Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said over 90 public property were unlawfully appropriated by former government officials.
The governor has set up a 15-man committee, chaired by ex-Chief Judge Justice Raliat Elelu to clean up the state and ward off environmental disasters. The initiative is under the Kwara State Social Assessment Vulnerable Indicator (KW-SAVI) Parameters — a key part of AbdulRazaq’s plan.
Secretary to the committee is Shuaib AbdulGaniyu, an assistant director in the Governor’s Office. It will be inaugurated today by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Mamman Saba Jibril.
On the misappropriation of public property, AbdulRazaq said a report by the Senator Sulaiman Ajadi Committee, which he set up to look into the handling of public assets since 1999, lamented that with the illegal acquisition, Kwara was unable to accommodate 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 …people just shared government property as if it was their fiefdom. They did not even think for one second that it was government property,” AbdulRazaq told reporters.
“…some of them just live in those houses without paying …while most of them only started paying after the election …to the extent that the state government does not have enough …to accommodate dignitaries and traditional rulers from other states. That’s how they shared the property and we are looking at more than 90 properties. We’ll make sure the proper thing is done.”
The governor said the Raliat Elelu committee would look into environmental issues, such as unlawful dumping of waste and other violation that hurt planning and endanger public health.
“We have also set up a committee headed by Justice Raliat Elelu to look at the issue top down on environment and once they submit their report things will start changing. If you drive through our major roads, you will see rubbish … But give us time all these will be a thing of the past,” the governor said.