Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed and the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly has elicited the support of all Nigerians in nurturing the nation’s fragile democracy to a vibrant, strong and prosperous level.
In his Democracy day message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, Governor Ahmed said: “all advanced democracies of the world had passed through turbulent times but survived through dialogue and citizens’ commitment to democratic norms”.
The Governor advised that as Nigeria approaches another election year, politicians need to abhor hate speeches and inciting statement to the people against constituted authorities.
He admitted that the state was challenged because of the fall in federally allocated revenue, explaining that the ingenuity of his government in reforming the revenue generation platforms had launched the state among few viable states in the country with self sustaining capacity.
Governor Ahmed said his government had invested heavily in human capital development with the setting up of International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurial College, Ajase-Ipo, injection of over N2bn to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and other incentives to support the informal sector.
Dr Ahmed assured Kwarans that all the ongoing developmental projects would be taken to completion levels in a bid to bridge infrastructural deficit and guarantee sustainable economic growth in the state.
The Governor also promised even development of the state, saying that no section of the state would be left out in the provision of amenities.
Also in his democracy day message through his Special Assistant on Media, Shuaib Abdulkadir, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad reiterated that Nigeria’s Democracy is evolving inspite challenges stressing that it could only get better.
Ahmad noted that one of the problems threatening the nation’s democracy is the inability of the three arms of government to function independently.
The speaker maintained that though every arm of government must find means of accommodating one another for the good of the citizens, it was expedient that they work collectively but independently as enshrined in the 1999 constitution.
He further noted that though the achievements recorded might be short of the citizens’ expectations in all ramifications, there were signs that as a nation, we have continued to learn from the past mistakes.
The lawmaker challenged governments at all level to work assiduously towards ensuring that the dividends of democracy reach all the nooks and crannies of the country.
“Nigeria is blessed with both human and capital resources if harmonised successfully the nation stands to benefit immensely”, he said.
Ahmad appreciated various roles played by individuals, group of people and social groups towards the attainment of the ‘hard earn democracy’
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