Governorship candidate of the Accord Party (AP) in Kwara State, Ayorinde Adedoyin, has said he would end ironic crying of poverty in the midst of plenty in the state if elected the governor.
He said the state ironically suffers poverty when it is blessed with enormous human and mineral resources with which it could have been economically buoyant.
Adedoyin, who stated this in a chat with newsmen in his home town in Agbamu, Irepodun local government area of the state, said there are a lot of indigenes living outside the state who have the resources and capacity to aid development of the state.
He added that the state was richly endowed with mineral resources to the extent that there is none of the 16 local government areas that does not have one resource or the other.
The politician said that if he becomes the governor, his administration would harness both the human and mineral resources to lift the state out of economic quagmire.
“This Kwara will be great, we have what it takes to make it great and we will make use of it,” he stated.
The governorship candidate, who said Kwara needed help to be extricated from poverty, however, explained that it is the indigenes that could render the help.
He said he would, as governor, champion the appeal for this help by calling on and encouraging indigenes of the state in the Diaspora with economic ideas and resources to come and invest the assets in the state.
Adedoyin said the state has suffered misfortune and become a shadow of its former self making many of its indigenes outside not to strongly believe in it as a project that could be successful any longer.
He said he would address this situation by encouraging resuscitation of moribund industries and further investments to create jobs for many indigenes and improve revenue for the state.
“Kwara should be doing better than it is doing now. In the past, Kwara was doing well because Kwarans believed in the state. They believe in what they have,” he said.