34-Year-Old Danladi Emerges Speaker Kwara Assembly

Salihu Danladi
Salihu Danladi

 

A 34-year-old Salihu Danladi from Ilesha Gwanara constituency of Baruten Local Government Area has been elected as the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly.

Danladi was elected after Saheed Popoola, the only returning member in the Assembly nominated Danladi as the Speaker and was seconded by Haliru Danbaba.

He was thereafter adopted by all the members of the Assembly.

Danladi was elected unopposed.

Lawmaker-Elect In EFCC Net Over N26m Property Fraud

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office has arrested a member-elect of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulgafar Ayinla over his alleged involvement in property scam, forgery and obtaining money under false pretence to the tune of about N26,000,000 (Twenty Six Million Naira).

Ayinla who is expected to be sworn-in on May 29 2019 has confessed to the commission of crime, disclosing that he used the money to finance his political campaigns.

The petitioner who resides in the United State of America, USA stated that Ayinla who is a legal practitioner was introduced to her by her late Aunt as capable of helping her purchase some properties in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

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According to her, “The Lawmaker-elect sold to me another two plots of land with four bedroom bungalow at window level at Agric area of Ilorin. I paid N8, 240, 000 (Eight Million Naira Two hundred and Forty Thousand Naira) commission of which Ayinla informed me that the seller had received his money but he never pay the money to the seller up till today, and never refunded the money to me.”

The suspect disclosed that he diverted the money to his personal use and promised to pay back when he receives his wardrobe allowance from the Kwara State House of Assembly.

He would soon be charged to court.

Gov. Ahmed Signs 2017 Budget Into Law

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has assented to 160.9billion Naira 2017 budget as passed by the Kwara State House of Assembly.

Speaking during the signing ceremony at his office, Governor Ahmed said with the signing of the budget into law, his administration will commence execution of some major capital projects immediately, starting with the new campuses of Kwara State University (KWASU) and all other major projects across the state.

“I want to assure you that as we sign the budget into law, we will hit the ground running.

“In this regard, some major capital projects slated for execution this year will be flagged-off from next week.

“We will start with the campuses of Kwara State University, we are building for Ilorin School of Governance, College of Agriculture in Ilesha-Baruba and of course, the Osi Campus.

“We will also be flagging-off the dual carriage roads and all other projects”, he said.

Ahmed said his government is working round the clock to ensure that funding for the budget is made available through the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for optimal implementation of the appropriation law.

He also said he will uphold adherence to the provisions of the budget, while commending the House of Assembly for its professional approach to legislative function.

Dr. Ahmed said the House will however be approached for supplementary appropriation where the need arises.

Earlier, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ali Ahmad said the House has passed a budget of 160.9 billion Naira with over 90billion Naira devoted to capital expenditure where all the indices put in place by international organisations are present.

He said it is a budget that will be different from all the budgets earlier passed in the state.

Hon. Ahmad stated that with the injection of significant capital expenditure into the economy, the state will surely move out of recession faster than expected.

It will be recalled that Governor Ahmed presented the 2017 budget estimate of 135,064,529,461 billion Naira to members of the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval on December 29, 2016.

However, the approved budget was increased by the House to 160.9billion Naira, with 90.1billion Naira voted for capital expenditure, while 70.7billion Naira was allocated to recurrent expenditure.

Kwara Assembly Wants Education Monitoring Fund Reviewed

kwara, labour leaders, salary paymentIn the bid to consolidate the feat recorded at the on-going education reform, the Kwara State House of Assembly has sought an upward review of 1.36 million Naira to 2.99 million Naira.

This if for the allocation of the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the State Teaching Service Commission in the 2017 budget. 

The House also called for the strengthening of the unit to enhance effective teaching and learning in schools across the state.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, House Committee on Education and Human Development in the State house of Assembly, Hon. Jimoh Akanni Abdulrahman said, for government to justify its huge investment in education, monitoring and evaluation unit must be strengthened.

He urged the commission to come up with the proposal of 2.99 million Naira to ensure provision of necessary logistics for effective performance.

In another development, the House appealed to the State Ministry of Environment and Forestry to increase its funding and staffers of the State Environmental Protection Agency and restore the glory of the state as one of the cleanest states in the country.

However, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Ahmed Ibn Mohammed, lamented that the House would ensure the agency was strengthened for effective performance, to forestall outbreak of epidemic diseases in any part of the state.

Kwara Local Council Workers Oppose Use Of Consultants To Pay Salaries

FG To Offer 124bn Treasury BillsLocal Government (LG) workers under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Kwara State have kicked against alleged appointment of consultants to prepare and pay their salaries.

NULGE secretary in the state, Mr Afolabi Abayomi, told reporters in Ilorin that each of the 16 local government councils had a treasurer in charge of its accounts department with full complement of accounting staff that had been preparing the salaries since the creation of the councils.

Mr Abayomi wondered why the state government would go ahead to engage consultants to pay salaries of the workers in the local governments, rendering LG workers employed for the purpose redundant.

A Way Of Siphoning Money

He lamented that these consultants would be drawing 30 per cent out of the already low and inadequate allocations to the local governments thereby worsening the hardships in the councils.

“Appointing consultants to prepare and pay local government workers is illegal and unconstitutional, local governments have enough staff to prepare their workers’ salaries.

“It is a way of siphoning money from the already dwindling local governments’ allocations.

“Imagining the consultants receiving 30 per cent from the council’s allocations,” Abayomi said.

The NULGE scribe further appealed to the state government to revert the appointment of consultants and let the workers in the accounts department continue to prepare salaries of LG staff.

Mr Abayomi said the one billion Naira that the state government gave LGs out of the five billion Naira it received from the Federal Government was not enough to pay the November salaries of workers in the local governments.

He pointed out that the money was to augment the November salaries with 600 million Naira, adding that the remaining 400 million Naira would be added to December salaries.

“Monthly wage bill in the local governments is 2.2 billion Naira which covers State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), local government staff, pensioners and Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) teachers’ salaries.

“To be given only one billion Naira to meet all these responsibilities with all the wide publicity given it was insincere,” he insisted.

He asked the state government to abide by the instruction of the Federal Government and the State House of Assembly to use the five billion Naira to offset backlog of salaries to workers.

He also advised the state government to grant autonomy to local governments to run their fiscal activities as they deemed fit.

According to him, the Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC), should be scrapped to allow local government councils handle their finances as the third tier of government.

Reacting to the demand by the local council workers, Dr. Muideen Akorede, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Communications to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, said the government gave the 16 local governments one billion to pay November salaries.

Dr. Akorede said the government gave 800 million Naira to pay salaries of workers in the state-owned tertiary institutions.

Kogi House Crisis: Kwara Speaker Asks Buhari, Oyegun To Interfere

Kogi-house-of-AssemblyThe Speaker of  the Kwara State House of assembly has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun, to urgently wade into the crisis rocking the Kogi State House of Assembly before it degenerates into a larger crisis.

Dr. Ali Ahmed on Saturday, wondered how the national leadership of the party and the President could keep silent over the issue.

Dr. Ahmed noted that no one could stop the House of Representatives from taking over the affairs of the Kogi Assembly since the constitution allowed it.

Giving his opinion on the issue in another interview with Channels Television, the House of Representatives member representing Kaima Baruten, Honourable Zakari Muhammad, agreed that section 11(4) of the Nigerian Constitution empowered the House of Representatives to take over the functions of any House of Assembly facing crisis that had affected its plenary.

The crisis began when some five members of the Kogi State House of Assembly sat and impeached the Speaker, Honourable Momojimoh Lawal, claiming that he had not carried the members of the House along in his decisions.

After he was purportedly impeached, the House of Representatives set up a committee to investigate the crisis and proffer solution.

After the committee members visited the state last week, the embattled Speaker expressed optimism that the State House would hold plenary in coming days.

But on March 2, the crisis reached a boiling point, with the house holding its plenary session with the factional speaker presiding.

Kwara Assembly Passes 2016 Budget

kwaraKwara State House of Assembly has passed the 2016 budget proposal presented by the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

The Speaker of the State Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, while presiding over the passage, explained that the House raised the budget from 116 billion Naira to 128 billion Naira to achieve minimum of 70 per cent implementation.

He noted that the highest political offense in the constitution is non-implementation of the budget.

Dr. Ahmad gave the assurance of the resolve of the House to ensure total compliance with the budget.

He stressed that whether the budget is implemented or not depends on the quality of oversight functions of the members, with a challenge not to disappoint the people.

Kwara State Suspends Eight Local Government Chairmen

kwaraThe Kwara State House of Assembly has approved the suspension of Chairmen of eight Local Government Councils in the state. 

This follows allegations of carrying out recruitment exercise without due process.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Abdurahman Sanni, the approval by the House of Assembly was sequel to a letter from the state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, seeking the approval of the House to suspend the affected Chairmen.

The statement was read by the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad, on the floor of the House.

Moro, Irepodun, Asa, Oke Ero, Patigi, Ilorin South, Ekiti and Baruteen Local Government Councils’ chairmen were those affected.

Reading the resolutions of the House, the Speaker said the House equally mandated its committee on Local Government and chieftaincy affairs to investigate the allegation and report to the House within days.

The Speaker explained that it was unlawful for the Council Chairmen to carryout recruitment exercise without the approval of the state’s Local Government Service Commission.

Dr. Ahmad maintained that the alleged misconduct was contrary to the provisions of the law and assured the suspended chairmen that the House would carry out thorough investigation, to avoid miscarriage of justice.

Members of the House concurred, quoting section 7 of the Nigerian Constitution, as saying the governor has the power to suspend any Chairman for any case of misconduct.

States Lawmakers Discuss How To Domicile Criminal Justice Act

Yobe State House of AssemblySpeakers of State Houses of Assembly are meeting in Ilorin the capital of Kwara State to deliberate how to domicile the Criminal Justice Act in their respective states for fairness, orderliness and quick dispensation of justice.

The two-day conference holding at the banquet hall of Kwara Hotel had Speakers or their representatives from different States in attendance.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmed, explained that the conference would amend areas of flaws that had been observed with the Federal Act.

He said that they would agree on a single model administration of Criminal Justice bill that would be enacted by each state within an agreed time frame.

Dr Ahmed hoped that the conference would lay the road map to fast track legislative steps towards state level adoption of the administration of the Criminal Justice Act.

Management Of Criminal Justice

Addressing the lawmakers at the opening of the occasion, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, advocated for a more dynamic constitutional amendment process to enable the legislative arm modify existing laws while retaining the safeguards necessary to maintain their sanctity.

According to him, a sound criminal justice system is imperative for economic growth, political stability and social equilibrium.

Governor Ahmed called for solid foundation of good laws that could curb anti-social behaviours and other disruptive tendencies in the society.

Also at the event was the representative of the United Nations office on Drugs and Crimes, Dr. Belachew Fikre.

He said the body would continue to support the administration of Criminal Justice Act in order to promote effective management of criminal justice, quick dispensation of justice as well as protection of the rights of suspects.

The law, when fully operational, will ensure that a criminal trial begins and ends within four to six months instead of the former practice of between 12 to 15 years.

Tony Tetuila Joins Politics

Tony_TetuilaAnthony Olanrewaju Awotoye, popularly known as Tony Tetuila, has just declared his intention to run for Kwara State House of Assembly as member representing Irepodun Local Government Area.

The music crooner who used to be part of a music group “The Remedies”, split with the group and has been successful as a solo artist.

Although the afro hip hop artist has not done much in the music industry of late.

He was one of the hottest music stars in Nigeria and his song “My Car” paved way for his success in the music industry and gained him global acclaim.

Tetuila joins the likes of Nigerian artist, 9ice, and Nollywood stars Julius Agwu, Kate Henshaw, and Desmond Elliot who have announced their interest in political positions ahead of the 2015 elections.

Kwara House Of Assembly Members Defect To APC

Twenty members of the Kwara State House of Assembly have officially defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), bringing their total strength to 22 out of the 24 members of the House.

The official decamping, which took place at the floor of the House on Wednesday, was described by the Speaker, Rasak Atunwa, as historic, victory for democracy. He stressed the need for political leaders to always allow for internal democracy and rule of law. He also forecloses the return to PDP in future.

With the development, the PDP is left with only two members in the House, as two out of the remaining four members were elected under the APC platform.

Although the official decamping of the majority members of the State House of Assembly had been expected since the decamping of the state governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed, few weeks ago, it took many by surprise when the speaker, Rasak Atunwa, on resumption from the New Year break announced the defection of 20 members.

He said that they had officially written to denounce their membership of PDP thereby moving to APC.

Each member of the House that defected cited the crisis and factionalisation in PDP as factors responsible for their defection.

They also relied on section 109 of the constitution which they noted empowered them to change party in such situation.

“We have consulted widely in our various constituencies and we have no option than to dump umbrella for broom,” one of the defected members of the House said.

The speaker told reporters that complete collapse of internal democracy and failed efforts to settle the grievances of some members of the PDP was part of the reasons for dumping the party for APC.

Asked if there was a possible return of the defected members to PDP with a new party chairman appointed, the speaker foreclosed their return, saying that it was too late.

“The party has been damaged beyond redemption,” he said.