Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Orji orders the closure of unauthorized revenue accounts

The Abia State government has ordered the immediate closure of all revenue accounts, being operated by ministries and directed that henceforth, all government revenue should go into the consolidated account of government. 
Governor Theodore Orji disclosed this in a meeting with commissioners, permanent secretaries and heads of non-ministerial Departments of the government at the government house, Umuahia.
He said he has observed with dismay that some ministries are still using revenue agents, other than the only revenue consultant approved by the government and warned that any commissioner, or head of non-ministerial department found to be engaged in the act will be arrested and sacked.
The governor further warned that any person who parades himself as revenue consultant or collector in the state will be dealt with by the government, adding that any other revenue consultant outside that is not approved by the government is illegal.
He regretted that money meant for the government goes into private pockets while the government labours to meet its financial obligations to the people and vows that the trend will no longer be condoned.
The governor also directed that the Abia state Environmental protection Agency (ASEPA) to cancel all contracts it has with revenue agents while directing the Board of Internal Revenue to henceforth desist from taking revenue of the board upfront.
He charged all the commissioners and heads of non- ministerial departments to explore ways of making money for government other than going to the Ariara and other markets in Aba and bring it for implementation.

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