A civic group, Kwara Coalition for Good Governance and Accountability (Kwara-CGGA), has warned political office holders in the outgoing PDP government to refrain from last-minute looting of public funds or stealing government properties.
Hassan Omoiya, Secretary General of the group gave the warning in a statement issued on Thursday in Ilorin.
Omoiya said report reaching the group was that some officials have embarked on looting of public funds and properties since after the outcome of the governorship election in the state.
He also called on the State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed not do anything that would create confusion for the new administration.
The group said the rumoured plan of the government to create new Local Government Development Areas (LCDA) or negotiate the new minimum wage with labour leaders were not in good faith or in the larger interest of Kwara.
“We have it on good record that the PDP government plans to create LCDAs and negotiate the new minimum wage, even though it really doesn’t pay the current minimum salary faithfully.
“We hope this is not true because that will be in bad faith since its term expires in about two months.
“It will be unfair to create crisis of confidence between the new government and the people or the workers.
“We hope Gov Ahmed will, for once, act like a statesman that the office of Governor has bestowed upon him.
“Also, we call on the incumbent Gov Abdulfatah Ahmed to be a statesman and avoid setting traps for the incoming administration,” Omoiya added.
According to him, report reaching the group was that many political office holders have started looting government funds and stealing government properties, especially vehicles.
Omoiya advised the incoming administration not to embark on witch-hunt anybody, but to remain focused in the herculean task of rebuilding the state.
He appealed to the people of the state to show understanding with the incoming government in the task to fix Kwara back.
According to Omoiya, the work of the incoming administration would be made easier if everyone exercise patience.
He also appealed to the people not to hesitate to blow the whistle on any public officer stealing public funds or properties.