From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the high level of poverty among the people of the state.
Chieftains of the party, Senator Makanjuola Ajadi and comrade Ben Duntoye said this yesterday while speaking at a seminar organised for the youths by a group in PDP, the Kwara Positive Force.
Comrade Duntoye, a delegate to the National Conference, in his address entitled; “Youths: Instrument for Kwara Freedom” said there was poverty boldly written on the faces of many people in the State.
He observed that the state government has not done anything to positively affect the lives of the majority of the people in the state.
Duntoye, who was of the a Commissioner of Information during Dr Bukola Saraki’s administration said that the state government has more money than in the past, both from federation account and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), but the people are suffering the more.
“Kwara people are not satisfied with the current situation of things in the state. No jobs for the youths and there is poverty everywhere”, Duntoye added.
He called on Kwara youths to set the state free from the bondage, urging them to be focused, united and purposeful in their resolve to liberate the State from oppresion.
Duntoye, who is representing the youths at the conference lamented high rate of youths unemployment and under employment. “An employment that pays mere N5, 000 as salary is not what the youths of this state want, PDP youths reject this; this is slavery”, Duntoye said.
Duntoye challenged the All Progressives Congress,( APC) controlled state government to publish the names of the 8, 000 youths it claimed to have employed, their addresses, Local Governments and exact offices they were posted to.
He also lamented that the local government system in the state was close to total collapse as both the chairmen and councilors were crying over lack of fund to operate.
Duntoye decried lack of potable water for the generality of the people of the state despite billions of Naira government claimed to have spent on water reticulation.