Welcome, Guest: Join Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New
Stats: 2,694,957 members, 6,351,984 topics. Date: Wednesday, 23 June 2021 at 03:58 AM

Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature - Politics - Nairaland

Nairaland Forum / Nairaland / General / Politics / Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature (10162 Views)

#EndSARS: Kwara Governor AbdulRazaq Joins Protest / Kwara Governor-elect Lands In Rwanda, Bid Farewell To The Business World / Uchendu Describes Choice Of Tonye Cole As 'a Breath Of Fresh Air' (2) (3) (4)

(1) (2) (Reply) (Go Down)

Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by PsychedeliQ: 11:28pm On May 07, 2019
By Nimi Princewill



Having cruised to an eccentric victory by landslide at the recently concluded polls, the incoming Kwara State Governor Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq assuredly rides on the goodwill of the people—both for sheer political attraction, and his distinct role leading from the frontlines of the O To Ge (enough is enough) movement which ousted the long-lived "Saraki hegemony."


Leveraging on the perceived shortcomings of the past and present administrations in the state, Alhaji Abdulrazaq and his All Progressives Congress party, APC, appeared to be the most endearing to the people. 

The incoming governor never hesitates to express his displeasure over the current system of governance in the state, as he insists Kwara State is poor in social infrastructure despite receiving an average of 40bn naira annually from the federal accounts. 


In his statement, "between January 2011 and August 2018, the Kwara State government has received roughly N300bn in federal allocations. In the same period, the 16 local governments have received more than N500bn. This means that this state has received an average of 40bn naira annually from the federal accounts while the local councils have taken over 27bn naira annually between 2011 and 2017. 

"Yet Kwara is poor in social infrastructure even as it is one of the frontline states. Teachers and pensioners are owed, local government teachers are not paid, and civil servants at the state level are not properly remunerated and often have their pay slashed for dubious reasons without being able to protest same." 


He further questions why the state is indebted to the tune of N56bn as at December 2017, with 30 per cent of it being external debt and 70 owed to local financial institutions, despite the absence of commensurate development to justify it. He also attributes the poor nature of Kwara's internally generated revenue to "lack of creativity."


Some Kwara residents and political leaders maintain that the state's growth has been stunted in the last 16 years by the past and present administrations, as the state's progress cannot be compared to other first generation states in the country like Rivers, Kano and Lagos.

According to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Mr Oluwafemi Yusuf, this huge development deficit was because of misplaced priorities as in the last 16 years, projects that doesn't concern the masses or are people oriented were being executed.

A prominent labour leader, Mr. Issa Aremu, who contested in the 2019 Kwara State governorship election under the platform of the Labour Party, mentioned in his declaration speech that Kwara State "in recent times is poorly governed" and needed “a radical change from underdevelopment, mass hunger and poverty.” 

However, finding electoral value in the candidacy of the APC's aspirant, Mr. Aremu directed his Labour Party supporters to vote overwhelmingly for Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq "to rescue Kwara from a dictatorship of one person for the past two decades."


With the weight of expectations the incoming governor is inundated with, settling into office before hitting the ground running isn't an available option he stands to enjoy. As a consequence of the APC winning over 70 percent of the votes cast in the elections, Kwarans demand nothing less than his very best. 

In his acceptance speech, Alhaji Abdulrazaq acknowledged that Kwarans had spoken and the incoming administration could not afford to fail the people. In his words, "Kwara people have decided and that has put a lot of responsibilities on us. We cannot afford to fail and we cannot afford to steal and loot the treasury.

“The huge margin of our victory at the polls suggests that our people are fed up with the status quo and want a new approach to governance.

"God forbid that after three years, people will regret that why did they vote this new government. I can assure you that will not happen.

“We will work tirelessly as a team to deliver and make sure people start feeling the effects of government and dividends of democracy. When we assume office, by the Grace of God and the good people of Kwara, we will spread development to all parts of the state.’’


Nonetheless, the incoming Kwara State governor Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq isn't coming into office with an exactly squeaky-clean reputation, as he's had his fair share of scandalous accusations arising from his alleged certificate scam, which is widely regarded by his followers as a plot to distract the governor-elect. 

Mr Oluwafemi Yusuf, assures that the allegation would end in futility, while accusing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of plotting to blackmail the state's governor-elect by claiming that the Senior Secondary School Certificate he presented for his election was forged.

As the new government defines its priority programmes which revolves around education, health care, providing basic infrastructure, lifting Kwara from poverty, security, agriculture, looking into the welfare of teachers, among other critical areas in need of urgent attention, Kwarans lay in wait to see what will be done differently from previous administrations. 


It is worthy of note that the outgoing Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, in a show of sportsmanship, has charged the people of the state to support and cooperate with the incoming administration. 


Will the dispensation of Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq provide the much needed "fresh air" as the people of Kwara State crave for a departure from the past? The O To Ge (enough is enough) movement shouldn't only be vicious in ridding the state of Senator Saraki's influence. It should wrestle to the ground every appearance of bad governance in Kwara State going forward.

Nimi Princewill is a writer and social reformer

Princewill.nimi@yahoo.com

7 Likes 3 Shares

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by rinzylee(m): 11:39pm On May 07, 2019
We are watching then.. FTC
Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by mrsage(m): 11:40pm On May 07, 2019
Time will tell.... We are watching.

2 Likes

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by Pabloosas(m): 11:41pm On May 07, 2019
grin
Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by LazyGold(m): 11:41pm On May 07, 2019
Greatest Liar of All Time grin

2 Likes

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by frowland(m): 11:42pm On May 07, 2019
una business. Every state have their own wahala.

1 Like

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by TANID(m): 11:45pm On May 07, 2019
Well We Don't Know Yet
Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by landmark86: 11:46pm On May 07, 2019
Barcelona fans after 2nite match

4 Likes

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by yinkus6750(m): 11:48pm On May 07, 2019
Obviously, the incoming government cannot afford to fail the people.
As a successful businessman, and with an astute sound deputy, they will definitely build a good team, knowing fully well that Kwarans won't hesitate to vote them out if its still same thing.

2 Likes

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by Nobody: 11:48pm On May 07, 2019
landmark86:
?

Truly joblessness no good tongue

1 Like

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by TRCdesigns: 12:03am On May 08, 2019
Kwara will work again under this new government... If it doesn't our Pvc will do the talk in 2023

1 Like

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by MANNABBQGRILLS: 12:13am On May 08, 2019
So Happy for the indigenes of Kwara state.

AbdulRazaq should not disappoint them.

4 Likes

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by LarryBee1k: 12:26am On May 08, 2019
God help

2 Likes

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by iammo(m): 12:52am On May 08, 2019
cool

his first term world be fire for fire, trying to outdo PDP's tenure, Using defunct ACN template, first term they focus on visible projects, Roads, Metro buses similar to BRTs, Mega city mall, State Secuirity joint task team similar to Opreation Burst, IRS, Opreation mensa, City Beautification, improve revenue generation. But give ACN/APC a second term and watch the turn slow

1 Like

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by Nobody: 1:09am On May 08, 2019
I don't even know what to type
Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by Vado(m): 1:25am On May 08, 2019
Mr writer. What's the purpose of your own picture in this write-up?

6 Likes

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by Peacemaker5129(f): 2:40am On May 08, 2019
I hail kerosene distributor

1 Like

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by clapbest(m): 3:38am On May 08, 2019
Right step
Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by Kokoebapluse(m): 4:06am On May 08, 2019
My Almighty Allah bless my state ( kwara) amin

1 Like

Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by BuyACar(f): 4:20am On May 08, 2019
Na dem dem..if you know you know cheesy
Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by Ferizu: 4:25am On May 08, 2019
Only time will tell
Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by esiri4jesu(m): 4:57am On May 08, 2019
Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by Sheriman(m): 5:08am On May 08, 2019
Liars... I can smell lying in his word
Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by modskiller(m): 5:10am On May 08, 2019
I doubt the freshness of the air

Heard the guy was billed #4 Billion but he surprised APC and dropped #8 Billion for the election.

Where did he got such money and he will surely want to get back every penny he spent for the election and secure his lifetime pension too.

Kwara people don enter half chance undecided
Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by modskiller(m): 5:12am On May 08, 2019
Christ020:
My games shake their mouths

You must be a nuisance, so your so called “””Mr Anderson””” is even a clergy man.

The thunder that will fire you is waiting for it’s Uber pick up angry
Re: Kwara Governor-elect: A Breath Of "Fresh Air" Or Another Long March In Miniature by ednut1(m): 5:34am On May 08, 2019
Same of same

(1) (2) (Reply)

David Lyon: Join Me To Rescue Bayelsa From Hunger, Darkness / Please Where Is Dr Umana Now-nigerian First 419er? / FG: We Have What It Takes To Turn Economy Around

(Go Up)

Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket

Links: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2021 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 88
Disclaimer: Every Nairaland member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nairaland.