3 October, 2020
By Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin
Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Saturday led others to cut grass at the Mount Carmel College in Ilorin ahead of statewide school resumption on Monday.
He said his action was to inspire people to take responsibility for government facilities located in their areas.
Clad in jeans, fez cap, shirt, and his signature get-ready-for-work shoe, the Governor arrived the school with his cutlass alongside House Leader Magaji Olawoyin and Chairman of the Environmental Task Force AbdulRazaq Jiddah.
He proceeded to inspect the school, which was also partly affected in the recent rainstorm in many parts of Ilorin, the state capital.
“The message here is to emphasise self-helps and community contributions to public projects. When government locates a project in your community, the community should take ownership.
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“My being here is to send the signal that nobody is too big to be involved in community work; we need to help ourselves. It is really no big deal to make things work,” the Governor told community folks.
AbdulRazaq said a lot of community self-help projects and interventions were needed more than ever as government resources dry up amid the global economic downturn and rising needs of the public.
“There is a scarcity of resources to go round. From the recent ecological disaster, it is clear that the government can’t really cope in terms of funding.
“Communities should assist and join hands together, especially the parent-teacher associations (PTAs). Everyone should cooperate with the government in order to keep the environment clean and mitigate environmental disaster,” he added.
The principal of the college’s Junior Secondary School, Mededem Jacinta, who later joined the Governor, commended him for the unannounced visit to the school.