Kwara state commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Saadatu Modibbo Kawu, today announced the resignation of her appointment to contest for the seat of Ilorin East and South federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Abuja, in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Addressing members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ilorin, Hajia Kawu said that her passion is in transformation of rural areas in the area of education sector.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant, who said that there is infrastructural gap in provision of toilets, especially in primary schools located in rural communities in the state, added that her focus would be to complement efforts of the state government at addressing the gap.
An educationist and proprietress, Hajia Kawu said she did her best to improve education system in the state despite the rot she allegedly met, especially in the rural communities, adding that she worked well with the education stakeholders to record success in school rehabilitation, e-learning and provision of equipment.
Hajia Kawu, who agreed that the nation’s education sector is in shambles, said that the education system is facing a challenge of inadequate funding, “especially at the primary education level”.
“The area also needs political office holders that are passionate about the appointment, in order to bring about desired change. Meanwhile, I’m satisfied so far with our stewardship. The state government has tried to change things more especially with backlog of decay inherited from the previous adminstration.
She described herself as the most prepared aspirant, saying that she had been in the journey before now, “having worked with communities in my constituency before this time and I also worked in the primaries of APC”.
If elected, the aspirant would be the first female House of Representatives from the Ilorin East Ilorin South federal constituency, as she is a native of Ilorin East local government and a citizen of the Ilorin South by marriage.
Hajia Kawu, who is the wife of immediate past director general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mallam Modibbo Kawu, said that she got the consent of her husband to contest, adding that her husband had given a go ahead.
“Though, he refused to give his consent when I asked for in the last general elections, but he has permitted me to go ahead this time, probably because there’s a more relative peace and low level of insecurity in our communities when compared with what was the case.
“My focus is on goal post and not about competition with any of the other aspirants. I’m focused on winning and representing my people. God sees my mind. People are with me. I’m confident to get this done and I will ensure strong relationship with people in my constituency and complement efforts of the state government on education sector”.