By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Kwara State government has concluded arrangements to inject N14 billion into the state’s economy through the execution of infrastructural projects in the education sector.
The Special Adviser on Strategy to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Alhaji Sa’adu Salahu disclosed this on Friday at a media parley organised by the Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to mark the governor’s two years anniversary.
Salahu disclosed that having paid the Universal Basic Education’s (UBEC) backlog of counterpart funds, the state now has N14 billion in its kitty to improve infrastructural facilities at the basic education level in the state.
He said through prudent management of the available resources at the disposal of the state government, the governor has activated the state’s economy.
“By ensuring prompt payment of retirees pensions, workers salaries, teachers inclusive, Governor AbdulRazaq has activated the state’s economy. Workers and teachers were home for six months during the COVID-19 induced lockdown and they received their salaries in full,” he said.
Salahu, a retired media and public relations guru, said the governor sees journalists as equal partners in nation-building, noting that this informed the resuscitation of the State Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Kwara).
Asides from infrastructure projects scattered across the 16 local government areas of the state, numerous employment and empowerment schemes targeted at youths and women, Salahu said transparency, accountability and good governance are the hallmarks of AbdulRazaq’s administration.
Earlier, the NUJ chairman, Comrade Umar AbdulWahab, said the Union organised the programme in recognition of the AbdulRazaq administration’s support for journalists in the state.
He recalled that the state government did not only extend COVID-19 palliatives to journalists in the state but also organised a training programme for them on effective coverage of the pandemic and as well approved over N17m for the renovation of the NUJ Press Centre in Ilorin, the state capital.