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Kwara committed to the welfare of citizens – APC chair

Kwara committed to the welfare of citizens – APC chair

Sunday Fagbemi, Kwara State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq remains committed to restoring the dignity of the Kwara public sector, making the right investment to support socio-economic growth, and implementing policies and programmes that prioritise the collective wellbeing of the people.

Fagbemi gave the assurance at a media engagement on the 5th anniversary of the APC-led government in the state, held at the party’s secretariat in Ilorin Kwara State.

The party commended the governor for peaceful politics, respect and support for traditional and religious institutions, and stemming political thuggery in the state.

Fagbemi said: “We are proud to say the new mandate given to our party across the lines is being justified, as it is evident in the avalanche of superlative programmes and projects dotting every corner of Kwara today.

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“We are delighted that his dream for urban renewal and economic expansion is now being seen in the Tanke and Unity flyovers, Wahab Folawiyo road, Ahmadu Bello way, Ilorin Innovation Hub, Garment Factory, Shea butter factory, industrial park, agro-processing and other agricultural programmes to support food security, International Conference Centre, Visual Arts Centre, Sugar Film Factory, transformative education projects and programmes, numerous completed and ongoing urban and rural road projects spanning thousands of kilometres across the state, among others as our deserved reality.”

“In decades to come, Kwarans will remember Governor Abdulrazaq as a leader who restored the glory of the past, gave workers their due at the right time, catered for the weak and vulnerable segments of the society, empowered women and the youths, worked to keep the gains of today and prepared for the future.

“You may recall the launching of Ilorin City master plan two years ago. The ground-breaking of the 25,000 hectares Ilorin Smart City is near, promising a new chapter in the history of the state. It is a fulfilment of the promise of our party for sustainable development and reducing housing deficits by providing a platform for public and private sector collaboration for a mix of affordable and luxury housing scheme for the citizens.”

The APC chair appreciated President Bola Tinubu for continued support and collaboration with the Kwara State government to ensure that the administration delivers on its promises of improved quality of life, inclusive growth, and sustainable development to the people.

“Owing to the efforts of our governor, Kwara has also recorded massive infrastructural gains from the APC-led Federal Government. The state has since got approval for the construction of four major roads under the Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme.

The roads include Kosubosu–Kaiama–Bode Saadu (128km); Bacita-Shonga-Lafiagi (74.3km); Eiyenkorin–Afon–Offa–Odo Otin (42.5km); and Okuta–Bokuro (37km).

“Similarly, Kishi Kaiama Tese Road has recently been approved for construction by the Federal Executive Council.

“We are also proud of all our elected and appointed representatives at all levels for their efforts to bring democratic dividends to our people. We thank them for working with our governor who is the leader of our team. We urge them to keep it up and to do a lot more to complement what the governor is doing.”

“In the last elections, Kwarans resolved to reward the remarkable performance of the governor with a new mandate to ensure the continuity of inclusive governance and sustainable development for the people and state as was witnessed in the first four years.

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“Our party has won 100 percent in our elections not because we are perfect. We won all our elections because we are pro-masses, we develop every part of the state, we are responsive to the yearnings of the people, and we empathise with the people within the resources available to the state. Even at that, our party has been conscious of the need to create a balance between creating economic opportunities for the people and allowing activities and unregulated growth that may jeopardise urban planning and development and ultimately hurt the people in different ways, including security breaches.

“We are proud to say the new mandate given to our party across the lines is being justified, as it is evident in the avalanche of superlative programmes and projects dotting every corner of Kwara today, the party chair said.

“In the last year, Abdulazaq laid a solid foundation to make Kwara a major medical hub in Nigeria. First, he facilitated the construction of the first cancer treatment centre in the whole of North Central Nigeria funded by AbdulSamad Rabiu Foundation and then got the federal government to approve a comprehensive upgrade of the Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre. Similarly, the groundwork for the establishment of the Kwara State Teaching Hospital (KWASUTH) has commenced as a Bill for the establishment is now ready for public hearing at the House.

“Upon completion, the teaching hospital will support the training of medical students and related professionals, boost manpower, and extend the frontier of healthcare delivery to save the lives of women, children, and elderly in Kwara and surrounding states. In the whole of North Central, our state has the gold medal in the access to basic health care while the government continues to invest to keep our professionals and provide more equipment to beat the current standard,” he added.