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AbdulRazaq to partner EFCC in recovery of looted funds


EFCCKwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said on Tuesday that his administration will partner with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to combat graft, including recovering funds looted from the state’s treasury.

AbdulRazaq said corruption had almost crippled Kwara State when he took over on May 29, lamenting how the N2 billion the state accessed to boost small-scale businesses was diverted and shared by some persons.

According to the governor, this meant that the state government would now have N35 million deducted from its account every month.

“I got a letter (last week) from the Federal Ministry of Finance, saying they will now deduct N35 million every month from our account because the state government, a few years ago, took N2 billion for small and medium scale businesses,” AbdulRazaq said at a stakeholders’ forum on value reorientation and the fight against corruption in Ilorin, the state capital.

The event was organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

The governor said he contemplated asking the ministry to compile the names of individuals, who siphoned the money so they could be made to refund it. He, however, added that he was glad that the EFCC has taken proactive steps to recover the money.

AbdulRazaq said he would not tolerate diversion of public funds under his watch, recalling how corruption had led to the collapse of basic amenities in the hospitals, schools and other sectors of the economy.

The governor lamented that the state has missed out on several development initiatives because of corruption, citing the example of the diversion of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funds, the resultant blacklisting of the state on account of that, and the effect on the state of basic education in Kwara.

He added that the state under him has normalised relations with UBEC and would soon, on paying its own counterpart funds, access money that would help reposition the sector.

The EFCC Zonal Head in Kwara State, Isyaku Sharu, called for a reorientation of the populace on the menace of corruption.

“Can we over-emphasise the role of our parents/guardians in these regards? I state no. In fact, a critical aspect of the need for value reorientation rests heavily on parental/guardian roles. The home, being the first point of contact of a child, is the factory house for building positive values in a child,” he said.

“Sadly, however, most parents/guardians are now being found wanting in this all-important responsibility wherein they usually concentrate more efforts on their jobs or businesses or the struggle to make ends meet.”

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