The newly inaugurated Governor of Imo state, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has lamented the failure of the immediate past governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to handover documents containing the status of the state’s finance.
The governor also regretted that the development has stampedded his administration and prevented it from hitting the ground running.
Consequently, the governor disclosed that he has given directives to financial institutions to cease dealing business with his predecessor.
Mr Ihedioha also decried over the state of the infrastructural decay in the government house and stated that he would work from home until the needful is done to bring the government house upto speed with current trends.
Part of the statement reads, “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.”