Kwara government says Ilorin is fastest growing economic center in north-central

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Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state said over the weekend that Ilorin is clearly the fastest growing state capital in the central region, a feat he linked to the peaceful atmosphere from the city.

The governor said the capital now registers no less than eight flights a day as the state’s economic base grows at a rapid pace.

He was speaking at the 56th Annual National Conference of the Progressive Union of Descendants of the Emirate of Ilorin (IEDPU), raising funds for the completion of its skills training center and launching the 2022 calendar.

“This (gathering) is another opportunity for Dahiri Ilorin to strengthen his goodwill, exchange ideas and review the road traveled so far. Alihamdulillaah! ” he said.

“As an administration, we have continued to work in partnership with the IEDPU to ensure that the capital is up to the bill. Today, Ilorin is clearly the fastest growing economic center in the North Central region (after Abuja) with more than eight daily flights to and from it. This is a testament to the city’s growing viability and the level of peace and harmony it enjoys. I thank the security agencies, the emir and the entire traditional council for their support.

“We are putting a lot in place to secure Ilorin’s place as a major hub in Nigeria. The Ilorin International Conference Center, Oncology Center, Eight Wing Squash Court, Garment Factory, Ilorin Innovation Center and Visual Arts Center are all flagship projects that will generate enormous economic traffic to Ilorin and Kwara State as a whole. .

“As Ilorin grows in population and economic size, we are faced with the challenge of environmental management. That is why we have awarded the design of another master plan for Ilorin. Over the next few days, we will be calling on new waste management companies to improve the rapid disposal of increasing human waste in the metropolis. “

He said the government’s commitment to human capital development is evident, recalling how as many as 1,668 knowledgeable indigenous people from the Emirate of Ilorin were recently recruited to teach through a process he described as the most transparent in recent state history.

“In January 2022, we are deploying the latest technologies to support our teachers, ensure accountability in public schools and improve our children’s learning outcomes,” he added.

“To make the learning environment conducive, we have embarked on massive school renewal projects of various types across the state. We have 41 in Asa, 58 in Ilorin East, 89 in Ilorin West, 50 in Moro and 38 in Ilorin South. In these, no less than 13,238 pieces of furniture are supplied to elementary schools in the Emirate alone.

“So far, we have built 24 intra-urban and cantonal roads across the Emirate, and 35 interlock access roads in the metropolis of Ilorin. We have also just awarded the dualisation of the Yebumot-Al-Hikmah-Adeta Roundabout-Oloje road to shorten the travel time along this axis.

“Likewise, we have over 42 public health projects that have been completed or are underway in the emirate alone. The icing on the cake is that we are soon approving the location of the Kwara State University Medical College in Ilorin. The location will take full advantage of the investments we have made in Ilorin General Hospital over the past two years. What we do in the capital is replicated in other parts of the state. It is about ensuring fairness and opening the whole state to investment and other strategic partnerships. “

The Governor, whose arrival at the ceremony drew much applause from the public, praised the exceptional leadership of the Emir of Ilorin Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and of the IEDPU in promoting peace and development in the community.

He congratulated the union for the ongoing construction of the skills acquisition center, pledging to support the initiative as it always has.

“As the son of Ilorin, I am extremely grateful for your support for this administration. I don’t take it for granted. I also urge you to continue to support us, ”he added.

Chaired by Senator representing Kwara Central Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe, the annual event drew eminent sons and daughters of the Emirate from across the country.

The Emir of Ilorin and President of the Traditional Council of State, Dr Ibrahim Zulu-Gambari (CFR) said

AbduRazaq’s performance is impressive and prayed to God to strengthen him further to continue to perform his good missions for the people of the state.

He instructed all the natives of the emirate not to deviate from the promotion of peace, unity and development of the locality.

Senator Oloriegbe, in his remarks, said that the growing number of young people in the emirate indulging in drug addiction is worrying and called on all parents and community leaders to help control the threat and prepare their children for the various challenges of the 21st century.

He recognized the efforts of the state government to strengthen the capacities of young people in the field of ICT and provide an enabling environment for business development.

Oloriegbe, who recalled his 35 years of membership and his active participation in the activities of the socio-cultural organization, called on the inhabitants of the state to further develop interest in entrepreneurship.

The Head of Missions of the Ansaru-l-Islam Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Abdulmumin Ayara, said the city is blessed with great personalities who have stood out for their sacrifices, patriotism and dedication to the Islamic heritage of the country. emirate.

The Islamic scholar, who spoke on the subject “Ilorin: the past, present and future”, instructed all descendants to continue to exist in unity and to participate in what will promote peace, traditions and efforts to improve the economic fortunes of the city. .

He praised the government’s progress in developing infrastructure and human capital, and how AbdulRazaq is striving to make Kwara an investment base.

He also called on the government to ensure that Ilorin land is not allocated for frivolous purposes.

IEDPU President Alhaji Aliyu Otta for his part said that the annual conference is a platform that brings together all the sons and daughters of the Emirate to exchange ideas on issues that concern them collectively.

He congratulated Governor AbdulRazaq for his achievements in key sectors of the economy and the leading role his administration has played in the successful renovation and delivery of the Police Secondary School in Ballah, Asa local government of the ‘State.

Otta drew the government’s attention to the need to improve the waste management system and the opening of more feeder roads in order to facilitate traffic in the metropolis.

Regarding the Ilorin 2022-2042 master plan recently launched by the state government, the president of the IEDPU called it a welcome development, saying that it will accelerate the physical and economic growth of Ilorin.

“We congratulate the government on the master plan for Ilorin (2022-2042). It is a giant leap and a positive development because of its great impacts on the socio-economic and physical development of Ilorin, ”he said.

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