By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The proposed law to establish Kwara State Government driven investment programme to tackle poverty, ensure equitable distribution of resources and economic growth in the state has been described as a welcome development.
Stakeholders gave this submission at a public hearing on a Bill to enact a ” A Law To Establish The Kwara State Social Investment Programme Charged With Responsibility Of Tackling Poverty, Ensuring Equitable Distribution Of Resources And Economic Growth In The State And For Other Connected Purposes”.
The stakeholders were of the view that the Bill, if passed by the House of Assembly, will deepen the redistribution of wealth and reduction of poverty in the state.
Some of the stakeholders canvassed that specific focus should also be on the physically challenged, widows and women in general, the involvement of Non-Governmental Organisations and the introduction of Innovative Entrepreneurial Programme into the programme.
The Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Yakubu Salihu, in declaring the public hearing open, assured the stakeholders that the state legislature remained committed to the aspirations of the people.
He said, “As your representatives in the House, we are determined to always carry you along, seek your advice and input in the process of law-making so that such Laws when eventually passed will meet your aspirations and will be implantable.”
“The fulcrum of democracy is participation, collaboration and making choice from a wide range of positive ideas,” he said.
The Chairman, Ad-hoc Committee on the Bill, Hon Saheed Popoola, in his welcome address pledged that the contributions of the stakeholders would be given necessary consideration and impact on the establishment and focus of the programme in tackling poverty in this state.
The stakeholders were drawn from relevant Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Non Governmental organisations and the general public.