From Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin
Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has said his administration is committing huge resources into fixing basic education, healthcare, roads and water infrastructure to attract massive investments to the state.
‘Here in Kwara South, as in everywhere across our state, we are battling with the dearth of basic amenities that can support economic growth. It is for this reason that a lot of investments are going, equitably, into fixing basic education, healthcare, access roads and link bridges, and access to potable water, Governor Abdulrazaq said at the Igbomina West Social Political and Economic Summit in Agbeola Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area.
The governor, who was represented at the event by the Senior Special Assistant on Community Interventions, Kayode Oyin Zubir, urged the people of the state to support the administration’s efforts to rebuild the state.
‘Meaningful investments cannot happen without necessary infrastructure, security of lives and properties, a deliberate effort to foster unity and understanding, and business friendly policies,’he added.
Governor Abdulrazaq noted that the administration is taking every local government area in Kwara into consideration in its distribution of government’s programmes and projects without leaving out communities in Igbomina land.
‘For example, the rehabilitation of the road leading to the National Museum Esie is to make the ancient monument accessible to tourists and attract supporting investments like malls, hotels, big restaurants, and others to stimulate economic activities.
‘We have also rehabilitated the General Bamigboye Road that links the popular Olomu market; work is ongoing on the popular Nitel-Okerimi Oro Grammar School road. We have also fixed Taiwo Road in Omu Aran. Over 700 kilometres of road will be done across the state under the RAAMP project which we have paid for to give our farmers ease access to the market.’
He added that conscious efforts are also being made to improve electricity supply and boost businesses in the axis of the state as the has government procured and installed a number of transformers in strategic areas.
The governor also said that various scope of work is currently ongoing in more than 43 schools across the state.
‘For instance, we have done a comprehensive infrastructural facelift at the iconic Oro Grammar School. Schools in Omu Aran, Omi Aro, Esie Iludun, Ajase Ipo, Onila and Agidingbi have also benefited from various interventions. With over N7bn paid in counterpart funds, a lot more will be done under the UBEC school interventions that are about to begin,’ he said.
He also promised that work will soon begin on the Iludun-Oro Water Works to ensure that the people have access to safe drinking water.
Governor Abdulrazaq commended the organisers of the summit for taking a bold step to bring people together to look at various issues of development in the area.