Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has pledged improved focus on road construction in the new year, saying no part of the state will be left out in the administration’s efforts to grow the state.
The Governor made this disclosure at the launch of the N500million Appeal Fund for Development Projects and Conferment of Chieftaincy titles in Arandun, Irepodun local government of the state held yesterday.
The Governor said the administration will consider the Oro-Arandun road in the new fiscal year within available resources and amid other contending needs of different segments of the state.
“I congratulate the people of Arandun for putting this together. It is quite remarkable. I thank you all for the warm reception and I have listened carefully to your requests,” he said.
“We have been discussing this long before. The road will be fixed.”
Prioritising road infrastructure will not only promote easy transportation of agricultural produce but also open up other opportunities in the affected communities, AbdulRazaq said.
“It will cost billions of naira to fix the long stretch of Oro-Esie-Agbada-Arandun link road. But the journey of one thousand miles begins with one step. We are still working on the state budget for 2022. We will try and appropriate money for this road. Even if we do a part of it, it is a beginning and it will continue,” he added.
“We just approved the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage, and that is going to take huge chunk from the state’s resources. The maths for the local governments is still being worked out. That money is going to come from somewhere. Some capital projects will give way. But we have to do what we have to do. The water and school projects, I assure you, will also be looked into, and you will see changes soon.”
The event which was organized by the Arandun Descendants Union (ADU), attracted prominent sons and daughters of Arandun from across the world.