Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has called for strong institutions in the country, saying it is the only way to achieve peace and justice.
He made the call at the opening of the Sixth Biennial International Conference with the theme “Domesticating Sustainable Development Goal Number Sixteen in Nigeria: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”, organised by the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin.
Governor AbdulRazaq, who was represented by his Deputy, Kayode Alabi explained that there cannot be peace when the largest segment of the society is either excluded from governance or in extreme poverty, thereby denying their children access to qualitative education and fair chance in life.
He expressed belief that the search for peace must begin with social justice which goes together with inclusive governance and concrete steps to reduce poverty, as well as give more opportunities to the people.
Abdulrazak stressed that he is committed to investing more to encourage the disadvantaged groups.
The governor added that the present administration is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, noting that the first Executive Bill, entitled “Kwara State Social Investment Programme” is a deliberate attempt to stamp out extreme poverty and bring Kwarans several inches closer to inclusive governance.
He restated that the society must commit more resources to achieve SDGs.