Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha has criticized his immediate predecessor Rochas Okorocha’s failure to hand over to him documents containing the state’s financial standing.
Ihedioha lamented that he did not have any documents showing the state’s financial status, hence his administration’s difficulty in touching the running ground.
Against this background, the governor said he was asking all financial institutions to stop dealing with his predecessor.
The governor also decried the condition of the state’s Government House, saying he can’t work from the office.
He maintained that the Government House was an eyesore.
Vanguard quoted Ihedioha as saying yesterday: “We have difficulties operating from Imo Government House now. But I told Imo people that we will start work and give no excuses.
“We will give dividends of democracy irrespective of the state of facilities I inherited from the outgone administration.
“The government that ended was not prepared to handover or ready to receive us. I thank Imo people for receiving us and we shall serve the state with the fear of God.
“All financial institutions that have a relationship with Imo State Government should not honour any withdrawal instruction by cheques, transfers or in any form.
“No financial mandates, ISPOs or any form of financial instruction should be treated. All outstanding financial instructions already with banks and financial institutions should be put on hold.
“This directive covers all the accounts of ministries, departments, parastatals, local government councils, quasi-government agencies and all revenue generating organs of government.
“Banks and non-bank financial institutions are to take note and ensure compliance, as the state government will not be responsible for any disbursement, effected contrary to this directive.”
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