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My deputy lives in rented apartment, 75% of allocation goes for salaries, Gov Abdulrazaq tells Buhari

Kwara Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has alleged that the immediate past administration in the state sold off about 110 properties including the Deputy Governor’s House.

Abdulrazaq, who revealed this to State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja also lamented that about 75 percent of the state allocation from the federation account is used for payment of salaries.

“On the house, what we met was that they have sold virtually about 110 government properties including the Deputy Governor’s residence, our Deputy Governor is staying in rented accommodation, they just shared everything,” he said.

Having narrated his ordeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, he said the situation has left his administration with little money to attend to other expenditures.

It was gathered that the governor was summoned by President Buhari over the political crisis in the state.

Describing the situation as painful, he said the administration has to develop alternative means of generating revenue.

“That is why we have to be enterprising in the way we do our things.”

Total collapse in education

Speaking further, Abdulrazaq who said he came to see Buhari and wish him good tiding for the new year, explained that Kwara state is in dire streaks. He added that when he got into power, there was a total collapse in the state starting from education.

“Our four colleges of education were on strike for a year,” he pointed.

He also revealed that the government was owing teachers about N750 million and he has been able to clear that and UBEC had blacklisted Kwara State since 2013.

“So it shows you that there had not been any investment in the education sector.

“But we have been able to clear the liabilities. We paid UBEC N450 million which was misappropriated by the previous administration. We are good to go with UBEC.”

Calling on the Federal Government for help, Abdulrazaq, who also pointed out that UNICEF has left Kwara, said the government is lagging behind in everything.

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Oladipupo Mojeed

Mojeed is a thorough and detailed photojournalist and media analyst. He has over 7 years experience in newsgathering and has worked for top newspapers like Concise news, Eko Social Etc. He is a graduate of Mass Communications from Lagos State University, LASU.

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