A 21-man committee set up by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to probe the state of public assets in the state came up with a verdict last week that management of the state assets has been shrouded in controversy and therefore needs to be reviewed for posterity.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Ajadi said at the presentation of its interim report that the panel made far reaching recommendations upon which the governor would need to take urgent decisions.
The presentation was attended by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq; House of Assembly Speaker Rt. Hon. Yakubu Danladi; and the 20 other members of the Assets Recovery Committee. ‘There are so many thorny issues surrounding the control and management of some assets like the Kwara Hotel, the International Aviation College, the amorphous case of the Shonga Farms and the entire Harmony Holdings structure. We are also looking into the issue of the amusement park which was sold in very unclear circumstances for a princely sum of N100m in 2010 but which, perhaps fortuitously, has been bogged down since because of litigation’ he said.
Ajadi also called on AbdulRazaq to look critically at the issues before making pronouncements in the immediate future even before the final report is made available. ‘This is because quite a few of the issues highlighted are going concerns which will require prompt government attention and action. You can count on us to face up to the challenges and make sure that justice is done to the issues raised’, Ajadi promised. The committee cautioned the general public against buying or sale of government properties in which Government has interest now/before ranging from Government Quarters, Chalets, farmlands, vehicles, and equipment etc anyone who buys such property does so at his or her own risk.