By Bukola Adama
Kwara State Government said over N7b has been spent on several road projects across the state under the state Infrastructure Development Fund, (IF-K).
This was disclosed on Tuesday by the state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed at the official commissioning of Federal Road Safety Commission RS8, Office Complex in Ilorin.
According to the governor, the IF-K’s success has demonstrated the benefits of partnering with the private sector to fund key infrastructure projects.
“Among road projects embarked on by this government”, the governor said, “are dualisation of Kulende-UITH-Oke Ose road, Geri- Alimi Split Diamond Interchange, Share-Oke-Ode Road, Egbejila-Airport Road and Megida Arobadi road.”
Ahmed urged the private sector to synergise with governments under the Public Private Partnership model to establish and fund infrastructure projects on a sustainable basis.
“While I remain an advocate of stronger federal/state synergy in the funding and provision of infrastructure, it is time we leveraged more on the private sector to provide key infrastructure, which as we all know, is a major driver of social and economic development,” the governor said.
According to the governor, PPP approaches ensure efficiency, guarantee funding for projects and insulate infrastructure from the challenges associated with government financing of projects.
Governor Ahmed also disclosed that the second phase of the Light-Up Kwara project has commenced as streetlights had been installed along major streets in the state capital, promising to extend the project to other roads across the state.
Earlier in his address, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, said the commission is determined to reduce accidents to zero across the country, saying that 10 permanent offices would be completed by the commission before the end of next year. Oyeyemi added that the FRSC has completed its permanent offices in Osogbo, Gusau, Enugu and Abakaliki.
…committed to provision of infrastructure in rural areas
In pursuance of its policy on the provision of infrastructure at the grassroots, the Kwara State Government yesterday commenced another project launch and cheque presentation ceremony to another batch of nine (9) rural communities, under Kwara State Community and Social Development Project (KWCSDP), to enable them implement their choice projects.
This was contained in a statement issued from the office of the General Manager, Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency, Alhaji Yahaya Ahmed regarding the coming Cheque Presentation Ceremony, commencing from yesterday to Tuesday 26th September, 2017 at the affected communities.
According to the statement signed by the Agency’s Project Officer: Information, Education, Communication and Training, Demola Olarewaju, the benefiting communities are Aku’o Dada, Maako, Kpilegi, Gbale, Yawu, Wodata, Bayagan-Ile and Sagbonyin in Moro, Edu, Ifelodun and Baruten Local Government Areas of Kwara State.
It added that the state Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development, Alhaji Wasiu Odewale will present the cheques on behalf of the state government to the beneficiaries.
The statement stressed further that the project initiative is among other electioneering promises kept by Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed’s administration, adding that there is still room for others to benefit. It therefore called on rural communities to support the government with their votes in the forthcoming Local Government election.