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My predecessor sold deputy governor’s house, 109 others – Kwara Governor

Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Monday alleged that his predecessor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, sold about 110 properties belonging to the state government including the residence of the deputy governor.
Abdulrazaq, speaking time State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting, said his deputy governor has been compelled to live in a rented apartment which is costing the state fortune.
The governor who said this was part of what he briefed President Buhari on at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, however declined to comment on the crisis plaguing his state following the demolition of Ile Arogbo.
He said: ”I have explained all these to Mr. President and I have told him that we want to concentrate on agriculture because money coming from Abuja for our local governments goes in paying 100 percent of salaries, money coming from Abuja to the State government, 75 percent of it goes into paying salaries.
“On house, what we met was that, they have sold virtually about 110 government properties including the Deputy Governor’s residence, our Deputy Governor is staying in rented accommodation, they just shared everything.”
“It’s so painful, we have to develop alternative means of generating revenue and that is why we have to be enterprising in the way we do our things.
“Our civil service we have been clearing backlog of debts and 2013 they have been paying half salaries 60 percent, we have been able to clear all that and also try to show that there should be no malice government is a continuity.
“We have not removed anybody from work, the Head of Service we inherited is still there, the Permanent Secretary Finance is still there even the cooks in government house are still there we have not changed anything.
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