Certificate Forgery: Court Dismisses Case Against Kwara Governor

 

A High Court sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday dismissed the certificate forgery case filed against Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, following the claimant’s application to withdraw the case.

Judge Adenike Akinpelu, struck out the case after Adekunle Olufemi, who filed the case, told the court he had presented a notice of withdrawal of the case.

Olufemi told the court that he is withdrawing the case for his personal security.

Justice Akinpelu then dismissed the case since the claimant said he was no more interested in the case.

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The counsel to the governor, Salman Jawondo, however, asked for the cost of N1million against the petitioner which the judge ruled against.

Akinpelu held that the withdrawal means that, the efforts of one Olusola Olaseinde who wanted to join the suit were inconsequential since the original case has been withdrawn.

Olufemi had earlier dragged Abdulrazaq to court alleging that the West African Senior School Certificate he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to contest the Kwara governorship election was forged.

Abdulrazaq had denied presenting a fake WAEC result to INEC. He claimed that the case was politically motivated and meant to stop him from contesting the March 9 governorship poll.

Kwara State Governor Ahmed Defects From APC To PDP

Kwara Governor Presents N181bn 2018 Budget
File photo of Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed

 

Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Ahmed left the ruling APC alongside Senate President Bukola Saraki who announced his defection on his official Twitter handle @bukolasaraki.

Ahmed also announced his defection using his official Twitter handle @AbdulfataAhmed. He said his decision to join the PDP follows consultations with major stakeholders.

 

Governor Ahmed is currently in a closed-door meeting with Senate President Saraki at his residence in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

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Gov. Ahmed Calls For Prison Reforms

Nigerian PrisonsThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, is advocating total reform and overhauling of the nation’s prisons in order to ensure efficient running of the system.

The governor made the call while receiving members of the House of Representatives Committee on Army who were in the state on oversight functions.

He explained that most of the prisons across the country were built several years ago to cater for smaller percentage of the population as at the time of construction.

“The current prison situation, not only in Ilorin, but all over the country, requires to be strongly reviewed because if corrective institutions that were built over 70, 80 years ago, with a population of probably about 30, 40 million, are still being used today to service correction of a population of close to about 200 million; there is no way we can get the best out of it.

“It is very clear, the time has come, stakeholders must necessarily all come together and create a synergized approach of input support to create the desired level of corrective institutions that would ultimately begin to correct people and get them properly reabsorbed into the society”.

He said if the situation is allowed to go beyond the current level, “those who go through such institutions would come out worse off”.

Osinbajo Calls For Adoption Of Anti-Corruption Models

Osinbajo Calls For Adoption Of Anti-Corruption Models The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is calling on Nigeria’s anti-corruption agencies to learn from the international community on the model some “less corrupt” countries have used to curb the menace in their country.

Osinbajo, who described corruption as systemic and life threatening, also appealed to the international community to assist Nigeria in the identification, recovery and repatriation of stolen assets.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, decried the perception and reaction of the public to corruption, saying that corruption is omnipresent in Nigeria.

Also recently, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, called on members of the judiciary to stand against corruption and uphold the rule of law.

According to him, the recent happenings on alleged corruption especially against some members of the judiciary, make the public question the integrity of the judiciary.

While he advocated that rights of all citizens must be upheld regardless of age or gender, Ahmed also noted that the integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to promoting human rights and fostering development.

Gov. Ahmed Warns Judiciary Against Corrupt Practices

Abdulfatah-Ahmed, National Discovery, Governor Ahmed, RescessionThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called on members of the judiciary to stand against corruption and uphold the rule of law.

The governor who made this call at the swearing-in of a new grand Kadi of the Shariah Court, Hon. Muhammed Ola Abdulkadir, said that recent happenings on alleged corruption against some members of the judiciary, make the public question the integrity of the judiciary.

According to the governor, “Judges across the country should be bold, fearless, incorruptible, follow the principles of the constitution and promote democracy”.

He also noted that the integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to promoting human rights and fostering development.

“Judiciary must be inclusive and promote social justice. – Ensuring equal treatment of all before the law goes a long way in building trust in the credibility of the judicial system,” Ahmed stressed.

Consequently, he stated that all citizens must have unrestricted and equal access to justice at all times.

Also, the rights of all must be protected regardless of gender, age or status, as justice helps society create organised human relations and forms the basis of strong institutions and good governance.

Gov Ahmed Makes Case For Local Herbal Medicine

Kwara, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Local Herbal Medicine, NAFDACKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called for the incorporation of local herbal medicine into the orthodox medicine to reduce dependent on imported drugs.

Governor Ahmed made the call while receiving management of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), led by its Acting Director-General, Mrs Yetunde Oni, at the Government House in Ilorin.

He noted that researches from institutes and universities could be exploited and developed as alternative to western medicines.

The governor tasked NAFDAC to check the inflow of sub-standard and unwholesome foods and drugs, to ensure that only safe consumables are available for Nigerians.

He promised continuous support to the agency in Kwara State to enable it perform its statutory duties.

In an earlier remark, Mrs Oni assured Governor Ahmed that the agency would sustain efforts in ensuring that foods, drugs and chemicals billed for importation, exportation and advertisement were safe for human consumption.

She added that the agency was ready to work assiduously in Kwara State to check unwholesome and counterfeit drugs.

The NAFDAC boss solicited for support of the State Government in securing offices in Baruten and Irepodun local government areas of the state.

Kwara Government Denies Sacking 700 Teachers

Kwara, Teachers, TESCOMThe Kwara State government has debunked a report by an online medium that 700 teachers recruited into the state’s Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) in 2014 without approval have been laid off.

The state government, through a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede, described the report as false, misleading and lacking any basis in fact.

The governor’s media aide insists there has never been any intention to terminate their services of the teachers in question.

He clarified that the State Governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, had directed TESCOM to regularise the employment of the affected staff based on qualification and needs.

He stated that the State Executive Council had approved sanctions for the officials, including serving and retired personnel that facilitated the unauthorised recruitment of the workers.

According to the statement, TESCOM would conduct relevant process for the normalisation of employment of the affected staff with emphasis on those with appropriate qualifications in Mathematics, English and the core science subjects.

Dr. Akorede also referred to a Government House statement which noted that Governor Ahmed ruled out sacking the affected workers, in order not to worsen the unemployment situation in the Kwara State.

He, therefore, urged the public to disregard the false publication.

Governor Ahmed Advocates Restructuring Of Nigeria’s Education Policy

Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, advocates restructure of Nigeria's education policyKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has emphasised the need to urgently restructure Nigeria’s education policy.

He made the call on Monday at a breakfast meeting with corporate organisations in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The Governor blamed the high unemployment rate of youths in the country on frequent change of policy and untrainable graduates.

Governor Ahmed also noted that the lack of patience on the part of policy makers to give room for full implementation of a policy before introducing another has been responsible for increase in the number of unemployable graduates.

He said that Nigeria was finding it difficult to catch up with global technology trends due to bad implementation of education policies.

Army Of Unemployed Youths

The Governor called for a change in the platform of educating the youths in order to meet up with the rest of the world.

“Our country has been run so poorly (such) that our economy is very bad and we have an army of unemployed youths.

“The reason is very simple; our educational system needs to be restructured in such a way and manner that it will become impactful on the society.

“There is a difference between human capital needs and human capital development; it’s a national challenge which must be addressed.

“If you are a keen observer of education policy in the last 40 years, you will notice that it has moved from one policy to another. Some of us attend the seven to six years, five years in secondary school (and) then you move to the university for four years.

“After, they said it is six-three-three-four, then moved to nine-four and kept changing like that.

“The impact of one policy was not felt before we moved to another and that has been affecting the quality of graduates being produced in these institutions,” the Governor highlighted.

Kwara’s Governor Ahmed Bemoans State Of Nigeria’s Prisons

Enugu Prison
Enugu Prison

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has decried the conditions of prisons in Nigeria where hundreds of inmates are crammed into a prison meant for a quarter of that number.

He also expressed concerns that suspects spend years in prison while awaiting trial for offences that attract less severe penalties simply because they could not afford bail.

The governor, who bemoaned the deplorable plight of prisoners in Nigeria while inaugurating the Kwara State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy at Government House in Ilorin, demanded urgent reforms of prisons and associated judicial processes.

A statement by a spokesman for the governor, Abdulwahab Oba, said Governor Ahmed wanted adequate attention to be given to the fate of children born and raised in prisons and the bleak and potentially uncertain future such “unfortunate” circumstance of birth would create for the children and the society.

The governor stated that his administration had decided to inaugurate the eight-member Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy in line with the administration’s commitment to the rule of law.

“It is noteworthy that the exercise of Prerogative of Mercy in deserving situations can redress wrongs inflicted on those erroneously condemned or jailed due to legal technicalities,” Dr. Ahmed observed.

Governor Ahmed further assured the Council of a Judicious Exercise of the state pardon and called on its members to work tirelessly to achieve the set objectives and ensure that deserving inmates are adequately reintegrated into the society.

Earlier, the Council’s Chairman and Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kamaldeen Ajibade, said members were competent and confirmed people of good and reasonable character in the state.

He said members of the council welcome innovative ideas within their schedule, assuring the governor that the purpose for which the council was established would be met.

Mr Ajibade thanked the governor for reconstituting the council and providing the wherewithal for them to operate, promising that the council will be dedicated and diligent in the discharge their duties.

Governor Ahmed Urges Support For Fallen Soldiers’ Families

Kwara, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Fallen SoldiersKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called on wealthy Nigerians not to forget the supreme sacrifice offered by dead soldiers, in a bid to maintain Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

Governor Ahmed appealed to Nigerians to contribute their widow’s mite to the upbringing of those left behind by the fallen heroes.

The Kwara Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Ayinke Saka, made the call on behalf of the governor at the formal launch of the Armed Forces emblem in Ilorin, the state’s capital.

Mrs Saka stressed the need to take care of the families of the deceased soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in order for the citizens to sleep in peace.

She expressed the gratitude of the State government to the security agencies for sustaining the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

The commissioner said that their resilient efforts have led to Kwara State becoming one of the safest states in Nigeria.

Kwara Govt. Distribute 850Million Naira For Community Development

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has kicked off the distribution of 850million Naira ward-based community development programme with the presentation of cheques to some of the benefiting communities.

The programme which is in partnership with the World Bank will see 58 communities across the three senatorial districts benefiting from the project.

At the project launch and cheque presentation ceremony for communities in Kwara State under the community and social development project in Ilorin.

The governor promised that the government would ensure all round development across the state to guarantee sustainable development in the rural areas.

The community and social development projects by the Kwara State government is aimed at embarking on a project for a community in which the community will specify the kind of project required, while ten percent of the total cost will be bear by the community, the state government will fund the ninety percent of whatever they required.

The state governor who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Abdulwahab Yusuf at the Government House said the community driven development would ensure inclusion, promote increased local democracy, participation and involvement in public affairs.

He explained that the project would ensure infrastructural development, reduce rural-urban migration and improve socio-economic development of the grassroots.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Planning and Economic Development, Wasiu Odewale said Kwara state is one of the 26 states including the FCT currently enjoying the benefits of community and social development project in Nigeria.
He disclosed that out of 58 qualified communities, 41 would benefit from the first phase of the scheme.

The General Manager of the state community and social development agency, Mr. Micah Alabi had explained that the agency had intervened in and 112 communities across the 16 Local Government Areas, saying that 322 micro projects in education, water, health, rural electricity were fully funded, implemented and put to use in the communities.

Kwara State First Lady Distributes Gifts To New Year Babies

omolewa-ahmedWife of the Kwara state Governor, Mrs Omolewa Ahmed, has visited the General Hospital Ilorin, where she distributed gifts to new born babies in the New Year.

This according to her, is part of efforts to ensure that the less privileged, especially women, celebrate the new year in a happy mood.

While at the maternity ward of the hospital, the state first lady, prayed for long life and prosperity for three newly born babies, while she distributed gift items to the mothers.

The first male child was born two minutes after 12 am, on January 1, 2017, to Mrs Rashidat Abdul Kareem, while the other two followed later.

In an interview, Mrs Ahmed said it is a show of appreciation to the almighty despite the current challenges the country is facing and urged Nigerians to still have faith in God and the government to turn things around positively.

The state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Ayinke Saka, also assured women of the government’s readiness to continue providing amenities to cater for the womenfolk through loans and empowerment programmes.