From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has said Nigeria has a lot celebrate despite the multitude of challenges Nigerians contend with. Governor Ahmed expressed this position in his 55th Independence anniversary message to the people.
He expressed the optimism that Nigeria will overcome the myriad of economic, social and security problems currently confronting it.
“My conviction is driven not by blind hope. On the country, my moptimism is based on confidence in the indomitable Nigerian spirit, our limitless national endowments and our current leadership’s drive and capacity to positively change our country. However, we can only achieve these if we stand as one and defy the forces that threaten to divide us for selfish benefits. We must unite behind our collective aspirations for greatness, our desire for a better country and support our leadership at all levels to achieve them”, the governor said.
Ahmed explained that despite this optimism, the government was forced to cancel this year’s independence anniversary celebration due to unfavourable security reports.
The governor, who identified some of the problems confronting Nigeria today as violence, youth unemployment and economic challenges, however asserted that these challenges were surmountable with unity of purpose and direction.
Ahmed assured the people of the state that his administration remained committed to creating and sustaining the prosperity of the people through major infrastructural projects, investment promotion and entrepreneurship promotion for youths.
“We will continue to use all available resources at our disposal to minister effectively to the needs and aspirations of the people. In the light of this, Youth Employment and Empowerment will continue to enjoy priority attention, while the welfare and wellbeing of the aged, widows and the vulnerable will be prioritized. In the same vein, provision will be made for people to pursue their economic activities without let or hindrance in all parts of the state, and in such a way that migration to the urban centres will be made less attractive”.
Governor Ahmed advised the people of the state to imbibe and promote positive virtues that promote socio-economic development and harmony.