By Nasir Abdulganiy and Oyewale Oyelola
Kwara South has been enjoying steady progress and development since emergence of Arc Oyelola Yisa Ashiru as the Senator representing seven local government areas in the senatorial district. Senator Oyelola Ashiru who is now the Deputy Senate Leader during his first tenure (June 2019- June 2023) recorded landmark and significant achievements geared towards to make his Constituents live a good life.
Undoubtedly, Ashiru has delivered his dividends to our Senatorial District from education, power, tourism, human capital development to construction of roads and construction of health care centers. Kwara South has witnessed a developmental turnaround under Senator Ashiru’s proactive, responsive and quality representation.
Recall that the Offa born Politician who served as Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Housing in 9th Senate promised to consolidate on gains of his first tenure, if re-elected during 2023 general elections. Ashiru in a letter written to Kwara Southerners January 1, 2023 said: “2023 is another significant year. A year that would usher us into a season of political decision. While we have enjoyed the love and support of our people, it is important to note that the foundation of development we have laid for the past four years need to be built upon to ensure our continual growth.”
Indeed, the Deputy Senate Leader is consolidating on his achievements by providing deserving interventions in education, health, security, economic empowerment, agriculture, road construction and rural development in the last seven months. Ashiru has also facilitated lucrative appointments and jobs for Kwara Southerners in National Assembly. He has proven that he remains the right man for the job and Senator with wide acceptability cum street credibility due to facilitation of people-oriented programmes and impactful projects.
In education, Senator Ashiru facilitated construction of classrooms in schools to complement efforts of state and local government areas in providing quality education for students. The benefiting schools include Community Senior Secondary School Ganmo (Ifelodun), Esie Iludun Grammar school, (Irepodun LG), Elerinjare lbobo community secondary school (Ifelodun LG), Ansarudeen College, Ijagbo (OYUN LG), Surajudeen College, Erin-Ile (Oyun LG) and
Okeya Grammar school, (Irepodun LG)
As a Digital Savvy Senator, Ashiru has promised to sponsor training of 350 constituents at Offa and Environs Innovation Hub (ONIEH) to enhance digital Skills. He also said he is currently working with other senators to ensure passage of University of Acheaclogy, Esie as well as Presidential assent.
Apart from, Senator Ashiru also joined advocacy for on establishment of Kwara State University of Education in the state, noting the move will energize businesses and attract more development to different communities.
On Health, Senator Ashiru constructed health centre in Owode market, Offa and another one in ilale (Oke-ero). His inputs in education sector attracted commendation from women folk, Chief Mrs. Bello ‘Esinkin Obinrin’ of Ilale land who commended the senator for the construction of Primary Health Care Center, recounting the bad state of health of the community due to the depilated health facility.
Additionally, the successful Businessman and Architect in January 2024 energized Kwara South economy by providing support for SMEs under Alajobi Multipurpose Cooperative. The business trajectory in Kwara South would change with provision of cash support, Tricycles and motorcycles business owners under Alajobi Multipurpose Cooperative. The Cash support of N200,000 to N500,000 for Traders will boost beneficiaries business, provide sustainable means of livelihood and reduce poverty. He has facilitated different federal government interventions to support business owners and cushion effect of fuel subsidy removal.
Furthermore, road construction and rural development projects would turn the district to construction sites in 2024 because the Senator has identified road for construction during engagement with Community leaders and stakeholders last year.
It’s crystal clear that Senator Ashiru understands effective lobbying by partnering with Kogi West Senator to ensure speedy completion of Ilorin-Omuaran- Kabba road. The Senator during Media Parley with journalists hinted their plan to meet Minister of Works, David Umahi on implementation of 2024.
Insecurity is a global issue but having responsive leader with political will would go a long way to tackling criminals disturbing public peace.
The Senator after interactive session with stakeholders
distributed motorcycles to local hunters and vigilante group. He said he has budgeted a chunk of his Zonal Intervention Projects to improve security in the senatorial district.
According to him, in the future, there will be a supply of booths that are currently being produced, as well as financial support to improve their effectiveness and meet their specific economic requirements.
No doubt, Senator Oyelola Ashiru has changed the narrative in terms of development and will continue to consolidate on his achievements to ensure Kwara South attain greatness.