Why Kwara Postponed LG Election



By Steve Oni, Ilorin

The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has attributed the extension of initial three months tenure of local government transition implementation caretaker committees, TIC, to another three to current economic realities in the country. 

Speaking at the monthly meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ilorin, Gov Ahmed noted that the local government councils in the state are just getting stabilised in meeting basic requirements of their workers. "To attempt any election at that level of governance now will mean an additional pressure on their meagre resources." 

The governor promised to use the  expected 25% of the Paris-London loan refund to assist the local government councils to offset part of their outstanding salary arrears and on critical infrastructure development in the state. 

The Governor explained to the party members that the government is committed to meeting the infrastructure deficit in the state in order to make the state more attractive for investment.

Speaking on recent clash between Farmers and Cattle Rears in Baruten Local Government area of the state, Governor Ahmed said the State Security Council had resolved that perpetrators would be treated as criminals while anyone found culpable of destroying other people's property or farms would be made to pay compensation. He, therefore,  appealed to residents of the state not to take laws into their hands and remain law-abiding in order to sustain existing harmonious relationship.

Governor Ahmed also spoke of plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the state in low-key, saying that the occasion would be used to honour eminent personalities who had made indelible contributions to the state.

Earlier, giving stewardship of his ministry, the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahya, had disclosed that N1.2b was recently disbursed to 36 contractors through the state's  Infrastructure Development Fund (IFK).

Alhaji Yahya said a number of road projects had been completed across the three senatorial districts while the recently completed Oko bridge in Ifelodun Local Government would be commissioned soon by the Governor.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of APC, Alhaji Ishola Balogun-Fulani commended members of the party for their loyalty and support to Governor Ahmed and the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

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