Governor Ahmed made the call when he received the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, at Government House, Ilorin, on Monday. According to the Governor, the call became expedient as a result of sustained pressure on the state government on federal, state and local government roads across the state.
Governor Ahmed added that, the intervention of the Federal Government on federal roads would ensure cost savings for the state government in addressing other projects left untouched.
The Governor urged the Federal Government to hasten work on the completion of Ilorin-Ogbomosho-Oyo-Ibadan road as well as Jebba-Ilorin road to ease the movement of people and goods from the Northern part of the country to the Southern part.
“The issue of road, the issue of energy are very germane to our growth and development. We’ve come thus far with very poor levels of maintenance, that is why as a country we are faced with a huge challenge in infrastructure which has impeded the much desired economic growth that Nigeria should have witnessed”, he said.
Governor Ahmed expressed the readiness of the state government in allocating lands in urban and developing environment for the Federal Government’s Housing scheme.
Earlier, the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola said the Federal Government had commenced verification of Federal roads constructed by the Kwara State Government for reimbursement assuring that the Federal Government would reimburse the state and other states of the federation once their claims were verified.
Fashola said already there is an Inter-Ministerial committee put in place by President Muhammadu Buhari to verify claims on money spent on Federal roads by the various state governments.
Fashola who said the Federal Government has identified Jebba – Ilorin road as one of the most strategic economic corridors in Nigeria that require urgent attention added that frantic efforts was been made to restore normalcy to the road in view of its strategic economic nature.
Meanwhile, the Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, Monday inaugurated a 20-man Joint Revenue Committee to promote internal revenue generation in the state.
Inaugurating the committee at Government, Ilorin, the Governor Ahmed noted that the committee was part of the state government’s efforts in looking inwards for the enhancement of revenue generation and restructuring in the face of shortfalls in earnings from crude oil sales.
According to him, “the steep drop in revenue from crude oil sales has hampered government capacity to meet obligations to the people, especially infrastructure, portable water, quality education and improved healthcare delivery services among others, to the public.
Our resolve in this regard led to reposition, restructuring and transformation of the internal revenue collection structure in line with our self target”.
The committee, the governor added, is expected to harmonise the tax administration in the state; deal with revenue matters of common concern to the state and local government authorities; enlighten members of the public on state and local government revenue matters among others.
Gov. Ahmed charged the committee members to work diligently with total commitment and loyalty in bringing about the desired change in the revenue drive, mobilization, generation and collection to the state and local government councils.
The Chairman of the Committee, who is also the chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), Dr Murtala Awodun, said the members would discharge their responsibilities diligently without fear or favour.
Other members of the committee are the chairmen of the 16 local government councils in the state, Alhaji Rasaq Olorunmako of the State Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Dr Saka Muhammed Olookoba of KWIRS and Mrs Fatimah Folorunsho-Salman, also of KWIRS, who will serve as the secretary of the committee.