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Labour leader, Issa Aremu, Declares To Run For Kwara Gubernatorial Seat

One of the foremost labour leaders in the country, Comrade Issa Aremu, has formally declared to run for 2019 governorship election in Kwara State; under the Labour Party of Nigeria.

Comrade Aremu, a National Executive Council (NEC) member of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and General Secretary of Textile Workers Union, while declaring his intention vowed to end underdevelopment that has characterisesd the era of successive governments in the state.

The labour leader made the declaration at the Nelson Mandela centenary birthday celebration attended by politicians, thousands of trade union activists as well-wishers in Ilorin on Wednesday.

Aremu, who was the guest speaker at the event said he was motivated to join the gubernatorial race because Kwara state needs “a radical change from underdevelopment, mass hunger, and poverty”.

Comrade Aremu who regretted that unlike first generation states such as Kano, Rivers and Lagos, which he said had advanced in roads, health, education, security and public welfare, Kwara, in recent times, is poorly governed through what he called “exclusivist unaccountable governance.”

According to him, it was high time Kwarans organised and enthroned inclusive governance for mass prosperity for all; regretting that the few ruling elites had denied the well- being of many Kwarans.

He recalled that at creation, Kwara was the fastest growing state with bold Developmental Plans, which laid solid foundations for accelerated economic growth, increased productivity in agriculture, industrial development and improved quality of life of the people through the provision of necessary infrastructure.

He added that Kwara must return to development planning.

He lamented that Kwara state ranks 28th on the ranking of states by states GDP, “beaten to it by newest states like Imo, Edo and Oyo, adding that his governorship governance, will bring back productivity through reindustrialisation.

The declaration of comrade Aremu was preceded by an interactive session on the “State of (Kwara) State” during which discussants were unanimous that most of the industries in the state have closed down with mass loss of thousands of jobs of youths.

They resolved that Kwara State needed a dynamic accountable leadership that must be ambitious with state building.

Aremu is following in the footstep of the present Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who was also the General Secretary of Textile workers, before becoming the NLC president and the Edo State governor before his present position.

Aremu, who was the vice general secretary of the Textile workers, took over as substantive General Secretary from Comrade Oshiomhole. Culled from TRIBUNE.

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