‘Social Investment bill will address poverty, unemployment in Kwara’


By Mumini Abdulkareem

An appeal has gone to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to assent the
Kwara State Social Investment Programme Bill to alleviate poverty
among residents of the state.
The Vice Chairman of Islamic Missionaries Association of Nigeria
(lMAN), Sheikh Abdullahi Nurudeen-Adana, made the appeal in Ilorin
during a telephone chat, yesterday, adding that the high rate of
poverty and joblessness among millions of residents across the 16
local government areas of the state is alarming and should be
addressed without further delay.
He lamented the series of social vices being experienced among some
youths are as a result of high rate of poverty and soaring
unemployment in the state and country in general.
According to the cleric, the quick assent and implementation of the
bill will allow several of those vulnerable in different parts of the
state to embark on meaningful ventures that would boost their living
Nurudeen-Adana praised the foresight of Gov Abdulrazaq for presenting
the bill to the House even as he called for quick assent and
implementation to meet the intended purpose.
“With little revolving loan during the implementation of the law, many
residents of the state can engage in meaningful businesses that will
improve their well-being,” the cleric said.
The House of Assembly on October 17 passed a bill establishing Kwara
State Social Investment Programme sent by the Governor.
The bill which is currently on the governor’s table for assent seeks
to tackle poverty, ensure equitable distribution of resources and
promote economic growth in the state.

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