Revealed: Kwara State Public Properties Sold In Secret At Giveaway Prices


Justice Olabanji Orilonishe, Rtd. Chairman of the Kwara State Commission on Assets Recovery revealed yesterday that several of the government properties sold by the past administrations were undervalued and as such sold at giveaway prices. He lamented that deliberate policies were made to “enrich some individuals and siphon money out of the state.”

Olabanji, who spoke while presenting the three-volume report to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in Ilorin, noted that these discoveries showed that the state was fortuned “to complete hopelessness and a standstill.”

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

Olabanji further urged the new administration to sum up a will and courage of policy to challenge these actions.

The governor inaugurated the panel on 11th of August to investigate the sales, disposal or unlawful acquisition of government properties from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2019.

The panel set for this activity had 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.

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

AbdulRazaq commended the panel for its patriotic duties to the state, saying nothing could compensate for members’ sacrifices.

He said the need to visit the past was simply a just cause and not for any personal motives but to ensure that such mistakes or excesses were not committed in the future, adding that the revelations were enough reasons for the present public officials to act properly in the handling of public resources.

Governor AbdulRazaq also stated that, it's no news that some of the members of panel were facing a lot of blackmail in the social media. He said, 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.

Receiving the report, Governor AbdulRazaq said: “Essentially, justice will be done for the state. You have done a very good job for the state and we are happy to receive the report. On our part, we did not interfere in any way or manner in the way you did your job. We are not out to witch-hunt anybody. We just want the right thing to be done in the state and we want proper templates set so that in future such things do not reoccur. We will also learn from this so that we don’t do the same thing. “We appreciate you for the work you have done. I can assure you that your work is not in vain. 

Financially, we cannot pay you for what you have done, especially with the time line within which you have done the work. It is an assignment that ordinarily should take a whole year. We are grateful.”


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