The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki on Sunday in Ilorin, reiterated his avowed commitment to the improvement of lives of the people in the Country, particularly Kwara.
Dr Saraki made the commitment in Ilorin at a town hall meeting with members of his Kwara Central Senatorial district in [particular and the whole state in general.
“My business in government is to improve the lives of the people, it is a duty and I pledge that I will not stop until this is achieved,” he added.
The Senate President described his election as the number three citizen in the country as the glory of all Kwara people.
According to Saraki, whether anybody liked it or not, it is now the turn of Kwara to have a shot at the senate presidency.
He noted that the South East zone had enjoyed the slot for eight years, the same with Benue State which also had eight years and now, adding that it was now the turn of Kwara to enjoy the slot.
Saraki stormed the venue of the town hall meeting amidst tight armed security made up of policemen, the Directorate of State Security (DSS), and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NCDSC), as well as Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
The Senate President said throughout his eight years as governor of Kwara, he never influenced employment of any Kwara indigene in NNPC or CBN.
Saraki however added that within one year in office as the Senate President, he had influenced the employment of many youths from the state to NNPC, CBN, Customs, immigration and in other federal agencies.
He also said that within the last one year, he influenced into the state which he said had hitherto eluded Kwara.
Sen Saraki such projects like the Baruten/Kaiama road, Ilorin/Omu-Aran road, Ajase-Ipo/Offa/Osun State border and Bode Saadu/Jebba captured in the Federal Budget, a feat that was never recorded in the past and promised their implementation.
He said he has also used his influence as the Senate President to get the approval of the construction of 2, 000 classrooms by Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
According to him, as part of effort to ameliorate the suffering of teachers in the state and the country at large, the Senate was working to push teachers’ salaries into capital expenditure of the federal government.
“This is why I said that this is our time to enjoy the office of the Senate President, you all pray for me to be able to do more for the state and its people,” Saraki said.
The town hall meeting a cross section of politicians, labour and artisans incuding Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
Others at the meeting were Ilorin youths forum, Ilorin Descendants and Progressive Union, Market women, Engine oil sealers and Artisan Congress.
At another event, the Senate President distributed empowerment materials worth N250million to selected beneficiaries in his constituency.
The materials included 80 tricycles, 1, 777 grinding machines and 664 sewing machines.
These, Sen Saraki said was to alleviate the degree of poverty among the people and equip the less privileged economically and thereby be self-reliant.
Saraki however was represented at the event by the state chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Ishola Balogun- Fulani.
Fulani said the Senate President regarded the gesture as a fulfillment of his electioneering campaign promises.
He advised the beneficiaries to use the items judiciously so that it could uplift them economically.
The Director -General of Saraki’s Constituency Office, Hon. Abdulwahab Issa, said beneficiaries of the scheme were selected across the wards in all the 16 Local Government Areas of the state.
He listed the beneficiaries as women associations, taxi drivers association, Hausa groups, Igbo groups, Zuru and Fulani groups