Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has said over 90 properties built with public funds were unlawfully appropriated by some officials of the past administration.
Gov. AbdulRazaq, according to a statement on Sunday, said the 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.
“The committee submitted two reports and we are 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 theirs.
“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 property 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,” AbdulRazaq said.
The governor also said he had set up a 15-member committee to undertake a comprehensive assessment and recommendation of the Kwara State Social Assessment Vulnerable Indicator Parameters – a key part of AbdulRazaq’s plan to clean up the state and ward off environmental disasters.
The committee, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, is to be chaired by former Chief Judge of the state, Justice Raliat Elelu, while the Secretary is Shuaib AbdulGaniyu, an assistant director in the Governor’s Office.