The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kogi and some citizens of the state have begun to kick against the alleged plans by the Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration to sell off 10 of the state’s properties to finance the N151 billion budget of the state for 2018.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered on Monday in Lokoja that the properties are all located in highbrow areas of Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and Lokoja, the state capital.
The state Commissioner for Finance, Ashiru Idris, confirmed to NAN that the plan to sell the properties was not hidden.
Mr. Idris said that he had made a full disclosure of the government’s intention to dispose of some its assets and property before the state House of Assembly recently.
He said that the properties were for outright sale and not for commercialisation.
He said that the state government had engaged some consultants to carry out the evaluation of the properties.
“When the consultants are done with the evaluation of the assets and properties, we will place adverts in newspapers for bidders,” he said.
However, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the government’s plan to sell some of the state’s assets to fund the 2018 budget.
The party called on the state government to perish the thought of selling off the “legacy properties.”
The party’s Publicity Secretary, Bode Ogunmola, stated this while reacting to the state government’s proposal. (NAN)