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Saraki, Kwara Govt At Loggerheads Over Land Ownership

Bukola Saraki (File picture)                                                      Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq. Photo: Twitter-                                                                                                                    @RealAARahman



The instant previous President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has rejected a current transfer by the administration of the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, over a bit of land stated to be owned by his late father, Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki.

In an announcement personally signed by him on Saturday, Saraki condemned the federal government’s withdrawal of the possession of the land allotted to late Olusola Saraki, a Senate Leader within the Second Republic.

He additionally accused Governor Abdulrazaq of crossing the road of decency along with his alleged effort to erase the legacies of his late father.

The former Senate President issued the assertion a day after the federal government reverted to itself, the possession of the land bordering the Civil Service Clinic in Ilorin, the state capital.

A press release by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Friday stated a brand new secretariat complicated could be erected on the land in 2020.

It careworn that the land was “unlawfully allocated” to a non-public agency, Asa Investments Limited – owned by the previous Senate President’s father – with none report of cost to the state authorities.

The assertion added that no certificates of occupancy was ever issued in favour of the agency as the federal government had purchased the land to accommodate the civil service clinic, its parking area, and a secretariat.

It famous that Governor Abdulrazaq has signed a constitutional instrument withdrawing the allocation of the land, saying the motion adopted a decision of the State House of Assembly.

In his response, Saraki accused the governor of waging a struggle of attrition waged towards the legacy of his father and every thing that belongs to the late politician.

He stated, “Yesterday (Friday) night, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq finally showed his true colour when he announced his decision to revoke the ownership of a property rightfully held by my late father, Dr Olusola Abubakar Saraki on Plots 1, 3 and 5 Ilofa Road, GRA, Ilorin popularly known as Ile Arugbo, (Old People’s home).

“The property, since the Second Republic, has always been used to host the weekly gathering of a multitude of aged people in the society who are provided food, money and health services, as part of the social welfare programme sponsored by the late politician. The tradition has since been maintained.”

“Before now, this same Governor had invited all the members of the State House of Assembly and directed them to commence the process of amending the law to change the name of the State University which the last administration renamed after my late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki,” the previous Senate President added.

Read the revocation order by the federal government beneath:

In train of the powers conferred by Section 5 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) 1999 and Section 1 and 28 of the Land Use Act Cap. L.5 of 2004 and all different powers enabling me in that behalf, I, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Governor of Kwara State of Nigeria, give the next discover:

The Notice could also be cited because the Land Use (Revocation of Right of Occupancy and withdrawal of allocation) Notice, 2019.

Allocation of plots of land 1, 3 and 5 TPS/MISC 129 to Asa Investment (Nig) Ltd. which is supposed for the Kwara State Secretariat. The land, particularly and extra described in survey No. KwSH 927 and Land/G1071 located and mendacity beside Civil Service Clinic alongside Ilofa Road Ilorin, Kwara State, is hereby revoked and withdrawn for overriding public curiosity to be used of the aim it’s initially meant for:

The development of Kwara State Secretariat; parking area for civil service clinic and the Kwara State Secretariat and annex to the Civil Service when upgraded to a hospital.

That the plots allotted are hereby declared void. Notice is subsequently given to you, Asa Investments Nigeria Limited, that the plots of land 1,3 and 5 TPS/MISC 129 allotted to you and any title on the land by any means are hereby revoked, and the allocation is withdrawn for overriding public curiosity.

Read Senator Saraki’s full assertion beneath:

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