Governor Rochas Okorocha has suspended Imo Accountant-General, Mrs Stella Udogwu, over non-payment of the November salary of Local Government Workers.
Rochas Okorocha who announced the suspension of Imo Accountant-General in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, also ordered the arrest of the Branch-Managers of Ecobank and Access Bank where the workers’ money for the payment was lodged.
The suspension of the Accountant-General would take effect immediately, and the Chief of Staff is expected to appoint an acting Accountant-General pending the appointment of a new person to the office.
The Imo State Governor who had directed that the October and November salaries of workers in the state be paid at the same time in October, was dismayed that the directive was not carried out until he was informed at the 40th Anniversary ceremony of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Owerri on Friday.
Rochas Okorocha who directed that the November and December salary of workers be paid on Monday since Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 fell on a weekend, had assumed that his previous directive was carried out but was surprised to be told by the leadership of NULGE during their celebration that the workers had not been paid.
“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.