By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA —Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has placed on sale 10 assets/ legacy projects of the state constructed by his predecessors.
Rumour of the sale had been going on for a while, but the state Commissioner of Finance, Asiru Idris, confirmed it last week at the state House of Assembly during the budget defence of his ministry.
Asiru listed the assets to be put on sale to include newly constructed Kogi Hotels; Conference Stadium; Confluence Beach Hotels; Commissioners’ quarters; Lokoja international market; 12-storey building of Kogi Liaison Office, Abuja; Kogi Liaison Offices in Kaduna and Lagos, among others.
He said the proceeds from the sale of these projects would be used to finance the 2018 budget proposal (now passed by the Assembly and assent to by the governor same day).
Opposition party kicks
But the development has irked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which has kicked against it, describing the plan as “despicable and selfish.”
State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr Bode Ogunmola, in a statement, yesterday, in Lokoja, described the move as wicked, anti-people and retrogressive.
The statement read: “The news coming out of Lugard House, the seat of power, are a grave foreboding from one faulty step to another, the administration has proceeded in the destruction of our patrimony with the energy of an invader in a foreign territory.
“We are shocked that the state Finance Commissioner, Asiru Idris, last week during his budget defence at the State House of Assembly, confirmed this and went ahead to list these legacy assets/ projects.
“We reject this proposal in totality and warn Governor Bello to immediately perish this thought… the plot is devilish, selfish, myopic.
‘’It is shameful and the peak of rascality that a government, which cannot pay salaries of workers, let alone execute projects, will now scheme to mortgage our collective future.”
However, Commissioner of Finance, Asiru Idris, yesterday further confirmed the story, saying any moment from now, the consultant will commence the sale of the assets/projects.