By Ibraheem Solaudeen.
The outgoing Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has thanked the Almighty Allah for making his two terms in office “eventful and fruitful.”
He extolled the people of the state for their support and opportunity given to him to serve.
Speaking at the valedictory session of the State Executive Council which held at the Government House, Ilorin, Governor Ahmed alluded that although his administration met some brick walls, but the unique opportunity to serve the state for 16 years both as Commissioner and Executive Governor is memorable and overriding to him.
The governor thanked the Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki, for helping him rise through the ranks, hence, affording him the privileged opportunity to contribute his quota to the state’s development.
Governor Ahmed further declared that his tenure has been “impactful, eventful and fruitful; consequent upon his laudable achievements” having served in both public and private sectors.
He continued his series of encomium, thanking the SEC members and everyone who served in his eight year administration, as he wouldn’t have achieved much without their contribution. He wished them luck in their future endeavors and prayed for sustainable progress in Kwara State.
The Deputy Governor, Elder Peter Kisira, described Governor Ahmed as an old friend he enjoys a “cordial and rewarding” working relationship with.
The Secretary to Kwara State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Sola Gold, wasn’t left out, as he described the governor as “kind, humble, generous and God-fearing.” Alhaji Isiaka thanked him for the opportunity to serve in his cabinet.
Expressing her gratitude, the Head of Service, Mrs Susan Dupe Oluwole narrated the depth in which the Governor has achieved in the lives of public servants and Kwara State at large, while appealing that he commissions the ongoing state Secretariat before he leaves office. Mrs Oluwole prayed the incoming government to build on Governor Ahmed’s achievements for the benefit of Kwarans.
Speaking to newsmen after the event, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Alhaji Ishak Mohammed Sabi said although this was the last State Executive Council meeting, the cabinet was still in place.
Alhaji Sabi expressed optimism that the Geri Alimi Diamond underpass, Land Administration Office and KWASU School of Business and Governance among others will be commissioned by Governor Ahmed before the expiration of his administration.