The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed, has approved the release of 100 million naira as micro credit loan for the marketers in the state.
This, according to the State Government, is to ensure orderliness and improve the economic base of market men and women in the state.
The Governor announced the approval of the fund to members of the State Marketers Association with an appeal that the beneficiaries should use the funds for their businesses and not default on the repayment schedule.
He noted that his administration has disbursed one billion naira to over 50,000 small business owners in the state since 2012, adding that the revolting loan scheme was to spur the informal sector into playing more critical roles in the state economy.
The President-General of Market Women in Nigeria, Mrs Shade Tinubu-Ojo, was full of praises and prayers for the gesture and urged the market women to reciprocate by voting the Governor for the second term.
The State President of KWAM, Alhaji Jimoh Tunde, said that the Governor’s developmental and empowerment programmes for the informal sector were unprecedented, thus he should have a second term in office.
The market women and men then adopted the Kwara State Governor as their governorship candidate in the 2015 governorship election.
The market men and women in the state had been operating in fragment phases until the State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed, brought them together under one union known as the Kwara Association of Marketers (KWAM).
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed, has sworn in the sixth Chief Judge of the state, Justice Sulyman Kawu, with a charge on him to build on his past records of hard work to ensure rule of law and quick dispensation of justice.
Administering the oath of office on the new Chief Judge at the Government House, the State Governor, congratulated him for the well deserved appointment and urged him to chart a new course for the rapid dispensation of justice in the state.
Governor Ahmed also tasked the Nigerian judiciary to rectify the impunity and disregard for the rule of law as well as numerous challenges confronting the nation’s democracy to earn the confidence of the people.
He congratulated the state judiciary for the rancour free change of baton and promised the government’s continuous support to the judiciary in meeting its obligations.
Governor Ahmed disclosed that his government had approved the payment of pecuniary allowance for judicial workers, starting from February 2015 in the state.
Responding, the new Chief Judge, Justice Sulyman Kawu, thanked the Governor for the opportunity and promised to redouble his efforts in bringing the state judiciary to the forefront of Nigeria’s judiciary.
Justice Kawu also seized the occasion to call for the autonomy of the judiciary as enshrined in the 1999 constitution as amended.
Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has won the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship primaries in Lagos State.
The Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Public Administrator, Mr. Ambode clinched 3,735 votes to beat 11 other aspirants to win the APC ticket.
The election, which ended in the early hours of Friday, saw Ambode defeating other candidates; Supo Shashore, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Tola Kasali, Obafemi Hamzat, Ganiyu Solomon, Lanre Ope, Tokunbo Wahab, Adekunle Disu, Abayomi Sutton, Tokunbo Agbesanwa and Leke Pitan.
Governorship candidates have also emerged for the All Progressives Congress, APC, across the country as the opposition party gears up to contest for the 2015 election.
Some of those who picked their party’s ticket in other states are the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto State), a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna State); and second-term-seeking governors, Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State), Abdulfattah Ahmed (Kwara State) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo State).
Elsewhere, Mr. Dakuku Peterside picked the Rivers State APC ticket; Olorogun O’tega Emerhor won in Delta State, Okey Ezea in Enugu and Mr Umana Umana in Akwa Ibom State.
In order to correct the perceived imbalances in the creation of Local Government Councils in the country, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed, has inaugurated a fourteen man committee to ensure the creation of Local Government Council Development Areas (LDAs).
Inaugurating the committee headed by a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Abubakar Kawu Baraje at the council chamber in Ilorin on Wednesday, the governor urged them to handle the assignment with tenacity of purpose and gave them eight weeks to conclude the process.
He said: “In order to bring governance closer to the grassroots and check urban rural migration, the Kwara State government deemed it necessary and important to create local government council development areas”.
Explaining the rationale behind the need to create the LCDAs, the Governor noted that the government would have opted for the creation of Local Government Councils but for the cumbersome and time consuming process required under the constitution.
While urging the 14-man committee to come up with expected number of LCDA to be created, he stressed the need for them to be guided by the fear of God and be just in their assignment.
The Governor also assured the state of the economic viability of the expected councils to stand on their own with numerous minerals resources to be tapped to increase the internally generated revenue.
The Kwara state governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed has reiterated the commitment of his government to ensure youths in the state are empowered financially to stand on their own instead of pursuing limited white collar jobs.
He made this known during an interactive session with Kwara Bridge Empowerment Scheme (KWABES) corps members, which held at the banquet hall opposite the Government House, Ilorin, the state capital.
He said despite the lean resources of the state, efforts would be made to ensure that industries are established to improve the state economically.
The interactive session almost turned into a political gathering, as the youths one after the other, commended the initiative of the governor for the scheme, which they noted has economically changed their fortunes.
They commended the governor for eradicating youth restiveness in the state through the KWABES programme.
Speaking at the event, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Employment, Saka Babatunde noted that 700 million Naira has been expended by the government on various youth programmes and assured of more to come soon.
While responding to commendation, observation and complaints from the youths, the Governor noted that the scheme is to move youths in the state from unemployment to empowerment with a view to making them attain financial freedom.
The governor identified youths as critical segment of the society, promising that the KWABES would be expanded to enable more people get empowered and rid the state of unemployment.
The governor noted that though it is not the sole duty of government to create jobs, he said the government is determined to attract private investors to the state.
A socio-political group, the Kwara South Youth Consultative Forum, is canvassing for a second term in office for Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State.
Chairman of the forum, Kazeem Adekanye, in a press conference said that Governor Ahmed deserved a second term in office to enable him continue and complete the good work he had started for the people of Kwara State.
The group which described Governor Ahmed as “a performer and reformer per excellence”, appealed to well-meaning Kwara indigenes to drum support for actualisation of the return of Ahmed in 2015 as the Kwara State Governor irrespective of their political, religious and ethnic affiliation.
While enumerating various achievements of the governor in the state, the group hinged his performance on the laudable programmes of his party which they noted were progressive and people-friendly and therefore declared their total support for his party and government.
The Kwara State government has set up a 215 million Naira commercial agricultural loan scheme to boost agricultural activities, which 217 farmers across the 16 Local Government Areas of the state will benefit from.
While presenting cheques to some of the beneficiaries who received between one and one point five million Naira each, the state governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed, encouraged the farmers to make judicious use of the funds to expand their businesses.
Governor Ahmed also noted that the initiative would take the State a step closer to achieving its dream of agro-driven growth as well as the launch of the off-taker demand driven scheme, which would extend agribusiness to other parts of the state.
He emphasised that the 172 lead farmers were the core of his administration’s model of 10 out-grower farmers per local government, who will receive funds to expand their businesses because they had proven their capacity to drive agribusinesses.
The governor charged the beneficiaries to be change agents that would train the next generation of commercial farmers in the state in their various communities, stressing that they should judiciously apply the funds disbursed to them for the establishment of agriculture as the pivot of Kwara State’s economic prosperity.
A group under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State known as Kwara Afresh Campaign Organization has threatened to institute a recall process on the lawmaker representing Kwara Central in the National Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki, whenever his letter of defection is read at the floor of the senate.
The group, led by Abdulwahab Lawal, while addressing journalists in Ilorin, on Tuesday, noted that the defection of the Senator and the state governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed to All Progressives Congress (APC) was a blessing to the PDP, adding that they have no political value to threaten PDP in the state.
He added that most members of the PDP in the state did not defect with them, assuring that the PDP has the largest followers and will clinch and retake the state by next year’s election.
Meanwhile, Senator Saraki had on Tuesday raised the issue of the letter on the floor of the Senate, insisting that the Senate President’s refusal to read the letter was a breach of the lawmakers’ privilege.
But Senator Mark ruled Senator Saraki out of order, saying that he cannot rule on the matter as the case was in court.
The Kwara State Government has set up a committee to look into claims of marginalization by the state branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.
This is in response to allegations by the organization that Christians in the State Civil Service are less favoured in the area of appointments, promotion and transfer.
Members of C.A.N. had earlier complained to the State Government, forcing several meetings with the organization.
The seven-member fact-finding committee inaugurated by the Deputy Governor, Peter Kizira, has been asked to look into the alleged favoritism in deployment of staff in the State Civil Service.
The committee has as members; the former Head of Service, HOS, in the state, Alhaji Yusuf Kawu Daibu as Chairman, while Mrs. Modupe Oluwole will serve as the secretary along with five others as members.
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed has sworn in two new High Court judges in Ilorin, the state capital.
While swearing in the new justices, he charged them to always handle cases with dispatch and sincerity of purpose, to justify the confidence reposed in them.
The governor urged them to be conscious of the fact that justice delayed is justice denied, adding that their positions call for hard work and commitment. He also reiterated the commitment of government to promote rule of law every time.
The governor assured of the government’s effort to reform the judicial sector in order to ensure quick dispensation of justice. He warned those he tagged trouble makers to stay away from the state, as security agencies and judiciary will thwart their effort and bring them to book.
The two justices sworn in are Justice Adenike Akinpelu and Justice Aminat Ishaq.
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed has presented a budget proposal of over 124 billion Naira (about $775m) to the State House of Assembly for the 2014 fiscal year, with the education sector gulping the highest fund of over 19 billion Naira.
Presenting the budget christened “the budget of expansion for inclusive prosperity”, the governor noted that the budget proposal has an increase of 27% as against 96 billion Naira of last year.
While the recurrent expenditure will be 48 billion Naira, the capital expenditure is 58 billion.
The governor noted that the expected federal allocation will be 44 billion Naira while the internally generated revenue is 16 billion Naira with the excess crude account raking in 3 billion Naira.
The education sector is expected to gulp the highest amount of 19 billion Naira with the construction of schools, completion of the international vocational centre in Ajasse Ipo among other projects.
Purchasing of additional aircrafts for the aviation college, installation of closed circuit television and construction of roads will also be accorded priority.
The Speaker, Rasak Atunwa, while responding, promised to give accelerated passage to the budget proposal and defer the second reading of the bill till January 7, 2014.