The governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha has suspended the Accountant-General of the State Mrs Stella Udogwu. Her suspension is due to the delay in the payment of the November salaries of Local Government workers in the State.
Okorocha also ordered the arrest of the Bank Managers of Ecobank and Access Bank where the funds were lodged.
These directives were made known by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor Sam Onwuemeodo.
“I had released the salaries of every worker in Imo State since the second week of October and so if Local Government workers are being owed, then somebody must take responsibility for it and will be dealt with according to law.
“This is a criminal act aimed at disgracing this government; what they do is that they take the money and put in the bank and collect the interest.”
“Your salary must be released and your December Salary shall be paid immediately. All the interests from the salary kept in the bank must be collected and shared to the Local Government workers who are the owners of the money,” the governor said.
“From today there won’t be any need for any Local Government worker to try to convert to the Ministry to be able to get to level 17 or become a permanent secretary.
“Today, I have officially lifted the embargo on Local Government staff getting to level 17.
“Henceforth, staff of the Local Government Service Commission will be promoted to level 17 when they are due for it.”
The suspension of the Accountant General is with immediate effect. He has also directed the Chief of Staff to appoint an acting AG pending the appointment of a new person to the office.
Okorocha also announced that each worker would get N10,000 as Christmas bonus and that each local government director of administration and general services would receive N2.5m as car allowance.
He also said that staff of Local Government Service Commission could rise to GL 17 without having to convert to be staff of the ministry to get to the grade. (Daily Post)