By Danladi Al-Hassan
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has disclosed the the recently recovered funds looted from the state treasury would be invested in the social investment programme to benefit the poor.
Rafiu Ajakaiye, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, in a statement, said AbdulRazaq revealed this when he received N111, 428, 891 from Mr. Isyaku Sharu, the Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“By the grace of God, this money will go into social investment programme of the state. It is going into lifting thousands of people out of poverty.
“We are not going to award contracts with this money. It is going to help the poor people,” AbdulRazaq said.
AbdulRazaq commended the anti-graft body for their efforts and service to the country, assuring them that the funds would only go into serving the downtrodden.
The governor, therefore, called on the people of the state to continue to support the anti-graft body.
“We thank the EFCC for what they are doing. We are happy that in our state you keep us on our toes.
“Unlike what many people may perceive, EFCC are partners in progress all over the federation. So, we should join hands with them and assist them,” he said.
AbdulRazaq said his administration is replicating many of the Federal Government’s social programmes to make life better for the people, adding that the state’s Social Investment Programme Bill is already with the State House of Assembly.
“We are replicating many of Federal Government programmes in Kwara, especially the social investment programme, which people know as Trader moni, market moni, N-power and school feeding programme.
“The Social Investment Programme Bill has already passed second reading and this money will go into the programme. We are not going to waste or mismanage it,” he said.