N-Power: Ahmed Lauds Scheme, Engages 5,553 In Kwara

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Federal Government has engaged about 5,553 graduates through its N-Power job creation scheme in Kwara State.

The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed this in Ilorin, at the stakeholders’ forum on the implementation strategies of the Federal Government’s special intervention projects.

He also informed that the home-grown school feeding programme for primary school pupils, will soon commence.

The N-Power is the Federal Government’s Programme, designed to drastically reduce youth unemployment, with focus on providing young graduates and non-graduates with skills, tools and livelihood to enable them advance from unemployment to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation.

The governor applauded the Federal Government for its special intervention projects, which he said, had enhanced the quality of lives of the beneficiaries.

“Let me begin by commending the Federal Government for its social intervention projects across the country, such as the conditional Cash Transfer Scheme (CCT), and the N-Power programme.

“These have been designed to restore livelihoods, economic opportunities and sustenance for the poor and impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians.

“I note with pleasure that about 1,080 households in 360 communities spread across 12 Local Government Areas of the state, have benefited from the first phase of the ongoing Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme (CCT).

“We have launched various programmes to guarantee that citizens of the state thrive in their various endeavours”, Ahmed said.

Kwara Govt. Warns Civil Servants Against Corruption

Kwara Govt. Warns Civil Servants Against CorruptionThe Kwara state government says it has put in place measures to ensure that corruption does not thrive in the administration especially among civil servants.

The State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed this at a seminar organised by the Passion for Peace Initiatives in partnership with the Kwara State Government Independent Corrupt Practices to enlighten civil servants about the dangers inherent in being corrupt.

Governor Ahmed, who was represented by the state’s Head of Service, Zarah Omar, explained that the distribution of projects, appointments and other dividends of democratic governance among the people of the state had been based on equity and merit, while the state civil service had become more efficient in service delivery

The measures put in place to ensure this include the establishment of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) to block all leakages in the revenue collection system and increase the state’s internally generated revenue.

He also highlighted merit-based recruitment and promotion procedures to ensure the integrity of the state civil service.

According to him, the present administration regularly provides the public with information on FAAC allocation receipts and holds town hall meetings to get feedback from the public on government policies and decisions in order to ensure transparency and accountability in governance.

Governor Ahmed enjoined all political office holders and public servants to fight corruption by working for the common good of all.

He also advised the civil servants to shun absenteeism, lateness to work and other unethical conducts, describing such acts as corruption in the civil service.

In his remarks, an entrepreneur, Tunji Oyedepo, emphasized adherence to the rule of law as panacea to curbing corruption in the country.

He also advocated the return of parliamentary system of government in order to reduce the cost of running government under the present presidential system of government.

Earlier, the Executive Director, Passion for Peace Initiatives, Mr Olalekan George, explained that the seminar was organised for civil servants whom he described as engine of the government.

He urged them to be morally upright in the interest of the state.

Governor Ahmed commended Passion for Peace Initiative for organizing the event and urged the organization to sustain the initiative by creating year round programmes to promote peace in the state.

Governor Ahmed Inaugurates Revenue Committee

Abdulfatah-AhmedKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has inaugurated a 20-man joint revenue committee to promote Internal Revenue Generation in the state.

Inaugurating the committee at Government House Ilorin, Governor Ahmed noted that the committee was part of the state government’s efforts in looking inwards for the enhancement of revenue generation and restructuring the earnings from crude oil sales.

According to him, “the steep drop in revenue from crude oil sales has hampered government capacity to meet obligations to the people, especially infrastructure, portable water, quality education and improved healthcare delivery services among others, to the public”.

The governor added that the committee is expected to harmonise the tax administration in the state; deal with revenue matters of common concern to the state and Local Government authorities; enlighten members of the public on state and Local Government revenue matters, among others.

Governor Ahmed charged the committee members to work diligently with total commitment and loyalty in bringing about the desired change in the revenue drive, mobilization, generation and collection to the state and Local Government councils.

The Chairman of the Committee, who is also the Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), Dr Murtala Awodun, said the members would discharge their responsibilities diligently without fear or favour.

Other members of the committee are the Chairmen of the 16 Local Government councils in the state, Alhaji Rasaq Olorunmako of the State Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Dr. Saka Muhammed Olookoba of KWIRS and Mrs Fatimah Folorunsho-Salman, who will serve as the Secretary of the committee.

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.

Gov Ahmed Advocates Public-Private Partnership In Sports

The Kwara State Governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, kwarahas advocated for Public-Private Partnership in the sports sector to harness the opportunities therein.

Governor Ahmed made the call while receiving board members of the Nigeria National League (NNL), led by its Chairman, Mr Emeka Inyama, at the Government House, Ilorin, Kwara state capital.

He also emphasised the need to create a sustainable entertainment world that would allow interface between football and business and called for investments in that sector for the growth of the round leather game.

Governor Ahmed, who identified sport as a unifying factor for national cohesion, stressed the need to use football in molding youths in Kwara and Nigeria at large, to shape their mental capacities, for the growth and development of the nation.

The Governor further said the state had positioned itself at both sub-national and national levels, assuring the gathering that the state would continue to host more competitions for the mental strength of players and spectators.

Earlier in his remarks, the Board Chairman of the NNL, Mr Inyama, explained that the NNL had been re-branded with enhanced credibility and integrity, calling for sponsors to further promote the league.

Mr Inyama commended the state government for its investment in sports and for the promotion of the Kwara United Football Club to the elite division; the Nigeria Professional Football League.