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Kwara Looted Funds: My Government Will Partner With EFCC For Recovery – GOVERNOR ABDULRAZAQ

BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU, LAGOS 

My administration would partner with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to combat graft, including recovering funds looted from the Kwara State treasury.

This position was made known by the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday (today) in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Rafiu Ajakaye.

The governor particularly argued that corruption had almost crippled the State when he took over on May 29, 2019.

The state's helmsman lamented how the N2bn the state accessed to boost small scale businesses was diverted and shared by some persons.

According to Governor AbdulRazaq while speaking at a stakeholders’ forum in Ilorin, the state capital, on value reorientation and the fight against corruption, “I got a letter (last week) from the Federal Ministry of Finance saying they will now deduct N35m every month from our account because the state government, a few years ago, took N2bn for small and medium scale businesses.”

It would be recalled that the event was put together by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency.

In declaring that he would not tolerate diversion of public funds under his watch, the governor argued that he had contemplated asking the ministry to compile the names of individuals who siphoned the money so they could be made to refund same.

Governor AbdulRazaq however expressed happiness over the proactive steps the EFCC had taken to recover the money.

According to the governor, “Corruption had led to the collapse of basic amenities in the hospitals, schools, and other sectors of the economy in the state.

“The state has missed out on several development initiatives because of corruption,” he added, just as the governor cited the example of the diversion of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, funds, the resultant blacklisting of the state on account of that, and the effect on the state of basic education in Kwara.

Governor AbdulRazaq equally posited that the state under him has normalised relations with UBEC and would soon, on paying its own counterpart funds, access money that would help reposition the sector.

Speaking earlier at the programme, the EFCC Zonal Head in Kwara State, Isyaku Sharu, called for reorientation of the populace on the menace of corruption.

Sharu said, “Can we overemphasise the role of our parents/guardians in these regards? I state no. 

“In fact, a critical aspect of the need for value reorientation rests heavily on parental/guardian roles. 

“The home, being the first point of contact of a child, is the factory house for building positive values in a child.

“Sadly, however, most parents/guardians are now being found wanting in this all-important responsibility wherein they usually concentrate more efforts on their jobs or businesses or the struggle to make ends meet.”

KWARA STATE GOVERNOR, ABDULRAHMAN ABDULRAZAQ

ACTING EFCC CHAIRMAN, IBRAHIM MAGU 

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