Following the recently constituted and inaugurated Task Force on the Recovery of Purported Auctioned Government Property in Plateau State, a series of reports from anonymous whistleblowers have shed light on alleged illegal sales and misappropriation of government properties in Plateau State.
The reports, obtained from undisclosed sources, reveal troubling details about the sale of government assets and the unauthorized use of public land for personal gain. The whistleblowers are urging authorities to investigate these claims and take appropriate action.
In the first report, it is alleged that the recently renovated Shendam Governors Lodge (VIP) was sold to the immediate past Governor. The whistleblowers call for a thorough examination of the property transaction to verify these claims.
The second report highlights various instances where government properties were reportedly sold to politicians, friends, and relatives of the previous administration. These properties include a block of government quarters within the GRA (Mangu Court), un-developed plots within the GRA, and a large government land near Bukuru. The whistleblowers assert that these sales were conducted without proper authorization and raise concerns about favoritism and potential religious discrimination in land allocation. They also call for a comprehensive audit of government vehicles purchased during Governor Jang’s tenure.
The third report focuses on the ongoing illegal sales of government land at Langtang, specifically designated for temporal structures. According to the whistleblowers, permanent structures are being built in violation of the initial agreement. They request an immediate transfer of the Business Manager at Langtang, a halt to construction activities for investigation purposes, and the submission of all allocation papers to the relevant committee.
In the fourth report, the customary landowners of the Industrial Layout in Dahwol Giring allege that the land was commandeered by the government for industrial purposes without compensation. However, the present Director of Land, along with other top officers of the Ministry of Lands and Survey, purportedly converted it into a residential area and sold it without compensating the rightful owners. The whistleblowers call for government intervention to address this issue.
The fifth report claims that the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Toyota Hilux is in the possession of the former Commissioner. The whistleblowers provide this information, suggesting the need for an investigation into the alleged misuse of government vehicles.
The sixth report alleges that PLASCHEMA has refused to account for and return a white 406 Peugeot car entrusted to him. The whistleblowers urge the appropriate authorities to address this matter.
Additionally, the eighth and ninth reports raise concerns about properties located near the “B” station/barracks in Bukuru. The eighth report provides a specific location behind the barracks, close to the Total Gas station, while the ninth report focuses on a property owned by the Plateau State Water Board. The whistleblowers express suspicion about the rapid development of new buildings on the premises, potentially involving private individuals.
The whistleblowers hope that their reports will prompt investigations into these alleged irregularities and serve as a call for government intervention. They have come forward in the interest of transparency and accountability, emphasizing the need to protect public assets and ensure they are used for their intended purposes. The responsibility now rests with the relevant authorities to address these claims and take appropriate action to safeguard public trust.