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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Federal Government approves road construction development in Kwara.

The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has announced the federal government’s approval of the construction of the Kishi-Kaiama Road. He explained that the state had previously taken over the road’s construction in stages to improve transportation issues along the major route. The Federal Ministry of Works has made it known to the state government to cease construction on that road as they have received new approval from the Federal Government reissued at a contract price of N27 billion.

According to AbdulRazaq, there is a significant infrastructure gap across Nigeria, Kwara State and particularly in the North. As a government, we need to respond to the circumstance. He disclosed this at the first Kwara North Economic and Development Summit organized by the Kwara North Development Council (KWANDCO), held in Ilorin. Due to the magnitude of commerce in agricultural goods, as the Emir of Lafiagi said, the Kishi-Kaiama route is crucial for the whole nation.

State administration assures more development to come.

As stated by the ministry, the contract for the road was first awarded to the former state government over ten years ago, mobilized with a contract price of N600 million. The Governor further stated that construction on the Bode-Saadu-Kaiama-Kosubosu road will commence in the first quarter of 2023, saying that the project would be funded by the BUA Group Tax’s Road tax infrastructure program. Most of the state’s major roads are federal roads and are in terrible condition like the Share-Patigi road and Ilorin-Kabba Road.

AbdulRazaq has also assured the people of the state that his administration is gradually building one-two kilometers of roads across the state to ensure that infrastructure gets to every corner of the state and reduces travel time. He further says the administration will henceforth from the next budget and improve on the specifications of the state roads to make them last longer. The administration plans on adopting compacted laterite, stone base, and asphalt structure for a stronghold road compared to the compacted laterite and asphalt structure used before which has proven not to last long like the Ilesha-Baruba-Chikanda road.

The Emir urged for PPCP, the public cooperation.

Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) which is scheduled to start in 2023, is anchored with the objective of facilitating the flow of agricultural products from rural regions to urban centers as part of the state’s infrastructure development to evacuate agricultural produce. The governor said all arrangements have been made to implement the project. Senator Sadiq Umar (Kwara North) praised Abdulrazaq’s administration for its inclusivity, equality, and justice in distributing resources to reach even the remotest communities for development.

The Emir of Lafiagi, Muhammad Kudu Kawu, has advocated for a Public Private Communal Partnership (PPCP) to be formed between the government, the private sector, and the communities in Kwara North in order to inject significant amounts of investment and thereby stimulate economic development in the region. He said that it was difficult for the government to implement all necessary infrastructure projects, and as a result, there is a need for participation and honesty on the side of the population as well.

Agricultural sector should be advocated in Kwara North.

Emir of Ilesha Baruba Prof. Halidu Abubakar, who spoke on “Embracing knowledge economy for sustainable economic development in Kwara North: The Urgency of Now,“highlighted the agriculture sector as an “Easy Target” for implementing the knowledge economic model in Kwara North. He argues that cooperation between governments, civic societies, politicians, and NGOs is essential for the success of the knowledge economy. While the suggested model has a lot of potential, it is also plagued by several significant obstacles, many of which will have a detrimental effect on the introduction of a knowledge economy if they are not addressed in advance.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

It is gii though but more needs to be done tfor the citizenry to really enjoy the dividend of democracy.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Wow AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration is really putting effort in developing the state. The should just ensure this development touches across the state to avoid people’s idea contradiction.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

All the states in Nigeria need development and Kwara state is not an exception. I hope the development will be done timely and early enough. It will ease transportation, especially in the part of road construction.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

This road construction is so important such that it will improve road networks, accessibility and movement of agricultural products.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

This is wonderful the construction of the road will help a lot there will be free movement and save of time it will prevent car from getting spoil from bad road, the movement of agriculture there will be easily it is a good job done by the governor, I hope all this can be happen in other state

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

For better traffic flow along the key thoroughfare, the state had already taken over the construction of the road in stages.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

The Northern part of Nigeria, and the state of Kwara in particular, suffers from a severe lack of infrastructure.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

The administration will upgrade the specifications of state highways starting with the next budget to make them last longer.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

All this plans of development by both state and federal government without any meaningful implementation is tiring and all the money that will allocate for the plan will later embezzle by some set of people and the plans will not see light of the day.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

As stated by the ministry, the contract for the road was first awarded to the former state government over ten years ago, mobilized with a contract price of N600 million. Most of the state’s major roads are federal roads and are in terrible condition like the Share-Patigi road and Ilorin-Kabba Road.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

The government of Kwara state is doing great in terms of development. They should go beyond these and engage in productive project that can create employment and generate revenue for the state.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Good, it is government duty both federal, state and local government. It is their duty to do all this road

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

I hope the development will be done timely and early enough. It will ease transportation, especially in the part of road construction.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

Previously, the state had assumed full responsibility for the construction of the road in stages in order to address transportation concerns along the primary route.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

It has been brought to the attention of the state government by the Federal Ministry of Works that they must halt building on that route since they have been given fresh authorization from the Federal Government.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

According to the statements made by the ministry, the contract for the construction of the road was initially given to the previous administration of the state and was mobilized with a contract price of N600 million.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

The government must take action in light of the current situation. Kwara North Development Council’s inaugural Economic and Development Summit, where he made the announcement.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

The majority of the state’s important roadways are federal roads, and several of them, such as the Share-Patigi road and the Ilorin-Kabba route, are in a deplorable condition.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

For a more durable road than the Ilesha-Baruba-Chikanda route’s asphalt and laterite combination, the administration is considering using a stone base and asphalt for the road’s structure instead.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

To prevent people from having contradictory ideas, they should simply make sure that this development is implemented throughout the state.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

It is exhausting to witness all these development plans by both the state and the federal government without any significant implementation. All the funding earmarked for the plans will also be later stolen by a particular group of people, preventing them from being implemented.