multiple thumb-printing and ballot box stuffing.
The court dismissed the various appeals while affirming the judgment of the tribunals and the appellate courts which upheld the elections of the three governors.