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The Imo State Executive Council led by Governor Hope Uzodinma yesterday announced that he has directed that cash payments will no longer be accepted in the ministries, departments, and agencies of government.
He emphasized that henceforth, all Imo people are been given final notice against encouraging or partaking in revenue leakages and that the Government has stopped the issuance of cash receipts for any form of transaction.
‘All payments must be done through the Bank which must go through the Treasury Single Account (TSA).’
‘It has therefore warned all Ministries Departments and Agencies to desist from accepting cash on any payment belonging to the Government,‘ he said, insisting that anybody who violates the laid down rules will face very unpleasant consequences.
Emelumba explained that Exco noted that financial regulations are very important and that strict adherence to their enforcement will be followed.
Commissioner for Finance Chuck Chuckemeka who buttressed the decision reached on revenue leakage and plans to stop it informed that anybody who is asked to pay cash for any government transaction should report to his office or that of the Chairman of Imo Internal Revenue Service (IIRS.)
The Commissioner for Information also informed that EXCO reemphasized the early empowerment of the Ministry of Lands and Survey, Imo State to carry out the full implementation of recovery of all lands and property of Government based on the whitepaper report on violation of Owerri Master Plan.
However, he noted that owners of the Ekwema Crescent layout which were illegally allotted to people by the Okorocha administration without any law are fortunate as the Government did not revoke their land. ‘Government has ordered that the land be returned to the original owners and that anything developed on such land belongs to the owners.’
Singling out the old IBC quarters at Orji in Owerri where the former Governor Rochas Okorocha built his Rochas Foundation College, Government emphasized that the property belongs to the Government and has been marked for a full recovery.
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