Kwara North Development Council paid a courtesy visit to kwara state social Investment Programme (kwassip) and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology. Discuss, share ideas and suggestions on the need to ensure the region of the North is adequately captured in the activities of the agency/ ministry understanding it’s peculiarities and areas of comparative advantage with a sense of equity. The engagement with the Ag Manager (kwassip) Hon Olododo Qowiyu and Hon Ibrahim Akaje commissioner for enterprise, innovation and technology respectively was incisive and beneficial.
Mallam Ahmed Mohammed, the Deputy chairman of the council at introduction spoke on the existence of Kwandco to bridge the gap of communication between it’s people of the North extraction of kwara and government at all levels, seek progressive partnership through consultative engagement that will bring about the needed infrastructural interventions for development, advocate for good governance and demand for equal opportunities with a fair balance in allocation of resources. The deputy chairman reiterated council efforts to bring development to its people using diplomatic approach mechanism.
” Today is a testimony of how we can be collectively responsible and proactive. Use our minds and eyes to see what is currently been done in the positive to our people and region, understanding what the future holds for us by the measure of the foundation been made at the moment with the successes recorded. Perhaps, we are not yet there, but with this beginning can only imagine the more to come “.
The chairman of the Council, Cmr Jerry M. Kolo in his remarks appreciate the wisdom of Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq over the unprecedented and probably unmatched Youths and women inclusiveness in governance and critical decision making process that provide opportunities for the both of Olododo and Akaje to make input productively as well impact. Congratulate the duo,while advising they do not take the privilege for granted by being proactive and result oriented.
” we are seeing the new positive narration in kwara and glad to be actively involved as partners in the run to bridge the gap of the age long deprivation and neglect witnessed by our people and region. We are glad to be seeing the restoration of our remote communities that were once left to decadence by the previous government. Have we gotten it all…not. yet! The incumbent government have graciously enlarged our privileges and improved our lots all round. ”
Ag GM, Hon Olododo was pleased with the Councils visitation while reiterating his readiness to partner with the Council. Besides taking the Kwandco team through some insight and approaches of the social agency. That the councils demand for equity and fairness is being part of their operational watchword, but pledge to improve on it by ensuring the platform get available information that will promote mutual understanding and avoiding misinformation by some mischief makers.
HON Ibrahim Akaje described Mallam Abdulrasaq Abdulrahman as first the masses friends than the elitist syndrome. That, the governor prefer to be for and with the people against all odds. He went further taking the council through the bigger picture represented by the government of his excellency by listing the ongoing projects such as the garment factory, the visual arts centre, the innovation hub and others that will provide better opportunities, reduce unemployment as well improving, by creation new revenue windows.
“Today is the testimony of how we can use our brain and eyes to see what the future holds because we are not yet there, this is just the beginning”, he said.
Kwandco Chairman Cmr Jerry M. Kolo in his closing word’s reiterate the councils resolve to be proactive and supportive to the government by offering the needful advise, identify challenges, provide alternative views, ideas, and suggestions using the dynamics of its internal mechanism. We as a council will be very blunt to issues while channeling our position to the appropriate quarters. We won’t be instrumental for destructive criticism and as well won’t compromise the development of our region on the alter of inequity. We will press forward as partners especially in recognition of the passion with which the governor is pushing high by improving on our critical infrastructural challenges and wiping away from our eyes the age long sad tears of insensitively and reckless neglect. We will encourage the governor to leverage on more to our comparative advantage in area of agricultural value chain process.
” we have now been reconnected to the mainstream of progress after the long term of disconnect occasioned by the previous government “. We have not got it all that we ask for and seek, but can’t ever be ungrateful for what has been done, is being done and hopefully be done for us as a people and region” , he said.
Thereafter, prayers were offered for the more successes of Mallam Abdulrasaq Abdulrahman and his team of leadership.
Samuel Isaiah Mayaki
Deputy Publicity Secretary
For : Media Team KWANDCO.