Ahmed lays foun­da­tion for N1.1bn state sec­re­tar­iat

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Romoke W. Ahma, Ilorin

Kwara State Gov­er­nor Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed yes­ter­day flagged off of the con­struc­tion of a N1.1 bil­lion new sec­re­tar­iat for civil ser­vants.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the gov­er­nor said the new sec­re­tar­iat be­came nec­es­sary as of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion had be­come in­suf­fi­cient to cater for in­creas­ing work­force in the state civil ser­vice. He said the project was be­ing funded through the State In­fras­truc­tural Devel­op­ment Fund (IFK) which pools funds for crit­i­cal projects.

“The new sec­re­tar­iat com­plex was rec­om­mended by the need to open a new vista of mod­ern­ized and mo­ti­vated civil ser­vice in Kwara State. My gov­ern­ment is aware that our min­istries, depart­ment and agen­cies have had to cope with acute short­age of of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion,” he said, ex­plain­ing that the gov­ern­ment was fund­ing sev­eral crit­i­cal projects through the fund­ing win­dow of IFK, in­clud­ing the Geri Alimi Di­a­mond Un­der­pass, the du­al­i­sa­tion of Ku­len­deUITH Road and Kwara State Univer­sity cam­puses at Ek­iti and Ile­sha Baruba.

The Gov­er­nor said no state could achieve real devel­op­ment with­out tar­geted in­fras­truc­ture, es­pe­cially those that en­hance hu­man cap­i­tal devel­op­ment, stat­ing that his ad­min­is­tra­tion had suc­ceeded in main­tain­ing the del­i­cate bal­ance be­tween in­fras­truc­ture devel­op­ment and work­ers’ wel­fare.

Ear­lier, the Head of Ser­vice, Mrs Zahra Omar, thanked the gov­er­nor for em­bark­ing on the project amidst com­pet­ing needs.

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