The Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has made a passionate appeal to Nigerians to never turn their backs or abandon the police and other security agencies, saying the worst policeman is better than the best criminal.
Governor Abdulrazaq stated this on Wednesday while receiving the three Senators representing the state at the National Assembly who paid him a visit over the destruction of properties by angry youths.
As demonstrations against police brutality and extra-judicial killings continue across the country, Kwara State governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Thursday joined a crowd of #EndSARS Protesters as they marched to the police headquarters in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.
Governor AbdulRazaq marched with the youths after addressing them and assuring them of his support.
He also asked for the list of victims of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) brutality in the state.
The protesters had earlier stormed the government secretariat blocked the entrance and insisted on seeing the governor to address them.
In his address, the governor said efforts are in place to meet the demands of the protesters.
He explained that he and some other governors and some businessmen have recently held a zoom meeting with some individuals involved in the protest movement following which their five-point demands were forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also announced the setting up of an ombudsman through which people can channel their grievances and have same attended to in the state. He said the ombudsman would be the go-between for aggrieved citizens and security agencies.
“However you look at it, we are all victims. I have since joined the protest. Some of you may notice online that I joined a Zoom meeting on Monday with Hajia Aisha Yesufu, Aliko Dangote, Wizkid and others to arrive at a resolution on this protest.
“It was part of this that led to the five-point agenda which is being implemented now by the federal government. The President is definitely listening to the complaints,” AbdulRazaq said.
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.
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.
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.
Following consultations and in response to calls by major stakeholders in the state, I have moved to the PDP as APC can no longer serve as a platform for achieving the aspirations and expectations of my people.
The 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”.
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.
The 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.
Kwara 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.
The 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.
Kwara 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.
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.