AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said local communities would have the option of nominating trusted indigenous contractors to fix their schools and hospitals while the government funds the projects.
The governor said the contractors nominated would be picked only after going through the government’s procurement processes as spelt out under the law. He said this strategy is expected to engender community participation in project execution, empower local contractors, ensure community ownership of public infrastructure, and increase the purchasing power of the people.
AbdulRazaq said this in Kaiama town during a tour of public facilities in the northern senatorial district. He visited communities like Gwaria, a major hub for yam flour production in Nigeria; Junga Aboki; and Kaiama town — all in Kaiama local government area of the state.
AbdulRazaq said the government has recently retooled the 2019 budget to focus on rebuilding basic infrastructure such as township roads, schools, hospitals and toilets to tackle the menace of open defecation.
The governor said while his campaign thrust of development and change remain valid, he is constantly re-jigging the campaign promises to reflect the realities of Kwara he now sees, especially because basic infrastructures for education and health are almost non-existent and must first be put in place before other things.