BY DEMOLA AKINYEMI
Stakeholders in Kwara South have urged the leadership of All Peoples Congress (APC)to present Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for second term in 2015 gubernatorial election.
The stakeholders, which include artisans, market men and women, students, teachers,NULGE, farmers,CAN, imams, the Fulanis, transporters, community development associations non-political stakeholders among others made the demand when the Forum of Kwara South Political Appointees, met them in town hall meetings to sensitise them on voters registration cards ahead of 2015 general elections.
So far, the Forum have met stakeholders in town hall meetings in Osi, Iloffa, Share, Igbaja, OmuAran, Offa,and Esie among others.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour Matters,Comrade Bisi Fakayode, who anchored the programme, also coordinated the invitation of spokespersons of the stakeholders who took turns to commend the government for various gestures extended to them over the years and, like Oliver Twist also asked for more.
The Senior Special Adviser on Media and Communications to the governor, Dr Muideen Akorede, was also on ground in Off a to add colour to the ceremony.
Political appointees took turns at various venues to clarify controversial issues raised against the administration by the stakeholders after the talk on voters registration cards and also gave assurances on the way forward.
The Chairman of Kwara South Political Appointees Forum and Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Nurudeen Banu, addressing the mammoth crowd of the stakeholders in the townhall of Omuaran, headquarters of Irepodun local government, explained the need for them to ensure that they get their permanent voter’s card before the expiration of the deadline.
Banu, who listed the achievements of the Ahmed administration, explained the need for the people to continue to vote for the APC-led government in Kwara.
The commissioner, at Esie townhall, told the stakeholders how the state administration, despite the shortfall of N1b in monthly allocations from the federation account since August last year, has continued to meet the aspirations of the people.
“We pay N10 on gratuity monthly, N100 monthly for pensioners, and spend about N600m to pay salaries. We are doing all these without sacking any of our workers,we even on monthly basis recruit workers through our QuickWin programme while we also sustain and improve our infrastructures,”he added.
Banu particularly pointed out that the International Vocational Centre sited in Ajase-Ipo which will soon be completed will open abundant job opportunities for people of the area and indeed the state urging them to continue to support the administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
The NCWS in OmuAran also lent its support for the second term of the governor, describing him as a good ambassador.
The NCWS spokesperson, Mrs Victoria Abidoye, who commended the governor for the Jerusalem and Mecca slots given members of the association, pleaded for subvention for the society to enable it run effectively.
Mr Niyi Aransiola, who spoke on behalf of the artisans in OmuAran, lamented that they were not getting enough patronage from the state government in terms of contracts, and urged the state administration to ensure remarkable increase in electricity supply and tar their deplorable roads in order help their businesses.
The farmers in Omuaran, who spoke through Mr Joseph Adeoti, also commended Ahmed’s administration for making fertiliser available to them but lamented that it’s expensive.
The chairman of the Okada riders in OmuAran,Mr Joseph Bamidele, told the political appointees that it was because government was not doing much that made members of the association to do more than other unions.
The Commissioner for Information, Prince Tunji Morounfoye, who was always quick to remind the crowd of the many achievements of the government and radio programmes where callers concern on government’s activities were always clarified, appreciated the stakeholders demand for second term for Ahmed.