By Segun Bambo Ojomo
COME May 29 this year, it would be 365 days since the good people of Kwara State reelected Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed as Governor, for a second office term.
And as usual, this is a period that a public officer’s constituents embark on evaluation of the servant’s performance, especially in a bid to retain an insight into expectations for the rest of his term or assume campaign in favour or disfavour of the incumbent, as dictated by findings.
With an inkling of Ahmed’s delivery of his promises to his people through resumption of some new development projects and completion of some others outstanding across the state, and the creation of an optimum environment for the people’s wellbeing, a good judge could conscientiously deliver that he had not done badly within a year of reelection.
Some but a few of his accomplishments within about 365days, aside other new and pending infrastructural expansion include:
* The establishment of a new revenue generation service for proper accountability and regulation of taxation to boost internally generated revenue. The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service generated N3.2billion within the first three months of this year, working on a monthly generation of N5billion.
* The immediate utilisation of the opportunity availed by the Federal Government bailout fund to the state to pay outstanding workers’ salaries and other entitlements.
* The establishment of Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed Indigent Students’ Support Fund that made available a sum of N10million for annual disbursement to 20 students in the faculties of Physical and Life Sciences of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
* The bagging of the NIBSS Outstanding Performance Award for Cashless Transactions in recognition of the state’s outstanding performance in the driving of the CBN Cashless Initiative through the NIBSS Electronic Platform in the areas including salary administration, TSA implementation and the technology deployed for the state’s internal revenue generation service for the year 2015.
* The delivery of the 2016 Appropriation Bill- a ‘Budget of Sustained Expansion’ constructed to enhance speedy completion of projects while also incorporating human development needs.
* The bagging of the award for the most transparent and innovative state government in Nigeria, powered by the Nigeria Impact Award.
* The repositioning of the state owned media establishments for improved efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery and
* The upgrading of the state owned International Aviation College to world class standard with the resumption of training in Helicopter handling.
Although and expectedly, the administration’s gallant strides in achievements might still not be perceived as umpteen by a well deserving and overtly expectant people, the recent confirmation of Ahmed’s landslide victory at the gubernatorial polls by the Federal Court of Appeal stands as a good pointer to the reality that the people of Kwara voted him for a second term based on his outstanding performance during his first tenure.
Ojomo is a Communication Specialist