An Open Letter to Hon Mariam Yusuf Aladi by Oluwatoyin Luqman Bolakale

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Dear Hon Mariam Yusuf Aladi

I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. First of all, allow me to congratulate you on becoming the first female representative of Ilorin South Constituency at the Kwara State House of Assembly and doubled as the Deputy Chief whip.

Your victory signifies a significant step towards gender equality and empowerment, and it inspires hope for a more inclusive political landscape.

As a concerned constituent of Ilorin South Constituency, I would like to bring your attention to some pressing issues that require urgent attention. Our constituency is home to a diverse population, and while we take pride in our heritage and culture, we also face numerous challenges that hinder our progress and well-being.

One of the key issues plaguing Ilorin South Constituency is the inadequate provision of basic amenities such as healthcare facilities, education infrastructure, and reliable electricity supply. Our hospitals lack essential equipment and medical personnel, causing residents to travel long distances in search of proper healthcare. Similarly, our schools suffer from dilapidated buildings, insufficient classrooms. This hampers the educational growth and development of our children, who are the future of our constituency.

Another significant concern is the state of our road network. The current road infrastructure is in dire need of repair and expansion. Many roads are riddled with potholes, leading to traffic congestion and accidents. Improving the road network will not only enhance connectivity within the constituency but also attract investment and economic growth.

Furthermore, unemployment and underemployment have become prevalent issues among the youth of Ilorin South Constituency. Many young people are unable to find suitable job opportunities, leading to frustration and disillusionment. It is crucial to focus on creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and skill development, as well as fostering partnerships with the private sector to attract investment and create job opportunities.

In light of these challenges, I humbly request that you prioritize the following solutions:

1. Propose more bills that will allow Government to allocate more funds towards improving healthcare facilities, ensuring that they are adequately equipped and staffed.

2. Invest in upgrading educational infrastructure, including the construction of new schools and the recruitment of qualified teachers.

3. Initiate projects to improve the road network, focusing on repairing existing roads and constructing new ones to enhance connectivity and safety.

4. Facilitate the establishment of vocational training centers and promote entrepreneurship to empower the youth and address the issue of unemployment.

5. Foster collaboration with relevant stakeholders, including the private sector and civil society organizations, to address the challenges facing Ilorin South Constituency effectively.

6. Additionally, I urge you to maintain an open line of communication with the constituents, regularly organizing town hall meetings and seeking feedback on their needs and concerns.

By being accessible and responsive to the aspirations of the people, you can truly represent their interests and work towards their betterment.

Once again, congratulations on your historic achievement as the first female representative of Ilorin South Constituency. I have faith in your leadership abilities and believe that, with your dedication and commitment, our constituency can overcome these challenges and flourish.

Together, we can build a brighter and more prosperous future for Ilorin South.

Yours sincerely,

Oluwatoyin Luqman Bolakale writes from Oke Ogun Ward, Ilorin South LG.

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