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LAND OCCUPIED BY SARAKI’S FAMILY IN ILORIN TAKEN OVER BY KWARA STATE GOVERNMENT

Kwara state government has taken over a piece of land.occupied by the Saraki family in Ilorin, the state capital.

Rafiu Ajakaiye, chief press secretary to governor of the
state, announced this on Friday, saying a new secretariat
would be built on the land.
Ajakaiye said the land was originally meant for government
secretariat and parking space of the Civil Service Clinic, but
was unlawfully allocated to a private firm, Asa Investments
Limited, without any record of payment to the state
government.
He said no certificate of occupancy was issued in favour of
the firm. Part of the land, situated beside the Civil Service
Clinic, is also right in front of the residence of Olusola
Saraki, father of the former senate president, who built a
house there and named it “Ile Arugbo” (elderly peoples’
home).
The statement explained that the government has now
made provisions for the secretariat in the 2020 budget,
although its construction will spill over to 2021.
“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 to end this unhealthy trend as well as provide
a more conducive and decent working environment for
government workers,” the statement added.
Ajakaiye added that AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the
governor, has signed a constitutional instrument
withdrawing the allocation of plots of land 1, 3 and 5 to the
firm.
He said that the said land was unlawfully appropriated
contrary to the purpose for which it was meant.
The spokesman added 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 1990s without any evidence of payment by the
company, even though the land was meant for public use.
[b]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.
The revocation order read: “In exercise 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 other
powers enabling me in that behalf, I, Mallam AbdulRahman
AbdulRazaq, Governor of Kwara State of Nigeria, give the
following notice:
“The Notice may be cited as 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 meant for the Kwara State
Secretariat.
“The land, specifically and more described in survey No.
KwSH 927 and Land/G1071 situated and lying beside Civil
Service Clinic on Ilofa Road Ilorin, Kwara State, is hereby
revoked and withdrawn for overriding public interest for use
of the purpose it is originally meant for:
“The construction of Kwara State Secretariat; parking space
for civil service clinic and the Kwara State Secretariat and
annex to the Civil Service when upgraded to a hospital.[/b]
“That the plots allocated are hereby declared void. Notice
is therefore given to you, Asa Investments Nigeria Limited,
that the plots of land 1, 3 and 5 TPS/MISC 129 allocated to
you and any title on the land whatsoever are hereby
revoked and the allocation is withdrawn for overriding
public interest.”
The senate president has forfeited some of his houses in
Lagos and Kwara to the federal government as a result of
suits filed against him by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC).♦ by Blindersoff : 1:09pm
The Kwara state government has taken over a piece of land
occupied by the Saraki family in Ilorin, the state capital.
Rafiu Ajakaiye, chief press secretary to governor of the
state, announced this on Friday, saying a new secretariat
would be built on the land.
Ajakaiye said the land was originally meant for government
secretariat and parking space of the Civil Service Clinic, but
was unlawfully allocated to a private firm, Asa Investments
Limited, without any record of payment to the state
government.
He said no certificate of occupancy was issued in favour of
the firm. Part of the land, situated beside the Civil Service
Clinic, is also right in front of the residence of Olusola
Saraki, father of the former senate president, who built a
house there and named it “Ile Arugbo” (elderly peoples’
home).
The statement explained that the government has now
made provisions for the secretariat in the 2020 budget,
although its construction will spill over to 2021.
“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 to end this unhealthy trend as well as provide
a more conducive and decent working environment for
government workers,” the statement added.
Ajakaiye added that AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the
governor, has signed a constitutional instrument
withdrawing the allocation of plots of land 1, 3 and 5 to the
firm.
He said that the said land was unlawfully appropriated
contrary to the purpose for which it was meant.
The spokesman added 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 1990s without any evidence of payment by the
company, even though the land was meant for public use.
[b]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.
The revocation order read: “In exercise 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 other
powers enabling me in that behalf, I, Mallam AbdulRahman
AbdulRazaq, Governor of Kwara State of Nigeria, give the
following notice:
“The Notice may be cited as 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 meant for the Kwara State
Secretariat.
“The land, specifically and more described in survey No.
KwSH 927 and Land/G1071 situated and lying beside Civil
Service Clinic on Ilofa Road Ilorin, Kwara State, is hereby
revoked and withdrawn for overriding public interest for use
of the purpose it is originally meant for:
“The construction of Kwara State Secretariat; parking space
for civil service clinic and the Kwara State Secretariat and
annex to the Civil Service when upgraded to a hospital.[/b]
“That the plots allocated are hereby declared void. Notice
is therefore given to you, Asa Investments Nigeria Limited,
that the plots of land 1, 3 and 5 TPS/MISC 129 allocated to
you and any title on the land whatsoever are hereby
revoked and the allocation is withdrawn for overriding
public interest.”
The senate president has forfeited some of his houses in
Lagos and Kwara to the federal government as a result of
suits filed against him by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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