Legal Nigeria

Reps urge agencies to take ownership of govt properties

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Assets has urged all government agencies to take proper ownership of all public-owned properties located in various areas of the country. 

Speaking at the resume investigative hearing featuring several agencies under the Ministry of Information and Aviation, the chairman of the committee, Ademorin Kuye (APC, Lagos) lamented the deplorable state of some valuable properties in the country.

The lawmaker said proper documentation and physical possession of the assets would go a long way in safeguarding such properties and save huge money for the government.

“We requested for list of assets including a comprehensive description and specifications of all your listed assets, rented apartments including acquisition dates and methods and the current status and conditions of such assets. We cannot say specifically that you have satisfied all of these requests. Though you tried to answer some of them, your response is not adequate.”

The hearing was attended by the National Orientation Agency and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology.

The director general of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Lanre Onilu, said while the NOA has offices in all the Local Government Areas in the country, it operates from 812 locations across the nation.

He also said that most of the assets are in contention as communities have encroached on them and pledged to come up with a more comprehensive list of the agency’s assets at the next hearing.

Source: The Nation