AbdulRazaq: Kwara’s Godsent doing wonders with KWASSIP By Muhammad Zakari
Good, good news are coming from the Kwara State Social Investment Programmes (KWASSIP). KWASSIP is a creation of our own Godsent in Kwara State, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq. Since its establishment, the people of Kwara ranging from traders, artisans, aged, young entrepreneurs, small and medium scale enterprises owners, among others, have been largely impacted from its multi-pronged programmes.
What we used to know in Kwara before under the Saraki dynasty until the people said O to ge was a deliberate attempt at impoverishing the people and weaponising poverty. Political figures throw peanuts around, share pittances to the people in a most undignified manner. They capitalised greatly on the poverty of the people. There was no intentional actionable plan to decisively tackle the question of poverty since this is what they capitalised on to buy the people’s loyalty.
Governor AbdulRazaq came, saw this yawning gap and is closing it appropriately. He established KWASSIP as his own deliberate effort at breaking the yoke of poverty and empowering the people. Kwara is one of the few states that has such structure where people are provided with grants, stimulus, safety nets, soft loans and other kinds of social security.
KWASSIP has earned its accolades from far and near. Representatives of the federal government have lauded the initiative. A research team from the military did same when it appraised the system, in fact, stating that over 500,000 persons could be lifted out of poverty with KWASSIP. Statistics over the years are pointing to the wonders KWASSIP and other positive economic policies of the AbdulRazaq led government are doing. For instance, the fiscal sustainability rating of Kwara has improved drastically which means that there is dip in poverty rate. From 20th in 2018, 19th in 2019, the state is now rated 8th at the sub-national level on fiscal sustainability rating. Similarly, the poverty rate of Kwara which was put at 30.2% in 2019 has dropped to 20.4 in 2022 according to the World Bank State-by-State Poverty Index. Unemployment rate is now at 16.5% from 21.1% in 2019 per NBS report.
All these of course will be happening, since we have a government led by a prudent administrator who is not in for looting and embezzlement. He is made before coming to government. So, we are rest assured money set aside to empower the citizenry will just be for that. Support funds meant to stimulate SMEs will be channeled to just that.
In the last three years of its existence, KWASSIP has touched so many lives. Thousands of our senior citizens have benefitted from Owo Arugbo. They don’t have to know anybody. They don’t have to face a dehumanising process before getting the support funds. This is Kwara money working for Kwarans.
Traders, artisans, business owners have also benefitted immensely. Owo Isowo has covered several thousands of people. Lately, AbdulRazaq approved the disbursement of N600m to 30,000 women petty traders. The disbursement has been ongoing. Also, N200m for 4,000 artisans has been approved. All these are business grants.
Earlier, through KWASSIP, the AbdulRazaq administration has doled out soft, non-interest loans to several thousands of petty traders across the 16 local government areas that make up Kwara. Petty businesses have been stimulated and people at the lower rung of the ladder empowered.
Remember during COVID-19 how transporters, school owners were also supported with loans. When the EndSARS agitation led to the destruction of businesses, the Kwara government also was there for the victims. Their morale was down with the incident, but a responsible government was there to motivate, lift them and keep them going. All these processes have been to a large extent fair, objective and scientific.
There is also the Kwapreneur where hundreds of young entrepreneurs have accessed millions of support funds to boost their businesses. So far, two editions have held; the third edition is ongoing. In the first edition, about 170 young persons got non-interest loans between N300,000 and N6m to either develop a new business or boost existing ones. The second edition was a whole lot better. It came as a grant to about 100 young entrepreneurs on a day marking the commemoration of the International Youth Day 2022.
All these are the wonders done by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq through KWASSIP. Nobody have been left out, but the significant thing to note is that KWASSIP has touched the lives to average Kwarans. It has helped in banishing poverty in the state and our people are empowered. The opposition elements have tried effortlessly to denigrate the KWASSIP initiative. The joke is always on them because some of their members have benefitted from these programmes. It’s therefore not about politics but touching lives. Kwara money is working for Kwarans. Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is the one doing the wonders. Let’s do 4 more with AA.
Zakari writes from Baruten Local Government.
Kwara Gov Greets Hon. Mashood Mustapha At 60
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Hon. Mashood Mustapha on his 60th birthday anniversary today, praying God to grant the politician and businessman good health and long life.
Fidel Info reports that the Governor described the former House of Representatives member as a hard working person with good impacts on the society.
“I send my hearty congratulations to my brother and fellow party man, Hon. Mashood Mustapha, on the occasion of his diamond jubilee on earth. Everyday is indeed worth celebrating in a man’s life, but hitting age 60 is a special blessing from God,” the Governor said in a statement.
“We thank Hon. Mashood Mustapha for his support for our administration. I therefore join family and friends to celebrate Hon. Mashood Mustapha who is a great community leader and a supporter of good causes. I wish him Allah’s continuous grace as he enters the golden years.”
IEPY Slams Saraki Over Unguarded Statements Against Emir
A sociocultural group, Ilorin Emirate Progressive Youths (IEPY) has carpeted former senate president, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, over his unguarded utterances against the Ilorin Emirate.
Fidel Info reports that IEPY in a statement on Monday signed by its Chairman, Engr. Bolaji Sadiq, expressed surprise that despite being a ranking traditional title holder of the Emirate (Waziri), Saraki could still be going about spiting the Emir and the Emirate.
The former senate president in reports of news mediums pledged to tear the Emirate structure apart by removing Moro out of it. Moro has always been a part of the Ilorin Emirate.
We understand that this pledge was dictated by his desperate need for sympathy votes to awaken his dead party. That was why he tried to wooed the Moro people with this sentiment during his tour to the community. However, our Emirate is not what politicians should use to play politics.
We are displeased that Dr. Saraki has not been portraying the Emirate in good light in recent times. We saw videos of how he came home some months back and on his way to the Ilorin Central Mosque was throwing wads of naira into the air for our people to hustle over, which might lead to stampede or even violence. This is apart from the dehumanising picture that such act paints to our people.
We recall that it was that same day he was dragging seat at the central mosque with the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari. Apart from his position as chief of staff to the number one citizen, Prof. Gambari is also a prince of Ilorin Emirate. We hope Saraki is not waging war against the Ilorin Emirate because he can never succeed in such. Promising traditional rulers in some parts of the state that his PDP government if supported will rotate the chairmanship position of the Kwara State Traditional Council is targeted at our revered Emir who has always been the Chairman of the Council.
We therefore use this platform to caution Dr. Bukola Saraki to guard his utterances and stop fueling discord because of politics. Politics would soon go but what he has said would remain.
Kwara Gov Mourns CSC Commissioner Mrs Dorcas Afeniforo
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described as shocking and painful the death of Commissioner II at the Civil Service Commission Mrs Dorcas Afeniforo.
Fidel Info reports that Mrs Afeniforo, a former commissioner for Women Affairs and top loyalist of the Governor, died in an auto crash on Saturday while returning from a trip to Lagos.
“The development is shocking and painful. It is a huge loss to the progressive family in the state. Mrs Afeniforo will always be remembered for her fine legacies as a foremost women development advocate and her contributions to the development of the state,” Governor said in a statement.
“We commiserate with the family of Mrs Afeniforo and to the good people of Baruten and Kwara North whom she represented at the CSC until her death. We pray to God to grant comfort to the family she left behind.”
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