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The odious steps of a dying dynasty in Kwara State

The odious steps of a dying dynasty in Kwara State

“The sudden appointment of an acting Vice-Chancellor for Kwara State University and the directive that the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah should proceed on terminal leave smacks of executive recklessness.”

PRESS STATEMENT 9, MAY, 2019
THE ODIOUS STEPS OF A DYING DYNASTY IN KWARA STATE

We have watched in consternation and deep concern the recent posturing of the out-going administration in Kwara state, especially its decision to make appointments into key offices barely three weeks to the end of the Abdulfatah Ahmed administration.

After a chrushing defeat at the polls, where the PDP led by Dr. Bukola Saraki lost woefully all elective offices in the 2019 General Elections, the execuitve and the legislature in the state are working in an unholy alliance to erect booby traps for the in-coming administration.

First, the Kwara State House of Assembly enacted a law prohibiting the State Governor from tamperig with the abberation called Local Government Adminsitrations in the state.

This piece of legislation can best be described as deceitful, self serving and unrealistic. It is patently flawed because it is a ploy to foist on the in-coming governor a fait accompli– an odious baggage of Local Council Chairmen sitting on stolen mandates.

The sudden appointment of an acting Vice-Chancellor for Kwara State University and the directive that the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah should proceed on terminal leave smacks of executive recklessness. The incumbent vice chancellor’s tenure runs till July 27, 2019. Why the haste?

This directive, already denounced by KWASU Governing Council, is not in tune with the University’s law and amounts to a careless meddlesomeness by Governor Ahmed who has overreached himself to usurp the powers of the Council.

We cannot but ask: Why is Governor Ahmed, who bent the rules to give Prof. Na’Allah two terms of ten years, now too eager to get rid of him? And why is he so concerned about the fortunes of KWASU after denying the institution any subvention since 2015!

This action of the State Government is illegal and the Governing Council of KWASU has denied claims that its members were consulted before a new acting vice chancellor was named.

Perhaps, the most laughable step is the announcement of the birth of the contraption named Kwara State House of Assembly Service Commisison. For 16 years, the SARAKI-AHMED government was not interested in a service commission for the rubber stamp legislature.

Now, someone has woken from slumber, and after a comical dream, to foist on the state a five-member commission, all members of the dying dynasty and card carrying members of the PDP. What a rude joke on Kwarans!

With all these contradictory steps by the out-going administration, we can only advice the Abdulrasaq Abdulrahman government to disregard the shenanigans of the PDP and remain focussed on its mandate and determination to provide good governance for all Kwarans.

Signed:
Remi Olu Adebayo
Executive Director, Sensitization
Thursday, 09-05-2019

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