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Library Demolition: Saraki Reacts, As Council Boss Explains

 

The immediate past Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has reacted over the demolition of a public library named after his late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, a former Senate leader in the second republic and a renowned politician in Kwara State.

 

Senator Bukola Saraki while reacting to the incidence in a statement released on Tuesday evening said the act was perpetrated on the orders of the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led administration in the state.

 

“I just got the news that the major official assignment carried out by the governor of my state, Kwara, on Tuesday is the demolition of an old public library named after my late dad, Dr. Olusola Saraki. May Almighty Allah continue to retain a place for Oloye in Aljannah Firdaus”. – Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON.

 

Similarly, the State Minister of Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, also reacted over the demolition.

 

Sen. Gbemisola Saraki wrote; Yet again, today we find that the Governor of Kwara State’s focus is not on building up Kwara, but on demolishing buildings which were owned or named after my late father, the Waziri of Ilorin.

 

“No matter how many structures of late Dr. Saraki’s legacy are demolished can never destroyed the good image of my late father because the love of my father is still in the hearts and minds great people of Kwara”, she said.

 

Meanwhile, The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye in a statement signed and made available to pressmen in Ilorin on Tuesday debunked the rumor of involvement of the state government in the demolition exercise.

 

The statement reads, I have just spoken with the Ministry of Works under which we have town planning departments and they clearly have nothing to do with it, So, also, the state govrrnment has nothing to do with the demolition.

 

I have also placed a call through to the Commissioner for Local Government/Chieftaincy Affairs and community development who then patched me throug to the Ilorin West Transition Implementation Committee Chairman.

 

In his comments, the Ilorin West Local Government Transition Implementation Committy, Abdulgafar Omotosho made clarifications on the demolished library that the facility is dilapidated and was serving as hideouts for some anti-social elements with consequences for public safety, adding that the community appealed to the local government authorities to do something about the old library.

 

The council has moved in to remove parts of the structure in preparatory to rehabilitate the facility by adding an ICT centre for the public use after its reconstruction and it would retain in the honorary name of late Abubakar Olusola Saraki.

 

He explained that the facility does not belong to late Saraki or his family but the property of Ilorin West Local Government but named after late Olusola Saraki, stressed that the owner of the library ready for its renovate.

“No cause for alarm. The owner is fixing its property. And the building will retain the honorary name earlier given to it after renovation”, the chairman assured.

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Written by Issa Saliu

I am a journalist based in Ilorin

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