By BARBARA KALU, Enugu –
Enugu State Governor, Peter Mbah, has directed that all bank accounts belonging to the government be frozen with immediate effect until further notice.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, on Tuesday in Enugu.
According to Onyia, the directive takes effect from May 30.
“Following the directive given by the Enugu State Governor to freeze all government accounts in all the banks in Enugu State, I hereby, direct that all Enugu State Government accounts be frozen with immediate effect, till further notice,” Onyia said.
Similarly, Gov. Alex Otti of Abia has also directed the immediate freezing of all the State Government accounts and those of agencies domiciled in banks and other financial institutions in the country.
Otti’s directive is contained in a statement issued in Umuahia on Tuesday by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr Ferdinand Ekeoma.
Ekeoma stated that with the notice, “all banks and other financial institutions in the country are directed to immediately cease from honouring any cheques, documents, instruments or directives of any kind not expressly approved by or emanating from him”.
He also stated that the governor directed the immediate dissolution of all boards of the government agencies and parastatals and subsequently ordered the chief executives of those organisations to hand over to those next in line to them.
Ekeoma further disclosed that the governor had approved the appointment of Prof. Kenneth Kalu as the Secretary to the State Government.
Other appointments include Dr Caleb Ajagba (Chief of Staff to the Governor), Dr Ngozi Okoronkwo (Special Adviser, HealthCare Delivery Services), Ferdinand Ekeoma (Special Adviser, Media and Publicity).
The rest are Mr Kazie Ukoh (Chief Press Secretary to the Governor), Mrs Njum Onyemenam (Accountant General) and Mr Ogbonnia Okereke (Head, Special Taskfore on Emergency Cleanup of Aba & Umuahia).
According to the statement, all the appointments take immediate effect