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Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s Bold Moves For A Greater Kwara; A Steering Change For A State Mired In Stagnancy For So Long 



By Babajide Fadoju

At the heart of Governor Abdulrazaq’s agenda lies a deep commitment to the welfare and empowerment of the people of Kwara State.

Unlike his predecessors who may have paid lip service to these ideals, Abdulrazaq has translated his rhetoric into tangible actions that resonate with the populace.

His economic policies have garnered attention for their pragmatism and efficacy in the face of daunting challenges.

The removal of fuel subsidies by President Tinubu had sent shockwaves through Nigeria’s economy, but Governor Abdulrazaq refused to succumb to despair. Instead, he implemented a series of palliative measures, including the distribution of essential food items to mitigate the impact on the most vulnerable segments of society.

By prioritizing the needs of the people over political expediency, Abdulrazaq has demonstrated a rare blend of courage and compassion that is sorely lacking in today’s political arena.

Despite his bold moves, Governor Abdulrahman tries his best to avoid the media. As Babajide Otitoju of TVC journalistic hangout put his own witness report, the governor often goes to the airport unaccompanied, saying he didn’t want attention and he stayed in the queue even when others were shunting.

There are several moves that the governor has made that have gotten endorsed; he has set the precedence for the wage award, a move that the Federal government has mandated other states to follow.

He has also been one of the Governors who are going out of their way to share palliatives and give people a chance at better living.

What sets Governor Abdulrazaq apart is his willingness to think outside the box alongside his unwavering commitment to inclusivity and transparency.

Unlike some of his counterparts who thrive on media grandstanding, Abdulrazaq prefers to let his actions speak louder than words.

His modest demeanor and aversion to publicity may have earned him the moniker of a “silent achiever,” but make no mistake, his impact reverberates far beyond the confines of Kwara State.

From instituting cash awards for workers to empowering small and medium-scale enterprises, Abdulrazaq’s policies are guided by a deep-seated belief in the transformative power of grassroots empowerment.

However, for all his commendable efforts, Governor Abdulrazaq is not without his detractors. His unorthodox approach and willingness to challenge the status quo have ruffled feathers among the political elite, leading to accusations of populism and recklessness.

Some critics argue that his initiatives are mere band-aids on gaping wounds, failing to address the root causes of systemic issues such as poverty and unemployment.

Others question the sustainability of his policies in the long run, fearing that they may exacerbate fiscal deficits and dependency on government handouts.

Yet, to dismiss Abdulrazaq’s vision as mere rhetoric is to overlook the profound changes taking root in Kwara State under his stewardship.

Beyond the headlines and soundbites, there lies a deeper narrative of resilience, innovation, and community-driven progress. Abdulrazaq’s administration has ushered in a new era of governance characterized by pragmatism, empathy, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

Whether it’s empowering the youth through education or revitalizing the economy through strategic investments, his legacy will be defined by the lives he touches and the futures he shapes.

Abdulrazaq’s commitment to institutional reforms underscores his dedication to building enduring legacies. Initiatives like the Kwara State Education Trust Fund, Social Insurance Policy, and Health Insurance Agency are not merely cosmetic changes but foundational pillars of a more equitable and resilient society.

These reforms ensure that the benefits of governance are not tied to the whims of individuals but are enshrined in robust institutions that outlast any administration.

In evaluating Abdulrazaq’s tenure, it is crucial to acknowledge the challenges he inherited and the progress achieved against formidable odds.

From inheriting salary arrears to navigating the complexities of a post-subsidy economy, Abdulrazaq has displayed resilience and pragmatism in steering Kwara State towards prosperity. While there is still much work to be done, his track record thus far inspires confidence in his ability to deliver on his promises.

One of his most notable initiatives is the unprecedented distribution of 50,000 cartons of noodles to support undergraduate students across public and private tertiary institutions in the state. This move, while seemingly simple, shows Abdulrazaq’s understanding of the pressing needs of the youth population and his proactive approach to addressing them.

This also reduces the pressure on the parents and guardians who would have had to pay more to get these essential commodity.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s visionary leadership represents a ray of hope amidst Nigeria’s turbulent political landscape.

His transformative initiatives have not only improved the lives of the people of Kwara State but have also set a precedent for governance across the nation.

As we navigate the uncertainties of the future, let us draw inspiration from Abdulrazaq’s unwavering commitment to progress, knowing that true change begins with the courage to dream and the determination to act.

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