Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has said his first priority is to get things back to normal in the state after years of neglect.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye in Ilorin on Monday quoted Gov AbdulRazaq as saying this during a visit to Kwara State College of Education (Technical), in Lafiaji.
AbdulRazaq also promised to restore confidence in the state and fix all deplorable roads; getting water running across the state and getting moribund institutions back to work.
He assured workers of the college, who have long been on strike that they would be paid as soon as possible for them to resume work.
“Things are not just bad here. I have seen your hospital and your water works. They are in a bad state.
“But that is the way things are all over the state. What we are trying to do is to get things gradually working the way they used to be.
“Now, how does that affect you here? We will get you back to work. We will clear whatever has to be cleared. But as I said, it is a difficult task. I will give you an example.
“There’s no money but we will manage our resources. For May, we received N3.2 billion and salary alone gulped N2.2 billion.
“So only one billion is left to run institutions like this and fix hospitals and water works. We just have to manage our resources and put the little resources in the right place,” AbdulRazaq told workers of the College of Education.
The governor also visited the Lafiagi General Hospital where he bemoaned the lack of basic amenities like water, electricity and refrigeration for medical supplies like anti-snake bite serum.
He, however, commended the Federal Ministry of Health for its intervention on free malaria drugs.
Ajakaye said the governor had earlier visited Bacita that once housed Nigeria’s biggest sugar factory, where he said that discussions are ongoing with investors to revive the industry with domino effects on employment and wealth creation.
“We have big developmental projects to do. But our priority right now is to stabilize things and bring things back to normal. We get everyone back to work first. Then after that, we will now look at major projects, getting you the necessary tools and restore the glory of this place and our state,” according to him.
AbdulRazaq said the administration would later embark on capital projects that would transform the state.
“This place is going to be the center of Sugar production. We will make sure you get your tools.
“This will not happen overnight like that but things will definitely start working gradually,” he told people at Bacita.
The governor has since embarked on extensive tours of facilities across the state, especially water works, hospitals, schools and the comatose media houses that have stopped working.
The tours have led to release of funds for quick measures that have seen water running in some parts of the state, road rehabilitation and ongoing efforts to bring Radio Kwara back on air after being off the air for many months.