His Excellency, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, the 6th Executive Governor of Kwara State, brings to the position composite experience in the academia, banking and the public sector. Given this rich experience and high-caliber training, Governor Ahmed’s focus on high-performance since assuming office is inevitable. Indeed, Alhaji Ahmed’s track record of achievements has established him as an expert in strategic planning and resource optimization.
Governor Ahmed’s stint in governance started in 2003 when, on the back of a highly-successful banking career, he was appointed pioneer Commissioner for Finance in the Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki administration. During a six-year period, Governor Ahmed ensured computerization of the Treasury to reduce incidences of expenditure leakage. He ensured prudent management of state resources which twice earned the State Government excellent rating by the Fitch Rating International (An International Rating Agency) – the very first by any State Government in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Following six years of high-performance as Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Ahmed was in 2009 moved to the newly- created Ministry of Planning and Economic Development as Commissioner. This position would prove pivotal to his current flair for empirical and strategic planning. As Commissioner for Planning and Economic Development, he introduced e-budgeting system for efficient and effective preparation process, thus improving fiscal discipline and signaling his competence in development planning with the production of the first ever Medium Term Sector Strategies (MTSS) as a foundation for future sound economic development.