The Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has met with various women groups and religious leaders to chart a way forward for the development of the state. Present at the meeting was Muslims and Christian leaders, women groups comprising of professional bodies, market women, politicians, and female grassroots leaders from across the state.
The consultative meeting, which was held on Thursday, is the fourth in two weeks. Earlier meeting was held with heads of security agencies, traditional rulers, political and thought leaders, students and youths leaders.
While briefing religious leaders on the development in the state on fallout of #Endsars protest, minimum wage and looting in the state, the governor said urged religious leaders to help maintain peace and harmony by sending the right message to the people. He stated that the government is not insensitive and unaccomondating, that they have “made to save cost while concentrating resources in fixing basic amenities and strengthening critical infrastructure to gradually boost economic growth.”
Muslim religious leaders comprised Council of Ulamah led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohammed Bashir and members of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) led by Reverend Sunday Adewole.
Explaining the reason behind the meeting, “There is (always) the need to meet all strata of the society. We started about two weeks ago with traditional rulers. It is all about peace and development in the country. We also talked about the Police. We need to encourage them to come back. We appreciate what they have been doing. And we acknowledge that not all policemen are involved in brutality. The meeting is part of our strategies for capacity building on peace and security in Kwara.” He said.
Speaking on behalf of the Muslim community, Former Grand Kadi of the state, Retired Justice Saliu Muhammad, said the meeting was welcome and unique as it underscores the importance the governor attaches to consultations.
“This government, from the actions and direction of the Governor, is a government of the people. He has also shown that leadership is not just about the office but about being humble and move closer to the people. He realises that leadership is about going to the hinterlands and getting the inputs of the people,”
“Changes have come politically, economically and socially to Kwara State. This kind of engagement is new in the state. As religious leaders, we owe the whole world a message of peace and that is what we will tell our people.” He said.
Bishop Timothy Adewole, Vice Chairman of CAN, spoke for the Christian community, commended the Governor for the consultations which he said showed his belief in participatory governance.
“The governor called us to intimate us about happenings in Kwara State. He briefed the religious leaders about happenings in the state. The governor talked about recent labour strike, the #EndSARS protest, and the pieces left after the protest, and the efforts he has made so far, which are quite commendable,”
“We deliberated. We advised him on the next line of actions. We are going into our various constituencies to intimate them about the actions of the government. Information is vital and that is what he has given us. We are going to disseminate the information to our people accordingly.” He said.
Another meeting was held with women groups to discuss same. The women urged the governor to broaden the strategies for youths employment and creation of more economic opportunities for women across the state while pledged to support the government in promoting peace.
The last consultation meeting was with delegates of the Kwara APC elders led by Alhaji AbdulKadir Manko to discuss the same issue.