By Mumini AbdulKareem
Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday in Ilorin charged two indigenes of the state to use their ambassadorial appointments to create opportunities for Kwara indigenes.
Former deputy speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Prof. Mohammed Gana Yisa and one-time commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Nurudeen Nora Mohammed, were recently appointed ambassadors to Japan and Malaysia respectively by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Saraki, who said many Nigerians are looking for the chance to invest at home noted that the two countries are important players in global business and economy.
He said they should use their positions “to create opportunities and employment for people of the state and the country, particularly in the areas of entrepreneurship and investment.
“I am happy that it is our indigenes from Kwara that will be representing Nigerian in these two very strategic countries. You all know that G-7 comprised of strong economical and political countries under the Unitised Nations and anybody representing Nigeria there is very important not only to Nigerians.
“I have no doubt in my mind about your competence and experience and we’ll continue to support you as we can to facilitate and ensure your success as you do your job. And we will continue to ensure that in our own little way to bring development and create opportunities for the teeming youths.”
Saraki said that the countries in which the ambassadors were posted are important in global business and agricultural potentials domiciled in the North and coincidentally the focus of the federal government.
On the reconstruction of the Share/Patigi road, Saraki said, “Our focus on agriculture creates a great opportunity, particularly for Kwara North to bring investment on a large scale. It is important we get the road repaired for a lot of our farmers to be able to move their products.”
Earlier, traditional rulers from Kwara North led by Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta Umar thanked the Senate President for facilitating the reconstruction of the Share/Patigi road.
They equally registered their gratitude to Saraki over the appointment of two indigenes of the area as Nigerian ambassadors, adding that the people of the area were delighted over the Senate President’s victory at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
He assured Saraki and the state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed of the continued support of the entire people of Kwara North Senatorial District.