Connect with us

The Kwara State government has said it will commit 70% of its 2018 budget to capital expenditure.

The Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Media and Communication, Dr Muideen Akorede made this known on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the stakeholders’ workshop on the state’s budgetary process.

He said Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed explained that the decision of the government to spend more on capital project was to ensure that all ongoing projects across the State are brought to completion for the benefit of the people.

According to him, Governor Ahmed noted that in order to spend more on capital projects, government has to sustain reduced recurrent expenditure and ensure cost cutting in governance.

He further noted that Governor Ahmed assured Kwarans that all the ongoing capital projects would be completed before expiration of his administration.

The meeting, which had in attendance members of the State House of Assembly and the State Executive Council, was for Alhaji Ahmed to share the dream and direction of the government ahead of 2018 fiscal year.

Dr Akorede added that the meeting focused on sources of revenue with particular attention on tax collection and other internal revenue lines.

He said Governor Ahmed also used the workshop to draw the attention of all the stakeholders to the calls for restructuring and discovery of new energy sources which could further reduce allocation from the federal to states of the federation.

Governor Ahmed, he said, added that the administration would key into Rural Agricultural Empowerment Programme in partnership with the World Bank to support rural road infrastructure in the State.

Alhaji Ahmed equally called on the state house of assembly to expedite action on the passage of State Health Insurance Scheme Bill for the implementation of the scheme across the state.

Continuing, he emphasized the Ahmed administration’s readiness to support primary and secondary education with the needed infrastructural facilities through the Universal Basic Education Commission facility once the state pays its counterpart fund.

BIG STORY

I Have ‘Medicine To Defeat Godfather Terrorizing Lagos’ —- Saraki Boasts

Published

on

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has promised to ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, produces the next governor of Lagos State.

Speaking during his meeting with PDP delegates at the party’s secretariat yesterday, Saraki said he has “the medicine of the man who regards himself as godfather terrorising Lagos State.”

Saraki, a PDP presidential aspirant, said, “What you have been fighting for many years, you will have it during the coming election because you now have somebody that has intention and charisma to deal with those disturbing you.

“I have a medicine of the man who regards himself as godfather terrorising Lagos State. We have their formula, come next year, PDP will take over Lagos.”

The Senate President also warned Nigerians to be mindful of presidential aspirants promising to restructure Nigeria, if elected president.

He said: “Many aspirants will tell you that they will restructure Nigeria, but don’t let them deceive you because restructuring is not something only a president can do because certain laws also need to change.

“So you need a president that has the political sagacity to carry people along. But there are very few aspirants today that possess such charisma. Once I assume office, I will devolve more powers to the state.’’

Continue Reading

NEWS

2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend Set To Hold In November

Gbemileke Ajayi

Published

on

From Saturday the 10th to Sunday the 11th of November, 2018, fashion enthusiasts all over the world will be treated to an unparalleled exposé of Africa’s finest in fashion at the 3rdedition of the GTBank Fashion Weekend. Holding in Lagos, one of Africa’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities, the two-day event will bring together renowned fashion personalities from around the world and budding small businesses in the local fashion industry to create the biggest fashion experience in Africa.

Now in its third year, the GTBank Fashion Weekend has become the premier consumer-focused event that places African fashion on the global stage and helps small businesses in the local fashion industry thrive. The first and second editions of the event, which held in November 2016 and 2017 respectively, brought together over 250,000 people to interact with some of the best minds in the global fashion space and directly patronize more than 200 indigenous small businesses in the local fashion industry.

The GTBank Fashion Weekend, which is free to attend, will feature fashion and entrepreneurial masterclasses facilitated by internationally renowned fashion experts as well as runway shows that will present the latest in fashion styles and design trends. With an overall vision of Promoting Enterprise, the Weekend will provide more than 130 small businesses with free stalls to showcase and sell the finest ensemble of apparels and fashion accessories. There will also be pop-up stands where budding indigenous designers will display their works and interact with some of Africa’s most passionate fashionistas.

Commenting on the 2018 GTBank Fashion Weekend, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Segun Agbaje, said “We are delighted to put together the largest showcase of the talents, innovation and enterprise that abound in Africa’s fashion space. This year, we are going further than before to transform this event into the critical meeting place for everyone involved in and passionate about African fashion in order to unlock greater growth opportunities for small businesses in the industry and build capacity across the entire fashion value chain.”

He further stated that “Beyond empowering small businesses with the expertise and networks that they need to thrive, the GTBank Fashion Weekend has become a major event in the social calendars of people across the continent and beyond, and as a bank that is passionate about enriching lives, we will continue to drive initiatives that add value to our communities and deliver amazing experiences for our customers.”

GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The Bank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world-class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality and innovation. The Bank is also going beyond the traditional understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility as corporate philanthropy by intervening in key economic sectors through non-profit consumer-focused fairs and capacity building initiatives for small businesses operating in these sectors.

 

More information visit https://fashionweekend.gtbank.com/

Continue Reading

NEWS

Police Deploy 300 Patrol Vehicles, 2 Helicopters, 30 Armoured Tanks For Osun Election

Gbemileke Ajayi

Published

on

The Inspector general of the Nigerian Police Force, Ibrahim Idris, has unveiled the security arrangement for the 22 September governorship election in Osun, deploying not only adequate personnel but also 300 patrol vehicles, 30 Armoured Personnel Carriers and two surveillance helicopters.

A curfew will also begin midnight on Friday 21 September, until the end of the election, according to a statement by Acting `Deputy Commissioner of police, Jimoh Moshood.

The whole arrangement will be coordinated by the Deputy Inspector-general of Operations, who will be assisted and Assitant Inspector-General of Police eight commissioners.

Ahead of them, operatives of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), IGP Monitoring Unit are already on the ground to prevent and arrest anyone involved in vote buying.

According to Moshood, Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police has directed that a robust and elaborate security arrangement be implemented to ensure a secure environment for a peaceful and credible election.

(NAN)

Continue Reading

Most Popular