In its bid to cut the cost of running government, the Kaduna State Government has announced plans to sell 1,990 properties classified at non-essential residential quarters through a public auction based on their open-market value.
The sale excludes all government quarters in schools, hospitals and similar public institutions.
A statement said the decision has been endorsed by the State Executive Council, with an approved guideline showing that only persons and corporate bodies based in the state are eligible to submit bids for the properties.
While each property will be sold at the highest price offered, the guidelines stipulate that no property will be sold for less than its reserve price and that every bidder is restricted to only one property.
The guidelines also indicate that the public servants that currently occupy those properties have the first right of refusal to match the winning bid.
“At about 3000 in number, government residential quarters have always accommodated only a minority of public servants but with a disproportionate impact in terms of resources devoted to their maintenance and renovation,” the statement added.