Dr. Bukola Saraki on Saturday (July 3, 2010) called on indigenes of Kwara State living in America to contribute to the development of the state, and Nigeria at large. He made this call in Seattle (Washington State) during the conferment of a merit award on him, by the North American chapter of Kwara State Association of Nigeria (KSANG). The governor urged Kwarans in the diaspora to take their rightful place in the development of their fatherland. He added that the Kwara State government was prepared to work with KSANG to achieve this objective. Dr. Saraki observed that Kwara State has achieved giant strides in the past seven years, especially in the areas of agriculture, energy, education reform, healthcare delivery, infrastructural development, housing and security. According to him: In Nigeria today, Kwara is a pacesetter and we will continue to play that key role in our dear state and the nation. Speaking at the occasion, Nigerias Ambassador to the US, Prof. Ade Adefuye commended KSANG for the honor, which t bestowed on dr. Bukola Saraki. He called on other governors to emulate Dr. Bukola Saraki, saying that his achievements were there for everyone to see. He said: It is a matter of fact that Kwara has one of the best electricity supply in Nigeria today. He also commended Dr. Bukola Saraki for inviting white Zimbabwean farmers to initiate commercial agriculture in Nigeria, stressing, it takes a genius to do that. Prof. Adefuye called on Nigerians in the US to be good citizens in their host country. He said the relationship between Nigeria and the US has improved significantly with both countries signing bilateral agreements and Nigeria being struck off the terror watch list. All these he said should be complemented by Nigerians in the US by being good ambassadors of their country and living within the law of their host country. Prof. Adefuye disclosed that the Nigerian embassy in the US is sparing no efforts to improve on its services to adequately cater for the needs of Nigerians living in America. Also speaking at the occasion, the Lt. Governor of Washington State, Mr. Bradley Owen, described Nigeria as an emerging market and a strong business ally of the of the US. According to him, there is a need to enlighten the people that Nigeria is a growing economy and a safe place to invest. There is a need to raise the awareness that there are great trade opportunities in Nigeria, he said.