Nigeria – People of Lafiagi Emirate Community in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State have applauded Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his developmental strides in the local government within the last two years.
“We sincerely commend you on behalf of the Emir of Lafiagi HRH Alhaji Sa’adu Kawu Haliru who has mandated us to be here to thank you. For the last 20 months or so, a lot (of developmental projects) has come to us in Lafiagi emirate. We have seen unprecedented development. We have observed your keenness to the development of Edu Local Government in particular and Kwara north in general,” according to Architect Salihu Suleiman, Talban Lafiagi, who spoke on behalf of the delegation during the visit to the Governor in Ilorin.
“We observed within the first few months into your tenure that you made so many visits to Lafiagi, and elsewhere, and we can see many projects in our community. We particularly want to mention the construction of Lafiagi Township road; ongoing comprehensive renovation of Lafiagi General Hospital; renovation and provision of additional infrastructure for GSS Lafiagi; rehabilitation works at Egwa bridge Lafiagi; ongoing rehabilitation of Lafiagi Water Works, and the accreditation and reaccreditation of all the courses being offered at Kwara State College of Education (Technical) Lafiagi.”
The delegation, which comprised dignitaries from Lafiagi, also urged the government to do more for the community in the area of water.
AbdulRazaq commended the delegation for the visit and appreciation of government’s strides in their area, promising to look into their requests regarding the College of Education and access to potable water.
The Governor said all-round development of the state remains a top priority of the administration.
“The issue of water problem you talked about was like that all over the state when we came in. No water work was working. It was a sad situation. Staff of water corporation were on strike. You will recall that past military and civilian administrations invested heavily in water while several projects were abandoned and government concentrated on boreholes. We have fixed many water works. But we are taking stock of certain number of more water works that will be fixed and then we will fix the issue of reticulation,” according to the Governor.
“When we started with Ilorin, our problem was that nearly all the pipes were bad. We had to replace most of them. Before we came in we heard that they spent N6bn on reticulation. We couldn’t find anything. In fact, it was only in the budget we saw the money. The files have disappeared. It was only recently that we got a letter from one contractor that they were owing him money from that N6bn. That’s the only evidence we have. The whole file is gone.”
Members of the delegation included Ndeji of Lafiagi Alhaji Ahmed Yahay Makama; Sha’aba of Lafiagi Alhaji Abdulrahman Manzuma; Makun of Lafiagi Alhaji Sambo Haliru; Walin Lafiagi Justice Idris Adam; Galadiman Lafiagi Alhaji Yaya Isa; Sarkin Matasa Alhaji Abubakar Bello; Danmasani Edogi Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim; Imam of Edogi Alhaji Idris Liman; Provost of College of Education Dr. Mohammed D. Ibrahim; and Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Affairs Hajiya Fatima Audu.