Kwara Government To Probe State’s Assets Sale From 1999
Today we inaugurated the commission of inquiry to examine the legality and fairness of the sale of public assets between 1999 and 2019 as well as the panel of inquiry to investigate the alleged monthly diversion of N300m of Local government funds.
The setting up of the commission of inquiry on sale of public assets serves to establish the fairness and legality of how properties acquired with public funds were sold or acquired by private concerns. This is to be done with full considerations for the rights of all parties to fair hearing
Where any of these public assets are found to have been unlawfully acquired or sold, the government will take all necessary steps to retrieve such along with other measures the commission may recommend to avert such in the future. In doing this, we recognise that we are setting a standard with which we may also be held to account after leaving office. This is why I urge every serving public official to remember this day and act accordingly. In other words, this is not so much about those who may be culpable in this inquiry but so much about those of us serving and others to come after us.
On the panel of inquiry that was set up to investigate alleged diversion of N300m Local government funds, we have since written to the EFCC and they have acknowledged our letter on July 23rd, 2020. Along with the Kwara State House of Assembly, the EFCC has since begun their probe into the local governments’ allocation and disbursement. They will scrutinise every kobo that has accrued to the local governments and how such funds have been disbursed between May 29th 2019 and now.
I believe the steps we are taking will deepen accountability, establish the true financial status of the local government areas, and contribute to the debate on wages, local government administration and grassroots development.
I thank all the distinguished Kwarans, including their Lordships, who have accepted to be part of this state assignment. They have my words that I will not interfere in their proceedings nor will I authorise anyone to do so on my behalf.