The Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, on Tuesday, set up a task force to recover all looted public property in the state.
The governor, who assumed office on May 29, disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Samuel Jatau.
Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party in Plateau State, which produced Mutwang as governor, had earlier accused officials of the outgone administration of ex-governor Simon Lalong of looting the state treasury.
The PDP, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, John Akans, had alleged that “We have it on good authority that Plateau State assets within the state ministries, Kaduna, Lagos, and Abuja are being tampered with for private acquisition.
“We have detailed reports of several properties currently being processed for ownership transfer, involving serving commissioners and top government officials.
“Reliable information available to us also indicate there are several shady conducts ongoing within the state finance ministry, through the Accountant General of the state, aside the billions of loan, allegedly taken by the governor to prosecute the lost election.”
But the Lalong administration denied all the allegations.
However, the new governor, on Tuesday, set up a task force to go after looted state assets.
He named a former Permanent Secretary, Isaac Wadak, as the chairman of the task force; while a lawyer, Pam Davou, was named as the secretary of the task force, which was given six weeks to complete the assignment.
The task force was asked to “ identify and trace all government properties that were purported to have been auctioned across the country.
“Ascertain whether or not due process was adhered to in the exercise.
“Recovery of all government assets that were purportedly or inappropriately acquired by individuals/groups or corporate entities.
“Any other recommendation that will lead to the recovery of government assets and safeguard future occurrences.”