EFCC saved us from inheriting empty treasury — Kwara Gov •10 properties, cash worth over N3.6bn recovered in the State since Feb.
Written by Abdul Okiki on December 9, 2019
The Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq says the intervention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) saves his government from inheriting empty treasury on assumption of duties.
Governor AbdulRazaq disclosed today in Ilorin when he joined the International Anti Corruption Day Rally organized by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC.
He acknowledged that the intervention of the Commission made it difficult for the last administration to divert the four point eight billion naira tax refund collected from the federal government on the eve of his inauguration.
The governor assured Kwarans that the fund which he said was in cash reserve would be used to work on the economy, balance the budget for next year and invest in schools, road infrastructure and other sectors.
“We thank the Ilorin Zonal Office of EFCC for the recoveries they’ve made. When we came into power, there would have been nothing to inherit. The past government told us that they left a debt of N30bn but so far we are looking at the debt of almost N100bn. If the EFCC had not made N4.8bn for us on the eve of assumption in office, we would have had nothing to work with. The N4.8bn is in our cash reserve. We have not touched it. It will be used to work on our economy, balance the budget for next year to invest in our schools, road infrastructure among others,” Governor AbdulRazaq disclosed.
Governor AbdulRazaq also thanked the EFCC for the recovery of one hundred and eleven million naira he had received from the commission.
On the ongoing probe into the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), Governor AbdulRazaq promised that the recovered loots would be invested in the proposed social investment programme.
Governor AbdulRazaq who promised support to the EFCC emphasised the need to allow the rally snowball around to everybody to jointly kill corruption with a view to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)in the state.
Also speaking, the Speaker Kwara State House of Assembly, Engr Salihu Yakubu Danladi commended the EFCC for working assiduously in getting rid of corruption in the society.
“It is important for all of us to partner in killing corruption to save our state and Nigeria in general. Since the inception of this government EFCC has done a lot even without the knowledge of the government,” the Speaker said.
Engr Danladi also called on the civil servants to join hands in the fight against corruption for the betterment of the state.
Zonal Head of EFCC in Ilorin Isyaku Sharu said the body has recovered over 10 properties and cash worth over N3.6bn from “treasury looters” in Kwara State since February when it began operation in the state.
“These properties include two in Ikoyi, one in Lekki and the recent one is over one billion naira worth houses in GRA, Ilorin,” according to Sharu.
“It is pertinent to know that at the eve of the last handover, the commission saved the Kwara State Government over N4bn of tax refund. Currently, ongoing investigation into the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service led to the recovery of about N50m while efforts are in top gear to recover the remaining of about N4bn from some notable individuals fingered in the KWIRS saga.”
Sharu said the rally was an advocacy to further create awareness for the world to unite against corruption.
Our Government House Correspondent, Abdulrosheed Okiki reports that the Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Mamman Jibril and the Head of Service, Mrs Susan Oluwole also joined the anti-corruption rally.
Abdulrosheed Okiki @okikitweets