PDP condemns plan to sell Kogi’s assets to finance 2018 budget

Written by on February 5, 2018

The Peoples Democratic Party in Kogi has condemned the plans by the state government to sell some assets to finance the 2018 budget.

The party and some citizens of the state criticised the alleged plans by the Governor Yahya Bello-led administrations to auction off 10 of the state’s properties to finance the N151bn budget proposed for 2018.

News men on Monday in Lokoja gathered that the properties are all located in highbrow areas of Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and Lokoja, Kogi state capital.

The state Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Ashiru Idris, confirmed to News men that the plan to sell the properties was not hidden.

Idris said he had made a full disclosure of the government’s intention to dispose of some assets before the state House of Assembly recently.

He said the properties were for outright sale and not for commercialisation; and that the state government has engaged some consultants to do the evaluation.

“When the consultants are done with the evaluation of the assets and properties, we will place adverts in newspapers for bidders,” he said.

However, the state chapter of the PDP has urged the state government not to sell off the “legacy properties.”

The party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bode Ogunmola, stated this while reacting to the state government’s proposal.

“To say the least, we consider the plot to be myopic. …” the statement read in part.

Idris , however, dismissed the fears raised by the PDP, saying the process to sell off the properties, outright, was already ongoing.

He listed the properties slated for sale to include: the Confluence Beach Hotel, Lokoja; Kogi Hotels, GRA, Lokoja; Kogi State Liaison Office, Ikeja, Lagos GRA; Kogi State Liaison Office, GRA, Kaduna; and Lokoja International Market, Lokoja.

According to him, others are the 12-storey Kogi House in Abuja, the vast Commissioners’ quarters in Lokoja and the state House of Assembly quarters along Hassan Usman Katsina road in Lokoja.

It was gathered that many of the properties being planned for sale were built between 1991 and 1993 and from 1999 to 2003 by the first civilian governor of the state, the late Abuabakar Audu.

The Lokoja International Market and the 12-storey Kogi House, Abuja, were constructed by the administrations of Ibrahim Idris and Capt. Idris Wada.

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