Durbar: AbdulRazaq urges support for reforms, paradigm shift in Kwara

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….promises not to gratify self with public funds

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday rallied the people behind his agenda for reforms and paradigm shift in governance, calling the 2019 election a referendum that saw people choosing development and prudence over waste and underdevelopment.

Speaking at the 2nd Annual Grand Durbar ceremony organised by the Ilorin Emirate Council, AbdulRazaq said the people’s resolve for a new dawn meant a need to eschew actions or inactions that had made development and growth difficult in the past.

The Governor also commended the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, and the Ilorin Emirate Council for the historical cultural event.

“We must embrace reforms which are often tough at the beginning. We must make tough choices in our decision to move our state forward,” according to the Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Kayode Alabi.

“I have made my personal decision along this line. I will not use public funds to enjoy or gratify myself at the expense of the people. Public resources will only be applied strictly to public projects and overheads approved and budgeted for. We will not entertain excesses of any sort. With people’s interest as the guiding principle, we will do things differently and purposefully to get more impactful results.

“I appeal to this distinguished gathering of our people to unite behind this agenda for the progress of our community and generations yet unborn. Anything short of this will keep us moving in a circle and that would defeat the purpose of our people standing in the sun to vote the way they did.”

AbdulRazaq reiterated his resolve to institutionalise the various cultural activities in the state to boost tourism and economic growth, including the Durbar which he called the heritage of Ilorin people and a testament to the bravery and valour of their forebears especially the royal lineage of Sheikh Alimi.

The Governor said prudent management of resources is necessary to drive growth.

He added: “Let me clarify this too. Kwara is immensely blessed with abundant natural and human resources, as the quality of attendance at this Durbar shows. Kwara is however not so rich in monetary terms. But that was not the reason for the slow development. The problem was that the little resources Kwara had was not going into building sustainable future. This is what we need to change, this is what we are changing, and that requires the support of all of you.”

The Grand Durbar was attended by many prominent guests, sons and daughters of Ilorin from across the country and beyond. They included Senator Ibrahim Yahya Oloriegbe; Chief of Staff Alh Adisa Logun; Olusin of Isanl-Isin, Oba Solomon Oloyede; Alhaji Jani Ibrahim, Moshood Mustapha; Lukman Mustapha; Mallam Olaolu Ali (SAN); former Vice Chancellors of University of Ilorin, Professors Shuaib Oba Abdulraheem and Abduganiyu Ambali; and Mallam Soliu Mustapha.

Meanwhile, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Traditional Council, Mai-Martaba Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, on Monday expressed commitment to the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Ilorin Emirate.

He noted that culture and traditional activities remain the genuine recipes for unity, peaceful co-existence and harmonious working relationship of among people of diverse ethnic communities such as Ilorin Emirate.

Sulu-Gambari stated this in Ilorin at the Ilorin Emirate Durbar Festival 2019 where he went round along with contingents of families of traditional chiefs through some selected areas of the Ilorin metropolis.

The Emir’s entourage moved on horse proccesion from the ancient palace of Ilorin and passed through Abdulazeez Attah road, General round about, Ibrahim Taiwo road and Emir’s road with indigenes of IIorin, friends and well-wishers chanting ‘Sheeeeeeu, Sheeeeeeu’.

In his address, the Emir expressed satisfaction with the assignments of the 2019 Ilorin Emirate Durbar Committee and appealed to indigenes of the community to be good ambassadors in all their places of work with strong signs of patriotism, honesty and steadfastness.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee, Engr. Suleiman Alapansanpa, thanked all the people that contributed to the success of the festival even as he urged them not to relent in their kind efforts towards a peaceful and prosperous Ilorin Emirate.

Alapansanpa however appealed to multi-nationals to key into the invest in order to give this the desired international attention stressing that Ilorin Emirate remains on the strongest in the history of Northern Nigeria and the nation at large.

The Chairman of the Occasion, Engr. Lanre Sagaya, thanked the organizers of the event especially the Emir of Ilorin for finding worthy of the chairing the event. He therefore promised to continue to contribute immensely to the development of the Ilorin Emirate and beyond.


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