Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin
Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari about some developmental challenges he inherited in the North-Central state and the steps he has taken to tackle them.
“The Governor held a one-on-one meeting with the President on Monday at the Villa in Abuja to keep him abreast of the situation he met on the ground especially as regards infrastructural deficits in the area of water, roads, education, health, and agriculture,” according to a statement by Abdulrazaq’s Chief Press Secretary Rafiu Ajakaye.
“His Excellency also told Mr President how he has been tackling these challenges such as gradually restoring potable water in the state capital and other parts of the state, the payment of various counterpart funds in the health sector, how he has returned UNICEF back to the state after many years, the blacklisting of Kwara State by UBEC and the payment of the N450m debt to restore the relationship, among many other steps he has taken.”
The statement said Abdulrazaq also told Buhari about how he quickly ended the strike across the colleges of education when he assumed office and how he had since paid over N700 million to settle their salary arrears. He also narrated to the President how his administration has restored constant and timely payment of worker salaries, subventions and running costs across various ministries.
He explained to the President that Kwara is already keying into various developmental projects of the Federal Government, including passing the state’s Social Investment Programme law that provides for school feeding, soft loans for marketers, and conditional cash transfer for the elderly to cut poverty rate.
“The Governor, meanwhile, appealed to the President on the condition of Federal Roads in the state. He also told the President that the state will construct the Kosubosu-Bode Saadu Road to open up Kwara State. He also urged the President to give special attention to the roads. He also told Mr President that Kwara wants a Federal College of Education. He equally requested the fast-tracking of the National Livestock Transformation Programme because Kwara wants to be an integral part of it, especially the dairy component of the programme,” the statement said.
President Buhari, for his part, commended Abdulrazaq for the visit, his big strides, and his ongoing efforts in repositioning the state.
Buhari promised to look into his requests for the development of Kwara and Nigeria as a whole, the statement added.