The government of Kogi state under the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello has approved sale of properties belonging to the state, Observers Times can exclusively report.
According to a gazetted government document that was signed and dated on June 23, 2021 by the Secretary to the Kogi state government, Mrs Folashade Ayoade, the government approved the sale of all all tangible and intagible properties, and movable and immovable assets belonging to the state. This include landed properties, stocks and other financial assets, gifts received and assets obtained through financial instruments.
According to the gazetted document, the approval for the sale of the state’s properties was approved on February 17, 2021 by Kogi State Executive Council; a body of Governor Bello appointees.
The move by the Governor Bello administration to dispose assets is seen as shocking to civil servants and other workers of the government.
Reacting to the development, a public affairs analyst and human rights activist and publisher of Observer Times, Comrade Austin Okai, likened the action of the government as “mortgaging the future of the state”.
He further bemoaned the persistent impoverishing of Kogi state citizens by Governor Bello.
“It is on record that Governor Bello has from his first day in office embarked on impoverishing the people of Kogi state. He started by withholding salaries of workers without remorse while accumulating the monies to himself fraudulently, Comrade Okai stated.
“Now he has moved to mortgage the future of Kogi state by selling all her assets to himself and his gang of evil cronies in their bid to primitively and wickedly accumulate wealth to themselves at the expense of Kogi state present and future. This is sad”, the activist added.
He further accuse the Governor of failing to execute any meaningful project in the state.
“Governor Bello for the last six years cannot point to any major achievement to his name other than thuggery, deaths and hunger.”, he concluded.