09 August, 2020
A social advocacy group, Kwara Advancement Initiative (KAI) has accused the Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq-led Government of politicizing the recruitment process for the Federal Government’s Special Public Works (SPW) programme in the State, saying that the selection process is being titled in favour of APC members and supporters.
The programme which was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of the fiscal stimulus measures in response to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, seeks to engage a total of 1,000 Nigerians from each of the 774 local government areas of the country.
This means a total of 16,000 people are to be enrolled under the programme in Kwara State.
Though the programme is being coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, selection committees have been inaugurated by the ministry in each state of the federation to handle selection of beneficiaries in their respective states.
Beneficiaries of programmes such as this ought to cut across ethnicities, religious and party lines.
It is however unfortunate that in Kwara State, the recruitment process has been hijacked and heavily politicized, as slots have been appropriated to senators, House of Representatives members, friends and appointees of the Governor Abdulrazaq including commissioners, special advisers, special assistants and members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State.
Application forms for the programme that ought to be readily available for interested Kwarans irrespective of their political affiliations are now being distributed to members and supporters of the APC at ward and local government levels. Sadly, interested Kwarans who are not members and supporters of the APC have been marginalized.
Our organization is concerned by this ugly development that has seen selection process for a Federal Government’s programme being titled in favour of members and supporters of a particular political party.
While we appreciate the Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government for introducing this initiative, we note with utter disappointment that the selection process for beneficiaries in Kwara State is politicized and lopsided. This is unfortunate and dangerous for our democracy.
This is an assault on the sensibilities on the people of Kwara State. The message Governor Abdulrazaq and his party are passing is that government’s programmes and policies are only meant for members and supporters of the ruling party. The interest of generality of Kwarans do not matter to them.
Head of Advocacy and Good Governance, KAI,
Bashir Lekan Abdulkareem