Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said over 90 properties built with public funds were illegally appropriated by some officials of the past administration, saying the development underpins the impunity with which the state was almost run aground.
The governor made this known in Ilorin on Sunday through his chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye. The governor said, the damming revelations came from the report of the Senator Sulaiman Ajadi Committee which he had set up to probe the handling of public assets since 1999, lamenting how such action has stripped Kwara of necessary accommodation to host statutory dignitaries visiting the state.
“The (Senator Ajadi) committee did a very good job. They submitted two reports and we’re waiting for the final report. It is unfortunate that from my little reading of it so far, people just shared government property as if it was their fiefdom. They did not even think for one second that it was government property.
“For example, you give property to Harmony Holdings to invest on behalf of the state as trust and those in Harmony Holdings just shared the properties among themselves, even selling below the valuation prices. Even those in government did the same thing. There is a new layout called New GRA, none of them went there to build new houses because it was cheaper to pick government houses for next to nothing rather than build their own houses. We will look at the recommendations.
“In fact, some of them just live in those houses without paying anything while most of them only started paying after the election was won and lost to the extent that the state government does not have enough accommodation to accommodate dignitaries and traditional rulers from other states to host them rather than putting them in the hotel. That’s how they shared the property and we are looking at more than 90 properties which they carved out for themselves. We’ll go back to the report of the panel and make sure the proper thing is done.”