The Abia state government has ordered the immediate closure of all revenue accounts in ministries in the state and directed that henceforth all revenue due to the government should go into the consolidated account of government.
The governor handed down the order in a meeting he held with commissioners, permanent secretaries and heads of non ministerial Departments of revenue generating ministries of the government at the government house, Umuahia.
He observed with dismay that some ministries were 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.
Chief Orji further warned that any person who parades himself as revenue consultant or collector will be dealt with by the government adding that any other revenue consultant outside that 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 immediately 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 told 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.