”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!
Teenager Drags Father To Police Over Alleged Defilement
A 14-year-old girl (name withheld) has reported her father to the men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defiling her.
It was gathered that the incident happened in the Ikorodu area of the state and police operatives attached to Ipakodo Division, Ikorodu, have since arrested the teenager’s father, one 45-year-old Kayode Adeyanju.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, made this known in a statement on Monday titled, ‘Lagos Police Arrest Man For Defiling Daughter.
“The survivor personally reported the case at Ipakodo Police Station, Ikorodu on the 7th June, 2021, after her horrible ordeal in the hands of her father and the police operatives arrested the suspect.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has condemned the act and ordered that the case be transferred to the Gender Unit of the Command for further investigation,” the statement partly read.
“Sen. Lola Ashiru Is A Great Democrat, Committed To Service” – AbdulRazaq
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Senator Oyelola Ashiru on his 66th birthday anniversary, calling him “a great democrat, an accomplished technocrat, and a fine parliamentarian who is committed to the service of his community and fatherland”.
In a congratulatory message for the senator representing Kwara South, the Governor called him a team player and a statesman who has used his expertise and experience as an A-list architect to promote Kwara for decades. He is one of the state’s success stories in the private sector.
“On behalf of the people and government of Kwara State, I join family, friends and associates of the distinguished senator to celebrate him as he added another year. He stands out for his long-standing passion to serve the public. Apart from his outstanding legislative performance, which is the primary function of a lawmaker, Senator Ashiru has also made significant interventions in human and infrastructural development, which serve to complement our efforts as an administration back home. We thank him for that, and for his commitments to the Otoge ideals,” the statement said.
“I pray Almighty Allah to preserve Architect Ashiru on the path of good, and grant him more strength, good health, and required wisdom in his continued efforts to serve humanity.”
FG To Open Second Niger Bridge By February 2022
The Nigerian government has released a date for the opening to traffic of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive of National Inland Waterways, NIWA, George Moghalu, announced that the 2nd Niger Bridge will be opened to traffic from February 2022.
He said: “By February next year 2022, the new 2nd Niger Bridge will be opened for vehicular use.
“President Muhammadu Buhari had flagged off the construction of the eastern rail line at Port Harcourt. This will traverse all states in the South-East.
Moghalu reiterated that the administration is committed to transforming the lives of all Nigerians, including those of the South-East.
“The bathymetric survey of the rivers that share a common course is targeted at opening up enormous economic and agricultural activities to boost commercial activities in Anambra State.
“This would also restore the historic water transportation along the course like in the past, which would also reduce pressure on our roads infrastructure, Moghalu added.
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