Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said the North Central region deserves much more in the area of infrastructural development and better political representations at the centre.
The Governor stated this in Ilorin, the state capital, when he hosted members of the Kogi State House of Assembly who came on an advocacy visit to rally support for Governor Yahaya Bello’s 2023 presidential bid.
AbdulRazaq commended the giant strides of his Kogi State counterpart and said the social media criticisms of him were not reflective of the infrastructural developments that have taken place under him.
AbdulRazaq said the North Central region, with its huge human and material resources, has never produced the President or Vice President since independence, urging the Federal Government to invest more in extractive infrastructure for the region and prioritise the dredging of the River Niger.
He said leaders within the region and across political divides are working together to change the political under-representation of the region at the centre.
The Kwara State House of Assembly Speaker, Yakubu Danladi-Salihu, for his part, commended the cordial relationship between the executives and legislative houses in the two states and the existing relations and histories they both share.
Danladi-Salihu said the Kogi State delegation had come to Kwara State to seek support for the presidential bid of Governor Bello and reasons why the zone should produce the next president of Nigeria.
“The delegation informed us about the sterling qualities of Governor Yahaya Bello and his programmes in addressing insecurity, gender equality and youth friendly programmes,” he said.
“We appreciate the visit of our colleagues and we told them for now, we will support them with prayers.”