Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Monday met with the Finance Minister Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed to discuss investment programmes and various models to finance infrastructural development in the state.
The governor made a strong pitch for Kwara to benefit from the Federal Government’s Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme (RITCS) which is covered in the Executive Order 7 of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
The meeting also focused on attracting more grants, institutional investors, financial opportunities for Kwara State, and allocation of funds for Federal Roads in the state.
The meeting was attended by top government officials, including Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance Mr. Aliyu Ahmed; and the Director of International Economic Relations Department of the Ministry Aisha Omar.
In another development, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday held a security council meeting with commanders of various security agencies in the state amid assurance that Kwara will always take every step to protect lives and properties.
Attended by the Governor, Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, and other members of the council, highlights of the meeting included an upcoming joint security meeting between Kwara and Niger States to curtail kidnapping, banditry and other crimes, as well as a military operation this week in the forests between the two states with the goal of dislodging and clearing criminal elements from the area by denying them safe harbour.
The council also discussed proposed regulations of specific transport operators in synergy with their umbrella bodies to curb crimes, as well as renewed efforts of the administration to reposition Operation Harmony to improve the mobility and joint operations among the security forces.
The Governor briefed the council about the national strategies to tackle the farmers-herders’ crisis such as ranching and its funding under the National Livestock Transformation Programme, and the need for Nigerians to live in peace and harmony and respect one another’s economic rights.