Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, has lauded the development initiatives of the Federal Government saying such initiatives will no doubt boost economic activities in Kwara State.
The Minister gave the commendation during the 2019 Igbomina Day celebration in Isanlu Isin, Kwara State, on Saturday.
The Minister also used the opportunity to commend sons and daughters of the Igbomina community who organised the community event.
“I want to most sincerely congratulate the organizers of the 2019 Igbomina Day, especially for making the issue of development the focus of the celebration.
“I say this because community development projects like this complement the efforts of the Federal and State Governments to bring development to the people. And we can’t have enough of them,” he said.
Mr Mohammed, himself an Igbomina, said the developmental needs of the community motivated him to facilitate the development of infrastructure and provision of social services for the people of the area.
“The rehabilitation of some township roads in Oro and Omu Aran, which I facilitated and where work is either completed or ongoing, is an example of such efforts.
“I am also happy to announce that one of my friends, whom I approached for support, has agreed to provide medical equipment for the Primary Health Centre at Oro as well as educational materials for the University of Ilorin. I am making more contacts which I expect to come to fruition soon, and help bring development to our community,” he said.
The Minister said the community is also a beneficiary of the Federal Government project for the rehabilitation of the Ilorin-Kabba road, which will resume as soon as the rains are over and funds are made available.
He said another huge project coming to Kwara State is the recent award, by the Federal Government, of a N58 billion contract for the construction of the Bida-Sachi-Patigi Road and the Napenko Bridge along that road, which links Kwara with two other States, Niger and Kogi.
Mohammed said when completed, the bridge, which is the shortest link between the north and the south, will boost economic activities for people in Kwara, Kogi and Niger States.
The state governor Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman who was represented by the Deputy Governor Mr Kayode Alabi charged the community to continue in the spirit of developing their community to complement what the government is doing. The governor also charged members of the community to mobilize their friends and associates to assist them in bringing development to their domain.
In his remarks the President of the Igbomina sons and daughters Mr Timothy Adebayo the aim of the celebration is to galvanized fund to the tune of N200,000,000 in order to use it for laudable projects in the community.
He mentioned the completion of the community radio project,rehabilitation of and face-lift of Igbomina house,bursary to the community students among others
The biennial Igbomina Day Celebration is the largest congregation of all members of the socio-cultural group across Kwara, Osun and Oyo States.