Nigeria@ 59: AbdulRazaq pledges equal opportunity, youth inclusiveness

overnor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has promised to provide equal opportunity, gender parity, youth inclusiveness, and fiscal discipline to the people of the state.

The governor said this on Tuesday in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Rafiu Ajakaye on the occasion of 59th Independence Day Anniversary.

AbdulRazaq also called for a consensus among Nigerians, especially the political elite, to build a country where no one is left to suffer or is treated unfairly on account of whatever differences.“I call for elite consensus to develop our country and our state.

“We don’t claim to know it all but I can assure you, fellow Kwarans, that we are concerned only about leaving a legacy of equal opportunity, gender parity, youth inclusiveness, and fiscal discipline,” he said.

He added that he plans to leave a legacy of equal opportunity, gender parity, youth inclusiveness, and fiscal discipline in the state.

The governor, therefore, called on the people of the state to support his administration’s drive for growth and development of the state.

AbdulRazaq said the Independence Anniversary was an opportunity to celebrate Nigeria’s unity in diversity, describing the country’s togetherness after 59 years as an achievement on its own.

“I join Mr. President and all patriots across the country to call on all Nigerians to embrace one another and build a country where we identify and treat ourselves only as citizens and fellow human beings, and not as Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Ijaw, Fulani, Christians, or Muslims.

“We should work harder to build a nation-state with zero emphasis on ethnic bigotry.

“Fellow citizens, 59 years down the road, we should build a country that works for all and not just for the privileged few.

“This requires that we look at the bigger picture each time we take decisions in our areas of influence.

“That bigger picture is national unity, national development and collective prosperity where no one is left behind,” the Governor added.

AbdulRazaq called for a consensus among critical stakeholders to free up funds to develop Nigeria, especially in Kwara where he charged citizens to shun antics that may keep the state going round in circles.

“On this note, I call on the political class to begin to see things in terms of what benefits the whole community and not what is politically expedient.

“Election is long over. Whether we belong to the ruling party or to the opposition, we are all confronted with the question of extreme poverty, unemployment, drug abuse, the danger of climate change, crime, and other challenges,” he said.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Independence anniversary was celebrated in low-key in the state.

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