Lawrence Afolabi – Ilorin
Kwara State Government has held a state Executive Council meeting to drive home its call for social distancing at a time of global COVID-19 pandemic .
A statement by Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye says the teleconference was attended by all members of the cabinet with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq saying such non-physical interaction offered a glimpse into what would happen in the future.
It states that the government is considering having a committee to review the 2020 budget in view of current economic realities to cut down on recurrent expenditure, making reference to the steep drop in the price of crude oil,.
The statement quotes the Governor as saying that “the national economic outlook is bleak and has necessitated urgent budget reviews to align available resources with priority projects to serve the public”.
It explains that the Governor said at least 20 of the 26 ongoing urban renewal road projects and 70 percent of the schools being rehabilitated would be ready by May 29, while the administration’s various water and energy projects have made tremendous impacts on the people across the state.
The statement also says soft loans would soon be extended to transport workers like motorcycle, tricycle and cab drivers who have been seriously affected by the shutdown to flatten the curve of transmission of COVID-19.
It explains that such loans, to be repaid in trickles after the COVID crisis is over, would come under the state’s social investment programme to help the drivers cope with the shutdowns.
The statement also commends the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 for the good work, urging all cabinet members to also join community advocacy to deepen public enlightenment without compromising public safety.