”Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
_Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein
Sorry my Sarakite friends, I should have known and understood your pain earlier, change could be so painful to the human mind: I just learnt so. On Tuesday, I watched a video of one Ilorin singer named Commander. He said people are now complaining because there’s no money. He said supposedly angry and hungry; ‘enu gbe’.
One Alfa also alluded to something like that last week. He was castigating Governor AbdulRazaq’s financial propriety. The Governor’s offence — to Commander and fellow ‘enu gbe’ lamentation crew– is not dipping hands into government vaults to hand out freebies to them. They have not got to realise the reign of change and prospect for greatness. Instead of coming out to say they– the lazy, unproductive weak bones Saraki used to feed with government funds are going expectedly hungry– they started lying about people were hungry. Haba! My Sarakite friends should be told Kwarans now have a choice between development and sharing public funds. In this new Kwara, only the mouth of loafers and lazy bones would undoubtedly be dry and starving.
Let us take time to ask ourselves: what do Sarakites call prosperity and progress?
I feel the answer is evident in their styles and system of governance. Even if the past is to be forgotten, some wrongs are actually unforgivable. One of them in my reckoning, is getting ruled by vision less leaders. The agony and misery is often not a tea party. And I am sure Kwarans should really know better. But like in the recent past that revelations sipped into public space, the songs of lamentation by Commander and fellow loafers Saraki bred for years should be noted too. What they portend is that the joint eaters of funds meant for growth and development of our dear state are enraged and embittered culture of impunity stopped.
Going by their wailings, what amounted to them as governance is filling the stomach with crumbs. Little wonder we were where we were. Senator Saraki’s system prioritised their desires, not their needs. He gave them food in exchange for their loyalty, clothed them to earn their praises. Naming ceremonies, burials and weddings suddenly became state government functions at the expense of good schools, road network and other basic amenities. That, to our people, was growth and development! That was the hallmark of leadership that cares!
Now, that, to me, typifies a culture of greed and established system of spending public funds to sustain political patronage — often at the expense of the public!
The Governor AbdulRazaq paying prompt workers’ salaries, renovating and constructing dilapidated roads, resurrected Kwara ministries and institutions, cutting the cost of governance, repositioning state civil service, giving women and the youth opportunities to build a working state is non- performing. To these set of people, performance and state progress is only about sustaining their lazy and loafing lifestyles on government patronage.
In addition to what the government has done across sectors in just six months, there is also a recent open bidding for 26 urban roads, advertised bid for construction/renovation of classrooms across the board, and the upcoming social investment programme which targets the poorest of the poor. One can surely feel the pulse of what is coming — something thick, something sweet– like one of my playful friends would always say.
The question to ask the ‘enu gbe’ crew is the reason for their newly found hunger. Have this government failed to pay salaries? Did the government sack anyone from their works? What was working for them that have stopped now? Ask but do not expect answers: they wouldn’t easily tell you they were eating fat on public money which have stopped coming. Governor AbdulRazaq is no Father Christmas and can never do any good to these people.
There should never be any doubt as to why we must embrace change in its totality. Although quite funny, the cry of agony of the lazy and loafing bones under whatever guise further reinvigorated my belief in this administration. Only the hard working masses rightly deserve to be cared for!
Kwarans should just be wary of being contaminated with negative thoughts and mindset now that we have a choice to grow. We must never look back in the march to Kwara of our dream.
May Kwara succeed!
FRESH: AbdulRazaq Lauds CACOVIDS, Delivers Palliatives To Vulnerable Kwara Homes
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday said the organised private sector has played strategic roles in Nigeria’s campaign against COVID-19 pandemic.
AbdulRazaq commended their efforts which he said included the setting up of isolation centres, medical supports to various states, and the recent donation of food palliatives to vulnerable households across the country.
The Governor spoke in Ilorin, the state capital, at the flag off of the distribution of the food palliatives donated by the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the state.
“We are very appreciative of the efforts by CACOVID in the fight against COVID-19. This is not the first. They were with us at the isolation centre where they made donations of medical supplies and other things . The food palliative is another move. We are really grateful for their interventions to governments across the country,” AbdulRazaq said.
The CACOVID food palliatives to Kwara were 27,360 bags of semolina; 27,360 bags of sugar; 27,360 cartons of pasta; 27,360 bags of salt; 27,360 (10kg) bags of rice; and 54,720 cartons of noodles.
AbdulRazaq said the government would work with CACOVID team to ensure that the palliatives get to the intended beneficiaries — again commending the government’s committee led by Emir of Shonga Dr Haliru Yahya and the civil society organisations for the great job done in the distribution of government’s palliatives.
“I must mention Alhaji Aliko Dangote and others for this feat. They have spent billions of naira to distribute food to all the states. But they understand that they cannot give foods to all Nigerians and that is why it is targeted at the vulnerable families. We are working with them to ensure that it goes to the ward level,” he said.
“Unlike what we distributed earlier, this is for (specific) households and I want to appeal to our people to understand that. This is not the time to say what I got is too small. Whatever you get, please say AlhamduliLlah. CACOVID has a template and we will allow them to make use of their template for the distribution. We will follow their template. I sincerely thank the Emir of Shonga, Dr Yahya Haliru, other members of the state committee, and the civil society organisations for the way they handled the distribution of the state’s palliatives. I also thank all the traditional rulers for the way they handled COVID-19 issue.”
CACOVID Representative and Zonal Head of Access Bank Muhammed Adelabu said the coalition came together to rally support for the Nigerian governments in the fight against the pandemic, adding that the coalition has so far commissioned 38 isolation centres and donated over 100,000 test kits and various personal protective equipments across the 36 states of the country.
“Today, we have commenced the third phase of our intervention plan in the fight to combat and eradicate COVID-19 in Nigeria; the CACOVID National Food Relief Programme which will see the distribution of various food items to over 1.6m families i.e over 10 million Nigerians across the country,” Adelabu said.
“We are doing this to help the most vulnerable households that have been affected by the coronavirus.”
Isa Ibrahim, whose household received from the CACOVID palliatives, commended the private sector-led initiative for their support and the state government for its laudable efforts to combat the virus as well as spread development to every corner of the state.
Tunde Mohammed, another beneficiary, also lauded the initiative and the praised the Governor for his “developmental strides especially in the areas of water, road, and health where we can see things for ourselves.”
BREAKING: Buhari Meets Governors, Service Chiefs Over Insecurity
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting some state governors and service chiefs inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the meeting is aimed at tackling the worsening security challenges in parts of the country.
The meeting is being attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.).
State governors who are attending the meeting virtually include Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; Douye Diri of Bayelsa; Babagana Zulum of Borno; David Umahi of Ebonyi; and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos.
FRESH: United States President, Trump, Sends 200 Ventilators To Nigeria
The Nigerian Government has received 200 ventilators donated to the country by the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Trump had in a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari on April 28, 2020, pledged to support Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 by sending ventilators.
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, while receiving the ventilators on behalf of the Nigerian Government from the United States Agency for International Development at a ceremony in Abuja on Tuesday, said life had not been the same for Nigerians since the first COVID-19 case was recorded in February.
He said, “This donation consists of 200 ventilators, which, as we all know by now, are a critical component of the response strategy to save the lives of persons who have been severely impacted by this viral infection.
“They will certainly be of great benefit to the people of Nigeria and I wish to convey the appreciation of His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and of the government of Nigeria, to President Donald Trump and the United States Government for the generous consideration and friendly gesture.
“The Federal Ministry of Health, and its public health Agency, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, have focused on providing guidance to tackle the challenges.
“Our health workers have been trained and equipped and are doing the needful to attend to COVID-19 patients and give emergency care, while not losing sight of routine and essential health services.”
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