Kidnapping: Mother of Labour Party chairman released and unharmed

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – A recent report has revealed that Mrs. Elizabeth Omotosho, the 71-year old mother of Labour Party (LP) National Chairman, Dr. Mike Omotosho, has been released by the abductors.

Titilayo, her daughter, made this known to some close members of the family via text message. She said that the septuagenarian walked home herself on Friday night.

Titilayo said, ‘we have found my mum. She is fine. Hallelujah.’

Mrs. Omotosho was abducted by four gunmen at her family house in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara, between 7pm and 8pm on Sunday. The abductors demanded for ₦100million ransom in exchange for the old woman.

On Friday, Mr. Lawan Addo, the State Commissioner of Police, while parading suspects of kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and vandalism, said the police had apprehended the abductors.

He also said the police has acquired sophisticated technology that makes it possible for the command to find the hide-out of the abductors.

Dr. Mike Omotosho, the LP chairman, said he his grateful that his mum was released and unharmed.

The party chairman said:

‘May the Lord uproot this evil scourge in our society. My mum is well and was not harmed in any way; for that we are grateful.’

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Kwara State election: Do not overheat the community with campaigns, Addo warns

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Ahead of the forthcoming chairmanship and councillorship election in Kwara, the Commissioner of Police of the state, Lawan Addo, has warned politicians in the state not to overheat the community with campaigns ahead of the election.

Addo, speaking with journalists yesterday, October 25, 2017, in Ilorin, the state capital, said that the state’s police command has put in place mechanisms to make sure that the forthcoming election throughout the state will be peaceful, report says.

He explained that the state was known for peace and therefore the police will not condone any act of hooliganism during election in the state.

Also, the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has launched its campaign ahead of the local government election in the state. At the flagging off of the campaign at the party secretariat in Ilorin, Governor of Kwara, Abdulfatah Ahmed, charged the party members to work harder to ensure that they win election in all the 16 local governments in the state.

The governor assured that the election is going to be free and fair. He advised all the party members to come out in mass to exercise their rights on the election day.

The state chairman of APC in Kwara, Alhaji Ishola Balogun-Fulani, also urged his party members not to engage in hate speech with opposition parties but to ensure they troop out to vote for the candidates of their own party.

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Full list of Kwara State APC Chairmanship candidate

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Ahead of the forthcoming election for both chairmanship and Councillorship positions, the All Progressives Congress (APC) party has conducted its primary elections in all the 16 local governments within the state, report says.

Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, the Publicity Secretary of the party announced on Saturday, September 16, 2017, that the party is ready for the election that has been scheduled for November 18, 2017.

‘On Saturday, our party held free, fair and credible primary election across the local government areas in Kwara State,’ the APC chieftain claimed.

He said:

‘We are delighted to note that party members conducted themselves peacefully and the primary election held in the respective councils under peaceful atmosphere.

‘Prior to the primary election, the party leadership had advised aspirants to consider the option of consensus arrangements and the party is pleased to note that many councils embraced the consensus option.’

He explained that, ‘For Baruteen and Offa LGAs, the aspirants could not agree on consensus building. Therefore, the party decided to conduct primary elections for the aspirants.’

Speaking further, he said:

‘While primary election has been successfully conducted in Baruteen LG, the party is aware of some issues from Offa LG. The party wishes to emphasise that it is mandatory for all aspirants and stakeholders in Offa LG to strictly adhere to the guidelines of the party on the conduct of primary election.

‘With the successful completion of the primary process, the APC wishes to announce its readiness to contest and win all available seats in the forthcoming council election.

‘The party also released the names of the successful chairmanship candidates with their respective local government areas.

  1. Baruteen LGA – ALH Saidu Yaro Musa
  2. Ekiti LGA – Comrade Yinka Dallas
  3. PATIGI LGA – Alh Salihu Jibril Garbi
  4. Edu LGA – Umar Sanda Yusuf,
  5. Kaiama LG – Abdulahi Abubakar Bata
  6. Ifelodun LGA – Fatai Adeniyi Garba
  7. Ilorin West LGA – Hajia Omodara
  8. Ilorin East LGA – Engr Mumeeh Lah
  9. Ilorin South LGA – Hajia Funmi Salau
  10. Asa LGA – Hajia Riskat Opakunle
  11. Moro LGA – Eleyele
  12. Irepodun LGA – Muyiwa Oladipo Kanu
  13. Oke-Ero LGA – Oni Adebayo,
  14. Isin LGA – Omole
  15. Oyun LGA – Jalala.’

‘The party is of the firm belief that our candidates are qualified, competent and highly-resourceful personalities that will drive developmental processes and interventions at the grassroots level,’ the party explained.

‘Therefore, we urge the good people of Kwara State to turn out en masse and massively vote for the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming election,’ it added.



Ahmed reacts to critics of low performance

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Critics say Kwara State governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has made no impact in the lives of the people and the economic development of the state, report says.

Mr Modibbo Kawu, the Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission, criticized the governor while delivering a lecture titled ‘Our community, our values and our future’.

Kawu said:

‘Economic opportunities have been denied our people, especially since 2003. From 2003 till the end of 2015, Kwara State got about ₦640bn from the federation account. Yet in that period, poverty has increased in our community, open and clandestine prostitution, drug abuse and consolidation of the begging culture.’

Prof. Shuaib Oba, a former chairman of the Federal Character Commission, and Mr Abdulmumin Ajia, the convener, Kwara Development Initiative spoke in separate interviews with journalists on Thursday in Ilorin, the state capital, during an empowerment programme for small and medium enterpreneurs(SME) facilitated by Ajia.

Ajia said that the administrations of Saraki and Ahmed had not lived up to the expectations of the people.

He said, ‘In the past 14 years, we have witnessed two successive administrations that were ushered in with a lot of hope and they have let the people down. They will tell you that the problem is paucity of funds but I disagree. The issue is paucity of ideas because even with little you can do much if you are committed to serving the people first.’

Oba claimed that the state has been subjected to hardships by the so-called leaders.

He said, ‘What we have were inflicted by people who say they are professional politicians. We should in our own way rise up at the appropriate time, challenge and force them out,’ he said.

According to report, Governor Ahmed through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr Muyideen Akorede, argues that the state has recorded remarkable developments under his administration.

‘We have remodeled the Ilorin Township Stadium into one of the best in the North Central and established an internationally-referenced vocational centre. Kwara State also has one of the most vibrant informal sectors with the injection of billions of naira into micro credit and the government has been acknowledged for upholding rule of law consistently.

‘Their criticism is more political than logical, given the unexplained decision to limit their subjective analysis to the last 14 years.’



Kwara targets key projects as it launches infrastructure fund

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The Kwara state government recently launched the Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K). Below are the details of how funds for the projects will be generated and which projects will be executed.

The Kwara State Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K) is a contributory scheme designed to pool funds for ongoing and new development projects in the state.

The IF-K will be financed through an initial ₦5 billion seed fund and ₦500 million monthly contribution from the state’s internally generated revenue.

According to the state government, the funds will be managed by an investment company called ‘Investment One’, in order to ensure accountability and protect the funds from political control.

Some of the projects highlighted under the IF-K are the Geri-Alimi split diamond underpass, construction of Kwara State University campuses in Osi and Ilesha Baruba, dualization of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital – Sango road, dualization of Michael Imodu – Ganmo road, construction of Ilesha Baruba – Gwanara road, renovation of the indoor sport hall of the Kwara State stadium and Light Up Kwara project (LUK).

Kwara State governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, through his senior special assistant on media Dr. Muyideen Akorede, however, explained that it has suspended plans to raise a ₦20 billion bond from the capital market for infrastructure development in the state.

The governor noted that with the launch of the IF-K, which pools resources for funding infrastructure, the ₦20 billion bond has become unnecessary as all ongoing and new projects by his administration will be funded to completion under the IF-K.

He emphasized that while the bond remains a viable source of project funding, the IF-K currently offers the state the most reliable, affordable and sustainable means of funding capital projects without relying on external borrowings.

The governor, while expressing confidence in the capacity of the state’s internal revenue service – Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) – to fund the IF-K, assured Kwarans that the government will meet their aspirations of even development across the state.