The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kwara State, Alhaji Hakeem Oladimeji Lawal has been counseled to make the people the center-point of his administration as he hopes to win the 2023 elections.

This was part of the remarks of a former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Samuel Olajide Afolayan (retd.) when the SDP gubernatorial candidate paid a courtesy call on the retired Naval Chief at Osi, Ekiti Local Government Area last Wednesday, as part of the on-going interactive session with stakeholders and community leaders ahead of his political campaign.

Afolayan also explained that Democracy as a government of the people is about the people and should be for the people to guarantee the welfare and happiness of the people.

former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Samuel Olajide Afolayan (retd.)

The retired Naval Chief added that the nexus between politics, economy and security must be well managed for democracy and good governance to thrive.

According to him, politics is about the people, but the economy is nurtured by the people, and there must be peace for the economy to thrive, noting that politics, economy and security all revolve around the people.

Earlier in his meeting with stakeholders in both Oke Ero and Ekiti, Alhaji Lawal unwrapped his blueprint for the socio-economic transformation of the State.

Lawal recalled that “from inception, Kwara State was created based on two principles of comparative advantage: Human Resources and Agriculture. This was what led to the boom when the State provided the major Human Resources to the civil service in Northern Nigeria.”

To secure a solid financial base, the SDP candidate projected a revenue target of about N10 billion from the current a N2 billion Internally Generated Revenue, IGR of the State.

According to him, “what our administration would do is to reduce activities of consultants in revenue generation and motivate staff of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS). This will help the state accrue more revenue because consultants will take percentage. We will improve staff welfare and reward excellent performance by civil servants.”


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