The Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye has said the present administration has put an end to the enclave development it inherited from the past.
Ajakaye made disclosure while playing host to the executive members of Kwara Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (KOPAN) Kwara Chapter in his office on Tuesday.
The CPS described ‘enclave development’ as a phenomenon whereby development is concentrated only at the Capital city which resulting to the collapsed of basic amenities in other rural areas of the state.
He said the present administration has changed the narrative by steadily extending development to every nooks and crannies of the state, adding that rehabilitation of schools, basic health facilities, water, and rural access roads and river crossings are paramount in the programmes of the government.
He said the meaning of good governance has manifest as the government fixing basic amenities and human capital development to ever part of the state as against sharing of money and other pecuniary things among the politicians, pointing out that AbdulRazaq administration is interested in empowering and making kwaran people self reliance with provision of basic amenities need.
He said there are verifiable facts and figures on ground to show that the governor has achieved a lot since he assumed office.
“As the spokeperson of the governor, we are only interested in giving facts and figures on where we were before and where we are now, we are leaving that for the public to judge.
“The facts and figures are available for everyone to check and the facts remain that we are have move far away from where we took over the government in 2019.
“Kwara has left where it was in 2019. For instance, there is no local government where we don’t have interventions in the education sector, be it remodeling or construction of new blocks of class rooms, there is also no local government where we don’t have basic healthcare interventions or water intervention, road projects, among other things.
“In all of 2019, attendance in public hospitals was below 50,000, today we have recorded over 300 percent increase in the number of people now patronizing public health facilities due to the wonderful turnaround in health sector especially because of the services and programmes that are now available to the public.
“It’s a shame that the past administration in the state, left basic education to rot; when you kill basic education, you kill development and the future of the people, but when u give them quality basic education, people will definitely develop on their own.
“By next year, because of the “KwaraLEARN” we are introducing along with the infrastructural renewal, public schools will be far better than many private ones and we will only work harder to cope with the surge that will come with the ongoing reforms.
“The kind of technology, child-focused learning environment, intensive teaching and seriousness we are going to see will be so hard to get in any private school. To get what we are prepared to offer to our children at no cost in public schools going forward, you will have to enrol your child in private schools where they pay hundreds of thousands of naira.
“The teachers we have recruited are the best available. So the only challenge now is how to cope with the influx of pupils and students to public schools. That is a function of the investments this administration has made.
“We are not perfect and we do not claim anything like that but we are acting in good fate so that this state can reclaim its past glory. Kwara was leading the old northern Nigeria in education sector because we had some of the best schools in term of quality teaching and attention to public good before Independence and after,” he said.
Speaking further, the governor’s aide said apart from investing in basic amenities, this government is also putting in place massive projects which would soon be completed and unveiled to the public.
He said the Dolby Studio-fitted Visual Art Center under construction will be the second of its kind in Nigeria after the one in Lagos, adding that the Innovation Hub is also about the biggest of its kind in Nigeria.
He also listed the ongoing Garment Factory, Ilesha Baruba Road Project, Osi and Ilesha Baruba Campuses of KWASU as some of the massive projects being done by the administration.
He therefore thanked the KOPAN whose members are professional and non-partisan, saying no democratic government can do without free press, adding that the the government can’t underrate the press.
Earlier in his speech on behalf of Kwara Online Publishers Association ( KOPAN), Ogbeni Hamed Adedayo Zaid solicited for synergy between the association and the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary as the association will not partisan in it’s reportage.
He disclosed that all members of association were experienced and trained journalists, assuring that association will give balance story on all political activities in the state as the association has set up disciplinary committee on ering members with fake news.