Governor Ahmed Donates N2m To Winners Of Channels Kids Cup

 

Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has hosted pupils of LGEA Central Primary School, winners of the just concluded Channels International Kids Cup.

The governor while hosting the pupils announced a donation of the sum of N2million to boys after the emerged winner of the football competition.

The pupils were on Wednesday led by the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to the Government House in Ilorin, the state capital.

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Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed presents cheques of N2million to LGEA Central Primary School boys on Wednesday, May 30 at the government office in Ilorin, the state capital.

The governor while hosting the boys praised them for being good ambassadors of the state and pledged readiness to encourage them in future. He noted that football has gone beyond mere entertainment as the government alone cannot fund sport.

Governor Ahmed noted that the state government will soon reintroduce football competition in primary schools to ensure that talents are discovered early.

Captain of the team who spoke on behalf of the boys said that they trained thrice daily for three months prior to the competition.

The Channels International Kids Cup football competition is a social responsibility programme organised by the management of Channels Television.

Sixteen primary schools participated in the competition and their performance thrilled lovers of the game, government officials and the Nigerian Football Federation.

At the final of this year’s edition, the 10th season of the cup, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, rewarded the top three teams with a sum of N5 million.

Baptist Primary School got N1.5 million while Emmanuel Anglican Primary School in third place received one million Naira.

X-planter Private School from Lagos who finished in 4th position were not left out as the governor donated a sum of N500,000 to them.

Gov Ahmed Promises To Prioritise Sports After Kwara School Shines In Channels Kids Cup

The Kwara State Government has restated its readiness to restore what it describes as the lost glory of sports in the state by investing heavily in the sector.

The State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed made the promise while receiving the first runners up of the Channels International Kids Cup.

He noted that the state used to be the ‘home of champions’ years back and he is determined to restore it to its rightful position.

The governor, therefore, emphasised that the state under his leadership would prioritise sports development by encouraging recognised talents and also working towards detecting hidden ones.

“Professionalism in sports has gone beyond just winning medals but creating wealth for the youth and also, it is when you understand team spirit that you know how to manoeuvre and excel within the system.”

He then urged the students not to relent in their efforts in sports and advised them to strive hard to properly combine their educational pursuit with sports.

“Sports requires discipline, it is when you have a strong sense of discipline, that you can show dedication, manage your temper and compete favourably,” Abdulfatah said.

The team leader of the Channels Kids Cup, Mrs Olaide Olanrewaju expressed gratitude to the governor for his support for sports development in the state.

She hinged their successes on the support they enjoyed from the present administration in the state and sought for continuous support and encouragement to further boost their morale.

National Assembly To Enact Law To Strengthen NAFDAC

NAFDAC LogoThe National Assembly says it is ready to enact and amend relevant laws that will strengthen the National Agency for Foods, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), in checking fake and counterfeit drugs in Nigeria.

The Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Health Services, Usman Muhammad stated this in Ilorin at the flag off of the workshop  on rational use of drugs, animal feeds, pesticides and chemicals organised by NAFDAC.

Muhammad particularly noted that the House of Representatives would continue to identify with NAFDAC in protecting Nigerians against consumption of fake and counterfeit drugs.

The acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni also called on stakeholders to maintain rational use of medicines in Nigeria, to ensure that only quality regulated products reach the market and ultimately, the consuming public.

She stated that, NAFDAC has adopted a holistic, multifaceted strategy which transcends local and international barriers in safeguarding the health of the nation.

These strategies she said included sustained public enlightenment campaigns, national and international collaborations, capacity building for members of staff and review of NAFDAC laws.

She however, implored Kwarans to buy medicines from only licensed pharmacies and patent medicines shops, promising to work in close collaboration with other agencies to ensure the rational use of medicines in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the representative of the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed at the occasion, the Secretary to the State Government, Isiaka Gold advocated for stiffer penalties for manufacturers, suppliers and individuals found guilty of producing and distributing counterfeit drugs.

He however said that the activities of the individuals especially in the health sector have led to life threatening health situations and avoidable loss of lives, and urged the public to be vigilant while purchasing drugs and other related product.

Ahmed assured that the government would continue to support NAFDAC in its effort towards eradicating the circulation of products that are harmful to consumers.

He called on pharmacies in the state to ensure that they register and renew their licenses as at when due with the pharmacists council of Nigeria through the State Ministry of Health.

Kwara State To Punish Persons Indicted For Illegal Recruitment Of Teachers

recruitment of teachers in Kwara State
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State

Five individuals indicted for illegally recruiting 971 teachers into Kwara State Teaching Service Commission are to face disciplinary action, a government official said on Tuesday.

The Kwara State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Musa Yeketi, hinted reporters of the development after a State Executive Council meeting.

He said the illegal recruitment had occurred when the government, as part of efforts to cushion the effect of the lack of teachers in some basic subjects in secondary schools, gave approval for the recruitment of 449 teachers.

It was meant to cater for the shortfall of teachers in Mathematics, English and core science disciplines as well as security guards.

The parastatal responsible for the recruitment exercise was later accused of overshooting the number allocated to be employed.

After the report of fraud in the process, the Kwara State government about two months ago set up a committee to verify the illegal recruitment allegation.

The seven-man committee later submitted its report confirming the illegal recruitment of 971 teachers.

The report infuriated Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, who promised to implement the report and recommendations of the committee to the letter, insisting that anyone found guilty would face the full wrath of the law.

Briefing reporters after the State Executive Council meeting, Mr Yeketi announced that the government had accepted to implement the report of the committee and that the five indicted officers would be sanctioned.

According to Mr Yeketi, two of the indicted officers are retired, while the remaining three are still in active service.

The commissioner told reporters that the officials have been referred to the office of the head of service for punishment in accordance with civil service rules.

On the fate of the affected workers, the Commissioner stated that the Council directed that the appointments of the approved 449 staff should be regularised while those of the remaining 971 should be reviewed in line with needs of the commission in the area of Mathematics, English and other core science subjects.

It is not clear how the government would identify teachers illegally recruited, as the recruitment appears to have been done at the same time.

Kwara To Inject Two Billion Naira To Fight Poverty

Kwara-PovertyKwara State government is to inject about two billion Naira into its micro credit scheme in the next three years with a view to alleviating poverty in the state.

The State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed this on Thursday when the participants of the ‘Senior Executive Course 38’ of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos, paid him a courtesy visit.

Maintaining that youths and women would be prioritised in the scheme, the governor also revealed his intention to generate 20,000 agro-related jobs annually, in order to create a successor-generation of commercial farmers.

Describing poverty as a universal issue resulting from a state of short or long term deprivation and insecurity in basic human needs, he restated that poverty reduction was top on the priority list of his government.

According to Governor Ahmed, “Today, many countries are faced with the challenge of poverty. Nigeria is not an exception.

“According to the 2015 Human Development Index, Nigeria ranks 152 out of 188 countries in 2014. Thus, it has become imperative we find ways of ameliorating this scourge.

“Consequently, one of the cardinal objectives of this administration is to improve the lives of our people in tangible ways.

“In our mission towards the reduction of poverty in the state, we have identified agriculture as one of the keys to economic prosperity”, he said.

In an earlier remark, the team leader of the participants, Professor Celestine Bassey, who was represented by Brigadier General Daniel Chinoko, said that they were mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari to carry out a study on a theme: “Strengthening Institutional Mechanism for Poverty Reduction and Inclusiveness Development”.

Kwara Government Ties Salary Payment To BVN

BVNThe Kwara State Government has directed state and local government workers and pensioners that are yet to provide their Bank Verification Number (BVN) for the ongoing staff verification exercise to do so within seven days or risk non-payment of salary.

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed gave the directive during a meeting of the committee on Personnel Database Development.

He said the government had no intention of withholding any worker’s salary without justification.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Dr Muideen Akorede, said the affected workers and pensioners would still be credited with their salaries and pensions but would not be able to access the money until they obtained their BVN.

Governor Ahmed, who is also the chairman of the committee, explained that the unique bank numbers were necessary for preliminary verification of workers and pensioners on the state and local government councils’ payroll.

He pointed out that at this stage of the verification, those without valid BVN could not yet be designated as ghost workers.

Governor Ahmed said the intention behind the personnel database system was to give the government an accurate picture of the state and local government councils’ payroll and ensure that only those properly employed received salaries and pensions.

Fake BVN

In his remarks, the alternate Chairman of the Committee, Isiaka Gold, stated that of the 82,642 workers so far verified by the committee, only 49,579 had valid BVN while 124 were discovered to have fake BVN.

He said that the first level verification also revealed 324 individuals who were linked to 659 multiple accounts.

Mr Gold, who is also the Secretary to the State Government, therefore, urged workers and pensioners that were yet to submit their BVN to do so within seven days or risk having their payments withheld.

He called on workers who were properly recruited by the state and local governments to remain calm, while assuring them that the ongoing verification exercise would not affect their salaries and jobs.

Commission Of Enquiry Submits Report On Kwara Communal Clash

kwaraThe Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up by the Kwara State Government to investigate the communal crisis between Share and Tsaragi communities has submitted its report to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

The Chairman of the commission, Justice Sulyman Akanbi, said the commission received 23 memoranda from witnesses while the two communities also appeared with their legal representatives.

He urged the government to fully implement the four volume report in order to permanently bring an end to the constant clashes between the two communities.

Receiving the report, Governor Ahmed promised to implement the recommendations for lasting peace in the area.

The crisis, which broke out in December 2015 over a parcel of land, led to the destruction of houses, schools and other valuables.

Kwara Governor Tasks Professionals On Best Practice

KwaraThe Kwara State Governor has called for constant review of qualification, experience and standard among professionals to correspond with best practices in the world.

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed made the call while receiving the National President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Sir Anthony Uzo, who paid him a visit at the Government House in Ilorin.

He emphasised that refresher programmes remained a veritable platform to keep professionals updated on professional standard to ensure they stood shoulder high against their colleagues globally.

According to the Governor, many socioeconomic problems bedevilling the country are not unconnected with the way accounting record is being kept particularly in the public service.

He promised that accountants in Kwara State public service would be exposed to professional training to update their knowledge and keep them abreast of new issues in the technology driven world.

Governor Ahmed commended ANAN for its initiative in keeping its members well-informed of developments in accounting world through constant educative programmes.

PDP Criticises Kwara Govt. Over Bond Issue

PDP Criticises Kwara Govt Over Bond IssueAs the Kwara State government intensifies efforts to obtain a 20 billion naira bond from the capital market, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has described the plan as an attempt to further impoverish the people of the state.

The Kwara State Commissioner for Finance, Demola Baanu, said that the government decided to obtain the 20 billion naira bond to complete ongoing projects, citing dwindling federal allocation.

He explained that the little above one billion naira being collected could barely pay salaries and called for understanding.

The opposition disagreed with this and queried what had been done with the previous bonds obtained.

The PDP Chairman in the state, Iyiola Oyedepo, wondered how the government could continue borrowing to run the affairs of the state, alleging that nearly 500 billion naira had been collected from 1999 till date without tangible projects or positive impact on the people.

He accused the government of not being prudent when the economy was booming as they failed to save for rainy days.

Meanwhile, Governor Ahmed, while swearing in the last batch of the commissioners, warned politicians against politicising the bond issue, stating that this will not affect the fortunes of the state.

He stressed that the state has the capacity to repay its loans through its Internally Generated Revenue.

 

 

Kwara Government Sets Up KSIRS To Manage Revenue

KwaraIn order to tackle the current financial situation in Nigeria, and ease the challenge facing Kwara State, the Kwara State Government has set up a body authorized to manage the revenue generated by the state.

In a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communication, Dr Muideen Akorede, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said that the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KSIRS) is established to reduce reliance on federally allocated revenue and raise additional revenue to ensure the state government continues to meet its obligations to the people.

The statement reads; “A bill establishing the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KSIRS), which is authorized to collect and manage revenue on behalf of state government and local councils, has been signed into law by the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.

“The new law also repeals the edict establishing the State Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).”

Speaking while signing the new law in his office, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said KSIRS is a corporate body with the sole responsibility for effective collection and management of state and local council revenue.

According to him, while KSIRS will not be imposing fresh taxes on individuals and businesses in the state, the new service is authorized to assess and enforce payment of due taxes, levies, fees, and charges in the state.

Continuing, Governor Ahmed said that the new law also establishes a State Joint Revenue Committee with the responsibility to harmonize tax administration in the state and deal with revenue matters of common interest to state and local government authorities.

Governor Ahmed also announced the establishment of a Revenue Court to tax defaulters and evaders as well as any individual or business that refuses to comply with the provision of the law.

Speaking on the fate of staff of the defunct BIR, Governor Ahmed said they had an option of remaining in KSIRS, transferring his service to core civil service or leaving the service.

The Governor had recently expressed hope that the financial crisis some states are facing would soon be over.

Senate Presidency: Groups Support Saraki With Prayers

senator bukola sarakiThe race for Senate leadership is getting more interesting as people from different groups and religious affiliations offer prayers to God, to ensure the victory and emergence of Dr Bukola Saraki as the next Senate President.

While the All Progressives Congress (APC) championed the cause, Dr Saraki has also said that he is hopeful of becoming the next Senate President.

The prayer session was started by the Kwara South chapter of the APC where representatives from seven local governments converged at Ajjase Ipo, the headquarters of Irepodun Local Government to seek the blessings of God for the emergence of Dr. Saraki as the President.

The State Chairman of the party, Ishola Balogun Fulani, noted that the Senator is qualified to hold the position, having served as the Chairman of the Governors Forum meritoriously.

He also appealed to the party leadership to zone the post to North Central and other Senators to support Saraki for the coveted post.

Pastor Bisi Oyewo, who led the Christians, expressed belief that Dr. Saraki has contributed immensely to the growth and success of the party and ought to be rewarded with the post of the Senate President.

While playing host to traditional rulers from Kwara Central which comprises of Magajis and Alanguas, the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who spoke in Yoruba, urged the royal fathers to intensify their prayers for Saraki’s emergence as the President of the Senate.