- Since 2017, a group of 25 women have been contributing money to build their communities’ schools
- The women who are in Agindigbi and Onila communities in Irepodun local government area of Kwara state have contributed N1million so far
- Kwara state governor, Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq has returned the money, with a promise to finish building the school
Kwara state governor, Abdurazaq Abdulrahaman has returned N1million to women in Agindigbi and Onila communities in Irepodun local government area of Kwara state who saved money to build their communities’ schools.
The governor revealed this on his Twitter page on Thursday, January 14 when he visited the communities and met with their representatives.
“We will continue the good work that they have started by expanding the classrooms and improving the facilities.
“I’m really inspired by the actions of these women. They have, over the years, taken a fraction of the money they received from the federal government’s Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme and contributed it to building schools in their own communities.
“This is a testament that President Muhammadu Buhari’s social investment programmes are working and impacting lives.
“As a government, we will continue to invest in education despite limited resources.”
Nigerians on Twitter have been commenting on the action of the women, while some asked the governor to keep to his promise.
Oladapo Olowo wrote:
“A good way to go. Whatever you plan to do, do it quickly. Don't let the bureaucracy kill the plans.”
Niyi Ogunkoya wrote:
“Dear Mr. Governor, did you attend such a badly constructed pen called a school? Such things as this should not even come to the public glare in the first instance, the mere fact that you even discuss is wickedness!”
Ayinla Tosin wrote:
“I hope that the refund does not necessarily mean their action won't be immortalized? If it is, then it is better the money is retrieved. We all know the government can't do it alone.”
Abdulateef Lasasi wrote:
“That local government has two-time minister Alhaji Lai Muhammed. So he can't use his influence to do something for these people or take their challenges to the governor? Instead, he engaged the governor with an unnecessary fight and dragging for the leadership of the party.”
Meanwhile, civil society organisation, Yiaga Africa has called on government at all levels to ensure that its policies and decisions are youth and gender-responsive, saying there is a need for consistent engagement with the government not just at the federal level but at the state level.
Director of Programmes, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu said this during a Live Virtual Studio Citizens Townhall on Youth Responsive Service Delivery and Development organized by the organisation.
Similarly, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has stated that his administration took the empowerment of youths seriously because of their belief that the engagement of young people would engender peace in the state.
He stated that his administration was doing a lot in skill acquisition because he believes that no amount of projects will bring peace to the communities if the youths and women were not gainfully engaged.
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