With less than twelve days to the inauguration of President Elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the incoming government has been urged to make construction of road projects one of the administration’s priority quick- wins especially in Kwara State to ensure socio-economic development of the Nation.
A former Leader, Kwara State House of Assembly in the Second Republic, Chief Stephen Wole Oke who gave the charge while speaking with our Correspondent on his memo to incoming President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, “our expectations in Kwara State in the next four years”, emphasised the need to motivate the BUA Group to act fast and diligently on the construction work on the four roads recently approved for the State by the Federal Government.
Chief Wole Oke who is the Jagunmolu of Shao and a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State listed the roads to include the one hundred and thirty kilometers Kosubosu- Kaiama- Bode Saadu highway, the eighty three kilometers Bacita- Shonga- Lafiagi highway, the forty nine kilometers Eiyenkorin- Afon – Offa- Odo Otin highway and the thirty three kilometers Okuta- Bukuro road, connecting Benin Republic.
These roads according to the APC Chieftain are very strategic to the overall development of this agrarian State calling on the incoming President to ensure its completion before the end of his first term of four years runs, stressing the need not to let the roads become abandoned projects under his presidency.
He said “ Work should resume on the Ogbomosho- Ilorin dual carriageway. It is a shame that for the eight years of Obasanjo, it never occurred to him that charity should begin at home. A south westerner, yet for all of eight years in power, he never reasoned along the path of his people’s infrastructural needs, principally, roads”.
“We are all witnesses to the wonders Buhari is performing for his peoples in the north and even extending socio-economic care beyond the boundary of the north of Nigeria, but further up into another country, Niger Republic”, he said further
He advised the new administration to do everything possible to ensure the completion of the Ogbomosho/Ilorin/Jebba dual carriageway at the earliest time possible as it would be an eternal monument of his administration.
Wole Oke added “with each passing day, Nigeria and her citizens are moving closer to the end of one era and the beginning of another era. How time flies! On May 29,2023, the baton of leadership would be exchanged when President Muhammadu Buhari would be handing over power to his successor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the President-elect in the general elections of 2023”.
“Like every Nigerian citizen, the question that should normally play out on the lips of Kwarans is: what awaits their State in terms of development, growth and progress in the next four years spanning the first- term tenure of the incoming President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who will be taking over from President Buhari Muhammadu” the Second Republic House Leader stated.
He noted that this question is not only natural but more justifiable in view of what has been the lot of the State these past twenty four years of return to democratic governance in the country under the previous regimes. What has been the evidence of the federal government presence in the State under the past four presidents, beginning with Olusegun Obasanjo to Musa Yar Adua to Good Luck Jonathan and ending with the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari?
“President Buhari has had the privilege and opportunity to lead the country for eight years. Kwara State has also had the rare opportunity of having two of her citizens, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Senator Gbemisola Saraki, as members of the Federal Executive Council. They have all along been Cabinet Ministers in the Buhari administration. For these eight years, what can the State boast of as the unique benefits to the State, deriving from, and/or attributable to, the two ministers’ membership of the Buhari administration and who are, not only constitutionally but naturally, our ears and eyes in the Executive Arm of the Federal government since these past eight years”, he stressed.
He called on the President Elect to cede substantive appointments and meaningful offices to kwara citizens under his administration especially Commissions, Corporations and Boards of Parastatal Organisations and Agencies.
” I want to advise the new government to take special cognisance of the State, that is, its geographical location conferring on its status, which has made it the navel of the Country and around which the economic development of the Country should therefore naturally revolve”, he added.
In the area of health care, he urged the Federal Government to establish a Federal Medical Centre in the State to complement the state government’s effort.
“Further, on health sector, there is an obvious need for a research centre for traditional medicine. Looking deeper inward, there is the need to promote our own medicaments in the country(China stands out as our worthy example)”
“ Your government should blaze the trail by initiating the plan for the establishment of a Research Centre for Traditional Medicine.
“As a matter of fact, each of the six geo-political zones in the Country should have such Research Centre established in their region for obvious plausible reasons” he concluded