BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Kwara State Government has vowed that it will build a secretariat on the piece of land belonging to Late Senator Abubakar Saraki but reclaimed from former President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
A statement issued by Government House on Friday said that the ownership of the land bordering the Civil Service Clinic in Ilorin has officially reverted to the Kwara State Government.
The statement signed by the by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Mr. Rafiu Ajakaye, said a new secretariat complex will be erected on the land next year.
According to Ajakaye; “The land was originally meant for Government Secretariat and a parking space for the Civil Service Clinic but was unlawfully allocated to a private firm Asa Investments Limited without any record of payment to the state government.
“No certificate of occupancy was ever issued in favour of the firm. Hundreds of civil servants still operate from rented apartments at a huge cost to the government.
“The new secretariat, once completed in 2021, will definitely go a long way towards ending this unhealthy trend as well as provide a more conducive and decent working environment for government workers.
“Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has signed a constitutional instrument withdrawing the allocation of plots of land 1, 3 and 5 to the firm, asserting that the said land was unlawfully appropriated contrary to the purpose for which it was meant,” Ajakaye said.
He further said that the governor’s decision followed a resolution of the state House of Assembly urging him to reclaim the land because it was arbitrarily taken over in the 90’s without any evidence of payment by the Asa Investment Limited, even though the land was meant for public use.
Ajakaye said; “The governor noted in the revocation order that the land was originally meant for the construction of another phase of the Kwara State Civil Service Secretariat and a parking space for both the civil service clinic and the secretariat.”