The 2019 Gubernatorial Candidate of the Opposition party, PDP in Kwara State, Barrister Abdulrazaq Atunwa has described Governor Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman as clueless, incompetent and unwise for dragging the labour unions to court after an agreement had been reached on the consequential adjustment of the N30,000 minimum wage.
The former Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly made this known in a personally signed statement on the Two years anniversary of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s administration in Kwara State.
He noted that the Governor has failed on all fronts and the only achievements that Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq can lay claim to are woven around propaganda and diversions.
“By any yardstick, two years in the life of an administration is a substantial period within which a serious government can demonstrate its capacity, capability and ability to perform. Sadly, the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led government has dismally failed on all fronts. Indeed, one might be tempted to say that the only quality this government has displayed is the ability to create propaganda and diversions.”
He Further noted that the cluelessness and deficiencies of the Governor caused him to have appointed Shallow and Inexperienced Cabinet members.
“It is clear that this Governor and his cohorts are utterly clueless about running an effective government. Leadership starts from the top. The government is shaped and moulded in the image of the Governor. That is why we go to the polls to elect the governor and not his cabinet. It is expected that the cabinet will reflect the qualities of the governor. In an attempt to mask his deficiencies, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq consistently constitutes a shallow and inexperienced cabinet.”
He consequently bemoaned the level of Corruption allegations that plagued the few projects embarked on by the Administration which he was quick to describe as mundane.
“The few mundane projects which this government lays claim to are tainted by allegations of over inflated contract sums and lack of due process. It is quite worrisome that the governor has assumed the role of a sole administrator for most of the past two years. Relevant ministries, departments and agencies are quite often bypassed in the award of projects. In most cases, no tender process is undertaken. And when it is undertaken, it’s merely lip service.”
Barrister Abdulrazaq Atunwa consequently berated the Governor, describing him as ineptitude and inexperienced in his handling of the N30,000 minimum wage that culminated in a legal tussle between the State and the organized labour unions.
“Rather than fulfil his promise to pay the N30,000 minimum wage, the governor has unwisely lunged into warfare with the organised Labour unions. It is a new low in government-labour relations that the government will take its own workforce to court. This is even more disheartening when one considers that the unions had reached an agreement with the government only for the governor to immediately betray that agreement.”
Despite the much touted Intervention by the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq administration in the Agriculture, Health and Education sector, Barrister Atunwa said such Interventions are merely cosmetic paintings and decorations.
“The critical sectors such as Health, Education and Agriculture, have been devoid of any impactful development. Cosmetic painting and decoration of schools and hospitals at overinflated prices simply does not cut the mustard.”
Rt. Hon Razak Atunwa subsequently lamented the level of poverty and deprivation that currently pervades the State of Harmony and that the Governor has developed the penchant of awarding contracts to his cronies in Lagos and Abuja.
“For a government that came into power on the promise of making life better for its citizenry, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has succeeded to achieve quite the opposite. The level of poverty and deprivation that currently exists in every part of Kwara State is utterly alarming. Small and medium enterprises are folding up by the day. There is no government patronage to indigenous contractors. Contracts are mostly awarded to the governor’s cronies from Lagos and Abuja. Rather than creating employment, AbdulRazaq’s government is busy sacking teachers in thousands. Clearly, this is a recipe for poor governance.”263