The Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has called on the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for prospective investors in the energy sector of the economy with a view to supporting local industries.
Governor Ahmed, who also said the inability of the central government to maintain its infrastructure in the states is posing big challenges to the state government, made the call at the second lecture series of the Kwara State Golden Jubilee anniversary held at the Banquet Hall, opposite Government House, Ilorin.
The Governor who identified energy as a key factor for industrialisation said the government would provide cluster solar powered system in the rural communities to stimulate economy at the grassroots.
According to Gov Ahmed, “though the 50 years’ journey might be tough, appreciable developments, especially in infrastructural development have been recorded by various administrations. In 50 years, we’ve had 19 governors with an average of two and a half years tenure. This in itself constitutes an impediment to sustainable development.”
Gov Ahmed assured Kwarans of effective and impactful education programmes to support the needed human capital need of the state.
Commending the state civil servants for their dedication and resilience in ensuring stability in governance, the governor said “this celebration provides opportunities to re-appraise our milestones with a view to collectively and inclusively moving to the next decades with renewed vigour and commitment.”
In his lecture, the Country Director, United Nations Development Programme in South Sudan, Professor Kamil Kamaldeen called for strategic decisions in sustaining and improving the current pace of development in Kwara State.
Professor Kamaldeen challenged all stakeholders to position the state in taking decision on resource control, true federalism and fiscal federalism.
Professor Kamaldeen who spoke on the topic: “Governance and Development in Kwara State: Past, present and future,” identified unity and peace as key ingredients working for the development of the state.
Also speaking, a Discussant, Professor Hassan Saliu advocated a blueprint to guide successive governments on the developmental plan of the state.
The University Don also advised the state government to set up a think thank to monitor the thread of debate for the clamour for restructuring in Nigeria.
Speaking in the same vein, Professor Saka Mahmud of the Kwara State University, Malete called for even development of the state.