By Isi’haq Babatunde
A BILLION NAIRA Word Bank fund to provide vital community-based amenities in Kwara State is in the offing.
Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq said the N1bn World Bank fund is a fulfilment of the bank’s pledge to the state after his administration had made the commitment of N60m counterpart fund to the world financial institution.
He disclosed further that the state government is determined to create a vibrant innovation hub, special intervention fund and a robust social investment programme designed to empower and prepare the youth for a productive and brighter future.
Abdulrazaq, at the anniversary of ‘Pakata Patriots’ held at the Union Multipurpose Hall, Ita-Uma, area, Ilorin, called on community based associations in the state to act as a credible organ of information for government on the need to have feedback on government programmes. He was represented at the occasion by his Special Adviser on Political, Alhaji Saad Salahudeen.
“Within the last seven months of this administration, we have taken frantic steps to return the glory of our state across every sector including restoring water to the metropolis and fixing most of water works, embarking on road rehabilitation across the state, restoring the running cost of the civil service, and completing the new secretariat” he said.
He said his government has restored Radio Kwara on air, paid over N1b in counterparts fund to boost agriculture, healthcare and primary education, adding that 53% of the 2020 budget will go into fixing of collapsed infrastructure, and boosting human capital development.
“The challenges are no doubt enormous but I can assure you we up to the task. However, government cannot do it alone because of the limited resources. We continue to urge the private concerns to continue do there bit for the growth of our society” he said.
The Governor congratulated the recipients of the award for a well deserve honour. His Words: “I’m aware that your contributions to the cause of your communities have earned you this award, I urge to continue to contribute your part and I assure you that history will be kind to you and your generations”.
The six awardees are the former Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali; the Director General, National Broadcasting Commission , Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu; the Chairman of Labour Party in Kwara State and former Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, Comrade Abdulmumini Onagun; former Principal, Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin, Hajia Ramat AbdulRahman; Director of Projects, Rural Electrification Agency, Abuja, Engr Bolakale Kawu and former Deputy Provost, Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, Alhaji Shehu Ibrahim Saleeman.
The chairman of the occasion, Professor Shu’aib Oba Abdulraheem and the lady Chairperson, Hajia Aduke Kuranga commended Pakata Patriots for its good work over 30 years.
Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Ambali, who was represented at the occasion by Professor Sulyman Kuranga, lauded the association’s achievements in the areas of community development and appreciated the organizers for the honour done to him.
The President of Pakata Patriots, Mallam S. A. Aliyu called on the state government to convert the Government Girls Day Secondary School, Pakata, into a boarding institution so as to improve the quality of students who attend the school.
He also called for the conversion of Pakata Health Center into a Cottage Hospital and ensure the construction of the road linking Oke-Fomo to Al-Hikmah University for easy vehicular movement in the area even as he congratulated the awardees for their honour saying that they were selected based on their track-records.