Kwara State Government Thursday appealed to the Federal Government to expedite action towards the take-off of the Hydro Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPADEC) in the state.
The state government said the delay in the take-off of the commission in the state, despite the enactment and signing of its Act into law, had continued to affect the various communities that needed the assistance of the commission in view of the recent flood disasters that ravaged some parts of the state.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Isiaka Gold, disclosed this to journalists in Ilorin, after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting at Government House, Ilorin.
According to him, "The state executive council felt disturbed by the plight of thousands of victims in the recent flood disaster suffered by the downstream communities in the state."
The SSG stated that: "The state government has resolved to champion the cause of member states to ensure that governors in the zone impress it on the Federal Government the need to facilitate the commission's take off before the ongoing process of unbundling the electricity sector comes to fruition."
On the immortalisation of the name of late Waziri of Ilorin and strongman of Kwara State politics, Dr. Olusola Saraki, the SSG said the council directed the state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, to write a special letter to President Goodluck Jonathan as a follow-up to the resolutions of the members of the National Assembly on the renaming of Ilorin International Airport after Saraki.
He said: "Processes leading to the take-off of the commission which had begun with series of meetings held in Kaduna under the auspices of Kwara State are to be stepped-up by the Secretaries to the State Governments with Kwara State leading the initiative."
Gold, who said the council also considered the draft White Paper on the report of the visitation Panels to the three premier state-owned Colleges of Education in Ilorin, Oro and Lafiagi, said the panel discovered falsification of admission enrolment, unauthorised borrowing, high handedness and power tussle within the rank and file of the institutions' authorities.
The SSG further stated that: "In view of these, Council approved the setting up of committees to look into i) the debt profile of over N152 million in the College of Education, Ilorin and ii) a committee to check the appropriateness of re-introducing the IJMB programme in the College Of Education, Oro and Lafiagi without losing focus of their primary mandate."
He said: "The Council also directed the three colleges to discontinue all degree and outreach courses and focus on training teachers for basic education level. Meanwhile, the enabling Laws of the Colleges are to be reviewed in line with the dynamics of the contemporary world."
The SSG also said the council approved the renaming of the present Fate Road starting from Fate Roundabout Down to Government Secondary School (GSS) Roundabout as Sola Saraki Way.
He added that apart from this, the present road starting from Geri-Alimi Roundabout to Yebumot Hotel remains Dr. Abubakar Sola Saraki Drive.