The Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has watched with dismay the allegation by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that the Kwara State Government is insensitive to the plight of the victims of the rain storm of the Saturday 19th September, 2020 .

The hot ambition of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to return to power has become a terrible absurdity as it has employed crude socio-political tactics to devalue the government of the APC in the state .

It should be stated for the records that the Deputy Governor with  the Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mrs Motunrayo Adaran were part of the early sympathizers from Saturday to visit  Ode Alfa Nda, Ile Akuji, Ile bada, Ita Ogunbo, Ita Kudimoh, Ita Egba, Idi Igba, and Sakele. Other areas visited were OkekereKoko Igbonna, Abata Sunkere, Oju Ekun, Orisan Koko.

The PDP, having pushed the Deputy Governors during their era out of government decisions and kept them in the cooler, devaluing the office of the Deputy Governor is myopic and have condescended to concocting fiction of government's insensitivity and non visit to the victims to commiserate with them.

They do not see the Deputy Governor's visit as government action because the Deputy Governors in their era were mere loyal adjutant without meaningful contribution to governance.

If the PDP and its leaders are so blind by hatred for God's destiny that they are, can't they see trailer loads  of iron sheet already being distributed to victims of the flood in Ilorin?

It is conventional wisdom for the PDP not to pretend to be happy to see an effective deputy governor contributing efficiently to purposeful governance.

It is laughable that PDP is referring to Governor Abdulrazaq's visit to Abuja as profligacy when indeed  Kwara State laid prostrate holding thinly into oxygen, having been sucked and sapped of all nourishment for growth and prosperity as at the assumption of office of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in May 2019.

It is important to draw the attention of the PDP to the positives of Governor AbdulRazaq's  September visit to the Minister of State for Petroleum ,Timipre Sylva in Abuja,  to discuss various areas of collaboration between the state and the ministry, which centers on the ongoing preparation for seismic data acquisition in Edu and Pategi parts of Kwara State, which is an extension of similar preparatory works in the neighboring Niger State. 

The governor also discussed the request of the administration for the NNPC to support the construction of a modern science laboratory for the Kwara State University (KWASU) as an endowment; the proposed expansion of the Oke-Oyi LPG depot; and the construction of the Ibadan-Ilorin-Jebba gas pipeline.
The gas pipeline which when completed would enable easy supply of gas and constant alternate power supply to industries in the state.

This monumental success vigorously being pursued when achieved, will lessen the load on the national grid thereby increasing power supply to our communities, which would attract more firms and investments, hence, stimulating job creation in the state.

One of the major parameters in assessing the performance of state governors in Nigeria is to the extent to which they have been able to provide potable water in their respective states. Governor Abdulrazaq is aware of the high expectations of kwara people in this regard. With iron determination and uncommon zeal, Abdulrazaq confronted the hydra-headed problem of water scarcity and he is deploying a sizeable percentage of the state resources to the attainment of universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water, and working to also end open defecation in the state with improved access to adequate and equitable sanitation for all by year 2025.

It is against this background that the September visit to the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Hussein Adamu in Abuja was imperative, seeking the support of the ministry for the state to achieve the set goals. The Governor also sought the support of the ministry for Kwara State to qualify for the funding of a reticulation project that aligns with the Ilorin Master Plan that is being prepared.

The Minister,  assured the Governor that the N10 billion Tada-Shonga irrigation project remains a priority while the Pategi Water Works will be completed next year amongst other ongoing federal government’s projects in the state.
May we inform the PDP that the Minister applauded the efforts of the Governor across various sectors, Adamu said Kwara would benefit from the COVID-19 interventions of the federal government such as construction of public toilets, hand washing facilities, solar water facilities adding that Abuja would also engage 100 youths per local government area of the state as volunteers to support the National Hand washing Campaign.
The Governor equally intensified his drive with his visit to the newly appointed Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) retired Air Vice Marshall Muhammadu Muhammed to seek support for victims of recent flooding in the state, among other issues in the state.The NEMA DG, who commended AbdulRazaq for the visit, said the governor’s request would be treated as an emergency. 

Having recorded appreciable feats in agriculture development, AbdulRazaq has equally secured the number one slot for Kwara in the pilot scheme of the integration programme for rural farmers — an initiative of the African Union Development Agency/New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) to help promote sustainable agriculture and food security.

Importantly, the state would also benefit from the Federal Government’s stimulus programme, which includes getting about 10km roads. The road will start next month under the Ministry of Agriculture intervention. There are also  programmes like soil test, mapping of farms, and provision of seedlings. There is also the National Livestock Transformation Programme. Prior to his visit, about four states had been programmed to kick off this year and luckily enough kwara state has been added to be part of the state that will kick off the programme after his visit.
With the governor's Abuja visit Kwara would also benefit from a fertiliser scheme involving the Dangote Group and the Ministry of Agriculture, among other benefits of his constant engagements with various stakeholders. This is one sector Abdulrazaq said has received steady attention from his administration. Another milestone in Abdulrazaq's Abuja visit is the pushing for Kwara to be made the north central regional headquarters for the national creative industry training programme which the Ministry of Sports and Youths Development is coordinating.

The programme leverages the Creative Industry Financing Initiative, and is designed to boost job creation amongst the youth in Nigeria. The initiative was put together by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee. 

We want to appeal to the public to disregard this antics of the opposition at employing falsehood to discredit the ruling government, we know that our mature attempt to enlighten the garrulous opposition would appeal to your sense of justice and fairness to revolt against these scurrilous and sensational allegations.

Governor Abdulrazaq has toured the Ilorin metropolis affected by  rainstorm and  he is addressing the emergency with utmost attention and urgency.

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