Kwara State: Governor Ahmed Distributes Vehicles To Transporters

governor ahmedThe Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has distributed 70 vehicles to transporters across the state to improve their economic well being.

This is the second phase of the vehicle distribution and it includes 50 taxis and 20 buses, in which the beneficiaries expressed their readiness to ensure the victory of the Governor and all APC candidates at the polls.

The Governor had in 2014 launched the programme called ‘Soludero’, which means bringing life to a town, where 100 taxis were given to transporters in the state.

Governor Ahmed believes that the revolving micro credit scheme which cost about 75 million naira, would go a long way in transforming the lives of the beneficiaries positively.

The Governor also enumerated various intervention programmes to other sectors which include 2 billion naira Micro Credit to small business owners, over 200 million naira to market men and women, among others.

Governor Ahmed also solicited the support of transporters in the state to emerge victorious in the election, in other to elevate the state economically for the next 4 years.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Abdulrasheed Ariyo, expressed appreciation to the state government for initiating what he called “life changing programmes in the state”.

Ariyo promised that the beneficiaries would not default in the repayment of the loans, in other to allow others benefit from the scheme.

The State Deputy Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Abdullah Gilado, also praised the initiative of the Governor, which he believed had automatically earned him a second chance.

APC Holds One Million Man March In Lagos

APCMembers and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday took to the streets in what they termed a one million man march.

From Maryland area to the Surulere area of Lagos mainland and stopping at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, party leaders sought more support at the polls.

Supporters of the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and members of the APC chanted and gyrated to political songs in praise of the APC candidates.

As the marchers made a final stop at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the leaders seized the opportunity to address the crowd on the forthcoming elections.

The march may be a form of exercise, nevertheless, it was largely a political statement; especially in a strategic state like Lagos where, not only number matters, but the commerce makes the decision of voters and leaders significant.

Among notable members who led the march were the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; the APC governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and others.

Amosun Wants Performance Rewarded At Polls

Solid MineralThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress‎ and the incumbent Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has asked the electorates in the state to reward the performance of his administration by re electing him and other APC candidates in the February election. ‎

Governor Amosun was speaking ‎at a combined rally of wards two and three in Ifo Local Government Area of the state in continuation of his re-election campaign tour of all 236 wards of the state.

The APC candidate‎ promised to complete all on-going projects in the Local Government Area and across the state if re-elected.

He also asked the electorate and politicians to play politics without bitterness as the general elections draw near.

The Governor noted that his performance in less than four years had given him the confidence to contest for re-election and would be further confirmed at the polls when the people vote him in for a second term in office.

At the campaign ground, some electorates voiced their support for Governor Amosun, who they said had initiated some developmental projects in the state in the last three years of his rule which he had to finish.



2015 Elections: Kwankwaso Declares Interest In Nigeria’s Presidency


The Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has declared his intention to contest in Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election, saying that his crave to serve and save Nigeria motivated his declaration.

At a declaration rally held in Abuja on Tuesday, Governor Kwankwaso declared his interest to be elected as the flag bearer of the APC in the 2015 general elections.

His declaration rally had in attendance, leaders of the party and some governors of the states ruled by the APC.

Declaring his interest to run, Governor Kwankwaso said that the crowd at the declaration ground from different part of the nation was a sign that Nigeria would remain united.

‘We Must Walk The Journey’

He said that the clarion call of people in Nigeria and the diaspora motivated him to seek the opportunity to bear the flag of the APC in the 2015 general elections.

“Today, I take this call and formally declare my interest to seek for election as the APC Presidential candidate in the 2015 presidential election.

“It is only the APC that has what it takes to stop the misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party  and also has the power to reverse the decay that is suffocating our country.

“Our party is built with Nigerians in focus. We are the only party that practice internal democracy that believes that free and fair election is the only guideline to sustaining democracy.

“My crave to serve and save our country drove me to join in the race for the House of Representative, representing Kano State years ago,” he said.

Governor Kwankwaso said that he understood the enormous task of being a president of a nation like Nigeria and that he was willing to take the journey no matter how difficult.

“The call to save our country has never been louder, clearer and more unambiguous than now. Governance has been reduced to incompetence and mediocrity.

“To save our country we must walk the journey however difficult,” he said.

Restore Peace And Security

Governor kwankwaso said that his first priority would be to restore peace and security in every corner of the land, stressing that lives and property of Nigerians must be protected and secured from all forms of terrorism.

“Defeating insurgency is only possible if the forces are adequately equipped with needed intelligence and arms and cross-border intelligence is veritable ingredient necessary to defeat the insurgency.

“Stopping the menaces of the terrorists does not require rocket science. It requires well motivated security agencies and citizens that are cooperative.

Killing the cancer of corruption is the second priority of Nigeria. The impunity in which corruption is being perpetrated by the PDP administration is a sign that the government is out to impoverish Nigerians.

“It requires political will of the leadership and we are determined to do so. We have the capacity to do so. The transparency with which we are ruling Kano State and the work that is visible, is a sign that we have the power to end corruption,” he said, making reference to another issue that his government will focus on.

The Kano Governor stressed the need for all Nigerians to stand up to fight corruption, impunity and division.

Cost Of Running Government

The economy of Nigeria is another priority area that the Governor said his government, if elected, would focus on, insisting that nations do not build economy on foundation of scandalous corruption and impunity.

“We cannot be different from other nations. All sorts of colourful yet deceitful statistics are being turned out by the PDP to give Nigeria a clean bill of health.

“Its macro and micro economic policies are deceptive.

“How can we attain development when only a small part of our budget is given to capital project and even that is not well administered. Where do we have a nation so endowed and yet so impoverished.

“We will cut cost of running government and eliminate all forms of wastages like we have done in Kano. It is possible. We must reach there with the support of all. Yes we must,” Governor Kwankwaso said in optimism.

He further said that he would provide a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors and also re-examine import and export policies to promote the sector to ensure that businesses are carried out in a less expensive process.

The presidential aspirant also mentioned the inputs he intended making in the agriculture and manufacturing sector.

“Agriculture and manufacturing sectors would be improved and we will make more investments in power sector. The amount of money that has been into the power sector in the country and corresponding output is embarrassing.

“By 2015 an independent power plant built by my administration in Kano will become operational and the same feat we will replicate in different parts of the nation,” kwankwaso said.

Other sectors he said would be reformed, were the education and healthcare sectors, with promises also made as regards giving women a more prominent place in the nation.

“Our universities are sick and a strong economy is only possible where a strong university system exist. We must rebuild our universities and make them world class institutions.

“Capital flight because of health tourism is alarming because of lack of good health infrastructure,” he said, promising to end the trend.

Governor Kwankwaso is the third person to declare interest in the position.

A former military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari and a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, had made their declarations few weeks ago.