…We have delivered our campaign promises -Gov Ahmed
By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
It is no news that by this time next year (2019) a new person will be at the elm of affairs in the noble state of Harmony as governor to continue the good works of the incumbent Governor.
This makes WESTERNPOST Kwara State correspondent picked some respondents both indigene and resident of Kwara State to assess seven years in office performance of the incumbent and out going Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed.
And these respondents bore out their minds on different issues ranging from Security, Infrastructure, Education, Salary arrears and other issues in the state.
A respondent, Newspaper Publisher and son of the soil Abdulrasheed Akogun said the second term of this present government has performed below expectations in all ramifications.
He said the level of insecurity,Kidnapping for rituals, cultism related killing and thuggery are on the rise in the state.
“Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed’s second coming is laced with a double faced assessment judging from the realities on the table. It won’t be out of place to after doing a general overview of the administration describe his second coming as below expectations in all ramifications.
“The level of insecurity especially kidnap for rituals, cultism related killings, street touting and thuggery are on the rise.”
Akogun said unemployment was on increase as the youths are left to their fate.
“Unemployment is at its highest, the youths of Kwara are abandoned to their fate, with no clear vision and movement from the government towards cushioning the effect of unemployment especially amongst the youth.”
He further said infrastructural gap was daily widening due to paucity of funds and lack of a proper and clear-cut infrastructure provision policy.
“The intra-State roads are nothing to write home about, the supposed Agricultural economic belt which the Baruten/Kaima axis of Kwara North is supposed to be having has been reduced to only wishful thinking, with the poor State of the Baruten-Kaima road which has made transportation of farm produce nightmarish,” he added.
He however, noted that some of the few achievements of this administration is the revolutiionalised tax collection system which saw to the birth of Kwara Internal Revenue Service, away from the corruption infested defunct Board of Internal Revenue and the futuristic IFK which is an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO) to contractors which serves as a guarantee of liquidity viability to meet contractual obligations.
He concluded that juxtaposing some of the ups and downs vis-a-vis the available resources, Kwara residents will want to agree with him that this administration have performed below average and that is a far cry of expectations.
Similarly, Kwara state Trade Union Congress Chairman Comrade Kolawole Olumoh, said due to prevailing situation before this time and fund availability the governor actually performed.
He said but he must not fail to say the government need to sincerely place priority more on human resources.
“Owing to prevailing circumstances before now, His Excellency actually performed well considering the level of funds.
“But one must not fail to mention that there’s the need for his govt to sincerely place priority more on human resource.”
He said the governor should ensure immediate payment of gratuities to allow for more participation and contribution of more kwarans in the economic development of the state.
“Also, His Excellency must step up and be quick on provision of affordable houses within this last few months of his administration.
“I am sure this Will go a long way at crowning his efforts and governance,” Olumoh said.
Also a Political Analyst Mr Femi Fayomi said
Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed 7th year in governance has not significantly improved the economic status of the state of Harmony.
“Take a look at the educational sector where the APC led government promised free education in the build up to the 2015 general elections from primary to secondary schools has not been kept rather the parents who have wards in the public schools are crying bitterly as they are been subjected to heavy school fees payment in the guise of Parent a teachers Association levy.
“The issue of water scarcity that kwara state is known for over the years has continue to worsen as there is no adequate supply of public water in the state.
“The road networks are partially done, as we approach raining season now, pot hole will resurface across the state.
“Are the civil servants paid as at when due? what can one say about the rise of insecurity in kwara particularly after the robbery incidence in Offa,” he queried.
On the contrary, a female respondent, a student and a native of Kwara Mayowa Jimoh said the governor third years in office has been so impacting in terms of infrastructure development and internally revenue generation among others.
“Governor Abdulfatahi Ahmed 3 years and second term in Office has been so impacting in terms of infrastructural development, internal revenue generation and many more,” she said.
However, the governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has said his administration has delivered majority of of his campaign promises.
The Governor said this while speaking with News men in marking his seventh years in office as Kwara state governor recently.
He said his administration projects cut across Agriculture,Health, Infrastructure, Small Medium Enterprises (SME) and holistical set up of Kwara Internally Revenue Service (KWIRS).
He said the SME has empowered over2,000 youths through Cooperative groups in the last Seven years of his administration.
He said his administration initiated New projects like Diamond under pass at Geri-Alimi, Construction of three Kwara state University campuses in the various senatorial districts.
He said over the years there was renovation of schools which also captured school of special needs.
“We also see need to create Vocational training Centre to fill the unemployment gap in our society that makes our people more useful in Labour market,as we expect, we should be next exporter of labour and not importer.
“On health we made drugs available in all our health institutions and putting in place right infrastructure at Offa,Omu-Aran and Kaiama which makes us manage our health issues,” the Governor said.