Committee alleges frauds in Kwara SME Funds – Independent Observers

Committee alleges frauds in Kwara SME Funds

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By Kunle Adedoyin

The Committee on the Review of the Sales/Disposal of Government Properties in Kwara State has disclosed that there were several frauds and mismanagement of public funds and properties in the handling of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises funds, Harmony Holdings, and other agencies of the state government by the immediate administration in the state.

Suleiman Ajadi, Chairman of the Committee, who stated this at the submission of the Committee’s final report to AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the State Governor on Friday, urged the administration not to let the report end in the bin as that might mean the loss of at least N5 billion allegedly mismanaged through the SMEs funds.

“The committee observed unconscionable and immoral use of public funds to buy luxury cars, which flies in the face of the poverty being faced by our people, especially because of the several months of unpaid salaries,” Ajadi said.

“It was considered reckless and against all common decency for those in authority to award these properties kept in their care to themselves in whatever guise.”

While receiving the report, AbdulRazaq said recommendations of the committee on sale of public assets may be tested in the court in a bid to get justice for the people of the state.

“I thank you for your time and the efforts put into the work. I went through the interim report and I’m sure this final report would be an improvement on it,” he said.

“We would not discard the report because that would be a waste of your time and resources. We will definitely look at it. And we will find judicial solutions for the good of the state and Nigeria. In the interim report that you recently submitted, we saw some abnormalities which we will not allow to stand.”

The governor also said the committee might be called upon to make clarifications as government leafs through the report.

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