Ilorin West LG Clarifies Demolition Of Sola Saraki Library, Says No Need To Play Cheap Politics - 9japarrot


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Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Ilorin West LG Clarifies Demolition Of Sola Saraki Library, Says No Need To Play Cheap Politics

•The facility will retain the name of Sola Saraki after the rehabilitation, says Ilorin West LG Chair

For over 24hours now there has been so many controversies regarding the demolishing of an aged library in the Ilorin West LGA of Kwara State.

 The library which was named in honour of a political stage in the State, Late Baba Sola Saraki has triggered so many comments and controversies.

The ILORIN West LGA at their end has come to stir clean and make clarifications on why the Library was demolished.

In a statement made available to our medium, the ILORIN West LGA TIC Chairman, Mukhtar AbdulGafar Omotosho urges the public to not play politics with the situation rather they should reason behind the call for the renovation of the library.

Obtained below is the press statement by the Local Government;

"Our attention has been drawn to what seems like a deliberate misinformation by some idle hands on the planned renovation of one of our properties at Ilorin West Local Government named after the late Olusola Saraki."

"The said dilapidated and vandalized property belongs to the people of Ilorin West. In other words, it is a public library constructed with public funds but named after the late politician. Community representatives led by Mallam Abdulganiyu Salihu Onifila cried out to the council to come to their aids by making use of the place for betterment of the community and local government at large".

"This property, long in disuse, had been in a state of horrible disrepair over the years and was serving as a haven for criminal elements, thereby posing threats to public safety."

Since our coming on board, we have received several public appeals to do something about the dilapidated structure to give it a face-lift and put it to good public use. The statement added

"It is against this background that we have saved up to rehabilitate the facility by making it an ICT Centre/e-Library for public use, especially in this age of information communication technology. 

"To begin this work, the old structure needed to give way, hence the demolition and packing of same that began last week."

"We wish to emphasise that this is a public facility owned by the Ilorin West Local Government. Naming it after the late politician was simply honorary."

"The local government recognises the need to give honour to whom it is due. The facility will retain the honorary name after the rehabilitation, just like we have other public facilities named after eminent Kwarans, late or alive. We do not see any need for anyone to play cheap politics with the action of the local government over its own property. The statement concludes

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