By Abdulganiy Nasir
The Young Progressives Party (YPP) governorship candidate in Kwara State, Alhaji Yakub Gobir on Wednesday launched his campaign for 2023 general elections.
Gobir started his campaign with Interactive Session with the media in Ilorin to discuss YPP agenda for Kwara, if elected.
The Madawaki of Ilorin and Waziri Hausa bemoaned the APC led administration in the state for incurring huge debts without tangible and impactful projects to show for it.
His words: “My concern is that the current administration is borrowing to execute white elephant projects with less impact to majority of Kwarans who are living below poverty line. Of what impact is the Virtual Art Centre to people that are living in poverty? What is the impact of Tanke bridge when there are not good roads in Kaiama, Baruten, Moro and Kwara South Senatorial district where they are producing food.
“They cannot access market to sell their farm produces due to bad roads. I don’t have anything against taking loans but it should not be for consumption. Borrowing should be for value creation, investment and wealth creation. By doing this we will be able to repay the loan conveniently and open the state for massive development.”
Gobir promised to attract best brains to work in his cabinet based on competence and capacity to deliver and not quota or sentiments to make headlines.
Speaking on his strategy to reduce poverty rate in the state, he noted that the state government copied his approach on support for SMEs through interest free loan for traders and others.
According to him, we are going to introduce sustainable empowerment and social security like what we have been doing at Gobir Foundation Organization. You I did not abandon my people after 2019 elections. We introduced N10,000 to N50,000 interest free loan for petty traders and market women. It will go along way for category of beneficiaries.
Gobir hinted that 2023 governorship election in Kwara State would be based on personality and not the big parties.
“OTOGE revolution has increased consciousness of our people in the electoral process. People will vote personality with good character and track record. I possesses qualities to bring good governance to every part of Kwara State.” The YPP Governorship Candidate explained.
Earlier, Gobir while speaking at 1st Kwara Tabloid Governorship Debate held at Kwara Hotel, Ilorin promised to prioritize eradication of poverty and creation of employment, when elected as governor come 2023.