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Yar’Adua needs to fully recuperate before resuming duties — Saraki

By Demola Akinyemi

Ilorin — Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State has said the fact that President Umaru Yar ‘Adua has been discharged from a Saudi hospital does not translate to his automatic resumption of work, stressing that he needs to fully recuperate.

The governor who noted that he was yet to see the President since his arrival added that his return to the country does not change the position of the National Assembly that the Vice President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, should act as the president to move the nation forward.

Governor Saraki in an interview with journalists said: “The expectations of Nigerians that Mr. President should resume work or at least address the nation is normal and genuine but let me tell you as a medical doctor that Mr President really needs to fully recuperate before he can resume work.”

New cement company
Saraki also disclosed that a new cement manufacturing company worth N25 billion would soon be established in Owa-Kajola in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state as a way to provide massive employment opportunities for the residents and boost the socio-economic development of the state.

The governor who said that visibility studies had been completed on the project added: “The present government is committed to change the state for economic prosperity that would match the test of time among other states of the federation.”

He said since assumption of office in 2003, his government had embarked on series of projects that had turned the lives of the people into economic prosperity and thereby improving the socio economic growth of the state.

Saraki said by the time these projects were completed, the unemployed graduates would be employed while the people of the state would have opportunities to do business that would fetch them more money and this would raise their standard of living.

The governor said the company would be producing over 100 million tons of cement for the populace, noting that this would accelerate the economic development of the state.

He added that other projects like Ilorin Metropolitan Square, Aviation College, Diagnostic Centre, among others would be completed before the end of his tenure in order to provide a new lease of life to Kwarans.

He said the people of the state should continue to support the government by coming out to offer positive  suggestions that would assist the state to move forward.


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