Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed
of Kwara State yesterday said
community development
associations must remain
insulated from partisan politics
but act as complimentary partners
in attracting infrastructural
developments and opportunities
to their communities.
Governor Ahmed gave the
advice when the leadership
of Ilorin Emirate Descendants
Progressive Union, IEDPU,
paid him a courtesy visit.
He also presented a position
paper on the developmental
agenda for the community in
the next four years.
The governor however
stressed that such associations
must remain apolitical,
stressing that as agents of
community development they
must ensure that politicking is
not stretched to the limit at the
expense of development and
growth of the community.
Governor Ahmed, who
illustrated his position with
the Amusement Park in Ilorin
in which over N2.5b would
have been invested by a
private investor from Lagos
but as a result of pending
litigation, called on IEDPU to
always intervene on behalf of
the community to avoid such
missed opportunities in future.
He said: “N2.5b which
would have been invested to
generate more employment
opportunities for our youths
was diverted to another state
because of needless litigation.”
The Governor also noted
that the economic reality is
that government no longer has
the capacity for involvement
in business, but in setting
conducive environment for
economic growth, adding that
“Even globally, governments
were de-investing in business
by concentrating on critical
areas like provision of
infrastructure, health services,
security, energy and schools.
He further emphasised that
the security task force set up in
response to violence perpetrated
in Ilorin emirate recently by
some hoodlums would be in
place to ensure enduring peace
in the community adding that
his administration has zerotolerance
for miscreants

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