Saraki’s Victory A Testimony Of Incorruptibility – Gov Ahmed

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The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has lauded the victory of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Earlier, the CCT ruled that the Senate President had no case to answer in the 18 charges of non-declaration of assets levelled against him by the Federal Government.

The Tribunal also held that the formulation of the charges was predicated on the testimony of the third prosecution witness and Chief Investigation Officer at the CCB, Mr Samuel Madujemu.

Reacting to the ruling on Wednesday, Governor Ahmed described the victory as a vindication of the incorruptibility of Dr. Saraki, saying it reflected the confidence of the people in the judiciary.

He said this in an interview with reporters after addressing members of the All Progressive Congress who came to rejoice with him at Government House in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The governor said the people of the state were happy with the judgement and would continue to have confidence in the judiciary.

Gov. Ahmed Calls For Prison Reforms

Nigerian PrisonsThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, is advocating total reform and overhauling of the nation’s prisons in order to ensure efficient running of the system.

The governor made the call while receiving members of the House of Representatives Committee on Army who were in the state on oversight functions.

He explained that most of the prisons across the country were built several years ago to cater for smaller percentage of the population as at the time of construction.

“The current prison situation, not only in Ilorin, but all over the country, requires to be strongly reviewed because if corrective institutions that were built over 70, 80 years ago, with a population of probably about 30, 40 million, are still being used today to service correction of a population of close to about 200 million; there is no way we can get the best out of it.

“It is very clear, the time has come, stakeholders must necessarily all come together and create a synergized approach of input support to create the desired level of corrective institutions that would ultimately begin to correct people and get them properly reabsorbed into the society”.

He said if the situation is allowed to go beyond the current level, “those who go through such institutions would come out worse off”.

Gov. Ahmed Warns Judiciary Against Corrupt Practices

Abdulfatah-Ahmed, National Discovery, Governor Ahmed, RescessionThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called on members of the judiciary to stand against corruption and uphold the rule of law.

The governor who made this call at the swearing-in of a new grand Kadi of the Shariah Court, Hon. Muhammed Ola Abdulkadir, said that recent happenings on alleged corruption against some members of the judiciary, make the public question the integrity of the judiciary.

According to the governor, “Judges across the country should be bold, fearless, incorruptible, follow the principles of the constitution and promote democracy”.

He also noted that the integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to promoting human rights and fostering development.

“Judiciary must be inclusive and promote social justice. – Ensuring equal treatment of all before the law goes a long way in building trust in the credibility of the judicial system,” Ahmed stressed.

Consequently, he stated that all citizens must have unrestricted and equal access to justice at all times.

Also, the rights of all must be protected regardless of gender, age or status, as justice helps society create organised human relations and forms the basis of strong institutions and good governance.

Gov Ahmed Makes Case For Local Herbal Medicine

Kwara, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Local Herbal Medicine, NAFDACKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called for the incorporation of local herbal medicine into the orthodox medicine to reduce dependent on imported drugs.

Governor Ahmed made the call while receiving management of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), led by its Acting Director-General, Mrs Yetunde Oni, at the Government House in Ilorin.

He noted that researches from institutes and universities could be exploited and developed as alternative to western medicines.

The governor tasked NAFDAC to check the inflow of sub-standard and unwholesome foods and drugs, to ensure that only safe consumables are available for Nigerians.

He promised continuous support to the agency in Kwara State to enable it perform its statutory duties.

In an earlier remark, Mrs Oni assured Governor Ahmed that the agency would sustain efforts in ensuring that foods, drugs and chemicals billed for importation, exportation and advertisement were safe for human consumption.

She added that the agency was ready to work assiduously in Kwara State to check unwholesome and counterfeit drugs.

The NAFDAC boss solicited for support of the State Government in securing offices in Baruten and Irepodun local government areas of the state.

Osinbajo Inaugurates Road Safety Advisory Council

Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria, MSMENigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has inaugurated the National Road Safety Advisory Council.

The advisory council created to offer advice to the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) on what should be done to reduce carnage on Nigerian roads consists of six state governors drawn from each geopolitical zones of the country; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and some ministers.

The council’s inauguration took place on Thursday at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, shortly before the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting was held.

Statistics have indicated that over 4,000 lives were lost through road crashes in the country in 2012.

Such startling statistics have jolted the United Nations to declare the period 2011-2020 a decade of action for road safety.

The governors are: Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos (southwest), Willie Obiano of Anambra (southeast); Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta (south-south) Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara (north-central), Ibrahim Dankwabo of Gombe (northeast) and Ahmed El-Rufai of Kaduna (northwest).

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, explained that the council would be guided by the mandate for every member nation of the United Nations to put adequate measures in addressing the scourge of road accident by the year 2020.

Senator Udoma urged State governors to buy in and ensure adequate budgetary provision for maintenance of roads in their respective states.

The FRSC Corp Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, pointed out some of the challenges faced in tackling road accidents across the country.

He also highlighted some of the duties of the advisory council in order to achieve the FRSC’s vision of reducing road traffic fatalities by 35% by 2018.

No Discrimination In Appointments – Gov. Ahmed

No Discrimination In Appointments – Gov. AhmedThe Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed has assured Christians in the state that he did not influence or impose appointees during the process of selecting members of his cabinet and other aides.

The Governor gave the assurance while receiving the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson ‘Supo Ayokunle.

He explained that the appointments were made at the local government level and each of the 16 local government areas in the state was given free hand to choose those who would represent them in his cabinet.

According to the Governor, “some politicians even came to me to influence their appointments and I asked them to go back to their local government”.

Ahmed, however, told his guests that the only appointments he made were those of his personal aides, adding that “as a government, we ensure that we are being guided by our avowed principle of transparency, equity, fairness and justice”.

Strength In Diversity

The Governor also called on Nigerians to stop politicizing serious national issues and dividing the country along religious lines.

He stressed the need for all citizens to be patriotic and stop heating up the polity unnecessarily.

“We have to see strength in our diversity by de-emphasising things that will divide us as a country but promote those things that unite us”.

On the issue of land, the Governor emphasized that land management process was critical to the development of any nation. He therefore, tasked government at all levels to create platform of accessing land in order to unlock hidden potentials and create wealth for the people.

He also informed the CAN leaders about his government’s programmes and policies, saying that the government was working round clock to optimally harness the state’s resources without bias or favour.

The CAN President had, earlier in his remarks, drawn the Governor’s attention to what he described as lopsidedness in some political appointments, claiming that Christians were not represented.

Rev. Ayokunle, however, also praised the state governor for his giant stride in the state.

He highlighted, particularly, the sustenance of peace and tranquility in the state, explaining that peaceful co-existence is critical to the development of any nation.

He advised governments at all levels to imbibe the principle of equity, justice and fairness in order to give everyone the sense of belonging.

Touching Lives

The CAN President, who is also the president of Nigeria Baptist Convention, told the Governor a bit about the Baptist Church in Nigeria.

According to him, the church had 15,000 churches across the country with about eight million members.

He added that he considered the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ilorin to be among the 20 best churches in Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Pastor In Charge of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin, Pastor Solomon Olawuyi James, said that they were at the government house to inform the Governor about the 50th anniversary of the church.

He told the Governor that the church had for five decades been committed to “preparing men for eternity with Christ and touching lives for global impact”.

He also enumerated some achievements of the church in the last 50 years, saying that the church also focuses on ministering to the total man by impacting their spirit, soul and body.

“By God’s grace we are touching lives, changing lives and raising champions to change the world”, he said.

FG Launches Project To Boost MSMEs In Nigeria

Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria, MSME, Micro, Small and Medium EnterprisesThe Federal Government has launched a nationwide project code-named “MSME Clinics” to address the challenges faced by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Nigeria.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, launched the project on Tuesday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Professor Osinbajo said that the project would serve as a one stop shop to address challenges faced by small business owners.

The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who was among the state governors at the event, identified lack of access to finance as one major problem facing the sector.

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, however, assured operators that the results from the project would improve the sector.

A study by the National Bureau of Statistics revealed that over 37 million MSMEs operated in Nigeria between 2010 and 2013.

Many of the businesses were said to have operated in the face of several challenges including administrative bottlenecks faced in getting government’s approval to register their businesses.

The project, which is expected to run till February 19, comes as part of the government’s efforts to address some of the challenges.

The facilitators of the project have been asked to interact with small business owners in 21 cities of the federation, with a view to identifying their challenges and providing immediate solutions.

The cities highlighted are Aba, Lagos and Ilorin among others.

Kwara State Seeks Saudi Arabia’s Support In Education, Manufacturing

How We Utilized N5b Paris Club Refund – Gov. AhmedThe Kwara State government is seeking the support of the Saudi Arabian government in the areas of education, agriculture and manufacturing to enhance socio-economic development of the state.

The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, made request at Agbeyangi in Ilorin East Local Government Area during the foundation laying of a University.

Governor Ahmed in his speech urged the Saudi Arabian government to sustain its support and partnership with the university to provide functional education in the state.

“I hope that the university would boost human capital development, make Kwara a hub of tertiary education, and provide quality conventional and entrepreneurship education.

“The university would provide youths with credible conventional and faith-based education when it begins operation in order to make youths economically self-reliant,” Ahmed said.

However, He promised that the government would continue to support efforts aimed at improving access to quality education as basic ingredient for development at all levels.

Governor Ahmed Advocates Restructuring Of Nigeria’s Education Policy

Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, advocates restructure of Nigeria's education policyKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has emphasised the need to urgently restructure Nigeria’s education policy.

He made the call on Monday at a breakfast meeting with corporate organisations in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The Governor blamed the high unemployment rate of youths in the country on frequent change of policy and untrainable graduates.

Governor Ahmed also noted that the lack of patience on the part of policy makers to give room for full implementation of a policy before introducing another has been responsible for increase in the number of unemployable graduates.

He said that Nigeria was finding it difficult to catch up with global technology trends due to bad implementation of education policies.

Army Of Unemployed Youths

The Governor called for a change in the platform of educating the youths in order to meet up with the rest of the world.

“Our country has been run so poorly (such) that our economy is very bad and we have an army of unemployed youths.

“The reason is very simple; our educational system needs to be restructured in such a way and manner that it will become impactful on the society.

“There is a difference between human capital needs and human capital development; it’s a national challenge which must be addressed.

“If you are a keen observer of education policy in the last 40 years, you will notice that it has moved from one policy to another. Some of us attend the seven to six years, five years in secondary school (and) then you move to the university for four years.

“After, they said it is six-three-three-four, then moved to nine-four and kept changing like that.

“The impact of one policy was not felt before we moved to another and that has been affecting the quality of graduates being produced in these institutions,” the Governor highlighted.

Kwara’s Governor Ahmed Bemoans State Of Nigeria’s Prisons

Enugu Prison
Enugu Prison

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has decried the conditions of prisons in Nigeria where hundreds of inmates are crammed into a prison meant for a quarter of that number.

He also expressed concerns that suspects spend years in prison while awaiting trial for offences that attract less severe penalties simply because they could not afford bail.

The governor, who bemoaned the deplorable plight of prisoners in Nigeria while inaugurating the Kwara State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy at Government House in Ilorin, demanded urgent reforms of prisons and associated judicial processes.

A statement by a spokesman for the governor, Abdulwahab Oba, said Governor Ahmed wanted adequate attention to be given to the fate of children born and raised in prisons and the bleak and potentially uncertain future such “unfortunate” circumstance of birth would create for the children and the society.

The governor stated that his administration had decided to inaugurate the eight-member Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy in line with the administration’s commitment to the rule of law.

“It is noteworthy that the exercise of Prerogative of Mercy in deserving situations can redress wrongs inflicted on those erroneously condemned or jailed due to legal technicalities,” Dr. Ahmed observed.

Governor Ahmed further assured the Council of a Judicious Exercise of the state pardon and called on its members to work tirelessly to achieve the set objectives and ensure that deserving inmates are adequately reintegrated into the society.

Earlier, the Council’s Chairman and Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kamaldeen Ajibade, said members were competent and confirmed people of good and reasonable character in the state.

He said members of the council welcome innovative ideas within their schedule, assuring the governor that the purpose for which the council was established would be met.

Mr Ajibade thanked the governor for reconstituting the council and providing the wherewithal for them to operate, promising that the council will be dedicated and diligent in the discharge their duties.

Governor Ahmed Charges Judicial Officers To Maintain Discipline

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has charged judicial officers in the state to maintain discipline and uphold a high level of integrity in the discharge of their duties.

The governor gave the charge in Ilorin at the swearing-in of the Acting Grand Khadi of the Kwara State Shariah Court of Appeal, Hon. Kadi Mohammed Ola Abdulkadir, where he said the current development in the country’s judicial system, calls for great concern.

“The judiciary must be protected and enabled to perform its constitutional roles in the interest of our nascent democracy and public order.
Officers of the law and indeed all citizens, whether located within or outside government, must join hands to protect, uplift and sustain our judiciary.

He called on Hon. Kadi Mohammed, to be an agent of possible change and dedicate himself to uplifting the image of the judiciary”

“All judiciary officials and politicians must uphold the sanctity, integrity and sobriety associated with the judicial arm of government,”

Meanwhile, the governor assured of his administration’s commitment to upholding the welfare of judicial officials in the state, thereby creating a more conductive environment for the quick dispensation of justice.

Kwara Govt. Seeks FG’s Support In Tourism, Solid Mineral For State Development

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has solicited support of the Federal Government in areas of solid minerals development and tourism to increase the state’s revenue base.

Governor Ahmed made this request in IIorin when he received members of the Presidential Committee on Revenue Mobilisation for Natural Resources and Ecological Fund led by Dr Rafiq Ogunbambi at his office.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abdulwahab Oba, the governor, described the FG’s interventions in solid minerals and ecological fund as a welcome development.

The governor called on the Federal Government to come to the assistance of the state in addressing its environmental challenges, adding that the state would be exceptionally willing to build a stronger partnership with the revenue mobilisation and fiscal allocation commission, to take advantage of various opportunities with a view of improving the state’s economy.

The governor also promised that the state government will ensure there are opportunities in the tourism sector in order to boost the economy and the state in general.

Meanwhile, the team leader, Presidential Committee on Revenue Mobilisation for Natural Resources and Ecological Fund, Dr Rafiq Ogunbambi, told the governor that the team was in the state to assess critical areas that pose as a challenge to the state government.

He however expressed concern over environmental challenges in Kilanko area of Ilorin, calling on the government to relocate inhabitants in the flood prone areas, ahead of the next raining season to avert disaster.