Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq acted within the recommendations of Tsaragi emirate whose turn it is to produce commissioner from Edu local government area, the Tsaragi chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye said: “We are grateful to Your Excellency for approving our nomination (of Miss Joanna Nnazua Kolo) from Tsaragi emirate and we assure you of our continued support,” Paul Solomon Jiya, chairman of APC zoning committee in Tsaragi emirate, said during a visit to the governor Thursday evening.
Jiya said Kolo’s Tsaragi Ward I was where the office of commissioner has been zoned to in accordance with the local political arrangement.
“We are grateful to you for not ignoring our recommendation. The nominee is the choice of our people and we are here on behalf of Tsaragi emirate to thank you,” he said.
The delegation, comprising dozens of APC chieftains from the three wards in Tsaragi, was led on the visit by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Mamman Sabah Jubril, who is from Shonga emirate of Edu local government.
Jibril also commended the governor for his foresight, love for the youth and community development.
AbdulRazaq, for his part, commended the delegation for the visit, which he said was an “encouragement to take bolder steps” in the service of the people.
“We are on the threshold of change. We must do things differently. We need to do it differently for a change,” he added.
“With people like you behind her, she’s not a nobody. There will be a lot of pressure on her to succeed and we’ll continue to stand by her to ensure she succeeds.”
The governor said Edu may well become the richest local government in northern Nigeria when his plans to revive Bacita Sugar Company works out alongside the completion of BUA factory later next year.
He also said he was working with the federal government to ensure the dredging of the River Niger and stop the menace of flooding in the state.
“Once that is done, the seasonal flood will stop. That is on our agenda. Luckily, we have a minister in the transport ministry to push this agenda so that we can stop the seasonal loss of lives and properties,” he said.
AbdulRazaq said he might also send a bill to the state Assembly to outlaw the practice of water travel without the use of life jackets.