Candidates for Kwara South National Assembly pledge to tackle poverty and security challenges

Candidates from leading political parties seeking to represent the Kwara South Senatorial District in the National Assembly in the 2023 general election have pledged to address the area’s prevailing security concerns and poverty if elected.

The candidates from the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the Accord Party (AP) and the NNPP spoke differently during a debate organized by an umbrella socio-cultural youth organization in the area, the Kwara South Consultative Youth Forum, Friday in Ilorin.

The people, who complained that security challenges in the area had discouraged investment, said there is a need for policies that would protect lives and property to deal with the high number of armed robberies and kidnappings in the area.

Unemployment and accompanying poverty, especially among the young, were also identified, with strategies being developed, such as establishing farming settlements to encourage young people to work in agriculture.

They also planned to encourage the creation of manufacturing industries to reduce youth unemployment, and expressed the need to invest in education, health insurance and promotion of the cultural heritage of the Igbomina.

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The candidates, who were unanimous, said the district is marginalized in developing areas and called for the creation of additional local governments and constituencies.

They said the local government area of ​​Ifelodun, which is one of the local government areas in the district, is about the size of five local government areas in some states of the federation.

The people also pledged to use their connections and professional expertise to boost development in Kwara South district, saying they are fighting to serve their people.

Candidates include SDP Senators, Professor Wale Sulaiman, AP Ambassador Olutola Onijala, including House of Representatives candidates for the PDP’s Ifelodun/Offa/Oyun Federal Constituency, Hassan Oyeleke, SDP’s Saheed Popoola and Abdulfatai Jimoh of the NNPP.

The youth organisation’s president, Comrade Gabriel Omoniyi, also said the program was organized to achieve good governance and representation in the district, adding that it was intended to introduce the candidates to the challenges facing the community. faced, among others.

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He identified challenges in the area, such as high unemployment, poverty, bad roads and insecurity, and advised all candidates chosen to serve the people rather than themselves.

The Elegosi of Egosiland, Oba Daniel Dada, representing the Alofa of Ilofa and Chief Elemesi of Erin-Ile, Alhaji Abdulwahab Akinola, complained of hunger and anger in the country, and instructed the candidates to lift the people of the area out of poverty. to get.

They praised the organizers for organizing the program.

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