Pro­gres­sive change in 2020

The Punch - - NEW YEAR -

news, to mis­in­form the public and dis­tract the gov­ern­ment. Kwarans should rest as­sured that we are up to the task and shall never give in to them amid re­newed de­ter­mi­na­tion to free up re­sources for devel­op­ment.

“In 2020, we are lay­ing a solid foun­da­tion for a greater Kwara, one that works for all. The first quar­ter will record of­fi­cial launch of the So­cial In­vest­ment Pro­gramme to em­power the peo­ple across var­i­ous so­cial strata.”

In a state­ment by his Chief Press Sec­re­tary Taiwo Adisa, Makinde called for sup­port from all Oyo peo­ple, promis­ing to re­vive the health sec­tor, trans­form the econ­omy of the state and pro­tect life and prop­erty.

he en­cour­aged res­i­dents to con­trib­ute to the devel­op­ment of the state.

Nna­mani called for a stronger col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the gov­erned, stress­ing that “only such syn­ergy would pro­pel us to na­tional re­newal in 2020”.

In a state­ment, Tam­buwal applauded the re­silience and tol­er­ance of Nige­ri­ans in the face of many ob­sta­cles.

he said, “I am con­fi­dent that as we move into the new year, we shall sur­mount, as we have done count­less times, all the chal­lenges star­ing us in the face and putting us at dag­gers drawn with tol­er­ance and un­der­stand­ing.”

The gov­er­nor added, “I have said it times with­out num­ber that Nige­ria and Nige­ri­ans are one in­di­vis­i­ble en­tity or­dained by Al­lah. Any con­trived or ac­ci­den­tal at­tempt to foist dis­unity among them can only last but some mo­ments.”

Lawan in a state­ment by his me­dia aide Ola Awoniyi hailed the re­silience of Nige­ri­ans in their com­mit­ment to the unity and pros­per­ity of the coun­try and sup­port for the regime of the Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari (retd.).

he said, “I have no doubt in my mind that with the timely pas­sage of the bud­get, restora­tion of the Jan­uary to De­cem­ber fi­nan­cial year and other amend­ments re­cently made to our laws by the ninth Na­tional As­sem­bly, the econ­omy will en­joy sig­nif­i­cant growth in the new year.”

In a state­ment by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity Lanre La­sisi on Tues­day, Gba­jabi­amila said, “Let us unite more against our chal­lenges. Let us be our broth­ers’ keep­ers as al­ways. Our re­solve to re­main to­gether as a peo­ple should be un­shak­able.

“As an op­ti­mist, I have a strong be­lief that the year 2020 will be bet­ter for the coun­try in all ram­i­fi­ca­tions. Let us not de­spair. Let us keep hope alive, and God Almighty will see us through.”

Wase said in a state­ment by his Chief Press Sec­re­tary Umar Puma Nige­ri­ans should con­tinue to live in peace and harmony.

The Deputy Speaker added, “Nige­ri­ans are in safe hands under the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari. But what we have to do is to sup­port the gov­ern­ment and es­chew di­vi­sive ten­den­cies that are in­im­i­cal to the growth of the na­tion.

“Ibe­lievethat­ifwe­sup­por­t­and co­op­er­ate with the gov­ern­ment, we would be cre­at­ing an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the laud­able poli­cies and re­lent­less ef­forts be­ing made to trans­form Nige­ria.”

•Fire­works erupt over down­town Bangkok, Thai­land, dur­ing New Year’s cel­e­bra­tions ...on Tues­day. Photo: AFP

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