Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State on Sunday in Lagos bagged the City People’s Award for the Best Governor in Youth Empowernment.
The Kwara CEO was honoured at the colourful City People’s Political Excellence Awards 2014 and his award was received on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Communication Strategy, Alh. Abdulraheem Adedoyin who promptly dedicated the award to the people of Kwara state, especially the youth who have keyed enthuastically into the Ahmed administration’s Shared Prosperity’s programmes.
In giving the award to Gov. Ahmed, City People cited the Governor’s inspirational programmes in gainfully engaging the youth of Kwara through revolutionary platforms especially the nationally-acclaimed Kwara Bridge Empowerment Scheme(KWABES).
The organisers noted Gov. Ahmed’s 2,000 jobs for KWABES applicants, 2,000 permanent jobs for the youths, creation of data base for job recruitment, and the planned employment of 5,000 people, mostly youths, this year.
Accepting the award on behalf of Gov. Ahmed, Adedoyin spoke eloquently about the key achievements of the Kwara CEO, especially in the area of youth engagement and with particular emphasis on the innovative Kwara Bridge Empowerment Scheme ( KWABES) intervention programmes.
Speaking on the recent change of political party by the Governor, Adedoyin told the audience: “We have changed political platform in Kwara state but the ideas and energy that have driven governance under Maigida, as Kwarans fondly call their Governor, remain unchanged and in fact reinvigorated. And as the Governor has said very often, Kwara remains firmly in the hands of the tested political leadership under Senator Bukola Saraki.”
Kwarans on hand to honour Gov Ahmed at the ceremony include Hon. Moshood Mustapha of the House of Representives; his colleague in the House, Hon. Rafiu Jimoh; the president of Kwara Professionals in Lagos, Prince Victor Kolade; a doyen of Nollywood, Alh. Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello); his actor-son, Femi Adebayo; Barr. Wale Jimoh of KPL and leaders of Kwara community In Lagos.