The Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has approved another N50m state contribution to Kwara State Community and Social Development Project (KWCSDP), to attract over N600m community projects, to further ensure infrastructural development at the grass roots, for the benefits of Kwarans at large.
The newly appointed Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Alhaji Abdulazeez Oyelowo disclosed at Elekoyangan community, in Moro Local Government, during the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), organised by Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency (KWCSDA).
Oyelowo who assured that the said amount will soon be released by the state government explained that on assumption of duty, Governor Ahmed has promised to touch all the 193 wards across the state, as long as they request for the project of their choice under KWCSDP scheme, adding that the efforts of the agency is in tandem with the directives of Governor Ahmed, and so decided to approve an additional financing of the project, to ensure that community micro projects cut across entire communities of the state.
In this vein, the Permanent Secretary thanked Governor Ahmed-led administration for its commitment, dedication and unalloyed policy thrust to ensure that the largesse goes down the nooks and crannies of Kwara State, for the people to feel the impact of the project, with a charge for intended communities to back their proposals with commitment and readiness to take ownership of the projects, by paying the mandatory 10 per cent contribution.
Oyelowo seized the opportunity to call on other communities to their requests on their felt needs, as the door is always open in conformity with the promise of the present administration, in the state, which guarantees them of government’s support, for the welfare of the people.
At the occasion, the 10th Mogaji of Elekoyangan, Alhaji Shuaib Kominallah expressed his joy towards the gesture, which he said the community has been expecting for a very long time, adding that the project will go a long way to cushion the effect of hardship on the people and gave kudos to the state government for counting his community worthy of the gesture.
In his remarks, the Elekoyangan Community Project Management Committee (CPMC) Chairman, Saka Ariyo, said the community has expressed interest in the Education, Water and Health sectors.
…decries youth unemployment
By Bukola Adama
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has charged government at various levels to do more to reduce current level of youth unemployment and restiveness in the current, just as he restated his government’s commitment to sponsoring 195 students to commence entrepreneurship training at the International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), Ajase-Ipo.
The Governor, who decried the rate of unemployment in the country, maintained that youths require to be properly guided, trained and transited into current economic realities to enable them live meaningful lives.
Governor Ahmed called on contractors, corporate bodies, organisations and individuals to sponsor youths to the college as part of their social responsibilities and as a way of meaningfully engaging the youth.
According to Ahmed, the college was established to provide youths with entrepreneurship skills that will enable them key into the current economic challenges, stating that at the end of their training, they will be supported by government through Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs).
“Gone were the days when youths depended on government to secure white collar jobs. Today, government’s preoccupation is to create enabling environment for youths to acquire prerequisite trainings to be independent and self-reliant,” Ahmed added.
Earlier, the Director- General Kwara State Public Private Partnership (KP3) and Chief Economic Assistant to the Governor, Yomi Ogunsola said the contractor handling the Light Up Kwara project had decided to sponsor and empower 25 indigenes of the state to acquire entrepreneurship skills at the college.
Responding on behalf of contractors, Engr. Kola Shittu thanked the Governor for ensuring that such school was established in the state with assurances that they will sponsor students with full scholarship to be trained at the college.