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.
I have been at pains to find any meaningful developmental projects to which this government can lay claim as a significant achievement.
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.
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.
The mainstay and driving force of the Kwara economy is the civil service workforce. It therefore goes without saying that the government should cater for the welfare and wellbeing of this dominant part of the economy. Here again, the inexperience and ineptitude of the governor has come into play.
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.
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.
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.
In the final analysis, the level of incompetence and cluelessness displayed by the present Kwara State government is a demonstration of the capacity, or lack thereof, of the man at he top. As the saying goes, you can’t give what you don’t have.
Rt H.on. Razak Atunwa PDP Gubernatorial Candidate In the 2019 Elections
29 May 2021
Kabir Olanrewaju Ishowo is a Kwara-Born, a community developer, An Online Media Practioner and the CEO/Publisher of Gistmeblog247.