Kwara Govt, CAN Differ over Religious Marginalisation

Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has denied allegation by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kwara State, that Christians in the state are being marginalized by the state Government.
CAN had accused the state government of basing its appointment on religious criterion. Earlier, CAN said "appointments into  government posts favour Muslims more than Christians in the state".
But, speaking during this month's edition of a monthly radio program, "the Governor Explains", Governor Ahmed said political appointments and patronages in the state have never been based on religion persuasions.
"Political appointments shall never be on religious persuasions. Appointment of political office holder in the
state has always been purely on local government  bases. It will be perilous to give political patronages on religion bases, especially as we try to evolve a nation out of an heterogeneous country like Nigeria," he said.
Advising Kwarans not to allow themselves to be dragged into any religious crisis, the Governor said "all appointments in the state had inputs from the various local government areas as the focus of government is to run an inclusive administration that accommodates all, irrespective of religion or ethnic affiliations."
Speaking on road construction, the governor promised to complete all on-going constructions and rehabilitations across the three senatorial districts of the state and appealed to the Federal Government to speedily intervene on the Ilorin/Jebbah, Ajasse/Erin-Ile roads to further enhance economic activities of the people.
On water projects, Governor Ahmed said that  while his government spends N10m monthly to sink boreholes across the state, contractors handling the water reticulation project in the state capital will soon go back to site.
The Governor, who also confirmed that the five general hospitals in Omu-Aran, Share, Offa, Kaiama and Ilorin will be ready for commissioning by the end of November, assured the people that "another five will be renovated to modern standard with qualified medical personnel as part of our determination to bring health services to the door steps of the people".
 Ahmed thanked the people of the state for their unalloyed support and trust and further appealed for understanding to enable the state deliver more on its electoral promises.
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