President Muhammadu Buhari receiving Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara state at State House, Abuja on Monday 13th January 2020 during a visit.

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday 13th January met with President Muhammadu Buhari and sought the federal government’s support towards meeting pressing social needs in the North-Central state.

Some of the demands made by the governor during the meeting were, the establishment of Federal College of Education, fast tracking of the National Livestock Transformation Programme and intervention on federal roads in the state.

A statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye says the governor particularly appealed to the President to assist the state meet deficits in agriculture, health, education and water.

“The Governor held a one-on-one meeting with the President on Monday at the Villa in Abuja to keep him abreast of the situation he met on the ground especially as regards infrastructural deficits in the area of water, roads, education, health, and agriculture,”

“The Governor appealed to the President to give consideration to intervention on federal roads in the state. He told the President that the state will construct the Kosubosu-Bode Saadu Road to open up Kwara State.”

“He also told Mr President that Kwara wants a Federal College of Education. He equally requested the fast tracking of the National Livestock Transformation Programme because Kwara wants to be an integral part of it, especially the dairy component of the programme,” the statement says.

The Governor was said to have also explained to the President that Kwara has keyed into various developmental projects of the Federal Government, including passing the state’s Social Investment Programme law that provides for school feeding, soft loans for marketers, and conditional cash transfer for the elderly to cut poverty rate.

“His Excellency also told Mr. President how he has been tackling these challenges such as gradually restoring potable water in the state capital and other parts of the state, the payment of various counterpart funds in the health sector, how he has returned UNICEF back to the state after many years, the blacklisting of Kwara State by UBEC and the payment of the N450m debt to restore the relationship, among many other steps he has taken.”

The statement adds that the
President lauded Governor AbdulRazaq for the visit and promised to look into his requests for Kwara state.