Kwara indigenes in Diaspora honour Governor Ahmed
Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, was at the weekend honoured by Kwarans in the Diaspora as he bagged the highest award at their national convention in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America.
Governor Ahmed was conferred with the 2014 KSANG Merit of Honours Award by the Kwara State Association of Nigeria, North American chapter (KSANG), at a colourful ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Schaumburg in Chicago.
He is the second person in the 13-year history of the Association to have received the award.
The pioneer winner was former Governor, Bukola Saraki, who was honored in 2010 in Seattle, Washington.
Lt. Governor of the State of Illinois, Sheila Simon, and a cream of American and Nigerian dignitaries witnessed the award ceremony, which climaxed a three-day seventh national convention.
The KSANG cited Ahmed’s exemplary and unprecedented collaboration with the group in bringing development to Kwara and the governor’s proactive and productive engagement of youth in the state as reasons for the award.
Simon, who watched a video clip of Ahmed’s activities in Kwara State, lauded KSANG for recognizing competence in governance. She promised that the state of Illinois would collaborate with the state in areas beneficial to the two states.
In his keynote address at the convention, Ahmed, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Communications Strategy, Alhaji Abdulraheem Adedoyin, accepted the honour with great humility and commended KSANG for its thriving partnership with his administration, especially in the area of healthcare delivery service.
The governor commended the series of medical missions undertaken to Kwara by KSANG, especially the recent mission to Ilorin during which over 4,000 natives of the state were screened and treated for diabetes and blood pressures, while no fewer than 40 benefited from surgeries.
He invited natives of the state in the diaspora to come home and invest, stressing that the state needed their talent, expertise and global experience.
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