IHEDIOHA'S STRANGE MOVES GROUNDS IMO LGAS TO A HALT, AS COURT BARS ACCESS TO LGA FUNDS - Paul Ukpabio's Blog

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Saturday, 6 July 2019

IHEDIOHA'S STRANGE MOVES GROUNDS IMO LGAS TO A HALT, AS COURT BARS ACCESS TO LGA FUNDS

 - OKOROCHA LEFT ENOUGH MONEY TO RUN THE STATE - PDP CHIEFTAIN

The illegal attempt by the illegally declared governor of Imo State, His Excellency Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha to dissolve elected council chairmen and councillors has backfired as a High Court in Imo State reaffirmed its ruling barring banks from allowing either the elected LGA officials and the illegally constituted interim management committee from accessing funds from any of the LGAs accounts.

The High Court presided over by the Honourable Justice Ohiri Njemanze specifically warned against tampering with the funds of the LGA pending determination of the legality or otherwise of the purported dissolution of the third tier government by the State governor. The matter is adjourned to 15th of October, 2019.

Recall that the Imo State governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha had unilaterally suspended all 27 LGA chairmen and 645 councillors in the State. In their stead, he appointed a more than 300 member Interim Management Committee, that has mostly been described as a Run-off Election Campaign team by observers.

This suspension is in spite of a subsisting Supreme Court judgement barring governors from tampering with the tenures of elected LGA officials and a presidential directive empowering LGA officials to independently access and manage LGA funds.

With the recent happenings, the LGA system in Imo State would be in comatose, and staff of the LGAs may stay without salaries.

However, a top chieftain of the PDP in the State has expressed hope that the governor has excess funds in his disposal to pay LGA workers and carry out other developmental projects in the State.
According to Chief Onwuka;

"The past administration left about 48 billion Naira for the present government and they have since received another seven billion Naira Paris Refund from the Federal Government. May allocation has also been shared and Imo received over eight billion Naira. This should be enough to cater for the needs of the LGA till the embargo on LGA accounts is lifted."

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