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ranged from management, wrong location strategies, raw material problems, to the death of the proprietors. The implications include:

(i) Kwara State has been denied large employment opportunities from the industrial sector. A

large proportion of job losses were experienced through the collapse of the industries. (ii) Loss of regular income and revenue that could have been re-invested for future

development. (iii) Loss of expanse of infrastructure development, which could have been enjoyed by existing

industries.

destroyed

For example, a large

following

the

closure

of

proportion of Nigerian Paper

housing estates were Mill in Jebba, and the

abandoned and Nigerian Sugar

Company in Bacita, just to mention a few.

  • (iv)

    the industrial landscape of Kwara State has also suffered physical development. others thus far, have resulted in

    • a.

      Dependence on government for survival in Ilorin and environs

    • b.

      Fear on the part of investors, both from within and outside the state

    • c.

      Low pace of industrial development

    • d.

      Diversification into distributive trade and investments

    • e.

      Increase in poverty levels and low incomes

    • f.

      Further collapse of government based industries.

These,

and

Since the inauguration of the third republic (1999), there has been increase in the rate of development in most of the States of Federation. This ranges from the increase in the provision of social infrastructural facilities, poverty alleviations, and accessibility, to public goods and services, as well as improved standards of living. Democracy worldwide has been described as the first hope

of the people against the dictatorial democratic administration has ushered

government of the in, an increased pace

past.

In Kwara State, the coming of

of development.

This could be seen in:

  • (i)

    Opening up of roads in many parts of the state, especially in the rural areas,

  • (ii)

    Construction and extension of existing roads into dual carriage ways in major urban centers,

  • (iii)

    Tarring and mending of existing roads in some parts of the state, especially the state capital,

  • (iv)

    Provision of high powered electric transformers and stepping down of the national grid at

Ganmo, leading to improved electricity in the state capital and some industrial layouts, (v) Invitation of industrial companies into the state. Examples include Chellaram Industries and

Dangote Flour mills in Ilorin, (vi) Direct participation of government in industrial developments and investment in

mining

activities in the state, and,

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