The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has approved the appointment of the Emir of Ilesha Baruba, Baruten Local Government Area of the state, Prof. Haliru Abubakar, as the Amirul-Hajj for year 2018 pilgrimage to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A statement issued at the weekend from the office of the Secretary to the Government of Kwara State, Alhaji Sola Isiaka Gold, said as a measure to achieve a resounding success in the exercise, it was desirable to have a leader of high calibre, who has the qualifications, experience and sound health to cope with the challenges of the hajj exercise.
The Secretary to the State Government implored the pilgrims to co-operate fully with the Amirul-Hajj to make this year’s operation a successful one.
The state government however wished the royal father a resounding success in the onerous assignment ahead of him.
…pays N15m compensation to land owners in Moro
By Mike Adeyemi
The Kwara State Government through the Bureau of Lands, at the weekend compensated landowners in three Moro Local Government communities with the sum of N15million.
Recall that in compliance with the land act law 1978, the state government took over landed property from Lajiga, Onibon and Kondu communities, last year.
The Director General of the Kwara State Bureau of Lands, Alhaji Ibrahim Salman said, “As prescribed by the Land Use Act of 1978, all land is vested in the hands of the governor in trust for the people and if for any purpose, government desires to acquire any land for a variety of public interest, one key element is the payment of compensation and we have assessed and enumerated the land.
“In monetary term, the compensation is about N15m for the farmers and customary land owners. The land is in compass of about 72 hectares and we have about 6 farmers who have shown interest to take up the land in productive capacity.”
The DG however charged the beneficiaries to prudently use the compensation and share it evenly among their families.
“For the farmers, they should ensure they channel the money for the purpose it was given and stay clear of any wrong channelisation of the funds”, Salman warned.
Speaking, the Senior Special Assistant on Land Matters to the Governor, Hon. Mohammed Saliu Yahaya lauded the state government for doing the needful as prescribed by the Land Act Law.
He added that. “The compensation being paid today is part of the shared prosperity scheme of the Executive Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed in the actualisation of Agriculture, youth participation and growth of the state. As you can see, the governor has proven to us that more is still to come.”
Speaking further, the governor’s aide said, “We are not known for grabbing, we approached the community owners, we liaised with them and they magnanimously agreed to release the land to the state government.”
A double cheque of N2, 008,983.00, N3026755.00 was presented to the Mogaji Olajiga-Oladimeji, Alh. Sulaimon Aremu, on behalf of the community.
Other recipients include, Arumun Ibrahim who represented Onibon family with a cheque of N1, 573,299.00, Ibrahim Ishola who stood in for Alhaji Garuba Akanni the Mogaji Kondu, Mallam Jamiu Raji Oloru and Keruwole Kafayat a representative of Hydro Trade Farms with a sum of N1million compensation.
In his speech, the Balogun Agba who is the Balogun Gambari, Ilorin, Alhaji Aliu Adebayo appreciated the state government for fulfilling its promise.