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REVEALED : 99 Things Saraki Did As Governor Of Kwara State


Nigerians Take To Social Media To Reveal 99 Things Saraki Did While In Office As Governor.

Following the appearance on Twitter spaces by  Dr. Bukola Saraki a former president of the Nigerian senate and a presidential aspirant in the forthcoming 2023 General elections, Nigerians have taken to various social media platforms to reveal things done by Saraki while he was in office as Governor. 

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1. Kwara State under Saraki was the first state to complete the Nigeria Independent Power Project (NIPP) by re-energizing the Ganmo Power Station in Ilorin. The power station generated only 90 MVA but after the reconstruction in collaboration with the Federal Government, the power generation capacity of the sub-station increased to an impressive 150 MVA with an installed capacity of 300 megawatts, resulting in an average daily power supply of 18-22 hours per day in the areas it serviced.

2. The Bukola Saraki administration initiated and completed seven 15 MVA sub-stations (i.e mini-power stations) to fully utilize and maximize the power supply coming from the National Grid through Ganmo.

3. The Saraki administration also oversaw the connection of 375 rural communities to the National Grid.

4. 725 Power transformers were installed by the Saraki administration in various parts of the State. In fact, due to the various creative investments made in the area of provision of power supply to the nooks and crannies of the State, the then Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) adjudged Kwara State under Saraki as the “best state in Nigeria" in terms of power supply investment”.


5. The Saraki administration rehabilitated 103 primary health centres across the state to a minimum specified standard which included equipment for outpatient services, family planning consultations, nutritional items added supplements for patient management, ante, and post-natal services, modern laboratory equipment, and cleaning facilities. Electricity and running water were also connected to all the centres.

6. The Saraki administration introduced the training of all health workers involved in child health care in the state in Integrated Management for Childhood Illness (IMCI). The training enabled them to accurately identify childhood illnesses, ensured appropriate combined treatment of all major illnesses, strengthened the counseling of caretakers and sped up the referral of severely ill children. The IMCI training served to improve the skills of the healthcare staff, family and community health practices, and the overall health system, from the gateman of the health facility to the consultants in charge.

7. The Saraki administration was the first in Nigeria to introduce a home-based health record book that guaranteed the access of pregnant women to a comprehensive package of healthcare starting from antenatal care and ensuring continuous care throughout pregnancy, delivery, early infancy, and childhood up until the child’s fifth birthday. The initiative was later copied by the Federal Government which named its own Personal Health Record.

8. The Saraki administration also implemented a statewide polio Programme which culminated in a zero-level prevalence of the Wild Polio Virus (WPV). The state under the administration achieved over 90 percent coverage in routine immunizations, significantly higher than the national average of 80 percent. The extensive coverage in the National Immunisation Programme ( NIP) for routine immunization then made Kwara remain polio-free despite its being surrounded by states that still have cases of WPV.

9. The Kwara Govt between 2003 to 2011 distributed over 300,000 Long-lasting Insecticide-Treated (LLIT) nets, 187,000 Artemis Combination Therapy Drugs (ACT), 370,000 Sulphadosine Pyrimethsmine (SO), and 105,000 units each of Paracetamol, Vitamin V, B-Complex / multi-vitamins across the state. As a result, malaria in pregnant women was reduced by 20 percent and reported malaria cases in hospitals, in general, were reduced by 10 percent between 2008 and 2009 alone.

10. The Saraki administration started the Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) to make quality healthcare services readily available, accessible, acceptable, and affordable to the majority of Kwarans, most of whom live in rural areas. 39, 676 people initially enrolled and they only pay an annual fee of N300 a year. The scheme is a tripartite arrangement with the Dutch Government represented by PharmAccess, Kwara State Government, and another private sector healthcare company.

11. The Saraki govt recruited and trained 1,500 health workers of different categories, including 94 physicians, three pharmacists, 852 nurses/midwives, 32 laboratory technicians/medical scientists, 18 medical record officers, and 350 community health workers. It also trained radiographers in cutting-edge ultrasound techniques and also trained doctors and midwives in emergency obstetric care and extended life-saving skills.

12. The administration introduced an articulated Accident and Emergency Programme and established ambulance points at major roads leading into, and out of the State Capital. Located at Budo Awero, (Ogbomoso Road), Olokonla (Jebba Road), Odo Owu (Kabba Road), and Ijagbo (Osogbo Road), these fully equipped state-of-the-art ambulances were purchased to provide emergency first aid services and evacuate accident victims to the nearest hospital.

13. The Saraki administration conceived, built, and equipped the Kwara Advanced Medical Diagnostic Centre, a state of the art Centre with imaging and laboratory divisions, complete with a 64-slice CT scanner, 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner, ultrasound, echocardiograms, mammograms, and routine X-rays machine based in Ilorin as part of a holistic vision for improving the healthcare delivery system of the state and serving as a referral diagnostic Centre for all the states in North Central Nigeria. The Centre also has a full-fledged Laboratory services division, complete with automated haematology, biochemistry, immunology, and microbiology units.

14. The Saraki administration also established a new College of Nursing which was commissioned in December 2010.

15. The Kwara State Govt under Saraki succeeded in reducing HIV prevalence by 36 percent since 36 percent through the establishment of HIV counseling and testing centers in all local governments, collaborating with development partners, private hospitals, and the Ministry of Education.

16. In partnership with Sight Savers International (SSI), the Saraki administration set about attempting to reverse the trend in visual loss among the less privileged. By 2009, 48, 526 patients had been attended to and screened while the number of cataract surgeries increased from 120 in 2003 to 2, 630 in 2009. The Kwara Eye Programme became so popular then that there was an influx from neighboring states.


17. The Saraki administration employed enforcement of school attendance, additional recruitment, and redistribution, especially among rural and urban schools to dramatically reduce the actual pupil-qualified teacher ratio from 34: 1 in 2006 to 13: 1 in 2009 for primary, 50: 1 to 19: 1 for junior secondary school and 45: 1 to 16: 1 for senior secondary.

18. In 2008, Kwara Govt started an initiative called Teacher Development Needs Assessment (TDNA) under which 23, 000 teachers sat for a competency test in literacy and numeracy to determine the level of retraining they needed. It was the first time such a test was conducted in Nigeria. The State Schools Improvement Team (SSIT) was formed to train and support Schools Support Officers (SSO) who in turn began to provide ongoing support and training to teachers.

19. Under the Saraki administration, Massive construction and renovation of classrooms reduced the pupil-class ratio in the state from 51: 1 to 34: 1in 2009 for primary and kept at 42: 1 and 35: 1 for junior secondary and senior secondary respectively.

20. The Saraki administration also invested in the procurement of core textbooks which led to a 1: 1 textbook pupil ratio for primary schools in 2009 from the 4: 1 ratio of 2006. The Book Revolving Initiative for Schools (BREINS) introduced in 2005, has also continued to ensure access to textbooks for all junior and senior secondary school students.

21. The Saraki administration in Kwara State increased the literacy rate with massive pushing up of the Gross Enrollment Rate for primary from 78 percent in 2006 to 115 percent in 2009, with a gender disparity of less than one percent. Similarly, Gross Completion Rate was pushed up from 72 percent in 2006 to 95 percent in 2009. Also, the transition rate from junior to Senior Secondary School was raised from 78 percent in 2006 to 81 percent in 2009, with a gender disparity of five percent.

22. The Saraki administration established the Kwara State University in 2009 as a response to the growing irrelevance and dwindling capacity of tertiary education in Nigeria. Its mandate was to balance global perspective with community relevance and therefore to demonstrate its capacity to drive progress by producing global citizens for community development.


23. The Saraki administration created Integrated Youth Farm Settlement Schemes designed to create a new generation of farmers by bringing educated young men and women together at a camp in Malete, to be trained in a wide range of agricultural practices from soil and animal husbandry, irrigation and maintenance of farm machinery to crop harvesting, finance, and marketing.

24. The Saraki government on June 8, 2008, established a world-class Integrated Youth Skills Acquisition and Empowerment Centre, Yikpata in Edu LGA to help young people, women, and artisans learn new and useful skills.

25. The Saraki government consistently renovated facilities at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Permanent Orientation Camp at Yikpata which was until 2012 ranked as second best in the country.

26. The Saraki government heavily invested in sports as a way of gainfully engaging with the youths. For example, it revived the Kwara United Football Club and ensured the club gained promotion into the nation’s Premier League. Also, the state recorded a series of victories in local and international sports meets. For instance, DE-JAYCE Football Club in Kwara won the trophy at the National YSFON Soccer Competition at Enugu, the State’s Darts and Scrabble players participated in the 6th Edition of North Darts Tournament in Gusau, and National Paralympics Championship in Ijebu Ode and won medals.

27. The Saraki administration founded the first-ever football training institution in Nigeria, namely the Kwara Football Academy (KFA) to identify and train young talents. The KFA was set out in a very serene environment laid out across 35 hectares of lush green land and has four standard football pitches as well as tennis and basketball courts, a formidable gymnasium, student hostels/dormitories with common rooms, kitchens and cafeteria, a fully functioning medical Centre, staffed with a dedicated medical expert and physiotherapist, and classroom blocks.


28. The Saraki administration invested huge funds to tackle the problem of inadequate funding and poor infrastructure in agriculture. For example, it purchased 22 new tractors and 22 sets of Balkan implements to help with the cultivation of 711.14 hectares of land for the production of cassava, maize, rice, and soya beans, as well as land cultivation and resurrection of the Duku Lake irrigation scheme which had been neglected by previous administrations.

29. The Saraki government in Kwara established a cashew processing industry in Ogbondoroko, Asa LGA, in partnership with a private company. The overall goal was to process the cashew nuts and export them from Ilorin to Atlanta.

30. The investment in Ogbondoroko attracted the Olam Cashew Processing factory which was revived with funds from Singapore. The plant then had over 1,500 workers on its payroll and all of them were provided with free accommodation and a subsidized transport system.

31. The Saraki administration brought in 13 Zimbabwean farmers to establish the Shonga Farms. This was a bold attempt to introduce large-scale commercial farming into the country and make local farmers borrow new techniques, modern technology, and efficient operational system from the relocated farmers which can be replicated across the country. Today, the Poultry section of Shonga Farms has witnessed tremendous investment and is one of the biggest suppliers of poultry and dairy products in Nigeria today.

32. Kwara State under Abubakar Bukola Saraki was the first state to conduct a comprehensive farmers’ census. During the census, images of Farms were captured using a Global Positioning System (GPS) to determine Farm capacity and the type of support that each required. As a result, it was established that the 102, 969 Farms are supported by 524,837 family labour and 466,426 hired labour. This brings the total number of people directly involved in farming in Kwara to 1, 094, 232 about 42 percent of the population, which is significantly less than the assumed figure of 70 percent.

33. The Saraki administration achieved a lot in agriculture through the Outgrowers Scheme for Rice Farmers implemented as a PPP where farmers were trained and supplied with all necessary production inputs such as seeds, fertilizers, herbicides, and machinery. Through this scheme, rice production dramatically increased from 18,710 tonnes in 2003 to 400,431 tonnes in 2009. As a result, Kwara moved from Number 22 to the second-largest rice producer in Nigeria in 2005. To accentuate this new status, the government built two more rice mills. The Programme was to be expanded to cover soybeans and maize, for which the State has a comparative advantage.


34. The Saraki administration established the Kwara State Housing Corporation and tasked it with facilitating partnerships with private sector companies to deliver mass housing units throughout the State. Additional state agencies like Surveyor-General Office, Land Information System (LIS), the Bureau of Lands, and the Kwara Geographic Information System ( KWAGIS) were created and they employed skilled engineers and technology to enforce building regulations and ensure qualitative surveying of towns when building business spaces, homes and roads. Through these agencies, the state conducted 300 field surveys and identified 1600 plots of land for residential and commercial use. 80,000 hectares of land were also identified for commercial agriculture and this has been used by the Shonga Farms and Gil Flour Mills Limited. These are efforts that led to the modern Kwara that we now have.

35. The Saraki administration constructed the following residential estates across the state as part of the building of the modern Kwara State:

a) Mandate 1 Estate

b) Mandate 11 Estate

c) Mandate 111 Estate

d) Kima Estate

e) Shonga Estate

f) Omuaran Estate

g) Offa Estate

h) Irewolede Estate

i) Royal Valley

j) Harmony Estate

All these residential housing estates generated new homes for civil servants and other low-income earners.

36. As part of the deliberate efforts aimed at creating a modern state, commercial property development was deliberately embarked upon and that led to the refurbishment of Kwara Hotel and Guthrie Nigeria Limited, redeveloped the old Satellite Motel in Ilorin which was upgraded to a three-star facility.

37. The Saraki government redeveloped two key markets, Ojo Oba and Kulende which were given demarcated walls, partitioned market stalls, and reconstructed roads.


38. When a 2004 report of the Kwara State Planning Commission concluded that “Although Kwara State is blessed with sufficient water resources for the needs of the people, actual water supply is very poor in most parts of the state. Access to potable water in urban areas is estimated at 40 percent of the entire population of about 2.2 million”, the government responded by setting up a Water Policy Implementation Committee which was tasked with resuscitating the dilapidated water schemes in the state. The committee first renovated 41 obsolete waterworks in the state.

39. The Saraki government then quickly followed up with the creation of a new N1.2 billion water treatment plant at Asa Dam WaterWorks, capable of producing 12 million gallons of water per day.

40. In a third approach to solving the water supply problem in Kwara State, the Saraki government rehabilitated 44 other waterworks all over the three Senatorial districts.

41. Also from 2006, the third year in office of the Saraki administration, the Ministry of Rural Development embarked on a Programme to ensure 10 boreholes per ward-community under its Rural Water Supply Scheme (RUWA). Thus, 1,930 boreholes were to be constructed in the 193 ward communities by 2007. Under the first phase of the Programme, the government-financed the drilling of 30 new, hand-pump fitted boreholes and the rebuilding of 204 broken down boreholes.

42. In the second phase of the Water for All in Kwara by the Saraki administration, 24 waterworks and boreholes were renovated and water treatment chemicals were purchased. Another water treatment plant was constructed by Bi-water Nigeria Limited in order to raise the installed capacity from 12 million gallons per day to 13.5 million gallons.

43. The Saraki government also procured 10,000 litre water tankers to distribute water to all parts of the state as an interim measure while the Works were being carried out; these tankers delivered water directly to people’s homes across the state. The government also released 15 motorcycles to the Water Corporation for plumbers to carry out water rationing services as well as bulk-buying maintenance materials.

44. The Saraki administration dredged the Omu Aran, Oke Onigbin, and Babanla weirs While also constructing the Erin Ile weir.


45. The Saraki government created the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development in 2009 to serve as the intellectual base for the creation of the social and economic framework such as the Kwara State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (KWASEEDS) to facilitate the translation of state development policies and strategies into positive economic reality.

46. The location of the Nigeria Stock Exchange and the branches of the major financial institutions in the state became clear manifestations of the positive dividends of the policy, as well as the influx of mega industries such as Dangote Flour Mill, Tuyil Pharmaceutical Company, Chelarams PLC for motorcycles, all of whom manufacture a wide range of consumer and industrial products.

47. The Saraki government established the 515-hectare Free Trade Zone around Eiyenkorin.

48. The Saraki administration injected new life into some of the apparently deceased commercial ventures owned by the state, including the defunct Kwara Furniture Company (run in partnership with ETHNIX DESIGN of South Africa), the former Kwara Paper Converter Limited (now operating in partnership with Messrs Delrot (Nig) Ltd, and the Kwara State Textile Industrial Limited (in partnership with a private company).


49. Under the Saraki administration, Radio Kwara which had been abandoned since 1989 was equipped with four additional studios, while a 50 KW medium wave radio transmitter was installed to improve the broadcasts.

50. Also, the Saraki government purchased and caused to be installed a new Omni-directional UHF antenna at the Kwara State Television House with the involvement of Channels Television, a private sector partner, in addition to a Repeater Station installed in Kaiama and another one nearing completion at Gbugbu (Edu LGA) to enhance reception of signals in every part of the state.

51. The Saraki administration relocated the state newspaper, Herald from its temporary office to a more permanent one while considerable efforts were made to improve the print run of the newspapers.


52. On August 18, 2003, the Saraki Government launched the ‘Clean and Green’ scheme, waste management, and environmental beautification project to take care of surface-level sanitation and drainage protection to prevent flooding and erosion during rain. The project created jobs for 2000 youths and brought about a living environment free of waste and filth, kept in check by a weekly and monthly sanitation Programme.


53. The Saraki administration completed the abandoned rural electrification projects at Aigbeyangi, Kpada, Gaa Lanba, Gaa Gata, Eleyele, Pututa, Bizera, Okutala, and several others.

54. The Saraki administration also undertook the electrification of Alalu-Bosa Village in Ilorin East Village and provision of rural feeder roads, electricity, and drinking water, through the construction of five deep wells in each of the 16 LGAs.


55. The Saraki administration dualised the 2.37 kilometre Geri Alimi - New Yidi Road.

56. The Saraki administration also dualised the 3.5 Km Geri Alimi-Yebunot Road.

57. The Saraki Government constructed the Chikanda - Kosubosu - Okuta - Ilesha Baruba, Oyo State Boundary Road which had been neglected for many years

58. Kwara Govt under Saraki constructed the 4.5-kilometre NNPC Pipeline Road in Ilorin Hajj Camp Airport.

59. Kwara Govt under Saraki constructed the Stadium Complex underpass roads in Ilorin.

60. Kwara Govt under Saraki constructed the 3.1 kilometre Omu Aran township road.

61. The Saraki administration in Kwara State constructed the 1.5 kilometre Etsu Palace-Hospital Road at Pategi.

62. The Saraki administration also constructed the 1.9 kilometre Oke Onigbin - Ijara - Iji - Owode - Ofaro Road.

63. The Saraki administration constructed or renovated the Club 5 Road in Offa.

64. The Saraki Government constructed or renovated Tiamiyu Olatinwo Road at Offa with asphalt overlay.

65. The Saraki administration renovated the 4.1 kilometre Kaiama township Road.

66. The Saraki administration renovated the 1.5 Kilometre Lafiagi township road with a double layer surface.

67. The Saraki government constructed or renovated the Ojaiya Roro bridge.

68. Kwara State Government under Saraki renovated or constructed the Oko bridge.

68. The Saraki government constructed the first flyover in the state at the Post Office Area in Ilorin. The project became the most remarkable example of civil construction embarked upon by the administration.

69. The Saraki administration installed street lights in many parts of the State Alitalia along roads such as Geri Alimi, Total, New Yidi, Geri Alimi, Yebmot, and Ipaye - Ilofa GRA.

70. The Saraki administration constructed the ultra-modern Banquet Hall where subsequent administrations proudly host top-level state events today.

71. The Saraki administration built a new Deputy Governor’s Office.

72. The Saraki administration built a new First Lady’s Office to enable the wife of Governors of the state to have a place from which to conceive, plan and execute development and social welfare programmes in aid of their husband’s work and in support of government’s efforts.

73. The Saraki Administration constructed a new Governor’s residence.

74. Kwara State Government under Saraki built a new Governor’s Office, comprising facilities and offices for the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Head of Service, and Attorney General of the State.

75. The Saraki administration built a new Executive Council Chamber.

76. The Saraki administration constructed a new Administrative block in the Government House.

77. The Saraki government renovated the Secretariat Complex along Offa Road.

78. The Saraki administration constructed the Ilorin Metropolitan Square where his two successors were sworn in and where state government and organizations have held several rallies.

79. The Saraki government executed the reconstruction of the Kulende Market.

80. The Saraki administration in Kwara State constructed the new Terminal Building and Cargo shed at Ilorin International Airport.

81. The Saraki administration built the Royal Reception Centre for first-class Traditional Rulers (Ajase-Ipo, Igbaja, Patigi, and Lafiagi).

82. The Saraki administration constructed the injection sub-station for NEPA at Agba Dam and Sobi Barracks.

83. The Saraki administration built new Court Rooms and Judges Quarters to enhance the services of the judiciary and aid quick dispensation of justice at all times and to all persons.

84. The Saraki administration built the Marriage Registry in Ilorin.

85. The Saraki administration, as part of its promotion of social welfare services, built hostels for unadoptable children.

86. The Saraki administration in Kwara State constructed the Matron’s Quarters at the Children Reception Centre in Gaa Akanbi.

87. The Saraki administration built the Principal’s Quarters at the Children Rehabilitation Centre.

88. The Saraki administration also renovated the Area Office of the Ministry of Social Development and Culture.


89. To assist the Police and enhance security in Kwara State, the Saraki administration constructed 25 new police posts in Ilorin, the state capital.

90. The Saraki administration also provided bulletproof vests, vehicles, and upgraded communication gadgets available to the police to the latest models.

91. The Saraki administration erected surveillance cameras at strategic locations in and around the state capital for the use of the state Police Command.


92. The Saraki administration instituted a project monitoring system that made sure all government ministries and agencies has at least two evaluation processes. In collaboration with the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (BMPIU) and the Project Monitoring Unit, the State recorded an unprecedented completion rate within the shortest possible time.

93. The Saraki administration after modernizing the economy of Kwara State also instituted a process of ensuring the government derived the benefit of increased revenue from its socio-Economic investments. Thus, the IGR increased from N64 million per month in May 2003 to N300 million in July 2009, a rise that was projected to continue upwards since then.

94. The Saraki government in Kwara State reconciled and paid off the debt of N 42 billion that it inherited in 2003.

95. As part of its drive towards transparency and effectiveness, the State government granted approval for Intercontinental Bank, FinBank, and Bank PHB to support and handle e-payment for salaried pensions and other payments from the state which came into effect in April 2009.


96. The Saraki administration raised N5 billion in loans for civil servants and other public office holders in the state to purchase shares in the stock market.

97. The Saraki administration also issued Civil servants with laptop and desktop computers, paid for on an installment basis, while computer training programmes and workshops were organized for political office holders such as permanent secretaries, directors, information officers, planning officers, and level 14 and 15 officers.


98. Even though Ilorin had an international airport since the 1970s, as in 2003 when the Saraki administration took off, the airport was being put to little or no use at all. It was after 2004 when the Saraki administration provided the necessary leadership that opened up the airport to commercial flight operations. The administration’s efforts led to the re-designation and equipping of the airport to provide scheduled local and international commercial flights. Equipped as a specialized cargo airport offering clients a welcome alternative to the frequently congested Lagos airport, its cargo terminal started to serve as a ‘dry port’ and a cargo hub for the northern part of the country, including the provision of around the clock operation and customs officers.

99. Further to its plan to use the development of the aviation sector to further modernize and open up the economy of Kwara State, the Saraki administration established the Ilorin College of Aviation to train world-class technicians with a key focus on efficiency and safety. The College is the second state-owned aviation college in West Africa, after the Federal College of Aviation, Kaduna State. Along with the training of commercial pilots, the College was planned to have important connections with the Kwara State University College of Aeronautical Sciences, which was planned as part of the University’s Faculty of Engineering in collaboration with Princeton University.

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