The outgoing Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfattah Ahmed in conjunction with members of the state Executive Council has approved life pension for Group Captain Salaudeen Adebola Latinwo (retired) as a surviving former Military Administrator of the state.
According to a statement issued by Muyideen Akorede, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the governor on Media and Communication and made available to our correspondent: “the state Executive Council took note of the contributions of the former Military Administrator of Kwara State, Group Captain Salaudeen Olatinwo (rtd) to the state’s development as well as the the current economic trends and approved an upward review of his monthly welfare package, provision of a vehicle every 4 years, as well as all-expenses paid medical care in any state-owned hospital given that he is the only surviving former military governor who is an indigene of the State.”
Group Captain Latinwo ruled the state between January 1984 and August 1985 during the Buhari /Idiagbon regime.
Briefing the Press on the outcome of the state Executive council decision at it valedictory meeting on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Information and Communications Alhaji Ishak Mohamed said that although the session was the last by the State Executive Council the cabinet was still in place.
He said: “Though some projects are still ongoing; 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.”
Akorede quoted Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed as haven expressed gratitude to the Almighty Allah for making his tenure in office eventful and fruitful and thanked the people of Kwara State for the opportunity and support given to him to serve the state and its people.
“Governor Ahmed expressed his gratitude on Wednesday, during the valedictory session of the State Executive Council, which took place at the Government House, Ilorin.
“Ahmed stated that though challenges abound, the memorable and unique opportunity to serve the state for 16 years both as Commissioner and Executive Governor was more paramount to him.
“Alhaji Ahmed also expressed profound gratitude to the Senate President and former Governor of the State, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, for providing him the platform for ascending to leadership in the state and contributing to Kwara State’s development.
Governor Ahmed said that “having worked in both the public and the private sectors, he was pleased that his tenure has been impactful, eventful and fruitful consequent upon his laudable achievements.
Continuing, he thanked members of the state executive council and all those who served in his eight year administration, stressing that his accomplishments couldn’t have been possible without their inputs.
A grateful Governor Ahmed wished them success in their future engagements and prayed for continued progress in Kwara State.” Akorede said.
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor, Elder Peter Kisira, described Governor Ahmed as an old friend and described their working relationship as cordial and rewarding, while praying that God continues to guide and protect him