Ahmed reacts to critics of low performance

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Critics say Kwara State governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has made no impact in the lives of the people and the economic development of the state, report says.

Mr Modibbo Kawu, the Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission, criticized the governor while delivering a lecture titled ‘Our community, our values and our future’.

Kawu said:

‘Economic opportunities have been denied our people, especially since 2003. From 2003 till the end of 2015, Kwara State got about ₦640bn from the federation account. Yet in that period, poverty has increased in our community, open and clandestine prostitution, drug abuse and consolidation of the begging culture.’

Prof. Shuaib Oba, a former chairman of the Federal Character Commission, and Mr Abdulmumin Ajia, the convener, Kwara Development Initiative spoke in separate interviews with journalists on Thursday in Ilorin, the state capital, during an empowerment programme for small and medium enterpreneurs(SME) facilitated by Ajia.

Ajia said that the administrations of Saraki and Ahmed had not lived up to the expectations of the people.

He said, ‘In the past 14 years, we have witnessed two successive administrations that were ushered in with a lot of hope and they have let the people down. They will tell you that the problem is paucity of funds but I disagree. The issue is paucity of ideas because even with little you can do much if you are committed to serving the people first.’

Oba claimed that the state has been subjected to hardships by the so-called leaders.

He said, ‘What we have were inflicted by people who say they are professional politicians. We should in our own way rise up at the appropriate time, challenge and force them out,’ he said.

According to report, Governor Ahmed through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr Muyideen Akorede, argues that the state has recorded remarkable developments under his administration.

‘We have remodeled the Ilorin Township Stadium into one of the best in the North Central and established an internationally-referenced vocational centre. Kwara State also has one of the most vibrant informal sectors with the injection of billions of naira into micro credit and the government has been acknowledged for upholding rule of law consistently.

‘Their criticism is more political than logical, given the unexplained decision to limit their subjective analysis to the last 14 years.’

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