The State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon Kola Shittu on Wednesday said President of 8th Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki laid foundation for new and modern kwara.
Chief Kola Shittu disclosed this on while fielding questions from members of Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners (ASKOMP) in his Ilorin Residence.
He said the former Senate President who governed Kwara State from 2003 to 2011 implemented quality infrastructures in terms of roads, bridges, education, health and other areas.
”Bukola Saraki had a lot of vision to develop kwara state. He established the State University (Kwara State University, Malete). God used him to make it a reality. Initially we proposed Kwara Polytechnic as site but Saraki later suggested virgin land in Malete for the University. I (Kola Shittu) chose the Architect that designed the masterplan. He uplifted Ilorin International Airport to current standard and constructed roads across the three senatorial districts.
”His administration improved wellbeing of teachers and provided better office space for civil servants. The establishment of new GRA attracted kwara in diaspora to build houses at home. Bukola Saraki is quite influential and powerful. He has capacity and capability. He was a big boy in Lagos before becoming governor. Saraki renovated Government House and constructed Presidential Lodge.”
The PDP Chairman who served as Special Adviser on Infrastructure during Saraki’s days as givernor noted that AbdulFatah Ahmed administration completed some of the Saraki’s projects, introduced Youth employment scheme and Kwara State Internal Revenue Service.
The Offa born politician advised current administration not to trivialize governance, ”I thought we should have move further, especially the education ones. I am a civil engineer by training! The essence of western education is to let you reason on how to move things forward and not downplaying achievements of previous administrations.”
Speaking in PDP defeat during 2019 general elections, Shittu attributed is to complacency and over confidence.