On Seized Land: Kwara Government Points Finger at Saraki - Focus News


Wednesday, 1 January 2020

On Seized Land: Kwara Government Points Finger at Saraki

former Senate President, Bukola Saraki

  •  Director General of Kwara State Bureau of Land gives historical account of Saraki's seized land
  • Saraki accused the State Governor of personal vendetta.
  • Women protest over the land in spirit of solidarity for Saraki.

Kwara State’s Bureau of Lands has spoken on the Civil Service Clinic land and its adjourning plots in Ilorin, which the state government reclaimed from the Saraki family.

This press release followed the reacrion of Bukola Saraki, a former Governor of the state and  In his reaction, Bukola Saraki, a former Govern and former Senate President of 8th House of Assembly, who accused the Governor of the state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of personal vendetta.  

The Director General of the Bureau of Land Ibrahim Salman, said on Wednesday that the entire land was acquired in 1970s for Public Interest and was initially designed to be used for the construction of the State Secretariat phase Ii. 

He stressed that then, the construction of the said State Secretariat was actually before it was eventually abandoned.

“The construction of the said State Secretariat Phase II was actually commenced and it was at superstructure level before same was abandoned."
“The entire land was later redesigned in the 1980s for the construction of a Civil Service Clinic, State Secretariat, and a parking lot for both the Clinic and the State Secretariat, he added.

He said the dreamed state secretariat remain an illusion when the said land was allocated to one investment for commercial purpose.

“The Clinic was subsequently constructed in 1982, while the remaining plots of land were conceived for the expansion of the Clinic into a full-fledged Hospital.
“The dream of the State Government was stalled when part of the land slated for the parking lot was spuriously allocated in principle to one Asa Investment for commercial purpose.

“From available records, the allocation was not based on a formal application, nor application forms filled; there was no evidence of payment for the said allocation as stipulated in the letter of allocation in principle and consequently, no right of occupancy was ever issued to the Company. He 

“Furthermore, in flagrant abuse of the allocation terms, the company took possession of the land and constructed what is today known as ‘Ile Arugbo’ on part of the land that was designed as parking lot and later conceived to host the expansion of the Civil Service Clinic into a full-fledged Hospital.

“Following a resolution of the Kwara State House of Assembly mandating him to revoke/withdraw the spurious allocation, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq recently signed an instrument to reclaim the land on the ground that same was unlawfully allocated to a private Company contrary to the public purpose of its acquisition and occupied in breach of the terms of allocation.

He explained that this statement is intentionally released to clear the air upon the revoked land by the state government.

“This (press) release is intended to state the facts on the land recently revoked/withdrawn by the state government as contained in our records."

This press release followed the recent protest held in the state by women who took the seized land as assembly, where they use to gather for monthly feeding from Saraki family, reacting in soul of solidarity for Saraki.  

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