Kwara assembly to clamp down on illegal owners of government assets

By Damilola Adeniran

OrderPaperToday –  The Kwara House of Assembly has pledged to sanction individuals, or organisations found wanting in the misappropriation of assets and liabilities belonging to the state Government, under the care of the state owned Harmony Holdings Limited.

The Chairman of the eight-man ad-hoc Committee set up to investigate the alleged misappropriation of Government assets, Mr. Hassan Oyeleke gave the assurance while addressing the management of the state owned company during the first public sitting of the Committee.

The Committee chairman informed the management team led by its Group Managing Director, Mr. Tope Daramola, that the committee was poised to carry out its task without fear or favour,,pointing out that the exercise was in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

Speaking further, Oyeleke said the committee would examine the Standard Procedure of organisation of the Holdings and its activities as a revenue generating body for the State.

According to him, the House as representatives of the masses, would not fold it’s arm and watch state government’s property being misappropriated or sold illegally.

He explained that the committee had visited Abuja and Kaduna to inspect the state government properties which would assist in juxtaposing with the submissions of the management of Harmony Holdings.

The Chairman assured that the exercise if resolved in favour of the Holdings would promote its public image but warned that culprits will not go unpunished.

In a related development, the Chairman of the committee announced the removal of a member of the Committee, Mr. Adamu Usman on the basis of “conflict of interest.” He will be replaced by Mr. Ahmed lbn-

Mohammed representing Kaima -Kemanji,Wajibe Constituency.

Also, Mrs Bunmi Afolayan representing Oke Constituency was added to give more impetus to the Ad – hoc Committee.

The Group Managing Director of the Kwara Harmony Holdings Limited, Mr Tope Daramola ,while speaking on oath maintained that the Harmony holdings is 100 percent owned by the Kwara state Government.

 

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