Reps value Nigerian govt’s abandoned properties at N230b

The Ad-hoc Committee of the Chamber of Deputies for the investigation of abandoned Federal Government properties across the country Tuesday put the value of such properties at N230 billion.

The committee chairman, Ademorin Kuye, who publicized this at the opening of the panel in Abuja, said the number is a conservative estimate of properties located in Lagos, Ibadan, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Kano, Kaduna and other cities and carried out by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).

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According to him, on March 12, the Chamber considered a motion on the abandoned properties of the federal government and, consequently, constituted a 17-member Ad-Hoc committee on the matter.

Kuye said: “The committee should investigate the use and current status of such properties and report its findings to the home.

“In that session, the house expressed concern that many of these properties located in almost all states of the federation were abandoned, especially after the rapid move of the federal government to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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“Many of these properties now serve as a refuge for criminals. Some are illegally occupied, transferred fraudulently and abandoned entirely.

“It is recorded that some of the properties are currently being used by individuals and legal entities without sending any revenue, while their managers, on behalf, did not answer for the revenue revenue.

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"The exercise is in accordance with sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, which enables the Chamber to investigate and expose corruption and waste."

O legislator he promised that the Chamber would take the necessary legislative measures to address national economic challenges, poverty, declining infrastructure, misuse of resources, revenue leakage, corruption and other social problems.

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