By Nimi Princewill.
In a swift reaction to critics of Governor Ahmed’s administration who harangued him for allegedly moving furniture and other government properties out of Government House, the Senior Special Assistant on media to the governor, Dr Femi Akorede has debunked the claims.
Social media went berserk when images of loaded trucks were spotted leaving the Government House, as many resolved to wild assumptions, condemning the outgoing governor of moving government properties away, ahead of handover date on May 29.
Dr Akorede, in a press release issued on his Facebook page, dismissed as untrue the insinuations that Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed or any other person was moving property out of Government House, claiming that the images of loaded trucks being mistaken as Governor Abdulfatah’s loot were items provided by Aliko Dangote’s foundation for charity.
“It’s completely untrue that Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed or any other person in Government House, Ilorin was moving furniture or any other government property out of Government House.
“What is being erroneously circulated are images of a truck load of Charity(Zakat) items provided by Alhaji Aliko Dangote through his foundation which were being taken out for distribution to people in keeping with the annual practice. Clearly, those were not government property.”
He further stated that all government property will be handed over to the incoming administration.
“For the record, all government property inside Government House are bar-coded and contained in an inventory which will be handed over to the incoming government.”
Noticing some grey areas in the press release, INSIDER reached out to Dr Akorede for clarification on the following concerns:
1. With little or no publicity being generated from the supposed annual donation from the Dangote Foundation, is this the first year the Kwara government is receiving the donation?
2. Who are the beneficiaries, and around what spectrum of political divide are they drawn from?
3. Why is the press release not signed by anyone in government?
Dr Akorede, however, declined giving any further explanations. “We have no further comments on the matter” he said.