Thu. May 13th, 2021

A report of the Kwara State judicial commission of enquiry on sales of public assets has revealed that several of the government properties disposed by the past administrations were undervalued and sold at giveaway prices.

It also stated that deliberate policies were made to “enrich some individuals and syphon money out of the state”.

The content of the report was revealed in a press statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Wednesday, titled, ‘Kwara properties sold at giveaway prices, in secret: commission of inquiry …Gov receives reports, says revelations a guide to future’.

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Presenting the three-volume report to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday in Ilorin, the state capital, chairman of the commission retired Justice Olabanji Orilonishe said discoveries during their assignment showed that the state was milked “to complete hopelessness and a standstill.”

He said many policies related to the sale or management of public assets offered “avenues for reckless expenditure to enrich some individuals”, lamenting that the state, owing largely to such practices, is the least developed of the 12 states created in 1967.

“This sad situation must change. The time to change it is now and not later,” he said, urging the new administration to muster the political will and courage to challenge some of the actions while only those found to be in order should stand.

The report is divided into three volumes, comprising the main report and recommendations; exhibits; and minutes of meetings and visitation report.

The panel visited Lagos, Abuja, and Kaduna in the course of its assignment, observing in part of the report that the sales of several public properties were often done in “secrecy” with only a few officials being privy to the deals.

AbdulRazaq commended the panel for their patriotic duties to the state, saying nothing can compensate for their sacrifices.

He said the need to visit the past was not to hound anyone but to ensure that such mistakes or excesses are not committed in the future, adding that the revelations so far from the past were enough reasons for the present public officials to act properly in the handling of public resources.

“We know some of your members were facing a lot of blackmail in the social media. We know we’ve done the right thing and selected the right people. That doesn’t matter. Fact and figure speak for themselves and the truth will also prevail. That’s where we stand,” he said.


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