The Kwara North Development Council (KWANDCO) over the weekend flagged off its maiden town hall meetings and community tour across the five local governments of the senatorial district.

The meetings were organized at the instance of the Council to brainstorm and put into perspective the myriad of challenges facing the people of the district with a view to proffering workable solutions to some of the identified problems so as to ensure the continuous development of the Kwara North Senatorial District.

A cross-section of constituents during the town hall meeting in Lafiagi over the weekend

KWANDCO, led by its Chairman, Comrade Jerry Majin Kolo on arrival in Patigi immediately engaged the people in an absorbing discussion bordering on developmental progress as it affects the larger society, citing the need for a platform such as theirs that is committed to bridging the wide infrastructural and human capital development gap in Kwara North through concerted efforts by collaborating with relevant community leaders and associations. 

Comrade Jerry Majin Kolo delivering his goodwill message during a town hall meeting in Lafiagi over the weekend

Comrade Kolo used the medium to re-emphasize that the sole aim of the tour across Kwara North was to consult with the leadership of communities in an effort to hear from the various community leaders first hand, the challenges being encountered and how his KWANDCO led executives would, in partnership with the state government and other relevant government agencies and offices ameliorate some of the problems. 

Mallam Seko Jibril addressing the meeting in Lafiagi over the weekend

“Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has opened up employment opportunities to all in Kwara State and renovated more than 16 schools in Patigi Local Government ”, NUT Chairman, Patigi, Comrade Jimoh remarked while delivering his address during the two hall meeting which according to some of the attendees, is a sharp departure from the past.

The meeting, which was held at the Patigi Local Government Secretariat, attracted different community development based and labor workers associations in Patigi LGA. 

The team proceeded to Lafiagi, the Headquarters of Edu LGA where more than ten community development advocacy groups were already seated at the Local Government Secretariat, waiting for the arrival of their visitors. 

Some of the community development associations in attendance during the meeting are Lafiagi Emirate Youths Transparent Association (LEYTA), Royal Youths Development Association (RYDA), Egwa Youth Association (EYA) amongst others. 

The President, Egwa Youth Association, Alhaji Nma Hussaini, in his address to Lafiagi constituents unequivocally noted the impact the present administration has had in terms of construction of road infrastructure spread across the Emirate, which he said has been absent for over two decades. He also noted the ongoing reconstruction and rehabilitation works in the education sector in both primary and secondary schools, all of which he said reawakened their hope in good governance and contributed immensely to the societal development of the community at large”, he said.

While responding, Comrade Jerry Majin Kolo said all concerns raised; one of which is the seasonal scourge of water scarcity in Lafiagi metropolis by the different groups as it affects the welfare and well-being of the people had been noted and reassured the gathering that it will be duly communicated to the appropriate quarters for prompt response and actions. 

The KWANDCO consultative team then moved to Bode Saadu the Headquarters of Moro LGA where the representatives of all the community development associations received the team wholeheartedly. 

At Bode Saadu, the representatives of the advocacy groups from Jebba unanimously expressed their profound gratitude to the KWANDCO team for conceiving such a worthwhile initiative and pledged their continuous support.

The spokesman from Jebba however, used the medium to remind the state government through the Council of the need to complete Jebba Waterworks so as to put an end to the incessant scarcity of water in Jebba despite its close proximity to the river Niger. They also called on the state government to consider their age long agitations to upgrade their traditional ruler to first class grade and give him all the benefits deserving of traditional stool.

The delegation from Shao also had similar requests for their communities and the traditional ruler whom they said should be upgraded to a first class and should be recognised accordingly. 

In response, Comrade Jerry Majin Kolo assured them that KWANDCO will do its best to ensure that all concerns are forwarded to the relevant government authorities and are duly addressed to reflect the commitment of the current administration to providing real time solutions to lingering societal problems. 

At the conclusion of the meeting at Moro local government, the NULGE Chairman of Moro Local Government, Comrade Moses Ojo applauded the incumbent Government for the full implementation of the minimum wage.

The town hall meeting continues in Baruten and Kaiama after which the Council will give a comprehensive report of the tour that has been described as an eye opening to the challenges facing the entire district.

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