Kwara State government yesterday denied claims that Senate President Bukola Saraki and the crisis at the National Assembly were responsible for the delay in constituting the state executive council.
A statement signed by Dr Muyideen Akorede, the senior special assistant on Media and Communication Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed described the claims as false, unfounded and insensitive.
According to him, “Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed addressed the issue during last week’s interactive programme.”
He further re-emphasised that the delayed appointment of commissioners and special advisers was caused by the financial challenges facing the state.
The statement added that there was need to adjust government programmes and plans accordingly.
The governor’s aide noted that having successfully navigated the state’s finances thus far, despite the nationwide economic crisis, Governor Ahmed was realigning his administration’s plans and programmes.
He said the governor was taking cognisance of the financial challenges imposed by the drop in federal allocations to all tiers of government since 2014.
According to the statement, Governor Ahmed can only constitute his cabinet and make other necessary appointments after finalising strategies to ensure prompt payment of workers’ salaries and meet other important obligations promptly.
Akorede, however, stressed that adequate financing was critical to the success of any programme, adding that the state government was presently concerned with growing its internally generated revenue to augment dwindling federal allocations as a way out of the financial challenge confronting the state.

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