By Bukola Adama
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, yesterday, in Ilorin stressed the need for the Northern states to forge a common front for the development of the region using Sir Ahmadu Bello virtues as a model.
The governor who made the call while receiving the Advisory Council and Management of Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation led by its Chairman, Hon Justice Mamman Nasir who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Ilorin, stated that it was high time Northern Governors adopted the Sardauna’s virtues as development model for the Northern region.
Governor Ahmed who extolled the virtues of the late Sardauna of Sokoto described him as a finest Nigerians that had ever lived, saying that he stood for Fairness, Justice and Equity.
He also advised the region to key into the Human Capital Development agenda of the late Sardauna and drive it vigorously for the region to become net exporter of skills.
He also stressed the need for the region to put in place structures to assist budding entrepreneurs to realize their ambitions.
The governor also lamented the division of the region, saying that leaders of the region had allowed inordinate interest to divide them.
He, however, praised President Buhari-led government for developing agriculture and urged the Northern Governors to take the advantage to drive agric value chain.
The Chairman, Advisory Council and Management, Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Hon Justice Mamman Nasir expressed gratitude to the governor for the
state’s contribution to the foundation.
Justice Mamman Nasir who is also the Galadiman of Katsina enumerated the activities of the foundation, saying that the foundation gave scholarship to 570 students in tertiary institutions.
He explained that 30 students each were drawn from the 19 states of the North, saying that each beneficiary would receive N100,000 till completion of their programmes.
He explained that the foundation also trained 2,700 youths and women under its empowerment and entrepreneurship programmes.
Justice Mamman Nasir added that the foundation under its medical programme gave treatment to 1,000 patients out of which 37 blind persons due to cataract were restored with their eyesight.