The Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang, has established a Task Force to facilitate the recovery of government properties that were purportedly auctioned during the tenure of the immediate past Governor, Barr. Simon Lalong.
In a press statement issued by the Secretary to the Government of the State, Arc. Samuel N. Jatau, Governor Mutfwang appointed the Retired Permanent Secretary of the State, Mr. Isaac Wadak, as the Chairman of the Task Force. The Committee comprises members such as David Zoyong, Akims Mamot, Barr. Damian Shekarau, Nura Shehu, Mr. Raymond Dangrem, Representative Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nantip Bedur, and Barr. Pam Gyang Davou, who will serve as the Secretary.
According to the statement, the primary responsibility of the Task Force is to identify and trace all government properties that were purportedly auctioned across the country. Additionally, they are tasked with determining whether due process was followed during the auction exercise and recovering all government assets that were either purportedly or inappropriately acquired by individuals, groups, or corporate entities.
The Task Force will make recommendations aimed at recovering government assets and establishing measures to prevent similar occurrences in the future. The committee has been granted a period of six (6) weeks to complete their assignment.
In light of the Task Force’s composition and inauguration, they have appealed to the general public for assistance in carrying out their mandate. The Task Force requests the following support from the public:
- Volunteering information on individuals or organizations in possession of government property, whether movable or immovable.
- Providing information from individuals or organizations currently holding government property, whether movable or immovable, along with evidence of the boarding of such property for proper valuation and documentation.
The statement emphasizes that this exercise is not intended to be a witch-hunt but rather aims to establish accountability protocols for the overall benefit of the people of Plateau State. It urges anyone in possession of boarded or auctioned government property to halt any ongoing development on such property until the completion of the Task Force’s work. The exercise is intended to benefit the allottees and the state as a whole.
The Task Force assures the public of strict confidentiality and urges individuals with relevant information to contact them through the following phone lines: 0815966 8491 and 09082595573. Calls, text messages, and WhatsApp messages are welcome.
The Task Force appreciates the cooperation of the public and reiterates its commitment to a thorough and transparent process in recovering the purportedly auctioned government properties.