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Patigi LG decries poor socio-economic development, maginalisation in Kwara
The people of Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State, through Patigi Emirate Development Union (PEDU), have expressed dismay over the alleged continuous marginalisation of Patigi LGA in terms of dividends of democracy by the Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed administration.
The statement released and signed by Salihu Bolaji Umar, PEDU national president, reads in part: “It is very painful and saddening that the same government we overwhelmingly supported and voted for in both 2011 and 2015 would turn its back against us in a manner so undemocratic and unpatriotic of a government that is supposed to be for all because it was by all.
“Ever since this government came on board in 2011 and renewed in 2015, Patigi LGA has not had a share of any tangible capital projects being carried out in other parts of the state.
“This is evident in the testimony given by His
Excellency himself while presenting the 2018 Appropriation Bill to the State House of Assembly for consideration on Thursday 23rd November.”
The aggrieved indigenes further recalled that “During the presentation, the governor specifically said that state government has constructed a total of 17 roads across the state in the almost gone year 2017. Unfortunately, Patigi LGA did not benefit from the said constructed 17 roads. We began to wonder the parameters used by Governor Abdul Fatai Ahmed and his government to share this road projects without including Patigi LGA which was once said by His Excellency, President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki to be his second home among the beneficiaries despite being suffering from death traps called roads across our LGA.”
The group further said: “More surprisingly, as if the above exclusion of Patigi wasn’t enough, the state government has in the 2018
Appropriation Bill proposed more roads to be so constructed in 2018 and still went ahead to exclude Patigi in the next tranche of the road projects. Isn’t this ridiculous and deliberate attempt to relegate Patigi LGA by denying it, its rightful share of development? Are democratic dividends not supposed to be for all? Aren’t people of Patigi LGA paying tax like every other local government in the state?
“Is Patigi LGA not contributing to the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) accrued to the state? Or are we now second class LGA cum citizens in our own state? These and many more questions are begging for answers sequel to the manner this present administration is being adamant to our plights since its inception.”
We want to make it clear to the state government that Patigi LGA is seriously having road network challenges which has not only hindered the growth of our people’s economic activities but regrettably irreversibly led to the death of young and promising individuals in the course of their legitimate struggle for survival.
It noted that several attempts and efforts had been made to bring the sad situation to the attention of the state government through its member in Kwara State House of Assembly, saying that the recent of such efforts was earlier this year “when two young men met their untimely death through accident on one
of the bad roads.”
“Coming from the above agony, we know that 2017 is a forgone issue, but that of 2018 is still a proposal which of course can be amended to carry everybody along based on the democratic principles of equity and fairness to all.
“We hereby urge the state government to have a rethink and not only include Patigi LGA among the beneficiaries of the 2018 proposed road projects but make it up for us to our supposed share of 2017 because if some local government can get four
roads constructed in 2017 and still be penned down to benefit in 2018 again while we are left with nothing, is the height of and true meaning of marginalisation,” it further said.
SIKIRAT SHEHU, Ilorin
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