Mr Ali Yusuf-Jimoh, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Kwara House of Assembly, has pledged to construct a drain in Duma, Ilorin East Local Government Area of the state, to tackle the erosion ravaging the community.
Yusuf-Jimoh made the pledge on Wednesday during an on-the-spot assessment visit to the erosion site following a downpour.
The lawmaker, who was received by the people of the community, said that the project would commence soon to ameliorate the sufferings of residents.
Yusuf-Jimoh, an All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker representing Ilorin East Constituency in the House of Assembly, said the project would be his own way of impacting on his constituents.
“This erosion that has been disturbing you for decades would soon become a thing of the past.
“I am an eyewitness; the problem has been there for a very long time. But this time around, the slogan of ‘O to ge’ (enough is enough) that transformed to ‘Ise ya’ (let’s begin work) and metamorphosed to ‘Ise ti nlo’ (work is ongoing) in the state will take care of the project.
“Now I am telling you authoritatively and as a son of the soil that the project will be embarked upon with immediate effect.
“I just want to implore you to be prayerful for this government of Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq to succeed because it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people,” he said.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the lawmaker explained that he would have to embark on the project with his personal money because of the protracted problem that the residents of the area had suffered due to the perennial erosion.
He said that a four man-committee had been put in place with the head of the community as the chairman to hasten the job.
“Now, this is part of my contribution to the constituency. I am bringing out the funds from my personal purse; there is no constituency allowance because my constituency is very paramount to me.
“They sent me there to represent their interests and this forms part of what I was sent there to do,” he said.
Yusuf-Jimoh also asserted that he had embarked on repair of boreholes across the 12 political wards in the constituency to address the issue of water scarcity in the area.
He also explained that the transformers in five rural communities that were faulty had been repaired and reconnected to the national grid.
The lawmaker stated further that the APC government in the state would leave no stone unturned in ensuring rapid development.