Kwara Assembly Set to Conduct Security Summit 

By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

As part of efforts at ensuring security of lives and property in Kwara State, the state House of Assembly is set  to conduct security summit in the state.

The development, according to THISDAY checks, might not be unconnected with the recent display of the photographs of the suspected bandits that attacked the five banks in Offa by the Nigeria Police Force.
The holding of the summit, it was learnt, would assist the stakeholders to offer advice to the assembly on how to check any unexpected robbery attacks in the state especially in financial institutions.
Sources said the assembly believes that the summit could enhance the socio-economic development of the state.
It was further gathered that it would attract investors to the state and thereby provide employment for the unemployed youths in the state.
However, at the sitting of the HouseWednesday, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Mathew Okedare, while responding to a matter of general public importance raised by the member representing Oke-Ogun Constituency, Hon. Kamaldeen Fagbemi, on the armed robbery incidence in Offa, said that the security summit would assist the House to garner information that would go a long way in thwarting any future attacks on bank robberies in the state.
He decried the recent Offa bank robbery which he said claimed the lives of nine police men and more than 12 civilians in the town.

Okedare, who presided over plenary, disclosed that the Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad, had concluded arrangement to hold the security summit next week to complement the efforts of the police and other stakeholders in ensuring the protection of lives and property in the state.

He enjoined all stakeholders to be part of efforts at proffering enduring solutions to the security challenges bedevilling the state.

Earlier, Fagbemi had while raising a matter of general public importance, praised the state traditional council, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Governor Abdul Fatah Ahmed, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim and other notable Nigerians for commiserating with the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi Esuwoye, and the entire people of Offa over the incidence.

Meanwhile, the House has mandated its Committee on Energy, Works and Transport to invite all relevant stakeholders and  investigate the non construction of Adena bridge linking Kaiama Local Government and Jebba in Moro Local Government Area, in spite of the release of N7.9 million by the state government to the state Road Maintenance Agency.

This followed a matter of general public importance raised by the member representing Gwanabe/Gweria/Bani/Adena Constituency, Hon. Baziki Suleiman, on the collapsed bridge

The House under the leadership of the Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad, had passed both private member and executive bills into law aimed at tackling security challenges bedevilling the State.

Some of the bills include the ban on sales of human parts, amendment on cultism law, ban on manufacturing, sales and consumption of alcohol in Ilorin metropolis.