Financial recklessness; Ebonyi Assembly commences probe of sacked council boss

The Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Dave Umahi yesterday said that the
Ebonyi State House of Assembly has commenced the investigation into
the alleged financial recklessness of the sacked Ohaozara Council
Caretaker Committee Chairman, Hon Justice Ogbonna Sunday.

Explaining the reason behind the sack of the former Council boss,
Governor Umahi stated that during a visit to the local government
area, it was observed that the place was littered with dirt and was so
bushy adding that it some offices it was observed has not been opened
in the last one year.

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Governor Umahi who expressed his displeasure over the constant
vandalisation of electrical cables in the state and stealing of diesel
from government installations by people recruited by the Ministry of
Power to guard the installation said the state government will
approach the State House of Assembly to enact law against streetlights
vandalism and stealing of diesel.

‘’My own local government was as terrible as a bush. The Governor’s
portrait was not even in the office of the executive chairman. His
office was terrible and some offices in the local government have not
been entered for the past one year and I warned the chairman
severally.

‘’We gave him money to celebrate last Christmas with the people of the
area and stakeholders and he only did that for his family. There was
financial recklessness in the local government but that is by the way
and the state Assembly has started as public office holder, you have
to ensure that your environment is kept clean”.

It would be recalled that the State Commissioner for Power, Chief
Emma Uguru was last week cautioned over alleged laxity while the
accountant in the state Ministry, Mr. John Onwe, the Deputy Director,
Engr. Godwin Nwankwo and his Head of Administration counterpart, Mr.
Asquo Nwangwu were all suspended indefinitely over alleged sabotage in
the state streetlights projects and siphoning of the diesel.

Governor Umahi while addressing the newly posted state Commissioner of
Police, Titus Lamorde said the proposed law will provide five years
jail term for offenders and announced that the government will enact a
law against stealing of construction materials and called on the
Commissioner Police to assist the state in checkmating the activities
of vandals.

He also solicited the cooperation of the Police in monitoring of
convicts granted pardon by his administration and ordered that a man
who was recently pardoned and who stabbed a drinking joint owner for
demanding for his money after drinking in the joint is sent back to
prison.

Umahi said the essence of monitoring the pardoned convicts was to
ensure that they don’t commit further crime and put the lives of
innocent people in danger.

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