Governor seeks FG’s assistance on trunk A roads in Kwara 

By Toyin Durosinlohun, Ilorin 

 

Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has called for support from the Federal Government in the area of infrastructural development, especially federal roads located within the state. 

 

Ahmed made the call when he received the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, at the Government House, Ilorin, on Monday. 

 

According to the Governor, the call became expedient as a result of sustained pressure on the state government on federal, state and local government roads across the state. 

 

He added that, the intervention would ensure cost savings for the state government in addressing other projects left untouched. 

Ahmed urged the Federal Government to hasten work on the completion of Ilorin-Ogbomosho-Oyo-Ibadan road as well as Jebba-Ilorin road to ease the movement of people and goods from the northern part of the country to the southern part. 

 

“The issue of road, the issue of energy is very germane to our growth and development. We’ve come thus far with very poor levels of maintenance, that is why as a country we are faced with a huge challenge in infrastructure which has impeded the much desired economic growth that Nigeria should have witnessed”, he said. 

 

Governor Ahmed expressed the readiness of the state government in allocating lands in urban and developing environment for the Federal Government’s Housing scheme.

 

 Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government had commenced verification of Federal roads constructed by the Kwara State Government for reimbursement assuring that government at the centre would reimburse the state and other states of the federation once their claims were verified.

 

Fashola said already there is an Inter-Ministerial committee put in place by President Muhammadu Buhari to verify claims on money spent on Federal roads by the various state governments.

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