By Balkis Tijani.
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has pledged his commitment to deliver on his campaign promises to the people, especially in road construction and other social infrastructure.
On the need to act quickly in tackling the bad state of roads in some parts of the state, the governor instructed the Ministry of Works to compile the list of bad roads in the state to enable the government source for funding for their rehabilitation.
In reminiscence of the flurry of attacks suffered by former Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed in Gwanara town of the state where indigenes resorted to stoning their convoy in protest of the bad roads, the governor promised to intensify his efforts in fixing the roads to avoid being given the same treatment.
“The state of our roads (in Kwara) is disappointing. This is particularly true of Kwara North. For instance, there is no road to Gwanara, especially now that it is raining and yet the contractor handling it is collecting money.
“That was why elected officials of the previous administration were stoned (in Gwanara). We don’t want to be stoned,” the governor said at a meeting with officials of the Kwara State Road Maintenance Agency in Ilorin at the weekend.
He hinted that the contractors handling the projects would be allowed to continue except they failed to deliver as promised.
“Kwara people have woken up and if I don’t fix the road, they will protest. So, we will sit with the contractors. We are not sacking or removing them. We want to be proactive so they can do their job,” he said.