- Alhaji Lai Mohammed warns the people of Kwara not to return those he calls political oligarchs who have taken over the state
- Mohammed says the Kwara state government and those behind it have been blaming the Buhari government for their failure
- The minister lists major achievements of the federal government in Kwara state
Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the time has come to retire those he called political oligarchs who have appropriated Kwara state and its resources to themselves to the detriment of the people.
A statement from Segun Adeyemi, a presidential aide attached to his office, said Mohammed made the remarks while addressing the mammoth crowd that attended the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential rally in Ilorin, Kwara state on Monday, February 11.
“It is time to retire those who have held Kwara state down and made our people and our state very poor. They have been deceiving the people. They have been blaming the federal government for their failure.
“When they can't pay workers salary, they blame the federal government. When they can't provide infrastructure, they blame the federal government.
“They forgot to tell the people that Mr President has graciously approved bailouts and Paris Club refund for states, including Kwara. Ask them, where is the money? What did they do with it?” He queried.
The minister argued that that voting the present crop of leaders in the state into power again “is like giving them another licence to embark of a looting spree, and urged the people to be wary of their Greek gift under the guise of offsetting workers' salaries
“With elections approaching, their leader, I said their leader, not the state government, suddenly brought out N2.5 billion from his kitty to pay workers. Where do individuals pay state workers?
“Where did the money come from? It is your money that they have been keeping. They have brought out some of it because they are desperate.”
He noted that the Buhari administration had executed various infrastructural and social development projects in the state.
He listed some of the projects to including the rehabilitation of Ohan and Moro bridges on Ilorin-Igbeti road; construction of Patigi-Kpada road and the rehabilitation of Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa road, which used to be a nightmare for motorists.
According to Mohammed, others being rehabilitated or constructed include the Ilorin-Kabba Obajana road; the Ajase-Ipo-Offa-Erin Ile-Osun state boundary; Kaiama-KIshi Road; Offa bypass in Offa as well as the dualization of Michael Imoudu Ganmo/Afon junction road Ilorin
Alhaji Mohammed said about 50,000 Kwarans are benefitting from ‘Tradermoni’ and ‘Marketmoni’, 9,886 homes in the state are benefitting from the conditional cash transfer that gives N5,000 monthly to the most vulnerable while the anchor borrowers' programme has seen the number of rice farmers in Kwara grow from 5,000 to 30,000.
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He pleaded with the people of the state to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC governorship flag bearer in the state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, and all other candidates of the party in the forthcoming elections.
The mega rally was attended by President Buhari, the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Osun state governors, Bisi Akande and Rauf Aregbesola, ministers of transportation as well as interior, Rotimi Amaechi and Abdulrahman Dambazau respectively, among others.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Bukola Saraki, the country's Senate president, recently described President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war as propaganda saying it is not realistic.
In an interview with Channels TV, the director-general of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign claimed evidence showed the country was failing when it comes to corruption.
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