The Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki has reacted to the decision of the Kwara State government to revoke ownership of a property belonging to her late father, Dr Olusola Saraki.
In a veiled reference to the government’s acquisition of the property popularly known as ‘Ile Arugbo’ (Old People’s home) which was being used by the Saraki family to care for the aged and the needy; a legacy that has been sustained even with the death of Olusola Saraki, the minister said, “We have a history and we are proud of that history.”
Gbemisola, in a statement issued on Tuesday by her Special Assistant, Titilope Anifowoshe, renamed her movement to ‘GRS-OLOYE’ in perceived solidarity with the Saraki family.
The minister’s statement read in part, “So many things have happened this year, in fact, right up to the very dying hours of the year, but we will continue to take brave and faithful steps.
“We will continue to walk in the alight even though we have no idea what will happen next, though we are comforted, encouraged and reassured with this: ‘But they plan and Allah plans and Allah is the best of planners’ 8:30
“So GRS Family, we are going to be known NOW as GRS-OLOYE Movement.
“We have a history and we are proud of that history. May Allah forgive the sins of ALL our dearly departed and may He make us worthy representatives of all that they stood for.”
It would be recalled that the immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki had earlier accused the State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of “crossing the line of decency” with his recent efforts to allegedly erase the legacies of his late father
The property being reclaimed by the Kwara State Government is not Saraki’s ancestral home as is being portrayed in some section of the media. Saraki’s ancestral home is in Agbaji (Ilorin) while the property at issue is used for political meetings in the heart of the GRA, Ilorin.
The Government’s position is that the land was (and still is) a public property originally meant for the construction of Govt Secretariat, a Civil Service Clinic, and a parking lot for the two. However, ownership of the property was spuriously transfered to a private firm — and for commercial purpose — without the firm paying a kobo to the government or obtaining the Certificate of Occupancy.
What the Government has done is to reclaim the land in the spirit of what it was originally meant for.
Thank you! Compliments of the season.
Chief Press to the Governor (Kwara State)
2nd January, 2020.
The Kwara State Government early today began the physical reclamation of the plot of land bordering the civil service clinic in Ilorin.
The reclamation exercise began in the early hours of Thursday to avoid any needless confrontation. Attempts by some persons to provoke government’s agents on lawful duty were resisted by the security agents who exercised the highest level of restraint and professionalism.
Contrary to the claim that the State Government was served court papers on the matter, we state that no court paper has been served as at the time the government took steps to preserve what lawfully belongs to the people.
Finally, we urge the people of the state to remain calm, peaceful, an be guided only by facts of the matter and not be drawn into emotional outburst that is targeted at distracting the public from the issues at stake. While the administration is focused on restoring sanity to the state after years of barefaced impunity, we will do so within the limit of the law.
Alhaji Murtala Olanrewaju
Hon. Commissioner for Communications, Kwara State.
2. January, 2019.