Umahi suspends Special Adviser indefinitely

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Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi
Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi

The Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Senator Emmanuel Onwe, announced this on Thursday while briefing journalists on the outcome of this week’s State Executive Council meeting in Abakaliki, the state capital

The Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi, has ordered an indefinite suspension of his Special Adviser on Internally Generated Revenue, Chief Jeremiah Oketa, for action described as going beyond the authority and command of his office.

The Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Senator Emmanuel Onwe, announced this on Thursday while briefing journalists on the outcome of this week’s State Executive Council meeting in Abakaliki, the state capital.

Onwe said Special Advisers and Commissioners were no longer authorised to collect any form of taxes or revenue for the state, adding that the Board of Internal Revenue had been mandated by the State Executive Council as the only legal body to do so.

He also announced that it had become an offence for anyone to receive on behalf of the government or pay any rent or revenue in cash to the government.

The commissioner said: “The Special Adviser on IGR, Chief J.O.J. Oketa, has been suspended indefinitely for going beyond the authority and command of his office.

“Special Advisers and Commissioners are no longer authorised to collect taxes or revenue of any kind.

“The only legal body now authorised by Council to collect revenue is the Ebonyi Board of Internal Revenue or any agent that the board may legitimately engage to do so.

“All payments of all kind of revenue should be done in the way it goes directly into the account of government.”

Onwe explained that the State Executive Council received presentations from companies on enumeration and collection of taxes and revenues for government without imposing hardship on Ebonyians.

Meanwhile, the State Executive Council has set up an advisory committee on higher education comprising representatives of the three senatorial zones of the state.

They include, Ambassador Frank Ogbewu, Engr. Fidelis Nwankwo and Prof. Chigozie Ogbu.

Their function is to look into the situation of higher institutions in the state, particularly the Ebonyi State University, and recommend the way forward for government.

 

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