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.

Kwara LG Workers Protest Non-Payment Of Salary Arrears

Kwara WorkersStaff of local governments in Kwara State under the aegis of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) have been protesting the nonpayment of salary arrears.

The workers took to the streets in Ilorin, the state capital to express their grievances over what they called non-payment of their six months’ salary arrears and diversion of the allocation meant for them to offset the teachers’ salary.

The protest to Government House began as they moved from the Labour House, Police headquarters before eventually arriving at the gate of the seat of power.

The Police had tried in vain to persuade them to shelve the idea since they did not have Police permit.

Some of the workers who looked tired and worn out especially because it was during the period of fasting, laid down and sat in front of the gate as the security operatives were on hand to maintain law and order.

The State President of the NULGE, Salihu Yusuf, said that they were being owed six months’ salary arrears.

He added that since there was improvement in the last allocations from the federation account, they wondered how the government could divert the money to pay the teachers.

In his comment, the State Secretary of NULGE, Abayomi Afolabi, enumerated various challenges being faced and several efforts made to let government see reasons without success.

He said that the local councils have becomes tools being used to siphon money by the governors in the country.

Efforts of the state government to pacify the workers with the presence of the Secretary to the State Government did not yield as they refused to listen to him but insisted on meeting the Governor.

They were later dispersed by security operatives.

Reacting, the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Dr Muideen Akorede, explained that the decision to offset the salary arrears of the teachers from the last federal allocation was a joint decision at the joint allocation committee.

Dr Akorede said that he wondered why the workers would turn around to involve in protest when it was the Governor who invited their leadership for meeting.

On the issue of nonpayment of salaries, he said that it was a national issue and not peculiar to Kwara State.

He added that since the government has been transparent in disclosing what comes in monthly, efforts would be made to settle their salaries in conjunction with the local government chairmen who are their employers.

There were reports that the leadership of labour unions which include NLC, TUC and NULGE have agreed to meet with the Governor on how best to put an end to non-payment of salaries of local government workers since the local government chairmen are finding it difficult to pay the workers.

Make Cattle Rearing Attractive To Other Tribes – Kwara Governor

Kwara Governor, Cattle Rearing
The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has advocated for better policies to ensure cattle rearing has an agricultural business outlook in order for it not to be peculiar to a certain tribe.

The Governor made the call during an interaction with journalists on his fifth year in office.

Mr Ahmed noted that lack of appropriate policies has been responsible for the constant clashes between the Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the country.

He added that cattle rearing should be integrated into the agricultural sector in the country and made a commercial venture open to all Nigerians and not peculiar to a certain tribe.

If implemented down to the local government levels, the clashes would be drastically reduced if not eliminated, he said.

Governor Ahmed also condemned the act of pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta and called for dialogue between the federal government and Niger Delta militants.

He said that instead of the destruction of what would benefit the whole nation, they should sit in a round table discussion to air and settle their grievances.

Kwara Governor Swears In 12 Political Appointees

KwaraThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has sworn in 12 political appointees, charging them to add value to governance or prepare to be dropped.

Governor Ahmed gave the charge at the Government House, Ilorin, during the swearing-in of the Secretary to the Kwara State Government, Isiaka Gold; Head of Service, Hajia Zahra Omar, Chief of Staff, Yusuf Abdulwahab and nine special advisers.

According to the Governor, the appointments were made in an atmosphere of economic challenge with great and increasing expectations from citizens of the government for good governance and economic well-being.

He stressed the need for citizens need to be empowered and elevated within the shortest possible time.

The Governor noted that given the prevailing realities, governance could no longer be business as usual just as success had become mandatory and non-performance was no longer an option.

He said that the political appointees must apply best practices in all aspects of governance and make prudence, accountability, transparency as well as fear of God their watchwords.

On the state civil service, the Governor directed the new Head of Service to sensitize civil servants on the ethics of service and excellence in performance and also implored her to ensure their effective deployment and positive engagement to this administration.

He promised that delay in payment of workers’ salaries would soon become a thing of the past with increased Internally Generated Revenue expected to be achieved with the establishment of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service.

Responding on behalf of the newly appointed, the Secretary to the State Government, Isiaka Gold, promised the loyalty of the appointees in ensuring the success of the government, adding that they would not disappoint.

The ceremony at the council chamber of the Government House was attended by family members, friends and well-wishers of the political appointees who came to rejoice with them.

 

Senators Express Reservation Over EFCC’s Invitation Of Mrs Saraki

SarakiSenators who are members of the group called ‘Like Minds’ have described as curious, the decision of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to invite the wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, in connection with an unknown investigation.

The senators, in a statement signed by Senator Dino Melaye, stated that they hoped that the invitation of Mrs Saraki was not politically motivated or linked with the ongoing leadership tussle in the Senate.

The lawmakers stated that although they did not want to make any hasty conclusion, they were surprised that about five years after Senator Saraki left the Kwara State Government House, the EFCC suddenly realized the need to invite the wife for questioning.

They urged the EFCC to perform its lawful duties but warned that it should not return to the dark days when the anti-graft agency was frequently and flagrantly used as a political weapon.

Kwara Governor Warns Youth Against Violent Tendencies

In order to maintain the harmonious nature of the state, the Kwara state governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed has called on youths in the state especially the unemployed ones to desist from destructive tendencies or being used as instrument of crisis assuring of his determination to provide means of livelihood for them soon.

The governor made the call while playing host to the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulugambari at government house who paid him Salah homage.

He noted that government would not fold its arms and allow some youths to disrupt political or social gatherings on the pretext of lack of jobs adding that efforts are on to provide jobs for thousands of youths in the next few weeks.