- The governor of Kwara state, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, is leading by example
- AbdulRazaq shared photos of him engaging in "manual labour" as he cut grasses at Mount Carmel College in Ilorin
- According to the governor, he wanted to inspire people to take responsibilities for facilities belonging to the government
Ahead of school resumption on Monday, October 5, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara state on Saturday, October 3, joined Oloje community in cutting the grass at the Mount Camel Junior Secondary School.
Governor AbdulRazaq who posted photos on Twitter stated that when the government locates a project in a community, the people there ought to take ownership.
He said he took the action to inspire people to take responsibilities for government facilities located in their areas. The governor stated:
"My being in Oloje today is to send the signal that nobody is too big to be involved in community work; we need to help ourselves."
According to him, the government is short of funds and cannot really cope. He, therefore, called on communities to join hands and assist in whatever way they can, in order to keep the environment clean and avoid environmental disaster.
Nigerians were however not impressed, and rather than applaud the governor, they criticised him. Some described the grass cutting as misplaced priorities, while others asked him to fix roads instead.
Chizzle with the handle @salfem wrote:
"Sir, with all due respect this is a misplaced priority. All the roads within the Ilorin metropolis are in a state of total disrepair and there is no sign of any repair work anywhere. All our cars have been damaged due to bad roads and help is nowhere to be found. The few patched ones were badly so patched that the holes have reappeared again after few months. I mean this is the barest minimum residents of the state should enjoy yet the eyesore is being allowed to fester and soon to become impassable."
Another Twitter user, Kenny Imarah, said it is the 21st century and children should not be cutting grass. He wrote:
"Will you sincerely allow your own children to cut grass with cutlass when they should be learning or playing during their breaks. This is 21st century. More mental energy, not muscle."
Steven Madewale said in this day and age, grass cutting is done with a lawnmower.
In another related development, the federal government announced October 12, for full reopening of 104 Unity Schools in Nigeria. This is coming seven months after closing its schools across the country in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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