DELIVERED BY RT. HON DR. ALI AHMAD, SPEAKER, KWARA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ON
THE OCCASION OF COMMENCEMENT OF 3RD SESSION OF THE 8TH
ASSEMBLY IN KWARA STATE ON TUESDAY, 4TH JULY, 2017.
is with pleasure that I welcome us back from the Ramadan and Eid-l-Fitr recess.
Today is unique as it commemorates the second anniversary of the 8th
legislature and ushers in its third session, the second to the last in the life
span of this Assembly.
me begin by thanking Almighty Allah, the creator of the universe and all that
abides in it for the gift of life and good health and for seeing us through the
thick and thins of the years past.
must also commend and appreciate my distinguished colleagues for the support,
trust and belief they have in me in the last two years. I sincerely thank you
for entrusting me with the leadership of this House as I beckon for a more
solid and unwavering commitment from you to ensure that the ship sails to a
triumphant and glorious end.
I always say, it is indeed a thing of joy and pride for me to be a part of this
trail blazing 8th Assembly in Kwara State. This is not by mere words
of mouth but because of my strong conviction that this generation of
legislators which I am a part of consists of tested and trusted hands and
people of high moral rectitude, sound mind and integrity. The robust debates
and the positive impacts our Resolutions and Laws have made on the lives of the
good people of Kwara State on whose mandates we are here are clear attestations
colleagues, there is no gainsaying the fact that as we commence this session,
we will hit the ground running so that the early part of it will be dedicated
to consideration of reports of public hearings conducted at the twilight of the
last session on some Bills for consideration before the House. I therefore wish
to implore you that as the new session gets underway, all House Standing
Committees should approach their assignments with characteristic zeal and
resilience so that in a short while we will come out with good laws that will better
the lots of the good people of Kwara State. Let me however plead for a
meticulous scrutiny of the submissions of all stakeholders in a bid towards
attaining the acceptability and workability of such laws after passage.
this juncture, it is pertinent to put on record the success story we have
recorded thus far in the implementation of the agriculture initiative of this
Assembly. Recall that this House, last session, unanimously resolved to venture
into farming to promote the diversification of the economy and encourage
teeming Kwarans to embrace the dying culture. It is heartwarming to announce to
the entire world that, as we speak, ploughing and planting of over 300 hectares
of farmland had been concluded while we have also commenced the application of
pre emergence herbicides. We therefore thank the State Government for believing
in our ability to realize that dream of owning a farm of our own and for the
support so far enjoyed on the project. And for the doubting Thomases,
especially the uninformed members of the opposition who have expressed myopic misgivings
on the scheme, I enjoin you to take a trip to Ejidongari in Moro Local Government
Area, site of Dodo Integrated Farm to see things for yourself.
address will not be complete if I fail to reiterate, for the sake of emphasis, the
stand of this Honourable House on the recent victory of our amiable leader,
distinguished Senator Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON, Senate President of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Like I maintained in my
earlier press statement on the issue, the victory is a vindication of our
belief in the fact that the trial from inception was nothing but political
persecution. We therefore congratulate the Senate President and indeed all
Kwarans on this well-deserved victory. Above all, we glorify Almighty Allah for
the victory which is victory for democracy and victory for the rule of law.
me to also lend a voice to the need for active participation of kwarans in the
ongoing Continuous Voters Registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC). The exercise is intended to cater for Nigerians who have attained the
age of eighteen years after the last exercise and those whose names did not
feature in the Voters register despite having registered. Voters who wish to
change their Polling Centers are also eligible to do so in the ongoing
exercise. I therefore implore all kwarans to take advantage of it since your
vote is your power which should not be lost.
I end this speech, I must acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of the
committed and hardworking management and staff members of the House. I
sincerely thank you for your support and cooperation without which the modest
achievements recorded so far by the current legislature would not have been
possible. More of this is requested in times to come.
must also, as a matter of obligation, thank our friends in the media for their
wide coverage of activities of the House while calling for more support from
them in the new session and beyond.
colleagues, as I welcome us into the new session, it is my hope and prayer that
we will not waiver in our collective resolve to continually protect and defend
the interests of the masses and remain their mouth piece. So help us God.
you for your attention.