“Our people want the type of good governance taking place in Lagos and Edo states.”
Kwara State Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) governorship candidate Mohammed Belgore has unveiled his agenda.
He promised to liberate the state “from poverty, ignorance, unemployment, hegemonic rule, fear and a dimmed future”, if elected in April.
He described himself as “the face of the new generation of Kwarans that looks for competence and merit and not mediocrity and primordial sentiments”.
To Belgore, Kwarans are now wiser, “their eyes wide open and they are ready to tap fully into a life of abundance and freedom”.
“We shall take Kwarans up to a level, if not higher than their contemporaries in terms of socio-economic and infrastructural development.”
He promised a “state-wide vocational training programme for people of all working age, with necessary skills with which to carry on their trade and earn a living.”
Belgore said to banish poverty, he would initiate a “Kwara Content Policy by which all government patronage shall be given to only the people of Kwara, except in demonstrable cases where the needed capacity is lacking.”
He promised free primary education, strengthening village schools with improved infrastructure, engaging unemployed graduates to teach, reviving scholarship system and resuming payment of bursaries.
Belgore said if elected, he would provide free medical care to expectant women, children under 18 and senior citizens over 70. He will also create community primary health care units and superior health care facilities in every local government or any community with a population more than 5,000.
On infrastructure, Belgore said he would improve on the road network to make the state easily accessible, adding that priority shall be given to provision of potable water.
Belgore said he was confident of becoming governor “because of the wind of change blowing across our great state, the story of a people seeking a clean break from reactionary politics and earnestly yearning to join a moving train of progressive, people-oriented and development driven politics”.